Parish Pump Lewes - March 23 2012


SPRING SHOW: The Flower and Produce Spring Show will be in the village hall on Saturday, March 31, 2pm to 4pm. Refreshments, raffle, children’s section, photography competition. For further information and entry forms, please pick up a schedule from all Barcombe shops. All entries to be submitted by 4pm, Friday, March 30.

STOOLBALL CLUB: We are looking for a part-time umpire for the coming season (May to August). Instruction available and transport to matches. If you are able to help please contact Yvonne on 01273 400087.

FUN RUN: The annual Fun Run will take place on Bank Holiday, Monday May 7. As always, all profits will be used to provide clean water to townships in the Ndola area of Zambia. We will also continue to support Orphan feeding projects and sustainable farming. Details of entry will be available shortly, but if you are not considering running or walking this year we would love you to assist as a volunteer steward on the day. Please call Tim Parsons on 01273 400601 or Matt Lloyd on 0784 1108291.

SNOOKER RESULTS: Away to Peacehaven B: James Stewart 51 D Jones 46, Jack Schaufler 42, Derek Stewart 19 R Bowers 47, Simon Fox 51 E Williams 62, Harry Stewart 34 L Daly 55. Club lost 1-4.


SHORT MAT BOWLS played at home to Wivelsfield last week and were out-played. In the triples Wivelsfield’s R George12 and R Sordan11 beat Chailey’s Betty Turk 10 and C Roby 5 and in the pairs Wivelsfield’s T Sparks 22 and N George 17 beat Chailey’s George Durrant 6 and Davy Newman 7.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW is tomorrow, Saturday, at the village hall, where exhibits will be on display from 2.30pm until 4pm when the prize giving will take place. There will be refreshments, including homemade cakes. Children, aged up to 11 years, can collect seed potatoes and a bucket to grow the potatoes and enter them in the greatest weight of potatoes grown in a bucket class in the Summer Show.

TABLE TOP SALE organised by the Friends of St Peter’s Primary School is at the school hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Chris Jones on 01444 831244 or Sarah Tillard on 01273 890350. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with David Muzzell and at 6.15pm with Peter Morgan. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the services. 10.30am Family Service.

VILLAGE Information Point session is on Tuesday from 10am until midday at The Coffee Stop, which is held at the Free Church.

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

LIVE MUSIC will be at The Five Bells on Friday March 30 with a modern jazz trio, Mood Swing.

JUMBLE SALE at the village hall on Saturday March 31 at midday in aid of Chailey Bonfire Society. Donations of jumble much appreciated on the day or for collection call 01273 891008 or 01273 890777.

ECOLOGICAL SURVEY of Lane End Common is being organised by the Commons Society this year and on Saturday March 31 at 2pm. There will be a familiarisation walk of the common, for volunteer surveyors, about one mile which will take about 2 hours. All are welcome to help, since the more eyes undertaking a survey the better. Meet at the Lane End Common car park where maps will be provided. Call William Coleman on 01444 831923 for more information.

LUNCH: Last chance to book a place for the Churchwardens’ Farewell and Thank You Lunch on Sunday April 1 at 12.30pm. Sarah Tillard and Chris Jones are standing down after a collective 37 years’ service between them, they have steered St Peter’s Church through some difficult times and been the bedrock of the church during these years. Please let John, the rector, know whether you will be attending, on 01825 722286, for catering purposes as a hot meal is being served.

JUBILEE: Diamond Jubilee Celebrations were discussed recently and there were lots of suggestions, including a walk on Red House Common followed by a picnic and visit to the windmill, a joint (Free Church and St Peters’ Church) celebratory open air church service at Chailey Green and a red, white and blue picnic party with everyone invited to bring their own picnic and dress in red, white and blue to bring the Jubilee colours to life. Also the lighting of a beacon and the ringing of the St Peter’s Church bells at the same time. Preparations are still under way for these celebrations and another meeting will take place at the Reading Room on Monday April 2 at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend, if you are unable to be there but have ideas or are willing to help please email Peter Estcourt at

BREAKFAST MEET is at the Five Bells Inn on Sunday from 10am onwards. Anything with an engine most welcome and this month will include a meeting of the South-East Scoobies club, which has hundreds of Subaru enthusiasts owning some of the greatest and rarest Subarus from the very latest Impreza models all the way to the ultra-rare 1998 22b Impreza. Coffee and bacon rolls will be available, for a small charge.

