Parish Pump Lewes - June 15, 2012


TWO GARDENS will be open in aid of Family Support Work: Latchetts Garden, Danehill, RH17 7HQ on Saturday June 23, 2pm to 5pm, entrance £5, children free, teas, stalls and children’s play area. And Dale Park House, Madehurst BN18 ONP on June 30, 2pm to 5pm, entrance £4 (no dogs).

SHORT MAT BOWLS: The AGM is on Thursday at The Royal Oak at 7.30pm. Open to all who may be interested in a winter sport or not. Contact Les Line 01273 471759.

STOOLBALL: We played Isfield (last year’s Mid Division champions) on May 31. Barcombe 135 and Isfield 171. I am away for the next three matches and will send the results in on my return. Good luck Barcombe.

CRICKET: ESCL Division one, Ringmer v Barcombe. Ringmer 220-7 in 50 overs: Glenn Grees 61, Jack Bowler 44, Joe Wheatley 4-58, Allan Trower 2-79. Barcombe 103-9 in 43 overs: Keith Savage 25, Mike Newman 20, Murray Barnett 4-33, Freddie Wade 3-16. Match drawn Ringmer 19 points Barcombe 7 points.

ESCL Division Eight, Barcombe II v Crowborough II. Barcombe 101 all out in 30.3 overs: Monty Clarke 33, Euan Baker 26. Crowborough 74 all out in 32.3 overs: Monty Clarke 6-24, Ottis Haines 2-10. Barcombe won by 27 runs. Barcombe 30 points Crowborough 10 points.

BALLROOM and Latin American Dancing, Keep Dancing. Back by popular demand another beginner’s lesson followed by a Tea Party. It is a really fun class with no experience necessary and new people are welcome to join us at the next class on Sunday from 2pm to 3pm in the village hall. Followed by a very British tea dance or £8 for combined lesson plus tea dance. Partner not necessary. For more info contact:, Tel: 07901 962163.

CAKE SALE and raffle for St Anne’s Hospital, Liuli, Tanzania tomorrow, Saturday, at 9am in the village car park or St Francis Church if wet.


THANKS to all who attended and helped make the Diamond Jubilee celebrations such a success. The atmosphere at all the events was fantastic and it was great to see so many enjoying themselves particularly at the red, white and blue themed picnic, where young and old alike enjoyed races and games. Thanks go to the bonfire society for the excellent beacon and the music that accompanied it, also to James Tillard for allowing the beacon to be on his land. Thanks also to the Chailey Commons Society for an excellent walk and picnic, the crafters for their open day and the churches for joining together for a magnificent service. The Jubilee link walk was the most successful in the 13 years since its inception and rounded off the Jubilee celebrations. A record 110 people and 30 dogs completed the walk; the 32 children received certificates the first back being Isobel Harding, aged seven, who ran in just ahead of Milo Drinkwater and Oliver Smith (both aged eight). Sausages and burgers, plus cold drinks, welcomed the walkers back, thanks to the generosity of the parish council.

CRICKET sees Chailey away in a league game against Copthorne tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 2pm and supporters are most welcome.

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 Steve Hagger at 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the services. To book a place on the free Men’s Breakfast next Saturday, June 23, at 8.30am for 9am call 01444 471600.

JAZZ AND TEA is taking place on the green in front of St Peter’s Church on Sunday from 2pm to 4.30pm. Everyone is invited to listen to the jazz band and watch Scottish dancing. There will be teas, Pimms tent and ice creams, along with a coconut shy, raffle, bottle, bric-a-brac, cake and book stalls.

STOOLBALL: The mixed stoolball team have a match against East Hoathly and Halland, at East Hoathly playing field, on Tuesday at 7pm. Spectators and prospective players most welcome. For more information call Kerry Lingard on 01825 722549.

THE PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

SUMMER FAIR organised by the Friends of at St Peter’s Primary School takes place on Saturday June 23 from 11am to 2pm. There will be go-karts (visit to learn more), real live jungle bugs, refreshments, a raffle and lots more. The fair promises to offer something for the whole family.

