Parish Pump Lewes - March 22, 2013


SPRING SHOW: Barcombe Flower and Produce Spring Show at village hall on Saturday, April 6, 2pm to 4pm. Refreshments, raffle, auction, children’s section, photography competition. Further Information and entry forms, please pick up a schedule from all Barcombe shops and online at

THE SECRET CAMPSITE: Occasional weekend cover required. Energetic with a cheerful personality and an interest in camping and wildlife. For more details please call Tim on 01273 401100.


LIVE MUSIC is at the Five Bells this evening, Friday, with Ragged Company, a five piece Blues Band. They will play covers from the late great Robert Johnson to Canned Heat and Eric Clapton from 8pm.

BLUEBELL RAILWAY Festival, to mark the opening of the Northern Extension, starts tomorrow (Saturday) and continues until Sunday April 7 with a variety of attractions each day. The festival details can be found at or by calling 01825 720800.

WALK: Familiarisation walk Memorial Common (two hours) is tomorrow (Saturday) and is organised by the Commons Society. 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 hosted by the horticultural society is at the village hall tomorrow (Saturday). Please do go along and see the exhibits from 2.30pm. There is sure to be a fantastic display of daffodils along with hyacinths and other spring flowers. Homemade refreshments will be available.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am, beginning on the Green and processing to church (as it is Palm Sunday). On Thursday there will be Holy Communion at 7.30pm and on Friday March 29 the Good Friday Liturgy at 2.30pm. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Kavin Wood and 6.15pm with Jane Grist, to include communion. 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.

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.

FETE: St George’s Day Fete is at the sports ground, just off the A2722, on Saturday April 27 from 12 to 4pm. Chailey Bonfire Society, with the change of venue, hope to make this year’s celebration better than ever and give all villagers the chance to know what goes on in Chailey. There will be stalls that you can hire to promote your church, group, club or society so as to let everyone know the part you play in our village and maybe raise some funds at the same time. Stalls, the size of a standard gazebo, will be available for £10 though no refreshments or drinks are to be sold. For a stall contact Richie Jarvis at or on 01273 400989.

INTERESTED IN PUPPETRY? At St Peter’s Church there is a team of people who aim to put on a performance using puppets every month or two at the Family Service on the first Sunday of the month. However more puppeteers are needed. It is more suitable to 10 years and over but younger children with interest and potential would not be discouraged. If you would like to join this friendly group, or just go along and see if it is for you, as they rehearse for their next production, on Sunday May 5, contact Teresa at the parish office on 01825 722286 or email


DON’T FORGET: The annual Cooksbridge Jumble Sale is tomorrow, Saturday, in Beechwood Hall at 2pm. Wonderful jumble, home-made cakes and teas for sale. Sorting of jumble will take place today, Friday, from 10am to 5pm. Tomorrow the hall will be open for drop off and sorting from 10am. For further information contact Angela or Tom Walker on 01273 472595 or email All offers of help will be much appreciated.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church, Sunday, Holy Communion at 8am, Sunday Club in the church hall 10.15am and at 10.30am Parish Communion with Palm Procession. This service is one of the highlights leading up to Easter and is much loved, especially by the younger members of the congregation as heading the Palm Procession is a donkey which the children (and grown ups) make a great fuss of following the service. Maundy Thursday, Sung Eucharist of The Last Supper, 8pm. Good Friday, March 29, Good Friday Service (The Liturgy) 10am. Easter Day, March 31, Holy Communion 8am, Sunday Club in the church hall 10.15am. Family Communion 10.30am followed by Easter Egg Hunt in the church grounds.

DECORATING the church for Easter will take place tomorrow, Saturday, morning from 10am. Gifts of flowers and greenery will be most welcome and lots of help in the decorating please. To arrange baptisms, weddings, wedding blessings, renewal of marriage vows, funerals etc or discuss any pastoral matter please contact the Rector, Rev Derek Bastide on 01273 474356 or email

OPEN DAYS: Offham Farm will be holding open days on Easter Monday, April 1, through to Sunday April 14.

