Parish Pump Lewes – March 1, 2013


THE PARISH COUNCIL is not a bit happy with Lewes District Council’s proposals to reduce permitted parking hours in the village car park from 72 to 10 hours. The PC feels the proposal has no local support and that it runs counter to each of the reasons given by LDC. The PC has submitted its response accordingly and hopes everyone who has a view will contact LDC - deadline March 1 (today). District Councillor, Donna Edmunds was unaware of the proposal change until alerted by the parish clerk. Having heard the views of the PC, she has said she will add her weight to retaining the status quo.

QUIZ NIGHT: The tennis club hold a Quiz Night tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm in the village hall. Tickets cost £10 to include food. A licensed bar will be open to quench the thirsty.

COLLECTION: Royal British Legion house collection in Barcombe amounted to £1,666.66 (against £1,674.44 for the previous year, a decrease of £7.78). To this sum is added £65 for wreaths, £439.76 church collection, a total to date of £2,171.42. I should like to thank most sincerely all those who kindly went house to house, leaving no stone unturned. Your dedication and support is very much appreciated. Muriel Pyne (Hon Organiser Poppy Appeal).

FOOTBALL: Mid Sussex Div Two: Barcombe 1 (Kane Black) Hartfield 0. Div 10: Ridgewood 4 Barcombe II 0.

SNOOKER: Home to Seaford Con A: James Stewart 53 G Cooper 41, Harry Stewart 38 M Nunn 47 (25), Jack Schaufler 16 S Payne 70, Simon Fox 42 L Marshall 51, Tony Deakin 60 D Short 27. Club lost 2-3. Harry and Simon very nearly made it 4-1 in our favour.


CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. The Revd John Maskell will also be in church on Saturday from 8.30am to 9.30am and everyone is invited to join him in prayers. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services this Sunday are at 10.30am with Les White and 6.15pm with John Goodway. Tea, coffee and biscuits served after the service. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

LADIES’ LUNCH is at the Free Church on Saturday March 16 at 12.20pm for 12.30pm. This is a chance to welcome Philip Holden-Jennings from Victim Support East Sussex whose talk will cover burglaries in our area. The lunch and talk are free but donations would be appreciated. To book a place call 07884 303725 or text 07792 889078 before Wednesday March 13.

PCSO: Meet your local community support officer, PCSO Steven Knowles, outside Chailey C E Primary School, on Tuesday between 8.30am and 9am. This is an opportunity to have a chat with Steven and ask him questions or tell him about anything that is bothering you in our community.

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.

THE WI meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm in the village hall when Karen Martin will give a talk titled Hypnotherapy Explained. This will not involve putting anyone in a trance but will explain the way hypnotherapy helps in many situations, including the training of athletes. Prospective members and guests are always welcome, for whom there will be a £2 nominal charge. For more information call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

MEETS at the Five Bells are on Wednesday at 7pm the RS Owners Club (East Sussex branch) and on Thursday the Lotus Cortina Club. More details are available from Robin on 0182572 2259.

OPEN DAY: Volunteers’ Open Day at Futures@Chailey Heritage is on Friday March 8 in the new Life Skills Centre, with sessions at 10.30am to midday and 3.30pm to 5pm. Full details about the day are on the Futures website at For more information or to reserve a place please ring 01825 723723.

YOUTH GROUP meet at the village hall on Friday March 8 from 7.30pm to 9pm. There will be a range of activities available throughout the evening. All young people aged 10 to 16 years who live in or around the Chailey area are welcome. For more information call Gemma on 07843410895.

LIVE MUSIC is at the Five Bells on Friday March 8 starting at 8pm with Lou Glandfield and Ben Taylor playing guitar and keyboard and vocals by Beau Lucas. This evening promises to be most enjoyable with a mix of boogie-woogie, bottleneck guitar, blues and swing music.

JUMBLE SALE organised by the bonfire society is on Saturday March 9 at 11am. There will be good as new, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated either on the day or to arrange collection call 01273 400632. Please use this opportunity to have a clear out and donate items and so help the Society raise much needed funds.

