Parish Pump Lewes - June 1, 2012

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STOOLBALL: Not a good start to the season with friendlies and fixtures washed out, although we did manage some practices before the spell of wet weather. We welcome this year two new umpires Dan Colbourne and Lucas Williams, both attending an Umpire’s Course in April and both umpired their first match this week very efficiently. We also have a new groundsman Josh Caswell, it’s so nice to have the pitch set out when we arrive. Results May 22: Barcombe 91, Angharad Hills took 4 catches. Plumpton 111. May 24: Barcombe 116 Ditchling 82.

BOWLING CLUB: Finally a start to the season with a friendly away to Wealden (on rubber mats) on Wednesday, May 16: John Osmond 12 H Greenall 22, Henry Bunney 7 P Mills 28, Penny Hunnisett 10 L Battrs 17, Jas Osmond 17 R Grigg 13. Club lost 46-80. Saturday May 19 away to Newick: Shaun Smith17 Keith Mellor 13, Jas Osmond 8 John Baker 23, Derek Stewart 20 Robert May 11, John Osmond 9 Maurice Awcock 19. We lost 54 to 66. With the loss to the weather of the first eight games, the score line is quite favourable.

CRICKET SCORES: ESCL Division One, Iden v Barcombe. Barcombe 65 all out in 28.4 overs: Josh Wheatley 13, G Rens 5-11, M Kitching 3-16. Iden 69-0 in 9.3 overs: P Shanks 47no, M White 17no. Iden won by 10 wickets. Iden 30 points Barcombe 0 points.

ESCL Division Eight, Barcombe II v Stanmer Park II: Barcombe conceded unable to raise a side. Stanmer 25 points Barcombe -5 points.


THE PARISH COUNCIL will be marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in two ways. Firstly, the council has commissioned an ornamental map of Chailey which, once complete, will be given to each household in the village. Secondly, they will refurbish as a bus shelter the old Pump House in which was erected in 1897, the year of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

CRICKET sees Chailey at home (at the sports ground just off the A272) in a league game against Smallfield tomorrow, Saturday, and in a cup game against East Grinstead on Sunday. Both games start at 2pm and supporters are most welcome.

OPEN AIR SERVICE, part of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, is at 10.15am on Sunday at Chailey Green with the Free Church and St Peters Church meeting together. Bring a chair or rug. Tea and coffee will be served after the service. In addition there will be Holy Communion at 8am at St Peter’s Church and a service with Basil Bigg at 6.15pm at The Free Church.

JUBILEE WALK and Picnic Tea tomorrow, Saturday, starts at Red House Common car park at 2.30pm and includes a visit to the windmill and a free picnic tea. Non-members, children and dogs most welcome.

MUSIC at the Five Bells is on Sunday with Laura Millen, singing blues songs, from 1.30pm onwards.

RAF CHAILEY AIRFIELD was on the site of Bower Farm, and was an example of an Advanced Landing Ground a type of simple, temporary airfield designed to support the invasion of continental Europe. In order to construct the airfield the RAF demolished the local pub, The Plough, which was located at the end of the runway, and reconstructed it about half a mile away on the outskirts of Plumpton, and this is now the site of the RAF Chailey memorial. The annual Service of Remembrance and laying of wreaths at the war memorial for those who flew from RAF Chailey in the last war will take place on Sunday at 3pm. All very welcome.

GATHERING: Red, White and Blue All village gathering is at Roeheath, Cinder Hill, Monday from 2pm to 4pm. Bring along your picnic and games to join in the celebrations and, where possible, dress in red white and blue. Please where able park at the village hall. Local musicians will be playing throughout the afternoon.

THE BEACON: Lighting of the Jubilee beacon to the sound of St Peter’s Church bells (which will ring from 10pm to 10.30pm) is on Monday. The beacon will not now take be located at Roeheath as advertised, visit the Parish website to find out the site of the beacon.

CHAILEY LINK WALK starts at 10am on Tuesday from the Sports Pavilion, (where there is ample parking) organised by the Link Walk Committee and Chailey Bonfire Society. At the start please request the brochure describing the route and its features. The walk is approximately six and a half miles and will finish at the Sports Ground with a free barbecue for the walkers. The walk is open to all and for further information please contact John Smith on 01825 723519.

