Parish pump Lewes - March 13, 2015


GARDEN CLUB: The next meeting will be on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. Gerald Legg will be talking about Bees, bee-keeping and their relevance to gardening. All welcome.

BARCOMBE CINEMA: The film The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren will be shown at Barcombe Village Hall on Friday, March 20. Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start. There will be a licensed bar, refreshments during the interval and a raffle. Tickets are £6 available from Barcombe Stores and Post Office. Tickets will also be available on the door. Parking available. The first film we showed, The Love Punch, was well received and turned out to be quite a social event, so, let’s all go to the pictures.

LAST CHANCE to buy tickets for a great evening out in aid of Bevern View. The Barbican Rotary Club of Lewes have kindly organised an evening of entertainment plus a two course meal at the White Hart, Lewes, on March 21 at 7.30pm. Entertainment by Suspiciously Elvis. Tickets £30 each from John Simpson 01273 400548.


ST PETER’S CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Mothering Sunday family service at 10am. The next healing service will be on Sunday March 22 at 7pm. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH, at South Chailey, has services this Sunday at 10.30am with Gordon Hamilton and 6.30pm with Giles Woodcraft, which is part of a series on Matthew. Refreshments will be served after the services.

MEET AND GREET: PCSO Steve Knowles is visiting the Chailey Children’s Centre, in the grounds of Chailey School, on Tuesday, from 10am to 10.30am. All are welcome to go along and have a chat and get advice about any local community policing issues.

INFORMATION POINT is at Chailey Children’s Centre, in the grounds of Chailey School, on Tuesday, from 10am to noon. This is a chance to get information and advice on money, budgeting, debts, bills and finance.

KNIT AND NATTER: If you would like to learn to knit or have a project to complete then you will be most welcome at the Free Church on Tuesday, anytime between 7.15pm and 9pm. There is no charge and you can either take your own knitting or learn at the group. For more details call Ann on 01444 471600.

LENT LUNCH takes place at St Peter’s Church on Thursday between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. Soup, bread rolls, cheese and coffee or tea will be served. Any donations will be given to the Oscar’s Wish Foundation.

COMMONS SOCIETY meets at the village hall on Thursday at 7.30pm. There will be a talk by Roy Hale on The Search for Endangered Animals in Borneo. Ray has travelled to Borneo many times in the last 20 years and will give an illustrated talk on some of the endangered creatures he photographed. The talk will be followed by the society’s AGM. Visitors are welcome. For further information call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

POST OF PARISH CLERK: The council is looking to appoint a parish clerk and responsible financial officer following Vera Grainger’s resignation with effect from April 17. The post holder will have the drive and organisational skills to manage the day-to-day work of the parish council and, with councillors, to plan and implement the aims and objectives of the council. Financial and administrative experience, the ability to deliver projects on time and within budget and enthusiasm for working with residents and local organisations are the main requirements. Details of the post and an application form can be found at The closing date for applications is Friday March 20 and interviews are expected to take place on Tuesday March 31. To learn more about the post do contact Vera Grainger on 01444 831453 or by email at

CHURCHYARD TIDY UP: A short clear up of St Peter’s church yard is planned for Saturday March 21 from 9.30am. Any help would be much appreciated. Please let Peter Martin know on 01825 722680 if you can assist. Refreshments will be provided.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Spring Show is at the village hall on Saturday March 21. There are classes for daffodils, narcissi, polyanthus and hyacinths and if you have any of these flowers in your garden why not take them along. The entry fee for each class is just 10p for members and 20p for non-members. You don’t need to worry that your entry will be up against those who have won many times before as there are novice classes for those with no experience or limited experience of showing. For a show schedule, which also includes details of the vegetable, flower arranging, handicrafts, art, photography, cookery and children’s classes, call Janet Keet-Black on 01273 400699.

