Parish Pump Lewes - March 29, 2013


ST ANDREW’S CHURCH will have an afternoon of fund-raising on Easter Monday. Ray Maulkin and friends will entertain with a short recital of popular music to relax and enjoy. Then tea and cakes will be on sale followed by bell ringing. Everyone is welcome; there will be a retiring collection.

THE CLERGY HOUSE will be holding its annual Easter Bunny Hunt during the holidays from March 29 to April 14. Those who find the bunnies hidden around the cottage garden will receive a chocolate Easter treat. There will be a charge of £1.50 to take part in the Bunny Hunt. Booking is not necessary. The event is sponsored by Cadbury’s who will also be supplying a face painter on East Sunday and Easter Monday for all bunny hunters. The Clergy House is open from 10.30am to 5pm with last admission at 4.30pm. Normal closing days are Thursday and Friday but there will be a special opening on Good Friday.

WI NEWS from Wendy Day: At the end of February members had a very enjoyable and informative guided tour of McBean’s orchid nursery and were amazed to hear varieties of orchid are to be found growing in every environment except deserts. We left with tips that hopefully will allow our own plants to grow healthily. At the March meeting Mrs Heaseman introduced us to the art of quilling and some intricate and attractive cards were produced. Some members purchased equipment and plan to practice the craft at home. (nb Quilling is a type of ornamental craftwork in which paper or fabric is shaped into delicate pleats or folds). The next meeting will be on April 16 and will be a talk on The Mysteries of Japanese Culture. Visitors are welcome and may consider joining.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: The Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Twinning Association has been established. The first AGM will be held in the evening of May 7. Invitations for membership will be available throughout the village or by contacting Babette Kundrat on 01323 871492 or email Individual membership is £10, family membership £15. The talks between representatives of Veules les Roses and Alfriston have been going on for some time and now details of future plans and exchanges are underway. Veules les Roses, a village not unlike Alfriston, is situated along the coast, a few miles from Dieppe.

ROADS OPEN: I am writing this on Monday and can only state it is hoped and expected all road works will be completed by Easter and visitors will come to enjoy Alfriston and all it has to offer. It will also be possible to admire the newly laid Tarmac and enjoy driving without fear of coming across a large pothole. The new drains will not be visible for admiration but we all appreciate them. The road crew has worked very hard with some of them also being responsible for gritting the main roads during the continuing cold spells.


GOOD FRIDAY: BBS Easter Treasure Hunt in Wild About Barcombe Pump House Field, today, Friday, 11am to 2pm. £2 entry. Everyone gets a prize. Fun questions for children of all ages. Simply follow the trail, hunt the questions, write down the answers. When you’re done hand in you answer sheet for your prize. Stay on and play in the woods, enjoy some hot chocolate and cake by the fire or try your luck on the tombola.

NEW ACTIVITY: The Keep Fit with Legs, Bums and Tums is going to be every Monday 8pm to 9pm starting on April 8 at the village hall. It will be a fun, mixed ability class for men and women incorporating cardio work, toning and stretching. If people don’t have their own mat there will be mats available to borrow. The class will usually be £5 but is free on April 8. For more details contact Claire Lyons on 07773 194040 or

FOOTBALL: Mowatt Challenge Quarter Final: Copthorne 5 Barcombe 0.


EASTER at St Andrew’s Church. If you are able to help with decorating the church tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am please contact Jane Lucy on 898209. Anyone wishing to make a donation towards Easter lilies and flowers in memory of a loved one should contact Jane 989209 or Hilary 896567.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no evensong at St Andrew’s Church on Sunday April 7. (United Benefice Evensong with Benediction will be held at St Peter’s followed by drinks at the Rectory).

COFFEE MORNING: The Bishopstone and Norton community coffee morning will not be held in March as the last Friday of the month is Good Friday. The next one will be on Friday, April 26.


CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. The Revd John Maskell will also be in church on Saturday from 8.30am to 9.30am and everyone is invited to join him in prayers. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Easter Breakfast is at the Free Church on Sunday from 9am (to book call 01444 471600), followed by a service with Tim Griffiths at 10.30am. There will be an evening service at 6.15pm with David Muzzell. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the services. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

PCSO: Do you have concerns you would like to discuss with PCSO Steven Knowles our local community officer? If so you can meet Steven at the Sports Pavilion, North Chailey, on Tuesday at 7.30am. Please use this opportunity to discuss those concerns and/or chat to him about his role and the day to day activities he undertakes to help keep our community safer.

