Parish pump Lewes - March 27, 2015


WALKING GROUP: Our next walk will be a week early because of Easter. We are meeting this Sunday at St Peter’s Church, Chailey at 2.30pm for a one and a half hour walk, on the level but with quite a few stiles. New walkers very welcome.


EASTER EGG TRAIL: From tomorrow, Saturday, to Sunday April 12, daily, younger visitors can explore Sheffield Park and Garden finding clues so as to claim a Cadbury chocolate Egghead prize. The cost is £3.50 per trail and normal admission charges apply.

SPRING CLEAN: Now the building work at St Peter’s Church has finished it is planned to give the church a quick spring clean tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 9.30am. Anyone who could lend a hand even if only for an hour will be made most welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

JUMBLE SALE organised by the WI is tomorrow, Saturday, at noon at the village hall. There will be good as new, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated on the day from 9am. For more information call 01273 890777.

ST PETER’S CHURCH, Sunday Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. On April 2 at 7.30pm there is the Maundy Thursday Liturgy followed by the Liturgy of the Shadows, led by Bishop Richard Jackson. On April 3 the Good Friday Liturgy is at 2pm

Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH service on Sunday with Erik Cornelisse at 10.30am and with John Goodway at 6.30pm. On Thursday there is an Agape Meal and meditation at 7pm and on April 3 a Good Friday Service at 10.30am. Refreshments will be served after all the services.

EASTER EVENT at Chailey Children’s Centre is on Wednesday April 8 from 10am to noon. It will be a morning of free activities for families of children aged 0 to 5 years and their siblings. There will be arts and crafts, face painting, messy play, an Easter egg hunt and more. For further details call 01273 336940.

PARISH COUNCILLOR: The deadline for nominations for the role of parish councillor is Thursday April 9. To learn more about the post do contact Vera Grainger on 01444 831453 or by email at

LUNCH CLUB: On Thursday April 9 a fortnightly lunch club begins in St Peter’s Church from 12.30pm. The menu will be posted on the church website There you will see menu for the first lunch is cottage pie/vegetarian cottage pie, with a choice of fresh fruit salad, trifle or cheesecake for pudding along with a cup of tea or coffee. The cost is £5. All are welcome.

RIDING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Riding is a wonderful medium which offers pupils at Chailey Heritage Foundation an outdoor activity. It also aids development of pupils’ confidence, communication and social skills and concepts through a real experience. For some pupils a riding session will form part of their physiotherapy programme. The Foundation is very fortunate to have a purpose built all-weather riding surface and a mounting area. Currently they have the use of two ponies that are looked after by the Riding Manager. Riding sessions usually have a physiotherapist present, supported by volunteers. Due to a high demand for this kind of therapy a new therapist has been recruited and the Foundation is looking for new volunteers to assist alongside the existing team. From Monday April 13, the start of the summer term, there will be therapy sessions on Wednesday afternoons from 1.45pm to 3.15pm and 3.30pm to 5.30pm during term-time. Volunteers are sought to assist at these times with the preparation of the riding school and horse, to help collect and return the young people to and from their classrooms and to assist with leading/side walking during the sessions. Full training will be given. If you are a friendly and understanding person, who likes young people and being outdoors in all weathers, with a liking for horses then please do get in touch with Kerrie Smart-Jones, Volunteer Services Coordinator, on 01825 724444 ext 139 or by email

COMPETITION: St Peter and St James Hospice are running a competition to select photos to appear in a Hospice Calendar for 2016. The competition is open to patients and their relatives, staff and volunteers of the hospice. The photographer of the picture selected as the overall winner will receive a prize of a compact digital camera. Each entry must be submitted as a print, in colour or black and white. Images must be in landscape format, at least as large as a standard postcard and no larger than A4 by Friday April 17. All the rules of the competition and an entry form are available at

HELP YOUR CHURCH: Help is sought for a weekly Mother and Toddler Group at St Peter’s Church making teas and coffees, chatting to Mums and/or supervising children in the play area. Also assistance with serving refreshments at an informal evening course about the church would be appreciated. All offers of help will be gratefully received, whether on a regular or irregular basis, you do not need to be a church-goer to assist. For an informal chat and further information please contact Fiona Pearl on 01825 723135 or at

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

TONIGHT, Friday, Fleur De Paris concert in St Peter’s Church Hall. Doors open at 6.45pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Palm Sunday, last Sunday in Lent, at St Peter’s Church, 8am Holy Communion, 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall, 10.30am parish Communion with Palm Procession followed by coffee in the hall. Maundy Thursday, Sung Eucharist of the Last Supper. Good Friday, 10am The Liturgy.

