Parish Pump Lewes - June 22, 2012


WI: Claire Carpenter, our speaker for the June meeting, had chosen the intriguing title Roots and Wings for her talk. A writer of children’s story books, Claire explained that by telling children about their family history, roots, you give them a sense of identity and belonging. By encouraging them to have aspirations and ambitions parents give their children wings to achieve their goals. To begin with, Claire spoke about her grandmother whose memories had first been recorded on tape and then transcribed into a book. I think we were all left with a sense of the sheer hard work and determination that this lady must have had to escape the poverty in which she grew up in Ireland early in the twentieth century. Although stories of sharing three pairs of shoes between six children were told with humour, the difficulties of life with two adults and four children living in a one bedroom flat were all too obvious. Claire’s grandmother believed that the way to escape poverty was through education. She sent her six daughters to a convent school and they were all later able to enter various professions. Believing that she is reaping the benefits of her grandmother’s hard work, Claire told us that her life changed when her son was born. She had worked in banking since leaving university when what she had dreamed of doing when young was being an author. Her self-belief had not been great enough to let her follow her dream. We enjoyed taking part in an exercise which illustrated how difficult we find giving and receiving compliments. But Claire explained to us how important it is to our confidence. It is a fact that the average teenager will receive nine negative comments to every positive one. If we are to build the confidence of the next generation and give them wings so that they achieve their dreams, then we need to be watchful about how we use criticism. The way we lived our young lives will be very strange to our children and grandchildren, but Claire urged us to tell our stories to the next generations and give them their roots. We are all programmed by the powerful beliefs of our parents as we in turn are programming our children. Claire emphasised how important it is that our influence is positive. After coffee, tea and delicious cakes the members moved on to the business part of the meeting. Letters were read from Jean Smith our president and James, the Rector, thanking us for our efforts over the Jubilee weekend, especially the four hundred cup cakes! Arrangements for the trip to the lavender farm and a visit to the Glyndebourne wind turbine were discussed. The meeting was well attended by both members and visitors.

OPEN GARDENS: Two Gardens will be open in aid of Family Support Work: Latchetts Garden, Danehill, RH17 7HQ tomorrow, Saturday, 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).

CRICKET: ESCL Division One, Barcombe v Rottingdean Barcombe 60 all out in 33.5 overs: Allan Trower 19no, George Leddon 5-10, Mark Smith 3-14. Rottingdean 62-4 in 23.3 overs. Rottingdean won by six wickets. Rottingdean 30 points Barcombe 4 points. ESCL Division Eight, Wadhurst II v Barcombe II. Barcombe conceded Wadhurst 25 points Barcombe -5 points.

STOOLBALL: Our last three matches were rained off and are being re-arranged. We have two away matches this week, Ditchling and Wivelsfield Green, and are praying that the rain will keep away. Our own ladies tournament will take place on the rec on Sunday, July 1. There will be refreshments and a raffle and a welcome to you to watch the games.


FOOD FESTIVAL: Sussex Food Festival is at the Bluebell Railway’s Horsted Keynes Station at the weekend from 10am to 5pm. For more information visit

41 MILE MARCH is being undertaken from Chichester Cathedral to Ditchling Beacon by Chris McCourt, Joe Pincus and Ed Mileham. Starting at 3.30am they hope to complete the march by 7.30pm that evening to raise funds for the Chailey Heritage Appeal to build a Life Skills Centre for young disabled adults. If you would like to sponsor them please visit

SUMMER FAIR is at St Peter’s Primary School tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 2pm. It is organised by the Friends and promises something for the whole family.

CRICKET sees Chailey away against East Grinstead at the Sports Club, Saint Hill Road,

starting at 2pm and supporters and prospective players will be 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 with Phil Cole at 10.30am and Jane Grist at 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the services.

BREAKFAST MEET at the Five Bells Inn on Sunday from 10am onwards. Anything with an engine most welcome, to find out more visit www.pistonheads.

