Parish Pump Lewes - June 7, 2013


FOOTBALL: The annual general meeting of Barcombe Football Club will be held at 8pm on Monday at The Royal Oak. All interested parties are welcome, especially new players, supporters and volunteers. For further information please call Chairman Robert Peck on 01273 400587.

WI: On Tuesday, at 7.30pm in the village hall, a talk on Waitrose Unwrapped. All visitors are most welcome.

STOOLBALL: We played our re-arranged fixture with Wivelsfield Green at home on Tuesday. Barcombe 162, Angharad Hills 5 for 34. Wivelsfield Green 75. Our Thursday match away to Wivelsfield was cancelled because of rain. I hope the weather is kinder next week as we have two home matches and any cancellations from now on are going to be extremely difficult to re-arrange due to the rec being heavily booked over the summer months.

VILLAGE HALL: The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company will be presenting their new production Harlequin Goes to the Moon on the village hall field on Sunday, July 14 at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from Barcombe Stores at £12 or Central Box Office 01323 501260. The site is open one and a half hours before the play starts. Apologies, the wrong day was stated in the Barcombe News, it is Sunday, July 14.

GET FIT this summer. Why not try one of the exercise classes at the Village hall? Pilates Tuesday and Thursday mornings; Yoga Monday evening and Friday morning; Tai Chi Thursday 11am to noon; Legs, Bums and Tums Monday at 8pm. More details on the village hall notice board or call 07925 857233.

CRICKET: Saturday, June 1 ESCL Div 1 Battle v Barcombe: Battle 166 all out in 49 overs, (Joe Wheatley 3-26, Allan Trower 3-37). Barcombe 77 all out in 22 overs (Matt Tucker 20). Battle won by 89 runs. Battle 30 points Barcombe 10 points. ESCL Div 8 Barcombe II v Herstmonceux II. Barcombe 148 all out in 49.5 overs (Kane Black 73, Ben Gardner 22 extras 33). Herstmonceux 58 all out in26.2 overs (Tom Evans 6-32 Olly Winters3-7). Barcombe won by 90 runs. Barcombe 30 point Herstmonceux 10 points. Sunday June 2, Barcombe v Newick. Barcombe 176-6 in 40 overs (Matt Cordwell 83). Newick 137 all out in 38 overs. (Matt Tucker 4-15, Otis Haines 2-13 Nick Beck 2-30). Barcombe won by 39 runs.

BOWLING: All or new members are reminded rollups are held on Monday at 6pm. Coaching is available. Results: May 22 away to Deanland: Henry Bunney 13 Dennis Brown 20, John Osmond 21 Ken ? 23, Jas Osmond 9 E Davis 23, Les Line 16 R Wain 14. Club lost 59-80. May 29 home to Crowborough Wolfe: Jas Osmond 11 Peter Fry 20, John Blackmore 14 Peter Hounslow 15, Les Line 9 D Boobier 18, Henry Bunney 15 I Atkinson 16. Wolfe won 69-49. June 1 home to St Anne’s Well Gardens: Jas Osmond 8 Bob ? 30, Les Line 12 Jim? 27, John Osmond 16 John ? 14, Derek Stewart 4 Arthur 28. Club lost 40-99.


JANE STENT resigned as a director and chair of Chailey Bonfire Society Ltd, at its AGM last month, roles she had undertaken since the company’s formation in 2000. Thanks were unanimously expressed to Jane for being the chair for such a long period and also for all that she has done for the society during her 30 years of membership. Jane will continue to help the society with events, particularly the Christmas Party.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion with baptism at 10am. The Revd John Maskell will also be in church tomorrow, Saturday, from 8.30am to 9.30am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are 10.30am Communion with Brian Lanston, and 6.15pm with Steve Hagger. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

RAF CHAILEY airfield was on the site of Bower Farm and was an example of an Advanced Landing Ground, a type of simple, temporary airfield designed to support the invasion of continental Europe. The annual Service of Remembrance and laying of wreaths at the memorial (which is sited at the Plough pub on the outskirts of Plumpton) for those who flew from RAF Chailey in the last war will take place on Sunday at 3pm. All are welcome.

