Parish Pump Lewes - March 30 2012


SNOOKER NEWS: Home game to Uckfield on Monday, March 19: Harry Stewart 11 John Hunnisett 53, Derek Stewart 4 Alex Dadswell 56, Doug Blackford 28 Steve Roberts 58, James Stewart 38 Sam Mitchell 48, Simon Fox 18 Adam Carn 59. Last match of the season and lost all five frames. Not a great season for the club as the league shows. Bottom of the only league: BMC played 20-34pts, Peacehaven A, 20-29pts, LWMC B 20-29pts. Next season starts in September, so hopefully we will still have enough interested people to continue. I know it is some way off but if there are players who could turn out on some Mondays during the winter months then please contact me (Derek) on 01273 400993. With only one division we and seven other clubs are at a disadvantage but if our youngsters continue to improve the future could be bright.


A CELEBRATION was held at Chailey Heritage School last Tuesday to mark the start of building work on the new Futures Life Skills Centre. Each of the children and young people had a helium balloon and after a few words from the president of the School, Verena Hanbury (granddaughter of Dame Grace Kimmins who founded Chailey Heritage) and a grand countdown the balloons were released. The Futures Life Skills Centre will offer day provision not only to residents aged 19 to 25 but also to young disabled adults in the wider community. For more information visit

JUMBLE SALE is at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 11am (not midday as I advised last week) in aid of Chailey Bonfire Society. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated and can be delivered to the hall from 9am. Please go along to the sale, support the bonfire society, and you will be sure to get some bargains.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion with procession at 10am. On Thursday there will be Holy Communion at 7pm and on Friday April 6 at 2pm the Good Friday Liturgy. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am and at 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the services. The new Alpha Course starts at the Free Church on Thursday May 3 at 7.30pm and more information is available by calling 01273 890182 or emailing

CRICKET CLUB nets are at Plumpton College on Sunday from 4.45pm to 6.15pm. Whether you wish to play league cricket on Saturdays or friendly cricket on Sundays, on a regular or less regular basis, you will be made most welcome.

DIAMOND JUBILEE Celebrations will be discussed at a meeting of residents at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Monday 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

PARISH COUNCIL: Planning and Environs committee of the parish council meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

WI members and guests took a walk over the Commons guided by Ian Seccombe, vice-chair of Chailey Commons Society, at their March meeting. Ian showed members photographs of the Commons through the seasons, capturing the flora and fauna particularly the elegance of the oak and birch contrasting to the tiny delicate flowers and fungi. The next meeting takes place at the village hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm when Edward Padget will tell members of the Life and Legacy of Stanley Holloway. Visitors as always will be most welcome. For more information call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

STORAGE FACILITY is still required by the bonfire society, not for the pyrotechnic stuff as that is all taken care of. A double garage or some hard standing is needed on which to erect a garage (or something similar) to store scaffolding, staging, fencing and hardware that need to be under cover. Call Trevor Smith 01273 891008 if you have any suggestions or are able to assist in any way.

COACH OUTING to Iping and Stedham Commons Midhurst, with a guided walk with the ranger over the reserves managed by the Sussex Wildlife Trust is being organised by the Chailey Commons Society on Saturday June 16. The coach will leave the sports club car park at 9.30am and return at about 4.30pm. The cost is £12 and bookings are essential on 01825 722841.

PHOTOGRAPHS: Old cricket club photographs, fixture cards, scorebooks are sought to enable Chailey CC to increase their historical records. They hold scorebooks from 1969 and it is very likely a former secretary decided to ditch any earlier books, unless someone knows of their existence in which case they would love to borrow and record the details they hold. So far the club has a database that includes 1,369 games since May 1969. 519 players have turned out for Chailey over that 42 year period. Were you one? For a copy of your individual record or to loan the club details or inform the club of the whereabouts of pre-1969 information email or call 07904842128.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Palm Sunday at St Peter’s Church are as follows: 8am Holy Communion, Sunday Club in the Rectory 10.15am and Parish Communion 10.30am with Palm Procession (with donkey). This is a very popular service, especially for the children who get the chance to have a cuddle with a real live donkey. On Maundy Thursday there will be Sung Eucharist of The Last Supper. On April 6, Good Friday Service (The Liturgy) 10am.

