Parish Pump Lewes - July 6, 2012

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STOOLBALL: We are now catching up on our fixtures and played three matches last week. Barcombe 70 Adastra 99. Wivelsfield Green 72 Barcombe 127. We also played Angmering (who were last year’s overall champions) in the knock out. Barcombe 81 Angmering 202. I feel they would have got more but Barcombe caught five of their players, with Janet Hughes breaking her finger with a catch on the boundary. We were very lucky with our tournament on Sunday, a bit breezy but sunshine all afternoon. The results were: 1, Isfield; 2, Barcombe; 3, Ringmer; 4, Buxted Park. Thanks to Doreen Tickner and Clara Ridley for running the raffle, Iris Rook for doing the refreshments and Carol Storey for making endless cups of tea. Our team made some lovely refreshments, not much left over. All in all a very enjoyable day. The only downside was that before we could commence play our Captain, Paula Peters, had to clear up three lots of dogs mess which was very unpleasant.

OPEN GARDEN: Bradness Garden and Longford Place garden are open in aid of Family Support Work tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 6pm. Entry £3.50, children under 12 years free. Stalls, tombola, and cake stall.

CRICKET: ESCL Division One, Barcombe v Willingdon. Willingdon 210-9 dec in 46.3 overs: Paul Coppard 5-37, Allan Trower 3-48. Barcombe 191 all out in 43 overs: Josh Wheatley 61, Richard Osmond 47. Willingdon won by 19 runs. Willingon 30 points Barcombe 17 points. ESCL Division Eight, Chiddingly III v Barcombe II. Barcombe 217 all out in 46.3 overs: Bob Page 80. Alex Beck 29. Chiddingly 155 all out in 40.2 overs: Alex Beck 3-18, Joby Harris 2-5. Barcombe won by 62 runs. Barcombe 30 points Chiddingly 14 points.

PILATES: We have spare places in our Tuesday Pilates class, which takes place in the village hall between 9.30am and 10.30am. Call Mary Duncan (400215) or turn up at 9.20, bringing a mat or towel. Cost approximately £3.

BOWLS: Barwick Cup. Home two triples: John Osmond 23 Des Foord 11, David Newman 12 Peter Carter 31. Away two triples: Derek Stewart 23 Jonathon Couper 13, Henry Bunney 8 Tommy Towner 20. Newick retained the cup 74 to 66.


THANKS to all who helped at, donated to or attended the Chailey Women’s Section of The Royal British Legion jumble sale which raised £352. The Chailey group is small but manages to raise much needed funds each year and would love to welcome new members. Although they spend most of their time fund raising they are also a group who have fun and friendship through meetings and events. Please phone Susannah on 01825 724335 or Lily on 01825 723786.

ALSO, thanks must go to the Players in the Park for their open air production of The Merry Wives of Windsor at Wivelsden Farm. The weather was far from kind, with strong winds and rain, but the production continued regardless. The production was most enjoyable, particularly the second half and all the efforts of the actors and those back stage are much appreciated.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game at Ardingly tomorrow, Saturday, and at home against Southwick Wanderers on Sunday. Both games start at 2pm. Supporters are most welcome and refreshments are available.

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 a family service at 10.30am with Ray Dadswell. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

EVENING WALK around the Common organised by Mid-Sussex Camera Club is on Monday. Meet at the car park of The Kings Head (permission has been given to park there) for a 7.30pm start. Call the leader Derek Powell on 01444 243356.

WALK: Bus and linear walk is on Tuesday starting at North Chailey Sports Ground car park at 10am (no dogs please) to travel by Countryliner No 31 bus which departs at 10.14am to Maresfield. The return to North Chailey on foot (nine miles) will be led by Geoff and Linda (01444 440622) via Parkwood, Piltdown, Sharpsbridge and Newick. A picnic lunch will be needed.

TR GROUP: South Downs TR Group next club night is Tuesday from 8pm at the Five Bells.

MIXED STOOLBALL team have a match against Brook Street on Thursday at 7pm. Spectators and prospective players will be most welcome. For more information call Kerry Lingard on 01825 722549.

EVENING with Nightjars on Thursday starts at 8.30pm at Red House Common car park, Warrs Hill Road. It will be a 1½ mile (1½ hour) walk across Red House Common with Crispin Kirkpatrick and Robin Bassett, ESCC Rangers, as they listen out for the nightjar, one of Britain’s most unusual and elusive birds. Do take insect repellent and a torch. Booking is recommended on 01273 482670.

