Parish Pump Lewes - March 14, 2014


GARDEN CLUB: Don’t forget David Lang’s talk on Orchids in Provence, tomorrow, Saturday, at 2.15pm in the village hall. Tickets for non-members £5 to include refreshments, available from Barcombe Stores and Post Office, Turner’s Electrical Shop and on the door. Members free (no ticket required). All proceeds to St Peter’s and St James Hospice.

ZAMBIA: For many years the Barcombe community have been supporting the spectrum of activities of the Jubilee Centre, Ndola, Zambia. People will recall that members of the football club made a memorable visit to Ndola in 2009, others have also visited, and as a result a support group called Project Zambia was established. Their main fund raising event is the annual Fun Run, and all proceeds are sent for practical projects, clean water, education, orphans feeding, brick making machines, building public toilets etc. at 10am on Sunday, the Director of the Jubilee Centre, Ndola, Zambia, Lawrence Temfwe, is making a rare visit and will be speaking at Barcombe Parish Church.. Everyone is most welcome.


MAGIC LANTERN SHOW is tomorrow, Saturday, at St Peter’s Church. There will be original slides of Lewes and surrounding villages taken between 1890’s and 1920’s with historic and photographic interest. There will be welcome drink and nibbles at 7pm, with the show starting at 7.30pm, and during the break in performance refreshments will be on sale. Tickets cost £8 and if you wish to reserve some call Teresa on 01825 722586.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Free Church services on Sunday a Café Church, at the village hall, from 9.30pm with Erik Cornellise as the speaker. There will be a service at the Free Church at 6.15pm. Both services will be followed by refreshments.

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

MEET PCSO Steven Knowles at St Peter’s Primary School on Thursday at 3.30pm. This is a chance to request advice, discuss any concerns and/or chat to Stephen about his role in the community.

GRANDPARENTS Toddler Group meets fortnightly on a Wednesday between 9.30am and 11.30am at the Chailey Children’s Centre, in the grounds of the secondary school. The next meetings are on March 19, April 2 and 16. For more information do call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

COMMONS SOCIETY meet at the village hall for their Annual General Meeting on Thursday at 7.30pm. The AGM will be followed by a talk Wealden Geology by Peter Anderton.

ECOLOGICAL SURVEY of Pound Common is being organised by the Commons Society this year and on Saturday March 22 at 2pm there will be a familiarisation walk of the common, for volunteer surveyors. If you have knowledge of ecology you will be most welcome, since the more eyes undertaking a survey the better. Meet at the Pound Common car park where maps will be provided. Call William Coleman on 01444 831923 for more detail.

CLIMBING in the Himalayas Rachael Burniston a pupil support worker in Futures Residential, at Chailey Heritage Foundation, is undertaking a 15-day trek in the Himalayas from March 26 and is raising funds for an outing for the young adults in the residential provision at the same time. If you would like to support her please donate online at

CONCERT at St Peter’s Church by students from Chailey School, along with students from Plumpton Primary School, is on Saturday March 29 at 6.30pm. The programme will feature items from the two school choirs, Chailey School orchestra and some solo/small ensemble items. The concert is in coordination with The Friends of St Peter’s Church to raise funds for the Church Restoration Fund. Refreshments available. Admission free with a retiring collection for the fund.

GRANTHAM CLOSE is a group of almshouses, which provide warden assisted, sheltered housing to people over 60 with little capital and low income. Grantham Close is currently full but applicants to go on the waiting list would be welcomed. Please contact Teresa Wenban on 01825 722586.

THE SQUARE KNITTERS are a group formed 12 years ago knitting blankets for charity and they have run out of wool. If anyone has any left-over knitting wool they would be so grateful. Any coloured double knitting, 4 ply is preferred, and to arrange collection call Jenny Barbour on 01825 722 841.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

Sunday at St Peter’s Church, Holy Communion 8am, Sunday School, 10.15am in the church hall, parish Communion 10.30am followed by coffee in the hall.