EASTER SATURDAY: The church will be decorated for this most lovely of seasons on Saturday Morning, April 7. Judging by the wonderful weather we are having there will be masses of daffodils, primroses etc, but gifts of flowers and foliage will, with lots of help, be much appreciated by Caroline Featherstone who oversees the decorating. Gather in the church at 10am if you would like to help.

EASTER DAY: April 8, Holy Communion at 8am, Sunday Club in the Rectory at 10.15am, Family Communion 10.30am (followed by Easter Egg Hunt in the church grounds).

MOTHERING SUNDAY: The Rector reports that the special Mother’s Day service was a very happy occasion and the church was packed. Sixty people attended the Sunday brunch in the church hall following the service.

JUMBLE SALE: Anita Walker, who this year took over the running of the jumble sale to raise funds for the village hall, reports that it was a very successful afternoon and raised over £700. She would also like to thank all those who helped do sorting on Friday, helped at the sale, and those who donated items.

OPEN GARDENS: A reminder that the gardens at the Bradness Gallery, Spithurst will be open over the Easter weekend, Sunday April 8 and Monday April 9, from 1pm to 6pm, for the National Gardens Scheme charities. Free parking, entrance £3.50, children free. Tea and cake £3.

FOXHOUNDS: Whilst looking through another pile of Courthouse photograph albums, I found an old newspaper cutting that my father-in-law had pasted in between photos of the Arab horses. It must be quite old as it is a picture of hunting in Iraq, which is a meet of the Exodus Hunt of the 110th Company of the Indian Army Service Corps at the RAF headquarters at Hinaidi in Iraq. It says that British foxhounds and Arab horses are used for the hunting of jackal and foxes. Anything that mentioned his beloved Arab horses was always hoarded, along with pictures of various breeds of dogs which he also loved. Another thing I found, which I had packed away following Derek’s retirement after 50 years of commuting to his office at London Bridge, was the collection of pictures that he had hanging in the office. Like his father he was a hoarder and his hoard was mostly pictures of the grand liners, most of which were painted by the company with anti fouling paint. One of the pictures is a copy from a newspaper entitled Panorama with the Royal Yacht Britannia at anchor opposite the Tower of London as the RAF formation of Hawks and a Tornado hurtle over the glittering Thames. The picture was taken by Richard Cooke and is fantastic. I don’t know when the picture was taken as there is no date, but it made me feel quite sad to see the Royal Yacht Britannia moored as I remember seeing Her Majesty the Queen wiping away a tear when she attended the decommissioning of Britannia. Thanks to Derek and his father being such hoarders I can look back on a lot of interesting history. I should confess that I have probably followed in their footsteps as I too like to save things.

LITTER: There are some very devious people around as they must wait until after dark to discard their unwanted rubbish. Recently I had calls to tell me about a cooker that had been dumped in Beechwood Lane, fortunately that has now been cleared, but I am not sure about the fly tipping which is very near to Hamsey CP School and had been there for nearly a year. I contacted the land agents nearly a year ago when it was first reported to me and was told that it would be cleared within a fortnight but nothing ever happened. I have now been told that LDC are dealing with it. As it is at the back of the school it should have been dealt with promptly.

