Parish Pump Lewes - June 28, 2013


FOOTBALL: Barcombe Football Club are seeking both young as well as experienced, talented, and committed players to strengthen their teams for the coming season. Membership is £40 per annum which includes registration, insurance and training fees, with discounts for full time students. Training commences in July. For all enquiries please contact Robert Peck on 01273 400587, or any player. You can register now.

STOOLBALL: We managed to play both our fixtures this week. A very close game against Plumpton at home. Barcombe 135 Plumpton 131. Then we were away to Ringmer. Barcombe scored 163, Janet Hughes 78 and Adele Woodhams 54. However, Ringmer went determinedly out to bat and scored 193. Sunday we played in Isfield’s tournament and won the runners-up cup. Paula Peters won the prize for most wickets and Lisa Colbourne won the prize for most catches. If you have recently been up the rec you may have noticed that a memorial bench has been erected dedicated to Carole Porter. We have raised specific funds from our mixed Stoolball tournaments and some generous donations for this bench. Carole was a lovely lady and friend and she is still very much missed.

CRICKET RESULTS: June 22 ESCL Div 2 Barcombe v Fletching: Barcombe 109 all out in 41.4 overs (Josh Wheatley 22, Extras 31). Fletching 110-7 in 39.1 overs (Joe Wheatley 4-35 Allan Trower 2-26). Fletching won by 3 wkts. Fletching 30 points Barcombe 7 points. ESCL Div 8. Seaford III v Barcombe II: Barcombe 168 all out in 43.2 overs (Mike Scott 47 Eddie Thomas 43 John Coppard 25). Seaford 170-4 in 37.4 over. (Alex Beck 2-33 Kane Black 2-45). Seaford won by 6 wkts. Seaford 30 points Barcombe 9 points.

BOWLS: Thursday, June 20 home to Seaford: John Osmond 15 G Warren 13, John Blackmore 7 Danny Freelove 25, Les Line 13 J Warren 8, Jas Osmond 9 C Alexander 17. Barcombe lost 44-63. On Sunday the club held the Michael Bannister Memorial Invitation Triples. Sixteen teams from around Sussex competed in two groups over a series of five ends and one game of eight ends (Lunch times). At the last moment Des Foord overcame last year’s winners, The Prodigals, to earn a place in the final against The Wanderers (Tony Pipe). Over three ends Des won 5-1. The Shields were presented by Muriel Pyne (Club President) and John Osmond (Chairman) thanked everyone for taking part in a splendid day’s entertainment. He thanked all the members for their great work on making the tournament successful.

CONCERT: Sussex Police Choir in Concert at Barcombe Village Hall on Tuesday, at 7.45pm. Tickets £5, available (includes refreshments) from M Pyne, 3 Gladstone Buildings, Holmbridge Farm Shop, Turners Electrical Shop and Barcombe Stores. Proceeds in aid of the Royal British Legion; Women’s Section Schemes.

BARCOMBE WI: Our June meeting was enhanced by half-time tasting of several local products including wines, preserves and cakes provided by our speakers. Department manager Martin Gillam brought Kate the personnel manager from the Burgess Hill branch, to speak to us on Waitrose Unwrapped. This evening arose from an invitation made by our WI when we were considering various supermarket approaches to food origins, local producers and sourcing policies, the use of plastics, food miles and other green credentials. Kate spoke to us about community involvements and charitable fundraising as well as the way they seek to support education projects. The staff in each local branch have a time allocation every year to be used to give assistance to voluntary or charitable events or agencies. Also application can be made to become one of the groups for which customers post a green token after paying for their goods. A thousand pounds is divided between the three chosen, in proportion to the amount of tokens given. Martin then emphasised the green policies that underpin the company’s shape for now as well as for its future direction. Regular head office meetings are held to address the very concerns raised by our group. Moves have been made to reduce packaging and use of plastics. The Hampshire farm bought and run by the company keeps them fully aware of protecting the interests of other farmers and producers, once the rigorous vetting procedures have been completed for them to be accepted. The tasty treats we were offered represented some of the best Sussex produce that is stocked on local store shelves and our members had no difficulty in consuming and commenting. Hazel Gaydon gave the vote of thanks, emphasising that today’s customers have an interest reaching far beyond the face-value of the foods they buy. Kay Hackett from Lewes Neville WI gave her report on the Cardiff AGM. It was a lengthy meeting but with some key speakers whom she enjoyed, especially John Humphreys, well known BBC journalist and broadcaster. Members are invited to the outing to Hever Castle in July; to county events of bowling, croquet and a summer concert; and to county courses in IT and crafts. We are very pleased to welcome three new members and look forward to sharing more with them in our action packed schedule. (Hazel Gaydon).


CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game at Staplefield, starting at 1.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, and a friendly against East Brighton at home, starting at 2pm, on Sunday.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and All Age Family Service at 10am. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Derek Martin and 6.15pm with Jane Grist.

WINDMILL and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. There is now a small display of original drawings by Marjorie Davis, who for many years provided the illustrations for the cover of Chailey News. She is best known for her illustrations of the Enid Blyton books. For more information call John Smith on 01825 723519.

SADLY I have lost the most avid reader of this column, my mother-in-law Eugene (known as Gene) Dembrey, who died on June 15 after a long illness which she kept so quiet. She loved local news and events. Her funeral takes place at the Surrey and Sussex Crematorium on Tuesday at 11.15am, with family flowers only, and the family would love to see her many friends there.

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

THE WI meet on Tuesday for a members’ meeting when the committee take a break from organising and hosting the meeting and members take over. Arrangements are kept under wraps so no details are available but a convivial evening is planned. The evening will start at 7.45pm as usual in the village hall and visitors (for a nominal charge of £2 which includes tea or coffee and homemade cake and biscuits) are most welcome.

LADIES Pamper Evening July 2 at Burgess Hill Football Club organised by Sarah Gregg. The doors open at 7.30pm with an entry fee of £2. There will be shopping opportunities and mini treats available to buy on a first come first served basis (throughout the evening) eg mini facials, spray tan, nail treatment. A raffle will be held to raise funds for equipment for the Life Skills Centre at Chailey Heritage Foundation.

VERBIER ULTRA TRAIL: On July 6 Alex Kimmins, great grandson of the founder of Chailey Heritage, is taking part in this event to raise funds for the Life Skills Centre. The event is a mountain ultra-marathon run in the Swiss Alps; it is 61km long, includes 3 cols, a vertical climb of 3km and has to be completed in less than 21 hours. If you would like to support him please donate online at

SUSSEX Food Festival is at The Bluebell Railway on Saturday and Sunday July 6 and 7 from 10am to 5pm. This event celebrates the finest local food and drink produce. The Bluebell Band will be playing each afternoon and steam trains run throughout the day. This year a family zone, with picnic area and children’s entertainment is being introduced. Marco the Magician will be performing throughout the day, plus there will be bouncy castles, competitions and much more. The festival is being held at the Horsted Keynes Station.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church Holy Communion 8am, Sunday Club 10.15am in the hall, Parish Communion 10.30am. After the latter will be the parish picnic to celebrate St Peter’s Day. If the weather is kind this will be on the church lawns (if wet in the church hall). Everyone attending is asked to take along a small plate of food which can be pooled. Coffee, soft drinks and ice cream are on the house and as it will also be a celebration for Bill Hudson’s birthday, he is generously treating everyone to wine. All welcome.

OPEN MORNING at Cooksbridge Station is today, Friday, from 10.30am to noon.

ADVANCE NOTICE: The Monday Afternoon Club meet again on July 8 in St Peter’s Church Hall at 2pm. Michael Bird will be talking about his bees.

