Parish Pump Lewes - June 29, 2012

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STOOLBALL: A fine evening at last. We went to Ditchling on Tuesday June 19. We batted first and got 86 runs in 13 overs, then we got Ditchling all out in 10 overs for 53 runs. Angharad Hills had 6 wickets for 25. A change in the weather on Thursday, June 21, and our game against Wivelsfield Green had to be cancelled due their pitch being waterlogged.

CRICKET: ESCL Division One, St Peters v Barcombe. St Peters 212-5 dec in 47 overs: Josh Wheatley 2-51, Joe Wheatley 2-63. Barcombe 118 all out in 41.1 overs: Josh Wheatley 47, Alex Beck 20 no. St Peters won by 94 runs. St Peters 30 points Barcombe five points. ESCL Division Eight, Barcombe II v Seaford III. Seaford 64 all out in 24.4 overs: Monty Clarke 6-25, John Coppard 4-6. Barcombe 65-6 in 22.1 overs: Matt Cordwell 29. Barcombe won by four wickets. Barcombe 30 points Seaford six points.

BOWLS: On Sunday, we held our annual Invitation Triples. Sixteen teams of three competed in two sections over five ends and played four rounds. The winners of each group then played a final five ends. The Wickers took on The Prodigals with a win for the latter. A very fitting outcome as the Prods were Neil and Moira Levesley (ex Barcombe residents) and a neighbour. Saturday, June 23, away to Newhaven: Derek Stewart 9, Alan Burt 18. (15 ends only as Fred took a tumble). John Osmond 21 Jose Baker 11, Shaun Smith 18 Peter Blackman 14. Barcombe won 48 to 43.


CRICKET sees Chailey away against East Grinstead at the Sports Club, Saint Hill Road, in a league game tomorrow, Saturday, and at home on Sunday in a friendly game against East Brighton. Both games start at 2pm and supporters and prospective players will be most welcome, refreshments are available.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and a Family Service with Puppets 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 at 10.30am with Tim Hill and at 6.15pm with Tony Smith. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the services.

OLYMPIC TORCH (the Wivelsfield Village Day one) arrives at St Peter and St James Hospice on Tuesday at 4pm. All are welcome to join in with the spirit of the occasion and gather opposite the reception, in the Fire Assembly Point, see

OUR COUNCILLORS have been appointed to various roles, following the resignation of Lorraine Waller, Don Cranfield was elected chairman of the council and Ron Trussell appointed as vice chairman. John Millam was appointed chairman of the planning and environs committee and Loraine Waller was appointed vice chairman. The planning and environs committee meets 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 celebrated the Diamond Jubilee at their June meeting with a DVD of the coronation followed by refreshments, with the centrepiece a magnificent cake in the form of the union flag with raspberries and blueberries picking out the colours. Their next meeting is on Tuesday at 7.45pm at the village hall and will be their annual Members’ Meeting when the committee have the evening off and they only find out what the programme when they get there. Guests and prospective members are always most welcome.

OPEN GARDEN Afternoon is being hosted by the Friends of St Peter’s Church at Hugh and Valerie Thwaites wonderful garden at Chailey End, Oxbottom Lane on Wednesday from 2pm to 5pm. Admission is £3 (children free) and teas will be available. All proceeds will be put towards St Peter’s Church Improvement Project.

COMMON NIGHTLIFE evening walk starts at 8:30pm on Wednesday at the Sports Ground car park. Late finish in the dark so take a torch. For more information call William on 01444 831098.

AUSTIN HEALEY CLUB meet at the Five Bells on Wednesday and the Lotus Cortina Club on Thursday. For more details of these and other meets call Robin at the Five Bells on 0182572 2259.

MIXED STOOLBALL team have a match against The Plums at their ground at Plumpton College on Thursday at 7pm. Spectators and prospective players most welcome. For more information call Kerry Lingard on 01825 722549.