PARISH COUNCIL: When Hamsey Parish Council met recently all Cllrs were present. Cllr D’Arienzo declared an interest in agenda item 6d as she is now the chairman of the Hamsey Festival Committee. The PC had received a request for an extra litter bin to take rubbish from the layby north of Hamsey School. LDC will not provide one and this may be something to request when the layby is resurfaced. Council considered a grant to Offham Churchyard for the maintenance 2015 and asked the clerk to contact the church suggesting that the PC get some competitive prices for the mowing as Cllrs felt the costs were rather high. Council also considered a grant to the Hamsey Festival. Estimated costs are about the same as 2014, approx. £2400. Cllr Ginn proposed a 50/50 split on costs with the village hall trustees, seconded by the vice chairman Cllr Dodd and agreed by all. Work is underway on the footpath in Beechwood Lane. The clerk was very pleased to report that she had applied for and been given a grant of £24,000 towards costs from the South Downs National Park authority. This will mean PC can finance their share of the costs without taking out a Public Works loan. The clerk was asked to reply to a resident concerned with parking congestion. The PC is aware of the problem and are looking to find a solution. Cllr D’Arienzo will be speaking to the Rev Bastide regarding parking at church events. Council was pleased to note that a response from ESCC has said that the 166 bus service through Offham is no longer under threat of cuts apart form the last bus back from Lewes at 6.45pm. The 121 and 125 services through Cooksbridge will follow a new timetable in an effort to retain an hourly service. The clerk will contact ESCC again to request early sight of the proposed timetables. The Cooksbridge Station Partnership were thanked for their very comprehensive response to the train consultation. The Hamsey N Plan is close to going out for inspection. For the period of December to January there were 10 recorded crimes: Four thefts, one vehicle crime, one burglary, two criminal damage and two other/violence. Cllr Ginn is waiting for LDC to arrange another meeting to discuss the PC request for all parish councils to have a vote at planning committee meetings.

PLANNING APPLICATIONS: LW/15/0035 Baulcombes Barn, The Drove, Offham: Construction of a timber framed barn to house tractor, trailer, tools and wool. Refused. LW/15/0017 Elm Cottage, Cooksbridge. Demolition of existing lean-to side extension and rear porch and construction of single storey rear extension with side porch entrance. Granted. LW/14/0970 3 Wellington Cottages, Cooksbridge. Conversion of storage areas to form one bedroom dwelling. Granted. LW/14/0905 Ground Floor Left Station House, Cooksbridge. Change of use from shop (A1) to photographic studio (B1). Granted. LW/14/0712 Former Hamsey Brickworks, South Road South Common. Outline Planning Application. Redevelopment of industrial estate with 12 x B1 (business) units and enabling residential development of 49 units. Pending consideration. APP/P1425/A/14/2220421 Land at Gradwell End, Mill Lane, South Chailey. 40 nursing and dementia rooms and 40 extra care units with associated support facilities. Granted.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: The chairman considered a date for the AGM and this will be on Thursday May 21 at 7pm. To be followed no earlier than 7.30pm by the annual meeting of Hamsey Parish Council.


SLOW BROADBAND: As Rosemarie wrote in last week’s column, we live in hope of better internet connection here in Falmer. In the meantime it seems to have got much worse recently, slowing to the kind of crawl that allows you to go and make yourself a cup of tea while waiting to connect. Things can only get better.