SUSSEX FOOD FESTIVAL is being hosted at the Bluebell Railway’s Horsted Keynes Station on Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24 from 10am to 5pm. It will be a celebration of locally produced food and there will be something for everyone. There is free admission for travel ticket holders and station admission only will be adult £2.50 and child £1. For more information visit

CIRCULAR WALK and clearance from North Chailey, by Mid Sussex Ramblers, on Sunday June 24 starts at North Chailey Sports ground car park at 10am. The route will be five miles and include Bineham Wood, Townings Farm, Red House Common and include some clearance work, so please come equipped. No dogs please. For more information call 01444 483860.

SUMMER LUNCH: Newick and Chailey Support Group for St Peter and St James’ Hospice have their annual summer lunch at The Old Rectory on Sunday June 24 at 12.30pm for 1pm. Tickets cost £20. Also an evening of music and dining on Saturday July 7 starting with a welcome drink at 6.30pm in the Tudor Barn Garden (opposite the Barn Centre) Newick followed by songs from the opera and theatre by two young soloists in the church and returning to the garden for a buffet supper, tickets cost £25. Tickets for both events can be obtained from Glenda on 01825 722607.

SMALL GRANTS: Deadline for applications for small grants under the parish council’s small grants scheme is June 30. Grants are usually in the range of £100 to £500 and applications from groups and organisations are assessed on their merits. An application form can be obtained from the clerk, Vera Grainger, on 01825 740409 or can be downloaded at


Offham & Hamsey

HAMSEY CHURCH: The second of the concerts of chamber music performed by the Musicians of All Saints will be held in the church on Sunday at 6pm. Tickets are £10, £7 concessions, children are free. Details on the MAS website.

HAMSEY FESTIVAL: This year’s festival is jointly sponsored by Hamsey Parish Council and the Trustees of Cooksbridge Village Hall and takes place on Saturday July 14 in the hall from 2pm. Hamsey CP School Choir will be starting the events with a specially composed festival song. Marion Hughes is organising the popular novelty dog show with commentary from Sally Miller. The judge will be Shirley Whitley. This year’s dogathon will have the following categories: Pup-athon, cutest puppy under 2 years; Vet-athon, best senior over 7 years; Wag-athon, dog with waggiest tail; Fit-athon, dog in best condition; Ring-athon, jump through Olympic rings; Stunt-athon, dog with any best trick; Clone-athon, most alike dog and owner; Judge-athon, judges’ favourite, best in show; Booby-thon, best not-to-have-won a prize. Winners in each class will be presented with Olympic gold, silver and bronze rosettes, and maybe a prize as well. The entry cost is £1 per class and all you need to do is sign your dog in on the day. Plenty of time to get training before the big day. The highlight of the afternoon will be the Hamsey Olympics which will include wellie throwing, tug of war, 100m sprint and relay, three-legged race, croquet, table tennis, five-a-side football and lots of other fun and games for adults and children. The sports will be accompanied by great entertainment, Mal Webb entertainer extraordinaire, all the way from Australia.

SLEEPING BEAUTY for one night only performed by Hamsey Parish Ham-Dram Players. Ceilidh, with caller and live music and a live band to bring the day to a rousing finale.

REFRESHMENTS: It is going to be a long day from 2pm to 10.30pm so there will be lots of refreshments on offer. St Peter’s Church will be offering their famous tea and cakes and Hamsey School PTA will keep you refreshed with beer and other drinks. Parish council chairman, Justin Harmer will be providing cooked meats, with a vegetarian option, while Newick Tandoori will be offering their delicious curries in the evening. Hamsey Festival entry is free, all you have to do is go along and enjoy yourselves.

WONDERFUL: I hope that everyone enjoyed the Jubilee weekend and the coverage of all the events on television. Sadly for many they will never see another Jubilee in their lifetime and certainly nothing as splendid as the climax to 60 glorious years of Her Majesty’s reign. What true British spirit shone through especially the Chamber Music Choir braving the elements and carrying on in good voice despite being soaked to the skin. My favourite part of the events, apart from watching the Queen and Prince Philip with admiration as they stood all the time in such cold and wet conditions, watching from the Royal Barge, was without doubt the joyful faces of the children and the Military Wives with their rendition of Sing. For me it summed up all that is great about our wonderful country.