THE WI meet at the village hall on Tuesday at 7.15pm to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. To join in the celebrations do go along as guests and prospective members are always welcome.

OUTDOOR EVENING Nightjar Walk Tuesday 8.45pm on Red House Common. It is an opportunity to hear the male birds churring on Chailey Commons. Meet at the sports club car park and bring torches, as the end of the walk will be in the dark. For more information call William Coleman on 01444 831923.

MEETS at the Five Bells, Austin Healey Club on Wednesday and Lotus Cortina Club on Thursday.

PLAYERS IN THE PARK: Tickets are still available for the Players in the Park open air production of the The Merry Wives of Windsor from June 13 to June 23 starting at 7.30pm. The action takes place at Wivelsden Farm, Wivelsfield Green (opposite the hospice) and all seating is reserved and covered. There is ample free parking, gates open at 5pm and pre-production picnics are most welcome. Visit to book tickets.

JAZZ AND TEA is taking place on the green in front of St Peter’s Church on Sunday June 17 from 2pm to 4.30pm. Entry is free and everyone is welcome to join in this afternoon of fun and community spirit. There will be a jazz band, teas, Pimms tent, ice creams, bottle stall, coconut shy, raffle, book stall, bric-a-brac, cake stall and Scottish Dancing.

PORKY’S PARTY organised by the bonfire society takes place on Saturday July 14 not July 20 as I wrongly stated previously. The event takes place at Balneath Field, South Chailey and tickets cost £20 and are available on 01273 400632 and at


Offham & Hamsey

JUBILEE WEEKEND: An action packed weekend has been organised by St Peter’s Church. Today, Friday is the Gala opening of Tony Shephard’s Royal Collection in St Peter’s Church from 7.30pm to 9pm. It will then be on display until Monday. Today, Friday, until Monday all day refreshments in the church hall with a free glass of wine for Corgi owners. Tomorrow, Saturday, Royal Fete in church grounds from 2pm to 5pm where there will be lots going on with face painting for the children, dancing by the Knots of May, a tombola stall, books, home made cakes and produce, bric-a-brac etc. There will also be a raffle and Michael Bird will have a stall selling his wood turnings. On Sunday Holy Communion in Hamsey Church at 8am; Jubilee Thanksgiving Service in St Peter’s Church at 10.30am; Open Garden at Offham House from 1pm to 5pm; and an opportunity to have a cream tea in the church hall before going on to Hamsey Church for Evensong at 6pm. On Tuesday a fish and chip supper in the church hall from 7.30pm. Contact Judith on 01273 474356.

BEACON LIGHTING. Hamsey Beacon will be lit at 10.15pm on Monday. Details from parish councillor Bill Rendall 01273 478292 or email

ADVANCE WARNING: Ditchling Road, Plumpton/Offham. Friday June 8 and Saturday June 9, East Sussex Highways will be carrying out carriageway patching, antiskid work. This is a scheme to patch repair the road prior to a surface treatment programme that will take place during the summer. A layer of antiskid will also be applied to a section of the road surface. The work will take place in two phases. Phase one Friday June 8: During 9.30am to 4pm Ditchling road will be closed to through traffic from its junction with Cooksbridge Road to its junction with Plumpton Lane. The diversion route will be via A275 Cooksbridge Road, Resting Oak Hill, South Road, C323 Mill Lane, Honeypot Lane, C6 South Road, C110 Station Road and Plumpton Lane in both directions. There will also be a Stop and Go traffic management system in place at the junction of Plumpton Lane and Ditchling Road. Phase 2 Saturday June 9, 9.30am to 4pm: Ditchling Road will be closed to through traffic from its junction with Plumpton Lane and its junction with Spatham Lane. The diversion route will be via C110 Plumpton Lane, Station Road, C6 South Road, C71 St Helena Lane, Middleton Common Lane, Folders Lane East, B2112 Common Lane, North End and B2116 Lewes Road in both directions. Vehicle access into properties for residents will be maintained, however it will be limited at times due to the nature of the works. During these times you should arrange access locally with the works supervisor or gateman. There will be some noise, but they will try to keep it to a minimum. Those who use the buses should check with the bus company for any alterations to the bus service during these works. The work may be delayed in periods of inclement weather. For more information contact Highways Contact Centre on 0345 60 80 193. It is also one of the busiest weekends as the South of England Show starts on June 7 when the B2116 is usually extremely busy.

