Parish pump Lewes - June 20, 2014


WAR MEMORIAL TALK: Have you ever wondered about the stories behind the names on Barcombe’s war memorial? Ian Hilder will be giving a presentation on the results of his research into the names and the building of the war memorial today, Friday, at 7.30pm in the village hall. Tickets £5 from Turner’s Electrical Store or £7 on the door or email Ian to reserve your tickets (

OPEN GARDEN: Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be an Open Garden at Hamsey Manor, Hamsey, from 2pm to 5pm. Entry £5 per person, children free. There will be refreshments and stalls selling art work and books. Proceeds will be used by Family Support Work in the Chichester Diocese to help Children and Families in need.

CRICKET RESULTS: ESCL Div 2 Barcombe v Battle. Barcombe 135 all out in 46.4 overs: Mike Scott 47, Matt Tucker 21, Callum Skinner 20 no, Allan Trower 18. Battle 137-7 in 38.1 overs: Rhys Alchin 3-41, Joe Wheatley 2-14, Allan Trower 2-37. Battle (30 points) beat Barcombe (nine points) by three wickets. ESCL Div 9 Newick III v Barcombe II. Newick 183-6 dec in 40 overs: Olly Winters 2-41. Barcombe 73 all out in 27.1 overs: Kane Black 26. Newick (30 points) beat Barcombe (six points) by 110 runs.

STOOLBALL: Our Ladies Tournament was played on a beautiful hot and sunny day. We didn’t have many teams so we all played each other twice. Angmering won the tournament, Barcombe second and Maresfield third. Our only league game last week was away to Plumpton, I’m afraid not one of our better matches and we lost to Plumpton 94-113.

BOWLS: Two matches were played last week in warm sunny weather. Maybe that is the reason for Barcombe winning both matches. Away match Newhaven 59 Barcombe 60; home match Barcombe 56 Lewes 52. We hope we are now on a winning streak. Club competitions are now underway with the first two rounds being played in June. The finals are on August 30.


MEN’S BREAKFAST is at the Free Church tomorrow, Saturday, 8.30am for 9am. The talk and breakfast are free but donations are gratefully accepted. Call 01444 471600 for more details.

CRICKET: The league side had another extremely close game this time against Horsted Keynes, winning by just one run. This was helped by excellent bowling from the two youngest players who took seven wickets between them Dominic Heater (four wickets) and Aaron Andrews (three wickets). Tomorrow, Saturday, Chailey has a league game against Roffey III at 1.30pm at the sports ground just off the A272.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Peter’s Church, 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 01825722586. Thanks to everyone who helped make the recent Pete’s Pantry such a success, it completely sold out, raising £93.95 for the Church Restoration Fund in the process. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Dennis Read and 6.15pm with Steve Haggar. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

JAZZ ON THE GREEN, in front of St Peter’s Church, is on Sunday starting at 12.30pm. There will be a Fun Family Dog Show, games and stalls for all ages. Entry is free.

WALK: An evening Nightjar Walk is on Red House Common on Tuesday at 8.45pm. It is an opportunity to hear the male birds churring on Chailey Common. Meet at Warrs Hill 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.

AGM: The annual general meeting of Chailey Bonfire Society Ltd takes place at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Wednesday at 8.15pm. For information email

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday June 27, when the Parish Clerk will be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church from 10am to midday to answer any questions. Our local officer PCSO Steve Knowles will also be at the Coffee Stop.

THE HORNS LODGE has won the 2014 Brighton and South Downs CAMRA Country Pub of the Year. Congratulations Mike and Linda. All are welcome to attend the presentation at the Horns Lodge on Saturday June 28 at about 2.30pm.

MODEL RAILWAY Weekend is being held on Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29, at the Bluebell Railway. Visit the locomotive works at Sheffield Park for Gauge 1 including live steam, the Thornbury Hill layout and other layouts and traders. Additional traders will be found on the platforms and the Birch Grove Suite. At Horsted Keynes the Carriage and Wagon Works and waiting rooms will feature more layouts and traders including the first showing of the new P4 layout Plumpton Green and other layouts in N, OO and O gauge. Passengers holding a travel ticket gain free entry to stations and visitors wishing to visit the stations only will need to purchase an admission ticket.

