Parish Pump Lewes - June 21, 2013

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DON’T FORGET: On Sunday from 2pm, Cub scouts’ bicycle ride to raise funds for 1st Barcombe Scouts group. Start at Woodyard opposite Sutton Hall.

SUMMER PARTY: The bonfire society have a Summer Party today, Friday, in the village hall: 7.30pm to late. Dinner and live music dance £20.

STOOLBALL: Whilst I was away on holiday last week the team won their matches against Buxted Park and Ashdown. On June 11 our away match with Ditchling was cancelled, rain again. But on June 13 we won at home against Adastra. Barcombe 151 (Janet Hughes 55, Nic Keysell 62). Adastra 112. (Amanda Ridley 3-21).

CRICKET: ESCL Div 2 Laughton v Barcombe: Laughton 94 all out in 29 overs. (Allan Trower 6-46, Josh Wheatley 3-19). Barcombe 95-5 in 29.1 overs. (Matt Tucker 27 Mike Newman 26 Keith Savage 24no). Barcombe won by 5wkts. Barcombe 30 points Laughton 5 points. ESCL Div 8 Barcombe II v Newhaven II: Barcombe 101 all out in 34.2 overs. (Paul Coppard 38). Newhaven 105-5 in 37.2 overs. (Ed Harmer 3-37, Kane Black 2-33). Newhaven won by 5wkts. Newhaven 30 points Barcombe 5 points.

BOWLS NEWS: Tuesday, June 11 away to Newhaven: John Osmond 15 P Blackman 14, Jas Osmond 14 Wendy Frizzel 11, Henry Bunney 24 P Feltham 9. Barcombe won 53 to 34. Saturday, June 15 the club held the Jack Bodle Memorial Cup, Triples. Four teams of three played an 18 ends semi-final. In the final after fighting back from a 10-0 beginning John Osmond , Penny Hunnisett and Heather Keeys only went down by three shots 14-17 to Derek Stewart, John Blackmore and Ann Hills.


CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game against Cuckfield III tomorrow, Saturday, at the sports ground just off the A272 starting at 1.30pm. Supporters are most welcome and refreshments are available.

JAZZ AND TEA is taking place on the green in front of St Peter’s Church is on Sunday from 2pm to 4.30pm. It includes a dog show with ten classes with rosettes for the winners. The classes sponsored by Whites Premium Southern will be best puppy (4 to 12 months), prettiest bitch, most handsome dog, golden oldie (over 7 years), waggiest tail, best trick, best rescue, best condition, fancy dress and best sausage eater. There will also be bric-a-brac, cake and plant stalls, children’s and bottle tombolas, Pimms tent, ice creams and games. Entry is free and everyone is invited to join in this afternoon to listen to the jazz band and St Peter’s Primary School Choir and watch Scottish dancing.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church, Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Free Church services are at 10.30am with David Muzzell and at 6.15pm with Robin Lacey. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

VILLAGE Information Point session is on Friday June 28 when the parish clerk will be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

GRAFFITI NIGHT at Chailey Youth Group was postponed due to volunteer commitments and will now take place on Friday June 28. Helpers are sought to come along and help set up and pack away and sometimes stay as the current volunteers are finding it increasingly harder to be everywhere all at once. If parents or carers or friends are able to help the group they would be very grateful of the support. Please let Gemma know on 07843410895 or if you can support the Group in this way.

STAINED GLASS window permission (known as a faculty) for a new one has been given, which is pictured at, to be installed in the east window of St John’s chapel, at St Peter’s Church, in memory of the Revd Eddie Matthias who was rector from 1965 to 1992. A number of people have spoken of their desire to donate towards this. If this is your wish donations (which can be gift aided) can be made via Chailey Parochial Church Council whose officers include the churchwardens Peter Martin (01825 722680) and Teresa Wenban (01825722586) stating it is for the window. If you are in contact with others who knew Eddie, who might like to be included, please give them details or show them this article. On completion there will be a dedication of the window held during a service.