STATION PARTNERSHIP: Cooksbridge Station has seen quite a makeover during the past few years. Highways have resurfaced the footway in front of the station car park which hopefully has put an end to antisocial parking by commuters. The partnership also successfully applied for a small grant from Southern to further develop facilities at the station and in the garden at the front. A bench close to the waiting room on the up-line and a water butt behind the waiting room to make it easier to water the planters on that side were on the shopping list. The planters were refreshed with now four on the up-line where most travellers congregate. Hamsey School’s senior teacher, Allan Wright, also put new pictures in the waiting room, this time lovely pastels done as part of the school project on the chalk Downs. Following Plumpton’s success with their campaign which resulted in trains stopping at Plumpton on Sundays, the partnership naturally want the same for Cooksbridge. Following an appeal in the autumn Hamsey Newsletter, Lord Renton volunteered to get involved which meant finding out how Plumpton went about their campaign. The station enhancements and the campaign for service improvements have mainly been spearheaded by Parish Cllr Ian Ginn who assisted by Kevin Froude puts in many hours at the station to make it a pleasant and attractive place for travellers and residents to enjoy and be proud of.

HAMSEY HERITAGE PROJECT on course for launch in April. There will be a lectern above the Chalk Pit and posters/leaflet dispensers a the station and Offham bus shelter. These will cover two linked, circular walks around the parish. The Trustees of the village hall are contributing £700 from the proceeds of 2008 Village Day, with the balance funded by the SDNPA, which is driving the project. Enquiries have been made about the launch plans and in particular parish/school involvement. Next meeting Tuesday April 16.

TRUSTEES: At the last meeting of the Village Hall Trustees, Tom Walker indicated his intention not to seek re-election at the AGM in June but he will continue as part of the hall maintenance team. Trustee Helen Smith will canvas parents at Hamsey CP School to see if someone is interested in becoming a trustee.

IN BLOOM: Although the weather has been so dreadful the Blackthorn trees along the B2116 are in bloom which should soon be followed by our cherry plum tree. The snowdrops have been wonderful this year and so many seem to have sprung up in places I have never seen them before. By some miracle in spite of the freezing conditions we have had, our lambs seem to have survived the harsh weather and most are gambolling around the fields and enjoying themselves.


ARTIST TALK: I am due to take part in an event organised by the Beyond Church at the Good Companions Pub in Brighton on Sunday evening at 8pm. This will be part of a series of presentations and discussions they have had during Lent, involving artists talking about their work and inspiration. This Sunday’s meeting will feature artists taking part in the He is Risen exhibition at St Laurence Church here in Falmer. I have to say I am in a state of trepidation as I am not keen on talking about my work, however I am sure the crowd will be friendly, and we don’t have to talk for very long. The artists taking part include poets and a photographer as well so it will be very interesting to hear what they say. Anyone is welcome to come along to listen and join the discussion.

EXHIBITION: A reminder that the aforementioned He is Risen exhibition can be seen at the First Eucharist of Easter service on Saturday March 30 at 7pm. This will be followed by a bring and share party at the village hall.

MORE ARTS: Falmer’s arts profile is getting bigger and bigger. The Brighton Festival Fringe brochure is out on the streets now and we have our first concert as part of the Fringe this year. You can also get the details of events online at

MOTORCYCLES: The Royal British Legion Riders Branch will be stopping at Falmer tomorrow (Saturday) as they journey across to Portsmouth. They are expected here at around 9.30am and they will then make their way along the A27 stopping at Tangmere en route. They are making a stop here due to Falmer’s association with the army, which frequently camped in the fields above the village in days gone by, as can be seen in many old postcards. The RBL Riders Branch, an ex-services motorcycle club is an official branch of the British Legion and they raise funds through their events. They should be quite a sight (and sound).

FOOTBALL: Last Sunday’s Albion match against Crystal Palace happily went off without trouble in spite of a record turnout. I must say the noise from the crowd was pretty loud, but even with such a large number of fans there were only three arrests.

MARATHON: At the time of writing I have not yet heard how the Running Rev did in last Sunday’s Barcelona Marathon, but I do know it was considerably hotter over there than it was here.