FAVOURED DIET: I have been studying the eating habits of all the birds that come to the feeding tables and have found that the bluetits feast on the peanuts, but also love black sunflower seeds which the great tits also like. The greenfinches aim for the black sunflower seeds, but robins seem to like oats that I put out sometimes, especially in winter. The two types of woodpeckers gorge on the peanuts as do the green woodpeckers and the chaffinches are not fussy and go from one feeder to another. Recently I caught one of the hen pheasants perched on one of the feeders enjoying the mixed wild bird food, but then came the jackdaw to see her off. It is amazing what you see by sitting quietly and watching. My 13-year-old granddaughter has taken up photography and this weekend spent hours taking photos of flowers, birds and the arrival of a very pretty dragonfly, some red darters and the delicate blue damsel flies hovering over the pond. The perfect place for wildlife and a budding photographer.


SUMMER TEAS by Falmer pond begin on Sunday at 2.30pm. All the cakes are homemade by villagers, and many people who come to visit every year, have their favourites. In the parish hall; very reasonable prices, all for a good cause.

EVERYTHING is suddenly growing so fast, and with the heat, I am finding it difficult to know what to do first in the garden, but I must not complain and have decided that jobs will not go away, so why not sit back in the shade and enjoy it. With all the doors and windows open, so many bees have been trapping themselves in the house, and have been rescued to be released.

PARTY: Having the windows open at night was not helping us on Saturday when, many of us on the north side of the village were woken up hour by hour by young people, laughing, singing and talking very loudly, walking up to the top of the Ridge where we discovered the next day that they had had a party. The wind was blowing away from the village but the residents at Mary Farm heard the sounds, the music is never heard, just the resonant noise of the base. They were very well organised and had managed to take up huge sound boxes obviously powered by a compressor. The farmer on the west side of the road was not amused when he discovered that many of the young people had trampled over the fences taking a short cut from the university through his fields. We were even told that some had taken a morning bath in the horse trough. It was all very harmless and everyone obviously enjoyed themselves, but just a little more thought and responsibility would be appreciated.

We are expecting more sounds this weekend when the Fat Boy Slim festival at the Amex Stadium takes place. I shall leave Sue to report the outcome of that next week.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: Don’t forget it takes place next weekend on Saturday, June 9, at 11am and Sunday, June 10, at 12.30pm, in the St Laurence Church and the parish hall.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our walk on the Sunday before last, led by Janet, started from the Devil’s Dyke Inn. It had been wet earlier on but the rain stopped and we enjoyed a bright, breezy morning. Twelve of us set off and almost immediately enjoyed the dramatic view along the full length of the deep rift of the Devil’s Dyke. We followed a path, gradually losing height, for a mile or so into Benfield valley and as we turned left onto the Monarch’s Way stopped to admire half a dozen huge brown bullocks contentedly snoozing in a neighbouring field. We continued past New Barn Dewpond, beside a golf course and stopped for our coffee break at the site of Golf Course Halt on the former Devil’s Dyke railway which operated between 1887 and 1939. We crossed the road and a couple of fields, passing the model aeroplane airfield (I think it was too windy to fly them that day) and then climbed steadily along a wide chalk and flint track. A bridle gate brought us out into a corner of the National Trust open access area of Newtimber Hill. We dropped down to Saddlescombe Farm passing a cottage where, surprisingly, two peacocks, one white and one blue, were putting on a full display of their wonderful feathers. Crossing the road again we faced our final short climb before following the flattish path back to the start. We were lucky with the weather, after so much recent rain, and had enjoyed spectacular views all the way.

The next walk is tomorrow, Saturday. This is our annual early morning walk followed by breakfast. The walk will be on Chailey Common. Meet at 7am at top North Street car park.


RESIDENTS AGM: After getting some response to the hedges overgrowing pavements, I spoke to Ruth O’keefe who advised reporting them to Lewes District Council Environmental Department who has a responsibility to follow up any complaints. Donations of a cake for the residents table for the Diamond Jubilee would be much appreciated on the day of the big extravaganza on the green. The Garden Trail on July 15 have 14 gardens open. Tickets available from the newsagents. The next residents meeting will be held in the church hall on September 24, all welcome. .