MUSEUM: Windmill and Rural Life Museum, just of the A272, will be open Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. Although now devoid of most of her machinery the mill houses a rural life museum which contains many photographs which give an interesting insight into the history of Chailey over the past 100 years.

CHARITY QUIZ in aid of Child Reach International is at the Horns Lodge Inn on Tuesday at 8pm. Teams of up to seven, £2 per person entry. For more information call Linda on 01273 400422.

NIGHT LIFE WALK around the Commons with the Chailey Commons Society and Mid Sussex Ramblers is on Wednesday July 4 at 8.30pm. Meet at sports club car park and as there will be a late finish, in the dark, take a torch. It will be a circular route, two miles, around Chailey Common to see and hear the natural nightlife including glow worms, bats, owls and nightjars. For more information call William on 01444 831098.

SUMMER BARBECUE is the theme at the Youth Group on Friday July 6 from 7pm to 9pm. In addition to the barbecue there will be sumo suits, a bouncy castle and other activities. For more information visit or call Gemma on 07843410895.

THE LOTTERY is organised by Chailey and Newick Colts Football Club where 50 percent of funds is paid back in prizes and the rest is used wholly to support the running of the club and so benefit the five teams that play from Under 8 to Under 15s. The draws are made monthly and the next draw is Wednesday July 11 and places are available to non-members. To register your interest or ask for more details email

PARENT AND TODDLER drop-in sessions are on Fridays from 10.30am to midday at the Chailey Children’s Centre, Mill Lane. It is a fun session with activities for you and your child/children aged less than 12 months and is also open to expectant mums. For more information contact the centre administrator on 01273 336940.

CATTLE: British White cattle are on Lane End Common and are expected to remain on site until the beginning of August. Grazing by livestock will help suppress scrub and improve plant diversity to restore the heathland habitat to the Common. If you are interested in volunteering to assist with checking the cattle please contact or telephone 0345 6080194.


Offham & Hamsey

CAMPING AND MUSIC today, Friday, until Sunday at Mount Harry House, for the Rosita Trust. Email

BRADNESS GALLERY: On Saturday June 30 from 10am to 4pm a workshop about growing veg with Nigel Phillips. A day to teach you how to create raised vegetable beds and fill them with produce to eat. Details from Michael Cruickshank 01273 400606.

HAMSEY: Sunday, July 1, will be the third of the Hamsey Summer services in the church. On that day there will be Holy Communion at 8am and evensong at 6pm. At St Peter’s Church there is Sunday Club in the Rectory at 10.15am and Parish Communion at 10.30am followed by coffee in the church hall.

GARDEN OPEN: Saturday July 7, at the Bradness Gallery, Spithurst from 2pm to 6pm. Cost £3.50. Tea and cake £3. In aid of Family support Work charity. Information on 01273 400606.

PARISH COUNCIL: Hamsey Parish Council meet on Thursday July 12 in Cooksbridge Village Hall at 7.30pm.

HAMSEY FESTIVAL: Saturday July 14 from 2pm to 10.30pm at Cooksbridge Village Hall.

SUMMER THEATRE TRIP to see Kiss Me Kate at the Chichester Festival Theatre on Wednesday July 25. Coach leaves at 10.30am from Offham. Contact Judith Bastide if you would like to go on 01273 474356.

SUNDAY CLUB, Toddler Tunes outing to Drusillas on Monday July 30. Contact Judith on the above number if you would like to join them for a lovely day out.

SWALLOWS: Having reported that there were fewer swallows than last year, about 80 more have arrived and last week Brian Walter came in and managed to ring a brood of four and another of five. He now has to wait for the latest arrivals to build their nests, and should be a lot easier for them to find nesting material following all the rainfall that we have had. Brian thinks that the later than usual arrivals were caused by the strong winds and heavy rain that has been affecting us.

BEAUTIFUL: There are so many little birds around and recent arrivals are two beautiful yellowhammers which I thought at first were two budgies as their heads are such a startling yellow with lovely markings. They appear every day to one of the feeders and are a sight to behold. The grey wagtails are nesting in the drive in one of the old buildings and are a joy to watch. The baby pigeons have flown the nest, but this morning when I looked out the mangy fox must have had a feast overnight as I found a pile of pigeon feathers at the place that they come to feed.