TESCO COMMUNITY CHARITY Champions, Kirsty Greenwood and Jo Covey, are supporting Chailey Heritage Foundation by raising awareness of the important work they do with children and young people with complex disabilities and health needs and why funds have to be raised to support this work. The Charity Champions have put up displays on the community boards in their Hove and Burgess Hill stores and have volunteered to support the Foundation with raffle prizes and volunteering at fundraising events. A huge thank you goes to Kirsty and Jo; the Foundation are very grateful for their support.

PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE, at Scaynes Hill Village Centre, is at present only open to the public on Tuesdays from 12.30pm to 1.30pm and Thursdays from 10am to11am. For any information do call Vera Grainger on 01444 831453 during these hours.

TWO DOGS ATTACK DEER: A woman from Lindfield was out walking on the Commons on Thursday February 26 when she saw two dogs attacking a deer. The woman intervened and was bitten by one of the terrier-looking dogs. Anyone who saw what happened or has any information is asked to contact quoting serial 656 of 26/02.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday at St Peter’s Church: Holy Communion 8am, Sunday School 10.15am in the church hall. Family Service especially for Mothering Sunday. The children will be presenting posies to their mothers as well as grandparents and all the ladies in the congregation receive one too. The service is followed by coffee in the church hall where I am sure there will be a special Mothering Sunday cake made by Ursula Hare from Cooksbridge.

WATER AID: Reminder that there are jam jars in the church hall again this year for loose change (or pound coins or as the Rector says even better £5, £10 notes). The proceeds will be sent to Water Aid which helps families around the world to access safe water and sanitation.

EAST CHILTINGTON: The parish council met on March 5. On the agenda were updates on planning applications which included the development at Gradwell. Those who opposed the development will be very surprised to hear that the development of residential care units at Gradwell has been passed, on appeal, by the planning inspectorate. The Gateway in Novington Lane which was causing concern did not need planning permission as Novington Lane is an unclassified road. Current planning matters: LW/15/0019 North Hall, Novington Lane. Demolition and construction of rear extension. Concern that the new extension dominates the old building, particularly on the western façade. The mixture of window styles on both the western and eastern facades is not in keeping with the unified design. SDNP/15/00812/FUL: Birchington Farm, Novington Lane. Change of use and conversion and extension of commercial buildings to residential use and demolition of redundant agricultural buildings. Revised resubmission of SDNP/14/01816/FUL. LW/14/0804 buildings at North Hall, Novington Lane. Change of use and conversion and extension of redundant agricultural buildings to form a single residential dwelling. Permission granted by LDC. Thursday May 14, annual council meeting in the village hall, Beechwood Lane, at 7pm.

LAMBING: As most farmers are in the thick of lambing like ourselves and with more reports of sheep being worried or killed, now is the time for dog owners to ensure they know where their dogs are. Farmers have the right to shoot them if they are found worrying livestock.

POOH STICKS: I am sure many readers have at some time taken their children to the place where Christopher Robin invented the game, I know I loved visiting the bridge when I was younger and again with my own children. The world championships now has a new venue. Langel Common in Witney, Oxfordshire, on June 7.

HURRY: Judith still has tickets for Fleur de Paris Duo the concert in Offham Church on Friday March 27. Call her on 01273 474356.


CLEARING UP: A public-spirited group of villagers gathered round the pond on Saturday to help clear overgrown branches, brambles and rubbish that was choking the edges and spreading under the trees. Branches were cut, ivy was pulled off trees and undergrowth was dispatched and all of it was gathered up and taken to the dump. A break for tea and cake (essential for any endeavour in Falmer) at half time and off we went again. Special thanks to Mark Gapper for loading the truck, wielding the chainsaw and driving backwards and forwards to the dump so many times. I am sure that visitors will appreciate the improvement as well as villagers. A decent amount of cover was left for the ducks to shelter in.

MORE CLEARING: On the subject of clearing up, young Harry Gillam and his nan did a fantastic job recently clearing rubbish from the village. They managed an amazing five large bags full of rubbish. Well done to them and much thanks from all of us in the village. The only depressing thing is the fact there was so much rubbish.