WAITROSE: Please support the Youth Group. Every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 each month between three local good causes. At Lewes Waitrose this month the Youth Group are one of the causes set to receive a donation. At the checkout you will receive a token and the more tokens the Youth Group get the bigger the donation they receive.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CONCERT: The concert of Light Music by the Sussex Police Choir is tomorrow, Saturday, in St Peter’s Church at 7.30pm for the Jubilee Window Appeal. Tickets £7 to include a glass of wine and nibbles. Tickets at the door or from Judith on 01273 474356.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peters, 8am Holy Communion, 10.15am Sunday Club in church hall, 10.30am Parish Communion followed by coffee in the hall.

OPEN MORNING at Cooksbridge Station is on Friday June 28 from 10.30am to noon.

HAMSEY SCHOOL: Cake sale on Fridays after school, term time only. Babies and Toddlers, Fridays 9am to 10am, term time only.

COMMUNITY ASSETS: At their annual parish council meeting last month Hamsey PC discussed the possible nomination of community assets. The clerk had received replies from only Cllr Dodd and Cllr Bates. Suggested parish assets were The Rainbow Inn, The Chalk Pit Inn, The Blacksmiths Arms, Offham Filling Station, St Peter’s Church and the village hall and recreation ground. The clerk pointed out that there was a lengthy form to fill in for each premises to be listed and a lot of information had to be given, including location plans etc and it would not be quick to do this. Clerk Jenni Toomey was asked to take on the task but given until the end of the year to complete it. At the meeting traffic issues including footways and parking and an update on school parking was discussed which included the bus stop at Station Mews, Cooksbridge. The chairman managed to arrange a meeting with ESCC to get the bus stop replaced. The clerk received a letter from ESCC who were consulting with the PC about proposed replacement of the picket fence between Hamsey School Field and Hamsey Lane, with a high metal fence with spikes on top and gates to match. Council felt the fence was completely out of scale and before any new fence was erected, ESCC needs to consider the proposal for some school parking along the edge of the field. Cllr McBrown met the head teacher who was not keen to lose any of the field but will raise it with the school governors this month. The PC needs to make the governors aware of the parking problems and Cllrs Bates and McBrown will try to attend the next governors’ meeting to present proposals from the parish council. Cllr Armstrong requested that any update from Lewes District Council regarding the grant proposal for improvements to Offham be reported to council at their July meeting.

ALE AND HEARTY: Arts company Strike a Light is currently working on a project called Ale and Hearty, chronicling the social history of brewing in Lewes. The project is looking at the history of brewing in the town through a photographic exhibition, reminiscence sessions, education pack and book and walking trail. In addition, they are planning activities throughout the year concurrent with the Lewes cultural calendar. Finally, they will be generating oral histories through this project which will then be archived for posterity at East Sussex Records Office. A 10 week session of free reminiscence activities at the village hall, Beechwood Lane, started on Wednesday June 19 and will continue until Wednesday August 21, from 2pm to 4pm. Share your memories of the local area starting with reminiscence activities for Offham, Hamsey and Cooksbridge residents for a trip down memory lane. Free sessions, meet new people. Sharing memories of local trades, working life, breweries and brewing, hop picking, village heritage and more. Take along old photographs of life in Sussex to unlock the past. Tea and cake provided. To find out how you can join in free, contact Nicola Benge coordinator at or ring 07727 006538.

BIG BROOD: I had such a surprise when I heard tapping on the patio door and looked out to see a moorhen pheasant. I then heard cheeping coming from under the garden table and waiting to be noticed was a tiny pheasant chick. Although I have a lot of adult birds most of the year I have never seen any of their offspring. About an hour later when I came back to the kitchen there on the newly built nest was an adult bird sitting on what looked like six chicks, but on closer inspection there were nine. When first hatched if they get in the water and can’t get out they cannot survive. Having learnt that it is probably best to let nature take its course, I left them. Unfortunately three never made it but the remaining chicks were moved to the middle pond by their parents and are now running around and getting food from my feeding area.