WI meet, at the village hall, on Tuesday at 7.45pm when Hilary Sterling will give an illustrated talk The Crafty Potter, covering the history of pottery through the ages. There will also be a demonstration of techniques. The group are always glad to welcome prospective members and guests, to their meetings, for whom they make a nominal charge of £2. For more information call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

OPEN DAY: Final open day at the Life Skills Centre, at Futures@ChaileyHeritage, is on Thursday. If you are thinking of using this facility (which is for young adults aged 19 to 25 years with a physical disability), or if you support someone who is interested in using it then do go along. There will be the opportunity to chat to key staff, guided tours and demonstrations of equipment and facilities which include a fully accessible kitchen and utility area where young adults can learn about preparing meals and undertake general domestic tasks. A gym with specially adapted equipment, a sauna and spa bath, an ICT suite, an arts and crafts room with a small kiln for pottery and a living skills area. A sun lounge will also be available for other classes such as pilates, yoga and circuit training using specially adapted equipment. For more information or to pre-book a session call 01825 723723.

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday April 5 when the parish clerk with be at the Coffee Stop from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

LIVE MUSIC is at the Five Bells on Friday April 5 at 8.30pm with the Whiskey Beats.

JUMBLE SALE, in aid of Chailey and Newick Brownies, is on Saturday April 6 from 11am at the village hall. Jumble wanted please, on the day from 9am or ring 07904124031 for local collection.

THE CRICKET CLUB are looking for new players if you are a batsman, bowler, fielder or you would just like to play a game of cricket you will be made most welcome. If you have only played cricket occasionally there is the opportunity to play regularly or occasionally, on Sundays, in friendly fixtures. Alternatively there is the chance to play a more competitive game on a Saturday in Division Two of the Mid Sussex Stoner League. If you would like to find out more about the Club call David on 01273 890777.

cooksbridge, offham & hamsey

GOOD FRIDAY Service at St Peter’s Church. (The Liturgy) 10am.

EASTER SATURDAY: It is tomorrow, Saturday, that the church will be decorated for Easter from 10am. Gifts of flowers and greenery will be most welcome and lots of help with the decorating please. I hope no one turned up last week as the gremlins had been at work on the Sussex Express and I need to correct a few more errors they made.

EASTER DAY: Holy Communion 8am, Sunday Club in the church hall 10.15am. Family Communion 10.30am followed by Easter Egg Hunt in the church grounds.

JUMBLE SALE: Report should have read Anita Walker and not Angela and their email is and not tomy. To the Rector, Rev Derek Bastide his email is and not dandy.

OFFHAM FARM will have an Open Day on Easter Monday and will then be open until Sunday April 14.

AFTERNOON CLUB: The Monday Afternoon Club will meet on April 8 in St Peter’s Church Hall at 2pm. Tea and chat. Lifts available by contacting Judith on 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

PARISH COUNCIL: At the recent Hamsey Parish Council meeting a resident reported her concerns about flooding in Ivors Lane, Hamsey which occurred over Christmas and New Year causing damage to property and danger to road users. The ditches were cleared in January but this needs to be an annual task, especially if we continue to have prolonged wet weather. County Cllr St Pierre asked if it would be possible to change the day of parish council meetings to avoid a clash with other parishes she represents. Unfortunately the village hall is only available Thursday or Friday.

PLANNING: There were several planning applications under discussion which included the Malthouse, Cooksbridge for Replacement Outline Planning Permission. Change of use and conversion of former village hall to four residential units and erection of bin store in adjoining car park and (renewal of Listed Building consent). Council has no objection. Land adjoining the Malthouse, Cooksbridge: Replacement Outline Planning Permission. Erection of a detached dwelling and garage relocation of sub-station (renewal of planning approval) parish council object on grounds of over development. The other application which has caused concern is the Rainbow Inn, Cooksbridge who are seeking permission for Listed Building Consent which involves erection of side and rear extension to the Inn, refurbishment and alterations to adjacent stable and storage building to provide additional service accommodation, cold storage and overnight accommodation. Parish council object on grounds of over development and lack of parking provision. Also concerns over, the stream which runs by the proposed building and overshadowing the neighbouring dwelling.