PARISH COUNCIL: At their meeting in January it was reported that a resident had requested the PC to contact ESCC for the up to date accident record for Offham and also to ask ESCC about their strategy for placing speed cameras. A resident had also asked the PC to press for a safe cycle path from Cooksbridge to Lewes. Clerk had already replied that this was an on-going request from the PC but refused by ESCC on cost grounds. Clerk will write to the resident that council is awaiting results from the parish questions to judge support. The council discussed whether the PC wished to pursue any grant from the SDNP for funding of improvements to the Offham conservation area. Lewes District Council had dropped their offer of assistance. The clerk was asked to contact SDNP direct regarding funds.

N WATCH: The March Lewes Town and Rural Neighbourhood Watch association newsletter has just been received with some interesting information which follows: The national Fraud Agency is launching a new campaign, Cyber Streetwise, to help give us all some essential tips to improve our performance online and help keep important stuff safe. You can read more about the campaign at NWA is supporting this campaign to help get us all a bit more streetwise online. Believe it or not most of the population are not doing enough to protect themselves. If you use social media, they also have an account on Twitter and Facebook. To accompany our March newsletters from Sussex Police is the most useful booklet, The Little Book of Big Scams. The booklet has been reproduced by kind permission of the Metropolitan Police Service. A big thank you to Sussex Police for making this useful booklet available to us.


OPEN DAY: Today, Friday, Singing Tree Steiner Kindergarten, based in Falmer Village Hall, is having an Open Day from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. There will be free craft activities for parents and children aged 1 to 6 years. There will be a second Open Day on Saturday March 29 at 11am to 1pm. Schools inspection report June 2013. Tel: 01273 386300 (ext 2) Email

POND: The moorhen’s nest, which Sue reported on last week, is now out of the water, the pond having gone down at least four inches. Someone was concerned about the eggs being vulnerable and easy for the rats to steal, someone else said, but that is always the case, rats can swim, when the nests are in the water they can still steal them. Birds, elsewhere, are nesting everywhere, and we humans must be careful about disturbing them.

CONCERTS: Two concerts this week in St Laurence Church, the first tomorrow, Saturday, at 5.30pm Nicolas Chisholm tenor, the second on Sunday at noon is Angel Voices Children’s choir in aid of the Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice.

FOR DETAILS of other recitals, including the Brighton Festival Fringe, go to


Oh how a little sunshine and dry weather lifts the spirits, what a difference a few days of warmth on the face makes. the garden growth gathers apace, as do the weeds, and everything starts to stretch and open up. She who must be obeyed still thinks the Norwegian spruce has had it but somehow he seems to be very firm in the ground with no pine needles falling off. He is just a fetching reddish brown colour.

CONTRABAND playing at Firle Village Hall tonight (March 14) at 7.30. Tickets available at the door £7.50 per person. Come along and have some fun.

CHURCH: This weeks service (March 16) is at 10.15 at Firle for Holy Communion.

OVER 50s at the village hall at 2pm (March 17) for tea and cakes. All booked in for our trip to Beeches Gardens on May 20 leaving at 1pm.

Glynde & Beddingham

MEMORIAL PARADE: The Memorial Parade are holding a jumble sale at 2pm at The Reading Room in Glynde on March 22. If anyone has any unwanted items that they would like to donate to the sale, please contact the team on There is also a Phil the Bag collection taking place today, Friday, look out for the white bag coming through your door.

SO LONG, FAREWELL: It is with sadness that we say goodbye to a very very long-standing member of our community. Pete Lacey is off to town again, although probably not on his scooter this time. Pete came to Glynde some 22 years ago and has always played an active part in community life and around the village. For a number of years he was manager and coach of the Glynde Sunday football team which made it to the Sunday league finals at the Dripping Pan in Lewes twice under his management and coaching. Pete was an avid darts player and played for the Trevor Arms and Glynde and Beddingham Working Men’s Club. Pete also was the secretary of the working men’s club for a number of years and did many a shift behind the bar. He will be well remembered by all for his love of the karaoke nights, and always could be seen in the Trevor with his cup of tea. We wish him the best for the future in his new home in Lewes.... bye bye’ miss American pie’.

