Parish pump Lewes - March 6, 2015


ORGANIST ANDY REES and his choir Coro Nuovo are holding a concert at St Peter’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm. Refreshments will be available in the interval. Tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door, to purchase a ticket call Nicola Lack on 01825 721107.

WHIST DRIVE, organised by Chailey Branch of The Women’s British Legion, is tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm at the village hall. All are welcome to attend; the cost is £3 for an evening’s entertainment, plate supper and prizes. For more information call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

ST PETER’S CHURCH Sunday, Holy Communion at 8am and an all age family service with Pete’s Puppets at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. The Free Church at South Chailey has services this Sunday at 10.30am and 6.30pm.

INFORMATION POINT is at Chailey Children’s Centre, in the grounds of Chailey School, every Tuesday morning from 10am to noon. This is an opportunity to chat and receive information, advice or guidance on money, budgeting, debts, bills and finance.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group club night is at The Horns Lodge on Tuesday from 8pm for a Picture Quiz. Anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars is invited to attend this meeting. To find out more about the group visit

LENT LUNCH takes place in St Peter’s Church on Thursday between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. Soup, bread rolls, cheese and coffee or tea will be served. Any donations will be given to Oscar’s Wish Foundation.

VILLAGE INFORMATION POINT session is at The Coffee Stop, Free Church on Friday March 13 between 10am and midday. Vera Grainger, the parish clerk, will be there to answer and assist with any questions you may have.

MEET AND GREET PCSO Steve Knowles who is visiting the Chailey Children’s Centre, in the grounds of Chailey School, on Tuesday March 17 from 10am to 10.30am. All are welcome to go along and have a chat and get advice about any community policing issues.

COMMONS SOCIETY meets at the village hall on Thursday March 19 at 7.30pm. There will be a talk by Roy Hale on The Search for Endangered Animals in Borneo. Ray has travelled to Borneo many times, in the last 20 years, and will give an illustrated talk on a few of the weird, wonderful and endangered creatures he photographed and explain why they are under threat from man. The talk will be followed by the society’s AGM. Visitors are most welcome to attend. For further information visit or call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

POST OF PARISH CLERK: The parish council regrets to advise that Vera Grainger has re-signed as parish clerk, with effect from April 17. The council is looking to appoint a parish clerk and responsible financial officer with drive, determination and organisational skills to manage a varied workload. In addition to managing the day-to-day work of the parish council, the post holder will work closely with councillors to plan and implement the aims and objectives of the council. The ideal applicant will have financial and administrative experience, the ability to deliver projects on time and within budget and be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for working with residents and local organisations. The council has asked the Sussex Association of Local Councils to advise on the appointment of Vera’s successor. Details of the post and an application form can be found at The closing date for applications is March 20 and interviews are expected to take place on March 31. To learn more about the post do contact Vera Grainger on 01444 831453 or by email

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Spring Show is at the village hall on Saturday March 21. There are classes for daffodils, narcissi, polyanthus and hyacinths and if you have any of these flowers in your garden why not take them along. The entry fee for each class is just 10p for members and 20p for non-members. Members of the society will be on hand to assist with presentation. You don’t need to worry that your entry will be up against those who have won many times before as there are novice classes for those with no experience or limited experience of showing. For a show schedule and entry form call Janet Keet-Black on 01273 400699, where you will also find details of the vegetable, flower arranging, handicrafts, art, photography, cookery and children’s classes.

OSCAR’S WISH FOUNDATION (OWF) was launched on February 14 to support anyone who has been affected by losing a baby before, during or after birth. The launch, on the green outside St Peter’s Church, was showcased in memory of baby Oscar Jensen. Friends and family gathered to remember his precious life and the lives of many babies by releasing balloons and messages written on sky lanterns into the sky. OWF is headed by Gemma Kybert, the mainstay of the Youth Group for years, and is a not-for-profit organisation offering comfort and support to parents, family, siblings and friends who have experienced the devastating loss of a precious baby. For more information visit

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Peter’s Church, 8am Holy Communion, 10.15am Sunday School in the hall, 10.30am Parish Communion followed by coffee in the hall.