EASTER SERVICES: Maundy Thursday service with footwashing at 7pm. March 29, Good Friday service at noon. March 30, First Eucharist of Easter at 7pm. March 31, Easter Day sung Eucharist at 10am.

glynde & beddingham

WOMEN VERSUS CANCER: Just a little reminder about the coffee morning at Glynde Reading Room tomorrow, Saturday, 11-30am to 12-30pm. Raffle and cake help me send Louise and her bike to Cuba.kingston

EASTER SERVICES: On Maundy Thursday, there will be a Service of Holy Communion at 7.30pm. Then on Good Friday, March 29, there will be a Meditative Service at 11am, immediately followed by a Simple Lunch at Kingston Parish Hall, with free entry but donations please at the lunch to be given to Caring and Sharing, a charity which raises money for projects in poorer countries throughout the world. Finally on Easter Day, Sunday, March 31, we celebrate the resurrection of Christ with a joyful Service of Family Communion at 9.45am.


WESTGATE WI: She was a reformer and a revolutionary and her name was Eleanor Rathbone MP, the subject chosen by speaker Sybil Oldfield who outlined the life of a great pioneer of women’s emancipation. Born in Liverpool in the 1870s into a family of reformers, Eleanor went first to Oxford and then worked as an unpaid social worker in her home town. By 1910 she had become the Liverpool Suffrage Movement incarnate. Serving on the City Council, during World War One she helped dependent women, starting a campaign for family allowances to be paid directly to women. After the war, equal citizenship was still not won and Eleanor, now in her fifties, became a fearless Independent MP, antagonising all the main political parties. After World War Two, Beveridge backed her as part of the vision for a new Britain and the Welfare State. She died in 1946 aged 73. Two comments sum up this formidable character who wanted to help women worldwide: ‘She fused ardour with selflessness’ and ‘She was quite a woman’. This excellent talk was followed by a much applauded Easter Bonnet Parade. Next meeting is on April 10. (A Stephen).

U3A: The University of the Third Age, Lewes Lectures 2013. Incident at Gondokoro: The Rise and Fall of Consul John Petherick by Dr John Fletcher at the Council Chamber, Lewes Town Hall, 2.30pm Tuesday. In February 1863 Welshman John Petherick lost his diplomatic post, his livelihood and his precious reputation following a clash with three famous glory-seeking explorers in the heart of Africa. On the bi-centenary of his birth, Dr Fletcher seeks to re-examine the cold case of Petherick’s disgrace. Lewes Lectures are free and all are welcome.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our last Sunday walk was in the Holtye Area at the Kent/Sussex border. With a cold spell coming up after a week of spring-like temperatures, and still being considerably wet underfoot, it was no surprise that only eight people turned up. Due to the muddy conditions we shortened our walk to just over four miles. We started at Cowden, where our footpath followed in a westerly direction and passed through beautiful little woods and fields before turning south and coming out on a country lane and beside Furnace Pond and the pretty landscaped gardens of Furnace Farm. We left the country lane at Holtye Common Mill, where we climbed up a hill towards Holtye Golf Ground. As it was very busy, we had to negotiate a safe passageway with the golfers. We soon reached another golf course where a stream in the middle of it marked the border between Kent and East Sussex. The walk ended with walking uphill through allotment gardens towards Cowden Church, and back to the car park. A lovely pub lunch awaited those who had wisely booked a table ahead, as it was Mothering Sunday. Wolfgang led the walk in this beautiful area. The next walk is on Sunday. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. The walk will take us over Mount Caburn and into Glynde. Here there is a choice of returning to Lewes by train or continuing on to Firle and Berwick. Bring a picnic if doing the longer walk.

BRIDGE CLUB: Jack Cripps Salamander Plate won by Ron and Margaret Buddery. Thursday February 28, 2nd Championship Pairs: 1, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 2, Alan Disney and Rita Hartnell; 3, Janice Bell and Tony Redshaw. March 14 Butler Pairs: 1, Pauline Brown and Clare Nankivell; 2, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan; 3, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole. Tuesday March 5, 1st Ladder: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Simon Fishburn and Mickie Lodge; 3, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone. March 12 Butler Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Matt Read; 2, Richard Burnett and Meic Goodyear; 3, Janet Cattermole and Peter Waters. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.malling

SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: You will probably see elsewhere in todays’ Express news of the opening of Rydon Homes’ Show House at Crossways, on the corner of Church Lane. The company had invited South Malling school children to prepare a design for the children’s bedroom. The winner, Jodie, attended with her family, the Mayor, her class teacher, the Head and a governor on Monday afternoon. She was able to see what her room design looks like in real life and was thrilled. The company says they are already getting compliments on Jodie’s design. Not only is this the first time Rydon have asked a school child to design one of the rooms for a show house, but Production Director, James Chase, said that it was an industry first. Last Wednesday there was a full governing body meeting to review the three year plan for the school. As with most schools currently, in Lewes as elsewhere, the governing body has to face some very important decisions about the future. Today, Friday, the school is holding an open afternoon and welcoming all parents and carers to come into school to look at their children’s work. And tomorrow, Saturday, there is the first race for South Malling School’s Kit Car. Year 6 children have been busy building the car with the help of their expert teaching assistant, Mrs Swan. They are now looking forward to racing it at Plumpton for the first time. Good luck to the South Malling Kit Car.

COMMUNITY CENTRE: They are getting on well with the redecoration of the main hall. Committee member, Chris Burt, says that this was particularly daunting because it is a large area requiring a good deal of making good, including re-plastering. Sussex Police and the Probation Service saw it as a suitable project for their Community Payback Programme. The centre provide the materials. They managed to get a grant for most of the money and the work went ahead. The walls were replastered and the team comes in once a week. Work is progressing steadily and Chris has been particularly impressed by the team’s level of commitment to doing a very professional job, even asking for additional materials to replace damaged surfaces rather than just painting over. A full account of developments to date are on the Website:

OURCHURCH are ready for Holy Week and Easter, starting with Palm Sunday, with a Communion Service at 9.30am. Members of the congregation are given Palm Crosses as reminders of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem where he would be crucified. On Tuesday, children from South Malling Church of England School will have their Easter Services in church, on Thursday there is a joint Maundy Thursday Communion Service at St John sub Castro (at 7pm) and on Good Friday a meditation at 10am in church. All are welcome.

BRIDGE VIEW FOOTBALL: Under 8s were at home to Eastbourne Town, who started strongly and raced into a four goal lead at half time, extending this by another four goals to win 8-0. In their second game, they worked harder and faster. Although Town took the lead, View equalised and fought hard to keep the visitors at bay. In the end Town hit two more good goals and won 3-1. Under 10s (Black) played DASH on their field. DASH defended well but two beautifully flighted corners from Alfred Dobres were met with headers from Felix Attfield-Davis and Ollie Lumsden to make it 2-0. Alfie Dobres then curled in a shot to score a third goal. Ollie added a fourth in the second half and DASH pulled back to score thier only goal, making it 4-1 to View. In the second game, Silas Ford opened scoring for View with a great shot, then a second after a poor clearance. Louis Salmon scored a third with a audacious flick. DASH scored in the second half but Jack Garrett-Herd and Joe Shersby-Wignall together scored a fourth, DASH managed another making it 4-2 to View. Under 13s (Black) played UcKfield Grasshoppers away. Uckfield kept its winning streak against View who fought back well with fine work from Logan Blinco in goal but at the end of a good game, lost 3-0. Under 14s met Mid Sussex Blues. With no score by the second half, Jack Dunkley’s teasing cross was met by a scoring header from Harrison Hinks. Jack slid a later pass to Cosmo Robertson Charlton who made a brilliant run to score again. Mid Sussex pulled one back but View won 2-1. Under 15s played Adur, conceded early, suffered a further goal against them but didn’t lose heart. Luke Jones and Sam Heinzle worked together for a View goal in the second half but Adur scored two more, winning 4-1 despite a great effort by View. U16s continued their good run of form with a convincing 10-1 win at Malling against Hassocks Juniors. View were a joy to watch playing their flowing football all over the pitch. Nathan Roberts and Tom Crossman both scored hat-tricks with Bryn Saunders continuing his scoring with a brace, Mitch Hamilton and Kieran Piper scored one each.

mobile library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall noon to 12.30pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2.00pm to 2.25pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm.


