Parish pump Lewes - March 21, 2014


BARCOMBE WI: We have always been known as an upbeat sort of group, but Peter Willson set feet tapping with his talk on the origins of Jazz. A wide selection of recording extracts took us from the early influences of African-American music right up to the early sixties when the pop revolution took over. Dixieland one-step typified the 1920s introduction to this American art-form. Mostly based on the black notes of the piano, we now know lots about how to tell a pentatonic from a diatonic scale, not to mention the addition of the flat 5th for singing the blues. Peter interspersed his talk with demonstrations of his own specialty, jazz piano. We recognised many of the tunes that told the story of ragtime, swing and blues. We didn’t know that Jelly Roll Morton became a name in the jazz world through playing in New Orleans brothels to keep waiting customers from trading elsewhere. When the musicians scattered after the Storyville district closed, the music style spread through to Chicago and other centres and then to New York. Louis Armstrong was amongst those who progressed improvisation, allowing the individuality of the performer to come through, celebrating the spontaneity and vitality of the jazz form. Later it would be Benny Goodman, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington to add more distinctives of their own. A thousand jazz pieces have been based on the Gershwin song: ‘I got rhythm’ even to the point musicians talk about rhythm changes meaning using the chords and scales from that piece. Bebop style came in with the likes of Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Dizzie Gillespie and Oscar Peterson. Peter’s own special more modern hero is Keith Jarrett. Jazz lives on because of its well-constructed solidity; something worth listening to again. The Associated Board who devise grade exams for music students, have added a jazz element, bringing it recognition as a worthwhile and perhaps more mainstream genre. Look out for Peter with his band playing at an event in Sussex and swing along to the music or chill out letting the music relax you. Peter was thanked by Hazel Gaydon before we all enjoyed Tea for Two with tasty refreshments, whilst agreeing it was a nostalgic as well as fun teaching evening. Business on our agenda illustrated the wide possibilities involved with WI membership. Meetings and events far and wide with special interest to many. A visit to the Houses of Parliament, sewing and mah-jong groups, entry to craft shows or to write a poem for the Lady Denman cup competiton. There really is something for everyone for women who want to broaden horizons or simply build community where they live. Do come to visit us on the second Tuesday of each month in Barcombe Village Hall. (Hazel Gaydon).


THANKS to all who generously donated jumble to the Chailey and Newick Brownies and Bonfire Society jumble sales recently. More than £1,000was raised in total which was a magnificent result. Both organisations also thank all who assisted and attended the sales for helping raise much needed funds.

BLUEBELL RAILWAY is celebrating the first anniversary of running trains between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead with a special service tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday. Most trains will be double-headed with the Southern Railway S15 No 847 and the U Class No 1638 hauling 1930s Maunsell carriages. Plus, No 3 Captain Baxter will be giving brake van rides at Horsted Keynes. At East Grinstead on Saturday there will be walking tours around the site of the old third East Grinstead station, including the high level platforms, the goods office (formally the first East Grinstead station), and the low level goods yard. These tours will be at noon and 2pm. The signal box on Platform 2 will be open to view trains arriving and departing. At Horsted Keynes there will be tours of the Carriage and Wagon workshop each day at 2pm and 3pm (meet the tour guide outside the workshop on platform 5). For more information call 01825 720800.

FAMILIARISATION WALK for volunteer surveyors taking part in the Ecological Survey of Pound Common, organised by the Commons Society, takes place tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. Meet at the Pound Common car park where maps will be provided.

SPRING SHOW is at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, and all are welcome to see the exhibits from 2.30pm; the flowers always give a stunning display and perfume at this show with daffodils, narcissus, polyanthus and hyacinths. There will also be the horticultural society’s delicious homemade refreshments.

CHARITY QUIZ is at the Horns Lodge Inn on Tuesday at 8pm. Teams of up to seven, £2 per person entry. For more information call Linda on 01273 400422.