WASTE TREATMENT SITE: There has been much concern about the screening around the site in Offham and further letters had been received from concerned residents. The parish clerk has written to request some hedgerow be planted. The response was that they could not plant unless requested to by the landowner and the landowner is of the opinion that once the landscaping is established it will become less visually intrusive. At the last parish council meeting, council discussed the works at Offham and the application which had been considered by the previous council in March 2011. The landowner was asked for his opinion on the work carried out. He felt some of the items did not look as they had been presented in the application and were quite obtrusive but may tone down over time. The landowner will be asking for these items to be addressed. The clerk has received a number of letters on the subject. Council asked the clerk to reply that the Offham treatment works site will be an agenda item for the next parish council meeting and will be discussed again. Cllr Rendall asked if a hedge might be planted to hide the works but there are large gates which could not be concealed by a hedge and the ground within the compound is concrete so a hedge could not be planted. If a hedge was planted outside the compound the landowner would need to erect a fence around the hedge to protect it from damage by livestock. I have had calls from former residents who still have very happy memories of when it was a village cricket pitch and feel quite upset to see the field in its present state. I am sure this discussion will be a long drawn out one.


PCC: The annual general meeting of the parochial church council took place last Sunday. Reports were received on the many events over the last year including the monthly concerts, the flower festival, Sunday teas and the Art and Soul at Falmer exhibition. We also heard about the difficult situation facing St Laurence along with many other churches. With running costs for the building climbing ever higher and a large contribution towards the salaries and housing of the clergy needed by the diocese it is hard to see the way forward. Fortunately, for the time being, we and others are being subsidised by the diocese, but it is a situation that can’t last for ever. One very positive factor for our church is the number of families with children attending services. St Laurence is very welcoming of families and has a space dedicated to youngsters where they can draw or read while the service is going on. We also learned that Father Andrew will be taking his last service at St Laurence on June 3. Although we have been expecting this, it will still be a sad day when we say goodbye to Andrew who has served the parish with such dedication for so many years and who is held in great affection by all of us. On a happier note we are all delighted to learn that Jeffrey Lake has been successful in his application to be put forward for eventual ordination into the priesthood. Jeff will do his training at Southwark Cathedral.

PIGEONS: There is always something going on around the pond. Last Sunday a man was releasing pigeons from their cages. The pigeon-fancier comes from Eastbourne and periodically he brings the birds out to Falmer, releases them and they fly back to Eastbourne. The only problem being, the various birds of prey that are keen on pigeon meat. Apparently he can lose up to five pigeons a year from predation and often has his birds returning in a rather sorry state, having been attacked on their journey. Last Sunday was the birds’ first outing after being kept in during the winter. I hope they all made it back safely.

UNIVERSITY: The University of Sussex has put in an application for a third phase of their Northfield residential development. If permission is granted, this will provide a further 150 study bedrooms for the ever increasing numbers of students attending Sussex. Also of interest from the university are a number of short films made by students as part of a competition. You can view the prize winning films on the university’s youtube channel.

TELLY: We have been driven mad by the poor reception on our television over the last couple of weeks. It appears that we in Falmer can receive a signal from Whitehawk, Coldean or Heathfield. Well, we are pointing at Heathfield and the picture on most channels has been appalling. We were particularly disappointed to miss half of the opening episode of the new Titanic series. I understand that atmospheric conditions can cause other channels to interfere with the signals; but knowing that doesn’t really help. I suppose we can catch up online. Would we be better off if we were pointing at Coldean or Whitehawk? Anybody else out there with problems?

EASTER GARDEN: The Palm Sunday Eucharist will be at 10am on Sunday. We will have a procession with palms (weather permitting) followed by the dramatic reading of the Passion according to St Mark. For details of the other Easter services see the noticeboard or look at our webpage www.achurchnearyou/falmer-st-laurence After the Palm Sunday service, at about 11.30am, we will be building the Easter garden at the front of St Laurence. Do come along and help. We’ll have home-made cake and tea and would welcome donations of spring flowers, compost or elbow grease. I hope you can come.


CHURCH SERVICES: The following Services will be held over Easter: Palm Sunday, 9.45am Family Service; Maundy Thursday, 7.30pm Holy Communion; Good Friday, 11am Meditation at the Foot of the Cross; Easter Day, 9.45am Family Communion. In addition, on Good Friday, there will be a simple lunch of soup, rolls and cheese in the parish hall starting at noon (immediately following the service in church). Entry is free, but donations please at the lunch to Caring & Sharing, a charity which raises money for projects in poorer countries throughout the world.