WASTEWATER Treatment site at Offham has now been there for all to see for just over a year and during that time has attracted a fair amount of criticism from some quarters. At last month’s Hamsey Parish Council meeting it was discussed again. Cllr Harmer declared an interest and left the meeting. Council felt time had not helped the site to blend with its surroundings and hoped the landowner would consider some partial planting around the site as screening. The site is within the SDNP and is still causing concern for a few residents. The clerk was asked to write to the landowner. Cllr Dodd to receive a copy. Certain planning applications have also caused some concern for the PC especially the application for land adjoining the Malthouse, which was replacement outline planning permission for the construction of a detached dwelling and garage relocation of sub-station (renewal of planning approval LW/10/0321) which has been granted. The parish council had objected to this application for the same reasons as they objected to the original application. The clerk had emailed Lewes District Cllr Edmunds asking for an explanation from LDC planning officers as to why the PC comments have been ignored. At the time of the meeting the clerk had not received any reply to the enquiry. The other application for the Malthouse for replacement listed building consent and replacement planning permission, change of use and conversion of village hall to four residential units and erection of bin store in adjoining car park has also be granted. Conversion of outbuilding to form an enlarged kitchen at Turnpike Cottage, 16 Bank Cottages, The Street which is in the South Downs National Park and Conservation Area. The parish council had no objection to this. The Rainbow Inn. The planning application for the erection of side and rear extension to the Inn, refurbishment and alterations to adjacent stable and storage building to provide additional service accommodation, cold storage and overnight accommodation. Which is a listed building and in a Conservation Area. Permission has been granted in spite of Hamsey Parish Council objecting on grounds of over development and lack of parking provision. Also concerns over the culvert which runs by the proposed building and overshadowing the neighbouring property.

DORMICE: As I have not seen any dormice around here any more it was good to read an article recently stating 40 captive bred dormice have recently been released in a Nottinghamshire wood. The People’s Trust for Endangered Species has placed 700 of the endangered rodents into 11 counties over the past 20 years. Once widespread in England and Wales their numbers have diminished greatly over the past century, although that decline seems to be slowing. Survival rates of reintroduced dormice are extremely high. Those from some release sites are known to have dispersed beyond the woodland in which they were released. It is part of the long-term conservation strategy for the species and only attempted in areas where historical populations of dormice have become extinct. The dormice are released as breeding pairs, each in a wooden nest box inside a mesh cage, secured to a tree. These are removed once the mice have settled. We used to have a lot here and over the years I have taken some lovely photographs of them scaling the wall to get to the nut feeder and they were fascinating to watch. Sadly I have not seen any here for the last couple of years. I wonder why they have vanished. The mice have vanished but I am delighted there are still a family of weasels breeding quite near here, and about a week ago I spotted a stoat going up through the bushes towards the pond. Probably after the moorhen eggs which had fortunately hatched. Out of the large brood of nine only four have survived but are now running around on the lawn and feeding.

glynde & beddingham

TREVOR ARMS: And they’re off. Do not forget the race night tonight at our wonderful local pub. It is in aid of the children’s charity Wipe Your Tears so please support this worthy cause. Horses go to post at 8.30pm. Next weekend is alive with 60s music to complement the Jazz Festival happening at Glynde Place. The Trevor will be holding a beer festival and Night North will be playing during the day on Saturday so the air will be thick with soul, ska and R&B. That night we welcome back the fabulous Smoke Stack and on Sunday evening we will be entertained with 60s garage from The Repeat Prescriptions. It promises to be an exciting weekend so polish up your vespa and bring it along.

CABURN TRANSFORMATION: Following an environmental impact assessment and approval by Natural England, the lower fields on the village side of Mount Caburn have been ploughed over and sprayed with herbicide with the view to cultivating stable turnips. Although this has dramatically changed the look of the hill, rest assured that the footpath to the top of Caburn remains untouched and walkers are still free to reach the summit from this side. Should anyone have any queries or concerns, please contact Nick Harvey, who farms the land on 07710031820.