ASH TREES: As there are quire a lot of ash trees around the farm I was concerned to read that a deadly disease threatens millions of ash trees in Britain. Officials say there is serious concern over ash dieback, which strips the trees of leaves and can kill them. The fungal disease is widespread on the Continent and symptoms were found in a consignment of young trees imported from Holland by a nursery in the South East. The unnamed nursery imported 2,000 ash trees in November last year and sold them by mail order to 90 gardeners and firms nationwide. Inspectors from the Government’s Food and Environment Research Agency are trying to trace all batches of infected trees before the disease spreads. Last month (Fera) ordered all known customers to destroy their trees or face prosecution. They are instructed to chop the trees up, double bag them and take them to be buried at a landfill site. Inspectors are carrying out tests to see whether the disease has spread to wild ash trees near the nursery or any of its customers. There are 80 million ash trees in Britain. It is the fourth most common tree species. A warning on the Forestry Commission’s website says: The disease is being treated as a quarantine pest under national emergency measures and it is important that suspected cases of the disease are reported. Having read that I shall be keeping a close eye on the tees around the farm. I was surprised to read that they could be buried on a landfill site and not burnt like the elm trees.

THANK YOU to the readers who called me to ask if I was alright last week because they could not find my parish column. I can explain. Having written it all in-between watching the Jubilee events I then made a complete pig’s ear of trying to email it, which was completely my fault and not the Sussex Express. Thank you for your concern.

FESTIVAL: The Rosita Trust Midsummer Festival, June 22 to 24. A weekend of camping and music at Mount Harry House, Ditchling Road. Camp for Friday and/or Saturday night or go along for Saturday evening entertainment. Programme Saturday 4.30pm, live music and entertainment including award-winning songwriter/founder member of Squeeze Chris Difford, folk singer supreme Sam Lee and his band. The Rosita Trusts You’ve Got Talent Contest. Drummer to the stars Martyn Baker with his house band, African Dance Blues Band, Ju Ju, Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara. Late till even later: DJs and dancing. Fun and games for weekend campers. Food stalls, pay bar. If you have talent of any description and you want to flaunt it, sign up for the Rosita Trust’s You’ve Got Talent Contest. To book places please email All proceeds will go to the Rosita Trust which supports young people working in media and arts in Africa Tickets still available.


A CELEBRATION with a tinge of sadness. On Sunday the Reverend Canon Andrew Robinson conducted his last official service in St Laurence Church. Andrew has been watching over Falmer and Stanmer for 32 years. He has given us all such great care at all times, not just to the congregation of the two villages but to many who needed his wise words and pastoral care. The service on Sunday was very special with beautiful music and the church looked lovely, with magnificent flower arrangements, it being the annual flower festival. After the service everyone was invited to the parish hall, where an amazing table of refreshments had appeared, with champagne in our hands we raised our glasses to Andrew and Judy, his wife, to wish them both a very happy and good retirement. Andrew was presented with a print of old St Laurence Church and a garden bench. The speeches from Beryl Brown, reader, and Andrew’s and Judy’s reply with a spontaneous speech by their son Dominic brought an emotional feeling to all our hearts. We have so much to be thankful for Andrew’s ministry and will miss him greatly.

BUSY WEEKEND: It was a very busy weekend for many with the Flower Festival and stalls to man and refreshments being served all day in the parish hall. The weather on Saturday was much better for us than Sunday, but everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and many visitors came to see the arrangements in the church, and to choose which their favourites were. The votes were counted and the arrangements with the highest scores were pronounced the winners; the theme for the arrangements was Celebrations; first was Angela Stonnard with her clever flower cake, second was Beryl Brown with a red white and blue display depicting the Queen’s diamond jubilee and thirdly Sue Barnes’ cream and white display with strawberries representing Our British Summer (I think with tongue in cheek). They were worthy winners, but everybody did so well, other displays showed the Jubilee coach, a successful driving test, a celebration with a clever bottle of champagne made of leaves with frothy fizz of flowers coming from the top, a golden wedding anniversary, a ruby wedding anniversary, and celebrating the queen. Congratulations to everyone who took part and to those who decorated the church and the porch which cleverly portrayed the Olympic Games.