THEATRE PRODUCTION: The Synergy Theatre, last seen in Kingston a year ago, will be returning to the parish hall on four evenings from Wednesday April 11 through to Saturday April 14, at 7.30pm on each evening. This time it will be a double bill of two short plays. Suzannah by Jon Fosse is the story of Mrs Henrik Ibsen, while in Alan Bennett’s Her Big Chance (featuring Louisa Adams, a Kingston actress), we meet Lesley, a would-be film star. Tickets at £5 each are available from Brian Simmons (474303) or the company’s box office on 01273 301444. More information on the company’s website


MUSIC: Starfish Youth Music present The Official, Blank Frank and more tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm at All Saints Centre. Admission £5.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Village Hall, Ditchling 10.35am to 10.55am; Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 11.15am to 11.45am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.45pm; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.50pm to 1.20pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2.25pm to 2.50pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 3pm to 3.40pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.50pm to 4.20pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.15am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.45am to 11.15am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.45am to 12.05pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 12.15pm to 12.40pm; South Rough, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm; Oldaker, Newick 2.25pm to 2.55pm.


CHRIST CHURCH: Sunday is Palm Sunday and our worship at 10.30am will be led by Rev Michael Davies and during this service there will be a distribution of palm crosses. Evening worship at 6.30pm will be led by Rev John Gordon. On Maundy Thursday we will be joining with South Malling Church for a service of Holy Communion at 7.30pm. On Good Friday our minister, Rev John Gordon will be leading the service at 10am. Last week we had 16 children at our new Little Fishes Group. The next meeting for Little Fishes will be on Wednesday April 18 when the theme will be a barbecue on the beach with Jesus. On Friday April 13 we have our school holiday Messy Church from 10.30am to 1pm. A warm welcome awaits you at Christ Church this Easter.

DON’T FORGET the Nevill website - for vital local information. There are details of free home insulation available only for the next six months, details of the local East Sussex Credit Union, and changes to bus services.

DOG BLOG: I am getting lots of pat pats at the moment on account of my poorly leg which I hurt during a particularly frenzied play with one of my friends and when I went out today a nice lady massaged my muscles which made me feel soppy. I do forget about it sometimes like when I hear my bowl being filled or if I see a cat. Chris says this has made him feel dubious which I hope doesn’t hurt as much as my leg. Well at least it’s got their attention away from the millions of boxes blocking my way to anywhere. Do they really need all that stuff? If it wasn’t for my limp I don’t think I would get any attention at all but at least they remembered my Saturday bone though I don’t see why I have to eat it in the garden, it smells amazing. I have been told I have to be good on the day we move everything to our new house. Big lorries will come here and men will move all the boxes and I must not get in the way or run out of the door so I might have to sit in the garden or the car for a while. I will get a special moving day bone as a treat and I must not be sad to leave here even though I love it so much because I will be with my family and am allowed to come back for my favourite walks sometimes when I might see my friends. Also I will love my new big garden which has hiding places and sunshine as well. I just hope they remember which box my dinner is in when we get there.

LAST PP: We are moving to Ringmer today, Friday, and so I can no longer be the PP correspondent for the Nevill Estate. I have loved collating the PP since November 2007 and adding my own thoughts now and then. I especially enjoyed the stories some of you shared with PP readers about the history of the Nevill. A big thank you from me to regular and occasional contributors. I hope that the next Nevill PP correspondent will inspire more of you to share your news, notices of forthcoming events and feedback from these events. We have been very happy living here on top of the hill for 25 years and five weeks, with great neighbours who will be lifelong friends. Until you see a new address, please continue to send anything you wish to be included in the PP to me and I will pass it on to the Sussex Express. I would like to finish off by saying how great it was to be running a mile (five times around the running track) at my school last Friday afternoon in the baking sunshine to raise money for Sport Relief. It doesn’t matter that I was lapped many times by children half my size, or by the student teacher who was running backwards; I did it. I did have to stop a few times to get my breath back and to give my jelly legs a break but I didn’t give up despite the howls of laughter from supportive pupils and staff. Finally, Mick will really miss sharing his blog with you but feels very lucky to have been indulged by the Sussex Express and PP readers for such a long time. He loved your messages and letters and being recognised when he was out and about. Being in the limelight suited him.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open from 10am till 11am today, Friday, in the village hall. There will be no market on Good Friday, instead it will be on Maundy Thursday. You can purchase spring flowers and plants and shrubs for the garden. There are many more vegetables stalls now supplying the market With a good variety of produce, they also have eggs, preserves, and many baked goods, selection of cards and handicraft. You can also have a natter and enjoy a cup of coffee.