COMMONS MANAGEMENT Committee report sheep are expected to return to the Common in the spring and continue the conservation started last year. In view of the disturbing number of sheep killed by out of control dogs the committee discussed measures to improve their safety. Larger signage in the car parks and other relevant points will emphasise the need for dogs to be under close control or on a lead. Also there will be emphasis on the Commons where sheep are not grazing and owners who cannot or will not control their dogs should use these. It is possible when the sheep return volunteers will monitor the animals and explain to owners the need for dogs to be controlled.


DON’T FORGET it is skittles evening today, Friday, at the Chalk Pit Inn at 7pm. Judith Bastide has organised this for a number of years. If you want to go along and join in the fun call Judith on 01273 474356 this morning for further information.

ST PETER’S CHURCH: Sunday, Holy Communion 8am, Sunday Club 10.15am in the church hall, Parish Communion 10.30am followed by coffee in the church hall. Sunday, March 10, is Mothering Sunday when as usual there will be a special Mother’s Day Service at 10.30am. During the service the children will present posies to their mothers. Following the service there will be a Mothering Sunday Brunch in the church hall. Contact Judith on the above number to book a place. Ursula Hare from Cooksbridge will once again be making a lovely Mother’s Day cake for the occasion.

CARD MAKING at the Monday Afternoon Club in St Peter’s Church Hall at 2pm on March 11. Helen Park will show members how to make craft cards. This will be followed by a delicious tea. Lifts available by contacting either Judith on 01273 474356 or Caroline on 01273 477151.

PARISH COUNCIL: Hamsey Parish Council meet again on Thursday March 14 at 7.30pm in the village hall.

ADVANCE NOTICE: This year’s jumble sale will be held at the village hall on Saturday March 23 at 2pm, which is the week before Easter. If you have items that need to be collected please contact Anita or Tom Walker on 01273 472595. All offers of help for leafleting, collecting and storing jumble as well as helping at the sale itself, will be gratefully accepted. Volunteers are also needed for cake making and serving teas. Anita reports in the past the jumble sales have raised annually around £700 towards supporting community events throughout the year which has been made possible by a wonderful team of volunteers who help every year. Please contact Anita if you are able to help.

WARNING: For those who use propane gas cylinders. Thieves have stolen two full ones from a property on the A275 in Offham. This happened during the night on Friday February 22 in an area surrounded by other properties adjacent to a church and a pub. Please contact Sussex Police on 101 if you have information on this theft.

HAMSEY SCHOOL: The launch of the Hamsey Heritage Trails is planned for April. Year 5/6 children at the school have had a most interesting and exciting opportunity provided by the development of the Hamsey Heritage Trails where they have learnt more about the parish and contributed to information provided for visitors. Under the guidance of class teacher, Rea Hamilton, the children have focused on the importance of chalk to the history and development of the parish. This is where local artist Tom Walker stepped in to help the children produce lovely pastel artwork showing the Downland populated by sheep and chalk pit workers, together with land art inspired by the Long Man of Wilmington and the grisly skeletons of soldiers killed in the Battle of Lewes. The children have also produced sculptures of large lumps of chalk complete with numerous holes modelled on pieces that had been burrowed into by piddocks, a type of shellfish. Compositions about A Day in the Life of a Chalk Pit Worker have been written, complemented by poetry on the same theme. The children have also produced comic strips about the formation of the Downs and the process involved in the extraction of chalk. One of the Heritage Trails will include the Offham Chalk Pit where future visitors will be able to enjoy and learn from the work done by the children. You can also see some examples of their work on the notice boards in the waiting room at Cooksbridge Station. The overall project is being driven by the South Downs National Park Authority, which is providing the bulk of the funding. A leaflet about the chalk heritage is being drafted and will be available from dispensers at various sites in the parish. Existing rights of way in the parish have been mapped and will form the basis of the Heritage Trails. There will be an information board for those arriving by train at Cooksbridge. The parish council and the village hall Trustees are closely involved with the project and are part of the project team. The team met in January to plan the launch and consider further developments.