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday March 28 when the parish clerk with be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church, from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

MEMORIAL CEREMONY for former Locomotive Inspector Jack Owen has been arranged for Saturday March 29. Jack was the leading light in the locomotive department right from the arrival of the Bluebell Railway’s first locomotive in May 1960, becoming senior locomotive inspector. He was unsurpassed in his skills and expertise on how to maintain, rebuild and drive steam locomotives, his experience at Three Bridges Shed standing the Bluebell in good stead. Jack taught many of today’s drivers their trade. Guests are invited to arrive at around 12.15pm at Sheffield Park to join a special train set to depart at 12.55pm for East Grinstead. This train will convey Jack’s ashes. On return to Sheffield Park a finger buffet will be available in the Birch Grove Suite. The ceremony is open to the public. Those responsible for bringing groups are asked to advise of numbers attending by e-mail

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 concert is in coordination with The Friends of St Peter’s Church to raise funds for the Church Restoration Fund. Refreshments will be available in the interval. Admission is free with a retiring collection for the Fund.

PLOUGHING MATCH is on Sunday March 30 at the Hook Estate, South Chailey, between the Five Bells and the Horns Lodge. It is organised by the South Eastern Vintage Agricultural Club and starts at 10am. I understand there are already 40 entries and everyone is welcome to go along and watch the ploughing and see these vintage tractors and horticultural machinery. For more details phone Jo Parnaby on 01444 831142.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

MOTHERING SUNDAY: March 30 always falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent (mid-Lent Sunday). As usual it will be marked with a Family Service at 10.30am in place of the usual Parish Communion and children (also adults) will be able to give posies of flowers to their mothers. This is a very popular service and all are most welcome.

SKITTLES: Judith reports that the skittles evening at the Chalk Pit Inn was highly successful with ages ranging from 6 years to retired. Thirty people played and as always Phyl Burchett was a wonderful scorer.

LENTEN COURSE: The topic for study this year is St Matthew’s Gospel which is the Gospel for church readings this year. For those attending the course, the Rector asks that you read through it so that at the meetings there can be a good discussion. Meetings are on Monday, March 31 and Wednesday April 9, in the Rectory at 8pm.

WATER AID: St Peter’s Church are supporting Water Aid this year to help the world’s poorest people gain access to clean water and sanitation. There are jam jars on tables in the church hall to be filled with your loose change. If you would like one of your own just ask.

ELECTORAL ROLL: Effectively the church membership roll, is always reviewed each spring. Anyone over the age of 16 years is entitled to join the roll. Forms are available at the back of the church.

JUMBLE: If you have started collecting jumble for Anita and Tom Walker’s sale on March 29 at the village hall, Beechwood Lane, at 2pm, please let them know if you would like items collected on 01273 472595 email Also any offers of help sorting on Friday of help on Saturday will be much appreciated.

FLYING VISIT: I know that spring has arrived as last weekend a pair of Mallard ducks arrived for their annual visit just in time for breakfast and to find a nesting place. Unfortunately last year’s brood did not all survive as the buzzards picked some of them off as they ventured onto the pond The other lovely sings of spring are the little wild violets that are now in bloom along with my favourites, the sweet little golden calendines that twinkle like stars with the sun on them. I have a host of golden daffodils around the garden and some have been in bloom since January. I picked some to arrange indoors but forgot to give them a good shake before taking them inside and ended up with masses of little black flies that are always in the blooms. At least I did not have to spray them this year as the fox had fortunately not visited and left his calling card.

LAMBING: The lambing has gone very well for us this year and to date we have 11 sets of triplets and several sets of twins which is a miracle following all the weeks of bad weather. Although we are on chalk it was difficult at times for my son to get to the outdoor lambing as the fields were sodden from all the rain. It has been such a relief to have dry days and wonderful sun. The indoor lambs are now out getting a taste of outdoor life which is wonderful to watch as they skip and jump for joy.