WALKABOUT the Common is on Thursday at 7pm. Meet at Red House Common car park for a three mile (two hour) walk to learn more about the wildlife and history of the commons and the new grazing project. The leader will be Crispin Kirkpatrick, the Commons Ranger. Pre-booking advisable by calling 01273 482670.

BRITISH 10K: Chailey Heritage School have a team of six runners taking part in the British 10K London Run on July 8 and all money raised will go towards their appeal, Futures@ChaileyHeritage, a transition service and life skills centre for young adults with profound and multi complex disabilities. If you would like to sponsor their runners visit

THE SUMMER SHOW organised by the horticultural society takes place on Saturday July 14. Along with the usual classes of produce, flowers, plants, photography, handicraft and cookery, there are two miscellaneous classes. The first ten stems of sweet peas judged by the public for their scent, some of the oldest varieties of sweet peas, not necessarily grown for showing, have a wonderful perfume. If you have these old fashioned flowers, why not take along a bunch to be judged by the public. The second class is six chicken, bantam or duck eggs. If you keep chickens, bantams or ducks then you too might like to take some of their eggs along to be judged. The society is also holding a fun dog show in the afternoon, starting at 2pm, with entries on the day and everyone is welcome to bring their dogs along. To find out more about the show call Linda Keet-Harris on 01825 723817.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

REMINDER: On Sunday at Hamsey Church there will be Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 6pm. St Peter’s Church, Sunday Club at 10.15am and Parish Communion at 10.30am followed by coffee in the church hall.

GROWING VEG: Pop along to the Bradness Gallery tomorrow, Saturday, if you want to learn how to grow vegetables, from 10am to 4pm. Contact number 01273 400606.

HAMSEY FESTIVAL: I hope all those Pudsey’s are in training ready for the novelty dog show at the festival on Saturday July 14. Who knows? There might be a star in the making somewhere in the parish.

YOGA at the village hall on Mondays. Energising, therapeutic and safe. Qualified instructor with 14 years teaching experience. All levels. Free trial class. Robin 07847 821923.

PARISH PICNIC on Sunday July 8, following the 10.30am morning service at St Peter’s Church. This year it will be held in the church hall and around the church grounds. Wine and soft drinks will be available but you are asked to take along items of food to share. Ring Judith on 01273 474356 for information.

AFTERNOON CLUB: The Monday Afternoon Club meet again on July 9 at St Peter’s Church Hall at 2pm.

PARISH COUNCIL meeting on Thursday July 12 in the village hall at 7.30pm. Open to residents who can air their views during public question time.

WILDLIFE TRUSTS: Last month the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) celebrated 100 years of quietly effective, locally based nature conservation, and its vice president, Sir David Attenborough, observes it is in good heart. But he also adds, it is just as well because the dangers are greater than ever. The Wildlife Trusts have 800,000 members, the junior branch, Wildlife Watch, has 150,000 members. There are 47 individual trusts across the UK, including on the Isle of Man and Alderney. The Scottish Wildlife Trust was formed in 1964 and the Isle of Scilly, the 47th, in 2002. Celebrations included an online documentary tracking 100 years of British conservation with Sir David Attenborough, an online archive which were both live starting from May 16, and a book by Tim Sands, Wildlife in Trust. For more information visit I was so pleased to read the above as the report was accompanied by some beautiful pictures of some of the wildlife I used to see near the riverbanks when I was as a child and some of the wildlife I see here around the farm, especially the family of weasels that have been living near hear for a number of years. Wonderful pictures of water voles and otters that I used to see regularly. Habitats for everything from water voles to weasels have benefited from the work of the Wildlife Trusts. There has also been notable campaigning success and in 1978 the Sussex Branch stopped the draining of Amberley Wildbrooks, one of Britain’s most important remaining wetlands, and it should never be forgotten that here in the parish following many objections and much campaigning the Offham Brooks were saved from the plough. Long may we have such organisations who strive to protect our precious wildlife and countryside.