COLD SPELL: Just before this bitterly cold weather last week I walked the lab up the lane and it was so beautiful looking down into the valley with the mist rising below, birds were singing and there were rabbits everywhere. On another walk we disturbed more rabbits just outside our garden and one just went into the hedge and my husband was able to catch it, he did release it, I know I should not feel sorry for rabbits but I think it had the myxi. disease. Even though winter has returned with a vengeance, there are still signs of spring. We met a neighbour in the woods walking his dog, and he told us of yellow birds, which his wife identified as yellow hammers, feeding in his garden. We too have had them in our garden, I checked with our oracle Sue, and she confirmed she too has them in her garden, they have been returning over the last two years. They really are beautiful birds, and as Sue says, when they sit in the bushes they look like blossoms.

TO SPOIL the nature stories, walking back across the fields from Stanmer Park on Sunday, we were so incensed by a young male who broke off from his friends to run down into the herd of cows flapping a red piece of card in front of them. Why would he do something so crass? I was too unfit to reach him at the top of the hill, and he disappeared before I could speak to him. He must be the same person Sue saw, who did exactly the same thing on the field edging Ridge Road. I do hope someone sees and catches him.

CONCERT: On Sunday at 11.45am there will be a concert in St Laurence by Angel Voices, a small group of children aged seven to 11 years will perform in aid of Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice. We do hope people will come to encourage them.

LADIES’ GROUP: The February meeting had to be cancelled due to a home match at the Amex Stadium. We were lucky, we had no speaker arranged for the evening and it was easy to postpone the film. The next meeting on March 12 at 7.30pm in the Falmer Parish Hall, will be a talk by David Porter about the Clayton Tunnel. David actually lives in the house at the entrance.

FILM CLUB: The February showing was the Artist, for me it was just as good the second time round. There was a large audience too and it was well appreciated by everyone.

GLYNDe & Beddingham

WOMEN VERSUS CANCER: Coffee morning, Saturday March 23, at Glynde Reading Room 11.30am to 12.30pm. My daughter Louise is embarking on a 400km bike ride across Cuba in October 2013. The money raised will go towards women’s cancer research eg cervical, ovarian and breast cancer. Please come and meet Louise over coffee and cake and perhaps buy a raffle ticket. We look forward to seeing you. For further information please call Janet on 01273858349.


CHURCH SERVICES: As always on the first Sunday of the month, there will be a Family Service starting at 9.45am. This is a short child friendly service open to all, with coffee, tea or squash and biscuits to follow. Then, on Mothering Sunday, March 10, there will be a special service (without communion) for the whole family at 9.45am. The Kingston Brownies will be parading with their flag and we look forward to seeing a large congregation to celebrate this special day for all mums.

RACE NIGHT: Kingston Pre-School will hold one of their ever popular Race Nights at Kingston Parish Hall on Saturday evening, March 9, from 7.30pm. There will be six races in total, all shown on the big screen in the hall. Bets are limited to £1 per horse per race, although you can back more than one horse. Simon Brook will compere the evening with his normal gusto. Tickets for entry at £5 each are available from Lucy Buxton (07802 805853), Rachel Chandler (07717 771509), Keith Gibson (471193) or Brian Simmons (474303). Net proceeds will be used to purchase new equipment for the pre-school.


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday February 5 Ladder: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 3, Rita Hartnell and Pat Elliott. February 12 Butler Teams: 1, Simon Fishburn and Ann Butterfield; 2, Rita Hartnell and Pat Elliott; 3, Matt Read and Janet Cattermole. February 7 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Nancy Wiginton and Mickie Lodge, Peter and Irene Gannon; 3, Peter Cattermole and Adela Thomas. February 14: 1, Nancy Wiginton and Rosemary Land; 2, Paul Allen and Lynne Tunley; 3, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact 01273 473026.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On a warm sunny day 18 of us set off from Newhaven Town railway station. Passing through the adjacent industrial estate we then headed north eastwards to the A259 crossing part of the Ouse Estuary Nature Reserve. The going was not too muddy because of the over night frost. Crossing the road we then headed eastwards towards Bishopstone, climbing across the ridge of Rookery Hill with views of Newhaven and the Ouse Valley behind us. In the distance Seaford Head came into view before we dropped down a wooded slope and then headed into the village of Bishopstone. Bishopstone Church, a typical flint-built downland structure, is one of the oldest in the county with a 12th century tower and was well worth a visit. Leaving the village we headed north easwards for some time along the edges of large arable fields until we reached Seaford Golf Course. After a break beyond a reservoir we then headed south eastwards for some time along the top of a ridge to Cradle Hill. Passing the new vineyard at Rachfinny we soon crossed the Alfriston Road by the High and Over car park. Continuing south eastwards we then got our first views of the Cuckmere River Valley stretching all the way to the sea with Litlington and Friston Forest to the east. Dropping down we were able to make our way southwards following the course of the river all the way to Exceat Bridge. We then returned to Lewes by bus and train. The next walk is on Wednesday at Cuckfield. Meet at 9.30am as usual at top North Street car park.