SMALL WORLD: Recently my phone ran and when I answered a voice said, I would like to place an order please. My reply was, what kind of order? The answer was a takeaway. I must have sounded taken aback as the caller said you are Yummy Yummy are you? I was feeling slightly annoyed and thought it was some crank when the voice suddenly sounded embarrassed and said, is that by any chance Mavis I’m speaking to? It turned out to be someone who used to stable their horses here and had recognised my voice. I should have realised when they asked to place an order as for some years I was always getting calls, mainly on a Sunday evening, and asking if I was Yummy Yummy. Apparently my number is similar to the Lewes takeaway, but I thought it had been sorted out long ago. My caller told me they had looked up the number on the internet. Never a dull moment here.


BENCH: You may have noticed a splendid green bench sitting near the entrance to Court Farm. The bench was in the village hall garden and in a very dilapidated state. When the hall was given a new bench the old one was going to be dumped, but Den, hearing it originated from Falmer station, said he would like to have a go at restoring it, and he’s made an amazing transformation, (as he does with any job he tackles, such as renovating the huge table in the Hall kitchen).

SWEET MUSIC: We had a marvellous weekend of music last Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday we were treated to some very fascinating musical settings of Thomas Hardy poetry. The first half was poetry set to music by Finzi, the second by Britten. The Britten was wonderful and the two musicians, tenor Nicolas Chisholm and pianist Julian Broughton couldn’t have been better. Rosemarie gives me this report on Sunday’s concert, Angel Voices: I went to the children’s choir concert and loved it. It was really delightful and The Angel Voices Children’s Choir all performed well, the soloists, the guitar player Naoise O’Rourke played a haunting medieval song, Kamalika Nunn sang beautifully my favourite Over the Rainbow, a Bach flute solo played by Celia Westwood-Dunkley, an outstanding vocal solo by Samuel Andrews who sang Empty Chairs and Empty Tables from Les Miserables and the final an accomplished piano solo played by Amelia Balthazor who played Night Book by Einaudi. Our next concert is on April 5 and sees the welcome return of A Bunch of Daffs.

BIG BROTHER: We have been under scrutiny recently on the roads around Falmer. CCTV was set up at the entrance to the University of Sussex, at the roundabouts and by the Falmer South traffic lights. I think this must have been a survey on the traffic on this very busy road, traffic which seems to get heavier and heavier all the time. The cameras seemed to have been removed yesterday but at least if we find there has been any more fly tipping while the cameras were up we will be able to see who has dumped it.

MASTER BUILDER: We are fascinated by a robin that has been building a nest in the ivy on the wall next to our back door. He or she does not seem to be put off by us coming and going, the building continues with dry leaves being brought, followed by dry grass and moss to line the creation. I hope they raise some chicks successfully, at least our cat is too old now to take an interest.

FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD: I was down at Sussex University campus getting some money out of the cash machine last week. As it was Tuesday, I thought I’d go and have a look at the market by Sussex House. What a wonderful selection of goodies there was. Delicious looking baklava, olives, stuffed vine leaves, cakes, curries, pakoras, fresh bread even a clothes stall. I am definitely taking a shopping bag next time I go down on a Tuesday.

Glynde & Beddingham

PARISH COUNCIL: The local Parish Councillors are meeting next Wednesday at 7.30 in The Reading Room in Glynde. There are two casual vacancies at the moment, so if you would like to take part in this active, progressive community team, please contact the clerk on to talk it through. If you would like to attend the meeting on Wednesday in any case, perhaps to share suggestions, raise issues or simply to see how it all works, please do come along at 7.30pm.

SEED SAVING: The seed saving group is meeting up again after the winter months of hibernation. Our first meeting of the season will be held this Sunday afternoon at 3pm at Keeper’s Cottage, where we will be able to have a good look at Bernard’s carrots. Please phone or email Erika on 01273 858015 or for more information or directions.

TREVOR ARMS: Bookings are now being taken for Mother’s Day on Sunday March 30. Tel: 01273 858208 to reserve your table.

THE MEMORIAL PARADE Jumble Sale.If you still have any items for the jumble sale tomorrow, Saturday, please bring them along to The Reading Room in Glynde from 9am on Saturday morning. There will be people available to sort any clothing or other items throughout the morning.