CONCERT: The concert given by the Roedean School Senior Musicians last Saturday was a delight. This was a display of real talent in the making. Cellist Theodora Goode was particularly impressive playing Tarantella by W H Squires, as was soprano Tillie Ng singing Bernstein’s Glitter and be Gay, but it was a marvellous show of talent and hard work from all the girls involved. The next concert will be on April 18, more details soon.

ART PROJECT: Artist Judith Alder came to St Laurence last week with her cameraman Sam and they spent about an hour filming in St Laurence. Judith is hoping to get the project (mentioned in last week’s column) finished later this year and the work will be first shown at the Phoenix gallery in Brighton. I am hoping that we will be able to show the piece at our St. Laurence Easter show 2016. In the meantime Judith is looking for someone with pet mice who would be willing to let them be filmed. If you would like to have your mice starring in an artwork, please get in touch (number at the bottom of this page) and I will pass your details on to Judith.

EASTER SERVICES start this Sunday with the Palm Sunday service. We will be meeting at the village hall and then processing around the pond to the church. The service starts at 10am. Thursday, at 7.30pm we have the Maundy Thursday Liturgy, on Friday April 3 the Good Friday Liturgy will be at noon, on Saturday April 4 at 7.30pm we have the Easter Vigil with Easter fires and the launch of our Bethany to Jerusalem exhibition followed by a bring and share party in the village hall. The Easter Day Liturgy will be at 10am on Sunday April 5.

EASTER GARDEN: Work has begun on our Easter Garden at the front of St Laurence. This has become a regular event and people really enjoy seeing it. We will be adding to it as the week progresses and hopefully it will be finished by this Sunday. Apparently the only plants that rabbits won’t eat are daffodils so I hope we can put a defensive ring of them around the outside and infill with other spring plants. My sources in Falmer South tell me that the rabbit population over there has declined dramatically in recent times, so maybe we won’t have a problem with the plants being eaten. I think a mass migration must have taken place with the rabbits heading off, Watership Down style across the bridge to Falmer North because we certainly don’t have a decline in numbers here. The other day I was watching our bird feeders and apart from the birds there were about four squirrels and a couple of rabbits merrily munching away on the grass underneath.


INDOOR BOOT SALE on Sunday in Laughton Parish Hall. Doors open 10.30am. Refreshments available. More information 01323 811385.

JUMBLE SALE: Also, Jumble Sale to be held in Laughton Parish Hall on Saturday May 9. Doors open 10.30am. Jumble wanted. More information 01323 811385.


CONCERTS: Every fourth Sunday of the month 2.30pm to 4pm starting on Sunday April 26 there will be a concert at Westgate Chapel, High Street. The first of these concerts will set the pattern of three performances of 30 minutes each. The first one will feature Murray Shelmerdine, Steve and Diane Nevill and Bing Lyle. The second concert on May 24 will feature Stuart Reed, Vic and Tina Smith and Stuart Reed. All the proceeds from the concerts will go to support the activities of the self-help group for disabled people, The Oyster Project, Admission for the concerts will be £5 which can be bought on the

door or in advance from Oyster Project members free. The doors will be open by 2pm with tea, coffee, cakes and scones on sale as well as a small licensed bar.

