Parish Pump Lewes - March 15, 2013


CURRY AND QUIZ Night is today, Friday, not on the Saturday as I said last week. Licensed bar, prize for the winning team. Tickets £8 each, eight in a team in the village hall. available from Charlotte Hatchard 401990 and Debbie Knott 401813.

GARDEN CLUB: A talk by Mick Lynn; Poisons, Parasites, Potions and Pests, in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 2.30pm. Visitors welcome.

ON SUNDAY at 3.30pm in the Conker room An Afternoon With Eileen Buckeridge. Green and Dying. A retiring collection in aid of Church Funds. Eileen will be speaking about her life and her time with Anthony Buckeridge, author of the Jennings stories. With afternoon tea.

AGM: The Barcombe Players will be holding its AGM on Tuesday, 7.45pm at the Royal Oak. The Players have provided entertainment in the village for 58 years but over the last few has struggled to find new people interested in organising plays, pantos and revues. This has left a small committee, who have been involved for many years, running the show. Several members will be standing down meaning that the Players will no longer be viable as an organisation unless we find new blood. So anyone who has harboured an interest in amateur dramatics but hasn’t come forward, please show yourself now. If you cannot make the AGM please contact John Hutchins on 07976 661989 to find out more about the Players and how you might get involved.

ANNIVERSARY: John and Jasmine Osmond. No doubt a great number of villagers would like to join with the family to wish them a happy Golden Wedding Anniversary on Saturday. Richard, who will be away by Friday, asked to place this piece in the pump and to comment on their having spent all those years in our village. The pair have been involved in many local sports teams and still play bowls.chailey

THANKS to the 400 walkers, plus others who sent in donations but didn’t walk, who raised £40,000 for the Bluebell Railway by completing Track Trek over the two-mile extension the Railway is building between East Grinstead and Kingscote stations. Together, the Track Trekkers made a substantial dent in the amount still required to fully fund the the extension.

LIVE MUSIC is at the Five Bells this evening, Friday, with The Duality duo Steve Brown and Zoe Murphy. They will play a selection of songs from the sixties to the present day including songs by Adele, Alanis Morrisette, Tina Turner, Sinead O’Connor,Eurythmics, The Corrs and many more.

JUMBLE SALE at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at midday. Donations of jumble would be much appreciated on the day by Chailey Cricket Club from 9am or for collection call 01273 890777. There will be lots of bric-a-brac, books, toys and clothes. Entry is only 30p.

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. The monthly photographic competition of photographs of the church (inside or out) taken during March is open to all. Entries to be sent to the parish office or by email to by March 31. Free Church services on Sunday are a Family Service at 10.30am and with Charles Woodcraft at 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

THE PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

CHAILEY SCHOOL students will be making the news as they take part in the BBC News School Report on Thursday. Students will spend the day creating their reports giving an overview of the day’s news and events and have them published by 4pm. Visit

TALK: History of the Landscape in Britain, an illustrated talk by Steve Alton, a naturalist, writer and broadcaster, is at the village hall on Thursday. The talk will begin after the short official business of annual general meeting of the Commons Society at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend.

ECOLOGICAL SURVEY of Memorial Common is being organised by the Commons Society this year and on Saturday March 23 at 2pm there will be a be a familiarisation walk (two hours) of the common. Meet at the Sports Club car park, just off the A272, where maps and team leaders will be available. Call William Coleman on 01444 831923 for more information.

SPRING SHOW: £10 prizes are at the horticultural society Spring Show at the village hall on Saturday March 23. The prizes are for the best exhibit in the cookery and photography classes and the best exhibit in the novice (for those with no experience or limited experience of showing) flower classes. Entering is easy just call Nina Bourne on 01273 402994 for a schedule and entry form. All are welcome from 2.30pm, to see the variety of daffodils and smell their perfume along with hyacinths and other spring flowers. Homemade refreshments will be available.

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STOLEN: First it was propane gas cylinders, then garden ornaments, now the thieves have gone for richer pickings, a Land Rover which was stolen from Deadmantree Hill on Thursday March 7 around 10pm. If anyone was in the area near the Rainbow Inn that evening and spotted anything suspicious please ring Sussex Police on 101 or 0845 60 70 999. Every lbit of information helps to track down the vehicle.