GLYNDE STORES and Post Office. The village stores are open 7 days a week, with the post office services available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

FLOWER SHOW and Fete. To raise money for this year’s Flower Show and Fete, there will be an evening of cheese and wine at Trevor House, Lacy’s Hill, Glynde today, Friday, from 7pm. The evening promises to be very enjoyable with music from Viva Voce. Tickets are £8 each on the door, so do come along and lend your support.


WESTGATE WI: This month we had an extremely interesting talk from Anthony (Tony) Penrose, the son of Roland Penrose and Lee Miller. Tony covered Roland and Lee’s lives, not just their work but family life and friends, giving us a good description of the kind of childhood he had at Farley Farmhouse, Chiddingly. Roland was to meet his second wife, Lee Miller, an American born in 1907, a very beautiful lady and, as we would say today, her own woman. At a young age, not even 20, Lee was featured on the front cover of Vogue magazine, an extremely unusual happening as then the models were much older, unlike our models of today. Valentine, Roland’s first wife, came back into their lives and she became very good friends with Lee, living at Farley’s Farmhouse with them all until her death in 1965. Roland died on Lee’s birthday, 23 April 1994, at Farley’s Farmhouse, and all feel that the couple are happy again to be back together. Farley’s Farmhouse has been restored to how it was during Tony’s childhood and is open to the public each Sunday, should you wish to visit. Our next meeting is on 9 April 9, Colour Me Healthy, Colour Therapy by Victoria Wynn-Jones, all welcome. (Dee Barr).

BRIDGE: Saturday March 1, Jack Cripps Salamander Plate: 1, Janet Cattermole and Jerry Emery; 2, Ronald Buddery and Simon Kirkwood; 3, Peter and Irene Gannon. Tuesday March 4, 1st Tuesday Ladder: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Jerry Emery and Mickie Lodge; 3, Rita Hartnell and Pat Elliott. Thursday March 6, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell; 2, Rozanne Mendick and Ruth Maxwell; 3, Margaret and Ron Buddery. Tuesday March 11, Tuesday Teams Ladder: 1, Jerry Emery and Irene Gannon, Peter Cattermole and Peter Waters. Thursday March 13, Thursday Teams Ladder: 1, Ronald and Margaret Buddery, Francine Talbot-Limbrey and Lynne Tunley. New members and visitors welcome, contact 01273 473026.

CONCERT: Lewes based Esterhazy Chamber Choir with their conductor Sandy Chenery will be performing the chamber version of the beautiful Ein Deutsches Requiem by Brahms, with piano duet accompaniment (pianists Nancy Cooley and Kathryn Mosley) tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm at St John sub Castro Church, Abinger Place. The choir is delighted to be joined by two distinguished Lewes singers. Soprano, Helen Adams, was a finalist in the highly prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World competition and has performed in operas around the world. She now lives in Lewes and is Head of Singing at Brighton College. Bass, Geoffrey Moses, has performed with all the major British opera companies including the Royal Opera House, ENO and Glyndebourne. The performance will be repeated on Saturday March 29, 7.30pm at the Church of St John the Evangelist, Knoyle Road, Preston, Brighton BN1 6RB. Tickets: £10 in advance from the website or £12 on the door (under 16’s free).