COFFEE STOP at the Free Church Hall, has been open for nearly three years now and has become a popular venue for its regulars to meet and chat over a drink and nibbles. From July the Coffee Stop will be moving from a Tuesday to Friday. Why not take this change of day as the opportunity to visit the Coffee Stop between 10am and midday any Friday, there is cappuccino and frothy hot chocolate as well as teas and other coffees and a variety of eats. Remember this is a free café so what have you got to lose. Also the Village Information Point sessions will now be held on Friday mornings, in conjunction with the Coffee Stop, and the next session is Friday July 13.

ANNUAL PIG ROAST, organised by the bonfire society, is in a marquee at Balneath Manor on July 14, 7pm-midnight. There will be loads of pork, dessert, live music, raffle and fully licensed bar. Tickets cost £20 from or Jane on 01273 400632.

CAFÉ CHURCH is at the village hall on Sunday July 15 and is a new family event. There will be free tea, coffee, squash, croissants and pastries from 9am and activities for all ages from 9.30am to 10.15am. There will also be Traidcraft items for sale. For more information call 01444 471600.

SONGS OF PRAISE: Evening Songs of Praise is also on Sunday July 15, at the Bluebell Railway, when there will be a special train from Horsted Keynes at 5.45pm to Kingscote. Chaplain Father John will lead an evening of worship. The steam train service will be free of charge, however the Railway welcome donations towards their extension to East Grinstead.

BEER FESTIVAL: Eighth annual Beer Festival in aid of St Peters and St James Hospice is at the Horns Lodge from July 20 to 22. The times are Friday 5.30pm to 11pm, Saturday midday to 11pm and Sunday midday to 6pm. There will be 20 real ales, cider and Perry, plus live music and entertainment. A one day tickets costs £5 and a weekend pass £7 (to include a souvenir glass). Tickets from the Horns Lodge in advance or on the door. To find out more, along with details of a special minibus service to/from Lewes, Barcombe and Plumpton, visit


Offham & Hamsey

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS: The following is the rector’s report of the Jubilee celebrations at St Peter’s Church: A perfect picture of rural England at its very best. Is a pleasing comment in one of the many complimentary letters we received after our long weekend of celebrations. It began with a ground opening by Kathy Gore DL on the Thursday evening and ended with a full house fish and chip supper in the church hall on the following Tuesday. Between these days was the splendid Exhibition of Royal Memorabilia from Tony Shephard’s collection, and the Pop Up Cafe which dispensed coffee and cake, lunches, afternoon teas and on the Sunday, cream teas as well. On the Saturday, which was the day of perfect weather and glorious sunshine, there was the Jubilee Fair and the wonderful dancing of the Knots of May. On Sunday it was the Jubilee Thanksgiving Service in which many of the congregation dressed in 1950s clothes, men in suits and women with hats and gloves. The music at the service was tremendous. Although there were many competing attractions, people came to Offham in very large numbers and the takings were an excellent £3,000.

PETERTIDE: Both the churches in the parish are dedicated to St Peter and as has been the custom the patron saint’s day will be celebrated with a parish picnic on Sunday. This popular event will follow the 10.30am service at St Peter’s Offham and will be held on the church lawns (in the church hall if wet). Please take sandwiches, cakes etc to share. All a are very welcome. Call Judith on 01273 474356 for more information.

TODDLER TUNES: Thursdays 10am in the church hall will continue over the long summer holiday. They are always happy to see fresh faces even for a one-off session. £3 per child, £5 for a family. Enquiries to Judith 01273 474356.

CONCERT by the Fitzroy Singers (with singers from the Lewes Passion Play). Classical songs in a beautiful rural setting. Sunday, July 15 at 3pm in Hamsey Church. Tickets £10. Further details on 07926 486567.

ADVANCE NOTICE: The Sunday School/Toddler Tunes trip to Drusillas on Monday July 30 will meet a the church hall at 9.30am. Return about 4pm for tea in the church hall. Do get in touch with Judith on 01273 474356 if you would like to join them. There is no reason to limit the trip to children. Judith says they would love to have lots of adults to go and enjoy the zoo, the plant sales and coffee with friends.