NOISY MORNING: I have now found out what the constant noise of sirens were all about last week. Apparently it was a lorry which had gone over the side on the B2116 near the old armoury building. It has happened many times over the years at the same spot where vehicles come round the Half Moon bend and seem to misjudge the width of the road, especially if it is a big lorry.

Offham Garage has now reopened.

HOW WONDERFUL it was to see all the throng on the Mall converging on Buckingham Palace once again following the Trooping of The Colour as it shows how popular the Royal Family are, and what a joy to see Prince Philip back at the Queen’s side smiling and laughing and back to his old self again. Long may we have the pleasure of seeing the family all together on the balcony.

TOO LONG: I am sure that many will have been struggling to keep up with the grass cutting. The patch near to my front door was looking like a field and had to be strimmed while there was a break in the weather, but oh the mess as it then rained before it could be scraped up. Then when it did dry out my lovely granddaughter spent the weekend laying in the grass taking photographs of flowers, birds, and anything that moved, hence the Hoover having to work overtime to clear up the aftermath of the dried hay.


MOVIES: Users of the village hall have recently been enjoying watching films on the large screen there. The most recent was The Way starring Martin Sheen and telling a heart-warming story revolving around walking the Pilgrims’ Way, the road to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. I can recommend the film and it was great to see it on a large screen without having to go to the cinema. Many thanks must go to Pat Asquith for organising the evenings. Villagers and other users of the hall are invited to suggest films for future screenings. Let Pat or me know if you have any ideas.

EXHIBITIONS: I am excited about two exhibitions on in Lewes at the moment. Opening at the Hop Gallery this weekend is Architexture an exhibition of work by Cat Ingrams and Natalie Martin, both artists who have shown regularly at Art and Soul at Falmer. Natalie’s paintings are always hugely admired and Cat’s structures are fascinating to peer into. She is also showing prints in the Hop. Also on this week the summer exhibition at St Anne’s Galleries also features artists who have shown at Art and Soul in the past, Philippa Cannan with her wild horses and Rachael Plummer’s exciting abstract landscapes. Do go and have a look at both of these shows.

PARKING NIGHTMARE: Parking restrictions have ended for the summer holidays. This means that Falmer North is completely clogged with cars from early in the morning. If you dare to take the car out shopping or are returning from work you are unlikely to be able to park, certainly not in front of your own house. It is no doubt a relief for workers and students at the University to be able to park without having to pay but it is very hard on residents. Something will have to be done.

CROWS: I was speaking to a reader of this column recently and she assured me that she likes our nature notes so I feel I can tell you my latest encounter with the wildlife around here. We were hard at work in our front garden recently, weeding and hacking at the jungle that seemed to have sprung up overnight. I had been aware for a few minutes that there was a lot of noisy crowing coming from the field opposite, finally I looked up from my work and saw a fox trotting across the field being pursued by a crow. I have seen crows mob kestrels and even have a go at buzzards but I never knew they were tough enough to pick a fight with a fox.


VILLAGE FETE: The annual village fete is tomorrow, Saturday, 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.


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday May 29 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Janet Cattermole; 2, Jill Higham and Sheila Cripps; 3, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson. June 12 Butler pairs: 1, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 2, Peter and Irene Gannon; 3, Richard Burnett and Di Johnstone. Thursday May 31: 1, Alan Disney and Ann Wykeham; 2, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 3, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan. June 7: 1, Alan Disney and Rita Hartnell; 2, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan; 3, Pauline Brown and Suzanne Malley. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