EXHIBITION and sale of Chailey and Newick Painting Group’s work will be at Newick Reading Room on Sunday June 29 from 11am to 5pm as part of a weekend of sport, art and open gardens in the village in support of St Peter’s and St James’ Hospice. The group will have a wide variety of original framed paintings on display, along with unframed work, prints and greetings cards.

DEADLINE for applications for small grants under the parish council’s small grants scheme is Monday June 30. Grants are usually in the range of £100 to £500 and applications from groups and organisations are assessed on their merits. A Grant Application Form can be obtained from the clerk, Vera Grainger, on 01825 740409 or can be downloaded at

THANKS from everyone at Chailey and Newick Colts FC go to Gary Strangwood for the fantastic job he has done as chairman for the last two seasons. Gary has stepped down from the role but will stay involved in the Club and will continue to serve on the committee. His successor is Nigel Dean, who has just finished managing the U16s, a team he led since it formed at U9 level.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Peter’s Church, Holy Communion 8am, Sunday School in the hall at 10.15am, 10.30am parish Communion followed by coffee in the church hall.

APOLOGIES: So sorry that I missed out three important events which have taken place in Hamsey Church. Unfortunately I did not receive the reports on time. Judge Michael Kennedy’s group sang the ancient service of Compline in the original plainchant as they have been doing for many years at Hamsey on June 13. I know those who attend have always found it a deeply spiritual occasion. On June 8 and 15 concerts of chamber music performed by the Musicians of all Saints in Hamsey Church. Proceeds of the concerts go towards church upkeep.

BUSY MAY: Reports from the Rector: The Bishop of Chichester’s visit on May 12 was a resounding success. Thank you all for your tremendous support. When the number of people at the Eucharist, those at the buffet and those at the Monday Afternoon Club were added up, around 100 people met Bishop Martin (with ages ranging from almost 100 to just over one year), and that on a wet and blustery day. To quote from the Bishop’s thank you letter afterwards: I could not have imagined a warmer welcome. On May 31 there was a lovely memorable Garden Party given by Tim and Alice Renton and Andrew and Phyllida Stewart-Roberts in their Mount Harry gardens in recognition of Judith and my 30 years in the parish. Could there have been a more exquisite setting and the glorious sunshine was an added bonus. Judith and I were so touched that around 100 parishioners came to share the afternoon with us. It meant a tremendous amount to us both. We understand the gate money has made a useful contribution to the Jubilee Window Fund.

WATER AID: The Lent jam jar collection in St Peter’s Church raised £62 which is enough to train a pump mechanic to maintain a water pump to help the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water and sanitation.

CHRISTIAN AID collections in church during Christian Aid Week raised £114.

BISHOP’S PLANS: During June Bishop Martin will be holding a series of 22 parallel meetings across the diocese to plan a diocesan strategy for 2015 to 2020. Al churchgoers (not just clergy and church officers) are invited to attend one of these meetings to have their say in plans for growth and development. For more details and a list of venues and dates Google Diocesan Vision and Growth Chichester. There are also some hard copies available in the church.

OART: I always look forward to receiving my newsletter from the Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust but knew the spring issue would be missing one of my favourite articles which is Jim’s Diary, Jim being OART’s Field Officer. I had been told that Jim had been in hospital and am happy to report he has made a complete recovery and is hoping to resume Jim’s Diary for the summer issue. On leaving hospital he did not hang about and was back walking along the banks of the River Ouse within days. At the AGM evidence was presented of the huge amount the society had achieved during the last 12 months and one of those achievements was winning a South East Water Award. Last year South East Water set up a Community Chest Fund and open bids for up to £2,500 from registered charities in their supply area were invited. OART put in a bid for just over £2,000 to purchase equipment for their water testing and biological monitoring programmes. They were delighted to have their bid accepted. Most of it has gone to purchase a microscope and associated sundries for their newly formed team of invertebrate monitors in the River Adur catchment. They have also purchased a camera, modified for use with the microscope, so they can keep photographic records of their findings. The article Another Interloper which features in the spring newsletter demonstrates the capability of using the camera and microscope for high magnification work. Studying anatomical features of invertebrates under high magnification is often essential for identification to species level. One of their recent outings on the OART Rivers visit programme for local schools was to the Longford Stream at Chailey Moat, with pupils from St Peter’s School, Chailey. The object of the exercise was to net the stream for invertebrates and show the children the fascinating world of underwater life that can be found. On that occasion they netted a freshwater shrimp, hence the article.