N WATCH: We have just received the latest newsletter from Lewes Town and Rural Neighbourhood Watch Association which gives all the latest news regarding Sussex Police. The police have introduced Police Champions. These officers now have the responsibility to ensure each neighbourhood policing team will use their best endeavours to support and assist local NHW to achieve its aims and objectives. These officers will be conversant with the tool kits available from Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network (NNHW) and NHW start-up guidance. The relevant officers assigned to the Lewes Town and Rural area are PCSO/PEO Lizzie Ryan/Insp Steve Tullett. It is suggested that coordinators make contact with them and arrange regular meetings to build closer working relationships between them and the police.

POLICE AND CRIME PLAN: The Sussex PCC, in consultation with the Chief Constable and the people of Sussex, is required to issue a Police and Crime Plan as soon as practicable after taking office. The PCC states her priorities are driven by the issues local people and business say are important to them. The Commissioner and her office say they will work with partners and Sussex Police to address the policy priorities and local objectives set out in the Police and Crime Plan. The Commissioner has produced a draft plan which was reviewed by the Police and Crime Panel on January 11. The final plan will be reviewed, considered and endorsed by the panel and published on April 1. To review the draft plan, visit If you don’t have access to the internet, you can contact the office of the PCC at Sackville House, Brooks Close, Lewes BN7 2FZ. Tel: 01273 481651. Also in the newsletter is advice form Trevor Cox, the East Sussex Crime Prevention Officer who reminds people that with the lighter evenings on their way gardens and sheds are vulnerable places opportunist thieves wish to visit. For further information about security you can contact Trevor at

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

JUMBLE SALE: Saturday, March 23, at the village hall at 2pm. Hall will be open from 10am for drop off and sorting. Friday March 22, sorting jumble from 10am to 5pm. If you have items that need to be collected please contact Anita or Tom Walker on 01273 472595 or email All offers of help for leafleting, collecting and sorting jumble will be gratefully accepted. Volunteers are also needed for cake making and serving teas. Please contact Anita if you are able to help.


THE CONCERT on Saturday at St Laurence was great. The church was packed to hear firstly Danny Green who played brilliant guitar and sang indie folk pop songs, mostly composed by himself, and lastly Kristin McClement accompanied by base and drums. Kristin’s voice was mellow and haunting, beautifully sung with a slow passion. We were treated at the very end by the young base player, who gave us a short rendition on a musical saw, that was a certain surprise; the first time I have heard a musical saw played live.

A CHANCE MEETING: Wednesday is the University sports day, we stopped to admire a new 2013 registration Jaguar at the tennis courts, and on enquiring who owned such a beautiful car, a man turned and it was Andrew Castle, BBC sports’ presenter, champion tennis player and competitor in Strictly Come Dancing. He was watching his daughter playing tennis for Sussex University against a team from Chichester. On returning from our walk, we were very pleased to hear that Sussex had won.

OUR RUNNING REV: Colin Lawlor, St Laurence’s new

minister, will be running the Barcelona Marathon on Sunday. He is running for a charity that supports those suffering with dementia, and if there is anyone who would like to support him email him on

THE BRITISH LEGION SE motor cycle riders will be visiting St Laurence Church on Saturday March 23 at 9.30am to lay a wreath on the war memorial. They will then be travelling to Tangmere and finally on to the Royal Marines at Portsmouth.


KINGSTON WI: The Institute was very fortunate on the first Thursday in March to be entertained by the expertise of the local artist and curator, Tim Willcox. His illustrated talk centred on the life of the Norwich born water colourist, John Sell Cotman. Cotman was born in 1782 and by 1798 was working in London, a friend of JWD Turner and a rival of Thomas Girton. His beautiful paintings frequently included architectural features inspired by working in Yorkshire, Norfolk and Northern France. After his death in 1842, his work attracted little attention until the 20th century when it achieved a new lease of life and influenced well known artists such as Eric Ravilious, William Russell Flint and John Piper. A visit to Norwich Castle Museum will show you several of his pieces. The competition, Watercolours, created our own little art gallery, and Marlene Greenslate’s entry of The Meadow, painted by her nephew, received the best accolade. The meeting, chaired by the president, Barbara Cunningham, was extremely well attended, but was saddened to hear of the death of a former long standing member, Pauline Hunnisett. Barbara reminded the meeting that the May venue will be the school. She asked members to sign up for a visit to Smallhythe Place in July. Peggy Nicholson recommended the April programme featuring West Gallery Music by Sussex Harmony with the competition of Musical Artefacts. (Janice Barber).