WESTGATE WI: The world’s plants were centre stage as speaker Sarah Oldridge took us through the seasons at Kew and Wakehurst Place, both managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Despite its 300 acres and iconic buildings like the Pagoda and Palm House, Kew has very poor soil. Founded in 1759, its collection of eight million dried, pressed plants is augmented through specimen collecting trips. Botanical illustration is the preferred technique for capturing a plant’s features and the Marianne North Gallery displays over 800 paintings by this intrepid Victorian traveller. In the early 60s Kew expanded into Wakehurst Place which has better soil. Its famous Millennium Seed Bank stores dried seeds in a vault kept at minus 20 degrees Celsius. Sarah then took us on a journey, with all eyes on winter snowdrops, a crocus carpet, spring narcissus and magnolia, followed by bluebells, rhododendrons and azaleas, summer lilies and roses, autumn grasses and ending with a very tall decorated Christmas tree. The next meeting is on July 11. Next crafts is June 27. (A Stephen).

FOOTPATHS GROUP: A Day’s Outing in West Sussex was the title of our last walk and several members took advantage of a pleasant summer’s day to have a walk in the Amberley area of the South Downs National Park. Travelling by train via Gatwick to Amberley they witnessed the extensive flooding of the Pulborough and Amberley Brooks before arriving at their destination. However, this did not affect the walk although conditions were a trifle wet underfoot along one path. Starting from the railway station the party first walked along the east bank of the river Arun towards North Stoke village before going inland on the edge of the brooks where ground birds were nesting. A long staircase, which some found almost too much for them, then took them up to the Downs near Peppering High Barn. Downland tracks followed to The Burgh and the top of a delightful valley where a lunch stop was made. A steep descent followed and then a gradual ascent to the South Downs Way near Downs Farm. Following this westwards, we had occasional views of the museum complex and the walk finished by having tea and cake beside the river at Houghton Bridge. The journey back to Lewes was via Barnham and Brighton so that a round trip had been had on the railway. Robert arranged this interesting day.

The next walk, on Tuesday, be an evening walk. Lewes-Mount Caburn-Lewes. Meet at top North Street car park at 6pm. On July 10 we have a coach trip to Sissinghurst Castle and there are a few spaces still available. Please contact Bert on 473052 if you would like to come.

BOWLS CLUB: Lewes Bowls Club Open Day, Sunday from 10am. Come along and try your hand at lawn bowls. All equipment provided. Flat sole shoes necessary. The club entrance is to the right of Lewes Football Club car park.

Mobile Library

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


CHARITY: There will be a Cream Tea at Jackie Bishop’s home, 4 Clare Road, between 2pm and 6pm on Sunday. £4 entrance in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice to include raffle, plants and tombola.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Lucy Gearing is leaving us to work full-time in a local nursery and will also be studying childcare. Lucy is the last of the Gearing family to leave Wallands, her dad Vic worked as a caretaker for us for many years. Goodbye Lucy and good luck. Our Patina parade will be on Friday July 6. Please come and support the children.

JUBILEE WEEKEND: As I was away for the Jubilee week-end it would be lovely to have some feedback about the Neville Green celebrations and the table top sale from someone, anyone? It is your Parish Pump for Neville residents, talk to me.

SWITCHOVER: Has anyone else been experiencing any problems with TV switchover? I didn’t realise the DVD player also had to be tuned as well as the TV so was getting more and more frustrated as we appeared to have no BBC channels for recording. My wife had suggested we might have to do this which I ignored, so she asked our neighbour Chester Funnell who agreed with her and of course it turned out they were both right.

CHRIST CHURCH: On Sunday at 10.30am Rev John Gordon will be leading worship and Roy Hall from the Peace School for the Deaf, Tanzania will be speaking to us. There will be coffee and cake after the service. On Wednesday the Think Tank will be meeting at 7.30pm. Roy Watkinson will be leading our thoughts on What use is the United Nations. A warm welcome awaits you at Christ Church.

LUNCH: We had a lovely Fathers Day lunch at the Yew Tree and on the way back took a detour up to the Glyndebourne Wind Farm. We stood right under it and didn’t hear a sound but perhaps it wasn’t windy enough. Maybe it is noisy when there is a high wind as it would obviously be going round much faster. We will take another trip up there when the wind is more ferocious.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

MEECHING WI: Coffee morning today (Friday), members have all the details. Cakes and prizes for the tombola needed please. The trip to Jempsons and the Windmill on July 25 costs £18.