JUNE 1939: As the sun has greeted us this morning, I looked back in the Downland Year as we are nearly at the end of June, to see what was happening on 26 June 1939. Reading it took me back to those lively June summer days that seemed to go on forever. It describes the day as follows: The warm wind puffs lazily from the south, where silvery wisps of vapour veil the horizon; but not one speck of cloud sullies the sky of intensest blue. There is an unending peal of lark-song abiding aloft in the still air. Swallows are quartering the meadow ceaselessly with their flashing, steel-blue sickles of wings. Butterflies make a rainbow flicker everywhere. The slow wind, too slow to have a voice of its own, gives out a deep music from its burden of singing bees. But all these good things are overpassed by the perfect loveliness of the meadow-growth. Here, from the spot of blue shadow cast by the oak tree, you look out over a sun-drenched, flowery waste; nothing but flowers huddled gloriously together until the plane of soft living colour ends under a cliff of blue woodland a hundred yards away. Rosy tassels of sorrel and white marguerites, toppling, blood-brown spires of dock, golden sow-thistle, campions red and white, starry blue veronica; waves of yellow buttercup, waves of daisy-silver; flowering grasses of every shade of mauve and amber and grey. All are aglow in the sweet June sunlight, fragrant with a thousand scents, and set to the music of a thousand summer wings. I have the swallows, but have yet to see the wild marguerites in bloom, lots of grasses and buttercups but lacking those lovely fragrant scents of wild herbs and flowers. Bring back those lazy crazy days of summer.


GARDEN: After the awful weather, we have been trying to catch up in the garden. Everything seems to have grown including all the weeds, and the winds have been so strong there is so much to prop up and support, but I know everything will come right in the end. A week ago last Sunday we went and had tea in the Parish Hall, don’t forget, teas will be served every Sunday afternoon until the beginning of September and all the cakes are homemade by villagers.

LAST SUNDAY we walked to Stanmer Park where the Summer Nature Day was taking place. There were lots of tents with so much information, but for me it was a joy to see all the children having a great time. The National Trust had prepared so many games for the children to try; the nature tent was encouraging them to plant seeds in newspaper pots. It was all great fun and after all the rain on Saturday night everyone was pleased to see the sun.

WALKERS: In the morning of Sunday we had more walkers coming through the village, this time beginning at Clayton and walking through to Alfriston in aid of the British Heart Foundation. It was good to see the Swan Pub had opened their doors for them to stop, either for a break or just to log in.

LONDON: We, ourselves, had a trip to London on Saturday, and were amazed at the number of people around. We walked from Victoria through to Green Park where the flower beds were brilliant, as well as the swathes of wild flowers following the paths. We saw a young Asian girl dressed in a beautiful wedding gown holding hands with a young man in a morning suit, she held her dress up in front to help her walk and you could see she had thick dark blue tights on, at which I was surprised. My son said that in some countries it is customary a few days before the wedding to parade in your wedding clothes, and to choose different places where photographs can be taken. Another surprise was, when we eventually arrived at Trafalgar Square we saw the unloading from a horse box the puppet horse from the show The War Horse. It was so realistic, the actors handling the puppet just as a real horse would be handled when unloading. We have seen the show, but we were with someone who had never seen the horses before and she said it looked so real the way it was moving, ‘I wanted to go up and stroke it’. London was buzzing, as were the trains on our journey, but we arrived back in Falmer appreciating the fact we have somewhere peaceful to return to.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: We recently had a five mile circular walk in the High Weald area. We started from Eridge station and for half a mile we followed Forge Road country lane before turning onto a footpath alongside fields in a south westerly direction. Given the downpours in recent days, the path was remarkably dry. We passed a huge flock of wild geese near ponds which some had seen on a recent walk in that area. After passing Renby Farm, the footpath joined the High Weald Trail, now taking us steadily uphill on a sunken lane, until it joined the driveway for Renby Grange. Before reaching the A26, we turned right onto another driveway, that would become a footpath, going down steeply towards a stream. To no surprise, we had to climb a hill on the other side. After crossing a barley field, the path zigzagged through Pocket Birches until we reached Orznash Farm. Now on the last leg and going gently downhill again, we headed north east towards Marchant Wood, where a footpath near Hollybridge Wood by-passes a notoriously muddy bit of the bridleway. At Holden Wood we joined Forge Road again, that would lead us back to Eridge Station. Wolfgang led this very enjoyable walk.