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our last walk on Sunday March 9 was the warmest and sunniest day for a walk since last autumn and 24 people joined Sue and Penny for a ramble around Hadlow Down. We walked down through the lovely Waste Wood which was still very wet, muddy and slippery in places despite the better weather. We walked through country lanes to Hole Farm and returned to the start by following well marked footpaths through open fields and only encountered one stile. Everyone enjoyed the walk and felt better for it. The next walk is on Sunday. This will be a walk from Ringmer and there will be one hill to climb. The Ringmer , Barcombe circular walk had to be changed because of dangerous mud at Clayhill. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Today (Friday) the children will be participating in Sport Relief. To raise money for this good cause they will be dressing up in sporty outfits and taking part in various sporty activities. This is always a fun occasion and the school hopes to raise a record amount of money. It was lovely to see parents and carers join their children for a writing lesson on Thursday morning. The school invited them to come and see how their child learns about writing, by participating in a lesson. They have had a lot of positive comments about their Come to School With Your Child sessions and look forward to running more in the future. This week the school is delighted to be starting the Village Project. This exciting project is aimed at developing links between the nursery and the school, and will explore how they manage transition between nursery and school as well as what learning opportunities there are for the children. The school hopes it will help them to provide the very best start to education for their youngest children.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: Last Sunday, South Malling Church formally commissioned Chris Stringer, a young lawyer and member of the congregation. Chris is going to Rwanda for six months, supported by a group of Christian Lawyers, to work with a legal firm in Kigali. Part of his work will be in supporting and defending street children and part will be in helping Rwandans to understand the range of international rights and expectations which have been developed to support and protect children. Chris was in Rwanda last year on a shorter and more general visit which included spending time with the Law firm he will be joining. He told the congregation that he had been challenged by a sermon he heard at Holy Trinity Brompton. The company where he is currently working have been very supportive and friends have provided him with contacts who will be helpful when he gets to Rwanda. This is quite a step to take and the commissioning is a way for the congregation to say that they are 100 percent behind him. He has promised to keep the church informed about how things go. The service this Sunday is Morning Praise. Revd David Garratt will be preaching. It begins at 9.30am and all are welcome.


CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev John Gordon and will be a special service to launch our overseas charity for 2014. The charity is Embrace the Middle East which aims to fight poverty and injustice through social, educational, community and economic projects. The choral evening Lenten communion service on March 16 was led by Revd Dr David Chapman, co-leader of the United Reformed Methodist Central Sussex United Area. The choir, which included friends from St Anne’s, St Pancras and Southover, sang music by Byrd, Bach, Schubert, Stainer and Eric Shave. The service was also a celebration of the Lay Ministry of the Methodist Church and a certificate was presented to Dr Tony Law to mark his 40 years as a local preacher.

RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: A meeting will be held on Monday at Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road at 8pm. The Nevill has two residents who have volunteered to represent our area on the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan and we will hear what progress was made at the LNP meeting in February. There will also be an update on the proposal to change the Nevill Bus Route and Saving St Mary’s Social Centre. Other items on the agenda include Landport Bottom, 1264 celebrations and our new back-to-front bench. Come along and have your say.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Netball: The Lewes league restarted after the winter break on Monday. Both of our teams played good clean games against South Malling and won; our next match will be Wallands v Wallands and will be played at school at the next club night. Well done to both teams. Our chess B team played their second round of games at Angmering on Tuesday each playing three different opponents from other schools. They all played with a lot of focus and concentration with mixed success but plenty of enjoyment. Well done to Jonathon, Otto, Richard and James C.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open as usual today, Friday, morning from 10am to 1pm in the village hall.

SERVICES on Sunday at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion and 10.30am Informal Morning Service. If you should require a lift to church please telephone in advance 722 582

DON’T FORGET the Newick Bonfire Society Skittle/Pub games evening tomorrow, Saturday, 22nd in the village. To book your place for your team of four people please telephone 01825 722418. Tickets are £7 this includes light refreshments doors open at 7pm play will commence at 7.30pm, enjoy.

SPRING SHOW: Saturday March 29, Newick Horticultural Spring Show in the village hall from 2.30pm. More details later.


GRAB A BARGAIN: The tennis club will hold a jumble sale in the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) kicking off at 2pm. Our village sales attract bargain hunters from all around for the quality and quantity of the absolute snips to be had, so don’t be late. There will be a cake stall, tombola and after the rummaging simply relax over a cuppa and have a chat or gloat over the loot that you have amassed. If you have jumble to donate, please take it to the hall during the morning of the sale.

PLANT A FREE TREE: Ahead of the major refurbishment of the play area at the playing fields a screen of 100 trees and hedge plants is due to be planted on the northern boundary of the play park on Sunday between 10am and noon. The trees have been donated by the Woodland Trust. If you would like to be part of this delightful project, please turn up with some appropriate tools and lend a hand. Refreshments will be provided. The refurbishment of the play area, costing around £50,000, is due to start at the end of April thanks to the efforts of the New Pavilion Committee in raising the cost in grants and donations. Plans of the new play area will be on display.