CONCERT: East Sussex Community Choir invite you to a workshop and performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion on Sunday at St Michaels Church, High Street. The workshop is from 2pm with tea at 4.30pm. The performance is 6pm to 7pm. Telephone 07803 702178 to book a place. £10 for the workshop, including tea and cake. Performance only £5.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Fourteen walkers enjoyed a recent mid-week walk at Cuckfield. Although our walk started at the village centre car park we were forced to park our cars elsewhere as the over four hour parking spaces were all occupied, it isn’t just Lewes that has problems. The weather was mostly cloudy without wind or rain and much warmer than expected, forcing some of us to shed the odd layer of clothing en-route. This pleasant seven mile walk took us through a variety of landscapes and picturesque sights. We enjoyed seeing the early spring flowers, and some of us were lucky enough to see two deer nearby before they ran off. We took a coffee break in Long Wood, and stopped for a picnic beside a lake south of Ansty. Dave led the walk which was published in The Evening Argus in 2010. The next walk is on Sunday March 24. This will be our last walk of the winter programme. Starting from Lewes at top North Street car park at 9.30am we will walk to Mount Caburn and Glynde with an option of returning to Lewes by train or continuing on to Firle and Berwick and then taking the train back to Lewes. Bring a picnic for the longer walk. New walkers are very welcome.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL apologises to its neighbours. The new boiler makes a very loud rumbling noise when it ignites and this has caused some disturbance for surrounding houses. The engineer is trying to rectify the problem and the school hopes it will be sorted out soon. Today, Friday, there will be lots of fund raising activities in aid of comic relief, including cake sales and games for the children to play. It is going to be both a fun and a productive day, especially since there will also be skipping workshops to introduce children to the huge range of enjoyable and healthy activities and games that skipping can provide. It is hoped to have everybody skipping by the end of the day. This week, a number of Governors are making visits to the school to look at teaching in a range of subjects. All Governors are linked with at least one of the subjects in the school curriculum. They talk to subject leaders and look at children’s work, to reassure themselves and the Governing Body as a whole, that all is going to plan. Again on Friday, at 2.30pm, there will be a Parent’s Forum, in which parents and carers can discuss issues or ask questions and give their opinions about various school improvement matters. They will also be consulted about the best way for the school to communicate with all parents. Staff and Governors firmly believe parents’ contribution is invaluable for the development of the school. The Malling Matters project continues with Lewes FC. Attendance at after school football sessions is on the increase. Anyone interested in joining the £1 football training sessions is welcome to pop into the school office for further details.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH has completed its application to enter ARTWAVE this year. There was a slight delay because Margarita Hanlon, one of its partners of two years ago. was waiting to hear whether she would be offered a voluntary teaching post in Indonesia. She has just heard she will be going, but Sandy Lasham will be joined by Brenda Bryce for what is promising to be a really exciting and vibrant exhibition of oil paintings. Congratulations to Margarita, who hopes she might be able to exhibit next year. Last Sunday, children made posies for their mothers from a range of flowers provided by the congregation and distributed them liberally. In the prayers, everyone had a quiet few moments to remember their own mothers, and there were also prayers for the Roman Catholic Church as it meets this week to elect a new Pope. This Sunday, the service of Morning Praise begins at 9.30am.