A TREE STORY: One day in February to the surprise of villagers, who live on the south side of the village, a tree (a red sycamore or Acer) was planted without consultation with the parish council or tenants. A member of the parish council and a tenant wrote to Brighton and Hove Council complaining. No reply came and a second letter was then sent, this time saying that the tree would be moved unless a reply was written. No written reply came and the tree was moved early in May. In June the Tree Department of the Brighton and Hove Council were suddenly aware the tree was missing and reported it stolen to the police, and a copy of the letter was sent to Falmer Parish Council, who quickly responded with the true story. A meeting last week was set up with a Mr Archer, a consultant tree specialist employed by Brighton, a good number of villagers assembled on the green to support the fact that if the tree had remained in its original planting space it would have blocked the view of the pond for several villagers, the tree is expected to grow 30m high and wide. Mr Archer was shown where the tree had been replanted and agreed that it seemed to be thriving, but he explained that it would probably not reach its full life span due to the effect of the canopy that mature trees around it would have. The tree has now been replanted a third time but further round the green, which Mr Archer seemed to think would not inhibit the view of the tenants. Questions were asked: Why plant more trees around the pond when this space is the only green space, used by visitors and children for picnics and play? Historically there is no evidence, from very old photographs that trees were ever planted in this area. The answer came back ‘Because we can’.

LADIES GROUP: The speaker for June was Sally Berkeley who gave a very informative talk on Medieval Gardens of Queens. Sally spoke of times before the medieval period, of gardens in the Bible, gardens that the Romans created and brought to England, one example of such a garden very close to us is being developed at Fishbourne, gardens created in the monastries growing herbs. Another garden, later in time, is the garden of Eleanor of Aquitaine created when she married Henry II and came to live in Winchester; her garden can still be seen at the Great Hall in Winchester. Sally showed copies of many old hand painted pictures found in the books of medieval times, and the flowers in those pictures, which are still common in our gardens today. Speaker next month will be Francis Lacy-Scott, who will be talking about criminal law.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: The weekend of June 29 and 30 is a very special weekend in Falmer. The annual Flower Festival will be taking place in St Laurence Church and the Parish Hall. This year the theme is the Elements, and the public will be invited to say which of the arrangements they deem to be the best. There will be many stalls, bric-a-brac, good clothes stall, cakes, books, and refreshments and on the Saturday the Fire Service are coming with one of their vehicles, which we hope will encourage many children to come and climb aboard and that the sun will shine for us and the crowds will come and visit. The times are 11am to 5pm.

Glynde & Beddingham

STOOLBALL: Following wins against Buxted Park and the Lewes Ladies Hockey players, the Butterflies stoolball team have their next home match on Monday against Barcombe at 6.30pm. Supporters will be welcome. Tea and cake available. They will also hold their practice evenings on Tuesday and Wednesday at 6.30pm. Newcomers are very welcome and no previous experience is needed.

FUEL CO-OP is a local co-operative buying group for home heating oil based in Glynde. They order home heating oil/kerosene every month (except August) on behalf of its members. It’s £15 per year to join if you on a low income, otherwise it’s £25 and the first two months are free. There are over 120 subscribers centring on Glynde, Beddingham and Firle but reaching as far afield as Eastbourne, Heathfield and Hassocks. This year they have already ordered 108,000 litres saving members nearly £9,500 and it’s only half-way through the year. This month’s negotiations managed to achieve a price of 53.9p per litre plus VAT, representing a wonderful saving of an average of nearly £45 per member. They have helped set up buying groups in other villages so if anyone wants help to get started, they should get in touch with Johnny Denis by email

POST OFFICE: After 43 years in the village, it is with sadness that we are say goodbye to Philip McBrown who has kept our little shop and post office alive in the heart of the village. Many thanks to him for providing such a valuable service and for opening up the idyllic tea rooms. We all wish him the best and a well-earned rest over the years to come. We offer a big welcome to David and Debbie who are taking over the reins this week and look forward to sharing ideas, there will be a suggestion box in the shop for villagers to add their pennies’ worth.