LADIES GROUP: Last Tuesday David Cuthbertson came to talk about Newark Farm where his mother was born and which was demolished during the war by troops training on the Downs. David talked about the archaeological dig he and his team have made on the site of this old farm, but not only did he tell us about the dig, David gave us a picture of the history of the Downs in that area. It was amazing to hear about the military battle re-enactments at the beginning of the 19th century, when thousands of spectators would come to Brighton and then to Falmer. It must have been quite spectacular for them to see the uniforms of the cavalry and soldiers, a wondrous sight to behold.

LAST FRIDAY we witnessed a 21st century gathering of similar proportions, 23,000 people descended on the Amex Stadium at Falmer to see just one man, Rod Stewart. It was a perfect night, warm with a full moon, with the windows of my bedroom wide open I could hear the sound of the concert all for free. I am sure the concert was great and enjoyed by all those attending, they too were in full voice singing along with Rod Stewart. We had no problems in the village but I have heard from people who lived in Brighton that two hours before the concert roads were gridlocked with traffic and buses were full and the tail back of cars from the A23 to A27 reached back to Hassocks. We were promised the sound would stop at 10.20pm and it did.

GOSLINGS: We have a second family of goslings on the pond, the first clutch have really grown and are still being guarded by the white goose, who every year takes on the role of body guard to that first batch of hatched chicks, he/she, unfortunately, is not interested in protecting any further families, they have to face the perils of the pond with only their parents to looks after them. What perils? The heron, the sea gulls and the terrapin and probably other animals. I am also delighted we have our own family of chicks to look forward to, a house martin has made a perfect nest over our front porch. I have really enjoyed watching the making of the nest and admiring the way the birds swoop so quickly back and forth with their cheerful chittering.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: Do not forget our flower festival which is taking place on Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29, in St Laurence Church from 11am to 5pm. We need you to attend to make your choice of winner. There will be stalls in the Parish Hall with lunches and teas to refresh you, and on Sunday at 5.30pm there will be a concert in the church to complete your visit.


KINGSTON WI: Our June meeting started with the news there are two new committee members and a total of 57 WI members who can enjoy many activities: walking, Pilates, tap dancing, book group, choir and craft. A selection of knitted fruit and vegetables was being readied for the South of England Show. The Lewes archives revealed the joining date of our longest serving member, Mac Rae, and we are celebrating this in August. Final details of the WI’s tea and cake tent at the Kingston Fete tomorrow, Saturday, were discussed. After tea and biscuits we settled down to hear Janet Canetty-Clark talking about Handel, Hogarth and Captain Coram’s Foundling Hospital. Captain Coram, whose portrait was painted by Hogarth, hated seeing children dying on city streets, set about funding the building of a foundling hospital/hospice in Brunswick Square. He went to the rich and especially their wives to encourage donations for his good work, even to King George II. He also involved Handel and Hogarth, both known to him, who helped with his project to protect orphans. There was such a need that children were chosen by the luck of the draw ie a ball was picked from one of three bags; a black ball meant non-acceptance, a white ball meant acceptance, and a waiting list if a red was chosen. On entry to the hospital mothers could leave half a token, often a button or a piece of cloth or ribbon. The child’s half kept at the hospital and the other kept by the mother. It was used to identify the mother if she reclaimed the foundling. However, many children found on the streets had no known family. The foundlings were fed, nurtured and educated especially in music. Handel’s link resulted in the performance in the hospital chapel of the Messiah; the donation of the full score and him becoming a governor. Hogarth, also a governor, had some of his work engraved and sold as prints which helped to finance the hospital, i.e. the Rakes Progress and the Harlot’s Progress. In 1926 the hospital was relocated to Redhill and later to Berkhamsted until 1953 and is now a Herts CC School. Much of the original building and decorations were saved and reused at what is now the foundling’s museum where the children’s stories can be found. The competition, Political Cartoons was won by Brenda Neller and judged by the speaker.


SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Our recent bargain book sale in Cliffe Hall raised a marvellous £649 (including gift aid) which will go towards subsidising anyone who cannot afford the full cost of attending our professional counselling service. The service is open to anyone, irrespective of belief or ability to pay the full charge. For appointments or information please telephone 07852 221449 or see the website If you would be interested in an opportunity to explore the basics of the Christian faith and discuss the big questions of life in a relaxed and informal setting, contact Steve Daughtery on 01273 472018 for information about our Alpha course. Unfortunately, the Lewes area churches’ breakfast for men planned for 21 June at the White Hart hotel has had to be postponed. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band.

PASSION PLAY: Lewes Passion Play 2015 needs you. On July 8 at 7.30pm in Southover Church chapter house (Southover High Street) there will be an opportunity for anyone who would like to be involved in any capacity at all (including making coffee) to find out more and register their interest. Contact, call/text 07926 486567 or visit

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Sunday June 15, 22 members of the Footpaths Group enjoyed a six-mile scenic walk starting from the village of High Hurstwood, near Uckfield. The weather was mainly overcast but fine. We parked near the school and walked along pastures and tree-lined tracks to enter High Hurstwood Nature Reserve. We followed woodland paths and crossed a high culvert over a dramatic, deeply-sunken stream, trickling today, but known to flood after a wet spell and turn into a rushing torrent. Walking through the green, unspoilt countryside, we stopped for coffee on a grassy slope to admire views of distant hills. Fortunately, few golfers were out whilst we followed the footpath skirting the fairways towards an enclosed path which led us out to the A26 at Poundgate, opposite the Crow and Gate pub. By now, we had gently climbed 450ft since leaving High Hurstwood. At one stage, we had to make a detour along the Vanguard Way because a bridge was unpassable which added a little distance, but in no way deterred from the enjoyment of the walk. At times, the footpath led us through gardens, across a field of inquisitive cattle and onto farmland where two friendly lambs made a fuss of us. As well as the extensive woodlands and forests, what I loved about the walk were the ancient sunken trackways, with high banks of trees on either side. No doubt the heavy Wealden clay would turn to mud during the wet winter months but today they were dry and easy to walk on. We arrived back at the church and our car park by 1.30pm. The walk was led by Margaret. Our next walk will be a walk around Ovingdean and Undercliffe on Tuesday. Non-members are welcome to join us at the Bus Station to catch the 9.38am Bus 28 to Churchill Square. To find out about future walks visit our website.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL’s very popular Sports Day will be held on Tuesday, weather permitting, with the familiar mix of traditional and more unusual races as the KS2 teams compete for the coveted Sports Shield. Last year the Blue Team won; who will it be this year? Once the children have finished their races the competitive spirit amongst the parents will be unleashed as they have the opportunity to take part in an egg and spoon race. On Thursday the musicians of South Malling School will be hosting a concert in South Malling Church. The ‘Music for a Summer Evening’ has been a delightful event showcasing the many musical talents of the South Malling children. Following a request from parents and an assessment by the school, an electronic security gate is being installed at the front entrance to the school. This means parents and visitors to the school will need to buzz to request entry to the school site from the road. The school has been working hard to find exactly the right kind of mechanism to make this work with as little inconvenience as possible and hopes this won’t cause too many problems while everyone gets used to it. The initiative from parents in identifying a potential problem and requesting a solution has been very much welcomed by staff and governors.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH is happy to welcome children and parents into its newly refurbished building for their annual concert on Thursday at 6pm. Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a Garden Fete at Glebe Cottage, from 2pm to 4.30pm in aid of the Parish Church. All are welcome. Earlier this week, the church skittles team won a place in the finals tomorrow, Saturday, at the Rotary Tournament in Southover Gardens, home of their benefactor, John Stansfield, who paid for the church to be rebuilt after it had been largely destroyed during the Reformation. It is nice to think some of the money raised at the skittles match raffle will be used for the final part of the current refurbishment when the Tower Room is improved at the beginning of July, to make it a better area for children’s work on Sundays. The service this Sunday will be Morning Praise, beginning at 9.30 and led by Revd Jeremy Bamber. All are welcome.