WOMEN’S World Day of Prayer. This year the annual service, prepared by the women of France, will be held at St Thomas’s Church, Cliffe High Street at 10.45am today, Friday. Rev Judith Bevan, Curate of St Anne’s Church, will be the speaker on the theme I was a stranger and you welcomed me. The service will be followed by a ploughman’s lunch. All are welcome men, women and young people.


SCHOOL NEWS: South Malling School invited parents and carers of children in reception to a coffee and phonics morning this week. The aim was to support them to help their children with early reading. Letter-sound links, were demonstrated and parents were showed how the school teaches early reading skills and given suggestions of ways to support children’s reading at home. Children worked on developing their financial capability by counting up the money from Enterprise Day at the end of last term, calculating how much profit they made and evaluating the project to consider what might have been done better. The school is grateful to parents and friends who helped make the day such a success. On Thursday, as part of the focus on reading, Dan Freedman (who writes exciting football-themed books for children) came to talk about his books and the process of becoming a writer. He is also the son of one of the dog owners who bring their dogs to school every Tuesday to read with the children. (More about this scheme later on). The children’s Learning Journey for this term is Bookworms and each class will be involved in book related activities throughout the term. This links to World Book Day on March 7. This year the school will be marking the day by taking and exhibiting photos of staff and children reading in unusual places, stopping for the whole school to read at various points during the day, reading with paired classes and, of course, dressing up as their favourite book characters for a special assembly on March 8.

BRIDGE VIEW FOOTBALL: In mini soccer, the Under 10s faced a strong Premier Red side in two games. In game one, View took the lead through Sam Gilkes’ well taken strike, before Premier Red scored twice. Joe Shersby-Wright equalised, both sides had their chances, and finally drew 3-3. In the second game, there were excellent performances from Doddy Mcgillivray, Louis Salmon, an excellent turn and shot from Eli Harmer-Johnston and Felix Attfield-Davis was unbeatable in goal. Both sides had opportunities to score but the result was 0-0 nonetheless massively entertaining. For the under 11s (9v9) Bridge View Orange played Crawley Down Gatwick in a tough match with no reserves (Crawley had 5). View started slowly but tightened their play after going three down in 10 minutes. After a start like that, it was a credit to the boys that the score remained 3-0 to Crawley at the final whistle. The Black team faced Hassocks, away, on a good pitch. After a promising start with encouraging passages of play from View, a well-organised opposition stifled View’s rhythm and despite chances on both sides, it was Hassocks who converted, took the ascendency in the second half and won 3-0. Bridge View under 12s celebrated their first home game this year by a win against Patcham United. Boosted by the welcome return to goal of Neill DiLucia with an outstanding game, three goals from striker, Alfie Haggar and a good game in unaccustomed mid field by Callum Peploe, they won 3-0. The Under 13s (Black), battled hard throughout the game against a strong and talented Saltdean United, who finally broke the View backline and scored the only goal 10 minutes before the whistle, winning 1-0 but with positives for View’s team to build on. The Under 14s won 4-2 against Seaford Town with goals from Jack Dunkley and Harrison Hinks and two from Tom Jex. The Under 15s beat Hassocks Juniors by an excellent 7-2.