NEVILL BUS: You might have noticed the bus times have changed. It isn’t easy to work out as some of them remain the same time, some are ten minutes later etc. The timetable is on the Nevill website but will eventually be displayed on the bus stops around the estate. Meanwhile don’t get caught out.

GIG: The Hustlers gig at St Mary’s made £335 for the Cottage Pre-school who have some morning and all day sessions available for September. Karen can be contacted on 474979.

WALLANDS SCHOOL 60th Year. Clear skies meant that Tony Richardson, a local pilot, was able to complete a flyover to take our 60th birthday photo. The children helped the operation run like clockwork and to all of you who managed to wash and provide white tops at extremely short notice a big thank you. Midday supervisory assistant vacancy. Please contact Jackie Nisbett, 01273 472776 option 5, for an application form, closing date June 2. During this hot weather even placid dogs that are left alone can be irritable and snappy. We are anxious that one of our children might be hurt, and that children are paying more attention to the dogs than their own safety when there is busy traffic around at the end of the day. For these reasons please do not tie your dog up outside school. We have been contacted by the local Police Dog Unit who are happy to get involved if this problem is ongoing. Thank-you: We were overwhelmed by the number of donations for the spring fair, thank you very much for everything you sent in. The next Book Swap will be tomorrow, Saturday, 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Nutty Wizard Café (opposite Bags of Books) for ages 0 to 12 years plus. You don’t need to be a member of Lewes Children’s Book Group to swap books, everyone is welcome. Bring books to swap, no money allowed. On Wednesday five Yr 6 KE children organised and ran an after school cake sale for Patina funds and raised £100 exactly. Brilliant enterprise. The tennis club had donated use of their courts to Lewes Schools to run a Tennis Festival sponsored by the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association). The 10yr 4 pupils were involved in a variety of skills-based activities, all of which earned the team points. Wallands were one of seven teams who competed. The points were very close between ourselves and one other school and Wallands got through to the next stage of the competition next week in Eastbourne representing the Lewes area. Mrs Taylor reported the children represented the school very well and showed excellent behaviour and sportsmanship, thank you also to the parents who helped. As part of the Olympic and Paralympics this year there are the Sussex Schools Games Finals happening at the K2 Crawley on July 3, this is a very high profile event and in addition to holding many different schools sports finals one of which Wallands is entered into for netball. There is a half term soccer school happening at Lewes FC, Mountfield Road on Thursday and Friday, June 7 and 8, two fun packed days of football for boys and girls aged 4 to 12 years. Leaflets with more details are available at the front desk or contact We were invited to take part in a competitive Triathlon being organised by Ringmer Community College and 48 children took part. Eva Luetchford was our first girl home finishing 13th and we had four boys finish in the top 10, Aaron Carpenter, Dexter Sherin with Tom Cooklin finishing third and Paul Jackson putting in an amazing time for the swim which resulted in him finishing first overall. The team’s finishing score resulted in Wallands winning against Ringmer and Laughton primary schools.

CHRIST CHURCH: Morning worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev Mrs Darryl Sinclair and members of the church’s Worship Committee will be leading the evening worship at 6.30pm. Next Friday is our Messy Church event from 10.30am to 1pm, there will be various craft activities, a short act of worship and a free lunch, children must be accompanied by an adult. A warm welcome awaits you at any of these events. Our summer holiday club is filling up fast, this is open to children of school age from reception to year 6. We will be open on Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 July between 10am and 12.30pm. Please email for further details and a registration form. On May 23 the Thinktank meeting on The Case For Pacifism was introduced by Professor Laurence Lerner. Over half those present joined in the discussion, which allowed them to reflect on the suffering caused by war and the decisions individuals have to make about whether or not to participate in it.

DIAMOND JUBILEE Extravaganza on the Green, Monday. Residents holding table-top sales at this event will have a variety of attractions on their tables including vintage Jubilee china mugs, etc. for previous monarchs, handmade Jubilee-themed soft toys, handmade natural stone jewellery (including amber) and ethnic beading, jewellery and craftwork made by the Guides, paintings and handmade greeting cards, books, children’s clothes and shoes, lego, toys, bric-a-brac and cakes. Nevill Residents’ Association wishes Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society every success.

CAR PARK: Victoria Hospital Car Park will probably be closed on Monday June 18 due to work being carried out.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open from 10am to 11am today, Friday, in the village hall.