MY BLOG: Went to the Lewes Little Theatre to see The Diva in Me which is one of the best plays I have seen at LLT. One woman held the audience enthralled. Shame it wasn’t a full house but the weather must have played a large part as the performance was cancelled on Monday. Paraprosdokians are Figures of Speech in which the latter part of the sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected. Here are a few: A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory. You’re never too old to learn something stupid. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit, the target. Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

CHRIST CHURCH: Our Tots group had an enjoyable morning last week on Red Nose Day. They raised £194.36 from the cake sale. Worship on Palm Sunday will be a Family Together Service at 10.30am and this will be led by Rev John Gordon. On Maundy Thursday we will be joining with St John-sub-Castro for joint worship at 7.30pm. On Good Friday at 10am Rev Dick Field will be leading worship. We look forward to seeing you over the Easter period at Christ Church.

NEVILL SHARES: Put April 14 in your diary as a possible Sunday afternoon. More news later.

NEVILL RESIDENTS: Next meeting is March 25, 8pm. Colin Reynolds will give an update on the campaign to Save St Mary’s Social Center. Also included on the agenda, will be information about the Lewes neighbourhood development plan and the local flood management strategy. Come along and have your say. Police Panel starts 7pm.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: The monthly ploughman’s lunch will take place on Wednesday April 3 at 12.15pm, at St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road. All welcome, still only £1.50. St Anne’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held on Sunday April 28 at 11.15am at the church. Electoral Roll forms must be returned before April 12, please. Forms are currently available in the church, or telephone 01273 474964. Palm Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) and 10 am Sung Eucharist with dramatic reading of the Gospel story. Palm crosses will be distributed. Maunday Thursday, 7.30 pm. Holy Communion will commemorate the institution of the Lord’s Supper. Good Friday, March 29, 2pm to 3pm Devotions quiet reflection and hymns. 6pm the Churches Together Silent Walk of Witnesses will leave St Pancras Church in Ireland’s Lane and proceed to The Mount (off Mountfield Road by the football ground).

WALLANDS SCHOOL: On Thursday morning Wallands represented our area in the Sportshall Primary School Games indoor athletic finals. Our team of 24 children took part in various track and field events. There were seven schools in total from across East and West Sussex. I’m pleased to say we finished forth which was a big achievement considering how many schools there are in the East and West Sussex area. A Midsummer Night’s Dream update. If anyone is involved in bonfire and would be willing to set up a display for us on the day, (you won’t need to be involved in the performance or the days leading up to it) please contact Jo Taylor on 07842085246, or if anyone can point us in the right direction asap with names of people to contact that would be a big help. 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 cans, fairy wings, artificial or dried flowers, garlands, hoops and ribbons. Start getting your ticket requests in soon, letters have gone out in bookbags.


TALK on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Piddinghoe Village Hall on and tastings of wide variety of Belgian beers Trappiste to Fruit etc by Greg Carona of the Belgian Cafe Eastbourne. Tickets available until tomorrow, Saturday, £8.50 from The Gardeners Arms Lewes, The Abergavenney Arms Rodmell or from Terry Penn 01273 510200.

FILM NIGHT on Friday March 29, 7.30pm in Piddinghoe Village Hall is Bringing up Baby starring Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn.


LEWES PRIORY: Do not forget that this evening (Friday) Helen Poole will be giving a talk on Lewes Priory to the Footpath Society in the village hall at 7.30pm. Visitors will be most welcome.

HOLY WEEK: For Christians this starts on Sunday, designated Palm Sunday. Celebrations start with Holy Communion at All Saints’ church at 8.30am. Then there will be the Palm Procession and Sung Eucharist at East Chiltington Church at 10.30am and finally Evensong at All Saints’ at 6.30pm. On March 28 (Maundy Thursday) the Eucharist of the Lord’s Supper and Watch will take place at All Saints’ church at 8pm. Then on Good Friday there will be a devotional service at East Chiltington at 3pm and the Good Friday Liturgy will be at All Saints’ at 8pm.

SPORTS PAVILION: If anyone is interested in the shape of things to come, there is a display of the proposal to renew the sports pavilion on show in the foyer of the village hall.