CRICKET sees Chailey in two away games this week. Tomorrow, Saturday, in a league game against Horsted Keynes starting at 1.30pm and on Sunday a friendly against East Dean and Friston starting at 2pm.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group most famous run of the year, the Cannonball Run hosted by Paul and Jenny Cannon. Anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars is welcome to join in and learn what twists, turns and surprises they have planned. The run will start from the Five Bells; meet at 7pm to depart at 7.30pm at the very latest. For more information visit

WALK: Evening Nightjar Walk on Red House Common starts at 8.45pm on Tuesday. It will be an opportunity to hear the male birds churring on Chailey Commons. Meet at Chailey Sports Club car park and bring torches, as the end of the walk will be in the dark. For more information call William Coleman on 01444 831923.

THE HORNS LODGE is Brighton and South Downs CAMRA Country Pub of the Year and all are invited to the presentation at the pub on Wednesday at 1.30pm.

CIRCULAR WALK with Mid Sussex Ramblers is on Wednesday starting at the sports ground car park at 7.30pm. It will be four miles and include Memorial and Pound Commons and Townings Farm. For more information call 01444 483860.

YOUTH GROUP meet at the village hall on Friday June 14 from 7pm to 9pm when a local artist and graffiti specialist will demonstrate techniques to use graffiti as an art style. He will also explain the reasons why graffiti isn’t used to decorate our village and how to use it as a form of expression. There will be an opportunity to have a go and create graffiti art, on canvas, to take home. There will also be a range of other activities throughout the evening such as table tennis, pool, air hockey and tuck shop. All young people aged 10 to 16 years who live in or around the Chailey area are always welcome.

YARD CLOCK is planned as a tribute to Phil Stoneman’s memory. Phil’s untimely death in 2012 was especially tragic as he was planning following retirement to spend more time at the Bluebell Railway. He is much missed as a member of the Loco Department and Loco Workshops group. Phil used an old watch to gauge how much time was left while preparing his engine, but was irritated to have to keep stopping to read it. He remarked to many ‘Before I leave this Railway, I’m going to buy a clock to put up there’ pointing to the top of the loco shed. His colleagues would like to raise £1,800 to buy a yard clock and this project has been agreed by all relevant parties at the railway. A JustGiving page for those wishing to donate is at

cooksbridge, offham & hamsey

AGM: The village hall trustees are holding their annual general meeting today, Friday, in the hall, Beechwood Lane, at 7pm. All residents are invited. Outgoing chairman, Michael Bell, will deliver his annual report and treasurer, Andrew Featherstone, will present the financial results for the year. There will be an election of trustees for the forthcoming year, together with the appointment of trustees nominated by St Peter’s Church, Hamsey CP School and Hamsey Parish Council. If you are interested in putting yourself forward for election, please contact Kevin Froude, the secretary on 470067. There will be ample opportunity for residents to raise issues or ask questions about the hall. If you want to have your say or find out more go along at 7pm.

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

CONCERT: It will be the first of the two concerts of the Chamber Music Festival at Hamsey Church on Sunday performed by the Musicians of All Saints. The second one is on Sunday June 16. Both begin at 6pm and tickets are £10, £7 concessions, children free. Details on the MAS website.

TEA AND CAKES will be enjoyed by the Monday Afternoon Club at Hamsey Lodge on Monday from 2pm. Lifts are available by calling Judith on 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

HAMSEY FESTIVAL: I mentioned last week Derek and Judith Bastide would be in the village hall serving tea and cakes provided by the church, but it will be Judith and her team of helpers as our very busy Rector will be officiating at a wedding in Hamsey Church in the afternoon. 2012 was a very busy time for the Rector as statistics show there were 29 christenings, 10 weddings and five funerals at St Peter’s. Numbers for christenings and weddings go up year on year; funerals inevitably vary according to circumstances. Have a look on the church website

CONSERVATION AREA: Hamsey Parish Council has applied and been short listed for a grant to improve the Conservation Area in Offham. The parish council met Lewes District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority at the end of April to consider which of the PC’s initiatives could be implemented to improve the appearance of the village. Village gates at each end of Offham have been considered. The other ideas include enhancing the heart of the village, the area around the bus stop and bus shelter which would include the possible removal of the telephone box which is little used and looks out of place. Replacement of the litter bin with one of traditional design, relocating the green utilities kiosk, brightening up the bus shelter, paving or planting the tarmac triangle at the entrance to the Drove, a special Offham Village sign, incorporating the bus stop, tidy up of all existing signage and last but not least volunteers to clear back overgrowth from the footways. As well as improving the look of Offham, changes like the above should make it clear to drivers they are passing through a residential village and should control their speed accordingly. I wonder what the response will be.

