Parish pump Lewes - June 27, 2014


DIARY DATES: Sussex Police Choir Tuesday in the village hall. By popular request the Sussex Police Choir will be performing on Tuesday. Tickets £6 to include refreshments obtainable from Barcombe Strores, Turner and Son, Holmansbridge Farm Shop, or M Pyne (2 Gladstone Buildings). After the choir’s visit to us last year they gained five new members from Barcombe. Well done. All proceeds go to the Royal British Legion Women’s Section schemes.

VINTAGE VILLAGE FETE Saturday July 5, noon to 4pm at the village hall. This is going to be a lively village event for all ages. Clubs, societies together with lots of individuals will be participating and there will be games, bouncy castle, competitions including the Great Barcombe Bake Off, performances, food (including a barbecue, cream teas and ice-cream), plus a Pimms and Beer tent and so much more. The Fete has a 1950s theme and there will be prizes for the best outfits.

STOOLBALL: Last week’s feature in the sports section should have read Barcombe 102 runs with 12 points and Ringmer 91 runs with 6 points. Two away games this week. We won against Wivelsfield Green who scored 116 runs and we scored 165 runs. Janet Hughes 66 and Angharad Hills 5 for 58. We also won at Isfield who scored 107 and we retired at the end of the ninth over with 109, Angharad Hills 7-48. By retiring it enabled members to get home before the football finished and watch England unfortunately lose to Uruguay. Official congratulations and lots of love from the team to Amanda Ridley who, this year, reached a certain age and last week retired from Sussex Police. Can’t wait for you to start up Barcombe Juniors Amanda.

CRICKET: ESCL Div 2 Bells View Green v Barcombe BVG 237-6 in 50 overs: Joe Wheatley 2-15 Rhys Alchin 2-54. Barcombe 159 all out in 35 overs: Josh Wheatley 88 Nick Beck 22 BVG (30 points) beat Barcombe (10 points) by 78 runs. ESCL Div 9 Barcombe v Pett Pett 222-8 dec in 45 overs: Will Johanson 2-18 Harry Jones 2-42. Barcombe 124 all out in 40.3 overs: Brian Wheatley 40 Paul Trower 22 Tom Evans 21 Pett (30 points) beat Barcombe (9 points) by 98 runs.


MODEL RAILWAY WEEKEND is tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday at the Bluebell Railway. There will be 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. For more information call 01825 720800.

FOOTBALL: Chailey and Newick Colts FC will be staging a continuous four hour Chailey v Newick, marathon game tomorrow, Saturday, (as part of the Newick Festival) between 9.30am and 1.30pm at King George V Playing Field, Allington Road, Newick. All the age groups will take part. This is a great opportunity to meet club members and complete a registration forms for next season.

CRICKET: Four wickets from Peter Dembrey (4/30) and Aaron Andrews (4/31) restricted Cuckfield to 158 and a strong innings from Raj Kumar (52) and Danny Andrews (47) saw Chailey win with overs to spare and retain their position at the top of the Division Two table. Tomorrow, Saturday, Chailey has a league game against East Grinstead III at 1.30pm at the sports ground just off the A272 and a friendly on Sunday at Dormansland at 2pm. Chailey are always looking to welcome new members into the team and should you be looking to play some cricket, either friendly or competitive, please call Peter Dembrey on 07709946880.

PRESENTATION for 2014 Brighton and South Downs CAMRA Country Pub of the Year to the Horns Lodge is tomorrow, Saturday, at about 2.30pm and all are welcome.

TRACK TREK: If you are unable to participate but would like to support the event please consider sponsoring Roy Watts (Bluebell Railway Preservation Society Chairman) and Dick Fearn (Bluebell Railway PLC Chairman) as they lead the Track Trek tomorrow, Saturday, to raise much needed funds to overhaul some of the steam locomotive boilers. Visit to arrange sponsorship.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Peter’s, Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Free Church, 10.30am with Paul Daniels and 6.15pm with Giles Woodcroft to include communion.