BLUEBELL RAILWAY 50th Anniversary Appeal is culminating in the connection of the steam heritage railway with the national network via their own platform at East Grinstead station. Over 90,000 tonnes of waste blocking the extension at Imberhorne cutting has been removed. Work on the ground will recommence in earnest this month and for details of the work still to be undertaken visit The plan is to complete all the work by March 18, 2013 but this is dependent on funding and Funding for the Finish is the current focus of the Bluebell Railway 50th Anniversary Appeal. If you wish to donate or fundraise for the Railway visit the website which details the many ways you can help with the fundraising. An easy way is donating unwanted mobiles/PDAs and old printer/inkjet/toner cartridges (except Epson and Epson compatible) which the Railway can exchange for cash. Cartridges and phones can be taken to the Station Booking Offices or if it is not possible to deliver the cartridges an envelope can be requested from Empty Cartridge at The railway also have Amazon Marketplace and eBay for charity websites and using either of these sites will help raise much needed funds.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

LOTS of bargains waiting to be snapped up at the bumper Jumble Sale tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall from 2pm. Contact Anita Walker for information on 01273 472595.

NEWSLETTER: The March newsletter for the Lewes Town and Rural Neighbourhood Watch Association gives a warning to residents to be aware of bogus bank callers after three elderly residents in the district received phone calls from people claiming to be from their banks. The callers convinced the victims that their bank cards had been compromised and said they would send a courier to collect them. A man then arrived to collect the cards, after which the victims discovered that money had been taken from their accounts. Our NW coordinators are constantly reminding residents, especially the elderly, to never give personal details over the phone regarding their bank cards, and never hand them over to strangers who call at the door. If you receive such a call and you are in doubt as to who the caller is, put the phone down and call your bank at once. Or if someone calls at your door to collect your cards, call the police immediately on 999. The Lewes District Community Safety Partnership (CSP) is made up of a number of bodies including the police, fire and rescue service, the local NHS, local council, probation service and a number of voluntary bodies. They are represented on the CSP by the chair of the association and the current priorities of the CSP are as follows: 1, Reducing and detecting volume crime, to include burglary, theft and shoplifting; 2, ASB to include alcohol related issues and violence associated with the night time economy; 3, to establish the true level of domestic abuse and reduce repeat incidents; 4, communications and community confidence; 5, reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on Lewes District’s roads.

GOOD NEWS: The Offham filling station has opened, which means that motorists can now fill up again at the garage which will be a welcome service for residents in the parish who have greatly missed the garage and shop. It opened at the weekend and although the shop has not yet been fully stocked, newspapers are available which means that some residents will again be able to walk along the pavements from Offham and Cooksbridge to collect their papers, along with other essentials from the shop.

EARLY ARRIVALS: Last Friday, when I went to check on a strange vehicle that had pulled up near the farm gates, I got a surprise as swooping right in front of me were the first pair of swallows. They are always such a joy to behold when the return from their winter quarters. They flew in to one of the old stables in the drive where their nests still remain from last year. I called Brian Walter to tell him the good news as he and Reg Lanaway have ringed the young ones for many years. Last year was the first time that it was not done as Brian had to have a back operation and Reg had a hip replacement. I very much missed seeing them both.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR: Especially this morning as I am sitting writing this with the brilliant sunshine streaming through the window and the birds are singing outside. The moorhens are dashing back and forth frantically to the clump of yellow irises on the middle pond with huge twigs for constructing their nest. Down below in the yard a cock pheasant is strutting around and courting his harem of seven females. Looking over the wall into the old apple orchard a pair of blackbirds are busy collecting bits and pieces and are obviously getting ready to nest in the hedge overlooking the bridleway, and up in the sycamore tree is another courting couple, a pair of collared doves that have appeared over the weekend. I can also see some of the lamb triplets which have just been moved to the other side of the bridleway, some soaking up the sun and others having a game of tag and jumping and leaping in the air with delight. It is lovely now that the lighter mornings have arrived as I can now see Blackcap again while I am eating breakfast. This morning at 7am it was clothed in wonderful early sunshine.