BRIDGE VIEW FOOTBALL: Don’t forget the club also runs girls’ training for the under 9s and 10s on Fridays between 6pm and 7pm. Mini soccer: Under 8s fought hard away against Eastbourne Borough but despite a hat trick from Ben Mcgillivray, lost 6-3. Special mention for Isaac Bolger-Paul and Luca Hawes. Under 9s (Black) played two games against Polegate, with whom they had struggled earlier in the series. This time, pace, commitment and neat passing won them their first game 6-0 and their second by 2-0. Under 10s played Premier Red at home, pressing hard from the start. A sublime left foot strike from Alfie Dobres and two more goals from Joe Shersby-Wignall secured the first half. Two goals from Ollie Lumsden and an own goal from Premier made it 6-0 with a 5-0 win in the second game. Special mention for Silas Field for two outstanding displays. Under 11s (Black) lost at home with 3-1 to Southdown Rovers in a really good, hard fought game. Under 11s (Orange) faced formidable league leaders, Furnace Green Galaxy. After an outstanding first half performance and leading 1-0 from a goal by Ewan Cullen, View defended a second half onslaught but Furnace were strong and scored twice in the last 10 minutes, winning 2-1 Under 12s played Patcham United away, who were determined not to lose to View for a third time this season. After a first goal for Patcham, Alfie Haggar equalised and in the second half, playing uphill against the wind, the match finished with honours equal 1-1. (Two View goals were disallowed). Special mention to Neil di Lucia in goal and Tom Cooklin who battled tenaciously in mid field. Under 13s (Black) faced Eastbourne Town (Blue) at Home in another hard fought game. Losing 2-0 in the first half, Ben Thomas scored after a penalty, followed by John Tekin-Fisher who made it square. Eastbourne took the lead again after a penalty but Max Durrant equalised. Special mention for Ryan Jackson, who exemplified a fine battling performance by the team. Under 15s. After a slow start and thanks to a goal by Lucas Tredrea, level pegging in the first half against Coldean Colts, View’s Mid field took control of the match. Owen Moyle scored twice and Marley Kirtland sealed the 4-1 win. Under 16s started poorly against Horley Town who scored first. Bryn Saunders equalised just before half time and View took control in the second half, ensuring a 3-1 win with goals from Nathan Roberts and Ben Earle. In the end, View were comfortable winners.

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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: Doing nothing about St Mary’s was never an option as Cllr Page seemed to think when he was having a dig at the speed with which the trustees got a petition up and running. It just shows the commitment behind our community on the Nevill with over 4,000 signatures shows everyone just how much they care.

MEETING: The Neighbourhood Police Panel meeting will be held on Monday March 25 at 7pm in St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road. Our PCSO was unable to attend the January meeting so the residents’ meeting agreed the areas of concern identified at the previous meeting still needed to be monitored. Anti-social behaviour, suspicious behaviour, traffic and parking problems, etc all cause concern from time to time and our PCSOs welcome our observations and information. The Nevill Residents meeting will follow at 8pm. Colin Reynolds will update the meeting on the campaign to Save St Mary’s. Also, included on the agenda will be information about the Lewes Neighbourhood Development Plan and the local Flood Risk Management Strategy. Our meetings are for all Nevill residents. Come along and have your say.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: A Midsummer Night’s Dream update. You should by now have received a letter in your child’s bookbag if you are participating in our fabulous production. We still need a little help with any contacts regarding the hiring of lights and setting up and running them. Is anyone involved in bonfire that would maybe set a display for us on the day, although you won’t need to be involved in the performance or the days leading up to it? If anyone can point us in the right direction asap with names of people to contact that would be a big help, please contact Jo Taylor on 07842085246. We’re also looking to collect recycling material to use for set design; there will be a large box in the crush hall for the rest of term to collect: clean label free jars and tins, fairy wings, artificial or dried flowers, garlands, hoops and ribbons. We are collecting Sainsbury Active Kids Vouchers until May 22. Please put your vouchers in the collection box located in the crush hall.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, our Tots Group will be taking part in Red Nose Day between 9.30am and 11.30am. We will be having a bring and buy cake sale and we look forward to seeing lots of our tots and their carers there. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Dr Graham Campling. During the service there will be a short play entitled Perspectives on the Passion created by members of the Towards 2015 group of the Lewes Passion Play. A warm welcome is extended to anyone who would like to come along and see this play. Evening worship on Sunday at 6.30pm will be led by Rev John Gordon and will include Holy Communion. We are now taking registrations for our Summer Holiday Club for school age children up to year 6. The theme this year is Landlubbers and it will run from July 31 to August 2. £2 per day for the first child attending and £1 per day for subsequent children. For a registration form please email


REMINDER: Newick Bonfire Society are holding a skittles/pub games night in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday. Tickets, to include light refreshment, are £7 on 01825 722418.