HAT SHOW: Don’t forget that today, Friday, in the sports pavilion from 7.30pm there will be a Hat Show by Top Hats (ladies designer and fascinators for hire). Licensed bar and free raffle. Tickets £6, telephone 01825 724209 or 07801 599355. All the proceed will go to Help for Heroes. Gentleman you are most welcomed to come along.

CHURCH SERVICES on Palm Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family Service at 10.30am, everyone welcome. If you require a lift to church please ring 01825 722582 in advance.

CROSS COUNTRY: Newick Scouts proved that they were the best in the recent Lewes District Cross Country Event. Tristan Fordham won a gold medal in the senior race and the team won the Senior Pack Trophy. Charlie Taylor won a silver medal in the junior race and the team won the Junior Pack Trophy. Well done to all those who took part.

TAI CHI: Village Tai Chi Everyday Fitness. Lisa Sang is a fully qualified insured instructor in Tai Chi. Most of us understand that exercise is good, but never get round to a class or we might try a class, but not continue. The reasons are well-researched and Lisa is sure you will have used at least one type of fitness. This is where Village Tai Chi comes in to help you. Have you ever watched a baby get fit? They are constantly making small movements of their limbs sometimes fast, sometimes slow and from this get toned, agile and able to walk. Tai Chi is like this, and the fitness you gain is really effective because it fits in with your everyday lives, and something you can do when watching TV, cooking, the list is endless. A Village Tai Chi class is specifically geared to make fitness become something you can do every day by offering delightfully simple, yet challenging and progressive balance and strength exercises. Eventually you can gain better aligned body and better aligned body prevents backache, muscular pain, fatigue and helps decrease the wearing of joints surfaces, that could result in Arthritis. Tai Chi is growing in popularity and that is the reason Lisa will hopefully commence classes at Chailey, Fletching and Newick, for further information on classes day or evening please telephone 01825 721020.

RUGBY: The rugby club first XV team will be playing Eastbourne II and the second XV play Crawley II, and both appear to be at home.


POSTMAN MATT: Matthew Watts, our regular village postman, has now revealed why he cut off that ponytail. He is in training to run the Brighton Marathon on April 15 to raise funds for St Peter and St James Hospice. If you would like to sponsor him in his efforts for our local hospice there is a sponsorship form by the post office counter in the village store just waiting for you to sign. Bim will lend you his pen, but not his money.

SPRING SHOW: Pop along to the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) from 2pm to witness the delights of the spring flowers in the horticultural society’s spring show. There will also be plants, vegetables, floral arrangements, cookery, crafts and wine to inspire your interest. Refreshments will be available so you can sit and chat whilst gathering all sorts of useful tips.

PALM SUNDAY: There will be a special Praise Service in the Sunday Half Hour series in All Saints’ Church on Sunday at 10am. It will be followed at 11am by Sung Eucharist. The theme of the celebration will be The entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.

TOP SALE: The jumble sale last Saturday took over £1,200 to provide funds for the village Jubilee celebrations and the organisers are grateful to all those who offered support with help on the day, donations of jumble, cakes and prizes and, of course, all the buyers.