GARDEN GADABOUT: Seven Newhaven gardens will be open to the public tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am to 5pm including the Community Garden above Tideway School. For security reasons anyone interested is asked to telephone 01273 514173 for the addresses.

PLANNING MEETING: The planning application committee will meet in Meeching Hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

CASTLE HILL Nature Reserve are holding two events which are open to all. On Wednesday there will be a talk by Geoffrey Mead at Newhaven Fort at 7.30pm. He will illustrate his talk on Sussex Literary Landscapes with slides and it will give an inspiring history of the countryside and towns of Sussex plus the playwrights, poets and novelists whose work has been inspired by these landscapes. On Sunday July 1 there is a Nature Views and War Walk, meet in Newhaven Fort car park at 10am. Learn about the wildlife and the history of this nature reserve, there are some great cliff top views. Both events are free but donations to the Castle Hill Nature Reserve would be appreciated.

SUMMER FETE: Meeching Valley Primary School is holding its Summer Fete on Saturday June 30 from 11am to 2pm. All welcome.

JAZZ NIGHT: Saturday June 30 Newhaven Fort 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Go and enjoy the Armed Forces Jazz Night with live musicin the Romney Hut. 1940s dress is optional. There will be a licensed bar. Tickets cost £11 from Newhaven Fort (01273) 517622.


THE BOWLS CLUB are playing West Hoathly at home tomorrow, Saturday, (Centenary Shield). On Sunday they play Rotherfield another home fixture.

THE CRICKET CLUB first team are playing Robertsbridge at home, the seconds are away to St Michaels II, the third XI are also away to Pitt and the fourth XI are playing Little Common Ramblers at home on the Temple Grove ground. All matches will commence at 1.30pm. The Sunday fixture is against Eclipse. This will be played at Newick and play will commence at 2pm. On Monday there will be another match against Warwickshire Pilgrims at home at 2pm. The juniors have a match on Tuesday evening against Ansty at home that for the under 11s. On Wednesday the under 13s will be away to Lindfield. Both games commence at 6pm.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s this weekend are Holy Communion 8am followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. Lifts to church are available if booked in advance contact 01825 722582.

PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH: On Saturday June 30 there will be a ploughman’s lunch in the Barn Centre from 12.30pm till 2.30pm. Tickets are £8 to includes a glass of wine or cider. This is in aid of St Mary’s Church fund. To obtain a ticket telephone 01825 723479 or 723591.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will be meeting in the Sports Pavilion on Tuesday at 7.15pm. Why not go along and find out what is a going on in Newick in the future. There is a public question time and the commencement of the meeting.


BRACING WALK: The Footpath Society will gather on Seaford seafront on Sunday, at the far end just past the Martello Tower (TQ488 983) at 2pm. Then it will be off on a five and a half mile, hilly, downland walk across the golf course, Chyngton Farm, Vanguard Way, Shortcliff, Vanguard Way and Seaford Head. Ring 01273 890389 if you need to know more. Non-members are always welcome to join in with this happy band of hikers.

STUNT SHOW: Scott May’s Daredevil Stuntshow, the second largest in Europe, will appear at Plumpton Racecourse on Thursday. It’s billed as very fast moving, involving various types of vehicle. It starts at 7pm and tickets will be available at the gate.

OPERA RETURNS: Heber Opera’s next production will be Verdi’s Nabucco and it will performed in the village hall on Thursday at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 reserved (concessions £10) or £10 unreserved (concessions £8) and can be booked via 01273 543709. There will also be other performances including at Hurstpierpoint and Hassocks on June 30 and July 8 respectively.

COLLEGE NEWS: Plumpton College just seems to build on past success. Last week was the annual awards ceremony and close on 2,000 people attended. The marquee in which it is held just gets bigger each year to accommodate the growing number of students, families and friends. Guest of honour this year was the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field, who also attended the Jubilee civic service in All Saints’ church. And have you seen that smart new sign on the Ditchling Road? No it did not cost a fortune as it was designed, constructed and erected by college students. What a credit to the skills developed at Plumpton.