JUBILEE EVENTS: Today, Friday, 1st Newick Rootz Jubilee Walk for the primary school at 10am. The rugby club are holding a Junior Touch Rugby for 5 to 11 year old on the rugby field from 6pm to 8pm. There is a barbecue/bar for adults.

Tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am till 11.30am bell ringing at Newick Church. This is open to everyone who would like to have a go at bell ringing. At 2pm the cricket club will be playing against Crowborough. The bonfire society are holding a Summer Fancy Dress Ball in the village hall from at 7.30pm until mid-night (theme covering 60 years of the Queens reign). There will be a barbecue supper, disco and bar. To book tickets telephone 01825 723372.

On Sunday a special church service at 10.30am with live Choral music. After the service a ploughman’s lunch provided. There will also be displays of various organisations including a history display. At 12.15pm there will be a dedication ceremony for the Jubilee Oak Tree. Everyone welcome. In the King George V Playing field. Form 2.30pm until 4.30pm Ketches Open Gardens. There will be kids games and a treasure hunt. St Peters and St James Hospice will be selling delicious cakes and tea to raise money for the hospice. On the King George V playing field there will also be a stoolball competition. Why not enter a team and join in. This will commence at midday till 6pm (ish).

On Monday the tennis club invite you to play tennis. If you have never played the game this is your opportunity to try. Rackets will be provided. This will commence at 10.30am till 12.30pm. At 2pm the cricket club will be playing against Piltdown. Also the bowls club are holding a bowls competition. Non bowling organisations will be competing against each other. This also commence at 2pm until 5pm. There will be a Three Pub Challenge from 2pm till 5pm. This will be relay races between The Bull and The Crown, start and finish at the Royal Oak. Teams welcome from pubs and/or sport clubs. At 5.30pm there will be a hog roast on the village green followed at 8pm with a bonfire also on the village green.

On Tuesday there is another walk from 10am till 11am starting at Newick School. At 1pm the Parade Through the Ages will be preparing to leave the Green at 1.30pm on route to Newick School. There will be a Big Picnic, so please take your own food and a blanket to sit on and enjoy all the events that will take place at 3.15pm with the Scarecrow competition results followed by The Performing Sheep Show at 3.30pm. If you need further details about any of this events please telephone 01825 724295. Fingers crossed that the lovely weather we are having now will continue over the Jubilee weekend. Have a great time.

RBL: On Wednesday the British Legion will be holding a meeting in the Community Centre at 7pm, the speaker will be Simon Stevens the subject being From Ypres to the Somme. This meeting is open to all villagers.

BADMINTON: The badminton club are running a Summer Badminton Season in June at the village hall this will commence at 7.45pm. The dates are Tuesday June 12, 19, and 26. If you are interested please telephone 01825 723299.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: On Thursday the horticultural society will be holding their monthly meeting in the village hall at 8pm the speaker will be Ian Currie and he will be talking about Weather Lore, Fact or Fiction. Entrance £2.50 for members and £3 non members.


CRIME WARNINGS: Commuters should be aware that British Transport Police are warning that you should be extra vigilant as pickpockets are very active on our transport systems at present. Groups will often use distraction techniques, so do be alert. Motorists should be aware that there has been a spate of thefts of catalytic converters in the area of late with 4x4s and vans in particular being targeted.

LET’S CELEBRATE: Plumpton will be a hive of activity over the next few days celebrating HH The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Today (Friday) a commemorative plum tree will be planted on the village green so gather at 6.45pm and enjoy a glass of something sparkling after the ceremony. Then at 7.30pm in the village hall there will be the launch of Ken Beard’s book featuring his now famous postcard collection and entitled a Journey through Plumpton. Ken will be there and will give an illustrated talk about that journey.

SATURDAY: There will be an opportunity to Beat the Bounds around the Downs. Gather at the Half Moon for a 10am start and be prepared for a seven mile hike. Scones, jam and cream will be served at the Half Moon at 2.30pm. The Plumpton Hidden History project will be launched in the village hall at 2.45pm. A chance to listen to people’s memories of the village and view a fine exhibition of local memorabilia. Then at 4pm in the village hall Deborah Bedford, Deputy Lieutenant, will launch the Plumpton Jubilee Recipe Book that contains a foreword by the Duchess of Cornwall (a former Plumpton resident). Tea and cakes will be served between 3.30pm and 5.30pm.