CURSE OF TIDINESS: I found myself agreeing when I read the following: Rather than decaying trees, it is the curse of tidiness that is the real blight on our countryside. Sins include the hedges clipped to the ground or plucked out, so that they provide little nesting habitat; the verges mown and sprayed, the wet ditches drained. It is said an oak spends 300 years growing, 300 years living and 300 years dying. Its last phase is the most productive for wildlife. We have to change our aesthetic to appreciate the beauty of a gnarled old oak more than the tidy rows of trees in a suburban park. As Hopkins wrote more than 100 years ago: Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet... A few years ago ESCC in their wisdom mowed down the lovely wild flower verge which was part of the farm and had a wonderful array of wild orchids and other wild flowers and which sadly has never looked the same again. It was a case of someone assuming they were all weeds and needed to be hacked down. As Hopkins said, long live the weeds.

ROSES: Having at last been able to get out in the garden in between the showers I was admiring what roses are left and as I love poetry it made me think of the following: The cowslip is a country wench, The violet is a nun, But I will woo the dainty rose, The queen of everyone. Thomas Hood, from his poem flowers.

BEES: I have been used to bee swarms over the years, but on Friday I found a nest of bumble bees on the corner of the lawn right under the buddleia bushes. I noticed without getting too close that the bees were collecting pollen from the lavender, escalonia bush and the buddleia that was already in bloom. The bees have taken over a patch in the grass where the rabbits had dug into the earth. I have been told they are harmless and will eventually go away, but I am being very careful and not getting too close.

SWEET SONG: Although the weather was atrocious last month I have been cheered up each morning and evening by the beautiful sweet song of the nightingale. The daytime song is much different and has a territorial focus. My bird book says that the males are the songsters and their nocturnal serenades are understood to be sung to attract a mate. Visitors for the nesting season, it is said they reach only the most south eastern counties. Their numbers plummeted alarmingly, down by 53 percent between 1995 and 2008. I have only ever heard them and never seen them as they nest low down and like the dense cover of thickets and scrub. Sadly once the single brood is raised they will fly, back to sub-Saharan Africa. Apparently they are only slightly larger than a robin. There are so many birds here that I may have seen one without knowing what it was. In the meantime I would much rather listen to the lovely song before it flies off to warmer climes.


RESEARCH into the causes of dementia is being conducted at the University of Sussex. One of the students involved with this work called for volunteers some time ago and my husband put himself forward. The first session involved a lot of tests on the subjects’ cognitive functions and was quite exhausting by all accounts. The next step sounds as though it might be more relaxing; the volunteers are given an MRI scan. Thinking that the test must be at the hospital in Brighton, Simon was busy looking at bus timetables when he discovered that the scanner is actually at the university, right on our doorstep. It is fascinating to think this crucial research is going on so close to home.

PARKING: Not so welcome is the news that the university will be increasing their parking charges from September. This won’t affect us for nine months of the year but during the summer holidays, students and staff take advantage of the lack of restrictions and use Falmer North (mostly Mill Street) as a free car park. The increase in charges for them can only make this worse.

PARISH COUNCIL: The parking situation was brought up at the recent parish council meeting as well as other issues facing residents. These included the unusable pavement at the southern end of Ridge Road, the troublesome drunk/high youngsters in Falmer North after the Fatboy Slim concert and the findings of the traffic watch conducted recently. This found that there was 17 percent more traffic than anticipated, no surprise there. On the positive side it was reported that money from the parish council had paid for cutting back in the churchyard extension and there had also been voluntary work done in both churchyards which were now looking much tidier. It was also agreed that the Fatboy Slim concert (lost and drunken audience members apart) had been less intrusive than many of us had anticipated.

OUTING: We had an excellent outing to Brighton’s Theatre Royal last week to see Dandy Dick. I was slightly apprehensive about this as in the publicity it had said the play was not often performed, which can mean it is not very good. I needn’t have worried, it was very funny, the cast headed by Patricia Hodge and Nicholas le Prevost was excellent and kept the pace bowling along to the end. The night we went was the night that Italy played Germany and as we walked back to the car park we passed a throng of jubilant Italians waving their national flag and singing, it was a joyful sight.

NEWSLETTER: Rosemarie and I have taken over the production of the Parish Newsletter so if you have anything you’d like to put in, please let Rosemarie or myself know. My mobile number is at the bottom of this page.