BARN DANCE: There will be a barn dance in Westgate Chapel today, Friday, at 7.30pm with these Lewes musicians: Zacky Frizell (bass guitar), Michi Mathias (fiddle), Mary Motley (melodeon); Tina Smith (concertina); Vic Smith (mandolo, caller). Admission on the door (£5) or in advance from Oyster Project members free. A big thank you in advance to all the performers who are giving their time and talents for free for this really worthwhile charity.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Our fundraising tea in Ringmer last week raised over £245 towards building a new maternity wing at the Mont Cyangugu Health Centre which we support in Rwanda. We also learnt from Bishop Ken Barham, who worked there for many years, about how reconciliation has allowed huge progress since the dark days of the genocide. Diary dates: Tomorrow (Saturday) 10am-noon, our eco team are having a spring tidy of the church grounds so any volunteers (with tools) to help will be very welcome. During Lent we have early morning prayer sessions at 6.30am on Fridays. All are welcome for a time of quiet prayer and reflection. June 1 to 7 is Lewes Sings Gospel schools’ week, ending with a big concert at Brighton Dome on Sunday June 7. More details shortly. To help you plan your Easter, on Good Friday there will be an all-age service at 10am; while on Easter Sunday we will have a communion service at 9am and then all our morning congregations are together at 10am for a joint Easter celebration, including an Easter egg hunt. There will be the usual 6.30pm service followed by a party in the church at about 8pm to say farewell to Chris Steynor who has over the last 11 years taken on roles as diverse as youth minister, preacher, music minister and communications guru; and his wife Ali who was church secretary for three years but is best known for her beautiful singing. She has also spearheaded many social justice campaigns and organised our annual Fairtrade fair. Services this Sunday (Palm Sunday): 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary; 11.15am informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service. Please do come and join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY: Please come and watch, following Jesus through Holy Week. This Sunday is Palm Sunday. Join us at St Anne’s Church at 2pm and follow Jesus on His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Follow the procession down the High Street to Cliffe Precinct (alternative start point) where a crowd gathers awaiting the arrival of Jesus. Jesus heals a blind man, then the procession continues to Harvey’s Yard where more miracles unfold and Jesus enters the temple courtyard. Maundy Thursday, Priory ruins 8pm to 9.15pm the Last Supper, betrayal and arrest. Good Friday April 3, Cliffe Precinct 1pm to 1.30pm the trial and verdict, then procession to The Mount for enactment of the crucifixion. Easter Sunday, April 5, Priory ruins 3pm to 4pm the resurrection scenes. Email or visit our website at


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL staff and children are in their final week before their two weeks Easter Holiday. On Friday morning they will be going along to South Malling Church for their annual Easter Service in two sittings, infants first and then the older children in Key Stage 2. They will be taking home an invitation to an Easter Craft and Activities morning in church on Saturday April 4 between 10am and noon to join with others in a variety of activities connected with Easter, including an Easter Egg Hunt. The Head and staff wish them a happy and refreshing holiday and look forward to seeing them again on Monday morning April 13 at the usual time.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH is also preparing for Easter. Church members have been delighted that rehearsals for the Passion Play have been taking place in the church since the beginning of the year and look forward to its unfolding of the Easter story which begins this Sunday (Palm Sunday) with a procession from St Anne’s Church from 2pm. The service at Malling on Sunday will be an informal cafe service where the congregation can sit together with coffee and biscuits while the service proceeds. They are welcoming members from St John sub Castro and Revd Dick Field will be talking about the significance of this day which celebrates Christ’s entry into Jerusalem where the crowds, expecting a Warlord, found someone rather different. The service begins at 9.30am and all are welcome. In the coming week (Holy Week) there will be a joint service on Good Friday at Southover Church and Easter Sunday Communion at South Malling at the usual time of 9.30am. On Saturday April 4, children of primary school age are welcome to the popular Easter Crafts and Activities morning mentioned in the school section above. Usual Holy Week Services have been reduced this year so that members can watch the Passion Play, which finishes on Easter Day at 3pm, in the Priory Ruins.