SUNDAY: There will be a civic service in All Saints’ Church at 11am. The Queen’s Personal Chaplain will preach and present will be Peter Field, the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex. The Big Jubilee Cake will appear after the service. Then at 3pm there will be a D-Day Remembrance Service at the Polish war memorial adjoining the Plough pub. Then rush on back to the Rectory Gardens for the Jubilee Tea Party at 4pm. The Hidden History exhibition will be open in the village hall between 10am and 4pm.

MONDAY: Please note that the road between the Plough and the level crossing will be closed between 10am and 12.30pm. This will allow the jubilee procession to proceed down the road to the playing field, starting off at 11am. The Village Fete will take place at the playing field between noon and 5pm. The Plumpton Olympics will feature plus tug-of-war plus live music from a steel band and a local jazz band. There will be cream teas, ice creams, barbecue and licensed bar. There will be lots for the whole family and then the concert from Buckingham Palace will be broadcast on a large screen. After that there will be the lighting of a beacon on the downs at 10pm.

TUESDAY: Time to Beat the Bounds at the northern end. Gather at the Winning Post pub at 10am for another seven mile trek. The Hidden History exhibition will again be open in the village hall between 10am and 4pm.

FANCY A WALK? On Wednesday assemble at Crowborough/Jarvis Brook railway station at 10.15am for a walk of 6 ¼ miles taking in Rotherfield, Hornshurst Wood, Boarshead, Limekiln Wood Fields, Heath, Woodlands and lunch at Boarshead. Find out more on 01273 891218.

PLUMPTON WI: We commenced our May meeting with reports on recent events including a group meeting at Chailey and our spring walk which ended with lunch at the Plough and both days were very enjoyable. After handing out birthday cards and hearing about future outings we settled down to discuss this year’s resolution for the AGM. It is concerned with the provision of midwifery services within the NHS. After some discussion it was decided to support the resolution which calls for the training and increased numbers of midwives to cope with demand. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, June 13 when our speaker will be Claire Carpenter on Roots and Wings. We meet at 7.30pm in Plumpton village hall and visitors are always welcome. (Marilyn Nye).

CARE CLUB: On May 3 about 20 of us visited the very impressive paintings at the Church of English Martyrs at Goring-by-Sea. Few of us knew what to expect and were surprised to see the incredible ceiling paintings. We were given a very comprehensive talk beforehand by a member of staff. The paintings were executed by a young man after a visit to Rome in 1987 and are a replica of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and about two-thirds the size. It took five years to complete and it was all done in his spare time and completed in 1993. Then we went on to Haskins Garden Centre where we spent a very pleasant couple of hours. Our next social event is a pub lunch but the venue has yet to be decided. Then we have the ever popular Sunday lunch on June 10. Ring Ann on 01273 890048 if you would like details. (MEK).


DIAMOND JUBILEE: Do remember the Jubilee Gold and Silver Chain will be taking place in the shopping precinct tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am until noon. This is being organised by the village hall extension appeal. Also Ringmer Shopkeepers Association are also holding various events in the precinct tomorrow morning so do try to get along and join in the fun.

SPECIAL SERVICE: To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee there will be a special service in St Mary’s on Sunday at 6.30pm to which all are invited. Light refreshments will be served in the Church Room after the service.

CREAM TEA: The village hall appeal committee are holding a Diamond Jubilee Cream Tea in the village hall on Tuesday from 3pm to 5.30pm. Tickets costing £5, which includes a glass of Buck’s Fizz, are available from Middletons. There will be a special raffle at this event.

EVENING WI: At its meeting on Tuesday in the village hall at 7.30pm the speaker will be Richard Saunders who will talk about his childhood experiences in and the history of The Royal Choristers.

FLOWER CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday, the demonstration will be by Lucinda Knapman and is entitled A Florist’s Year. The competition for members is A Bowl of Beauty. Visitors always welcome and for £4 can enjoy the demonstration as well as a cup of tea/coffee and biscuits.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on May 23 was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Valerie and Peter King; 3, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith. Will members please note that the club now goes into meeting on the second, fourth and fifth Wednesdays of the month during June, July and August so the next meeting will be in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday, June 13.

QUIZ NIGHT: The stoolball club are running their first fundraising quiz night of the season on Friday June 8, in the Cricket Bar starting at 7.15pm. It only costs £1 per person to enter with teams of up to four people. There will be the usual food and raffle.