FOOTPATH: There was an update on the Beechwood Lane footpath. The council received a report from County Cllr R St Pierre. The PC were presented with a costings sheet for provision of a footway and crossing island. There is a meeting (today) at County Hall to consider the provision of the footway. Cllr St Pierre, Parish Cllr Mike Dodd and a representative from the village hall Trustees will attend. PC discussed a contribution towards the work as this is likely to be the only way to get any progress. The PC chairman, Cllr Harmer, proposed a contribution of no more than £12,000 seconded by Cllr Armstrong. Three Cllrs in favour, one against. The contribution was agreed but PC wants the minutes to record that in their opinion all the funding should be made available by ESCC. Cllr Dodd is to seek matching funding from the hall Trustees.

WORKING WITH LDC: There was an update on working with LDC to obtain funding for improvements to Offham. Cllr Armstrong, Cllr Bates and the parish clerk will meet LDC and SDNP on April 22 to discuss possible improvements.

CORRESPONDENCE: The PC noted all correspondence received since last meeting. The chairman, Cllr Harmer declared an interest in one item of correspondence to be discussed. Cllr Dodd took the chair while council discussed screening at the Offham Treatment Works and asked for this to be an agenda item for the May meeting.

HAMSEY HERITAGE PROJECT: The project is nearing completion with the walks leaflet near to being printed. The display panel above the chalk pit will be installed in May.

FOOTWAYS AND PARKING: Cllr Bates has researched parking solutions at Chailey St Peter’s and amassed some useful information. Also contacted companies supplying green parking products. Cllr McBrown reported some disparity between the head teacher at Hamsey CP School and the Governors regarding parking provision on the school field. The PC will ask if they can send a representative to the next Governors’ meeting to discuss a possible way forward. Cllr Ginn is still progressing a solution to dangerous parking at the junction of the A275 and Malthouse Way.

CHILDREN’S ART: The Cooksbridge Station Partnership has enlisted the help of children from Hamsey School to brighten up the station. In a recent project children explored the importance of chalk to the industrial history of Hamsey Parish and produced artwork to illustrate what they had learned. A selection of this is now on display in the station waiting room. This is just one part of a programme to improve facilities at the station, which will be showcased at an Open Day on June 28. The Station Partnership is also actively campaigning for an increase in the number of trains which stop at Cooksbridge.


RAVE: Very early on Sunday morning we heard people walking down the lane, talking loudly but quite happy. It was only when my husband took the dog for her morning walk, he discovered there had been an all night rave on the top of the road. The police were in attendance later. Was it really fun to be out all night in that freezing weather with the NE wind blowing across the fields?

EXHIBITION: The art exhibition that Sue Barnes and friends are mounting in St Laurence church from this weekend until the weekend of May 3, is going to be out-standing. It is a visit not to miss.

MARATHON: The running Revd Dr Colin Lawlor completed his Barcelona marathon in 3hrs 54 mins meeting his target of running under four hours. Congratulations to him.

MEMORIES: We have lived in Falmer now for 46 years and it is only when meeting people who also remember times past, you realise how things have changed. I was reminded of an elderly man who lived in an old railway carriage in the woods, the children used to call him Sailor George. Every week he would catch the bus into Lewes and, somewhere, have a bath and sometimes a hair cut and return with a large piece of bacon, which Mrs Budd, who lived in Mill Street, would cook for him, and this he would make last for the week. I banned my children from pestering him, and not until they were adults, did they tell me they used to visit him, and he would give them sweets.

glynde & beddingham

WOMEN VERSUS CANCER: My daughter Louise and I would like to say thank you for all the lovely raffle prizes and generous donations in aid of Women versus Cancer, but the biggest thanks must go to the few hardy souls who made it to the venue on Saturday.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Wakehurst Place was the rather different venue for our last Tuesday walk. We met for coffee in the wonderful new visitors’ centre and then divided into two groups each with a specialist guide to take us around the estate. We learnt about the history of the estate and how it came to be a National Trust property and how the gardens are now managed by Kew. We admired the vast collection of trees and plants from around the world, and the new projects taking place, many with children in mind. Some of us were taken down to the large lake which had recently been dredged and the vegetation around it cleared, at great expense. Apart from the Winter Garden with the lovely fragrance of Daphne everywhere and other winter blossoms, the gardens were holding their breath for the arrival of warmer weather and we were all resolved to come back in a few weeks to see the spring flowers and bulbs in all their glory. Thanks to Bert for organising the day. The next walk will be on Easter Monday and will be at Blackboys. Meet at top North Street car park 9.30am. This is the first walk of our Summer Programme available from the Tourist Information Office.