COMMUNITY ASSETS: The parish council were going to respond to an invitation from Lewes District Council to identify the lodge local assets which are considered vital to social needs of the community. In the event of a business failure or a proposed change of use, the parish will then have the opportunity to try to find a way to save the facility.

PLANNING: Offham Wastewater Treatment Works LW/656/CMS. At their May meeting the parish council considered if, in their view, the new works have blended into the landscape and if not, whether to again ask the landowners to consider some natural screening.

36 HOURS IN...The South Downs: I wonder if anyone spotted the lovely piece in a national paper last week by Nick Trend where he gives such a glowing report about summer in Sussex where to go, where to stay etc. Once again our lovely county town is mentioned for day two saying; spend the morning in Lewes, the pretty flint-and-brick county town, which has lovely views of the Downs and a clutch of antiques dealers and second hand book shops. Charleston and Glyndebourne also get a mention. It was good to see the bookshops given a boost as recently I read secondhand bookshops in some areas are closing at an alarming rate.


FREDERICK GLOVER, John to us, a member of our congregation at St Laurence, was on BBC Breakfast television on Friday. John and his colleague were members of the 9th Para Regiment who were dropped behind enemy lines in Normandy on the 6 June 1945. They had been invited by the BBC to talk about their memories, with the presenters and Colonel Stuart Tootal, whose book The Manner of Men tells the story of the experiences of the 9 Para during D Day. John has this week been invited back to Normandy in memory of that day June 6.

STANMER PARK on Sunday was full of people who had come to visit the Nature in the Park event. The weather was perfect for them and it was good to see so many people using and enjoying the park. Last Tuesday we also visited the park and stopped for coffee and met Ann Markwick and her friend, who were counting their questionnaires they had collected in protest about the proposed development of the park. We were most concerned to hear architects had been employed to draw up plans of the possibility of a new road through the park from the Ditchling Road where the upper Lodge Cottages are, coming south down through the park. Please support the Stanmer Preservation Society in their efforts, you can see more by logging on to

LADIES GROUP: On Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall we welcome Sally Berkeley who will talk about Gardens of the Medieval Queens.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON TEAS: What a more pleasant place could there be than tea around the pond in Falmer; served in the Parish Hall from 2pm to 5pm with homemade cakes, baked by the villagers themselves. All proceeds are for St Laurence Church.


TENNIS CLUB: Just a reminder subscriptions to the tennis club are due £25 adults £12 junior or £60 a family. Contact Roger Taylor for more information at Harts Gorse , Beddingham BN8 6JY or for more information is the secretary.

FIRLE PLACE: We are now open for the season after being closed for two years having the roof repaired and some internal work and refurbishment done. The house is open five days a week from Sunday to Thursday. The tearooms are open from noon to 4.30pm serving light meals and cakes all day and the house from 2pm with last entry 4.15pm.

glynde & beddingham

SEED BANK: If you grow your own vegetables and are concerned about the quality and sustainability of food produced and available to us all today, why not come along to the next meeting of the Sussex Community Seed Bank in The Trevor Arms on Sunday, at 4.30pm? The Seed Bank has been set up by a passionate group of local people who come together every six weeks or so to share ideas, enthusiasm and open-pollinated seeds with a view to eventually being able to save seeds from plants we have grown ourselves and so become more resilient and self-sufficient. It’s a great way to learn about vegetable growing and all aspects of gardening. This Sunday we will be looking at companion planting and be given a tour round the new Sussex Community Seed Bank website which has been set up with the support of The Millennium Seed Bank and contains a wealth of essential information on seed saving.

COMMUNITY SWIMMING POOL: As the weather got better this week, the temperature in the pool continued to rise and reached a heady 20 degrees by the end of the weekend. The water is sparkling and children enjoyed splashing around, jumping on and off lilos over half term. It is still possible to obtain membership if you live in the village please go to for more information.