SUSSEX WILDLIFE will be holding a Moth Evening in South Malling Churchyard today, Friday, from 8.30pm to midnight. As in similar events, equipment and experts will be available to help people catch and identify moths. All are welcome. The evening starts with a presentation in the church building and then moves into the churchyard. You don’t have to stay till midnight, and there is no cost. It is hoped Michael Blencowe will be present at the Garden Fete on Saturday to explain the work Sussex Wildlife is doing in this and other churchyards throughout Lewes.

Mobile Library

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


NEVILL SPORTS: St Mary’s Children’s Sports is Saturday June 28 on Nevill Green. Hope everyone is keen to show what an athlete they are and you got your application forms in, in time. Let’s hope it’s a dry day.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: We competed in the Lewes and Ringmer District triathlon on Monday in which 14 children took part in a swim, cycle ride and run. They were timed for each individual activity only, not their transitions from one to the other. We had a very successful afternoon with the team finishing first with Paris Whyte-Wilding finishing 1st overall and Ben Goode third. Well done to the whole team.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: Tomorrow, Saturday, the Fulham and Hammersmith Choral Society will give a concert of music for a midsummer’s evening to include pieces by Haydn, Vivaldi, Brahms, Vaughn Williams and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be for all ages and will be led by Rev John Gordon. This will be followed by a Congregational Meeting and church lunch. Our Tots group will be meeting today from 9.30am to 11.30am. Last week we had a lovely sunny morning and the children were able to play in the garden. For the first time we had water play which the children enjoyed. Preparations are going well for our holiday club for children. The theme is Mega Makers and there will be lots of drama, singing and activities arranged around the theme of inventors. There are still a few places available please contact us on for more information.


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

BOWLS CLUB are as follows: Tomorrow, Saturday, West Hoathly, Centenary Shield, at home. On Sunday at home against Rotherfield. Both of these matches will commence at 2.30pm. On Tuesday evening there are two games, Mid Sussex Hurstpierpoint at home and Johnspriggs Adastra away, play commences at 6pm. On Wednesday afternoon they will travel to Crowborough for a fixture against Crowborough Wolfe and on Friday June 27 there is a home match against Sussex VP’S. Play commences at 2.30pm.

CRICKET CLUB fixtures tomorrow, Saturday, are first XI away against St Peters, the second XI will play at home against Polegate and Stone Cross, the third XI will play on the Temple Grove ground against Bexhill V, and the fourth XI travel to Heathfield Park. All of these league games are at 1.30pm. On Sunday there is a friendly fixture at home against Eclipse at 2pm. There are also two mid-week matches, on Thursday they play Great Baddow Cricket Club and on Monday June 30 they play Warwickshire Pilgrims, both at 2pm.