JUBILEE MEMORIES: A souvenir brochure of Plumpton’s celebrations is now available from the village shop at £7.50 and only a limited edition of 100 has been printed. There is also a DVD at £5. An event to re-live the weekend has also been arranged in the village hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday, July 17. Entry will be free but donations towards the Jubilee fund will be welcomed. Note the date now.

RUGBY NEWS: When the pre-season rugger activities commence, do not look for news of the Rector’s elder son, Ben(edict), at London Wasps. He has just transferred to one of the top four French sides, Biarritz, on a two-year contract. More news about Ben (sorry Godfrey and Valerie, Benedict) in the July parish magazine as I managed to catch up with him just days before he left for France.

JUMBLE ALERT: Rummagers should note that the next sale will be in the village hall on Saturday, June 30 kicking off at 2pm and organised by the PTA. Will you survive the suspense of waiting for it?

PLUMPTON WI: During the past month we have held the first meeting of our craft club at the church annexe, which was very enjoyable and the next session will be on Tuesday. Members have also visited Scotney Castle and attended a skittles evening. Future events include a theatre trip and an evening walk. Our speaker this month was Claire Carpenter and her subject was Roots and Wings. After spending years working in the finance industry, Claire now writes children’s books and gives talks to businesses. She stressed how we should give our children a sense of belonging (roots) and the courage and ability to leave us (wings). We were also given a fascinating family history including her great, great grandma who was one of 21 children. Our monthly competition was won by Alison Brown and the raffle by Maureen Westgate. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, July 11 when our speaker will be Ann Chance and her subject Petticoat Pilot. We meet at 7.30pm in the village hall and visitors are always welcome. (Marilyn Nye).


CRICKET CLUB: Tonight, Friday, there is a Race Night in the cricket club bar starting at 7pm. Everyone is welcome. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI are away at Buxted Park, second XI are on the Green against Isfield and the third XI are at The Cheyney Field against Mayfield II. All are a 1.30pm start. The Sunday XI are away to Heathfield Park starting at 2.30pm.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: Tonight, Friday, in the village hall at 7.45pm the speaker will be Monty Larkin whose talk is entitled The Southdown Sheep. Monty is a writer and expert on the management of the Sussex downland and the Sussex Sheep have played such an important part in creating and maintaining the downland landscape, and also a key role in the local agricultural economy.

BOOT FAIR CANCELLED: Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form regret that they have had to cancel this Fair which was due to take place tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and 2pm although the Green Car Day will still be taking place. For further information check the college website.

VICARAGE FETE tomorrow, Saturday, in the Vicarage garden commencing at 2pm. The stalls include a holiday stall, tombola, plants, cakes and produce and toys and books. There will be sideshows and refreshments. Any donations to the stalls would be gratefully received at the Vicarage tomorrow morning. Please try to support this event which is really great fun.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on June 13 was: 1, Gill and Tony Spaven; 2, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett; 3, Liz and Tim Owen. The club next meets in the Symons Hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

SILVER SURFER: Another session will be taking place at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form on Saturday, June 30, between 10am and noon. If you are interested or would like further information contact Ruth Whitlock on 01273 812220 ext 253.