CONCERTS: I am told that last Saturday’s concert was very much enjoyed and, judging by the number of glasses that had been used, well attended. We were unable to go as we had gone to hear our daughter-in-law playing with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. The orchestra was accompanying pianists taking part in an international piano concerto competition in Hastings. There were three finalists, and the last one to play, Alexander Panfilov, a Russian, was absolutely wonderful and brought the house down with his playing. It was no surprise to learn later that he had won the competition. The next concert here in Falmer is on March 21 and features the Roedean School Senior Musicians. This is always a great chance to see young talent. More details soon.

EXHIBITION: Also on the horizon is our Easter exhibition. I think this is going to be a very good show judging from the images I have seen, I can’t wait to see the work in reality. The show will be launched at the Easter Vigil Service on Easter Saturday at 7pm and will be open at weekends until May 2.

BIRDS: I have been entertained recently by watching a pair of long-tailed tits building a nest in a shrub in our garden. Both birds are back and forth with bits of lichen and moss and more recently feathers and wool to line the whole structure. It is a magnificent thing to see. Fortunately I have a good view from the bedroom window so I can watch without disturbing the birds. I hope they can raise their brood, I look forward to seeing the young ones fly.

BEES: Some of you may be interested in joining this project researching bees. Taken from the University of Sussex online bulletin: Bee researchers at Sussex are looking for volunteers for the second year of an ongoing citizen science project, examining whether there are enough bees left in our gardens and towns to pollinate fruit and vegetable crops properly. Students, staff and other members of the public who take part will be sent seeds to grow plants and monitor how well they are being pollinated. Professor Dave Goulson, who has studied bumblebees for 20 years, says: ‘This fun and educational science project is suitable for children or adults, and for any outside space. It is very little effort to take part, and at the end you get to eat the beans.’ Many bee species are rarer than they used to be, hurt by changes in farming and loss of flower-rich habitats. There is concern that bee declines could cause a pollination crisis and a failure of crop yields, which has already happened elsewhere in the world. Now in its second year, the experiment involves growing broad beans and flowering radish plants, hand-pollinating some flowers and leaving others for wild bees to pollinate, then counting how many pods they eventually produce. No knowledge or experience is required, and the experiment requires just a few minutes each week through the spring and summer. The Bees ‘n’ Beans project will start in early April. To find out more, and sign up, go to, or email Linda Birkin at Participants will be sent a pack containing materials and seeds for the project, and everything they need to know. Results can be returned via a simple online form.

MOTHERING SUNDAY: There will be a Mothering Sunday service at St Laurence at 10am this Sunday. Children will be handed posies to take to their mothers at the end of the service.


KINGSTON WI: Our speaker, David Porter, told us about living above the Clayton Tunnel North Portal. A fascinating tale of the history of a gothic archway sandwiched between two four storey octagonal towers. The architect was David Mocatta, and the tunnel took 6,000 navvies, digging by hand, three years to construct. It is 270 feet deep, one and a quarter miles long and was finished in 1841. It cost £90,000 then, £4.5 m today. The portal, a grade II structure, is constructed of local bricks, the arch of Caen stone. The cottage sits between the towers, was added in 1849 and has two bedrooms, a bathroom, a living room and an octagonal kitchen in the right tower. It was built for railway staff but often left empty for long periods. From 1902-1948 the Russell family lived there and the Attmeres from 1955-1994. The Attwoods occupied it from 1998-2000 and in 2003 the speaker moved in. Up to 1980 there was no inside bathroom. We were shown short films of the Attmeres and their children in the garden and photos of the inside at various times. Indoors there was little noise from passing trains but outside it was loud, disturbing you when in the garden. As the portal faced north the sun was absent during winter months; from September it was misty and often frosty in winter. The cottage has no gas, so wood fires are used for heating. In the summer the wild flowers are beautiful and the garden has fruit trees and shrubs from which jam is made. Visitors include wild animals; deer and rabbits and WI groups. The tunnel is cathedral like and twice a year steam trains come through obscuring the portal and cottage with billowing steam. In 1861 there was a collision when 28 people died and several deaths have occurred when passengers lean out of the trains. It was a fascinating talk of a hidden building tucked away in the downs. Kingston March activities include a walk at 9.30am meeting at the end of the Street on March 26. Pilates every Tuesday 2pm to 4pm in the parish hall. Book Club on March 19 at the president’s house. Craft club, Fridays 2pm to 4pm at the Pavilion. Choir meets today, Friday, at 4pm. There is a trip to Westminster Gardens on June 10 meeting at Westminster Abbey at 1pm and a visit to the Keep Archives on April 8. The Meridian Centre will hold the Sussex Quiz on April 29 at 2pm.


COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall from 10am to noon. Cakes, tombola, tea/coffee, bonfire photos. Free admission. All are welcome.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Fifteen people turned up for Wolfgang’s Clayton walk and we were promised two steep hills making up for a slightly shorter walk. From Clayton Village car park we walked up the hill towards Jack and Jill windmills, where we joined the Southdown Way towards New Barn Farm, before it turned west, gently dropping down towards the A273. We enjoyed magnificent views while walking alongside Pycombe Golf Club. After crossing the A273 we headed north eventually emerging alongside Wolstonbury Hill. We took a very steep footpath down Wolstonbury Hill, fortunately with steps making the descent a little easier. After negotiating an exceptionally muddy path, we headed east and crossed the A273 again and followed the path alongside the Clayton Wood Natural Burial Ground, until we headed south on a footpath parallel to the Brighton main line. The impressive portal of Clayton Tunnel comes into view at the end of the path. To our left we were treated to a wonderful display of snowdrops and hellebores in a very special garden and then we were soon back to Clayton Village car park. A walk well led by Wolfgang.

PHILATELIC SOCIETY: The Lewes Philatelic Society holds its third meeting of 2015 tonight (Friday) when Christopher Dadswell will present a display of stamps and other philatelic items related to Nelson and Trafalgar. The meeting starts at 7.30pm (doors open from 7pm) in the upstairs meeting room of Christ Church, Prince Edwards Road. Non-members are welcome to come along. For further information about the meeting or membership of the society please contact the secretary Norman Sansom on 01273 472470.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: On Thursday there will be a fundraising tea and talk about Rwanda in Ringmer church room from 2.30pm. Everyone is welcome. On March 21, 9.30am to 5pm, come and join us for an interactive walk through the Old Testament. Transform your understanding of the bigger picture. Cost £14 including workbook, accompanied 11 to 16 year olds free (concessions available). Information leaflets are at the back of the church, which is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and on Sunday for services. During Lent we have early morning prayer sessions at 6.30am on Fridays. All are welcome for a time of quiet prayer and reflection. Services this Sunday: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am Mothering Sunday family service with a posy for every mum, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am Mothering Sunday family service in the church hall with posies for mums; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please come and join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY 2015 Group: Children please enter our art competition. Anyone in Year 3 and above can submit an A3 or A4 picture of any event in any part of the Passion Plays. Closing date extended to March 20. Please email us for entry details. Could you help us with any or all of our four performances during Easter week? We are still looking for people, including families, to dress up as members of the crowd and Roman soldiers. Do you have your own costume? If not, we can provide one. Do you have spare costumes we could borrow? We would appreciate help with costume and scenery making, and with materials for them e.g. fabric in earthy colours or which can be dyed (curtains, sheets). You can leave fabric on Saturdays at St Pancras Church lower hall or from 1pm to 3pm on Tuesdays at Christ Church upper hall, when you are also very welcome to join our team of stitchers. Or we can collect from you. Please email or visit our website at