FUN DAY: Downland Race, stoolball and DIY barbecue. This fun day for all the family will be held at St Pancras Green on Saturday, July 14. The Downland Race (starting on the Green, up Kingston Hill and back again) gets away this year at 3.30pm (an hour earlier than previously). This is followed in the evening by stoolball and the DIY barbecue with cooking from 6pm onwards. Everyone can take part in these three events in one day (just turn up on the day). Cost £2 per family group for barbecue charcoal, etc.

CREAM TEAS: In further celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Cream Teas will served at Brambles in the Street, the first house up from The Juggs, (the home of Chris and Jacky Knapp) on Sunday afternoon, July 15, 3-5pm. Come and enjoy a delightful tea of scones, jam and cream, in the pleasant surroundings of an English country garden. No advance tickets; £5 on entry. All very welcome. Proceeds to Kingston Church.


HISTORY GROUP: Our next meeting will be at 7.30pm on Monday. The venue for this meeting will be the Kings Church Building, Brooks Road, where Chris Swarbrooke will lead a virtual guided tour of the old churchyard at St John sub Castro church. This is one of the hidden glories of Lewes. There has probably been a church here since the days of King Alfred, and its churchyard formed part of the town’s defences, guarding what is believed to have been the principal entrance from the river side, prior to the construction of the Cliffe causeway. Chris led the team that cleared, located and recorded all the 766 surviving monuments there between 1999 and 2006. As usual all will be welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: Thursday June 14, Teams: 1, Ron and Margaret Buddery, Mavis Druce, Francine Talbot Limbrey; Nigel Osmer, Peter Cattermole, Paul Allen and Lynne Tunley. June 26: 1, Meic Goodyear and Robin Parris; 2, Paul Allen and Roy Skan; 3, Rita Hartnell and Pat Elliott. Tuesday June 19 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Simon Fishburn and Richard Pearson; 2, Julian and Jane Oakley; 3, Paul Allen and Rosemary Land. June 28: 1, Pauline Brown and Suzanne Malley; 2, Ann Wykeham and George Hearn, Rosemary Land and Nancy Wiginton. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The evening walk, on the last Tuesday in June, began at our usual meeting point at the car park behind the police station. Our group of nine walkers crossed the river over Wiley’s Bridge, traversed the playing fields and found our way up Mill Road and onto The Downs behind the golf course. Low clouds hung over us and there was a certain dampness in the air. At the top of Mount Caburn we discovered that the wind was blowing fiercely from the west. The clouds obscured the hills opposite but the Ouse Valley below was lit up in a dull brightness. We enjoyed the leisurely stroll back to The Dorset for a sociable drink while we set the world to right. Hilda and Graham led the intrepid band. Meanwhile, 22 members were enjoying a week’s holiday in St Ives in Cornwall. Despite the weather we all enjoyed some spectacular coastal walks. We walked in several areas including Lands End and Sennen cove, The Lizard and the beautiful area around St Ives. We had the opportunity to visit The new Tate Gallery, The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan while we were there. Some of us enjoyed an evening visit to the Open Air Minnack Theatre with its stunning backdrop of a crashing sea and enjoyed a performance of The Importance of being Earnest. We stayed at the Holiday Fellowship House in St Ives and most of us travelled by train.

The next walk and coach outing is on Tuesday. The coach outing will be to Sissinghurst Castle and the walk will be from Hawkhurst to Sissinghurst. There are a few seats still available on the coach so for further details and to book a seat, please contact Bert on 473052.

Mobile Library

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


THE RIVERSIDE CLUB went to Chenies Manor House in Chenies Buckinghamshire which was built in the 14th century. We had a lunch stop at Marlow, a really lovely little town. Chenies Manor is privately owned and therefore only open for tours of the house, which was very interesting and the gardens were stunning. A place well worth a visit. If you are looking for a club to join and interesting places to visit on organised days out you could try the Riverside Club at Cliffe Church Hall on either a Monday or Friday afternoon, new members are very welcome.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Bonfire Society will be holding a jumble sale at the Ringmer Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday. They will be collecting jumble on the Nevill Estate after 6pm today, Friday. The next jumble at Ringmer is Saturday July 21.