REMINDER: The Monday Afternoon Club meet on Monday in St Peter’s Church Hall. Patsy Bailey will be speaking on Keeping Fit and Healthy. If you require a lift to the meeting contact Judith 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151. The afternoon ends with tea and delicious homemade cakes.

PARISH COUNCIL: East Chiltington parish Council met on Thursday March 5. Hamsey Parish Council meet on Thursday March 12 in the village hall, Beechwood Lane at 7.15pm (note the time). For those residents that wish to air their views or ask questions, up to 15 minutes only are available at the start of the meeting for this. It would be helpful to inform the clerk of any questions in advance. The public are welcome to stay and observe the rest of the meeting. Contact for clerk 01273 890621 or email

TODDLER TUNES Thursdays in St Peter’s Church Hall from 10am to 11am. Contact Judith on 01273 474356.

TRANSPORT: Dial A Ride is a door to door transport service using an easy access vehicle for people who find it difficult to use ordinary buses. Operating around Hamsey parish on Tuesdays and Fridays. Bookings and enquiries: 01273 517332.

BUMPS BABIES and Toddlers Group meet very Tuesday at the village hall. A drop in group for parents to be and parents. Tea and coffee available. Make friends and swap advice. No charge but NCT suggest a donation of £1.50 to the NCT.

CLASSES at the village hall include yoga, dancing, choir, wine tasting, classes and clubs for disabled and those with dementia and carers. Ask the hall manager for details on 01273 890621. Hall booking and enquiries on 01273 517332.

BEECHWOOD LANE ROADWORKS: Work will be carried out on the eastern section of Beechwood Lane and a short section of the A275 in Cooksbridge. Working hours are to be 9.30am to 4.30pm from Monday to Friday (no weekend working) and Beechwood Lane will remain closed after working hours. The road will be closed for a period of six weeks (approx.). Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the period of works. Footway safety barriers and signage will be in place to maintain pedestrian safety. There will be no impact on access for emergency services or on bus services for the duration of the works. The works consist of clearing vegetation in the verge (Beechwood Lane) and building a new footway on the northern side of the carriageway to provide a safe means for pedestrians to access the recreation ground and the village hall. An uncontrolled pedestrian crossing (no traffic signals) incorporating a central pedestrian access refuge on the main road (the A275) also form part of the works. This is a Community Match Scheme. Community Match is one of a number of initiatives East Sussex County Council have introduced to help local communities help themselves. The initiative gives town and parish councils and community groups the opportunity to take forward local transport improvements that are of importance to local communities but which may not be an immediate priority for the county council. If a town/parish council or community group commit to fund the cost of the scheme design and construction, ESCC will potentially match that funding. Any improvement schemes would be considered but priority is given to those schemes that will benefit the whole community and be most in line with the county council priorities. In this case Hamsey Parish Council applied for Community Match funding, provided a feasibility design and carried out the initial consultation in the community. The cost of the scheme is to be jointly funded by Hamsey Parish Council 50 per cent and ESCC 50 per cent. The works will be carried out in March/April. Beechwood Lane will be closed for the duration of the works and a well signposted diversion route will be in place. There are some works to undertake on the A275 and the traffic management employed will be Stop/Go boards for a duration of one week (approx). The village hall and recreation ground will still be accessible on foot for the duration of the works. There are no bus routes using Beechwood Lane so there will be no impact on bus services. It is hoped that the work will commence on March 9 depending on the weather. Details of the diversion route are available on Hamsey Community Website.


VERY PROUD: We are very proud to hear the news that Sue Barnes has had a picture accepted for exhibition at the Royal Water Colour Society, congratulations Sue. Those of us who have seen Sue’s paintings know that this is a worthy recognition of her work. Watch this column for details of the Easter exhibition in St Laurence church that will feature Sue’s work along with those of her colleagues.

CONCERT: Tomorrow, Saturday, we are looking forward to a concert of music by Jean Hubeau, Anton Diabelli, Henry Mancini, Friedrich Weber, Eugene Bozza and an arrangement by Marlatt of variations on Blue Bells of Scotland, performed by Karen Kennard trumpet and Raija Walker piano. This is the first time we have had a trumpet concert in St Laurence, and the acoustics in the church, will, I am sure, do justice to the sound of this instrument. The performance begins at 5.30pm, admission is free with a retiring collection.