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL, as usual, have embraced Red Nose Day today, Friday. The theme for the event this year is Double Agent. Therefore children are invited to come to school on this day dressed as a double agent, or in disguise, for a voluntary donation of £1 for the charity. The disguise could be as simple as a hat, wig, fake moustache or glasses. The school is looking forward to taking part in this fun and worthwhile event. The choir continue to go from strength to strength with the continued support of regular members and some new additions to the choir-fold. They were thrilled to have been invited to sing at the South Malling Church Family Service last Sunday and kicked off the term by working on the pieces they performed on the theme of Mothers and Mothering Sunday. Next week, parents and carers are invited to come into school to see how their children are taught handwriting. KS2 parents are invited on Wednesday at 9am and KS1 parents on Thursday at 9am. The school hopes that lots of parents will come and find out about the school’s cursive handwriting script.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH were delighted with Malling School Choir’s contribution to last Sunday’s Family Service and really pleased that the headteacher and so many parents turned up to support their children. It was a happy time with a beautiful morning to give it a special blessing. This week is Mothering Sunday, so named because in the middle (ish) of Lent, people would return to their Mother Church, ( where they had been baptised and where their family and friends often still lived ) for a bit of a celebration in the middle of a long fast. Nowadays, it is an opportunity for all of us to thank, and think about, our Mothers and what they have meant to us. During the service, children will be making bunches of flowers to be given out to all the women in the congregation as part of the Communion service, which starts at 9.30am. All are welcome.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Today, Friday: Weald View, Barcombe 9.55am-10.25am; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 10.35am-11.05am; opposite Post Office, Firle 11.30am-noon; Selmeston Village Hall 12.10pm-12.40pm. Wednesday: South Rough, Newick 9.45am-10.20am; Wivelsfield Green 10.45am-11.30am; Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 11.40am-12.25pm; Plumpton Village Hall 1.45pm-2.15pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 2.40pm-3.10pm; Laughton School 3.55pm-4.35pm.


LEWES NEWS: If you wake up on Saturday morning thinking: I wonder what I can do to help someone today. Then come to the church hall at the bottom of Fitzjohns Road and meet a very friendly bunch of like-minded people who help put the Lewes News Together.

BINGO tonight, Friday, at St Mary’s Supporters Club. Eyes down 8.30pm. Cash prizes and raffle.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: The Lewes District netball league resumed on a chilly but bright Monday afternoon. Both teams played two matches and won both of them confidently, a successful restart to the league. Well done to all the children.

BOROUGH BONFIRE SOCIETY are holding a Barn Dance on Saturday March 21 from 7.30pm onwards at St Mary’s Social Centre. Tickets are £10 adults, £5 children from or pay on the door. This includes a ploughmans. Music will be by Greenwood and there will be a bar and a raffle.

CHRIST CHURCH: Last Sunday we held a Big Brew for Traidcraft Exchange. There were lots of delicious cakes and biscuits made by members of the church and just over £130 was collected for Traidcraft Exchange. Today, Friday, we have more cakes on offer when our Tots Group holds a cake sale for Red Nose Day and The Rocking Horse Appeal. It is Mothering Sunday on Sunday and at 10.30am the Rev Rose Westwood will be leading our service. We also have a service at 6.30pm and this will include Holy Communion and will be led by Rev John Gordon. On Wednesday our craft groups will be meeting at either 9.30am or 7.30pm.

LEWES NEVILLE WI: All are welcome at the coffee morning at St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road, tomorrow, Saturday, for coffee, tea and cakes as well as stalls selling craft, books, bric-a-brac, cards from Phoenix Trading, cakes and jam and a raffle of a splendid hamper.


NEED EXERCISE? Then join up with the Footpath Society tomorrow (Saturday) when they will set off on an easy four mile walk along tracks, field paths including part of the Green Circle network. Meet at 10.30am at Burgess Hill Burial Ground, Jane Murray Way (they will let you out again) and there will an option to take lunch at the Beefeater afterwards. Ring 01273 890125. Non-members of the society are always welcome.