WALLANDS SCHOOL had a visit by David Bradford, a Lewes man who will be carrying the Olympic flame. Our Nursery is very excited to be moving to the After School and Music rooms in September. This will help to create links with Reception classes, and help us to develop outside provision. Music lessons and After School Club will be in our current Nursery building. On Monday June 25 we celebrated World Sports Day. All of the children took part in an assault course and had lots of fun. Miss Gibney, our PE co-ordinator, was thrilled by the children’s teamwork skills and determination. Even some of the teachers’ joined in a great day, well done all. Have a look at the wonderful artwork produced on our Family Art Day in the dining room. Photographs of the day are also on display in the reception area, proof of the fun we had. On a dry but chilly Saturday morning, six Year 6 children represented Wallands in a Go-Kart race. Ringmer College kindly donated a kart for us to use that they had built; a huge thank you to Trevor Pask. The children had an amazing time whizzing around the specially built track competing against 11 other schools. We finished joint sixth and Mrs Caulfield who supported them reported back that the children behaved beautifully and she had a great time watching how much they enjoyed participating in such an unusual activity. On Saturday eight Yr4 Wallands children were one of seven schools who went to the County School Games 2012 Sussex Finals at Devonshire Park. The children were constantly gaining points for the team during skills based activities and mini-games of tennis. Mrs Taylor was full of praise for the children’s demeanour, attitude and sportsmanship throughout the morning, earning them a finishing place of fourth. Well done to all of the children. Wallands entered the District Sports as the reigning champions of the large schools competition. Our team of 49 children was extremely excited and every single child performed at their best. There was an Olympic theme attached to the day with the Lewes Torch being paraded around the track by a representative adult from each school as an opening ceremony and medals presented to all bronze, silver and gold podium finishers. We are delighted to report that we returned champions. This event requires a lot of parental support and we would like to say how much we appreciate the support you gave us, thank you.

NEVILL RESIDENTS Association are holding Nevill in Bloom Garden Trail 10 on Sunday July 15 between 2pm and 6pm. About 16 gardens will be open including six for the first time. Refreshments will be available in three gardens. A free children’s competition for the under-8s. Sponsors include Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society. Entry by programme, available in advance, from Nevill Newsagents, and from 15 Highdown Road on the day. Proceeds to Lewes Victoria Hospital and the association.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev Roger McAvoy and will include Holy Communion. Following the church service there will be a church walk. On June 27 Roy Watkinson, who has represented the UK at the Basel Convention on Hazardous Waste, gave a talk to the thinktank on What use is the United Nations? In the interesting discussion that ensued, people were largely agreed that, in spite of all the limitations of the UN, the organisation had made a considerable positive contribution to tackling extraordinarily difficult problems of international collaboration. We are delighted to say that we have now registered 40 children for our Champions Challenge summer holiday club.


THE BOWLS CLUB are away to Seaford tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon from 2pm. On Sunday they will be playing Crawley Town at home and on Wednesday they have another home game against Crowborough Wolfe, both games will commence at 2.30pm.

CRICKET for this weekend are: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI are at home to Laughton, the second XI are away to Maresfield, the third XI are away to Firle II and the fourth XI are playing at The Temple Grove ground against Sidley IV. All matches comes at1.30pm. On Sunday there is a friendly game against Chiddingly, play commence at 2pm. On Tuesday there will be a home fixture against the Brighton Nomads, match commences at 2pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are BCP Communion at 8am followed by at 10.30am Holy Communion, Common Worship.

JUNIOR CRICKET; The Juniors under 11s are away to Haywards Heath on Tuesday and on Wednesday the under 13s play Haywards Heath at home. Play commence at 6pm.

AFTERNOON CLUB: Newick Afternoon Club will be meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm on Thursday. The speaker will be Tony Turk talking about the Leveller Gooseberry. There will be a competition for the best bowl of 12 home grown gooseberries, best home-made gooseberry jam, best home-made gooseberry tart or flan and finally the best home-made gooseberry fool or chutney. Ring 01825 722154 or 722650.

COFFEE MORNING: A date for your diary: There will be a coffee morning in the Community Centre from 9.30 till mid-day on Saturday July 14, in aid of St Mary’s Church. More details next week.


SAD, SAD NEWS: It was with dismay that I learned of the passing of Kenny Snell at the tender age of 45. Our thoughts and condolences with his parents, Fred and Marina, and the rest of the family.