NEWICK FESTIVAL June 27 to 29. There will be a barbecue on the King George V Playing Field, you can watch the junior cricket players having a coaching lesson, there will also be live music from 8pm when Newick Folk play and everyone can join in dancing. On Saturday morning in the King George V playing field, The Manwaring Robertson Field, the tennis club will be open for football and stoolball plus rugby skills. You can also have a turn in the cricket nets at the tennis club. You can join in Cardio tennis, Xpress tennis and mini tennis sessions. All these activities will start from 10am. The pavilion will be open for refreshments. From 1pm till 5pm there will be family fun on the village green plus a big picnic, so why not pack your picnic and go along and have some fun. All activities start at 2pm. In the evening the adults can get dressed up and go to the village hall for the Summer Ball, 6.30pm for 7pm. You will be able to enjoy buffet food and dancing to The Reservoir Frogs. Tickets are £22.50 and can be obtained on 01825 723372. Newick Bonfire Society are organising this event. On Sunday Songs of Praise on the Village Green at 10am, and at 10.30am Newick Twinning Association will sell coffee and croissants in the Community Centre. Six gardens and allotments will be open from 10.30am with art installations at most of the gardens, entry by programme £5 adults, under 16 years old free. Proceeds to St Peters and St James Hospice. There will also be art exhibitions in the Reading Room, Church Barn Centre and at Oast Cottage near Ketches Garden. There are plenty of places in Newick where you can enjoy good food and drink for lunch and later in the afternoon teas will be served in the Church Barn Centre and Strawberries and Fizz at Ketches. For further details check the website www.


NEW COUNCILLOR: Catherine Jackson was co-opted on to Plumpton Parish Council at last week’s meeting, for the remainder of the current term which ends in May 2015 when there will be an election.

FANCY A WALK? If so, meet Footpath Society members tomorrow (Saturday) at the Phoenix car park, Lewes (TQ421 193) at 10.30am ready for a circular walk of 10 miles to Barcombe Cross via Hamsey and Cowlease Farm and return, stopping for lunch (optional) at the Royal Oak, Barcombe. If you need to know more ring 07961 936989.

NIGHTJAR WALK: On Tuesday Chailey Commons Society set off from Red House Common car park at 8.45pm on its annual pilgrimage to seek out the Night Jars. All will be welcome to join in, but do take torches as it will be dark by the time the expedition ends.

NEW DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM: For some long time planning authorities have been able to negotiate for developers to hand over sums of money to pay for infrastructure improvements in return for granting planning consent for developments, both residential and commercial. This was done through what are known as Section 106 agreements. However, a new system is being introduced and parish councillors are monitoring its progress and implications. Planning Authorities, such as Lewes District council, will be able to introduce a Community Infrastructure Levy ( CIL, believe it or not!) that will put a fixed rate of tax on developers and a percentage of such levies will be directly allocated to the Town or Parish Councils involved. These levies will be applied to improve the infrastructure to cater for the demands placed upon it by new development. The amount will be 15 percent generally but will rise to 25 percent if the town or village has a Neighbourhood Plan. Of course, the ultimate result will be that land values will drop because developers will take the tax into account when negotiating purchase prices. Section 106 payments will not disappear altogether and may be negotiated in addition to the CIL. As always, a complicated procedure and Lewes District Council has been forced to bring in outside consultants to guide it through the maze. That is an illustration of how complicated life has become.

PLUMPTON COLLEGE: Last week witnessed the annual Awards Ceremony at the college when students received their certificates and special awards. Each and every year the occasion grows in size and this year some 700 students attended, together with their families and friends. That we should have such an acknowledged seat of learning in our village is truly marvellous and of great benefit for our local economy, particularly in terms of employment. It seems everything connected with land based studies is catered for at Plumpton, so much so that last month the Duchess of Cambridge (a local lass) expressed her pride in its development and achievements. The new Bishop of Lewes, the Rt Rev’d Richard Jason, was guest of honour. Our Rector, the Rev’d Godfrey Broster, took the opportunity to catch up with his new boss.

TALKING BROSTERS: I am, I hope, reliably informed young Seb(astian) Broster is well on the road to recovery following his recent health issues. He is returning to work and getting back to normality after a very trying and testing time. When are we going to enjoy that pint together, boyo? You will enjoy it, whether you like it or not.