MEMORIAL PARADE: Well done and thank you to everyone who has been involved in the recent fundraising events. The Easter auction raised an impressive £445.80, the coffee morning £66 and the jumble sale just short of £130. It’s all going well, but they still have a way to go to raise enough funds to make this year’s event as spectacular as the last three. Future fun activities include a boot sale on Saturday July 6 at the recreation ground from noon till 3pm. Pitches for cars are £5 and for vans £10. Bookings can be made on the day or email


KINGSTON WI: It was a lovely evening on June 6 when president, Barbara Cunningham, welcomed members to the monthly meeting. Even the hall had an early summer ambiance made so by the miniature flower arrangements of the entries to the competition. Barbara detailed forthcoming events: The Soiree for the July meeting, visits to Smallhythe Place and Eastbourne tennis, the village family day for which Valerie Simmons gave further information and for which members were asked to make cakes, a proposed visit to the Houses of Parliament in 2014, and all the group activities. Beverley Walkeford-Brown, who is willing to organise a craft group, distributed a questionnaire for members to complete to indicate which crafts would have their interest. Mac Rae invited the Institute to a coffee morning at Ashcombe House on Thursday June 27, 10am to noon, in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice. Diana Arlett spoke about the Artwave weekends at the end of August and beginning of September during which time art works will be displayed at the pavilion. She asked members if they would contribute cakes for the teas being served in the pavilion on these occasions. Proceeds are to go to St Peter and St James Hospice. Hazel Craven gave a revue of the AGM in Cardiff when the delegates were entertained by the likes of John Humphreys. The resolution to support the prevention of the decline of the High Street was passed. She said it was a long meeting but well worth the journey. Vivienne Macey then enthralled the meeting with her reminiscences, using photos on her ipad (and ably assisted by her son Guy) of Glyndebourne Throughout the Year. Vivienne is a volunteer gardener there and she amazed us with her ability to remember innumerable botanical names of plants as well as being so amusing when she recounted how she was instructed by the head gardener on how to use a lawn mower, how to water plants and how to dig in unison with others. Vivienne said there will be a fund raising Open Day at Glyndebourne later in the year to celebrate 40 years of the creation of the garden. The gardeners have their own methods of resisting plant disease and they do not use any chemicals. Each year different areas are improved or recreated, this year’s redevelopment is the long bed in front of the house. But especially flourishing all the time is the vegetable garden so that the produce can be used at the house dinner parties. Members enjoyed a really lovely, amusing and informative talk. The competition, judged by Vivienne was: 1, Janice Barber; 2, Vera Pike; 3, Barbara Cunningham. The next meeting is the Soiree a the pavilion in Thursday July 4, at 6.30pm. (Janice Barber).


WESTGATE WI: June speaker Glenda Law plunged into her Watery Wanderings, stressing the importance of fresh water and life in garden ponds now that many village ponds have vanished. She described the diversity of plants and wildlife such as beetles, dragonflies, frogs, toads and grass snakes. She also showed slides of reservoirs, wetlands (Norfolk Broads), and a part of the Lake District where golden eagles used to breed. Next came rivers, including the Thames, backwaters and waterfalls and Glenda mentioned the lesser black-backed gulls now breeding on the Tower of London. Finally we heard about the canal network with its complex system of locks, a real feat of engineering. Glenda also showed views of wetland bird reserves, featuring an avocet, the RSPB’s emblem, and different ducks: round shaped diving ducks (eg pochard) and oblong dabbling ducks such as mallards. There was also a report from the link delegate at the Cardiff AGM where the resolution about getting involved in reviving our high streets was passed. The next meeting is on July 10. Next crafts is July 9. (A Stephen).

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday May 28 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Martin Hall and Peter Gannon; 2, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone, Mike Keeping and Matt Read. June 4 Ladder: 1, Peter and Irene Gannon; 2, Mike Keeping and Peter Waters; 3, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson. June 11 Butler Pairs: 1, Richard Burnett and Di Johnstone; 2, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Simon Fishburn and Richard Pearson. Thursday May 30 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell; 2, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 3, Nigel Osmer and Susan Louis. June 6: 1, Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 3, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson. June 13 Ladder: 1, Peter Cattermole and Nigel Osmer; 2, Liz Fry and David Sharpe; 3, Rita Hartnell and Alan Disney. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