WALKIES: The Footpath Society will gather at the Red Lion, Turners Hill (TQ356 343) tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pm. Park in Lion Lane. Then it will be off on a four mile hike using a section of Worth Way, Rofant Sawmills and through Butcher’s Wood. Ring 01444 245031, or just turn up and join in.

CALLED OFF: Unfortunately the fashion show in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice and scheduled for July 14 has been postponed as it clashes with the hospice Sleep Walk on the same day. No doubt it will be re-arranged, so watch this space.

DEFIBRILATOR UNVEILING: On Friday next week (July 13) the village defibrilator will be unveiled at the village store at 12.30pm. Present will be representatives from local hospitals, Sussex Ambulance Service, other organisations and MP Norman Baker. Bim and Fal will kindly provide free refreshments. It is hoped that this equipment may save lives, so turn up to find out what it is all about. A VAP project.

HIPPY MEMORIES? The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company will bring their latest production, Who Saw Marjorie Daw?, to the village green on Thursday July 19. It depicts the hilarious and surreal world of Hippy London in the 60s. The performance will start at 7.30pm but why not start off with a picnic any time from 6pm? In the unlikely (?) event of inclement weather it will move indoors to the village hall. Tickets £12 adults, over 60s £11, students £10 and children £6. Family 2+2 £30 available via 01273 890508,, or 01323 501260.

ALL ROAD, NO WORKS: A gulley along South Road was damaged quite a few weeks ago now and the area was coned off. And so it remains, with a host of warning signs but absolutely no sign of anything being done to repair it.

POSSIBLE ROADWORKS: It is proposed to close Novington Lane from Ashingate to Chapel Lane from 23 to 27 July for resurfacing works. That is assuming there are enough warning signs left from the previous item to alert road users. Inclement weather could affect the timing, but be prepared for some long diversions.

BUSINESS BREAKFAST. The next breakfast for local business people has been organised by VAP for Thursday at Plumpton Racecourse at 7.30am. The theme will be focused on how to maximise visibility of websites on Google and other search engines. Cost is £7.50 for advance booking or £8.50 on the day. Ring Linda Lawrence on 01273 890383 or

JUBILEE SOUVENIR: Please note that although I was quoted a separate price for the DVD of the village festivities the only thing on sale is the package of the souvenir brochure together with the DVD. £7.50 from the village shop. Only 100 produced so by next week they may only be available on the black market at a greatly increased price unless you get in quick.

SLEEP WALK: Katie Derham, television and radio newscaster and presenter, will start the Sleep Walk for St Peter and St James Hospice next Saturday (July 14) at midnight when the lady participants, clad in night attire, will make their way round the 10km route (6.2 miles) winding around Haywards Heath and Lindfield. The walk has raised £177,000 since 2008, so why not take part and raise some more for this very worthy cause? There is a new route this year and every walker will receive a goody bag and breakfast served by Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath and District Round Table and tea and coffee supplied once again by Starbucks, with Uckfield FM providing musical entertainment throughout. For further information see or contact Marie in Fundraising on 01444 471598, email


AUCTION TODAY, Friday, at Ringmer School Fair 6pm to 8pm. Items to be included: An Andy Murray signed T-shirt; two Glyndebourne Touring Opera Tickets to see Rusalka; a voucher for a trial lesson at East Sussex Gliding Club; a case of wine. All this and a raffle where the first prize is £200. Attractions include pony rides, bouncy castle, coconut shy, barbecue and licensed bar. Ring Ringmer 813860 or 812463 for details or raffle tickets.

CRICKET CLUB: Tonight, Friday, the 9’s competition between Ringmer, Laughton, Barcombe and Intersport continues starting at 6pm on The Green. Ringmer and Intersport were both victorious last week. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI are away to league leaders Rottingdean, the second XI are on The Green against Rottingdean II and the third XI are away to Pevensey II. All are 1.30pm starts.

GREEN WASTE: This collection is a one off trial that the parish council is organising to establish the extent of demand there might be for such a service to be provided regularly. It will take place at the Anchor Field Car Park (where the old Youth Club used to be sited) from 10am to 11.30am tomorrow, Saturday. It will be for domestic garden waste only and will work on a first come, first served basis, with marshalling and some assistance being available. The council has tried to estimate demand but please understand that if this proves to exceed capacity, it might be necessary for some latecomers to be prepared to take their waste home or on to Lewes, as it cannot be left on site. Please exercise due care in the shared car park.