TALK NOT WALK: The Footpath Society is taking it easy during the coming week. It has arranged a talk on the Antarctic to be given by David Long in the village hall at 2pm for 2.30pm. All welcome.

CHRISTIAN UNION: There is a new initiative that takes place in St Michael’s church every Thursday at 1.30pm. It is in the form of a half hour of song, praise and meditation and it is open to all, but young people are being particularly encouraged. The promise is to hear the truth of God’s message of love and forgiveness in the simple setting of this beautiful church where people have worshipped for almost 1,000 years. My experience is that the Christian message, along with that of most other religions, is something to which most decent people would wish to aspire so perhaps inspiration could come from attendance, whatever the commitment to religion. I have to say that I worked for the Salvation Army for a few years and, although not a Salvationist and openly never likely to be, I was inspired by commitment and devotion to serving mankind. Let’s face it we do badly need love, peace, understanding and tolerance in this troubled, so-called enlightened society in which we live.

CHURCH INITIATIVE TWO: Each Wednesday at 2pm there will be a service for parents and toddlers in All Saints’ church that will last about half an hour. Refreshments will be available afterwards. The aim is to have a relaxed atmosphere for worship with the whole family. Participants are also invited to take along their own instruments, which may introduce some novel arrangements for some of the traditional hymns. Let it be fun seems to be the message.

PARKING PROBLEMS: Like most towns and villages Plumpton has its fair share of problems and potential dangers associated with vehicle parking. In an endeavour to find some solutions the parish council has held informal discussions with the police and it is hoped that ideas will be developed to provide some positive action to substantially reduce the problems. However, what comes out of most such discussions is that the majority of the incidents are caused by the selfish and inconsiderate actions of the motorists. If people would stop, think and consider what dangers, inconveniences, damage and so on their intended actions are likely to cause and then consider what their reaction would be towards other people committing the same actions, much of the trouble would never occur. These are my personal comments, by the way, not a statement from the council. We live in what should be a regularly organised society and if we just have a little consideration for others an awful lot of problems simply would not occur.

ROYAL VISIT: Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, will be visiting Plumpton again on Monday, March 31. She will be at the racecourse as patron of the charity Racing Welfare that supports racing staff in times of personal crisis. She will host a lunch for some 300 people and there will be a charity auction and silent auction. Anyone wishing to attend the lunch and rub shoulders with the famous may be able to get a ticket at £85 to include champagne reception, three-course lunch, wine, afternoon tea, hospitality badge et al. Ring 01638 560763 or email The famous racing families the Moores and the Goldsmiths will be staging a family challenge in what is claimed will be the first ever Space Hopper Grand National. General admission to the course can be pre-booked on 01273 890383. Princess Anne is no stranger to our village as, apart from previous visits to the races, she has been at Plumpton College on several occasions.

PAVEMENT PARKING: Why do people park on pavements? Is it to allow two vehicles to pass on the road alongside their vehicles? If so, on our narrow roads it simply does not work. Instead it forces people pushing buggies, those with walking aids and at times pedestrians walking singly, out on to the road, thus putting their lives at risk. Of course, it could also fool two motorists into thinking there was room to pass and result in a collision with your vehicle. Think about it, especially as such an action is an offence and can incur a fixed penalty, apart from causing damage, injury or even death.

POLICE AT WORK: Motorists should not be complacent as the police are active in Plumpton and last Tuesday another car was towed away for obstruction in the village. It is a costly and tiresome business to recover vehicles that have been towed away, so do not risk it.


JUMBLE SALE: Ringmer Primary Home School Association Annual Jumble Sale will be held tomorrow (Saturday) from 2pm to 4 pm. Donations of jumble gratefully received from 2.45pm to 4pm today or Saturday morning from 9am to 11.30 am. If you are unable to deliver please phone 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. For further information please phone 01273 812463 or 813860.