U3A: University of the Third Age, The Lewes Lectures. Caring for the Sussex Poor: Social Security before Beveridge by Dr John Kay, 2.30pm on Tuesday at the Council Chamber, Lewes Town Hall. Lewes Lectures are free and all are welcome.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: thanks the parish church for hosting the summertime concert last week. Parents and friends were entertained by children with a variety of musical talent including violinists, pianists, cellists and singers as well as the school’s very own Mrs Starnes and Ms Harrison singing a duet. This week Year 6 are on their residential trip to Bowles Activity Centre which involves taking part in many exciting activities. They were back on Thursday (yesterday) and we’ll let you know how they got on next week. Last week saw the first of the school’s maths workshops for parents. Mr Beattie and some of the Year 6 children modelled a maths lesson to show parents how the school teaches written calculations. They will be hosting another session on Thursday at 2.30pm. So parents who missed out will have another chance to see how it is done these days. The first Bike It events, mentioned last week, were a huge success. There were 74 bicycles in school that Wednesday, for Dr Bike to look at and mend. Some of the Year 6 children lent a hand and learned about bike maintenance in the process. The next event is the Bike Breakfast on Thursday: Cycle to school and receive a free breakfast.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: After a period when the acting vicar had prior engagements which meant he was not always able to be present, the organisation has finally caught up and although he will be continuing to preach and lead at Southover, he will now be at South Malling three weeks out of four. Together with Southover, the church began a new sermon series on Galatians, begun by an old friend, Ken Bridger a Reader from Southover. It is a familiar story as St Paul grapples with those who insist on rules and attitudes going back to the Old Testament, while St Paul asserts that all people need is faith in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Last Friday, church members joined the churchyard walk from Southover to South Malling via St Michael’s in Lewes and St John sub Castro. Michael Blencowes, from the Sussex Wildlife Trust, explained that churchyards are good for wildlife since the ground is rarely disturbed and many species can thrive. The Trust has been given a grant to advise on good management and raise awareness of this important environment. The four churches visited were doing their best. St Michael’s and St John sub Castro are hoping to take back some control of their churchyards from the local authority, which does the grass cutting but isn’t able to give the kind of attention needed to be wildlife friendly. It is pleasing to know that South Malling is reckoned as a good example of how it should be done. Owing to the determined efforts through recent decades, of people like Sally Candy, Sue Ladipo and now Chris Burt, with regular churchyard working parties made up from the congregation, the grounds have been well-managed for wildlife and have many different species of flowers, grasses, animals and insects.

CHURCH FETE: Do come and enjoy yourselves and bring your children tomorrow, Saturday, between 2pm and 4pm. There will be the usual games, chances to win prizes and opportunities to buy home made cakes, books and bric-a-brac, etc. Chris Burt will lead parties round South Malling Churchyard, with his newly refreshed in-depth knowledge of all the species of flora and fauna present. The fete is at Glebe Cottage, part way down the twitten between the church noticeboard on Church Lane and Wiley’s Bridge. All are welcome.

FOOTBALL: Bridge View Football Club are looking for new players for their Under 8 (mixed) and Under 11 (girls) teams. If interested go along to their registration evening on Friday, July 5 from 7pm to 9.30pm at Malling Community Centre or call Terry Woollard on 07708 061896.

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.


CHARITY LUNCH: Thank you to all who attended the lunch which was a great success as just over £1,200 was raised for St Peter and St James Hospice. If you were unable to come then please put Sunday August 11 in your diaries for a cream tea with raffle, tombola and cake stall. Again all proceeds will go the hospice.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be a Family Together Service led by Rev John Gordon during the service we will be having Emily’s baptism. Last Sunday we had a visit from Stella Law, who is the Service Co-ordinator,for Southover Counselling. She told us about the history of the service and the role of Southover Counselling in the community. Christ Church is supporting Southover Counselling as its local charity this year. On Wednesday we have our ThinkTank from 7.30pm to 9pm when Dr Tony Law will be leading a session on Communication, Collaboration and Communion, the future with social networking. All welcome. Please note the August Friendship Lunch will be the last one to be held at Christ Church as it has been decided to stop providing the lunches after that date.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: One of our pupils Floella Freeman (Yr4) will be performing with the Lewes Rock choir at the opening celebration of the Four Creative Artists on Saturday July 20 from 12.30pm at the Hop Gallery. Good luck Floella. Our school was one of eight who participated in the Tri Golf festival South Downs area (Yr3/4) at the Royal Eastbourne golf club on Thursday. Some of the 10 children who went already attend the tri golf after school club, and it was a great opportunity to put into practice what they had been learning. A rather windy driving range was the location for the Sussex Downs sports leaders to take the children through their games and activities. For a few of our five boys and five girls it was the first time they had been out and represented the school at a sporting event. The team finished in a very respectable fourth place. Well done to them all and thank you to the parents who attended to support the children. Tomorrow, Saturday, six Yr6 Wallands children will be at Ringmer Community College participating in an electric powered go kart race. It starts at 10am on the playground. There will be refreshments, stalls, a table top sale and a barbecue. Do go along and support the team.