GARDEN SOCIETY: Margaret Sheppard will be speaking at the meeting of Lewes and District Garden Society, on Wednesday, about the gardens of the Roman countryside: from Hadrian’s Villa, through some of the great Renaissance gardens, to the beautiful romantic garden of Ninfa. St Thomas’ Hall, Cliffe High Street, 7.30pm for 7.45pm, £3.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL had a very busy last week to an exciting term. Last Friday was a well attended Open Afternoon for parents and carers, who went into their children’s classes to look at their work and learning during the past term. Also, on Monday, parents of children learning the guitar were treated to a concert showcasing their work and development. Children attended the school’s Easter service in South Malling Church on Tuesday morning. They had helped prepare the service by selecting songs, poems, prayers and readings to celebrate Easter. School Governor, Rev Al Pickering led the service and they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. After school on Tuesday, Governors, Friends of South Malling (PTA) and the staff of the school celebrated the end of a productive term with a tea party in the hall. On the last day of term, children produced a huge array of cakes as part of the Easter Cake Challenge. The cakes were judged by Mr Ball and Lisa and the winning entries got an Easter themed prize. After school the cakes were sold in aid of the Friends of South Malling. This has been a great season for South Malling Wanderers, the school’s Under-11 football team. Playing football has been made difficult this season by the very wet weather. Lots of games were postponed due to flooded pitches, or played on what seemed more like mudbaths than grass. When all the games were eventually played, the school team came out at the top of their league, finishing in grand style: unbeaten after 12 games. They were victors in nine of those games, and scored a grand total of 83 goals. They also made it through to the quarter-finals of the U-11 cup. In the process, they enjoyed their games, learned a lot about themselves and how to play together as a team and earned a reputation for good sportsmanship. Now the club is looking forward to next season. The school wishes everybody a happy and healthy Easter and looks forward to seeing children and parents again on Monday April 15 for the beginning of Term Five.

PARISH CHURCH: Today (Good Friday) there will be service of meditation at 10am and church members will join the Walk of Witness at 6pm in town. Tomorrow, Saturday, children are welcome to a big Easter Eggstravaganza in church from 10am to 11.30am for toddlers and primary school age children. This combines art and craft play with an Easter Egg hunt. On Sunday there is the Easter Communion Service at 9.30am. Next week, April 7, there will be a United Service with St John sub Castro and the following week, April 14 will be the Vicar’s final service here at South Malling Church. This will be a Family Service and there will be a presentation to Al Pickering and his family during the service and a reception for them at 3pm. All are welcome to both events. From April onwards, the Family Service will move to the second week in each month.

THE MONDAY CLUB are an over sixties group who meet on Monday afternoons in the Community Centre to socialise and play Bingo and Hoy. They also enjoy outings to beauty spots, places of interest, events, and other excuses to get out together and have a thoroughly good time. Despite the limiting effect of our winter weather, they are gradually putting together a programme for the coming months and first on the list is a trip to Eastbourne’s Winter Gardens on Tuesday, April 9, to see We’ll Meet Again.

mobile library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 10.40am to 11.10am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 11.30am to noon; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.40pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2pm to 2.30pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 2.45pm to 3.15pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.40pm to 4pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.30am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.30am to 11am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.15am to 11.35pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 11.45am to 12.10pm; South Rough, Newick 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Oldaker, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm.


MY BLOG: Good to see we have some assurance over St Mary’s Social Centre in the Express last week. We must keep supporting this valuable asset, as we have seen without an active and vigilant committee we might not have had the same result. We are in 2013 and the driving force behind councils and government is finance. Words from Cllr Page key objectives community benefit, regeneration, risk mitigation (whatever that is) and financial return. So the slogan Use it or Lose it will be the watch words for the future. My wife attended the Wallands Fashion Show (see below) and said it was a great fun night with the children, parents and a few teachers showcasing some of our local shops whilst raising money for Patina. The compere was very entertaining too.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Last weekend a Jumble Sale raised over £900 for the school grounds project: well done and thank-you to Zoe and her team who ran the event. The school also raised a total of £944.50 from the sale of red noses and fund raising events on the day, so a big well done to all the children and adults involved. The money has been sent to Comic Relief.

PATINA FASHION SHOW: Well done to all who helped out with the Fashion Show last week. It was a great collaborative effort culminating in a brilliant night, with the Wallands spirit well and truly shining through. We had top models, live music and even a visit from Wills and Kate. Many thanks also to the contributors: The Laurels, Susanne Wolf, Sage and Onion, Bridgens, Diana the Seamstress, Posh Stuff and Paul Clark. An impressive £400 was raised towards our Patina pot.