THE AGM for the Newick Area Community Care Association will take place on Monday at 7.30pm at the Community Centre. This group really do need your support.

RUGBY: This weekend the Six Nations Champions final matches will take place, Italy V Ireland, Wales v England and France will be playing Scotland. Newick Rugby teams have no fixtures this weekend.

SERVICES at St Mary’s Church this weekend will be 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. Everyone welcome.

SPRING SHOW: The horticultural society will hold the Spring Show on Saturday March 23 at Newick Primary School (note new venue). Doors open at 2.30pm. The perfume from the daffodils and hyacinths meets one as you enter the room. Enjoy the flowers arrangements and the handicraft of the youngster and a nice cup of tea with some lovely homemade cake.


ST JOHN SUB CASTRO Church. Sunday, Passiontide begins leading up to Easter, with Time for Prayer at 10.15am followed by Morning Worship taken by Rev Al Pickering, our vicar. As usual to be followed by tea, cake, biscuits and a good natter. Then at 4pm in Church the Kantati Orchestra and Soloists. Also that day at St Anne’s Church as part of their 10am service a performance of Perspective of the Passion to be repeated at Christ Church as part of their morning service.

CONCERTS in the church during March. On Wednesday East Sussex Academy of Music at 7.30pm. Saturday, March 23, Esterhazy Chamber Choir 7.30pm.


TALK: Belgian Beer Tasting and Talk in Piddinghoe Village Hall on Wednesday March 27 at 7.30pm. Advance tickets only, available until March 23 from The Gardeners Arms, Lewes; The Abergavenny Arms, Rodmell; or by ringing Terry on 510200 or Penny on 512742.


COFFEE TIME: There will be a coffee morning in All Saints’ church annexe tomorrow (Saturday) between 10am and 2pm. Enjoy a chat over a cuppa and browse the stalls. Everyone welcome and proceeds will go towards maintaining our local churches.

MOVIES IN PLUMPTON: Haywards Heath MovieMakers will host the Albany Film Competition in Plumpton village hall tomorrow (Saturday) starting at 2pm. It will feature films made by top amateur film clubs from Sussex and Surrey. Now that’s something different.

QUIZ PLUS FOOD: The support group for St Peter and St James Hospice will hold one of its popular Sausage and Mash quiz nights on Saturday next week. They are usually sell-outs but if you are quick you may still get a place. There are teams of eight and the cost is £10 per person but you have to take your own crockery and cutlery and a pencil might also help. Ring 01273 891701 to book. You can be joined up with others if you cannot make up a team.

GET WALKING: The Footpath Society has organised a local circular walk of between four and five miles for tomorrow (Saturday). Meet at 2 Strawlands at 2pm and on your return you will be treated to a strawberry tea. On Friday March 22 the society has organised a talk on Lewes Priory at 7.30pm in the village hall. Speaker will be Helen Poole.

HANGING BASKETS: Gill and Geoff Medhurst are selling hanging baskets planted with primroses, primulas and other seasonal flowers to raise funds for Plumpton Voluntary Driving Scheme, that helps folk get to the doctor etc, on time at modest costs. Plants are also available. Just call at 2 Inholmes Cottages, Station Road (just north of Chapel Road) to see what is on offer. Sales will continue for some while, but currently potential Easter gifts are up for grabs.

PARK PRETTILY: Please take care when you are parking to ensure the safety of people and property. Particular blackspots are on the brow or the hill outside the village shop, the bus stop layby opposite the Winning Post and in the vicinity of the railway station. It takes precious little effort to be considerate and such action protects you and your property as well as others. Think about it.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: A planning application to build affordable housing in North Barnes Lane has now been lodged with Lewes District Council and the council will soon be seeking representations from the public both for and against the application. People usually forget that one can write to support such applications as well as to object.