THE CHURCH congregation heard from Southover’s Rector, Revd Steve Daughtery, proposals for joining with them and with St John sub Castro to form a single church from their three parishes reducing costs but providing real opportunities for serving the whole community, developing work with children and young people and providing a range of different worship from quiet and spiritual to contemporary and charismatic in one or other of the three buildings at various times each Sunday. Each congregation would have its own named priest who would also be part of a central team working closely with a range of pastoral support services. The time scale for this was described as a kind of courtship, engagement and marriage process which will take as long as it needs to take.This Sunday there is an all age family service at South Malling Church, beginning at 9.30am.


THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Village Hall, Ditchling 10.35am to 10.55am; Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 11.15am to 11.45am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.45pm; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.50pm to 1.20pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2.25pm to 2.50pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 3pm to 3.30pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.50pm to 4.20pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.15am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.45am to 11.15am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.45am to 12.05pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 12.15pm to 12.40pm; South Rough, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm; Oldaker, Newick 2.25pm to 2.55pm.


MY BLOG: Not an awful lot happened this week. So I thought I would tell you about a new author I found, M R North who wrote The Coroner. I downloaded it onto my Kindle Fire. A great read and it is my intention to read more of her books. She gave a good insight into the world of a coroner and as she is new to the job her own life is spiralling out of control due to a bad divorce and conspiracy in a case she is handling. Well worth reading.

CHRIST CHURCH: We had a busy morning at Messy Church last Friday with about 40 people enjoying a morning learning about Lent. We made a Lenten journey collage, wrapped up chocolate parcels and decorated stones before a short act of worship. We then had a lunch of baked potatoes with beans and cheese and followed by grapes and scone bread. The next Messy Church will be on Friday April 5. Worship on Sunday will be led by Rev Peter Rayson at 10.30am and at 6.30pm we have a Choral Evening led by David Coleman. The choir will sing two 16th century prayers, the Magnificat and the Nunc Dimittis. Next Friday is our Friendship Lunch between noon and 1.15pm.

NEVILL BONFIRE: The society will be holding a jumble sale at the Ringmer Village Hall on Saturday March 9. We will be collecting jumble on the Nevill Estate after 6pm on Friday March 8.


WOMEN’S World Day of Prayer this year will be at Fletching Church at 2pm today, Friday. Men, women and children are also invited.

RUGBY: The first XV rugby team are playing away at Hove and the second XV will be entertaining Cinque Ports at home. Both games are at 3pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES this weekend are Holy Communion 8am followed Family Service at 10.30am. If you would like a lift to church please book in advance by telephoning 722582. Everyone most welcome.

COFFEE MORNING: On Saturday March 9 the horticultural society are holding a coffee morning in the Community Centre from 9.30am till 11.30am. Why not pop along, enjoy a coffee, renew your membership or join.

AGM: Newick Village Hall Management Committee Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday March 13 in the village hall committee room. Please try and attend this meeting. Will all clubs and societies make sure they send their representatives to attend this meeting please.

AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting on Thursday March 14 in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. In attendance will be Dr R Rajan, Partner at Newick Health Centre, and Councillor Mrs S Tidy from Health and Wellbeing Board, East Sussex County Council and the chairman will be Mr J R W Gumpert Surgeon. Sounds like a very interesting session. For information telephone 01825 722650.

MEETING: Also on March 14 Newick Horticultural Society will meet in the village hall at 8pm, when John Negus will be giving a talk on An Eye For Design. Entrance £2.50 for members and £3 non members.

SKITTLES: Newick Bonfire Society skittles and pub games evening is on Saturday March 16 in the village hall. Tickets £7 to include refreshments. For tickets call 01825 722418.


ST JOHN’S CHURCH: Sunday is the second Sunday of Lent. Our service at 11am will be Holy Communion led by Rev Al Pickering. The evening Lent Course at Christ Church , Prince Edwards Road, begin on Tuesday morning and will be repeated on Tuesday evening to be led by Rev John Gordon. If you are interested, contact Gretel ASAP as places are limited. or 01273 473904. If you like to, you can prepare for each Tuesday’s session by listening to the BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship the previous Sunday at 8.10am when different speakers will talk about the topic for the week. On Sunday the speaker will be Rev Dr Stephen Wigley of the Methodist Church in Wales. Once a year the Chichester Diocese organises a Healing Day to resource healing ministry in East Sussex. This year it is on Saturday March 2 from 9.30am to 4pm, at Victoria Baptist Church, Eldon Road, Eastbourne, titled Breakthrough to healing; details are available at church. The Lewes service for this year’s Women’s World Day of Prayer will be at St Thomas’ Church, Cliffe, at 10.45am on Friday March 1. Please see Joyce Field if you are interested in being in a choir for the service, there will be choir rehearsal at 9am.