THE BOWLS CLUB are playing at West Hoathly in the Wilkins Shield tomorrow, Saturday, and on Sunday they are at home playing Rotherfield. Play starts at 2.30pm for both these games. On Tuesday they will be playing at home against Mid-Sussex Henfield and there is also another game at home against John Spriggs Henfield. Both of these games start at 6pm. Yes, there is another match on Wednesday against Crowborough Wolfe away at 2.30pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am.

OPEN GARDENS: On Sunday the gardens will be open at the Old Rectory, Church Road, from 2pm till 5pm by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs S Welton. You can enjoy a relaxed walk around the gardens, then have a cup of tea with some delicious home made cakes. Ticket are £5. Contact numbers are 01825 722607 or 722531. There will also be some plants on sale. Fingers crossed for a lovely sunny June day. This event is being organised by the Newick and Chailey support group in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice.


SORRY: Last week I questioned why Lewes District Council was not making a recycling collection because of roadworks that had already been completed. I was not the only one confused by an email circulated by a well meaning resident on Monday last week that allegedly confirmed the cancellation of ‘this week’s’ recycling collection. In fact it referred to the previous week’s collection in Plumpton Lane, whereas it is made in Plumpton Green on a different week. LDC did its usual efficient job and I regret the confusion which I hope it is understood was not of my making. The recycling scheme in Plumpton is working well and the take-up by residents has been excellent. It provides a simple way to cut down on waste and protect the environment in a number of ways. The amount of packaging used is often excessive and the amount of food thrown away is often alarming so it is comforting that a large amount of it can now be returned to the production chain to save further wastage.

FEELING FIT? If so, you may wish to join the Footpath Society on Sunday when it will embark on a walk of between five and six miles, commencing at Phoenix car park, Lewes (TQ421 103) at 1.30pm. Then it’s off via the chapel and golf course and on to Mount Caburn, returning via Mill Road. There will be a steep climb involved. If you need to know more ring 01273 477336.

ANOTHER WALK: Chailey Commons Society has organised a botanical walk around Plumpton, also on Sunday. Meet up at the railway station at 10.30am when Dr Jacqui Hutson will lead a tour of our village. The really active will still be able to join in the Footpath Society walk mentioned above.

LOOKING AHEAD: On Saturday of next week there will be a jumble sale in the village hall at 2pm in aid of the Monday Group who repair and renew stiles on our local footpaths. Then on Sunday of next week starting at noon will be the Village Fun Day at the playing field with lots of activities and attractions for the whole family, so keep the day free and help support the fundraising efforts to renew the equipment on the play area for young children. There will be a dog show, so get your pooches well groomed and trained.

ROADWORKS: It was interesting to note the day after the patching up operations in Station Road were completed other contractors started digging up sections of the newly resurfaced areas to realign drain covers and the like. That will surely make the patched up areas more prone to frost damage when winter arrives again. Co-ordination seems to be an impossibility when it involves our highways, but it could save money in several ways.