SOAKED: A few weekends ago when it was a very wet and windy afternoon and quite cold, I was out by the bridleway when a group of young people came towards me. They were on a hike across the Downs. When I chatted to them it brought back many memories as they told me they were the 1st Buxted Scout Group. I used to be the captain of the 1st Buxted Girl Guides and told them that I used to hike over the Downs here with the Guides. Little did I know that one day I would be living beneath the Downs where I had camped and hiked.


LADIES GROUP: Peter Hill came again to talk about his trip to Krakow. Peter is a great story teller and his talks are full of anecdotes, which make them all the more interesting and leave us with thoughts of wanting to visit and experience for ourselves all these interesting places he tells us about.

THE CONCERT at St Laurence Church on Saturday was delightful. Natalie Leeder and Felicity Scott Martin were the sopranos. They sang duets and solos from Vivaldi, Handel, Britten and Mozart and others, skilfully accompanied on the piano by James Lloyd-Thomas. The singers were lovely to watch and listen to and both showed how they were enjoying their performance.

THE WEATHER has been wonderful the last few days and it is a joy to walk every day in the woods around Falmer. Because we know the area so well we notice at once if there is any change and we were amazed at the new diggings in the woods, obviously badgers, an enormous new hole has appeared and the amount of earth that has been moved is huge. It would be so interesting to see them at work. There must be a whole network of dwellings through the wood; you can see quite clearly the badger workings.


KINGSTON WI: The Gala Evening with Henry VIII was held on March 1 in the parish hall. The hall had been arranged with an avenue of small tables for the 41 ladies in attendance. The evening began with a choice of ale or cider. The committee had been busy preparing an assortment of delicacies: horse bread and cheese, ginger fudge and jumblies, Clementines and wine, each offered during the business of the meeting, and during the choir’s performance of Greensleaves that was accompanied on lute by Jil Segerman. Henry VIII then took charge of the gathering with his interactive banter. Tony Harris, an actor of some years of experience as the Tudor Monarch at Hampton Court and more recently at Warwick Castle, certainly looked the part. His entertaining delivery and also his answers to questions, showed an encyclopedic knowledge of the King, partial to a portion of porpoise, the first monarch to be addressed as Your Majesty, and his wives and times. One duty, as Henry VIII, was to give the answers to the Tudor Food Quick Quiz that had been prepared by Anna Phillips; his last duty was to select the winners in the evening’s competition from the 23 sported headdresses. The three that caught his eye were worn by Beverley Wakeford-Brown in third place, Peggy Nicholson in second place, and first place Marion Fuller, whose Spanish headdress evoked Katherine of Aragon. To close the evening, Henry VIII stripped off his costume, padding and beard and returned as Tony Harris. He talked about his experiences as an actor and of those as Henry VIII during the tourist season. The next meeting will be on April 5 when John Schofield will give a talk entitled The Magical Victorians. The subject of the competition will be Magic. (Joyce Taylor).


SPRING FAIR at the House of Friendship tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 1.30pm. Stalls of books, bric-a-brac, jigsaws, tombola and more. Coffee and teas will be served al morning, as well as ploughman’s lunches (£3) from noon to 1pm. Come and visit our lovely house on School Hill, and pick up a bargain at the same time.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday and Thursday Championship Pairs Winners: Richard Burnett and Janet Cattermole, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole. Tuesday March 6 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 2, Brian Loasby and Pat Elliott; 3, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett. Saturday March 10 Jack Cripps Salamander Plate: 1, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 2, Babs Sears and Pam Brook; 3, Irene Gannon and Pat Elliott. Tuesday March 13 Teams: 1, Richard Burnett, Di Johnstone, Peter Cattermole, Jennifer Wilson, Brian Loasby, Roy Skan, Rita Hartnell, Pat Elliott. Thursday March 8 Ladder: 1, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 2, Brian Loasby and Paul Allen; 3, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole. March 15 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Nigel Osmer and Peter Gannon; 2, Peter Cattermole and Adela Thomas; 3, Mickie Lodge and Nancy Wiginton. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

WESTGATE WI: A wonder-boy soprano in London’s variety shows with ambitions to be an opera star is how Eastender Stanley Holloway started out in his career in 1907. The life and legacy of this fine actor and entertainer were brought to life by speaker Edward Padget who explained how a gas attack during WWI left Stanley with a gravelly, baritone voice. Instead of opera he sang comical songs, performing on BBC Radio’s Friday Night is Music Night and in 1927 he started to write his comic monologues. An active film career followed in films such as This Happy Breed and Passport to Pimlico. As well as telling his Little Albert stories, he played a memorable Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. During WWII Stanley entertained the troops, performing on the London stage despite the bombing. After the war be became very popular through his role in My Fair Lady and I’m Getting Married in the Morning. Indefatigable, he worked until 85, performing at the Palladium in 1975, a great entertainer who left a wonderful legacy. Next meeting is on April 11. Next crafts is on April 25. (A Stephen).