SUNDAY SCHOOL: Youngsters are invited to the Sunday School session in All Saints’ Church annexe on Sunday, starting at 10.30am which coincides with the main service in the church.

LIVE MUSIC: Don’t forget that the local group The Vinyl Capris will be performing in the sports pavilion on Sunday starting at 7.30pm. Tickets £3 at the door. There will be guests and DJs also participating and all proceeds will go to Plumpton FC and the new sports pavilion project.

FLOWER POWER: The flower club will stage another demonstration on Wednesday in the village hall at 7.30pm. The demonstrator will be Bob Tunks and his theme This Time of Year. Visitors £2.50 at the door.

ROOM TO LET: The former doctors’ consulting room at the village hall has just been made available as another small meeting room. It will provide much needed extra space at this very popular venue which is so frequently fully booked these days.

JUMBLE TO COME: Bargain hunters please note that the tennis club will hold a jumble sale on Saturday next week, as usual in the village hall at 2pm. There will be cakes, tombola and refreshments available.

FANCY A CURRY? You can enjoy one on Friday March 27 in All Saints’ church annexe. This get together is open to all and will feature locally cooked curries, Indian music (hopefully not with Bim and Bob), recipe swapping and a lesson in curry making. Tickets are £12 from the village store or the Rectory. An opportunity to eat well, learn a little and have a great evening out in good company.

FRUIT AND VEG: The horticultural society is gearing up for its Spring Show in the village hall on Saturday, March 28 at 2pm. If you have some produce, be it flowers, vegetables, plants, cookery, wine or handicrafts that you would like to enter, please do not feel shy as everyone, member or not, is welcome to enter. Find out more by ringing 01273 890572. If you just like to view the exhibits, enjoy the colour and generally socialise then note the date and time now.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: On Tuesday of last week another batch of landowners/agents were invited to present their proposals for development on their land to the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and, to ensure transparency throughout, the meeting was open to the public. The Steering Group is now busy analysing replies to the recent questionnaire, which over 50 per cent of villagers responded to and deliberating on the pros and cons of the various sites put forward as options to enable the enforced development to be accommodated in such a way as to satisfy the visions of the majority of villagers. Feelings are mixed. Some welcome further homes in the community whilst others are totally opposed. The fact is we have to absorb at least 50 new homes in Plumpton Green over the next 15 years and the parish council, through the work of the Steering Group and participation of the population, is determined to exert influence over the way development takes place to ensure the impact is generally acceptable and will not adversely impact on our way of life. The results, decisions and eventual recommendations will be regularly reported in the parish mag and on the website and in due course firm proposals will be put to the village. Residents are asked to follow the progress and to comment as things develop. Further consultations will take place and all comments are taken note of. Provision of new homes in our village cannot be prevented, however much some folk may wish to, so let us be sure to work together to make the best of it.

MOBILE LIBRARY: Users should note this facility now visits the village hall car park only. Its scheduled visits are reported in the village pages in this newspaper and in the parish mag.

NEW BUS SERVICE: Do not forget that the new bus service operated by now operates on Mondays and Wednesdays, leaving Plumpton Green at 11.05am en route to Wivelsfield Green, Janes Lane, Church Road, Burgess Hill, B&Q and Tesco. The return journey commences at B&Q at 1.05pm so there is a goodly amount of time to do some shopping. Service TS4 starts at Ditchling crossroads, makes it way to the Half Moon and then on to Burgess Hill. It stops at all the usual bus stops and bus passes are accepted. More information on 01444 246693. What a bonus for us, so do use it or we could lose it.


HISTORY STUDY GROUP: The meeting tonight (Friday) at 7.45pm in the village hall will hear John Kay speaking on The History of Delves House. Its prominent position on Ringmer Green has ensured that it has continued to play an important part in Ringmer’s history. A number of medieval pottery sites and brick or tile kilns have been located on its land, and probably account for its prominent hill-top ponds.