PLUMPTON WI: Our speaker at the June meeting was Claire Fecher who demonstrated ribboncraft. She explained there are many suppliers of ribbon including cake decorations, haberdashers and florists. Claire’s work with ribbon flowers and weaving is beautiful and many members bought her kits to try at home. She has even held a workshop in a women’s prison, but was not allowed to take scissors in! Our normal business of the evening included a report by our AGM delegate who had been to the Cardiff meeting. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, July 10 in the village hall at 7.30pm when Brenda Wilson will be giving a talk on Behind the Scenes. Visitors are always welcome. (Marilyn Nye).


TABLE TOP SALE at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form tomorrow, Saturday, to coincide with the Green Car Day taking place for year 6 students from 12 local primary schools from 9.30am to 1.30pm. Tables are still available for £5. Year 6 students from each school have made an electric car they will be racing against each other on a track at the Community College. There will also be a barbecue, cake stall and cream teas and other side stalls.

FOOTBALL CLUB: On the football side the club’s first team manager is in place and training for all teams starts very shortly, time and places to be announced hopefully next week. In the Caburn Pavilion this weekend today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, evenings starting at 7.30pm. Hailsham Theatres present an evening of Cabaret. A Cabaret of Two Halves is an evening of music, dance and comedy suitable for the whole family and at the time of going to press there are still a few tickets available for both nights. Tickets are priced at £8 for adults and £6 for concessions and can be purchased from or from the club bar. Hailsham Theatres are also on social network sites Facebook and Twitter.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on June 12 was: 1, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery. The club next meets in the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact number 814220.

OPEN GARDENS: Advance notice that more than 12 gardens in Ringmer will be open with teas, plants and paintings on sale at some from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, July 6 and 7. Entrance to all the gardens £5 (accompanied U16s free). Tickets with map, which must be bought before visiting any garden, will be available from the village hall car-park just opposite the Village Green. Organised by the Ringmer Support Group in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice.

BOWLS CLUB: The results for matches played last week were Ringmer v Horam 54-58, Ringmer v Motcombe Gardens 70-39 and Ringmer v Nutley 55-51.

Rodmell & Southease

UP AND DOWN WEEK: On Monday June 10 I planned to do the Bluebell Railway trip to East Grinstead with a friend, but, at the last minute plans laid five weeks ago went wrong, as they sometimes do. This resulted in me going on my own, as being a carer, I’d had to plan the day like a military operation so there was always someone on hand for Mike. Although it was a it of a lonely trip I enjoyed it. The journey was lovely, through gentle meadows covered in buttercups and other wild flowers, new vineyards and with plenty of wildlife to see, such as pheasants and deer in abundance. As well as the trains being great the stations are too, with the old suitcases and trunks stacked up and old posters. I arrived back in time to also visit Sheffield Park Gardens which were a mass of colour with rhododendrons full out, lovely.

BIRTHDAY: My 70th birthday party at River Cottage, Piddinghoe was a great success, and despite a morning of disasters, when we also thought we would need to have it in the village hall because of rain, come 3pm the sun was shining, there was a gentle breeze and there was plenty to watch on the river as canoeists and boats were out on such a lovely afternoon. Kim’s cakes went down a treat, champagne flowed and it was a lovely happy gathering. In the evening it was another gathering of musicians and singers over at our pub which had had a very busy day and had almost run out of food, but rustled enough together for everyone. It was lovely to see the surprise on visitors’ faces who were not part of the party, when they were asked to join in and tuck in, they loved it. I would like to say a big thank you to all my friends, relatives and neighbours who have been so supportive to me over the years when I have had an awful lot to cope with, and my party was one way of thanking them. Also thank you to Rod Sadler, another B&B, who was kind enough to let us use his cottage and garden, and my lovely god-daughter Sharon who gave me so much support in the organisation.

LECTURE: Today, Friday, 7.30pm to 8.30pm Summer Lecture in Rodmell Village Hall. Leonard and Virginia, as I remember Them by Cecil Woolf. Booking is essential for all special events at monk’s House, visit the shop, reception area or phone 474760 or see

COFFEE CLUB: On Wednesday from 11am to 12.30pm Rodmell Coffee Club meets in the village hall. All welcome.

SADLY Rodmell had some bad news last week when a much loved villager died at a young age. The village is devastated and our thoughts are with the family and friends who thought so much of Brett Young.