The next walk is on Sunday and will be a figure of eight walk allowing people to walk all day or just in the morning or afternoon. Meet at top north street car park at 9.30am for the morning walk and at Bramber for just the afternoon walk. Bring a picnic. Ring 472678 for details of joining the afternoon walk.

SENIORS FORUM: Lewes District Seniors Forum held a successful coffee morning last Thursday attracting over 40 members. Norman Baker MP dropped in and gave an impromptu talk on the history of the Lewes Bus Station and the current uneasy situation. As this was National Falls Prevention Week, the main speaker was Ellen Cranton who gave a lively talk demonstrating her ideas as she went along .She was very keen that as we get older we should keep as fit as possible, given the inevitable general decline as our body parts age. Her advice was very practical and delivered in an amusing way. Also present was Hilary who displayed a variety of gadgets that are available to summon help should the owner have a fall or need to get help quickly, the most well known being the red button necklace that can be worn. Did you know that almost a quarter of the population in East Sussex is aged over 60? This Forum is for over 50s, is free to join and would welcome new members. Please contact Jean on 603576 for details.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall 12.15pm to 12.45pm; Chalvington post-box 1.55pm to 2.15pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2.20pm to 2.45pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm.


VISIT: We went away for a few days with our friends Sue and Derek. They now have a Motorhome. We went to Suffolk where we spent the first night just next to Sizewell Nuclear plant a stones throw from the sea. A beautiful view. On the second day we stayed in Southwold at a beautiful site with excellent facilities. We visited Africa Alive where the animals were in very good condition and they had a wind turbine in the middle of the car park. We had a very enjoyable day there. We then moved to a farm field near Lavenham. This was once one of the riches places in the country, due to the cloth industry. What an interesting place. The main attraction was the Guildhall National Trust property. On the whole we had a great time.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: It was lovely to see so many parents celebrating their children’s work during Open Classrooms. The Lewes Schools Olympic Flame arrived at Wallands from Pells School on Wednesday morning and we celebrated on the field before passing it on to St Pancras School. We would like to thank the children for their brilliant work and mature behaviour during the day and the parents for getting hands on with the printing. All the wonderful art work you donated with your creativity and time will be up on the wall in the dining hall soon. There was a wonderful atmosphere, community spirit and lots of fun had by everyone. Many thanks to Jules, Tess and Julie for organising this fantastic event. Ten Yr 6 children were superb ambassadors at their much anticipated cricket tournament this week. Although the boys weren’t placed, they worked brilliantly as a team, they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were extremely lucky with the weather. A big thank you to Mrs Joseph and the parents who volunteered to help. This is the first time we have participated in this competition at Royal Eastbourne Golf Club. The Yr 4’s were required to compete in a lot of skills based games and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves despite having to play in the rain. They were unlucky to lose by 13 points. Again thank you for all the parental support.

CHRIST CHURCH: Morning worship at 10.30am will be led by Rev Martin Miller and at 6.30pm by Rev Geoffrey Whitfield. Preparations are now well in hand for the summer holiday club in July with nearly all the places filled. The theme will be Champions Challenge and will include lots of different activities including drama, singing, stories and craft activities.Christ Church tots will be meeting today between 9.30 am and 11.30 am.

GARDENING CLUB: St Mary’s Gardening Club’s July meeting will be a talk by Sally Moon entitled Roses Now and Then. Sally works at Wych Cross Garden Centre and in addition to showing slides she will bring rose plants for us to buy. The meeting is at 7.45pm at St Mary’s Social Centre, on July 2. We look forward to seeing you there.