COFFEE MORNING: This will be held at Sunrise, Laughton Road on Saturday, June 9, from 10am to noon and is in aid of Lewes District Churches Homelink. There will be the usual bring-and-by and raffle. Please do support this event if you can as Homelink does a great deal of good work in helping homeless people in the area to obtain private rented accommodation by offering an interest free loan to assist prospective tenants to cover the initial Ring in Advance and Damage Deposit. If you require transport please phone 812501.

FASHION SHOW: Do remember that tickets are now on sale for this evening being held in the village hall on Saturday, June 16. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and cost £5. Tickets can be obtained from Liz Owen on 01273 814220 or at Ringmer Wine Stores. The show will involve a selection of well known High Street clothes at greatly reduced prices. It is being run in aid of the village hall extension appeal and is being run in association with Travelling Trends.

CAR BOOT SALE: Ringmer Community College will be hosting this sale on Saturday, June 23, and it will take place on the school playing fields (entrance in Harrisons Lane). Cars will be £5 in advance, £8 on the day, and can set up from 8.30am. Buyers from 9.30am please. For further information please telephone Mr J White at the school on 01273 812220 ext 223.

Rodmell & Southease

ACCIDENT: We had yet another minor accident outside Sunnyside on Saturday May 19. Fortunately nobody was hurt. Recent speed clocking showed that many drivers were doing well over the 30mph limit. People who live up Mill Lane do get rather fed up when they get tooted by impatient motorists when they are waiting to turn. Let’s face it they live up there, how else can they get home.

CYCLISTS: Can I make a plea to cyclists who use the C7 at night. Please wear fluorescent clothing and have a light on your bike, many of you don’t and this is a very dangerous road at the best of times.

WEDDINGS: There were a lot of weddings around the area on Saturday and the glorious weather must have made many people happy. We had wedding guests staying for a wedding in Telscombe Old Village and I hear it was quite an event.

JUBILEE: Are you all ready for Sunday’s Jubilee celebrations? Let’s hope the weather holds out.

EUROVISION: Every year I say I’m not going to watch the Eurovision Song Contest and every year I do, well, I like a good laugh. Let’s face it, we all know what to expect, girls in diaphanous dresses, wearing heels like the Eiffel Tower and tossing long hair around to cheer up the fellas, whilst a few good looking men parade around for the girls. I actually liked our entry and the Russian Grannies. Weren’t they great with their lovely costumes and their happy faces. Give age a chance I say. I can’t say any of the songs stayed in my mind long enough for me to be humming them while hoovering.

BIRDS: There have been a lot of birds in the garden recently and a great-tit seems to have settled in the area, as he is now a frequent visitor to the bird feeding area. A friend of mine in Peacehaven took a lovely photo of a fox cub on their patio steps looking into their lounge and other friends in Lindfield now hand feed a badger family in their garden.

BAND: I hate being on the roads at weekends, especially hot ones. It took one of my cousins four hours to get down here from London at the weekend. That’s no fun in 28 degrees. I met up with my cousins In Grange Gardens, Lewes on Saturday afternoon to hear the band that another cousin was conducting. It was lovely music, much enjoyed by young and old, and thankfully the band was situated under a shady tree with a lovely breeze blowing.

HOG ROAST: Maureen Ford has asked me to write that all tickets for Rodmell’s hog roast have sold out, and please would people bring picnics, rugs and chairs. Hopefully the sun will be out and it will be held on the sports field, but should it rain it will be in the village hall.

SWALLOWS: I was pleased to read Mavis Clark’s piece about the swallows in last week’s PP. I have not seen any yet but anticipate on seeing some soon. I heard the cuckoo a few weeks ago but not recently.

FORMS: I recently had to write to the DVLA to tell them about my eye problems. I now have more forms to fill in. I don’t think people realise that one has to notify the DVLA if you have eye problems or are on various medications. If you don’t and have an accident this will go against you. It’s better to be safe than sorry. I do wonder how many people keep quite on this issue because they fear they will be stopped from driving or because they don’t want more forms to fill in.

HOSE PIPES: On the day the drought order was publicised I saw a man cleaning his car on the main road with a hose, since them I’ve heard several people say they’ve seen people doing the same. Don’t do it, it’s against the law.