ST ANNE’S CHURCH: We recently held a very successful family service on Mothering Sunday. All members of the congregation received beautiful bunches of flowers which had been created by members of the congregation. At the end of the service the congregation were able to see the various activities that the children had enjoyed during the service under the guidance of our churchwarden Jackie Bishop. During Holy week at St Anne’s there will be services at the following times: Palm Sunday, 8am Holy Communion with distribution of Palms, 10am Sung Eucharist with distribution of Palms and Dramatic Gospel Reading, 2pm Lewes Passion Play procession leaves from outside St Anne`s. Monday, 7.30pm Meditation on the Stations of the Cross, Tuesday, 10.30am Holy Communion.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Each class had £10 seed money to start fund raising for Red Nose Day. We wanted to work extra hard to raise money this year to support the focus on every child having an education, which links with our Rights Respecting Work. Classes used their money in a wide range of ways and organised cake and jumble sales, tombola’s, talent shows, marathons and parties. Some grew seeds and the Nursery made a money tree. In total we raised £2511.21, including the sale of noses and donations for non uniform. This is a fantastic amount, which will make a real difference, especially when it is match funded by the Government. Thank you and well done to everyone. Netball League are still playing strongly in the league games. Both teams won both of their matches this week; well done. Following on from winning our Lewes District Tournament last month, Wallands attended the Partnership Tournament in Eastbourne. The Wallands A and Wallands B teams came together to become one team and played seven games in a round robin against the other winning teams in their area. The team should be very proud of themselves; their excellent play and sportsmanship was commented on by many other schools and the referees. The team, captained by Edward Cooper, won all of their games, to make them convincing winners and they will now go forward to represent the South Downs area at the School Games finals to be held at the K2 stadium in Crawley on July 8. Huge congratulations to the whole team. Skakespeare’s Tempest Production: We are still looking for long necked bottles and glass jars; please leave in the box in reception. Tickets are on sale now. Pick up an order form at the front desk, £2 adult, £1 child for April 11 at 7pm. For more information contact Jo Taylor 07842085246.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Palm Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev Sheila Foreman with the Sunday Club meeting for children. On Good Friday we will have worship at 10am led by Rev Geoffrey Gordon and on Easter Sunday we will be having a 10.30am service with Holy Communion led by Rev John Gordon and at 6.30pm evening worship led by Rev Geoffrey Whitfield. Looking further ahead we have our Messy Church event on Friday April 10 from 10.30am to 1pm. The theme will be Healthy Body - Healthy Soul. This event is open to anyone of any age and there will be craft activities, worship and lunch. There is no charge for the event.

GAVIN DOES NEW YORK: The Postcards from the Edge 2015 show by Visual Aids in New York was a great success and my painting titled Oh No! sold within the first few hours to a lady who also wanted a large commission piece to be created. (You can see more details about this at I’m also currently collaborating with a print company in London who would like to use my designs in a more commercial way, such as creating prints, posters, cards etc.

ST MARY’S SUPPORTERS CLUB: Bingo on Good Friday, 8.30pm start with cash prizes and a raffle all welcome.


MARKET: Today, Friday morning the Newick Country Market will be open from 10am to 11am in the village hall. Please note that the market will be open on Thursday (Maundy Thursday) and not on Good Friday. From 10am to 11am. There is a good selection of vegetables plus many other tempting goodies for you to purchase, you can also enjoy a cup of coffee or tea.

BUSY DAY: Tomorrow, Saturday, is a busy day in Newick. In the morning there is the coffee morning and jumble sale in the Community Centre from 10am to 1pm. Headway Hurstwood Park are holding a community fundraising event. Why not pop along and help raise much needed funds for the rehabilitation centre based in Newick. If you have any jumble that they could sell please telephone Katie on 01825 724323. They cannot accept furniture or electrical items. In the afternoon the horticultural society will be holding their Spring Show in the village hall from 2.30pm. This is a real village event and you can catch up with all the people you have not seen over the winter months with a nice cup of tea and of course homemade cake.

DON’T FORGET to adjust your clocks tomorrow, Saturday evening. Sorry one hour less in bed, but the evening’s will be getting much lighter.

CHURCH SERVICES: This weekend Palm Sunday Services are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) and at 10.30am Morning Worship. There will also be Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services, you will have to check the Church Magazine for the times. Everyone most welcome at all of these services.


SPRING SHOW: Be sure not to forget the Horticultural Society’s Spring Show in the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) from 2pm. Apart from some no doubt stunning displays of spring flowers, there will be plants, flower arrangements, vegetables, cookery, handcrafts, wines (you may even get to taste them), exhibits by children, plant stalls, refreshments and plenty of opportunity to pick up gardening tips from enthusiastic members eager to share their knowledge. Then maybe enjoy a cuppa, a cake and a chat. Absolutely everyone welcome to go along and take it all in.