EXHIBITION AND SALE of Chailey and Newick Painting Group’s work will be at Newick Reading Room on Sunday from 11am to 5pm. There will be original framed paintings on display, along with items for sale including unframed work, prints and cards.

WINDMILL and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. The mill houses a rural life museum which includes photographs giving an interesting insight into the history of Chailey over the past 100 years. The entry fee is £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 10 to16 years. For more information call John Smith on 01825 723519.

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

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE meet on Tuesday in the village hall and the committee will take a well-earned break as the evening is being organised by the members. Arrangements are kept under wraps so no details are available but a convivial evening is planned. The evening starts at 7.45pm and prospective members will be made welcome. There is a £2 charge which includes homemade refreshments.

NIGHTLIFE WALK on the Commons takes place on Wednesday. Meet at the car park of The Kings Head for a 7.30pm start. It will be a short circular walk on the Common to see and hear the wildlife, which will hopefully include the nightjar and glow worms. The walk will finish in the dark so a torch is essential. No dogs please. For more details contact William on 01444 831098 or on the day 07801711401.

50TH ANNIVERSARY WALKS: The Chailey Commons Society has reached its 50th anniversary as a local society, as it was formed in 1964 to bring together local people with an interest in the ecology and nature of the five commons at North Chailey. On Saturday July 5 from 2pm till 5pm there will be walks on Red House Common, organised by the society, starting at Warrs Hill car park and including visits to the windmill.

SUMMER FAIR, organised by the Friends (PTA) of Chailey St Peter’s Primary School, on Saturday July 5 from 11am to 2pm. There will be lots to do and see including circus skills and acrobatic workshops, main arena displays, inflatable fun, face painting, stalls, barbecue and other refreshments. All are welcome to attend the fair.

BRITISH 10K LONDON RUN: Chailey Heritage Foundation has three places left to fill their team for this special fundraising event on Sunday July 13. There’s always a great atmosphere on the day and the race route takes you past some of London’s most iconic sights. If you would like to take part contact the Foundation on 01825 724444 or by email

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

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

ROADWORKS Started on June 23 at Resting Oak Hill, Cooksbridge, for a water main replacement and the work could last for up to 14 weeks, during normal working hours. Traffic lights will be in place Details from Southern Water 01634 276 198.

HAMSEY FESTIVAL: Saturday July 12 from 2pm to 8pm. Don’t forget the Hidden Hamsey Photo Competition which has four age categories which I have already mentioned. You can take your printed photographs (maximum size 8” x 8”) with you to the festival by 2pm or post them through the door at Nursery Cottage, Cooksbridge BN8 4SL by July 11 or contact Tamsyn d’Arienzo by email at for more information. If you are not a dab hand with a camera you can try out your baking skills with the Great Hamsey Bake-off. Age groups 4 to 9 years, 10 to 15 years and 16 years plus. Entries cost £1 and will be accepted until 3pm on the day. For those who want to sell their works of art or crafts with an emphasis on things vintage, contact Moira 07790 094390 or Kirsty 07703 105654 if you would like to book a stall for £5. They would also like help to set up on the day and help with clearing up on Sunday.

ACCIDENT RECORDS: When Hamsey PC met last month the council felt not all accidents were being recorded by the police. Cllr Ginn, PC Chairman, took the matter up with Sally-Anne Reed the PCSO. Council discussed speed cameras for Offham. The clerk was asked to enquire what the criteria is for the installation of cameras.

SPOTTERS SOUGHT: The Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey, which runs until the end of August, is underway and volunteers are needed to take on patches of the countryside for observation. The survey, which has become a major tool for monitoring shifts in population of UK butterflies and looks beyond the garden to farmland and moorland for more comprehensive information on trends, is a joint project by the BTO, Butterfly Conservation and the centre for Ecology and Hydrology. For instructions telephone 01842 750050 or visit

BEAUTIFUL SIGHT: Last week when the hay was being cut opposite the farm a red kite suddenly flew up from the long grass and soared overhead. This week I was thrilled to see a pair flying over the hay field.