PAMPER NIGHT: A night out tonight (Friday) for mums, grans, sisters, aunties, girlfriends and any other women who would like to come. Bar and space to meet with friends, wide range of treatments available at a reasonable cost, stalls with a variety of tempting goodies and a raffle of Ultimate Gorgeousness. Tickets cost £5 in advance from Ringmer Primary School office and £6 on the door. This includes a free glass of wine and access to some workshop/taster sessions running throughout the night.

VILLAGE SUMMER FAIR: July 12, 2pm to 5pm, village hall. Proceeds to be shared between the Village Hall Building Appeal and the organisations taking part. Please be sure to have this date in your diary. There will be two competitions which will be judged on the day. Children under 15 years: Paint/decorate a plaster gnome. 15 years and over: Paint/decorate a terracotta flowerpot. Children and adults need time to do this. The plaster gnomes and flower pots will be available for a registration fee of £2.50 from the raffle table in the shopping precinct tomorrow (Saturday) and the following two Saturdays from 9am to 11am. Raffle tickets for the Grand Draw will also be on sale. Prizes include two tickets to the Glyndebourne Festival; cash prizes of £100 and £50; a free gliding lesson and at least another 12 prizes. If you would like a stall or can offer help, please contact Pam Bowmaker (RVHall Fundraising) on 01273 813625 or

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist, 6.30pm Evensong.

COUNTRY MARKET: Please remember the Country Market which takes place each Tuesday in the village hall from 10am to 11am where you can buy homemade and home grown produce. The early summer fruit and vegetables are now on sale and we have a selection of cut flowers and plants for house and garden. Each week we offer a range of sweet and savoury items, meals, pies, cakes etc, as well as preserves, honey, cheese and free range eggs. Handmade greetings cards and other craft items are on sale and tea and coffee are always available. Cooks needed: The organisers would love to hear from anyone who would like to cook for the market. If you are interested please come along on Tuesday morning and see what is involved or ring Sue Howes on 812394.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday June 11, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster; 3, Liz and Tim Owen. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

BOWLS CLUB: Last week’s results: Nutley v Ringmer 48-94. Ringmer v Horam 59-71. Colemans Hatch v Ringmer 84-60.

Rodmell & Southease

OPEN GARDENS was a great success on Sunday June 8. Maureen, Jenny and Carol thank everyone who helped and were involved in making it such a huge success. The final amount was £2,400, another excellent year despite slightly fewer numbers of visitors. Without all the villagers taking part, opening gardens, making cakes, helping with the teas, manning stalls, parking cars, taking the money, doing all the printing and IT work and being there at the end to clear up it would never happen, so thank you all. As many people peep into our front garden, I did put a little note out to say they were welcome to walk around it, but it was not officially open. I met some nice people who loved the fact I mix wild flowers and many of the bees’ favourite plants into my long border. It was covered in bees and there was actually a swarm up the village that day.

VISIT: One of my B&Bs took me to Tunbridge Wells for an appointment this week on the condition I would go to Sissinghurst afterwards with her. We had a lovely day and the gardens at Sissinghurst were as ever beautiful.

SURPRISE: I had a lovely surprise this week when I had an EP sent to me in the post from John Robinson and the Leaky Buckets, the group he has set up. The story about the Leaky Buckets is about the fulfilment of teenage dreams. Three musical beginners, the wrong side of 60, get together with a couple of friends to learn to play and form a band. Now aged 67-ish this EP is their first foray into writing and performing their own songs and they hope to be an example to others that you are never too old to live your dream. Strangely enough Keith Eade who plays drums is a blast from my past, as I knew his sister at Youth Club in Brighton and actually went out with her husband, before he married her of course. We didn’t last long as I was a blip in their relationship and he went back to her and as far as I know they lived happily ever after. It’s strange how the past follows you in little ways. John is one of our local farmers. He says in his note to me they are playing at Lewes Live on July 11 and then at the Secret Garden Party festival near Huntington on July 25. Then back to Iford on October 10 and 11. I hope to be there John.

I UNDERSTAND the Rod Stewart concert at Falmer caused chaos on the roads. One of my guests driving from Derbyshire couldn’t understand the hold-up. It took him two hours longer than usual on his journey.