PRIMARY SCHOOL: Ringmer Primary School is holding a Nearly New Sale of all things children tomorrow (Saturday), 10.30am to noon. It is to be similar to the very successful NCT sale and Tiddlers and Toddlers Sales but for children age four years and upwards. We will be selling clothes, books, shoes, toys, bikes, computer games, uniforms, scooters and small items of furniture, in fact anything to do with children. Sellers must register before the sale and there is a limited number of places. Contact for further details and please do come along to buy. We would welcome any good quality donations which can be collected locally.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: On Sunday Mothering Sunday will be celebrated with a Family Eucharist led by Revd Frank Fox-Wilson at 9.45am. Children will be invited to collect a posy for their mum as a part of this service. There will also be a chance to buy some yummy cakes as members of our Youth Group are fundraising to enable them to attend the Big Church Day Out Christian Festival in May. Other services this weekend are 8am Holy Communion with Revd Mary Sitwell and 6.30pm Evensong led by Prof Roger Homan. The Mother’s Union meets on Tuesday with Diocesan Vice President Revd Margaret Constable giving a Lent Talk and on Thursday there will be a fundraising event for Rwanda in the church room. A big thank you to everyone who supported the Children’s Society collections in 2014 and at Christmas-time. £1,230.48 was raised during 2014. PS: the Easter chicks will be making an appearance very soon.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday March 4, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Jenny Charman and Michael Slot. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

JUMBLE SALE: Ringmer Primary Parent Teacher Association will be holding their annual Jumble Sale on Saturday March 21, 2pm to 4pm. Donations of jumble gratefully received from 2.45pm to 4pm on Friday March 20 or Saturday morning from 9am to 11.30am. If you are unable to deliver please phone Nigel on07795682950 for collection. (No large items of furniture or electrical equipment please). All of our excess jumble will be collected by the British Heart Foundation. For further information please call 01273812463/813860.

Rodmell & Southease

BUSY: it looks as though March is going to be a busy month for Rodmell so here are dates for your diary.

SUNDAY is Mothering Sunday when there will be a Family Service in church when children of all ages will receive posies to give to their mothers.

WI: On Tuesday Rodmell and Southease WI will be having an interesting talk by David Crozier from National Coastwatch. Visitors welcome to join us at 8pm in the village hall.

PARISH ASSEMBLY: Friday, March 20, the Parish Assembly in the village hall at 7.30pm. We may also find out who is to be the new Rodmell Resident of the Year from previous Rodmell resident Catriona Grant.

JUMBLE SALE on Saturday March 21 in aid of village hall funds. Please let Christine (475943) or Brenda (470847) know if you would like to have items collected. Volunteers needed to help. Doors open 2pm.

COFFEE CLUB is on March 25 in the village hall. There were lots of people at the February one and numbers are increasing. Maybe it’s the lovely cakes.

CHURCH GARDENING: Saturday March 28, church gardening morning from 9.30am. As many helpers as possible would be most appreciated.

SPRING SHOW: Also on March 28 there is our lovely Spring Show in the village hall.

PALM SUNDAY: Sunday March 29, Palm Sunday, a united service in our church with the giving of palm crosses. Also clocks go forward on this day.

SCRAP BOOKS: Christine was very pleased at the number of people who came to view the Rodmell Scarp Books on Tuesday February 24.

AGM: The AGM of the Rodmell and Southease Horticultural Society also took place on Tuesday February 24 and was well attended. Kevin Jenkins, head gardener at Glyndebourne, gave us a very informative and amusing talk.

RODMELL SHOW: Unfortunately Rodmell will not be holding its big event, Rodmell Show, on the Croft this year as they are a little short on organisers, but there will be smaller shows in the village hall.

C7: People who stay here or visit the village are always complaining about the bad driving on the C7. Speed and tailgating seem to be the main problems.