TABLE TOP SALE: Our Table Top Sale last Saturday made £100.95 very many thanks to all.

CONCERTS: Watch this space for concerts in church in March.


GRAB A BARGAIN: Plumpton Activity Scheme will hold a jumble sale tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall at 2pm. Apart from the thrill of the chase there will be cakes, refreshments and tombola. If you have items to donate please take them to the hall during tomorrow morning or ring 01273 890232 to have them collected. There will be another sale on Saturday of next week, so if you miss out at this one all may not be lost. The Activity Scheme provides activities for local youngsters during the summer holidays so is well worth supporting.

GETTING WED? There will be a wedding fair at Plumpton racecourse on Sunday between 11am and 3pm.

FANCY A WALK? If so, join up with the Footpath Society on Sunday when the start point will be World’s End recreational ground, Janes Lane, Burgess Hill (TQ377 202) at 2.15pm.Then it will be off on a three and a half to four mile jaunt via Wivelsfield Green. More details, if you need them, from 01273 890450. If you miss that walk or fancy some more then go again on Wednesday. The start will be Romany Ridge car park on Chailey Common (TQ377 207) at 10.30am ready to set off on a six mile trek taking in Pound Common, Bineham Wood, Cottage Wood, Lumberpits, Wivelsfield Green, Cock Inn, Roseland Wood, Holford Manor and back to Romany Ridge Common. If you need to know more ring 01825 723716.

PARISH COUNCIL: East Chiltington Parish Council will meet on Thursday at 7.30pm at Beechwood Hall, Cooksbridge. Members of the public are welcome and there is a slot for them to ask questions at the start of the meeting.

ANYONE FOR CRICKET? Plumpton and East Chiltington CC are getting into swing for the new cricket season. Net practice will begin in the sports hall at Plumpton College on Thursday (March 7) between 8.35 and 9.35pm and will continue for six weeks. New members will be very welcome and further information is available by ringing 01273 890785 or via Otherwise just turn up and join in.

TAKE NOTICE: Anyone wishing to publicise a local community event should note there is now a notice board on Plumpton Station. It was presented by Southern as part of the award as Community Station of 2011. The board is located on the southbound platform and just hand in any notices to stationmaster Mick for display. Like other boards in the village, this one is not for commercial advertising.

HOW ABOUT CYCLING? This year’s London to Brighton bike ride will take place on Sunday, June 16. It is billed as Europe’s biggest and best charity bike ride and thousands of people join to use their pedal power to help in the fight against heart disease through the British Heart Foundation. Many people from Plumpton take part each year and registration for this year’s event opens tomorrow (Saturday) but it will be necessary to get in quick to secure a place on the starting grid as there is always competition to gain entry, let alone take part. The link is$/aaa22

FANCY SOME COMPANY? If so, do remember the Pop-in Parlout at All Saints’ church annexe opens every Tuesday from 11am. Enjoy a cuppa, a chat, perhaps a snack or a bowl of homemade soup. You can meet up with old friends and easily make some new ones. Absolutely everyone will receive a warm welcome.


DAY OF PRAYER: Do remember that the Women’s World Day of Prayer service takes place in St Mary’s Church today, Friday, commencing at 10.30am. Everybody is warmly invited to attend and after the service there will be refreshments in the Church Room.

SIMPLE LUNCH: The Lenten Lunch today, Friday, will be held in the Church Room following the above service in the church. Next Friday the lunch will be held at the Vicarage from noon to 2pm.