PARISH MEETING: At the annual parish meeting of St Anne’s Church, two new churchwardens

were elected. Jackie Bishop and Liz Mandeville have agreed to take on this responsibility and we thank them and send them all our good wishes for their term of office.


THE MARKET will be open from 10 till 11am today, Friday, in the village hall. There will be a good selection of summer vegetable and fruit, plus flowers. There is a large range of handicrafts including cards and knitted jackets. There will also be plants and shrubs at very competitive prices.

PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH at the Barn Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 12.30pm till 2.30pm. Tickets £8 contact 01825 723479. This is in aid of church funds.

THE BOWLS CLUB will at home and away tomorrow, Saturday, playing in the Barcombe Barwick Cup. On Sunday they have a home fixture against Mackie, both matches commence at 2.30pm. There are two evening games on Tuesday, they play Mid- Sussex Uckfield away and there is also a home fixture against John Spriggs Downsman. Play will commence at 6.30pm. On Wednesday they have a game away against Deanland.

CRICKET: This weekend the first XI are away to Chiddingly, the second X1 are at home to Hastings and St Leonards Priory III, the third X1 are playing at home on the Temple Grove Ground against Seaford IV, and the fourth X1 are away to Buxted Park IV. All these matches commence at 1.30pm. Sunday is the Presidents Game. The Juniors Under 11’s are away to St Peters on Tuesday evening at 6pm.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm on Thursday July 12. The speaker will be Tony Turk, speaking about the history and cultivation of the Leveller gooseberry for which the village has achieved fame. You will also be able to see a fine antique gooseberry grader in operation. There is also a Great Gooseberry Competition open to all Newick residents. For further details ring 01825 722154 or 722650.


JUMBLE TIME: Rush on down to the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) for the PTA’s jumble sale and grab some summer bargains. They will keep until next year as we are obviously not going to get a summer this year. In addition to the excitement of the chase there will be cakes, tombola and, of course, refreshments to help you calm down. All in aid of our village school. Donations of jumble may be taken to the hall during the morning.

TENNIS PLUS BARBECUE: On Sunday the village tennis club is staging a fundraising afternoon that celebrates Wimbledon and allows anyone in the village to enjoy a club tennis tournament followed by a barbecue. Last year’s event was a great success, so why not make this year a double? Tennis runs between 2 and 4pm and the barbie will commence at 5pm. The cost will be £8 for adults and £5 for 12s and under to include the barbecue and a dessert. Absolutely everyone welcome to this community event even if you never play tennis.

JUBILEE MEMORIES: It appears that the Jubilee brochure and the DVD of the weekend are on sale at the village shop at £7.50 for the package. If they were on sale separately they would cost £5 each, but they are apparently not. Only 100 editions have been produced so hurry on down if you wish to partake of an historical record. To coin a phrase, I am only the messenger, so don’t shoot me if you think I gave the wrong impression last week.

STEP OUT: The Footpath Society will gather at Laughton Church (TQ501 125) on Wednesday at 10am ready for a five mile circular field path and woodland walk with the option of partaking in lunch at the Roebuck. Need to know more? Just ring 01273 891218. All are welcome to join in.

FASHION BARGAINS: The village support group for St Peter and St James Hospice is hosting a fashion show by Travelling Trends on Saturday, July 14 in the village hall starting at 7.30pm (doors open 7pm). It will feature clothes from High Street stores that will be modelled by local ladies and offered for sale at greatly reduced prices. There will be a licensed bar to help make the evening relaxed.. Ladies, roll up to see and grab some bargains and enjoy a sociable night out in support of your local hospice. Guys, why not also go along and enjoy the ambiance and perhaps treat your ladies to a bargain and gain some Brownie points in the process? A village event with plenty of fashion bargains and all in support of a fantastic cause. Admission just £5, so put the date in your diaries now and ensure that Plumpton has some of the best dressed ladies in the area for months to come.