SWIMMING POOL: Our wonderful open-air pool is getting ready to open again in May this year. The team of volunteers are planning various fundraising events throughout the year, but are also looking into funding for specific pool-related projects. If anyone has any experience in this area and might be able to help with advice, they would love to hear from you. Online joining will be ready soon, watch this space, and key exchange sessions will be at the end of April beginning of May. Last year saw the arrival of some lovely shrubs kindly donated by a keen member, to enhance the bathing experience, and this year the team would like to add pots and planters. Please contact Erika on 858015 or Helen on 07816749516 if you can help. The next meeting will be on Wednesday May 7 at 7.30pm in the Trevor Arms. Everyone is welcome.

TREVOR ARMS: Our wonderful local pub has decided it’s time for a vinyl revival. The turntable arrived last Friday and an eclectic mix of sounds has been filling the village ever since much to the delight of staff, locals and visitors. Local community groups will also benefit from this musical departure with the nominal charge of £1 per play. The kitchen is very excited about its new Spring menu which is being launched at the end of next week, making this a wonderful destination for a weekend walk over the Downs.

TEA ROOMS: Following the runaway success of the international evenings that Debbie and David have been running (A Taste of Spain, India, Italy, Mexico), this month our tastebuds will be excited by A Taste of Japan. David draws on his experience in the East to delight us once again with dishes such as teriyaki chicken, vegetable tempura and other tasty Japanese treats. Please phone Debbie on 01273 858215 to book this or an afternoon tea on Mothers Day. Opening hours for the tea room and garden are Wednesday til Sunday 10am to 4pm until March 30 and then until 6pm from April 2.


KINGSTON WI: After the president’s welcome the treasurer gave her report; various group activities were noted and the date and time of a June visit to the Houses of Parliament finalised. In May a Community Police woman will talk of scams we need to avoid. August will see us at a member’s farm for a tour and afternoon tea. The Group meeting in April will be held at the Rugby Club and the April meeting will be open for non members with a talk about the National Garden Scheme. Charles Dickens was the subject of our talk and we heard how Dickens used much of his own life as events in his novels. He was born in Portsmouth, lived in Rochester, Chatham and London and when 12 years old his father was sent to Marchalsea debtor’s prison which meant Charles had to work. He spent 10 hour days at a blacking warehouse labelling pots of boot blacking. In his book David Copperfield, Mr Micawber was a debtor and David worked in a blacking warehouse emulating reality. Dickens’s father was released after inheriting money from a relative and Charles returned to school. After this he worked in a law office in Grays Inn and later, having learned shorthand, he became a freelance reporter. He married Catherine Hogarth in 1836 at age 24; they had ten children nine of whom survived. The marriage broke down after 20 years but divorce was unthinkable. Like his father’s indebtedness and his working in a blacking warehouse, Dickens kept these shameful episodes from the public. He issued a cruel statement stating that Catherine suffered from mental depression making her unfit to be his wife and that she never cared for their children, nor they for her. He took the 8 youngest to live with him at Gadshill House in Kent and the eldest went to live with his mother. The children were cared for by Catherine’s sister Georgina who remained until Dickens’s death in 1870. Of Dickens nine children two boys went to Australia, two went to the Indian Civil Service but eventually all left him, even his daughter, Kate, married to escape an unhappy household. The great love of his life was an actress Ellen Turnan, his mistress for 12 years but again this was hidden from the public. She was bought a house in London and one in Boulogne, France where he visited her every week. Dickens daughter Kate said there was a child born but this was kept quiet. On 9th June 1865, journeying back from France, with Ellen and her mother, the train crashed near Maidstone. He got them out and returned to help. Exactly five years later on 9 June 1870, Dickens suffered a stroke which killed him. He spent his life keeping his liaison with Ellen from the public eye; he even changed his name to Charles Tringham in order to travel with Ellen. All the effort to keep shameful episodes in his life from the public together with the train crash must have been very stressful. Was it a coincidence that the crash and his death were exactly five years apart; was the stress of it all a possible cause? Our speaker judged the competition which was won by Janice Barber.