TWO WALKS: The Footpath Society will meet up at the top car park at Plumpton Racecourse on Sunday at 2pm before setting off on a five mile local jaunt taking in East Chiltington church, White House Farm, Warningore Wood, Novington Manor and then back to the racecourse. More details on 01273 890055. Then on Wednesday the meeting point will be the lay-by at Arlington Reservoir (TQ529 065) at 10.30am ready for a four and a half mile trek to Sessingham Farm, Primrose Farm, Bates Green then a stop for lunch at the Yew Tree before returning to the reservoir. More information on 01323 490908.

STOOLBALL NEWS: Ladies the season is fast approaching and our local stoolball team will be commencing practice sessions at the playing field on Tuesday, April 17 at 6.30pm. Seasoned players should, therefore, start to prepare their kit and anyone who may be interested in joining in this Sussex game can get more information on 01273 890785 or 890450. New players are always welcome, be they novices or stars.

RUGBY LATEST: Plumpton RFC travelled to top of the table Hove at the weekend, putting in a physical display but losing 29-3. Plumpton steamed into Hove from the off, featuring a side containing 11 forwards and Plumpton used their physical superiority to boss their opposition. This however left them exposed to a quicker Hove back line who managed to score all their tries out wide. The game was a good spectacle for the large crowd, with no missed tackles, some thundering hits and impressive ball handling. Plumpton’s points came from a Lewis Beale penalty, Beale getting under the skin of the opposition all game. Nigel Box, Brodie Forest and Rob Blake were the pick of the forwards, with impressive yardage from Sam Bates and Ben Carter in the back line. Man-of-the-match however was Colm Evans, his second half runs from fly-half showing his class. Plumpton now have a week’s rest before travelling to Littlehampton in their final league game, with Bognor having pulled out of their final game with the plums already.

QUALITY STREET: There was a high police presence in Plumpton on Monday, much to the surprise of residents. It was part of the Quality Street enterprise of Sussex Police where regular visits are made to locations throughout the district to discuss and address local problems. A number of households were apparently canvassed in advance and some of the activities centred on the perceived problems of speeding and parking. Interestingly over 150 vehicles passed through Plumpton Green in one and a half hours. Several were caught exceeding the speed limit and some had defective vehicles. Such operations are designed to create awareness of dangers, which are often illustrated quite graphically to offenders, rather than to impose penalties and I gather that this can be very effective prevention, which is surely better than cure.


LENTEN LUNCH: The last Simple Lunch for this year will be held in the Church Room today, Friday, from noon to 2pm with thanks to Thelma Saunders and Shirley Squires.

COFFEE MORNING. Ringmer Bowls Club’s Spring Coffee Morning is being held tomorrow, Saturday, in their pavilion from 10am to 11.30am.

EASTER FAIR: 1st Ringmer Guides are holding this fair in the Scout Hut tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 4pm. Admission £1 to include refreshments and a free draw into their Easter Cake raffle. Children free entry.

SPRING SHOW: The RBL Horticultural and Home Produce Society Spring Show is tomorrow, Saturday, in the village halls and the doors will open to the public at 2pm. There are number of classes comprising flowers, flower arranging, cookery and preserves and handicrafts and the very popular photographic section. The exhibits will have been judged and the show gives you the opportunity to meet friends whilst commenting on the judges’ decisions. The show closes at 4.30pm, and all exhibits left behind are auctioned for show funds.

FOOTBALL CLUB: On Wednesday, March 21, a football match was played at the club in memory of Danielle Price, who sadly passed away last Summer. The club would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came and watched the match and contributed to a wonderful evening. A total of £486.55 was raised for the benefit of Ringmer and District Youth Association which Danielle put a lot of hard work into. A wonderful evening and a great way to remember an amazing lady. Thanks also to Tom Argent for organising the event. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are at home to Redhill hoping to follow up last Saturday’s 3-0 win with another victory and ease out of the relegation zone. Kick off at The Caburn is 3pm. The second team travel to Shoreham on Saturday, also a 3pm kick off chasing more points towards their Reserve Section East title challenge. There is no fixture for the Youth Team this weekend at the time of going to press and the Veterans don’t have a fixture until they defend their title in the final of the Fred Pretty Cup, having beaten Cuckfield in the semis last weekend, at the end of April. However, some of the veterans will be in action in a charity match in memory of ex Ringmer player Duncan Ralfe when Ringmer Old Boys play Woodingdean Old Boys at The Caburn on Sunday, April 15.