THE TREVOR ARMS: The chickens have arrived. The run and the coop are looking good and it all seems to be a hit with families visiting the pub. There are four healthy, happy hens and a cockerel, although we are still waiting for our first egg. New paving is being laid this week and planting continues in the garden. The snowball quiz was well attended on Wednesday, many thanks to everyone who came and gave generously to St Wilfred’s Hospice. There are still more horses and jockeys for sale for the race night coming up on June 28 at 7.30pm, in aid of the children’s charity, Wipe Your Tears. Please speak to Robert behind the bar in the pub.

FLOWER SHOW AND FETE: Where has the year gone? We saw the flower show programme posted through the door this week. They celebrate their 145th anniversary this year with the continued enthusiasm and support of the president, the Right Honourable Viscount Hampden. All entry forms for exhibits can be submitted to Glynde or Firle stores. This year’s event takes place on August 10 on the recreation ground in Glynde. For more information take a look at the facebook page or email the committee on

CRICKET CLUB: Social events include the race night on June 15, nice food, a few drinks and place your bets.

CHURCH SERVICES: This week’s church service will be at 10.15am at Beddingham church.


KEET FIT: New keep-fit with legs,bums and tums class on Tuesdays. It’s a fun, mixed ability class for men, women which includes cardio work, toning and stretching. Mats are available to borrow but if you have your own mat please bring it along. £5 per class. For details contact 07773 194040 or


COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon in Cliffe Church Hall (behind church). Cakes, preserves, tombola and more. You can ask about booking tickets for centenary events and also buy merchandise. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday May 14, Butler Pairs: 1, Peter and Irene Gannon; 2, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Paul Allen and Rosemary Land. May 21: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Sheila Cripps and Jill Higham, Peter and Irene Gannon. Thursday May 16 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 2, Nigel Osmer and Adela Thomas; 3, Rozanne Mendick and Ruth Maxwell. May 23: 1, Alan Disney and Irene Gannon; 2, Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell; 3, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan, Anne Wykeham and George Hearn. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

HISTORY GROUP: Lewes History Group talk on A Turbulent History of Pub Life in Lewes at King’s Church building, Brooks road, 7.30pm Monday. Mathew Homewood’s talk will develop the story told last summer in John Davey’s Old Inns of Lewes to take a closer look at what went on in some of these establishments, and the problems faced by many a landlord. Small entry charge on the door.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL got off to a good start on Tuesday as children returned for their final term of this academic year. In their last week of last term, in association with Sussex Wildlife Trust, the entire school made their way up Malling Down to search for butterflies. Acting Deputy Head, Annie Schulte, tells us butterflies like warm weather and blue skies. Unfortunately these were not in abundance that week; however thanks to some forward planning and and the use of cardboard cut-outs by guide, Michael (Lewes Personality of the Year) Blencowe, the children were able to spot at least one of each butterfly, and they didn’t even fly off! With the aim of raising knowledge and awareness of butterflies and the South Downs National Park, the children enjoyed a leisurely and informative guided tour of Malling Down accompanied by teachers, parents, carers and Sussex Wildlife Trust volunteers. Although no real butterflies were seen, we did spot the egg of an Orange Tip butterfly as well as sheep, buzzards, a kestrel, a nest of baby great tits and all the sights of Lewes (the largest town to be located in a UK national park) from the top of the hill. This coming week, a group of Year 1 children visit South Malling Church as part of their Religious Education, this time looking for christian symbols and learning about their meaning. Now we have been promised a whole week of good weather, it is hoped the sponsored walk, scheduled for last Friday week, will finally take place today (Friday) under the auspices of South Malling Friends (PTA). We wish them good weather and good luck. Don’t forget next Thursday at 6 pm the school will be holding its evening Music Concert in Malling Church.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH’S Family Service is this Sunday. What Jesus says of its hidden significance. It is a comfortable all age service, beginning at 9.30am. The church has been approached by Sussex Wildlife Trust who are impressed by the wildlife friendly way in which the churchyard is being managed, and want the Church to be part of a project for which they have recently gained funding, to celebrate the rich wildlife inheritance of churchyards throughout the UK. On June 14, the group is organising a Wildlife Walk from 1.30pm to 3.30pm starting at Southover and also visiting St Michael’s, St John sub Castro and South Malling as part of Cherishing Church Yards Week. On the same evening, there will be a Moth and Bat Night at St John sub Castro churchyard, at 8.30pm.