ROAD CLOSURES: With the Love Supreme Jazz Festival at Glynde Place just around the corner, there are to be some road closures in the village. Keep your eyes peeled for signage. For details of the festival please visit

MEMORIAL PARADE: There are still a few pitches left for the fund raising boot sale which starts at noon on Saturday July 6 at Glynde Recreation Ground. Cars are £5 and vans £10. Bookings are on the day or by email to

SWIMMING POOL: The average temperature this week dipped to a graceful 18 degrees celcius, which didn’t seem to discourage a large group of 12 year olds from enjoying the delights of swimming al fresco on Saturday. Even if the water does not feel Mediterranean at the moment, all who partake in the delights agree there is a particularly restoritative, almost magical quality to the water. This could be because it is fed by a spring straight from our much loved Mount Caburn, or it could be the sharp intake of breath needed at first, sending unusually sudden amounts of oxygen to the brain. Either way, there is no doubt that you emerge from the pool feeling restored. Membership is still available at

CHURCH SERVICES: The Sunday service this week will be at 10.15am at Firle.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: In anticipation of hot balmy days in June, we usually schedule in an evening walk to avoid the heat of the day. However, this year we had the evening walk but with a very strong wind and not particularly hot. On Saturday last, Vivien led a ramble from Lewes to Kingston and back and followed the route from our very first publication, 10 Walks around Lewes. Nine people braved the wind, all prepared with windproof coats and often holding onto headgear to prevent it taking off. Everyone enjoyed the bracing air and some rounded the evening off with a drink at the King’s Head in Southover.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO: On Sunday, there will be a 9.30am joint service at our sister church at Malling, rather than the usual 11am service in St John’s, and the preacher will be Archdeacon Philip Jones. Also that day the United Service organised by Churches Together in the Lewes area will be a service of Evening Prayer at 6.30pm at St Anne’s Church and all will be welcome. Between 3pm and 5pm on Sunday, Southover Woman’s Action Network will be hosting this women’s forum in Southover Church followed by tea and cake in Southover Church gardens. All women are welcome and please let Church End, Southover, know if coming Tel: 483307. Advance notice that on Saturday July 6 The Sussex Police Choir will be giving a free concert in St John sub Castro Church from 7.30pm with a retiring collection towards St John’s restoration appeal for which the Police are most generously giving their time free.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session in the Corn Exchange from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm on Thursday.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Year 6 had a fantastic time at Bowles Outdoor Activity Centre last week. They came home exhausted but very happy after spending two nights away and taking part in exciting and challenging activities such as skiing, rock climbing, abseiling, raft building, team building and pot holing. The school was delighted to welcome Revd Steve Daughtery from Southover Church to lead their assembly on Tuesday for the first time. They are looking forward to developing the relationship with Southover over the coming months. The Head was delighted to be meeting many new parents, also on Tuesday, to discuss procedures for starting school in September and to see and hear about uniform, reading books and the Home/School Agreement, so that everyone can be ready for an exciting start to the new academic year in September. Finally, the school says, well done to all Year 1 children, who undertook the new national Phonics Test last week. They all had a really good go, and reached for the stars.

THE CHURCH FETE was a great and miraculous success, considering that everyone woke to pouring rain which seemed to go on for most of the morning. A tent had been hired after weather warnings earlier in the week, but it wasn’t really necessary. Apart from a breeze, there were no problems in the afternoon and many people came and enjoyed the beautiful setting, with refreshments in the Rose Garden and the usual range of activities; including a raffle with an extraordinary number of prizes and Wildlife tours of the churchyard by Michael Blencowe of the Sussex Wildlife Trust and Chris Burt who is leading the wildlife friendly management of the churchyard. Funds raised went towards the refurbishment of the tower as a classroom for the Sunday children’s club. There will be a Moth and Bat night in the churchyard on Friday July 12, beginning at 8.30pm with a presentation in the church. Details from This coming Sunday, the Archdeacon of Lewes and Hastings will be leading a joint communion service with members from St John sub Castro at 9.30am. Revd Steve Daughtery will also be there to update people on the progress of plans to repair and refurbish St John’s and bring the three churches together. All are welcome.