On Sunday there will a second concert in St Laurence at 11.45am after the Eucharist service, a choir of young people called ‘Angel Voices’ singing to raise money for the Chestnut Hospice. We hope there will be many people who will come to support them.

A BLOIS SCHOOL EXCHANGE: In the 1970s my daughter, then a pupil at Priory School, went on an exchange visit to Blois arranged by the school. The visit led to a great friendship with the family and Veronique her exchange partner, and just last week my granddaughter visiting Paris, where Veronique now lives, met up with her and her daughter. I wonder how many other lasting friendships were made by these exchanges.

PARISH COUNCIL: Pond area tidy up tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 10am, volunteers needed. Peter Lenihan and Mark Gapper will be cutting back vegetation around the pond to tidy and improve this area. Help is needed to remove the vegetation and load it into trucks for disposal. Please wear gloves and bring a rake if possible. Coffee and cake in the village hall afterwards.


LEWES HISTORY GROUP talk on Monday, 7pm for 7.30pm at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road, Unlocking the Reeves’ Photographic Archive. Two years ago Brigitte Lardinois, a photographic historian and Lewes resident, approached Tom Reeves and his wife Tania with a proposal to map their archive which is housed at the Edward Reeves Studio. Their business has been in continual operation since 1855 and is likely to be the oldest still working photographic studio, run by the same family at the same premises, in the world. Brigitte will share her research strategy and discuss the plans for the unlocking of this archive. All welcome. Free refreshments. £2 members, £3 for non-members.

CONCERT: Former Priory School and Bhasvic student Alistair Gregg will be hosting a cake sale and concert in aid of the charity Restless Development on Sunday at 3pm, at St John sub Castro church, Abinger Place. Alistair has been selected to travel to Zimbabwe for 12 weeks with the charity, where he will undertake educational projects in rural communities. His placement is funded by the government as part of the International Citizen Service scheme, and any funds raised will go to the charity. The concert will feature a professional flute and guitar duo, Armonia, plus students from the Royal Academy of Music and East Sussex Academy giving performances on piano, violin, flute, clarinet and voice. There will also be a short choral performance following the workshop Baroque Blockbusters held the same day (run by John Hancorn and Ruth Kerr).

INCREDIBLE EDIBLE LEWES? In Todmorden, people plant vegetables all over town, could it happen in Lewes? Mary Clear, chair of Incredible Edible Todmorden will speak today, Friday, at 7pm upstairs in the John Harvey Tavern. Free entry, for more information see or ring 01273 477870. This small Yorkshire town has led the way in planting herbs, vegetables and fruit on public land and plots owned by businesses and organisations. This includes the police station, where they have aquaponic beds and lighting confiscated from cannabis farms. Every primary school is growing food and some have hens. People from all sections of the community are involved.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On our last Wednesday walk we started from the churchyard at Folkington. We noted the grave of Elizabeth David the cookery writer who introduced continental cuisine to the British table. From there the group of 15 followed an old coach road, now the Wealdway, to Jevington. The track was muddy and rutted in many places, which was probably no worse than when it was used by coach and horses. In the churchyard at Jevington is the grave of Lord Shawcross and his second wife, Joan. Lord Shawcross was the chief prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials and the first chairman of Justice, the human rights group founded in 1957. From Jevington we turned north-east and gently climbed to the top of Combe Hill. It is but 193 metres high but the 360 degrees views over the sea, Eastbourne, Polegate, the Weald and all other points of the compass makes the climb worthwhile. The precipitous descent tested our knees and our balance on some muddy and uneven paths. The walk back to the start through Wannock was pleasantly uneventful, though the last field did its muddy best to increase our height by at least an inch with the mud firmly stuck to our boots. Graham and Hilda were the leaders. The next walk is on Sunday, Bishopstone to Southease Youth Hostel where lunch is available at the café. Meet at Lewes Railway station in good time to catch the 9.29am train to Bishopstone. Our programmes are always available at the Lewes Tourist Office and new walkers are always welcome.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: On March 21, 9.30am to 5pm, come and join us for an interactive walk through the Old Testament. Transform your understanding of the bigger picture. Cost £14 including workbook, accompanied 11 to 16 years free (concessions available). Information leaflets are at the back of the church, which is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and on Sunday for services. During Lent we are having early morning prayer sessions at 6.30am on Fridays. All are welcome for a time of quiet prayer and reflection. We still need warm clothing, blankets and sleeping bags for homeless people in Brighton: a collection box is in the porch. Thank you for previous donations. Please remember that we have a number of rooms available for hire, seating between eight and 60, with kitchen facilities of various descriptions, loos, gardens and disabled access. To discuss details please contact the church office on 01273 470616 (Monday to Friday, 9am to noon) or Services this Sunday: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal communion service (church hall); 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please do come and join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY 2015 Group: Children, please enter our art competition. Anyone in Year 3 and above can submit an A3 or A4 picture of any event in any part of the Passion Plays. See our website or email for an entry form (details below). Could you help us with any or all of our four performances during Easter week? We are still looking for people, including families, to dress up as members of the crowd and Roman soldiers. Do you have your own costume? If not, we can provide one. However we do need help with costume and scenery making, and with materials for them. We should be very grateful for donations of fabric in earthy colours or which can be dyed (eg curtains, sheets). You can leave fabric on Saturdays at St Pancras Church lower hall or from 1pm to 3pm on Tuesdays at Christ Church upper hall, when you are also very welcome to join our team of stitchers. Or we can collect from you. Please email or visit our website at