CONCERT: Another reason for the weekend being so special was the concert in St Laurence Church on the Saturday two very talented performers, Sophia Bartlett violin and Erika Schilsky piano, playing Manuel de Falla, Debussy, Faure and Ravel. Both musicians took our breath away with their playing of these demanding pieces.

JOHN GLOVER: Just a footnote to last week’s news about John Glover who has just returned from France to commemorate the anniversary of the D Day landings. During his visit John was introduced to the President of France, Francois Hollande, an honour indeed, but said he did get rather soaked through to the skin (that’s John, not the President).

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS: Another footnote to the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, at nearly 10.30pm on the Monday we walked up the lane, with an amazing full moon behind us to look over the downs where we saw the fireworks from Lewes, and the beacon on Mount Caburn also with fireworks, and then suddenly we saw the lighting of Firle beacon with the flames rising into the sky and, too, their firework display. We couldn’t hear the sounds but for us it was the culmination of a special occasion.


VILLAGE FETE: The annual village fete is on Saturday June 23 from 1pm to 4pm behind the Juggs Pub. This year there is a Caribbean theme with some Limbo dancing, live Reggae band and a Jerk Chicken barbecue. All the traditional favourites will also be there; WI teas, Juggs beer tent, bouncy castles, pony rides, coconut shy, plants, cakes, skittles, raffle, Zumba free for all and much more. All profits go towards the upkeep of the village hall so come along and join in the fun.


TABLE TOP SALE tomorrow, Saturday in aid of St John’s Church. Cakes, jams, books, paperweights and gems, bric-a-brac and more. Refreshments available all morning. Cliffe Church Hall, 9.30am to 1.30pm. Admission free.

CLEARING YOUR CLUTTER? We have a couple of tables available for hire (£8) at our table top sale tomorrow, Saturday, (see above). Why not turn your unwanted items into cash? Tel: 01273 476463.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: We are looking forward to our walk on Sunday at Eridge, always a beautiful area to ramble in. Meet at top North Street car park at 9.30am for a prompt start. Our programmes are available from the Tourist Office or the Walking Shop or can be found at New walkers are always very welcome.

Mobile Library

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


HOLIDAY: We went to North Yorkshire last week. What a splendid county. The scenery was fantastic. We travelled approx 900 miles and my beautiful wife did all the driving as she enjoys it, myself am not so keen. One of the highlights was our visit to York and Castle Howard.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: In July Chris Davidson, a Reception teacher will be retiring. Chris has been part of the team at Wallands for many years and has given many of our children a wonderful start to school life. We will miss her terribly and are very sad to see her go but wish her a very happy retirement. Lunchtimes are an important part of the day for our children, and we need someone who can help them have happy playtimes. It is 11.50am to 1pm daily, from June. Please contact Jackie Nisbett, 01273 472776 for an application form. Miss Gibney was very upset to find her car had been damaged last week while in the staff car park. Please avoid bringing your car onto the school site during the school day if you can, as congestion not only makes accidents more likely, but also poses a safety risk to our children. Our Yr 4 tennis team participated in the Road to Eastbourne 2012 event held at Gildridge Park; they were representing the Lewes Area having won last week. I am delighted to report another win. The team are now going on to represent the South Downs Area to be held at Devonshire Park on June 23. This is the first time we have had a team represent the South Downs in Tennis. Well done to all the children involved and we wish you Good Luck. Eighty two children at the leisure centre participated in the Tata Kids of Steel triathlon. This is a fun event providing an opportunity for as many Yr 5 and 6 children who would like to to experience a three stage event. Mrs Taylor received a lot of positive feedback from parents and accompanying staff over how impressed they were with the children and event. If your child is interested in learning more about triathlon go to Many thanks to all who were involved. Last weekend a few Wallands children took part in their club championships. Barty Page, Lucas Todd Smith, Dandy Freeman and Ben Goode participated in the under 11 Yr, and Dandy and Ben had a very successful day finishing first and second in their events. Freya Fitchett, Paul Jackson, Rose Brooker, Dan Bush all competed in the under 13 Yr, Freya finished second in the 75m sprint and Dan second in 1200m. Well done to all of you. Many thanks to all parents, children and staff who worked so hard to make this a memorable day, both by helping on the day and by sharing their skills, talents and time with us. The Knots of May, Maypole dancing, singing, dancing and crafts were thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance along with the usual Fair activities.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, Christ Church Tots will be meeting again after the half term break between 9.30am and 11.30am and this will be followed by Friendship Lunch from noon to 1.15pm. On Sunday morning worship at 10.30am will be led by Stuart Dew and at 6.30pm, Rev John Gordon will be conducting evening worship with Holy Communion. On Wednesday the Little Fishes group for pre school children and their carers will be meeting between 9.30am and 11am. At 7.30pm on Wednesday we are holding our Friendship Evening, if you wish to attend and need a lift please contact Graham on 01323 486557. There will be entertainment followed by seasonal refreshments. A warm welcome awaits you at any of these events. Last Friday we had 30 people along to our Messy Church event. The theme was the Good Samaritan and those present leant about who are neighbour is and the activities included making a paper chain of friends. After a short act of worship everyone enjoyed an indoor picnic lunch. There are only a few places left for our summer holiday club for children please telephone 813048 for details and registration form.