THE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION was formally re-established at a meeting last Wednesday. Residents from various parts of Malling met local councillors, housing services and police community support officers, to discuss issues and opportunities for Malling. The discussion was based on findings from an extensive questionnaire, previously circulated to residents, which had about 100 responses. It highlighted five main areas of concern: parking and speeding, the rather sloppy way in which grass verges are cut, litter, dog mess, and bored youngsters who make a nuisance of themselves and get into trouble. There was also a call for a Food Bank at Malling, similar to others elsewhere in Lewes. A small action committee was elected to work with the Community Centre, supported by local authorities and services. Those who attended constitute the wider committee and all residents will be invited to attend open meetings during each year. The action group’s first tasks will be to draft a constitution, establish a bank account and apply for grants. In addition to this, the meeting as a whole committed them to set up a Food Bank and organise a Community Day. The action committee met on Monday to begin work.

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.


BIRDS: I was wondering where all the house martins and swallows have gone. There are two baby seagulls (now known as land-gulls) on top of my neighbours’ roof between the chimney pots. We have been watching them for months and the mess they have made is indescribable. I remember when we had a lots of nests built on the side of people’s houses, and the swallows and house martins used to swoop and dive after insects. When we were in Wales the other week we saw quite a few of these birds so it would appear the Nevill estate is no longer good enough. If only they could talk.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by David Coleman. At 6.30pm we are joining with other Churches in Lewes for a service at St Anne’s Church. Christ Church Tots are still meeting on a Friday morning between 9.30am to 11.30am. This is a group for pre school children and their carers. £1 per family for which you will get drinks and snacks as well as lots of opportunity for play and friendship.

DOG TALK: We have been looking after a Cocker Spaniel for 10 days whilst his owners live it up in Vegas. Whilst doing the morning walks, I have been remembering when I had a dog in the sixties, I never walked him early mornings that I can remember as I had to start work at 5am, so it was open the back door and out to the garden for him. One of my memories was the PDSA van that used to park at the end of the road so any pet problem was dealt with for a donation, as no-one had any money in those days. I was sent the following dog joke: An old farmer’s dog goes missing and he’s inconsolable. His wife says ‘Why don’t you put an advert in the paper?’ So he does, but two weeks later the dog is still missing. ‘What did you put in the paper?’ his wife asks. ‘Here boy’ he replies.


MARKET: Friday morning in the village hall from 10am to 11am the market will take place with all their usual goodies for sale, soft fruit, plants, flowers and a large selection of cakes and pies etc. You can also enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

SUMMER FAIR: Tomorrow, Saturday, Newick Primary School will be holding the Summer Fair from 11.30am till 2pm. There will be a raffle, tombolas, barbecue, drinks tent, refreshment, ice cream, cakes, face painting, and many more exciting activities plus outside traders. If you would be interested in having a stall contact by email

BOWLS FIXTURES: Tomorrow, Saturday, Barcombe Barwick Cup both at home and away 2.30pm, Sunday Mackie 2.30pm, Tuesday Mid Sussex West Hoathly, home at 6pm. Tuesday John Sprigg Adastra, away at 6pm, Wednesday Colemans Hatch, home at 2.30pm, Thursday Hurstpierpoint, away at 2.30pm.

CRICKET: On Sunday Newick will be playing at home against Barbados High Commission. This game will start at 2pm. On Monday there is another game at home against Warwickshire Pilgrims at 2pm.