VOTE NEEDED: The fence around the village hall play area needs replacing. Jim Edwards has been repairing as best he can but it is past it. There is money available for small projects through the Lewes District Council Recycling Scheme, Zero Heroes. You are asked to follow the link and vote for the project. All current ideas are up at the Barcombe and Hamsey Your Priorities Site. Encourage others to vote for ideas by registering at


NSA SOUTH SHEEP 2014: Tomorrow, Saturday, up on top of the beacon at Black Cap Farm the South Sheep organisation are holding their main event for 2014 starting at 9am. You will be able to see sheep dog trials and listen to seminars about different things relating to sheep. The host of the event, Tony Monningto, is opening the first seminar with the title The Importance of Sheep on the South Downs starting at 10am. At 10.30am, and this sounds interesting, they have put in the brochure: First heat of Ready Welly Cook - Lady Vets First. What do you think? Tours of his farm from 10.45am and then ood daa butchery demonstration, and much more to be enjoyed. There are plenty of trade stands, a sheep show showing nine different breeds of sheep and teaching you about them and their wool they produce. A good day out. Cost of entry is £12, NSA members free, students/YFC members £6, under 16/s free. There are no facilities to pay by credit card.


CHURCH SERVICES: There will be a special Family Service in Kingston Church on Sunday, July 6, starting at 9.45am. The Kingston Brownies will be attending and parading their flag and, during the service, they will be reading some poetry and telling the congregation about what Brownies do. It will be a child friendly service of about 45 minutes in length. The service will be followed by a game of rounders on St Pancras Green behind the church and all the Brownies, the church choir and others are encouraged to join in. If you prefer, come and watch (could be fun). Squash and cakes/biscuits will be provided at half-time. Everybody, including all parents, other relations and friends, very welcome.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Eleven of us, plus a delightful Labrador, took part in Tuesday’s stroll which was led by Janet. We walked through the Priory and then took the service/cycle track towards Kingston then branched off through fields and a pathway cleared through a field of rape. On reaching the garden centre we had time for a cup of coffee before returning along the Cockshut stream, where the Labrador sneaked a crafty swim. We returned to the town centre via the Grange Gardens which looked beautiful in the June sunshine. The addition of strolls to our summer programme has proved to be very popular and are ideal for people who want a shorter and easier walk. New walkers are always welcome to join us. The next walk is on Sunday. Meet at North Street car park for a 9.30am start to Burgess Hill.

WESTGATE WI: For our June meeting we had a visit from John Davey who spoke about A Sussex Who Dunnit. Mr Davey is a Lewes man, born and went to school in Lewes and is very interested in Lewes and the surrounding area. The first thing he asked us was Did Chipper Do It? What’s he talking about I thought. All was explained at the end of his talk. The Piltdown Man was the topic Mr Davey explored and told us all about the people connected with the finding of the skull and other artefacts. In all there were six men involved with various finds which were stated all belonged to the Piltdown Man, those connected with these finds or the whole theory were Dr Gideon Mantell, Charles Darwin, Sir Arthur Keith, a French clergyman Piere Teilhard de Chardin, St Arthur Conan Doyle and Martin Hinton. I’m sure you will be familiar with some of the names. This is a very interesting story with an odd twist in the tale which I am not going to divulge but would encourage any group (not just WI groups) to invite John Davey to give you this talk, it was very interesting, funny and made one think. In the end did we know who dunnit, well you’ll have to listen to John Davey to find out. Also you need him to tell you who Chipper is. Our next meeting is on July 9 at 10.30am. We meet in St Thomas’ Church Hall, at the bottom of Cliffe High Street and our speaker is Helen Poole who will give a talk on Sir John Gage and the Story of Firle Place, sounds fascinating and everyone is welcome to join us. Do come along, we are a very friendly group and welcome visitor and new members. (Dee Barr).