A REAL WALK: On Sunday the Footpath Society will meet up at the car park off Falmer Road, Woodingdean (TQ356 064) at 10am prepared to set off on a six mile hike round Woodingdean, taking in a medieval drove road, and undulating lane plus the possibility to take lunch at the Downs Hotel. All welcome, but to find out more ring 01273 891701. Then on Wednesday the gathering place will be Romany Ridge car park on Chailey Common (TQ378 208) at 10.30am. Then it will be off ion a trek of 3.7 plus 2 miles taking in Walford Farm, Wivelsfield Farm, Wildnerness Wood, then a stop for lunch at Inn on the Green be4fore setting off for Neal Farm and High View. More details on 01825 723716. Non-members of the society always receive a warm welcome.

GREAT NEWS ON THE BUSES: Despite County Council cuts in subsidies, Compass will commercially take on the 166 service (connecting Lewes, Plumpton and Haywards Heath) commercially and it is to run on five days a week during off peak periods (school holidays) with a little help from ESCC. Presumably fare increases will apply, but at least folk will not be confined to the village on the expected five days a week and will be able to go shopping and even keep hospital appointments. But it doesn’t stop there. The 824 service to Burgess Hill will be replaced by services 167 And 168 which, together with the new TS4 service, will then give an unprecedented connection to Burgess Hill on five days per week. ESCC will be funding the 167 and 168. SussexBus.Com recently launched the TS4 service of its own volition.

READY FOR EASTER? There will be no need to rush off outside Plumpton during the Easter break if you enjoy a day at the races. The usual, highly popular East Festival will take place at our home course on the Sunday and Monday when there will be two Totepool Family Racedays. These events really are for the whole family will great racing and attractions for the whole family. If the weather is kind there will be plenty of space and opportunity for picnicking centre course as well. Full details on To enjoy a day at the races one does not have to be a gambler and there is absolutely no obligation to place a bet if you do not wish to. There is the thrill of some excellent jump racing featuring top class runners and riders and plenty of other things to do and see.

EASTER IN CHURCH: Services start this Sunday, Palm Sunday, with Holy Communion in All Saints’ at 8.30am and the Sung Communion at 10.30am. On Maundy Thursday (April 2) at 8pm in All Saints’ there will be Eucharist of the Lord’s Supper and Watch. Then on Good Friday there will be a Devotional Service at East Chiltington at 3pm followed by The Good Friday Service at All Saints’ at 8pm. On Easter Sunday Holy Communion will be held at 8.30am at All Saints’, then Sung Communion at 10.30am and Evensong at 6.30pm.

CAN YOU VOTE? A few weeks ago my wife received a letter from Lewes District Council informing her that she was the only one at our address recorded on the electoral roll. What happened to me, I asked myself as I appeared to still be breathing? We moved into our current home in May 1984 and since October of that year have appeared on the electoral roll every single year. I have been a parish councillor for the past six years, but suddenly I seemed to have disappeared. I immediately contacted the electoral department at LDC and later was told that I had been added to the roll. I subsequently received a reply to an email stating that, following a change in the system, LDC had submitted its report to the Department for Work and Pensions but that I had not been picked up on its records. Funny that isn’t it? I have been on the roll since 1984, have been on the Parish Council for six years (elected on two occasions and never co-opted) and have been receiving a state pension for over 10 years, yet I apparently did not exist. If you want to vote in May perhaps you had better check out your status.

SUCCESS FOR VINYL: I gather that the recent charity concert staged by Plumpton’s own The Vinyl Capris was well attended and a great success, raising funds for the new sports pavilion and Plumpton FC. There could be a reprise, I believe, so watch this space.


COFFEE MORNING: The bowls club spring coffee morning will be held tomorrow (Saturday). Please come and join us. There will be a raffle, tombola, cake and a table top sale. Entrance, 50p to include coffee and biscuits. We will be there from 10am to noon at the bowls club. If there are any new people who are thinking of joining us, do come a long and have a chat with a member. We are a very friendly club.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: Palm Sunday at St Mary’s is a little bit different: You are invited to join the choir in processing to the village hall at 9.20am to join the Baptist Church for the beginning of their service. We shall then return to St Mary’s to start our own Family Eucharist at 9.45am. This service includes a Liturgical Reading of the Passion. At the 6.30pm service, we shall be joined by St Anne’s choir to sing the sacred Cantata Olivet to Calvary by JH Maunder. It recalls some of the incidents in the last days of Jesus’ life on earth and promises to be a moving start to Holy Week. Do join us if you can. Easter Services at St Mary’s: Maundy Thursday, 7.30pm Eucharist and Vigil; Good Friday, 9.15am Act of Witness at the Shopping precinct, 10am Children’s Bun Service and noon one hour devotional service; Holy Saturday, 7.30pm Vigil and Eucharist; Easter Day, 9.45am Eucharist with cross of flowers and noisy Gloria (bring a flower and an instrument).