JUMBLE TIME: Bargain hunters should get along to the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pm for the jumble sale in aid of the Monday Group, which repairs and renews stiles and carries out general maintenance on our local footpaths. Apart from the usual abundance of bargains there will be cakes, refreshments and tombola. After the thrill of the hunt you can relax with a cuppa and compare bargains with your friends or rival hunters. If you have jumble to donate, please take it along to the hall by 10.30am on the morning.

VILLAGE FUN DAY: Do be sure to visit the playing field on Sunday from noon. There will be lots to see and do for the whole family including a dog show, stoolball, tug-o-war, kids’ races, games, stalls, pony rides, Thai food, barbecue, teas, cakes and I suspect there will also be a beer tent on site. Proceeds will go towards the refurbishment of the play area. If you wish to enter your pooch in the dog show simply turn up on the day. There will be plenty of classes, both serious and novelty, and it will be fun to watch. This will be a real village event, so if you really want to be part of Plumpton do go along and take an active part.

LONDON WALK: The Footpath Society will be popping up to London on Wednesday to stride out on the London Olympic Walk. Meet at Plumpton railway station in time to catch the 9.28am train to Victoria. Group tickets for four people are available, so it will pay to team up with others. More detail on 01273 890302.

BATTLE OF LEWES: On Thursday the VAP, with the Plumpton Ancient and Modern Group, will hold a meeting in the village hall at 7.30pm to discuss what the village should do, if anything, to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes, which may, or may not, have a connection with Plumpton. If you fancy an excuse for some celebrations just go along and put forward your suggestions.

LEVEL CROSSING: Network Rail is at last coming out of hiding over its proposals to replace our lovely old Victorian gates with ghastly barriers. Prior to the formal consultation stage it will hold a drop-in at the village hall on Tuesday, July 16 between 4pm and 8pm. Details of the proposals will be on display, so if you care about this local treasure do be sure to note the date now and make the effort to pop-in. The barriers are to be unmanned and under the control of someone in a signal box at Three Bridges. Currently the station, signal box and curtilage are listed buildings and I am told that, apart from Plumpton, there is only one other such example remaining in the country. I am not in favour of wholesale preservation for the sake of it, but there are very good reasons for preserving examples of the past for historical record and to demonstrate changing times and styles.

ROAD CLOSED: Do plan ahead for journeys to work etc, as South Road will be closed between Hundred Acre Lane and St Helena Lane for four days from July 8. There will be chaos ahead, yet again.

FIRE SAFETY: The local Fire and Rescue Service is keen to promote safety in the home and offers a free home safety visit that can include the fitting of a free smoke alarm as well as general advice. Anyone interested can simply ring 0800 177 7069 Mondays to Fridays between 8.30am and 5pm or ring the Fire Station on 01323 462154.

PLANNING AHEAD: There will be a Coffee Morning in All Saints’ church annexe on Saturday, July 6. Book that date, too, for a chance to socialise locally. Churchgoer or not, you will receive a very friendly welcome.


HISTORY STUDY GROUP: At its meeting this evening, Friday, in the village hall at 7.45pm the speakers will be Colin and Judy Excell and the title of the talk is Family History in Sussex. May 2013 saw the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Sussex Family History Group of which Colin is chairman.

VICARAGE FETE: Do try and get along to this very popular event in the Vicarage Garden tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 5pm. There will be lots of stalls, sideshows and refreshments. Please bring any donations for the stalls to the Vicarage tomorrow morning before the event.

CONCERT: Tomorrow evening, Saturday, why not go along to Lewes Town Hall at 7.30pm and enjoy the performance of Haydn’s Creation being given by the East Sussex Community Choir who are celebrating their 25th anniversary. Tickets £12; Students and under 16s £6 are available from Lewes Tourist Information Centre or telephone 07803 702178.

FLOWER CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday in the village hall there will be a flower arranging demonstration by Pam Bryant entitled This Time of Year. The competition for members is Garden by Design (foliage only). New members and visitors are always welcome at the meetings.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on June 19 was: 1, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Dave Coutinho and Steve Cocking, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery. The next meeting is on Wednesday in the village hall at 7.30pm. Contact number 814220.