FOOTBALL CLUB: We have another hectic week of football coming up as we try to catch up with fixtures after the extremely wet winter. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are at home in a SCFL Div 1 fixture versus Littlehampton Town with a 3pm kick off at The Caburn. On Tuesday the first team travel to Chichester, also for a league fixture. The second team travel to Hassocks on Saturday for their league fixture with a 3pm kick off at the Beacon then on Friday evening they return the favour and play host to Hassocks with a 7.45pm kick off at The Caburn. On Sunday the youth team are at home in the morning with an 11am kick-off followed in the afternoon by the Veterans who play their cup quarter final versus Cuckfield Town Vets with a 2pm kick-off time. On Sunday evening, March 30, the popular quiz evening returns and this will be held in The Caburn Pavillion bar and all are welcome to this event.

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

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday March 12, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tom Owen; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Pam Brook and John Weston. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

COFFEE MORNING: Ringmer Bowls Club coffee morning will be held on Saturday March 29, 10am to 11.30am, in the club house next to the Green. 50p entry charge includes coffee and biscuits. All the usual stalls including cakes, raffle and tombola.

NEARLY NEW SALE: Ringmer Tiddlers and Toddlers sale will be held next Saturday, March 29, in the village hall (10.30am to noon). Children’s Clothes and Equipment age 0 to 5 years. Everything you need when having, raising or minding a little one. Tea and cakes also available, please come along and support our little group. Entrance £1 per family.

VILLAGE QUIZ: The Ringmer Support Group thank the 36 teams who took part in the annual village quiz last week. The winners with a record score of 83 were Ruth Peters’ team from the Tuesday Market followed closely by the Owen/Evett combo and the Jacksons. A magnificent record sum £1232 was raised which included £321 from the raffle. Many thanks to all those who took part and/or made donations and especially to the organising team.

VILLAGE HALLBuilding Appeal. The total of funds raised to-date is £163,000; however £51,000 has been spent on tenders and all other fees, an essential part of any project. Come and join us for our Quiz and Puds night. Tickets should be bought in advance. Come and find out some interesting facts, perhaps learn something new in the varied themed rounds of this fun quiz and enjoy a pudding in the interval. Ringmer Village Hall 7.15pm start (Doors open 6.45pm) Saturday, April 12. Teams of four. Tickets £6 per person from: Pam Bowmaker 01273 813625 or Angela Morrison 01273 813590. Please bring your own drinks and plastic glasses.

Rodmell & Southease

THE WARM WEATHER has made a miraculous change to everything hasn’t it? People are smiling more, we can now see green fields and the spring flowers are fantastic. Things to do with the tourist industry are, at the moment, on the up making up for the times of gloom and doom brought on by the constant wet weather we’ve all been coping with. Let’s hope it lasts.

READING: It’s ironic that at the moment I am reading Lost Horizon the classic tale of Shangri-La by James Hilton who also wrote Goodbye Mr Chips and Random Harvest. I saw the film, Lost Horizon, years ago and really enjoyed it. For those who haven’t read the book or seen the film, I will not disclose the story, but I will say it’s about a plane that vanished in mysterious circumstances similar to the Malaysia Airline plane, and ended up in a far off place in Tibet with a British consol, his deputy, a missionary and an American financier on board. I leave it there in case any of you choose to read it. Life is full of mysteries and coincidences.

MAGNOLIAS: Rodmell’s magnificent magnolias are bursting out, and it’s a good time to visit the villages along the valley as they are all looking so pretty.

QUIZ: Lewes Support Group of St Peter and St James Hospice and Continuing Care Centre are holding a Quiz Evening on Wednesday at the Abergavenny Pub, 7pm for 7.30pm start. £10 per head, four to six people per team. Price includes a two course hot buffet. Tickets from Maureen Ford 01273 473939. These quizzes are always fun, and we need to give as much support to hospices as possible, because they do a wonderful job and are much needed. TOMORROW, Saturday, the spring churchyard gardening morning is from 9.30am to noon. COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning in Rodmell Village Hall on Wednesday at 11am.