PHILATELIC SOCIETY: Our February meeting was billed as The Swiss Militia by Fred Hoadley. The club were treated to a fascinating talk on the history of Swiss stamps. We were shown a wonderful collection including some beautiful sets of wildlife stamps. The first Swiss stamps retained the same design for several decades. Early in the twentieth century, the Swiss pioneered charity stamps. The first issues raised funds to help eliminate childhood tuberculosis. Subsequent issues produced funds to found the International Red Cross. In January, club members gave interesting talks on parts of their own collections from floral to pre-stamp methods of distributing the post. Today, Friday, Josh Spoor will talk to the club about The Skies of Sussex. All meetings are held at Christ Church, Prince Edwards Road at 7.15pm for 7.30pm on every second Friday of the month. All are welcome. For details call 01273 400340.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Calling all over 70s. The church runs a Monday Club from 10am to 2pm, mainly for people who live on their own and who value the chance to meet up with others. We have a regular programme of fun activities and guest speakers; and a quality home-cooked lunch is served every week. Our friendly team ensure a welcoming and safe environment for everyone. Throughout the year we also put on regular trips to places of interest. If you or a relative are interested in joining us please do contact Janette on 01273 471142 or for more information. We look forward to meeting you. The church’s eco-team has held a bring and share lunch to raise awareness of the DownTown Lewes project being run by Sussex Wildlife Trust and the National Park. The aim is to establish wildlife corridors across Lewes. For over five years we have maintained our churchyard in a way which encourages bio-diversity; this includes feeding the birds throughout winter and spring. Green Anglicans also support a carbon fast during Lent to reduce our daily carbon emissions. We are holding a fundraising coffee morning for Rwanda on Friday 21 March, 10am to noon, in Church End (the house beside the church, entrance off Cockshut Road). All are welcome, as are donations of cakes/biscuits. We are relieved that two members of our congregation who have been in Ukraine since 2012 are safe and continuing their work with orphans. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service and communion; 11.15am informal service (church hall); 6.30pm informal service. Please join us if you can.