COUNTRY MARKET: Please remember that the Country Market takes place in the village hall each Tuesday from 10am to 11am. Everything on sale is home made, home grown or hand crafted. They sell a variety of sweet and savoury baked goods as well as preserves, local honey, cheese, eggs, greetings cards and other craft items. This Tuesday there will be special items for Easter on sale and lovely plants for the garden. The market will not be open on April 7 but will resume each Tuesday from April 14.

CHILDREN’S CENTRE: Free Easter Event for families of children aged 0 to 5 years and their siblings at the Children’s Centre in Greater Paddock on March 31, 10am to noon. Arts and crafts, face painting, Easter egg hunt, messy play and more to be discovered. For more information call 01273 336950.

FLOWER CLUB: The next meeting is on Wednesday at 2pm in the village hall when members who wish to do so can create their own flower arrangement instead of watching a demonstration. Bring a container and foliage, flowers will be provided. Other members can enjoy the opportunity to get to know one another, with tea, cream scones and a quiz.

ST MARY’S ART GROUPS: Art Exhibition and Sale, in St Mary’s Church Room. Good Friday, April 3, 10.30am to 4.30pm, Saturday April 4, 10.30am to 4.30pm, Sunday April 5, 2pm to 4.30pm, Monday April 6, 10.30am to 4.30pm. Free entrance tea/coffee and biscuits. Please come, we will be pleased to see you.

WI: At the March Meeting members had gathered in the expectation of a pop-up shop by M&Co only to be disappointed as the local M&Co area manager had told the shop that they were no longer to offer this service. Fortunately at the very last minute Ffion Wilkes agreed to come and talk about her work as an Extend tutor and explain why we all needed to exercise more. She soon got those present waving their arms and promising that in future they would stand on one leg when they clean their teeth to improve their balance! The speaker at the meeting on April 7 is Raymond Hale and his subject is A Stroll Along an English Country Lane. This might inspire the plans for the next WI walk. Visitors and new members welcome. For more details contact Jay Kendall (07845 143664) or Norma Phillips (813897).

Rodmell & Southease

PARISH COUNCIL: The annual parish assembly on Friday March 20 was very well attended. Katy Bourne, the Sussex police and Crime Commissioner, was the keynote speaker. This slip of a girl, who looks so young to hold such a position, spoke well and answered questions, with a sense of humour at times. PCSO Nathan Kingston was introduced to us. You can talk to him about anything in your neighbourhood that matters to you email Twitter @LewesPolice mobile 07584 274087 or landline 101. Jude Le Patourel, our broadband expert, updated us on the latest news from East Sussex County Council. Would anyone like to join the parish council? The current seven parish councillors have all served a four-year term which ends in May. Any local resident may put their name forward to serve on the next council. At least two of the seven councillors will not be seeking re-election having done a really good job over the four years for which the village is extremely grateful. On behalf of the village I would like to thank Paul Denerley (chair) for his dedicated work on behalf of the village and also Judith Bradbury (parish clerk) and one of the nicest people I know, for all the hours she puts in and her dedication. Judith has taken over from Catriona Grant as Rodmell Resident of the year which is a title she really deserves. She was presented with a lovely floral display.

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES: Here are some of the village clubs and societies you may wish to join: Botanical Art Classes are held in the village hall on Thursday and Friday mornings, 10am to 1pm; Rodmell Book Club meets once a month in the pub; Rodmell Coffee Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month, usually in the village hall but occasionally in a local garden; 1st Rodmell and Northease Cub Group meet on Thursdays in term time from 6.30pm to 8pm in the village hall.