FOUL WEATHER? What a dreadful weekend we endured last week. Could this be partially down to the fact that a large group of locals were breaking wind for the duration? Yes, that intrepid bunch of Plumptonians known as the Windbreakers ‘enjoyed’ a weekend under canvas again and, as has often been the case over the years, endured the worst that British weather has to offer. I am sure that the next village society to be formed will have something to do with masochism and, on past performance, I am sure it will achieve even greater success than the ever popular Apathy Society that has flourished in certain circles for many a long year. Naturally Windbreakers will provide the core membership for this new group.

LOCAL NEWS: This column and all others under the Parish Pump banner aim to keep everyone informed of what has been, is and what will be going on in our community, but this is not possible without input from you. Often I hear talk of ‘Oh, I must tell you about…’ but so often that news is never conveyed. My contact details are published on these pages so there is no excuse for not passing information on – information that will interest others, so don’t be selfish, share that information out.


CRICKET: Tonight, Friday, sees the return of the 9’s competition on The Green between Ringmer, Barcombe, Laughton and Intersport starting at 6pm. On Saturday the first XI are on The Green against Heathfield Park, the second XI are away to Heathfield Park II and the third XI are at The Cheyney Field against Glynde IV. All are 1.30pm starts. On Sunday it is the annual Ringmer v Sponsors (Pilfold and Co; Dave Pilfold, Creative Options; Gavin May and DW Planning; Dereck Wade). 1.30pm start on The Green.

COFFEE MORNING: Mary Cleghorn’s annual coffee morning in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice is being held at Broomham, Laughton Road tomorrow, Saturday, commencing at 10am. There will be a raffle and a bring and buy stall. Please try to get along and support this event being held for a most worthwhile cause.

SUMMER CONCERT: East Sussex Community Choir, directed by Nicholas Houghton is giving a concert of sacred music in Priory School Chapel on Monday commencing at 7.30pm. This programme was performed by members of the choir in Dieppe. Tickets priced £10 (under 16s free) are available from East Sussex Music School, Sussex Downs College, Performing Arts Centre, Mountfield Road between 10am and 4pm or on the door on the night.

FLOWER CLUB: On Wednesday the club is extremely lucky to have Julie Brownlee as the demonstrator and she will entertain members with her demo entitled Dream Weaver. Julie has been to the club on several occasions and is an excellent flower arranger. Members’ competition The Days of Wine and Roses. The club welcomes visitors and is always pleased to see new and old friends. Village hall 2pm, entrance £4 including tea and biscuits.

SUMMER FAIR: Ringmer Primary School will be holding their annual Summer Fair on Friday, July 6, from 6pm to 8pm. Lots of attractions, pony rides, side shows, emergency vehicles to view, a barbecue and licensed bar. They have a £200 first prize on their raffle along with many other prizes given by local businesses. This year they will also be holding an auction, which will include an Andy Murray signed T-Shirt, two tickets to see Rusalka at Glyndebourne Touring Opera, a case of wine and more. Do please go along and support the School Home Association and support them in raising important funds for your local primary school. For raffle tickets or more information please phone 812463 or 813860.

GREEN WASTE COLLECTION: The parish council has arranged with KPS Composting of Isfield to make a one day trial collection of domestic and green waste. This has been fixed for Saturday, July 7, between 10am and 11.30am in Anchor Field (where the old youth centre used to be) by courtesy of Lewes District Council, Ringmer Football Club and the management of the surgery. Commercial operators will be refused. Please note that if you bring waste to be disposed of and the time the lorry will be at Anchor Field has run out then it is up to you to take your waste away with you and get rid of it yourself.

RINGMER HUB: Come and see what goes on in Ringmer. On Saturday, July 14, there will be a Societies Fair at which thirty local organisations will be represented. This will enable newcomers and existing residents to find out how much goes on in this busy village and raise awareness of the groups, societies and clubs in the local community. From gliding to guiding, from Toddlers to Twinning, there is something for everyone. The library will be open and the croquet club will be giving people the chance to test their skills. Do please come along and join others in this lively community event. The Ringmer Hub will run from 10am to 2pm in the village hall. Refreshments will be on sale and all funds raised will go to the village hall extension appeal. If any other groups would like to book a table, please contact Liz Owen on 814220 or 07989 676814 as soon as possible.