RESIDENTS’ASSOCIATION: Lewes District Council is seeking to revive the Residents’ Association with a relaunch meeting at Malling Community Centre on Wednesday June 19 at 7pm. They have circulated homes in Malling with questionnaires asking for views on how to develop the community (though up to now, not every home has received a questionnaire), including, for example, a question on how to use the small plot of land next to the Community Centre, which has just been cleared, though part of this has already been designated as a play area for South Malling Pre School. If you are interested and have not yet received a leaflet, contact Lewes District Council Housing Services Manager. Please put a note in your diary to attend the meeting.

mobile library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 10.40am to 11.10am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 11.30am to noon; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.40pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2pm to 2.30pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 2.45pm to 3.15pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.40pm to 4pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.30am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.30am to 11am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.15am to 11.35pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 11.45am to 12.10pm; South Rough, Newick 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Oldaker, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm.


NEVILL RESIDENTS Association will have a stall at the Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society’s Extravaganza tomorrow, Saturday, on Nevill Green, noon to 4pm, selling cakes, books, jewellery and bric-a-brac. Some other residents will have stalls selling a variety of items including vintage and retro collectors items, china plates, cups and saucers, figurines, jewellery, cigarette cards, children’s clothes, books and toys, and cakes. See also Nevill Bonfire events below.

CHRIST CHURCH: Over 30 people of all ages came to our Messy Church event last Friday. They all had an enjoyable morning undertaking different craft activities. This was followed by a short act of worship and then a lunch. Today, Friday, our Tots group resumes at 9.30am after the half term break. We look forward to seeing the children and carers back again. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by our minister, Rev John Gordon and will include Holy Communion. This is followed by a church walk. Next Friday, June 14, is our Friendship Lunch, noon to 1.15 pm.

EXTRAVAGANZA: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society present their third Extravaganza event on the Nevill Green tomorrow, Saturday, as many will remember the fantastic events they held in previous years to celebrate the Royal wedding, The Royal Jubilee and Olympics. It all kicks off at midday and there will be the usual fun and games for all the family to enjoy: stalls, rides, competitions and refreshments. Evening events start at 5pm and feature live music from headlining band Chicken Shed Zeppelin; the many talented members of Starfish Youth Music plus Hog Roast or vegetarian alternative all for a fiver or £4 in advance. Tickets available from Nevill newsagents, Union Music and the Gardeners Arms.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: At the annual meeting of Saint Anne’s in May, Jackie Bishop and Liz Mandeville were re-elected as churchwardens which turned out to be a much more challenging job than they had imagined. Their appointment last year was followed very quickly by the retirement of the long-term and much-loved minister, Philipp Hamilton Manon, on the orders of his doctor. Another valued member of the congregation, Mary Loweson, has taken over from Ann Dawney as the church’s representative to HomeLink, the local charity for homeless people in Lewes District. HomeLink makes interest-free loans to those who meet the criteria.

MUSIC AND LUNCH: Food, drink and music at 4 Clare Road, at the home of Jackie Bishop, in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice, noon to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. Tickets are £10 and cover everything. Entertainment by Lewes Operatic Society. Contact Jackie on 01273 475512, or


SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s will be Holy Communion at 8am (BCP) followed by Morning Service at 10.30am,

THE BADMINTON Club are running a Summer Badminton Season again this year for six weeks in the village hall from 7.45pm till 10.15pm. The dates are Tuesdays June 11, 18, 25 and July 2. They are always looking for new members.

REMINDER: The second consultation day for the Neighbourhood Plan Meeting in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am till 4pm. This is an important meeting as you will find out the site and plots of land put forward by landowners for development in Newick in the future.

AFTERNOON CLUB: On Thursday the Newick Afternoon Club will meet in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. The speaker is Dr Catriona Good, Consultant Neuroadiologist at Hurstwood Park Centre, Haywards Heath. Further details from 01825 722154.