RUGBY WIN: After Plumpton upped the pressure in the second half they went on to win 15-5 away to Heathfield. Tries from Rhys Beale and Captain Steve Cropper sealed the win. Plumpton boasted a strong side and were looking to put on a good show of rugby but Heathfield also boasted a strong side and started the game looking to exploit their wide and fast pitch. Plumpton realised early on they were in for a tough game, as Heathfield forced a high tempo. Plumpton however had a game plan to keep the play in the opposition half using the boots of Burgess and Beale at half back. The game was physical and Heathfield defended excellently. A great solo try from Rhys Beale broke the deadlock. He wrong footed the opposition centres to run in unopposed from the half way line to score under the posts and Rob Blake converted. At the end of the first half a set move from a line out saw Heathfield score a well worked try. These were however to be their only points, as Plumpton upped the pressure and physicality in the second half and pressed Heathfield into a game of defence. This cracked in the 60th minute as Lewis Beale found the front row of Blake and Cropper on the blind side unopposed from a ruck. A deft of hand pass from Rob Blake allowed Captain Steve Cropper to fall over the line. Man-of-the-match Rhys Beale sealed the win with a penalty, final score 15-5 to Plumpton. This week Plumpton play Shoreham, ko 3pm.

CARE CLUB: We started the year with our Sunday lunch on January 12 when we enjoyed a meal of roast pork and all the vegetables, followed by pavlova. Our weekday meeting for January was scheduled for a visit to the pantomime but owing to snowy conditions many of us had to forego this treat. February saw us once more gathering at Warren House for afternoon tea where we enjoyed the usual lavish spread and caught up on each other’s gossip. Our March social gathering took the form of a pub lunch at the Harvester, Beechurst, where 11 of us enjoyed choosing from their extensive menu. Activities for the future include a visit to a local garden centre and in May a trip to Wisley when hopefully the weather will have improved and we can enjoy the lovely garden. We would all like to thank Ken Beard for his donation from the sale of his book on Plumpton that was produced as part of the Jubilee celebrations in the village. (Moira King).


LENTEN LUNCH: The Simple Lenten Lunch today, Friday, will be held at 57 Harvard Road by kind invitation of Elizabeth Hawkins from noon to 2pm. There is no charge for these lunches but donations most welcome. They go to the St Mary’s Disaster Fund which enables the church to respond quickly to any disaster. The one next Friday will be held in the Church Room.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: Because of Easter the March meeting of this group will be held this evening, Friday, in the village hall commencing at 7.45pm. The speaker is Ian Everest whose talk is entitled Old South Heighton: a Downland Village with an Industrial Past. Ian is a former Newhaven Town Clerk and this will be the fourth talk that he will have given to the Study Group on the Newhaven-Seaford area.

JUMBLE SALE organised by the Ringmer Primary Home School Association will be held in the school tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. Entrance £1 for the first 15 minutes and 50p thereafter. Children free. Donations of jumble can be taken to the school from 2.45pm today or from 11.30am tomorrow. No electrical items or furniture. Refreshments available and all proceeds raised will go towards the outside redevelopment of the school. If you have jumble to donate but cannot deliver call Richard on 01273 814929.

FOOTBALL CLUB: The first team surrendered their spot at the top of the SCFL Division One table with a poor performance against Arundel last Saturday. However tomorrow, Saturday, they have the opportunity to make amends when they play new leaders (at the time of going to press) Redhill at home at The Caburn Ground with a 3pm kick off. On Tuesday, the first have another home league fixture when they play Horsham YMCA at The Caburn with a 7.45pm kick off. The second team are away to Littlehampton Town tomorrow, Saturday, in the reserve section premier division. Congratulations to the Veterans side on reaching the Fred Pretty Cup semi-final, this match will be played against Hassocks on Sunday March 24 at Hassocks with an 11am kick off.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: The spring production is from Wednesday to Saturday, March 20 to 23, in the village hall. This is a very good murder/mystery play entitled Strictly Murder by Brian Clemens and is directed by Jayne Marshall-Roelich. The director, cast and backstage staff have all been working very hard on this play so do support them. You are sure to enjoy a good evening’s entertainment. The play starts at 7.45pm each evening and tickets price £8 can be purchased online with a debit or credit card at or by phoning Denis on 07753 317373 or emailing him at or pop into Middletons in the precinct.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on March 6 was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan, Pam Brook and John Weston; 3, Sandra Dudley Williams and Joan Evett; 4, Deirdre Booth and David Warner. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday, in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall. The contact number for the club is 01273 814220.