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Last Saturday some of us visited South Malling church’s garden fete and had a lovely time in a beautiful garden, many thanks to all concerned. Then on Sunday church members of all ages and their friends enjoyed water games in the church hall garden and the adjoining field. Water pistols were wielded with gusto by both the young and the not so young, and we all dried out quickly in the sunshine. A charge for admission and the sale of drinks and cakes raised money towards supporting a young church member who will shortly attend a year’s training in leading worship. On Sunday Marcus Taylor will be raising further funds for this young man by selling his Southover Preserves at the back of the church before and after the morning service (9.30am to 10am and 11.15am to 11.45am). Services on Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service with choir, organ and band; 11.15 informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please do join us.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL is looking forward to its Summer Fete on Saturday July 5. This is the Friends’ biggest fundraising event of the year and is always a great community occasion. After last year’s record success, they are looking forward to seeing as many people as possible there. All funds raised contribute to the education of the children at South Malling School. Next week, parents/carers will receive their child’s annual report. The teachers have been hard at work writing the reports, which give parents a valuable insight into their child’s progress over the last year. The Head and staff were thrilled to see so many new parents/ carers at their New-to-Reception meeting on Tuesday. The process of starting school and the school’s expectations of children and parents were outlined so that this important transition can be as smooth as possible.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: The Skittles Team, triumphant after their success in the first round in the Rotary Skittles Tournament, went on to come second overall in the final last Saturday, and earned a rousing cheer in church. This was especially well deserved since some of the team’s leading lights were also active organisers of the enormously successful Garden Fete on Saturday afternoon. Somehow they managed to find the energy to gain an honourable place in that evening’s battle with the best of the best. The sun shone generously on Saturday’s fete, making it especially blessed and ensuring that, while it was a useful fundraiser, it was also a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and to enjoy some well-deserved relaxation in a beautiful and varied garden. Despite the host’s anxiety that the early summer weather might mean that her roses had passed their best, judicious pruning and hard work by Mrs Blake Dyke and her skilled helpers ensured that this was not so. This Sunday’s service, with Revd Jeremy Bamber, is Morning Prayer at 9.30am, jointly with St John sub Castro as usual on the 5th Sunday of the month. On Monday, the next stage of the church’s refurbishment begins, when the tower room is made better fit for purpose as a Sunday Club Room for children’s activities.

SUSSEX WILDLIFE Trust’s Bio Blitz, took place in a number of town churchyards. At South Malling on June 7, over 180 species of wildlife were identified in just over an hour. Last Friday, the Moth Evening was well attended with a combination of adults and children gaining expertise from a presentation in church followed by time in the churchyard capturing and identifying moths, which were then released. The session finished at midnight. There is a further Butterfly Identification event on Wednesday July 9 between 10am and 12.30pm at South Malling Church. Further details on the Sussex Wildlife Website

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall noon to 12.30pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2pm to 2.25pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm.


LANDPORT BOTTOM: Don’t forget, there is a Friends of Landport Bottom meeting on July 7.

PHIL THE BAG: Cottage Pre-school is asking that you all have a rummage through your wardrobes. They will relieve you of any unwanted adult or children’s clothes, duvet covers, shoes, hats, towels etc for their Phil the Bag fund raiser. They are happy to collect and store all your textiles and can be contacted mornings until 12.15pm on 476177. You can also contact them on the same number for information on your child starting at the pre-school from September onwards.

NEVILLE WI: Our June meeting was very well attended. We were expecting a representative from Waitrose to give a talk but unfortunately no-one turned up and although we were disappointed, we look forward to seeing someone from the store at our August meeting. The committee were quick witted and organised a quiz after we had heard the informative report from Gill Noakes our representative at the National AGM at Leeds. Our next meeting is on July 16 and is the garden party at Janet’s at 7pm. Don’t forget your cutlery, plates, drinks and chairs.