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Sunday March 11, twenty two of us left the village of Berwick in warm spring weather. When the sun came out, off came the sweaters and fleeces. It was perfect walking weather. As we crossed the open fields to Alciston, the noise of the already busy A27 obtruded on our right, but skylarks could be heard in stereo above us. In Alciston, we passed a very large old barn which, we learned, is not an old Tithe Barn (which is how it is marked on the OS map) but simply a very large old barn built to store the produce from the fertile land around the village, which was owned and worked by the monks from Battle Abbey. A stiff climb took us onto the South Downs Way and our obligatory coffee stop, on this day taken while sitting on an ancient tumulus, with all round views. North of Alfriston, we joined the Vanguard Way which took us back to Berwick where some of us lunched at The Cricketers Arms before a very much reduced party set off for a leisurely post-prandial four mile circular walk via Selmeston and Alciston (again). There were no hills in the afternoon but the ground was quite soggy in places. The whole enterprise was led by Hilda and Graham.

The next walk is on Sunday at Vines Cross. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. This will be our last walk in our current programme. Copies of our new spring and summer programme are available from the Tourist Office, the Walking Shop or at

CONCERT: The East Sussex Community Choir and the Corelli Ensemble will perform Mozart Requiem at St John sub Castro Church at 7.30pm on Saturday March 31. Tickets £10, students and U16s £5 available from Lewes Tourist Information, on the door, or call 07803 702178.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall 12.15pm to 12.45pm; Chalvington post-box 1.55pm to 2.15pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2.20pm to 2.45pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm.


ST ANNE’S CHURCH: Just a reminder that there will be no morning services at 8am or at 10am on Sunday. At 4pm at St Anne’s representatives of churches in Lewes and Seaford Deanery will meet to say farewell to Bishop John of Chichester when he will preside at the Eucharist.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Dr Brenda Vance who is a member of the church. Next Friday, March 30, is our last Christ Church Tots before the Easter break but we do have a Messy Church taking place on Friday April 13 between 10.30am and 1pm for all age groups.

RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION meeting to be held on Monday at 8pm. There will be a presentation by Barry Luck from Southern Water on the Adoption of Private Sewers and how it could affect properties on the Nevill. John Chaloner also from SW and Tim Bartlett from LDC will also attend to answer related queries. This will be of interest to all householders. Also on the agenda will be grit bins, information and guidance on usage to be included in the next newsletter; Landport Bottom consultation report; planning for the Diamond Jubilee Extravaganza on Bank Holiday Monday June 4; the Garden Trail; and the Neighbourhood Police Panel. Prior to this meeting at 7pm will be the Neighbourhood Police Panel meeting. If local residents have any concerns such as anti-social behaviour, traffic problems on the Nevill Estate then please come along to the meeting to meet with our local PCSOs who will welcome your input and observations.

DOG BLOG: I got seriously teased in the woods yesterday and the truth is I am really getting a bit old for all that nonsense. I have to say first of all that I particularly like to be in the woods as the smells are amazing and the tree climbing rabbits which my family call skwirrels make me really excited. I’ll be honest and say that after many years of practice I have still not managed tree climbing but I do have a special skwirrel yowl (which is a mixture of yapping and howling) which I use during skwirrel chasing times to scare them when they sit in the branches laughing at me. This reminds them how fierce I am. Yesterday it was a pigeon and a pheasant and they must have been watching me. As soon as I ran towards the pigeon the pheasant called and so I had to run to that and as soon as I got there the pigeon called again. It wasn’t until my sides were heaving and my sopping tongue was dragging on the ground that I realised they were doing it on purpose. I reckon the skwirrels put them up to it. But it’s good to get out and away from the packing boxes which yesterday were blocking all familiar routes through the house. My family keep telling me I will love my new garden and new walks which all sounds very exciting but I think they should have asked me first.


MARKET: The Newick Country Market will be open in the village hall from10am till 11am today, Friday.