CHRISTIAN AID Hunger Lunch. On Thursday, noon to 2pm a bread and cheese lunch will be held at Cliffe Hall to raise funds for Christian Aid. All are welcome.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Ten walkers enjoyed a five and a half mile walk in the Plumpton area on a recent sunny Tuesday morning. From Plumpton Station we took a path parallel with the railway line where we encountered the first of the mud. Soon the footpath took us across the railway line which we crossed with extreme care. We continued through muddy fields then onto an old track which took us past East Chiltington Church, farm buildings and isolated homes. Then we sloshed our way through fields to Novington Lane before returning to muddy fields and our coffee stop. Just before the Half Moon Public House we were entertained by three alpacas on our path. These lovely looking animals stood and stared at us while we passed by wondering what all these humans were doing in their field. At the half way point of our walk we entered the grounds of Plumpton Agricultural College. Heading north we soon returned to muddy fields and footbridges over fast flowing streams. Eventually we came to dry land on the road around Plumpton Race Track managing to clean most of the mud off our boots. A substantial footbridge took us over the railway line completing a most enjoyable muddy walk. This walk which replaced the published walk at Upper Dicker due to flooding was led by Dave. The next walk is on Wednesday, Uckfield to Little Horstead. Meet at Lewes Bus Station to catch the 9.50am bus 29 to Uckfield. This will be a 6.5 miles undulating walk.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL children have begun to enjoy playtimes on the field again as the weather is beginning to improve and we are seeing the first rays of sunshine. This year they have the added bonus of new equipment to play with. Following from the London Olympics, in order to safeguard the legacy of the games, primary schools around the country have received additional funding for the provision of PE and sport. South Malling School is using it to make far reaching changes to the way they provide for their children’s physical education. Their first investment was in play equipment that will be available to all children, but is specifically aimed at improving the motor control and coordination skills of reception and infant children. These include whole class sets of equipment such as sets of quoits and tethered scoops and balls. This equipment will be used to improve the quality of children’s afternoon play. They will first be taught how to use each item and then given a choice from which to select. The school has also bought storage for the playground and field to improve access to equipment and encourage children to take more responsibility for selecting and using it. The second change has been to invest in equipment for Sports Hall, a scheme that focuses on the basic skills that underpin all sport: agility, balance, coordination and speed. The scheme will be incorporated within sport-themed units of PE and also taught discretely. What sets this scheme apart is that it encourages children to record their own scores and strive to improve them. Obviously, excellence will be celebrated as always, but the essence of the scheme is in encouraging children to achieve a new personal best.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: Tomorrow, Saturday, the church councils of South Malling, Southover and St John sub Castro are meeting to discuss the next steps in taking forward the proposal for the three churches to join together, creating a single parish with a single leadership. They will be looking ahead of the main decision, which will be taken in each church’s Annual Parish Meeting next month, and beginning to plan the next stage of the partnership, whatever decision is made. Last week, the three churches joined together to mark Ash Wednesday with a Communion service including the traditional practice of Ashing, the application of ash to the foreheads of members of the congregation. The congregation of around 100 people, (for what has been at St John’s and South Malling, a not especially well-attended mid-week service), gave everyone a real sense of what might be achieved with all three churches working together as one. The number of communicants and the high seriousness of the service provided a wonderful beginning to Lent, an important period in which Christians are asked to take stock of themselves as they prepare for the major feast of Easter. This Sunday’s Service (the second Sunday in Lent) will be a service of Holy Communion, with Revd Jeremy Bamber leading. All are welcome.

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.


OPEN SPACES: As I write this on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon, a number of you will be enjoying a walk over the downs in the sunshine. Soon you will have to pay for that pleasure. Nature, which we receive immense pleasure from, is to be taxed. You will have read in your Lewes News that the likely cost will be £47 per household for maintenance. If you feel this is a step too far, go online and sign the petition, so at least we can have a discussion about it. Remember the reason for the battle of Lewes.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Saturday March 29 Jumble Time. You can bring in your jumble donations from Monday and leave it on the bench by reception. If you can’t help on the day but fancy baking, a cake donation that would be fantastic too. We can take cakes on Friday March 28 at reception or drop them in while . This is such a great way to raise money for our school as it costs us nothing. Preparations are underway for our Medieval May Fayre on May 3. It is going to be a spectacular event and include re-enactment battles, ancient arts and crafts and fun for all. We are still looking for more planners and creative minds as this is such an exceptionally major event for Wallands. If you would like to be part of a great team, please contact us at A lovely sunny Tuesday afternoon found 19 Yr 6 children at the Lewes District Tag Rugby festival held on the Priory fields at Ham Lane; this event is organised by Jeremy Hobbs from RFU. We entered two teams and had an even mix of boys and girls. Mrs Taylor reported how good it was to see some different children involved in representing the school. As always she was delighted with the children’s sportsmanship and behaviour, and said that if the amount of mud was anything to go by, the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. One team finished fifth and the other second, which means we will go on to the county final in a couple of weeks time. Well done to all the children involved.

SPRING SHOW: The St Mary’s Gardening Club is looking forward to its Spring Show on Saturday April 5 at the St Mary’s Social Centre. There are classes for daffodils and other bulbs and flowers, vegetables, cookery, flower arrangements, photos and also classes for children. The show secretary would like to remind members that contributions to the bottle and Easter egg tombola would be welcome and can be brought to the hall on the day before the show or on the morning itself. It is open to all and schedules and advice on entering are available from Vicki at 47 Highdown Road, 1273 475521.