SEWER REPAIRS: Regrettably the essential works to the main sewer in the vicinity of All Saints’ church continue. This is because original surveys indicated that repair was possible to the partially collapsed sewer but on close investigation it was found that the deterioration was far greater than expected and renewal of that section was necessary. Although the temporary traffic lights are a nuisance, Southern Water and the contractors have kept the road open during the works which is surely better than the modern day tendency to shut a road totally at the drop of a hat? By all means have a moan about the inconvenience, but also do be grateful for small mercies. The current situation has to be better than if the road had been closed for several weeks. As the song goes ‘Look on the bright side of life’.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: At last week’s meeting of Plumpton Parish Council it was confirmed that the annual parish meeting scheduled for April 30 should involve residents sharing in village life, rather than just listening to a report from the council. There will be displays covering the work of council committees and local groups, with people on hand to answer questions and listen to suggestions. This will open at 5pm to allow folk to pop in over a longer period and there will be a formal report on the council’s work at about 7.30pm. This statutory meeting is meant to be for villagers so that they may become involved in the life of Plumpton. Do book the date in your diaries now and make an effort to drop in at some stage of the proceedings.

FANCY SOME COMPANY? If so, just go along to All Saints’ church annexe on any Tuesday from 11am onwards when you can enjoy a cuppa, or homemade soup or a snack (or any combination) and have a chat with old friends or even make some new ones. There is absolutely no need to feel lonely in our village. Everyone, of whatever age, will receive a warm welcome and religious beliefs are not a prerequisite. Give it a try.

PARISH COUNCIL: Whilst looking in your diaries, please note that Plumpton Parish Council meeting in April will be on April 16 rather than the second Tuesday. Something went awry with the diary.

RUGBY UPDATE: Plumpton lost an exciting and full-on game of rugby to Shoreham on Saturday. Shoreham turned around at half time 0-10 ahead, and that is how it remained. Plumpton always enjoy their fixtures with friendly rivals Shoreham. The games are always tight and although Plumpton have normally won their battles over the years, Shoreham have always looked to have been in with a chance. Plumpton were missing a number of key players, but had enough to cope with Shoreham and were not unhappy to turn around 0-10 at half time as the wind gave a significant advantage in the second half. There was some doubt however over the Shoreham try, with most seeing a lack of grounding. However despite going over the line a few times, Plumpton were pulled back for various decisions. With more composure and working better with the referee then the game could well have easily been Plumpton’s, as the side dominated most areas of play, especially in the second half. Special mention to man-of-the-match Liam Dunkley, whose powerful runs on the wing gave his opposite number a torrid time. This weekend Plumpton host Hellingly, ko 3pm.

PLUMPTON WI: At our March meeting we listened to David Back talking about the Art Deco Ladies and their legacy. Clarice Cliff, Susie Cooper, Charlotte Rhead and Truda Carter all influenced ceramics with their new patterns and colours. We also dealt with our normal business of the evening, handing out birthday cards and holding our raffle and monthly competition. Craft club meets again on March 27 in All Saints’ church annexe at 7pm.Our next monthly meeting will be on Wednesday, April 10 at 7.30pm in Plumpton village hall when our speaker will be Heather Woodward whose subject will be Mrs Ronald Granville of Polesden Lacey. Visitors are always welcome. Watch out also for our coffee mornings when you have the opportunity to find out what we do in an informal atmosphere. (Marilyn Nye).


LENTEN LUNCH: The last of the simple Lenten Lunches will be held in the Church Room today, Friday, from noon to 2pm.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: If you haven’t as yet got your tickets for Strictly Murder by Brian Clemens, the play being performed by members of RDS, you can still go along either tonight or tomorrow evening to catch this very good play. Performances commence at 7.45pm and tickets can be purchased on the door at a cost of £8.

COFFEE MORNING: The bowls club are holding their Spring Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon at the Bowls Club Pavilion. All are welcome. Subscriptions for the coming season will be collected from members at this event. There will be a raffle and cakes, bring and buy, books and jigsaw stalls. Entrance 50p which includes your coffee and a biscuit.