SUMMER FETE: Ringmer Primary Home School Association are holding their annual Summer Fair on Friday, July 5, from 6pm to 8pm. This event is open to the whole community. There will be a barbecue and licensed bar, bouncy castle, lorry and pony rides, a grand raffle with the first prize of £200 and much more.

OPEN GARDENS: Various gardens in Ringmer will be open on Saturday and Sunday, July 6 and 7, from 2pm to 5pm each day. Admission to all gardens £5 (accompanied U16s free). Tickets with map, which must be bought before visiting any of the gardens, will be available from the village hall car park (just opposite the village green). This event is being organised by the Ringmer Support Group in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice. Do try to get along to view the different types of gardens both large and small. Tea will be served in two of the gardens. There will also be a sale of paintings and plants. If you have any queries please phone Jayne Marshall-Roelich on 07923 535294 or Bob Cairns on 01273 812784.

BOWLS CLUB: The results for last week were Ringmer v Hellingly 64-60 and Ringmer v Isle of Thorns 86-48. The club held its annual Charity Evening on Wednesday, June 19 and the weather was good. Well done to everyone involved for such a fantastic evening. The charity this year was Prostrate Cancer and a total of £411 was raised. Thanks to everyone who came along.

Rodmell & Southease

I AM going to send the article about Ellen Walsh in the Sussex Express, a keen birdwatcher who came home from a trip to Central America with a bot fly maggot in her toe, to a friend of mine who lived out in Gambia for years, as her husband was an entomologist. I remember Dorothy telling me when she first went out there, she noticed little pieces of skin popping up like little doors on her legs. When she had a friend look at them she was horrified to find they each contained a maggot which had to be hooked out and the wound thoroughly cleaned up to avoid infection which set in quickly in such a hot climate.

CELEBRATION of 400th anniversary of Rodmell’s 1613 Bible. We are celebrating this event tomorrow, Saturday, in St Peter’s Church with readings, hymns and music. Do come and enjoy listening to the wonderful language of this Bible. It will be a short celebration and finish with a glass of wine.

THANK YOU: I would like to thank all those kind people who sent cheque donations to The Stroke Association to me for my birthday, as I requested, and I have sent them on.

PHONE CALL: I had a phone call last Sunday evening from Roger and Marie-Monique Huss who lived in Barn House for some years and were lovely neighbours and good friends of mine. They purchased a run down Châteaux in France and have spent some years making it into a lovely B&B. It was a big shock to speak to Roger and hear he had made the French TV news and newspapers and been arrested. It turned out he had suffered a blood clot in his brain whilst driving on the motorway, gone through the central reservation, travelled 100km going the wrong way through heavy traffic and ended up driving through the pay kiosk and crashing. The police arrested him, tested him for drink and drugs, whilst he was handcuffed, and then realised there was something very wrong as all tests were negative and he had no memory of what had happened. He had an emergency drive to hospital where they operated on him to clear the blood clot from his brain. He was sent home a week later and it is considered a miracle he did not kill himself or others and did not end up under one of the big lorries using the motorway. Roger has no memory at all about what happened but I bet a few people on that motorway will have it imprinted on their memory for a good while. I am so relieved he is okay as he and Marie-Monique are such kind people.

STOLEN: The present owners of Barn House are very upset at having a statue from Thailand, which has great sentimental value , stolen from the wall outside their main front door in the last two weeks. It happened to be around the same time the sports pavilion on the Croft also had vandalism attacks, but it’s obviously not known if there is any connection. They feel it would be lovely if it were returned to them and restore their faith in human nature. Rodmell gets very little vandalism and it would be good if people report strange happenings to police.

THE FUNERAL of villager Brett Young, who died so tragically just recently, took place yesterday, Thursday.