MOZART’S REQUIEM: Do remember the performance of this work by the East Sussex Community Choir and Corelli Ensemble being given tomorrow evening, Saturday, at 7.30pm in St John’s sub Castro Church, Lewes. This should be a lovely evening of music so do try to get along to it. Ticket £10 (students and U15s £5) available on the door.

EVENING WI: At its meeting on Tuesday, Heather Woodward of the National Trust will be the speaker and her talk is entitled Scotney- A work of Art and Nature. Meeting commences at 7.30pm in the village hall.

FLOWER CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday, the club is lucky to have as the demonstrator Stephen McDonnell and his demonstration is entitled Out of Asia which should be fascinating. Stephen has won gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show and many prizes at national and international shows. Members competition is Fantasia. The club is always pleased to welcome new and old friends. The meeting commences at 2pm.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on March 21 were: 1, John Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams; 2, George Montgomery and Nigel Osmer; 3, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall.

THE PETITION to save the old Forge and its forecourt has been a great success with well over 600 signatures. If you would still like to sign up copies are available, until the end of next weekend, at McColls, MIddletons, the village hall, The Green Man and now also at the Busy Bee garage.

Rodmell & Southease

LOVELY WEATHER: What lovely weather we are having. I am really enjoying getting out into the garden and it’s wonderful to see what is popping up from under the ground, much of it earlier than last year. The magnolias of Rodmell are an absolute picture at the moment so let’s hope any hard frosts we get won’t turn them brown.

SPRING SHOW: The future looks bright for Rodmell Horticultural Society’s Spring Show tomorrow, Saturday, 2.30pm to 4.30pm in the village hall. Admission £1.

THE JUMBLE SALE last Saturday was very successful. It was in aid of WI finds and the ladies were very pleased that almost everything went. Many thanks to all helpers. I’m afraid my contribution was doing the publicity, giving jumble, and taking left overs to Raystede, but not helping on the day as I was waiting for B&Bs to turn up.

WI: Rodmell and Southease WI had a local speaker come to give us a talk about Herbalism. Haskell Adamson is located in The Herb Loft, Lane House Mill Lane 07842 192614. I am a believer in herbal medicine and have in the past been treated by herbalist Julian Barker of Hove, as have my mother and other family members. Haskell gave a very interesting talk and encouraged members to try herbal tea for relaxation. He finds lots of his herbs locally on the Downs. My father and friends used to shoot rabbits a lot for food, during and after the war, to help with peoples meat rations and it was always known that rabbits shot on the Downs had sweeter meat because of the herbs they ate.

CAMPER: The first camper turned up to camp in the orchard last weekend and was entranced by the daffodils, violets and wildlife around. The pheasants around here are getting very cheeky and now sit on the fence outside the back door with all the other birds waiting for their breakfast.

OUTING: I took a friend to Spring Barn Farm Park last Saturday. We had a lovely time and she loved the baby animals. I could not help wondering how farmers are going to get on this year feeding their animals, as grazing will not be good if we don’t get more rain, and hay will be scarce. It will be quite a worry for them.

WATER: It looks as thought with the drought situation we shall all have to appreciate the water situation and not waste it. It always amazes me how many people wash their cars several times a week, with hoses, when a bucket of water suffices. Are they making sacrifices to the car god whilst the true need for water is being ignored?

MANY people have been wheezing and coughing along this valley since around December. I have had two bouts of this awful bronchial affliction, and it’s not nice. You sneeze a lot with a burning sensation in your nose and throat and a really bad tickly cough which seems to last forever, leaving you short of energy. Let’s hope the sunshine will rejuvenate us.