NEARLY NEW SALE at the Primary School on Sunday, March 24, from 10.30am to noon, with items suitable for children of 4 years plus. On sale they will have clothes, books, shoes toys, bikes, computer games, uniforms, scooters and small items of furniture. Sellers must register before the sale and there are a limited number of places. If you are interested in selling please contact for further details and if not please go along and purchase.

VILLAGE HALL CHARITY AGM in the village hall on Monday, March 25, at 7pm. This meeting is open to all. Do try to get along to it if you can as it is your village hall and is a central meeting place in Ringmer. By attending this meeting you will hear the Trustees’ reports, extension plans and can give your views.

RINGMER LINK Good Neighbour Scheme. As Flor Grindley and Joy Jackson have stepped down as co-ordinators of this scheme a meeting was held recently at which two ladies,Susan James (01273 813375) and Barbara Marsden (01273 814675), expressed an interest in taking over as co-ordinators and possibly re-organising the scheme. However, in order to revitalise this scheme they are looking for names of residents in the village who might be willing to offer assistance. This Scheme which has been in operation since 1977 has done a lot of good work in the village when emergencies have arisen by transporting people to and from hospital either to visit relatives or for appointments as well as carrying out other tasks when an emergency has arisen. If you might be able to help please phone either Susan or Barbara.


ON MONDAY, my day for writing Parish Pump, as I sat watching the snow falling, I was dreading a drive to Haywards Heath Hospital to be with Mike who has to be taken by ambulance for his appointment. I try not to drive in snow because I turned my car over one Christmas Eve on the C7 late at night and ended up trapped in it in a field. I was rescued virtually unhurt, but very shocked, with a mashed up car. Since then I avoid driving in snow or on ice and that was over 40 years ago. OK I’m a wimp, but better to be safe than sorry and these days I have too many people to support to take risks. I’m pleased to say I managed to get to the hospital with Mike because the crew got permission for me to go up in the ambulance with him. It was a long day, and we were pleased to get home and warm up, but my thoughts were with the ambulance crew who were working until 11pm. What would we do without these people?

THE SERVICE of Thanksgiving for the life of Thomas Earnshaw Calverley (20 April 1918 to 26 January 2013) took place at St Peter’s Church on Tuesday March 5. It was very well attended and afterwards we all were fed and watered at Rodmell Village Hall. Tom did an awful lot for Rodmell over the years and loved the village.

DON’T FORGET Rodmell WI have their jumble sale tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm in the village hall. Entrance 20p. If you have jumble to donate, leave it at the village hall on Saturday before 11.30am.

CONCERT in St Peter’s Church on March 27 when the Lea Graham Quartet will entertain us, and then we have cheese and wine in the village hall. Tickets are £5 and all profits to to Hope-in-the-Valley Riding Group for Physically Disabled Children. Tickets from Jenny Brown on 01273 473939.

SPRING SHOW: On Saturday March 23 we have our very popular Spring Show in the village hall.

WI: On Tuesday Rodmell WI have their monthly meeting in the village hall. The meeting will have a mystery Easter theme. Sounds interesting.

VISIT: When I visited my mother’s care home recently they were all busy making their Easter Bonnets and some lovely creations were appearing. They are excited about the prospect of wearing them at Easter and having their photos taken. The care home made big efforts for Mothers’ Day with flowers everywhere, so nice for those that don’t have families to be thought of.

OUR PUB is becoming more popular and on Sunday it is St Patrick’s Day and there will be live music at 7.30pm when Simon D’Souza’s Jazz Trio will entertain us with their fabulous jazz. Hot Irish inspired buffet served from 6.30pm, £6.