ST JOHN SUB CASTRO CHURCH: On Sunday our morning service will be at 9.30am not 11am (this is to accommodate the Lewes Chamber Music Festival Concert on that day). It will be a service of Holy Communion, led by Rev Glen Hocken (a Lewes Prison Chaplain). We shall be back to our usual time of 11am the following Sunday. Today, Friday, at 7pm Lewes Chamber Music Concert in church, and again tomorrow, Saturday, at 11am and 8pm. Tomorrow, Saturday, Lewes Castle Rotary are sponsoring a walk in aid of Homelink, sponsors and walkers will be most welcome, details on church notice board.

TABLETOP SALE: On Saturday June 15, we are having our monthly Tabletop Sale in Cliffe Church Hall, from 9am to 1pm. We have a couple of tables available for hire (£8), if you have some craft or home-made goodies to sell. To book please phone Jenny on 476463 by Thursday June 13.


JUMBLE TIME: Tomorrow (Saturday) Honeybees Pre-school Group will hold a jumble sale in the village hall with scrum down at 2pm. There will be refreshments available, a cake stall and tombola.

FANCY A WALK? Tomorrow (Saturday) the Footpath Society meet at Ellisons Pond car park, Ashdown Forest off the B2026 (TQ461 287) at 10.30am for a four mile hike to Marlpits, passing Old Lodge to join the Wealden Way to Camp Hill and return. More information on 01323 895572.

REMEMBRANCE TIME: On Sunday there will be the annual service of remembrance for the Polish airmen who were stationed at Chailey airfield during WWII. It will be held at the memorial adjoining the Plough pub at 3pm.

STATION SUMMERTIME: On Sunday the planters at Plumpton station are to be replanted in summer kit, thanks to sponsorship by local businesses and individuals. A band of volunteers will be out there making the transformation and if anyone else would like to join in, there will be a warm welcome. It will all start at 10am.

GARDEN DELIGHTS: On Sunday 15 Plumpton gardens will be open to the public. This offers a fine opportunity to inspect all the treasures that lurk behind the fences and gain much delight and possibly inspiration. To that enjoyment can be added the satisfaction that the event will be supporting St Peter and St James Hospice in its efforts to care for the terminally ill. You can give your nose a treat at Coach House, South Road; Oakdene, St Helena Lane; Byre Cottage, Station Road; Trillium, StationRoad; 2 Inholmes Cottages, Station Road; 3 Chapel Road; 10 Chapel Road; 25 West Gate; Chestnut House; Station Road; Downleigh, Station Road; Owletts, Riddens Lane; 3 Riddens Close; The Warren, Plumpton Lane; 2 Green Cross Cottages, Plumpton Lane and 2 Ashurst Cottages, Ashurst Lane. Programmes will be available at all venues. Teas will be available at both the village hall and 2 Ashurst Cottages. Entrance is £1 for a single garden or £5 for a season ticket to all 15. Ring 01273 891218 or 891256.

ROADWORKS CONFUSION: Does the left hand know what the right is doing? On Monday dreaded roadworks were due to commence in Plumpton Lane. However, when I passed the Plough pub during the late afternoon there was a sign announcing the works had been delayed by a day due to unforeseen circumstances. However, I was told by a friend that Plumpton Lane was, in fact, closed early in the morning and a large amount of the surface had been planed. It is little wonder motorists often ignore road signs as they are so frequently false.

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING: In Wivelsfield on Tuesday a Lewes Partnership Event is being held by Lewes Police, Lewes Fire Service, Neighbourhood Watch and Lewes District Council, who will all have representatives there. The event will be on the green outside Wivelsfield Village Hall from 12.30pm to 14.30 and is free to attend for everyone. All the local agencies will be on hand to assist the community with any questions, queries or concerns they may have and offer assistance where possible. Information and services such as property security marking will be available for valuable items, garden equipment or cycles from the police. The Fire Service will be able to sign people up for a free home survey and other safety initiatives available. Neighbourhood Watch is keen to expand the scheme within the village and is looking to recruit new members. Lewes District Council will have representatives there who can take any enquiries you may have on council matters.