NEVILL BONFIRE: The society will be holding a jumble sale at the Ringmer Village Hall on Saturday July 5. We will be collecting jumble on Friday July 4 after 6pm on the Nevill Estate.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: The Gorilla Organisation: Well done to Louis Gabriel Penrose who raised £100.65 selling cakes and toys. The money will be used to help secure the long-term survival of the last remaining gorillas. Message from Friends of Wallands: Guess what, it’s almost Wallandsfest time again. Our big school camping weekend will be held on September 13 and 14 on the school grounds and is gearing up to be lots of fun again this year. Tickets go on sale on Monday at school reception on a first come first served basis, £15 a pitch plus £2 a person. Look out for forms in book bags next week, we are sending them to you in advance so everyone has one in time. Proceeds to the Wallands Grounds Project.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Christine Sweet and during the service there will be a children’s club. Tomorrow, Saturday, we are joining one of our church families for the baptism of their son in the sea at Saltdean. We are hoping for a calm day for this. Today our Tots are meeting from 9.30am to 11.30am.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: It was a great concert but only supported by about 30 people. There was so much going on in Lewes that night including two more concerts. I am forwarding the email received from the organiser and they had a very good day too. The standard of singing was excellent and I hope to make St Anne’s more of a concert venue. We raised £150 for the Fabric Fund. Email from the participants. On behalf of all of us who came to St Anne’s yesterday, thank you very much for providing us with the warmest welcome I have known in all my time with the choir. Of course, you are blessed with a beautiful church, brilliant cake bakers and the sun shone all day, and half the night, what could have been better. Please pass on our thanks to everyone who helped and to the many parishioners in the audience. Western Road toilets are threatened with closure. There is a petition in the shops and Chemist in Western Road and Nevill Newsagents which we would like as many people to sign as possible before week ending July 12. If you want more info or could gather signatures then please get in touch with me. (Jackie Bishop, Tamarisk, 4 Clare Road). Lewes District Council have no legal obligation to have toilets at all and they are under real threat as are other sites in the town. Both our local councillors Ruth O’Keeffe and Stephen Catlin are aware but need as much support as possible. There are no toilets in St Anne’s so we will have a huge problem if this happens. This apart from walkers and users from this end of town.


NEWICK FESTIVAL from today, Friday, until Sunday. This is indeed a very busy weekend for Newick residents and visitors. Every household has received a programme showing the times and places and all the activities that will be available. I gave a full report of all the activities last week. For further information visit the website or telephone 01825 722583. Fingers crossed that the weather will be perfect and that everyone will have a fun. Have a great weekend.

NEWICK WI Country Market will be open from 10am to 11am today, Friday, in the village hall. Just pop along and see for yourself the great selection of local vegetables and cakes homemade pies, flowers and plants.

BOWLS FIXTURES: Tomorrow, Saturday, Barcombe Barwick Cup there is a home and away fixture. On Sunday a home fixture against Mackie at 2.30pm. On Tuesday evening there is a match against Mid Sussex Lindfield away and there is also a home fixture against Johnspriggs Buxted Park. Both of these games will start at 6pm. On Wednesday afternoon there will be an away game at Deanland at 2.30pm.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday the first XI will be playing at home against Seaford; the second XI will travel to DPB Eastbourne; the third XI will also be playing away at Mayfield; the fourth XI will be playing on the Temple Grove ground against St Peters IV. All these league games will commence at 1.30pm. On Sunday they will welcome the Barbados High Commission, this is a long standing fixture of many years. On Monday there is another afternoon match against Warwickshire Pilgrims at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am followed with Morning Worship at 10.30am.

VOLUNTEERS: Headway Hurstwood Park are holding a Volunteers Recruitment Morning on Tuesday July 8 at Headway House, Jackies Lane from 10am till noon. They are a charity supporting those affected by brain injury, both survivors and their families. They have lovely gardens and a woodland, they also have a fully equipped gym and a fabulous day service offering many activities from cookery to pottery, gardening and woodwork plus current affairs. This year they are extending their services and to do this they need enthusiastic and willing volunteers to help with fundraising for the special event, September Harvest Festival. Support the clients at Headway House to participate in the activities that are on offer, also to provide a welcome face to meet and greet their client and visitors. Could you help by volunteering and help them continue to make a happy and stimulating environment for a few regular hours at the centre each week or occasional support for fundraising. They would love to hear from you so please contact Lisa Smith on 01825 725323 or email Doing volunteer work is so rewarding.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will be holding their monthly meeting in the Sports Pavilion on Tuesday evening from 7.15pm.