NEIGHBOURHOOD Police Panel meeting will be held on Monday at 7pm at St. Mary’s Hall, Highdown Road. Open to all residents. Our local PCSOs report on the incidents they have dealt with since the last meeting, they want to know about any recent trouble or concerns and they welcome our observations.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open as usual today, Friday, morning in the village hall from 10am till 11am.

THE BOWLS CLUB will entertain the Royal Household tomorrow, Saturday, at 2.30pm. Sunday is Ladies Day, and on Monday there will another match against SCBA Vice Presidents Internal Game, both of these matches will commence at 2pm.

THE CRICKET CLUB have another busy weekend. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI will play Bells Yew Green away the second team are playing Willingdon II at home. The third XI will be playing Heathfield Park III away and the fourth XI will be away to Bells Yew Green IV. All these league games will commence at 1.30pm. On Sunday there will be a game at Newick against Palmers CC this will commence at 2pm. Fingers crossed that weather will soon improve.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church will be Holy Communion at 8am followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please telephone 01825 722582 in advance.

BADMINTON: The Badminton Club will be in the village hall on Tuesday evening from 7.45pm. Why not pop along with your friends and see what its like. For further information ring 01825 723299.

SUMMER LUNCH: The Newick and Chailey Support Group for St Peters and St James Hospice will be holding their Summer Lunch at The Old Rectory on Sunday June 24 from 12.30pm. Tickets £20. Please telephone 01825 722607.

THANK YOU: On behave of all the residents of Newick I think a big thank you is due to all those people who arranged events over the Jubilee Weekend. Well done everyone.


BARGAIN HUNT: To snap up

the bargains just rush along to the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pm when Honeybees Pre-School will open the doors for its jumble sale. There will, of course, be refreshments, cakes and tombola to complete the experience. If you have jumble to donate please take it along during the morning or ring 01273 890761 to arrange collection.

FLOWER POWER: The Flower Club will hold one of its demonstrations and social evenings on Wednesday in the village hall at 7.30pm. The demonstrator will be Angela Hyde and the theme Cabbages and Kings. Non-members are always welcome and the fee is but £2.50. On Friday members will be off on a coach trip to Mottisfont.

BOOK THE DATE: There will be another drive-in movie at Plumpton racecourse on Saturday, August 18 so be sure to mark the date in your diaries. The film this time will be another to be enjoyed by the whole family, namely the Wizard of Oz. These events have become extremely popular with the opportunity of being able to picnic before the show just adding to the buzz of it all. Gates will open at 6pm with the film starting around 8.15pm. Admission cost will be £20 per car, but if you book in advance there will be a discount of £5. Five per car is, I think, the limit. There will be food, licensed bar, music and entertainment hosted by Bright FM’s Richard Reynolds. Go to or ring 01273 890383. Will you be following the Yellow Brick Road on your way Off To See The Wizard?