CHRIST CHURCH: Morning worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev Rose Westwood. Sunday Club for children will be meeting during part of the service. Evening worship at 6.30pm will include Holy Communion and will be led by Rev Dr David Chapman. The service will include choral music and also a presentation to Tony Law for 40 years as a Local Preacher. Today our Tots group will be meeting from 9.30am to 11.30am. This group is for pre school children and their carers. A warm welcome awaits you at Christ Church.


SERVICES on Sunday at St Mary’s Church (second Sunday of Lent) are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. Lifts to church are available, just telephone in advance 722582.

AGM: On Monday Newick Area Community Care will be holding their AGM in the Community Centre at 7.30pm. New members are always welcome so, if you are interested in helping to run the Community Centre, why not go along and find out for yourself what actually happens at the Centre, you will be made most welcome. The future of the Community Club will be on the agenda for discussion, and your view will be appreciated.

LENT COURSE: The next Lent Course takes place on Wednesday at 7pm for a pudding. The meeting will commence at 7.30pm at St Francis Barcombe.

HORTICULTURE: Newick Horticultural Society next monthly meeting will be on Thursday at 8pm in the village hall when John Negus will give a talk on Summer Sensations, Bedding Plants. Entrance for members will be £2.50 and £3 for visitors.

SUPPER AND TALK by Lucy Bailey on Sierra Leone will be held in the Newick Barn Centre on Friday, March 21, at 7.30pm. The event is free, however donations are encouraged to Project 500. Further details can be obtained by telephoning 01825 722590.

NEWICK BONFIRE Society will be holding a Skittles/Pub Games Evening on Saturday March 22 in the village hall. Doors open at 7pm, games commence at 7.30pm. This competition is great fun with teams of four moving around the different games (skittle, shove h’penny and toad in the hole etc). Tickets are £7 per person, this includes light refreshments, plus the bar and raffle. To book your ticket please telephone 01825 722428. Have a great evening.


PELLS SCHOOL: Year 5 and 6 children are doing a learning journey this term called The Circle of Life. Part of the project involves sharing skills and stories with older people. Over the next few weeks children will work with over 60s on a gardening project and make a short film about the experience. The younger children have also been gardening in their Outdoor Learning lessons and have planted potatoes and sweet pea plants and weeded the raised beds ready for more spring planting.


WILDERNESS WALK: The Footpath Society will be out and about again tomorrow (Saturday) and will gather at Wilderness car park, Lindfield (TQ349 258) at 2pm before setting off on a four mile jaunt across moderately undulating terrain (their words) on established paths. A walk taken from Sussex Living. More details obtainable, if required, on 01273 890125.

FLOWER DEMO: On Wednesday the flower club will stage its last demonstration on the current programme. It will be given by Gill Sadler and entitled Flower and Glory. Venue is Plumpton Village Hall at 7.30pm. All will receive a welcome, including visitors on payment of £2.50 at the door.

HABEUS CORPUS: To celebrate the group’s 20th anniversary, Plumpton Players will be presenting Alan Bennett’s Habeus Corpus, On April 30, May 1 and May 2 in the village hall. It is guaranteed to keep you laughing as it did when the players performed it back in 1995 and some of the cast from that performance will be making a return. Book the dates now.

QUIZ TIME: Do book in for the Sausage and Mash Quiz Night being organised by the village support group for St Peter and St James Hospice. It will be held on Saturday March 22 in the village hall with doors opening at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. There will be a licensed bar and tickets cost just £10 for entry into the quiz plus the supper that includes a dessert, although you will need to take your own crockery and cutlery. It’s bound to be a great evening and do not worry if you cannot put a team together as you will be paired up with others. To book tickets simply ring 01273 891218 or 891701.

BARGAINS GALORE: The Tennis Club will be holding a jumble sale in the village hall next Saturday (22 March) at 2pm, so sharpen up your elbows in readiness for the rummaging.