PELLS SCHOOL: It’s a busy time for the older children at Pells Church of England Primary School. They are rehearsing for their end of term performance, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and working with an artist to make costumes for the Patina Parade. On Tuesday, the Year 6 children will go to the Diocese of Chichester Leavers Service at Lancing Chapel. This is a special service that celebrates their journey from primary to secondary school with singing, readings and prayers.


JUMBLE SALE: Honeybees will be holding a sale in the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pm. There will be a sale on behalf of the Monday Club on Saturday of next week, so keep those elbows sharpened.

HISTORICAL WALK: On Sunday the Plumpton 1264 And All That will stage a walk to partly follow in the footsteps of Simon de Montfort’s troops in 2014 on their route to the Battle of Lewes. Some 40,000 gathered at Fletching and a contingent made its way to Warningore Wood before setting off over the Downs to engage in battle in Lewes. The walk will start at Plumpton station at 1.30pm and then make an immediate detour to The Ridge where an interpretation panel illustrating Plumpton’s connection with the battle will be unveiled. The panel has been provided thanks to a grant from the South Downs National Park. Then it will be off to Warningore Wood before ascending the Downs to Plumpton Cross that is thought to have been carved in memory of those who fell in the battle. Then the descent will finish at the Half Moon pub where complimentary cream teas will be served, courtesy of the management. If you feel unable to cover the entire walk then feel free to make your way from the unveiling ceremony to the Half Moon, but take your time as teas will not be available until after the lunchtime session. This is the grand finale to Plumpton’s commemorations of this historic battle, although the commemorative postal covers are still on sale at the village store.

ANYONE FOR TENNIS? The tennis club will hold an open day on Sunday between 11am and 4pm when everyone is invited to go along and see the four new tennis courts that are complete with floodlighting. The new coach Zoard will be there and he has a natural affinity with children and introduces inspiration, fun and a buzz to his lessons. There are regular sessions for 3 to 5 year olds, juniors. It doesn’t stop there as the adults are being put through their paces. All levels of competence or incompetence are catered for and there is much fun to be had. So drop in on Sunday, see what is on offer and maybe get a taster. Another coach, Sorin, who runs rusty racquets sessions will be there and he can recount how he played against Ille (Nasty) Nastase.

FOUNTAIN ACCOLADE: Chris, the new landlord at the Fountain, tells me that on taking over just over a month ago he asked Environmental Health for advice on hygiene standards and he took them. This week he was rewarded with a food rating grade of five (the highest) for both kitchen and cellar, following an unannounced inspection.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: The parish council has established a steering group to formulate a Neighbourhood Plan that should impact upon the way our village develops in the coming years. Although we cannot stop development being imposed throughout the country by central Government we can have a positive say in how that takes place and how the overall picture of Plumpton develops. An open meeting a short while ago illustrated concerns that residents have and feedback from that meeting has been analysed. Action in Rural Sussex (AirS) has been engaged to advise and assist the Council through what is a very vigorous procedure to enable the plan to be formulated, adopted and approved. Time is of the essence if we are to have any impact and Focus Groups are being set up to gather ideas, feelings and suggestions on a variety of topics. A further public gathering is being planned for September (after the holiday period is over) as input from and consultation with the community is vital. The Steering Group is committed to the task but will require input from others, particularly those with specific skills and interests. Think about it now and consider whether you are prepared to give a little of your time to enable this complex process to come to fruition for the benefit of OUR community for years to come. Ring me if you wish to know more 01273 890722.

PARISH CLERK: Hot off the press is news that the parish council has just appointed a new clerk who will literally be taking up duties immediately. At the time of writing details of the clerk are not available, but watch this space next week. Advance warning is given that, because of holidays and other commitments, the next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Wednesday, July 9, in the village hall at 7.45pm as usual.