SILVER SURFERS: There are still a couple of places available on this class which is taking place at Ringmer Community College tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. If you would like to attend or require further information please contact Ruth Whitlock, Learning Resource Manager on 01273 812220 ext. 253 or email

FOOTBALL CLUB: The first team are at home again this weekend, weather permitting, and are due to play Pagham at The Caburn on Saturday with a 3pm kick off. Meanwhile the Reserves are away to Littlehampton on Saturday, also with a 3pm kick off. On Sunday morning at 11am the Veterans play Hassocks away at The Beacons in the semi-final of the Fred Pretty Cup and are hoping to repeat their success in this competition of the previous two seasons. Due to the awful weather we have been experiencing it is always wise to check if games are on with the club before travelling.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES: On Palm Sunday those attending St Mary’s will commence their service at 9.45am in the village hall with the Baptist Church and then process to the church for the service which will include the reading of the passion. At 6.30pm there is a service of Music and Readings. On Maundy Thursday the service at 7.30pm recalls the Last Supper and includes the ceremony of foot washing. The service is followed by a vigil. On Good Friday there will be a service of Hymns and Readings in the Shopping Precinct at 9.15am, at 10am a children’s Bun Service in church and at noon there will be Three Hours Devotion at which the preacher will be the Curate Revd Sally Epps. On Saturday the Easter Vigil will commence at 7.30pm and on Easter Day there will be an 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Easter Eucharist and Evensong at 6.30pm.

NEARLY NEW SALE: A reminder that this is being held at Ringmer Primary School on Sunday, from 10.30am to noon. There will be lots of items on sale for children aged 4 years and upwards.

ART EXHIBITION in the Church Room over Easter weekend and on display will be a fine collection of the work of our local artists. A good number of the paintings will be for sale so do try to attend at some time over the weekend. Opening times are Friday March 29, Saturday March 30 and Monday April 1 from 10am to 4.30pm and on Easter Day, March 31, from 2pm to 4.30pm. Refreshments available.

VILLAGE HALL: The Village Hall Charity AGM will be held at 7pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall. The meeting is open to all members of the public and it is hoped there will be a good attendance.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on March 13 was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan, Valerie and Peter King; 4, Liz and Tim Owen. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall. Contact number 01273 814220.

VILLAGE QUIZ: Another enjoyable and successful quiz organised by the Village Support Group raised £1,151 for St Peter and St James Hospice. The winning team on 81 was Maureen Jackson’s closely followed by Liz Owen’s 80.5 and the Saunders/Pratt’s with 77.5. Thirty eight teams took part. Although some thought the questions harder, overall scores were similar to previous years. Many thanks to the usual team for all their hard work.

Rodmell & Southease

THE SNOW and ice certainly caused accidents galore along the C7 as there are battered trees and holes in hedges and bits of car all over the place.

THE WI Jumble Sale on Saturday March 16 in the village hall did not do as well as usual, but a big thank you should go to the organisers and helpers who no doubt worked hard at it as usual.

BULBS are popping up everywhere at the moment and the bank outside Sunnyside is starting to look very spring like with its host of golden daffodils, all starting to come out. I just hope cars don’t drive all over them and that parents stop their children walking all over them, as they were put there by me to make a pleasing entrance to Lower Rodmell. Other verges in the village are also suffering car damage where people park or just won’t wait for a clear road and drive over verges to get by.

SPRING SHOW: Tomorrow, Saturday, we have our lovely Spring Show in the village hall. As always the organisers will probably worry about if there are enough daffodils for the show. There are usually plenty of entries and it’s a very popular show so do come along.

JAZZ: The Jazz group Souzaphonic went down very well at our pub, The Abergavenny Arms, on Sunday evening. There was an Irish buffet at a very reasonable cost. It was lovely for me to meet up with musicians of the Jazz world that I have known for many years, and to see former members of Lewes Jazz Club, in which Mike and I were involved with for its duration at the Con Club, Lewes for a number of years. The line up on Sunday was Simon D’Souza saxes, Terry Seabrook keys, Nigel Thomas acoustic bass and Alex Eberhard drums. We look forward to the next Jazz event. Elle Osborne also did a star turn on Sunday. Elle is a villager, folk singer and recording artist. Elle is running the Sussex Spring Sing on Monday May 6, 3pm to 10.30pm at the Abergavenny Arms. See the website for details at