RACECOURSE EVENTS: As usual there will a number of events taking place at the course during the summer, or what is meant to be our summer. Management at the course is anxious that local residents should not be unduly troubled by the activities and, if there should be cause for complaint out of office hours, the duty manager will be available on 07549 993579, but please show a little tolerance as these events are needed to keep the course viable.

SCUM AT WORK: For the second time in two years thieves have stolen a lawnmower from the Rectory. This time it was a two-year old John Deere forward drive model, so watch out for one being offered for sale. As I have said previously, such thefts are now fairly commonplace so stay alert and secure your sheds and outbuildings. Just to make matters worse, overnight last Friday Jubilee bunting and flags were both stolen and damaged outside All Saints’ church.

SORRY: My directions for the start and finish of last week’s Footpath Society walk were somewhat dodgy, but I plead total innocence as I checked it out and that is what I was told. Honest, m’Lud.

CRICKET: I gather Plumpton and East Chiltington CC are doing well in the village knock-out competition this year and knocked the mighty Glynde out in the first round and won again in the next. Unfortunately I cannot report much more as details are hard to come by.

DEFIBRILLATOR: Fund raising is going very well for the first defibrillator for the village. A date for the launch of this has been set as Friday July 13 at 12.30pm at the Village Shop. However, ambitions are high and the Village Action Plan would like to raise enough funds for a second machine. Therefore, Nick Satchell has agreed to keep the mobile phone collection scheme going for another month. Please take any unwanted mobile phones to the village shop, remember your phone could eventually save someone’s life.


CRICKET CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, at 1.30pm start the first XI are at home to St Peters, second XI are away to Eastbourne III and the third XI are away to Maresfield II. On Sunday there is a representative match on The Green between Eastern Eagles U14/U15 and Northern Knights U14/U15. On Friday June 22 there is a Race Night in the cricket club bar starting at 7pm. Everyone welcome.

FASHION SHOW: Do remember this event being held tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and tickets cost £5. There will be a selection of clothes on show from leading retailers and all items will have between 30 percent and 60 percent off. This is all surplus clothing and will be in season. You can buy on the night using debit cards or cards. If you still haven’t got a ticket please contact Liz Owen on 814220. This evening is in aid of the Village Hall Extension Appeal in association with Travelling Trends.

CAR BOOT SALE: Ringmer Community College will be holding this sale on Saturday, June 23 on the school playing fields (entrance in Harrisons Lane). Cars will be £5 in advance, £8 on the day, and they can be set up from 8.30am, buyers from 9am please. For further information please telephone Mr J White at the college on 01273 812220 ex. 223.

VICARAGE FETE in the Vicarage garden on Saturday, June 23, commencing at 2pm. There will be many stalls including tombola, plants, cakes & produce, toys, books and refreshments will be provided. Items for any of the stalls should be taken to the Vicarage preferably on the morning of June 23.

FUN DAY: There is still time to join the Mothers’ Union Family Fun Day, Trains, Cranes and Automobiles, at Bentley on Saturday July 14, from 10.30am to 4pm. Take a walk with the wildfowl, visit the historic house and gardens, ride on the miniature steam train, explore the woodland trail, get revved up in the Motor Museum, relax in the tearooms and picnic area and worship in the open-air. Entrance is £5 per person (children under 3 years are free). If you would like tickets (before July 1) please contact Ruth Peters on 812389 for an order form.

EVENING WI: Members enjoyed a meeting with a Jubilee theme on June 5 when Richard Saunders recalled his time as a chorister at the Chapels Royal, the highlight of which was singing at the Coronation. Members enjoyed suitably decorated Jubilee buns and watched a slide presentation of the Queen as a WI member, she joined in 1943. This year Ringmer entered 10 of the WI classes at the South of England Show and were rewarded with two seconds and a highly commended. Wendy Vaughan’s decorated trainer, with its Jubilee and Olympic theme, won a second prize rosette. The other second rosette went to the Story Sack whose theme was the children’s book All at Sea with Year Three. To illustrate the story the sack contained, as well as a front cover design, yards of colourful bunting, a large pink knitted octopus and a treasure chest overflowing with jewels. Irene Jupp, Jay Kendall, Susan James, Pat Williams and Anne Stamper put all this together. Ann Keeping gained a highly commended certificate for her fancy dress for a child, a beautifully made pirate’s costume.