SPORTS EQUIPMENT: Many thanks to Steve Loader who has donated a set of hockey sticks to the school. These will help support the range and quality of sports provision already in place at Wallands.

SPORT: Wallands played their final league match on Monday and Mrs Taylor came back full of praise for the team. She reported they really came together as a team and played well, winning their final match 4-0 placing them joint fifth overall. Really well done to the team. The netball team played in the South Downs area High 5 netball finals consistently well as a team winning all of their games and achieving the maximum 25 points. Wallands returned with the shield and are now excitedly waiting for their opportunity to go to represent the South Downs area at the Sussex Games in July.

PRODUCTION: Please continue to bring in any cans and glass jars you may have, and fairy wings still gratefully received. The collection box is in the crush hall. We would also be interested in collecting redundant tent poles, unwanted tent fabric and any broken/spare umbrellas. If you are curious to find out how we are going to re-use all these materials, get your tickets for our show, Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Saturday April 6 by contacting Jo Taylor on 07842085246 or by returning the form that came home in your child’s book bag.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, we will be holding Good Friday worship at 10am led by Rev Dick Field. Members from Christ Church will also be taking part in the Walk of Witness through the town at 6pm. Easter Day worship at 10.30am will be a service of Holy Communion led by Rev John Gordon. Next Friday we have our Messy Church event from 10.30am to about 1pm. This is a free event open to anyone who would like to spend a couple of hours with us doing craft activities based around the theme of New Life. After the morning session there will be a short act of worship and then a lunch. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: The monthly ploughman’s lunch will take place on Wednesday at 12.15pm, at St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road. All welcome, still only £1.50. Today, Good Friday, 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).


ST JOHN SUB CASTRO: Today, Good Friday, 10am Joint Good Friday Meditation on the Cross, at South Malling led by Rev Al Pickering. Then at 6pm starting outside St Pancras Church, all are welcome to join in a silent procession of witness, following the cross to the Mount in Mountfield Road. This is organised by local Churches Together in the Lewes area. On Easter Day at 11am Rev Al Pickering will take Family Communion.


EASTER GIFT: If you need a last minute gift to celebrate Easter pop on along to 2 Inholmes Cottages, a few yards north of Chapel Road. On sale will be seasonal plants some in baskets and hangings baskets. All proceeds go to the Plumpton Voluntary Driving Scheme which gets local folk to medical appointments at moderate cost.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion will be celebrated at East Chiltington church at 8.30am. At 10.30am there will be Easter Communion at All Saints’ church followed by Evensong at 6.30pm.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: All the best to Colin Burgess who is celebrating his 90th and still in fine fettle.

SAD NEWS: Somewhat belatedly I learned of the passing of Edgar Westbury who for some years was the Footpath Detective who wrote in the Parish Magazine. Edgar also distinguished himself by gaining a university degree very late in life.

COME RACING: There is an invitation from Plumpton Racecourse to join in the great Easter Festival on Sunday and Monday. It is one of the highlights of the season at our local course and a real family outing. Accompanied under 18s get in free and for the young there are many attractions. Admission prices start at £10 for adults. There will be an Easter Bonnet competition on Sunday with prizes for the under 5s and the over 5s. Peppa Pig will be there on Sunday and Rastamouse will be around on Monday. On both days there will be a funfair, face painting and an Easter egg giveaway. Desert Orchid jockey Colin Brown will be there on both days to guide you through the racing with features and interviews from the parade ring. For the racing enthusiast there is some good prize money on offer, totalling £100,000, which should ensure some top runners and riders are there to provide quality racing. Weather permitting there are plenty of picnic spaces centre course, but everything from snacks to gourmet meals will be available at the restaurant and various outlets. These include a hog roast and a local sausage barbecue. Gates open at 11am and racing will get underway at 2.30pm on both days.

OUT AND ABOUT: If you need to walk off all that chocolate consumed over the holiday why not join up with the Footpath Society on Wednesday? Meet at Partridge Green village hall car park off the B2116 (TQ194 192) at 10.15am ready for a walk taking in Lloyds Farm, River Adur, West Grinstead Park, Downs Link, taking lunch at The Orchards (off the A272) then return via Downs Link. If you need to know more just ring 01444 243463.