FASHION SHOW: Another venture by the Hospice Support Group will be the Travelling Trends Fashion Show in the village hall on Wednesday, April 2 again at 7 for 7.30pm. Some low priced fashions will be modelled and on sale and there will be a licensed bar. Tickets are on sale at £5 and can be booked by ringing 01273 891701 or 891218. All proceeds to the hospice, so do go along for a very sociable evening with every chance if picking up some fashion bargains.


RINGMER DEBATES: The last in the series of Ringmer Debates takes place this evening (Friday) at 7.30pm in the village hall. The theme for this one is The Value of Land. Entry is free, though donations are requested for tea and coffee.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: The meeting this evening (Friday) will hear Anne Stamper speaking on Lewes Music Festivals and Ringmer Choirs. The Lewes Music Festivals ran from the 1920s until the 1970s, though they were probably at their peak between the wars. Ringmer and especially the Ringmer WI Choir featured frequently during this period. Ringmer Village Hall at 7.45pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45amFamily Eucharist, 6.30pm Evensong.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday March 5, the result of the duplicate pairs played was:1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Pam Brook and John Weston; 3, Hazel North and Allan Hardy. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

JUMBLE SALE: Ringmer Primary Home School Association Annual Jumble Sale will be held next Saturday, March 22, 2pm to 4pm. Donations of jumble gratefully received from 2.45pm to 4pm on Friday March 21 or Saturday morning from 9am to 11.30am. If you are unable to deliver, call Nigel on 07795682950 for collection. (No large items of furniture or electrical equipment please). All of our excess jumble will be collected at the end by the British Heart Foundation. Details on 01273 812463 or 813860.

Rodmell & Southease

PARISH COUNCIL: The Rodmell Parish Council meeting on March 3 had its usual small group of residents as support. The usual subjects came up, broadband, traffic calming and dog excrement to name but a few. Thanks to our hard working parish council for their work in doing their best for us.

RESCUE: There has been a bit of excitement in the village this week as fire engines and an ambulance went tearing down the village on Wednesday to rescue (so I’m told) a villager who fell into the brooks.

A BIG thank you to 14-year-old George from Ringmer Community College who has just spent a week doing work experience at Lime Tree Care Home, where my mother now lives in Ringmer. George was so good with all the staff and clients and they all thought he was wonderful as he was funny, patient, extremely well mannered and seemed to enjoy being with the older generation. Thanks George. Let’s hope we see more youngsters doing things like this as it really bridges the age gap.

FOR THOSE WHO REMEMBER Charlotte who used to work at Monks House and now has a new occupation at Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, why not pop along and see her in her new venue which I’m told is the beautifully restored 18th century Cart Lodge. It is family friendly, has learning space, does group visits and has a lovely shop and cafe. Sounds like the place for a great day out.

WI: Don’t forget to come to our WI meeting when on Tuesday we have Maggie Lanning, an ex Rodmell resident, coming with a friend to give a talk on the Battle of Lewes Tapestry. The talk will start promptly at 7.30pm.

THE CHURCHYARD Gardening is tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am to noon. Phone Christine on 465943 for more information.

COFFEE MORNING in the village hall at 11am on Wednesday March 26.

WI JUMBLE SALE is in the village hall on Saturday March 29. Phone Sarah on 477887 if you can help.

SERVICE: Sunday March 30, Mothering Sunday Service at 11am.

I WAS SAD to see in the Plumpton PP that Hope Good has passed away. I believe she was a great age, but she always dressed in a very stylish way and was always smiling when I saw her when I visited my mother when she used to live at Clevedown.

MANY THANKS to Christine Isitt who for years has written the Rodmell Round-Up, our village newsletter, which always keeps us up to date on village coming and goings. I am always amazed at how many new people we have in the village.

RODMELL RESIDENT of the Year is Catriona Blackwell who has been our excellent keeper of the Rodmell website ( and editor of the parish magazine for several years.