SPRING SHOW: Tomorrow, Saturday, the horticultural society will be holding the Spring Show in the village hall from 2.30pm. Why not go along and see the lovely flower displays and smell the wonderful perfume from the daffodils and hyacinths. There will be flower arrangements and handicraft of the youngsters, you can enjoy a cup of tea and cake. Please try and support this event.

RUGBY: Tomorrow, Saturday, the games will be away. The first XV will be playing Holbrook and the second XV will be travelling to Burgess Hill.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church: 8am Holy Communion followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. Sunday is the church’s Mission Gift Day for the Wycliffe Bible Translators and Katy Barnwell. For a lift to church please telephone 01825 722582.

HATS: If you are attending a wedding or are planning a trip to Ascot or Goodwood Races, and need to wear a hat, then the Newick Sports Pavilion is the place to go and see the great selection of some really splendid hats you can hire. This Hat Show will take place on Friday, March 30 from 7.30pm. There will also be licensed bar, and free raffle. Gentleman welcome. Tickets are £6 per person and available from 01825 724209 or 07801 599355. All the proceeds to Help for Heroes.

THE JUBILEE Bank Holiday, June 1 to 5. All the plans are almost completed and every household will receive a calendar of events at the end of March. There will be a scarecrow competition from May 26 till June 4, a Fancy Dress Summer Ball, hog roast and a bonfire on the Village Green. The sports clubs are also running special events. These are only a few of the activities that will be taking place. It sounds like a super weekend.


BARGAIN HUNT: Pop along to the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) to grab some bargains at the jumble sale being held to raise funds for Plumpton’s Jubilee celebrations. Scrum down will be at 2pm and there will be refreshments available to help you recover from all the excitement of the chase. If you have jumble to donate please take it to the hall during the morning.

STORK NEWS: Joy has come to Jo Kilby and David Hunter, both former Plumpton residents who now run the Cock Inn, Wivelsfield Green, with the birth of a son, Charlie Robert, who weighed in at a healthy 7lbs 14ozs.

WALK TALK: On Friday of next week the Footpath Society will be enjoying a talk by Ian Gledhill entitled I Do Like To Be Beside the Seaside. All Saints’ church annexe at 7.30pm. They will save the walking until Sunday next week.

SAD TIDINGS: Plumpton RFC did not have a game last weekend, but instead received some sad news of a former player and great supporter of the club. Following a car crash Alvaro Samblas sadly passed away at the young age of 41. Originally from Madrid, where he played some rugby, he became a much loved and respected player at Plumpton and will be sorely missed. The team members have some cherished memories of him. This weekend they travel away to top of the table Hove 3rds.

SUPERFAST BROADBAND: A lot of people on the Plumpton telephone exchange rely on the internet to carry on their work or business from home and Plumpton Parish Council has joined forces with East Chiltington PC, Streat Meeting and Plumpton Village Action Plan in an endeavour to secure superfast broadband for the exchange. In the April Parish Magazine, that should come through your letterbox within a few days, there will be a questionnaire that you are urged to complete and return. The parish council is anxious to prove the genuine need for the service locally and thus ensure that government and ESCC funding will be made available to make this possible. Lewes District Council is also offering very positive support to the initiative. Of course, many private internet surfers can also benefit so please play your part and set your pens to work. It was by a similar effort that we secured broadband for the exchange in the first instance and the superfast version really is what the name says.

PLUMPTON WI: We started our March meeting with a report on the recent Craft Day at Uckfield that was enjoyed by some of our members and passed round a board to sign if anyone is interested in starting a craft group within our Institute. Details of various proposed outings followed, including Scotney, Dover Castle, a skittles evening and an Amex Stadium tour. We then settled down to hear our speaker, Neil Sadler, on A Policeman’s Lot which proved to be a very interesting talk from a former policeman. Neil’s daughter is now carrying on the family tradition and is a local policewoman. Neil commented how times have changed with various items of equipment she has to carry. He recalled his early days policing football matches at the Goldstone ground when spectators were only allowed entry without their steel capped boots. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, April 11, 7.30pm in the village hall when we have a pudding tasting night. Members who were not at the March meeting are asked to let me know if they wish to come along so that the correct numbers can be catered for, but please bring your own spoon and plate. (Marilyn Nye).