RUGGER WIN: Plumpton raised a bare squad on Saturday, missing key back-line players but still pulled off a win, 10-5 at home against Hellingly. A try from Dynamic Steve Blake, converted by his older brother Rob, who also kicked a penalty, sealed the win. Plumpton looked to be facing a tough game, bereft of key players, they put out a makeshift back-line, with a new fly half and back three combination. Hellingly steamed into Plumpton from the off and only strong tackling from Alex Aston, Steve Blake and Grant Restieaux kept the attack at bay. The game was extremely physical with a number of injuries and substitutions. However, it was also played fairly and at its physical best, great for the many spectators. Despite the problems Plumpton managed to score the first try. Refereed to a high standard, there were three yellow cards given to Plumpton during the game. The home side had their backs to the wall, playing half the 2nd half with only 14 men. The Plumpton attacking threat came from Justin Smith at Fly-half and Dan Franks in the centre. A simple try by the Hellingly replacement back row got them back in the game, but not before Rob Blake kicked a further long range penalty. With the scores at 10-5 it was still anyone’s game with 25 minutes left. But as both sides tired from a fast paced game on a sodden, but playable pitch, it was the superior defence of Plumpton that decided the match. Joint men-of-the-match Rob and Steve Blake. Both were outstanding in defence, attack and at set play. Final score 10-5. Plumpton now have a week off before playing Ditchling away on 6th April, ko 3pm,


SERVICES FOR EASTER: Today, Good Friday, there is a Service of Witness at the shopping precinct at 9.15am followed by a Children’s Bun Service in church at 10am. Commencing at noon in church will be the Three Hour Service of Devotion which will be led by the Revd Sally Epps. At 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, there is the Easter Vigil and Eucharist Service and on Easter Day Holy Communion will be at 8am, a Sung Eucharist at 9.45am and Evensong at 6.30pm. At the 9.45am service on Easter Day the congregation will place flowers on the Floral Cross so all are asked to bring a flower with them (not daffodils as the stems are not strong enough) and also to bring along something to make a joyful noise with (eg bells, drums, whistles, saucepan lids, etc).

ART EXHIBITION: Do try to get along to the Church Room over this weekend to view, and possibly purchase, one of the paintings on view being the work of the members of the Art Clubs. The exhibition is open from 10am to 4.30pm on Good Friday, Saturday, and Monday, and from 2pm to 4.30pm on Easter Day.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are away to Hassocks in an SCFL Div One fixture kicking off at The Beacon at 3pm. Meanwhile the Reserves are at home to Eastbourne Town in the Reserve Section Premier League also with a 3pm kick off at The Caburn. On Easter Monday the first team are in league action again at home versus new leaders Peacehaven FC and kick off time at The Caburn is 11am. Last weekend the Veterans semi-final was postponed and, at the time of going to press, has not been re-arranged.

FLOWER CLUB: At the meeting on Wednesday in the village hall at 2pm Robert Tunks will give a demonstration entitled Scissors and Me. Visitors (£4) and new members welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on March 21 was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett; 3, Pam Brook and John Weston. The next meeting is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall. The contact number is 01273 814220.

SPRING SHOW: The RBL Horticultural and Home Produce Society Spring Show will be held in the village halls on Saturday, April 6. 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 My Favourite Place, needlework and photography Weddings and Reflections. There will be two fundraising stalls at this show, one will be for produce, cakes and plants and the other for books and DVDs. 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 in the village hall foyer or contact secretary Albert Knight on 813322.

rodmell & southease

THE DULL and dreary weather is really getting people down and I think everyone feels they’ve had enough of it by now. Even those who have gone to supposedly warmer climes did not have much success. I have friends who went to Madeira and did not see the sun much at all, whilst others went to their houses in Spain and arrived in torrential rain which apparently goes on and on. My relations in various parts of Canada have been phoning me to say they have such heavy snow and temperatures are at an all time low.

SPRING SHOW: Despite the weather, it appears that Rodmell’s Spring Show in the village hall on Saturday was still a success as a steady stream of people visited it. Judith Bradbury tells me entries were a little down but is that surprising?

WI: The National Federation of Women’s Institutes have a Lady Denman Cup Competition 2013 to write a piece starting ‘If I were....for a day, I would …’ Members are required to fill in the blanks with a fictional account of who they would like to be for a day and what they would get up to. My problem is, I want to enter but can’t think who I would like to be. It will have to be someone unusual or quirky.