PARISH COUNCIL: Plumpton Parish Council will meet in the village hall committee room on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: This very worthy scheme in Plumpton is now defunct which leaves the community devoid of an early warning system and protection against crime. It is a very worthwhile, voluntary exercise that can have many benefits for the community in preventing and solving crime. However, it does require one or more co-ordinators to facilitate its function. The job does entail active participation, but the time and effort involved need not be onerous. If anyone out there is interested in community involvement and protection and willing to devote a modest amount of time to it, then please do contact PCSO Steve Knowles on 07787 685708; 0845 6070 999 or steven.knolwes@sussex,


VICTORIAN MUSIC HALL: Do try to get along to this event being held in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, evening at 7.45pm with members of Ringmer Dramatic Society and others taking part. The Music Hall is directed by Daisy McKie and there will also be a sausage and mash supper. Tickets price £8 available from Middletons or phone 814859. Bring your own drink and glasses. Seating will be at tables and there is opportunity for audience participation.

REMINISCENCE SESSIONS: Every Monday from June 10 to August 12 in the village hall from 2pm to 4pm these free sessions are to share your memories of the local area with others. Bring old photographs of life in Sussex to unlock the past. This is part of the Ale and Hearty project by the heritage organisation Strike a Light. For more information contact Nicola Benge on 07727 006538 or e-mail

MEN’S CLUB: At its meeting on Tuesday in the Church Room at 7.30pm the speaker will be Robin Norris who will bring the New Zealand connection with St Mary’s to those attending in his talk and power point presentation.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on May 29 was: 1, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett; 2, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 3, Daivd Coutinho and Steve Cocking. The club next meets on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. Contact for the Club 01273 814220.

COFFEE MORNING at Sunrise, Laughton Road, by invitation of John and Jenny Payne on Saturday, June 15. There will be the usual stalls, raffle, bring and buy and plants. Proceeds to the Bible Society.

rodmell & southease

BUSY WEEKEND: We were lucky with the weather again last weekend which was just as well since Rodmell had a lot of functions on. On Saturday it was the jumble sale in aid of village hall funds, this meant the village was very busy. Chaos reigned when a party of German tourists, in a coach, attempted to drive down the village ignoring the road sign, Not Suitable for Coaches, despite my shouting and arm waving over my garden wall, and further down the village where it gets very narrow other villagers tried to deter them. They were going to Monks House, who plainly state in their details sent to tour companies coaches cannot get down the village. No sooner had this coach gone down then my gardener Rob had to dissuade another coach from also driving down the village, followed a little later by another. Mayhem is probably a better word than chaos. On Sunday a party of hikers parked early in Monks House car park almost filling it up, and this was on the day when we had our open gardens event in Lower Rodmell. Mayhem again, especially as Monks House was open that day as well and all parking was needed, plus someone had parked badly and made access to the car parking in the field very difficult so some of us were sent to try and find the culprit. Eventually they were found and order of some sort was regained.

OPEN GARDENS: The Open Gardens Day was very successful and many thanks to hose who organised and helped out.

The teas in the village hall were so successful, and I’ve never seen so many people tucking in to the home made cakes and tea whilst the queue never stopped all afternoon. The people washing up serving and collecting dirty crockery were kept on the go all the time. Carol Putnam must be commended for having washed up all afternoon.

TALK: On the Sunday evening we had Dr Andrea Zanardo, Rabbi of the Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue, giving a talk on the Torah (Jewish Law) and his reflection on Jewish/Christian relationships. It was a good evening and the food was delicious. Thanks to Marcus Brown backed up by wife Jenny.

RECYCLING: Have you received your waste food bin yet? I have contacted the office to have ours taken back as we’ve nothing to put in it as we have our own recycling unit, our goat Tine, plus the pheasant, the cat, the birds, nothing gets wasted. I put a small bag out for the dustmen about once a fortnight, also our recycling bins get collected once a fortnight. Burning waste goes on the wood burner or incinerator and plastic cartons get used in the garden and greenhouse. There are two compost heaps in the front garden, one in the orchard and one in the goat paddock.

OPEN GARDENS: On June 15 and 16 Southease have their Open Garden Day from 2pm to 5pm.

JAZZ: On June 16 at our pub we have Piers Clarke and friends playing Jazz, this is to celebrate my birthday. All welcome. More on this next week.