APOLOGIES: Firstly I must apologise to all Ringmer residents for there being no Parish Pump in last week’s Sussex Express. I was away for the weekend but I did e-mail my contribution for Friday, to the paper on the previous Friday as we were going off on the Saturday. Why it did not appear I have no idea.

THE PETITION to save the old Forge and its forecourt has been a great success and the situation has progressed since last week. The two Victorian cottages have been removed from the site as it is presented for development. However, the Forge, its forecourt and the broad grassy verge in front of the two cottages are still included. The petition is still ongoing and new copies are available in McColls, Middletons, the village hall and The Green Man. An updated map of the site is included with each petition. Maureen Jackson and her husband John will be at Ringmer shops today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, between 9am and noon to collect further signatures. If you signed the original petition you do not need to sign again. However, should you now wish to withdraw your signature please e-mail and your name will be removed. It is hoped that most people will wish to support the continuing campaign to save the traditional village street frontage of which the Forge is an integral part as it dates back to about 1890. Thanks are due to all who have worked so hard to alert people to the situation and mobilise support.

SIMPLE LENTEN LUNCH: The lunch today, Friday, is being held at Sunrise, Laughton Road by kind invitation of John and Jenny Payne from noon to 2pm. The one next Friday, March 30, will be in The Church Room.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: There is still time for you to go along to the village hall either tonight, Friday, or tomorrow, Saturday, to see Diane Morris’ production of Biting the Bullet. This is a comedy which should give you a good evening’s entertainment. Tickets £7 (no concessions) can be obtained from Middletons or on the door.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are at home to Pagham in search of some much needed league points. Kick off time at The Caburn is 3pm as usual. The second team travel to near neighbours AFC Uckfield hoping to continue their push for their league title and promotion to the Reserve Section Premier Division, kick off time is also 3pm. There is no game for the Youth side on Sunday, but the Veterans are at home to Cuckfield Town Veterans in the semi-final of the Fred Pretty Cup with an 11am kick off time at The Caburn. The Veterans are hoping to secure their place in the final, which will also be at The Caburn on April 29, in order to defend the trophy that they won last season. On Thursday the Youth team have a home league fixture against Crowborough with a 7.45pm kick off. On the social side the RFC Supporters Club are running a fun Race Night in the bar tomorrow, Saturday, evening starting around 7pm. It is hoped that lots of members and guests will attend this fund raising event.

CONCERT: The Esterhazy Chamber Choir are giving a Concert of 20th Century French Choral Classics in St Mary’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, commencing at 7.30pm. Entrance is £10 at the door.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Please remember that the AGM of the Village Hall Charity is being held in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Monday commencing at 7pm. Ringmer Village Hall is now on-line. You can look at the diary on-line and check what is happening or confirm that there is space for your event. Booking forms and contact are easily accessed and can be e-mailed to the booking secretary.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on March 14 was: 1, Roy Skan and David Warner; 2, Gill and Tony Spaven; 3, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery. The next meeting of the club will be on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING in the village hall on Thursday commencing at 7.30pm. This is your opportunity to hear reports from your councillors of the work they have undertaken during the past year and also for you to put any questions you may have to the council. The guest speaker is Gill Cronin, head of fundraising for St Peter and St James Hospice.

COFFEE MORNING: The bowls club is holding is annual Spring Coffee Morning on Saturday, March 31, from 10am to 11.30am in their pavilion. Contributions to the tombola (before tomorrow) raffle, cakes, preserves, bric-a-brac and bring and buy will be much appreciated.

EASTER FAIR: 1st Ringmer Guides are holding this Fair on Saturday, March 31, from 2pm to 4pm in the Scout Hall. Admission £1 to include refreshments and free draw into the Easter Cake raffle. Children free. Stalls include Easter themed arts and crafts, yummy cakes and savouries, lucky dip, children’s tombola, raffle and lots more besides. Do try to get along to support your local Guides.

SPRING SHOW: The RBL Horticultural and Home Produce Society Spring Show will be held in the village halls on Saturday, March 31. The doors will be open to the public at 2pm. There will be the usual display of flowers, the flower arrangement classes and a cookery and preserves section. The handicraft section includes painting Spring, needlework and photography. There are also classes for children to display their talents. There will be two fundraising stalls at this show. One will be for produce and the other for books, records and CDs. Any contributions will be gratefully accepted before or on the day of the show. For produce ring Robbie Blount on 813120 and for books, etc., ring Bob Cairns on 812784. Show schedules are available at Middletons or in the village hall foyer, or you can contact the secretary, Albert Knight on 813322.