Rodmell & Southease

VILLAGE EVENTS: Rodmell Coffee Club was held yesterday, Thursday. I will let you know in next weeks column how it went.

SKITTLES: The Rodmell Rappers, Innit! Took part in the Skittles Tournament last Monday. We bowled some cracking scores coming third overall that evening, qualifying for the final on Saturday night. We had to re-jig the team as we were all taken by surprise by our success and 50 percent of the team had other commitments. With our new look team we went along with high hopes but couldn’t emulate our former success. Whether we were put off by our proximity to the unexploded WW2 bomb or we’d peaked too early in the week, we’ll never know. It was still great fun and there’s always next year to practise for. Well done to all who took part.

NEW FLAG: There was a new flag flying from the Rodmell flagpost last Saturday, June 16. It was the Sussaxon flag which is the official county flat and June 16 is Sussex Day. It’s also the feast day of the county’s patron saint – St Richard of Chichester. The flag has six yellow Sussex Martlets on a plain blue background. This year will see Rodmell’s flags raised 20 times (excluding the cricket club flag, flown on match days). I wonder who many villagers have noticed the flags flying and thought what the occasion was? Thanks to Lindy Smart for keeping me up to date. I do love the people who contact me and type it all out for me.

SUMMER CONCERT at St Peter’s Church at 6.30pm on July 14 with organ recitals, soprano, folk singing and jazz saxophonist. This will be followed by a cold salmon supper, salads and new potatoes, strawberries and cream plus wine. All for just £20. Contact Jenny Brown on 473939 for tickets.

SO MANY THINGS have been happening in June, and of course the priority in the papers were given to the Jubilee, hence some things were late being mentioned. One of the late mentions from me is about the lovely Memorial Service for Valerie Mellor given in the marquee on the field on Monday June 4 at 11am. Val was a much loved Piddinghoe person and considered the villagers as her family. She did not like fuss of pomp, and I think all who were at this occasion were possibly thinking, what would our Val think of all these people crowding into this marquee in memory of her. We hope she forgave us. It was all beautifully and tastefully done and many thanks go to all who organised it and took part.

RESEARCH: Joan Ellis and Yours Truly had a most enjoyable day on Wednesday, June 20, when we went to Storrington to take part in Oxford University’s research into People of the British Isles. We have been involved for the last four years in this project. Deciding to make the most of the day we started with lunch in a sweet little cafe/book shop in the High Street. For the research this time we had a mouth swab for DNA plus taste and smell tests, skin measurements and photographs of our hands and 3D photographs of our faces. There is to be an exhibition in London in July about what they have learnt. I hope to go to it. The exhibition is The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2012 and will be open to the public from Tuesday July 3 to Sunday July 8. Details http:/

BERKELEY CASTLE: I was looking forward to seeing Countryfile on TV on Sunday as it had Berkeley Castle on it which has family connections through my grandmother who was Ruby Berkeley, Berkeley (name given twice so she did not lose it through marriage, a quirky habit with old aristocratic families). Just as it came on my phone rang, but I managed to catch most of it.

ORCHARD: Looking at the orchard I don’t think there is going to be the usual glut of apples. Pears, soft fruits and plums don’t seem to have suffered much but the winds and rain caught the apple blossom. This weekend I cooked our own broad beans and cabbage, picked sweet peas and blueberries and a few strawberries. The potatoes look very healthy and tomatoes are appearing in the greenhouse, but are slow outdoors.

B&B: Message for Miranda: Have you decided what date you want for B&B? I’m getting very booked up. We had some Icelanders walking the South Downs Way with a lovely little beagle named Pippa this week. I had a lump in my throat as she was so sweet and reminded me of my darling beagles who have all passed on. After having kept beagles for over 40 years it still seems strange not to have one. Never mind, I have Daisy the West Highland Terrier for her holiday here soon.