WHOOPS! Last week when writing about Plumpton College I referred to a recent visitor as the Duchess of Cambridge. Eagle eyed locals have correctly pointed out to me that it was, in fact, the Duchess of Cornwall. They refused to accept that it was a deliberate mistake designed to test the reading skill of my readers, however few they may be, so I have to own up and say that it was a silly mistake. Watch out for the next one. If the Duchess of Cambridge does visit the college I promise not to confuse her with stepmother-in-law, assuming that I’m ever invited back.


VICARAGE FETE: Tomorrow (Saturday) the Vicarage Fete will take place in the grounds of the Vicarage, starting at 2pm. There will be stalls, sideshows and refreshments available.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Eucharist, 6.30pm Evensong.

WI: The South Downs National Park is on our doorstep so it was very interesting to hear at the June meeting about the development of national parks in this country and of the new South Downs Park in particular. Our speaker was one time Ringmer resident Neville Harrison, a member of the park authority, who explained the purpose and vision of the authority and the opportunities that will be developed to allow us all to enjoy this special area of countryside even more. Ringmer WI’s entries to the South of England show did really well with Norma Phillip’s trough of flowers gaining a second prize and Ann Keeping’s painting of poppies getting a commended. In June the WI once more provided a Tea for a West Sussex Group for people with Disability, and also in June, on a beautiful sunny afternoon, members and guests met for a lovely strawberry tea served in Barbara Fordham’s attractive garden. The next meeting will be in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday when Jay Kendall will be giving us a talk about The Wonderful World of Wool. As well as being our secretary Jay runs her own business and is an experienced spinner, dyer and knitter, and does amazing things with felt. Guests and new members are welcomed.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday June 18, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Jenny Charman and Frank Hibbert; 2, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster; 3, Lesley Durrant and David Warner. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

FLOWER CLUB: The next meeting will be held in the village hall at 2pm on Wednesday with a flower arranging demonstration by Jenny Nye entitled Memorable Moments. As usual, visitors will be made most welcome (£4 to include refreshments). The competition for members who wish to enter is Toe the Line to incorporate a shoe/shoes.

SUMMER FAIR: Ringmer Primary Home School Association are holding their annual Summer Fair on Friday July 4, 6pm to 8pm. This event is open to the whole community. We have a barbecue and licensed bar, bouncy castle, Army lorry rides, a grand raffle with a first prize of £100 and second and third prizes of £50 each and much more. Come and join in the fun and raise important funds for your village school at the same time.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society will be holding a Jumble Sale in Ringmer Village Hall on Saturday July 5. Doors open at 2pm.

Rodmell & Southease

OPEN GARDENS: Since I wasn’t able to get to Southease Open Gardens on June 15, Adrian Orchard kindly gave me these details: The Southease Open Gardens weekend was blessed with dry weather but with cloud and cooler temperatures and only short bursts of sunshine. Six very different gardens were open and, from the visitors’ comments, were appreciated. Teas organised and run by Susannah Hart and her team were a highlight. Numbers were perhaps down against previous years, though this may be due to several other local events. The parking squad were not overly pushed by the number of visitors’ cars while it was noticed several people came by train. It was a pleasant weekend for the gardeners too and they can take a bit of time off for the next day or two.

BIRTHDAY: I had a wonderful birthday and I would like to thank all my kind friends and relations for the pile of cards that came through the post. Even the postman remarked on it, and said how lovely it was that my friends sent cards instead of doing it via computers. Having been taken to the Juggs at Kingston for lunch by another friend and her mother and more friends, I felt really spoilt, but more was to come as in the evening Rodmell and Southease WI were entertained by the wonderful harpist Sally Course who played Happy Birthday to me on her harp and then I was presented with my very own birthday cake with one candle on it (how diplomatic). Everyone enjoyed Sally’s talk and wonderful playing and were fascinated by her beautiful instrument. It was a most successful evening.

ON SUNDAY after a joint service at Kingston Church at 9.30am there is to be a walk across the Benefice.