CONCERT: East Sussex Community Choir are performing Mozart’s Requiem, at St Johns sub Castro Church, Abinger Place, Lewes at 7.30pm on Saturday, March 31. As some members of this choir are Ringmer residents they would welcome your support. Tickets £10 (students and U16s £5) can be got on the door.

HOSPICE QUIZ: Thirty eight teams had an enjoyable evening at the village quiz and raised £1,210 (including £274 raffle) for St Peter and St James Hospice. The narrow winners were The Plodders, led by Jeanette Swayne with 78.5 points followed by last year’s winners The Old Firm, led by Jill Higham on 78. Thanks as always to the organising team.

DOG MESS: Again I have received complaints about residents with dogs not removing their dog mess. This has been noticed particularly in Mill Road near the old people’s bungalows. Please dog owners do remove any dog mess from your dogs when walking them.

Rodmell & Southease

ANNIVERSARY EDITION: I sent the anniversary edition of the Sussex Express to my friend Vi Tidmas. Vi used to live in Hillyfields, Lewes for some years before she and her husband Eric moved to be near their son Graham in Upwell, Norfolk. I send Vi the Sussex Express every month so she can keep in touch with what is going on in Lewes. She wrote recently to say how interesting the anniversary edition was. She said the part about the Carr family in particular brought back memories, as she had Scarlet Fever when she was about 11 years old and had to spend six weeks in the fever hospital. She tells me she was the only patient and a nurse used to sleep in her ward to keep her company. In the last week 12 of the Carr family came in, including the father, and beds were put down the middle of the ward. She also knew Kenny Cramp the butcher, as his parents lived near Vi’s family and she used to get her meat from him later in life.

DIARY DATES: Tomorrow, Saturday, the WI Jumble Sale at 2pm in the village hall, in aid of WI funds. Saturday, March 31, it’s time for Rodmell Horticultural Society’s Spring Show in the village hall, 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Admission £1. Display of photographs from Rodmell Camera Club.

LITTER: If you walk your dog on the sports field and up Mill Lane would you please clear up any mess it distributes. Both areas are suffering badly from this problem. When I drive about the countryside I see armies of litter pickers doing a very good job of picking up the litter thrown from cars. I do wonder about parental teaching on litter. As children when we went out in our groups on picnics we were always issued with bags to bring our litter home in, and woe betide us if we did drop litter and were seen by an adult. There have been two instances in the past months when I saw a lack of parental supervision on litter. One was at a garage when a mother and daughter drew up in an expensive open top car. The mother went to pay for petrol leaving the daughter in the car drinking from a can. When she finished it she threw it out of the car where I promptly picked it up and gave it back to her. The mother by this time had arrived back and had seen what happened, apologised to me for her daughter’s bad behaviour and promptly took the can and put it in a refuse bin. Now why did she not make her daughter do that? My mother would have. Another time in a bank a child dropped a bag of coconut chunks all over the floor and the mother just said, ‘Oh come on dear leave it, we don’t want them,’ and they walked out leaving the staff to deal with it. Not even an apology. I would like to thank those people who spend hours litter picking to make pour countryside beautiful again, until the next day. Car drivers please think before you throw. Your cigarette end could start a fire or damage a cyclist’s eyes, and that can could cause an accident.

FLOWERS: The village looks a picture at the moment and the daffodils along the bank at Sunnyside are a mass of yellow.

NEW FOREST: I recently went to the New Forest for the day. It was a lovely sunny warm day and the forest was lovely, but so dry.

SHOW: Angela, who runs Body Shapers Gym on Denton Island, set up an evening out for those who wanted to go and see Lord of the Dance at the Dome, Brighton. Twelve of us went and had a great evening starting with a meal at a restaurant in The Lanes. The dancing was fabulous but the music was a bit too loud for me and it was a bit like watching a computer game or Star Wars. I presume they are trying to go for the younger audience.

GARDENING: As the weather is bucking up a bit I’m enjoying gardening at the moment. It’s very tempting to put plants out early but we are still having some pretty deep frosts.

SADLY for anyone who knew Prof Roy Holmes who was at Sussex University for many years, I have to report that he died on Monday March 12. He was a lovely man, respected by many.