RACE NIGHT: This event is being organised by the Ringmer Primary Home School Association at the primary school this evening, Friday. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Tickets are £3 on the door. All profits are to enhance and redevelop the outside area of the whole school.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team travel to the extremes of West Sussex for an SCFL Div One fixture against Selsey FC. Kick off time at Selsey is 3pm. On Tuesday evening the firsts are scheduled to play at home to Dorking Wanderers with a kick off time of 7.45pm. However, please check with the club before the match as the club has to pass their bi-annual floodlight inspection before this match can take place. The second team are at home to St. Francis Rangers tomorrow, Saturday, in the Reserve Section Premier League. Kick off at The Caburn is 3pm. On the social side on Saturday evening there is a Karaoke evening commencing at 7.30pm so if you have got an X Factor go along and have a go as all welcome. Finally, on Monday, March 11, there is a general forum to discuss the running of the youth team next season and the club would like anyone interested to attend if possible.

EVENING WI: At its meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall the speaker will be Joe Mendell whose talk is entitled Bob Newhart Rides Again.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on February 20 was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett. The next meeting will be on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall.

STOOOLBALL AGM will be held in the Football Club Pavilion on Thursday, at 7.30pm. All members welcome.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: The current round of public consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan ends on Friday, March 8. Please ensure any comments you have reach the parish council by that date and include your name, postcode and contact details. Comments can be sent to the Parish Office, Ringmer Village Hall or submitted by e-mail to The draft plan is available on the parish council website, with printed copies in Ringmer Library or the parish office during opening hours.

JUMBLE SALE: This is being organised by the Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society in the village hall on Saturday, March 9, at 2pm. If you have jumble you wish to donate please bring it to the hall as near to noon as possible on the morning of the sale.


YOUTH HOSTEL: The new £5 million Youth Hostel and visitor centre appears to be opening on the South Downs at Itford Farm, Beddingham this spring. Many people wondered when this project would be completed. Youth hostels have always played a vital role for the many visitors to our beautiful area who are looking for good accommodation and facilities at a reasonable rate. Beds in shared single sex rooms at Itford Farm will cost £16 per night and private rooms will be priced at £25 per night, a very reasonable rate which I’m sure the many walkers who roam our lovely countryside will appreciate. I’m not sure if it will make a lot of difference to the B&Bs in the area, apart from some people not being willing to pay high prices in this economic crisis when they have something cheaper on the doorstep. With Lewes also having a Premier Inn in its centre, and they are also very good and economic, it may keep prices down.

WI: Betty Houghton was the speaker at our WI meeting on February 19 and gave a very interesting talk on her time at Bletchley Park. Betty’s husband John, who was a well known local, sadly died on February 6 and his funeral took place on February 18. We much appreciated Betty still doing her talk the next day.

FOR MANY YEARS I had a small company named Hidden Sussex Tours and I had many local clients, as well as American and Japanese tourists, that I used to drive around the lanes of hidden Sussex. I noticed in the announcements of deaths column on February 15 that Doris Denman had died and she had been one of my regular clients. She was a very interesting lady, who had been a rat catcher in the war, with the Women’s Land Army and she was also related to Lady Denman and loved to visit Denman Gardens. It was always a pleasure to take her and her friends out for the day.

THE PHEASANTS in our garden are becoming extremely tame and one in particular has befriended Tine, our goat, and spends a lot of time with him. I’m hoping to get some photographs of them together. This pheasant sits right outside my back door on the fence that I hang Tine’s cabbages on, and waits for food to be put out from him. Wood mice have invaded my kitchen and I’ve caught four so far. They really are pretty little creatures and I catch them in humane traps and take them for walks, well away from the house, and let them go along the hedgerow.

QUIZ NIGHT: I hear the quiz night on Saturday February 23 in the village hall was a great success. Congratulations to Southease residents who organised it.

SNOWDROPS: Southease Churchyard is an absolute picture at the moment with its carpet of snowdrops and I hear that Iford is hoping that, in time, theirs will look the same, as they are having a snowdrop planting tea party on Sunday, 3pm to 4.30pm when villagers can plant their own clump of snowdrops then watch them multiply year by year.

TALENT: Evidently Iford and Swanborough had a very successful evening’s entertainment of local talent on February 22. Maybe Rodmell and Southease could follow suite, as our villages are bursting with talent.

MARY CALVERLEY and daughters would like friends and villagers to know that her late husband’s Memorial Service will take place in Rodmell Church at 2.30pm on Tuesday.