Rodmell & Southease

AT LAST I feel as though my feet are touching the ground (no, I’m not an angel and have not earned my wings yet). So much to do, so many functions to go to, how do the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh cope with their life, and all the functions they have to go to, especially at their great ages. Whatever they are on, I’d like some of it.

JUBILEE PARTY: On Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm the sun came out and so did 200 villagers from Rodmell, Northease and Southease onto the cricketing field. Under warm sunshine and blue sky everyone enjoyed a hog roast for the adults, barbecue for the children and provisions for vegetarians. Huge thanks go the parish council for providing free mugs to every child, the WI for super gold medals which were presented to winners of the children’s games and to Sam Barlow and Claire Young who organised all these plus the toddlers play area. Kim Mercer presented the most amazing cakes, a crown complete with jewels and a Union Jack cake which was cut by a little four year old who’s birthday happened to be that day. Of course it would not have been so successful without the food provided by local ladies and gents who brought salads, coleslaw and strawberries. Many villagers put up gazebo’s for the event and Paul Mellor and Don Ford did a roaring trade under a large canvas tent which kept the beer and Pimms cool. Thanks go to Richard Sellick and Henry Brown for ferrying all the heavy equipment and of course the band who kept us all entertained. Finally, the interest in the event was piqued by Simon Tull’s beautiful posters and tickets, amazing. When we all got home and saw what dreadful weather had been endured in London it was felt we had been truly blessed. Thank you everyone. Thanks to Jenny Brown for this write-up.

I THINK we can establish that everyone, apart form Republicans, were enjoying themselves, from the amount of happy smiling faces that were everywhere.

SWITHCH OVER: It was a pleasure to switch on the TV and see a sea of happy faces, that was when one could get a decent picture, or a picture at all, since the switchover. I have spoken to so many people who had the most awful reception on their TVs which was a great shame as they had so looked forward to seeing the great occasions with clarity. I know older people like my mother are having great problems sorting out all the TV stations and are pushing buttons all over the place, it’s just too much for them. Oh for the simplicity of the past, not the complications of our technological future.

WALKERS: B&B was manic over the Bank Holiday as it seemed walkers were keen to get away from the celebrations to the scenic tranquillity of the South Downs. This meant that I missed out on going to some of the things I would like to have gone to. There was just so much on. Sadly I missed the carriage procession which I love to see because I love the horses. I managed to see the concert and have been amused to hear peoples comments about it.

OLYMPICS: Don’t settle down too much yet, we’ve the Olympics soon. What will London be like then? I think manic would be the descriptive word.

SUMMER FETE: Northease Manor School is holding it’s summer fete and dog show tomorrow, Saturday, 1pm to 4pm. Lots going on here. £1 adult, dog classes £3 each.

THE RECTOR Revd Geoff Daw is on sabbatical during July and August. Let him have a bit of peace, the answer phone will be off. Have a great break Geoff. You can however contact the Curate, Revd Marcus Brown and bend his ear, or Revd Mary Sitwell or the reader Hugh Bailey. Phone numbers in the parish magazine.

WI: On Tuesday the WI have an interesting talk for their monthly meeting, The History of Shopping in England by Gilly Harlcrow. Visitors, as always, welcome at 8pm ,cost £2.

COFFEE CLUB Thursday June 28, 11am to 12.30pm at Abergavenny House, Mill Lane. All welcome. I love going to these so must try to make it this time.

THE SPIDERS are around. One must have got into my tumble dryer because when I took some sheets out a very large black spider walked decidedly wonky across the floor having just gone round and round. I very bravely put him out in the shed to recover from his big ride in the tumbler at the pleasure ground of Sunnyside. My cousin, who is also not a spider fan, had a huge one under her pillow. A good nights sleep did not follow after that shock. Ants are also everywhere at the moment, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. They love Nippon which kills them off so at least they enjoy their last feast. Put a drop down and in a few moments you have an ant rave, they go mad for it.