JUMBLE SALE organised by the Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society will be held in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, commencing at 2pm. Please bring any jumble you wish to donate to the hall as near to noon as possible on Saturday morning.

PRAISE PICNIC: Ringmer Baptist Church invites you to join them for an uplifting time of testimony and praise on The Green at 4pm on Sunday, with a buffet picnic and refreshments afterwards.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on June 27was: 1, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett; 2, Alan Disney and Hugh Griffiths; 3, Pam Brook and John Weston. The next meeting of the Clubwill be in the Symons Hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

RINGMER HUB: Do remember that most of the societies and organisations in Ringmer will be taking part in this Societies Fair on July 14, so do try to get along and find out exactly what is happening in this busy village. You hopefully will find some group you would like to join. The fair will run from 10am to 2pm in the village halls. Refreshments will be on sale and all funds raised will go to the Village Hall Extension Appeal. If any groups would like to book a table, please contact Liz Owen on 814220 or 07989 676814 as soon as possible.

CHEYNEY CROQUET CLUB: This is a friendly sporting society with just over 40 active members. The club plays on the Cheyney Field in the middle of the village. Beginners and experienced croquet players are welcome and club sessions are held on Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. Playing equipment is available for use and individual sessions on the lawns can be booked using the club website. There are currently vacancies for new members for the rest of the season, that is until approximately the end of October at a subscription of £32. The normal membership fee is £50 per year. Contact Jan, the membership secretary, on 01273 812639 or come along to the club stand at the Ringmer Hub in the village hall on Saturday, July 14.

Rodmell & Southease

THE COFFEE CLUB was lucky to have a really nice morning on Thursday June 28. In fact it was so warm people were seeking shade under a large garden umbrella kindly put up by Marcus and Jenny Brown, who were our hosts at Abergavenny House. I hear that £50 was made for Riding for The Disabled which Jenny has supported for years. Many thanks to all the organisers. The next Rodmell Coffee Club meeting will be in September and donations will be for the Macmillan Nurses.

DIARY DATE: Saturday July 14, concert in St Peter’s Church, which incidentally has just suffered yet more damage from vandals who took copper off the roof leaving it vulnerable to rain damage. Fortunately a villager was on hand to get it quickly sorted out.

CRICKET: Matches are Sunday July 15 against Pathfinder CC, and on Sunday July 22 against East Dean CC. Both matches are home fixtures with a 2.30pm start on the sports field. All welcome.

AUGUST EVENTS include our ever popular Rodmell Summer Show on Saturday August 18 on the sports field. On Tuesday August 21 Rodmell WI have a Mad Hatter’s Quiz at 8pm. All welcome.

ADVANCE NOTICE for Saturday November 10. There will be a Southease and Rodmell joint fundraising talk and film by Ian Everest (who happens to be a friend of mine) on Sussex Farming Nostalgia. This is an evening not to be missed as Ian is locally famous for his talks which are very popular.

OUTING: I, due to reasons beyond my control, missed an outing with Burgess Hill Wine Circle, Cruising in the Chilterns on Saturday. They had a lovely sunny day so I hope they all enjoyed it. I apologise for cancelling at the last moment.

NEIGHBOURS: To have good neighbours is a blessing, and over the past few years my neighbours have certainly been a blessing to me in hours of need. Lorna rushed me up the hospital late one night last year when I fell down stairs, and Cindy helped me out this weekend when I became ill. I am extremely grateful for their care and kindness.

SERVICE: The Thanksgiving Service for the life of Mary Clother was a lovely gentle occasion, which I’m sure Mary would have appreciated. Her family projected just the right sentiments to remember this quiet, gentle lady with a dry sense of humour. Mike always got along with her so well, as his humour is much the same. I shall miss seeing her on her walks around the village which she did frequently in the past, but not so much in later years when her health was failing. I think most people that knew her would say the smile lingers on in many people’s memories.

WEDDING: It was nice to see in our parish magazine that at least we’ve had one wedding. On June 16 Michael Sword-Daniels married Anne Palmer. May they share great happiness. It was only recently that Liz Sword-Daniels (Michael’s daughter) was married so it’s a busy year for the family. Just to make me feel older I used to pick the three Sword-Daniels girls up from school in my car. The journeys were most entertaining. Remember girls? The shop in Dyke Road and tubs of ice-cream come to mind.