VILLAGE HALL APPEAL: In the week following the fete the fundraising committee had a wonderful surprise, an anonymous donation of £7,000. The Diamond Jubilee is now behind us but what a lovely long weekend it was. The village hall appeal funds were boosted by three different events: the Gold and Silver Jubilee Chain made up of coins laid out in a chain as part of the precinct events raised £258. The youngest Led Zeppelin Tribute band gave a concert on the Saturday and gave the fundraising committee their profits of £65. Finally on the Tuesday afternoon a Jubilee Cream Tea was held in the hall and almost £300 was raised. The committee has been fortunate to have received two more donations one of £100 from the history society as they were unable to have a stall at the fete and £105 from a Ringmer resident who wishes not to be named. Last Saturday saw the fashion show in the village hall in conjunction with the company called Travelling Trends. It was a fun night and £366 was raised. With a 500 Club draw taking place this week a total of £1,572 will have been raised in June. This takes the grand total to £111,168. Thank you to everyone who has made donations or taken part or helped with these events. You will see around the village lots of signs, courtesy of Freeman Forman, advertising the Ringmer Hub which will take place on July 14 in the village hall. It’s a Clubs and Societies Fair for everyone to find out about what goes on in Ringmer and around. Do put it in your diary and come along and perhaps join a new club. One of the stalls is going to be for a Ringmer Village Fete as there is not going to be another one specifically raising money for the village hall. It is known that a lot of people would like a fete to be an annual event so this is your chance to have your say and sign yourself or your club/organisation up to help it happen.

TRIP TO KEW: The U3A still have a few £10 seats available for their trip to Kew on August 1. The coach leaves Ringmer at 8am and will be back by 6pm. The coach will call at Kew Gardens (main gate) and The National Archives. Application forms are available on the Family History web pages ( or ring 01273 813048 for more information.

Rodmell & Southease

SATURDAY dawned a lovely day, sunny but windy and not too hot, so I was surprised when I went along to Northease Manor School to find that their summer fete had been cancelled because of expected bad weather. A young lady was greeting people with apologies and taking down names. I asked her to direct people towards Southease Open Gardens just down the road as that way people would not lose out on an afternoons outing.

OPEN GARDENS: I made it to Southease Open Gardens on Sunday afternoon and met up with friends for a chat. It seems these days that I meet more people I know at Southease than in Rodmell. The gardens were lovely and Corner Cottage is like a scented heaven of garden rooms. The pigs at Rock Cottage were getting a lot of attention. I was delighted to spend a little time chatting to my friend Rachel in her lovely garden. We don’t meet up so much these days but when we do we have many laughs. It was a lovely surprise when Rachel gave me the latest CD of her oldest son Ned who has a group named the Scoundrels who are under exclusive license to Blue Horizon Ventures in New York and are doing well. I have known the Wyndham boys since they were little, as for years I took them to and fro school, and became very fond of them. It is lovely to see how they are now progressing as young men and I have to look up to them as they are now all well over six feet tall. I was pleasantly surprised by the Scoundrels musical talent and if you want to hear them look them up on It’s nice to hear how local youngsters are doing and encourage them.

SADLY Rodmell is losing so many of its long time seniors and in the past weeks we have lost Peter Foster, Norman Atherton, and now Mary Crowther who was sitting conversing with us at the Jubilee celebrations recently. Brenda Fleet has also moved to Ditchling Common after spending many years in Rodmell and spending hours in our church over the years doing her lovely floral displays which were much appreciated by parishioners. She will be missed.

LAST YEAR I had two gentlemen staying here who were going to do a cycle trip from Tunbridge Wells to Paris along the Avenue Verte to Paris. This weekend one of them, Roger Coupe, turned up to stay again as he was undertaking the same trip on his own but meeting up with his son in Paris. He enjoyed last years trip with David Parker so much he decided to to it this year. He kindly gave me a write-up of last years trip.

OPEN GARENS: I see that Iford have Open Gardens in Lower Iford on Sunday, and Kingston have their Village Fete tomorrow, Saturday 1pm to 4pm. There is always so much going on along the valley.

AN EXCITING DAY for Joan Ellis and yours truly on Wednesday when we will be at Storrington helping with research with the Department of Oncology from Oxford University. This time we are having 3D photographs taken of our faces and hands and we will be doing a taste and smell test and a mouth swab test. This is to do with genetic research. They will, I feel, be very surprised at my hands, as on my mothers side of the family the girls have a small finger as the third finger on each hand. I came out differently as I have no second joint in my first finger on each hand and a small crooked finger as my last finger on each hand. Trust me to be different. I will let readers know how we get on in next weeks PP.