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Each year, the school celebrates World Book Day. Reading is important all year round but the children really enjoy having a week with some special events to look forward to. All through the week this year, the school is celebrating by having grandparents in school to read to children. There are also two special events today, Friday: first, children are invited to dress as their favourite book character and also to bring the book the character comes from. Secondly, Drop Everything and Read. During the day a bell will ring and everyone will stop and read. The school is also collecting photos for their Caught Reading In Unusual Places display and assembly. The school choir will be singing at South Malling Church on coming Sunday.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH is looking forward to the school choir’s visit to this Sunday’s Family Service. The choir will begin the service with an opening song at 9.30am, so the church is urging people to be there on time or they could miss one of the choir pieces. Neil Chisnall, the Trinity Schools and Families Minister, who leads assemblies in the church schools linked to the Trinity group, will be giving the talk, a preparation for Mothering Sunday which comes in the middle of March, and the service will be led as usual by Peter Crees. All are welcome. The service begins at 9.30am.

CHECK YOUR ENERGY BILLS: Remember tomorrow, Saturday, at Malling Community Centre (10am to 3.30pm) and next Saturday, March 14, at Landport Youth Centre (also 10am to 3.30pm), the Energy Saving Network will be helping you to understand your energy bills and advising how you might reduce them. Take gas and electricity bills with you to this free event which is supported by Lewes Town Council and East Sussex Credit Union to help local people make the wisest choices of where to get their energy at the lowest cost. There is also help for people who might be struggling to pay their bills. See last week’s item for more information.


COME DANCING: Steps Line Dancing Club are holding a dance on Sunday March 22 from 3.30pm to 7pm at Wallands School with a singing artist. All line dancers welcome and if you want to watch and listen with your partner, you will also be welcome. Entry by ticket only. Reserve/buy your tickets this week from Val on 01273 477170. You can also find out more about line dancing classes for all levels in and around the Lewes area too if you are interested in learning for exercise and fun.

ST MARY’S SUPPORTERS CLUB: Please note: Bingo has been cancelled on March 6 and 20 and is now on March 13.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Bonfire Society will be holding a jumble sale at the Ringmer Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday. We will be collecting jumble on the Nevill Estate after 7pm today, Friday.

RESIDENTS’ MEETING: The next meeting is on Monday March 16 at St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road at 8pm. Speaker Gordon Bull, Chairman of the Lewes Neighbourhood Watch Association, will outline the benefits of Neighbourhood Watch groups and the ways they offer support and improve security in our community. Other local issues to be discussed include parking problems, the Community Orchard Project, Lewes Neighbourhood Plan, St Mary’s Social Centre and the Nevill Garden Trail. Please come along. Every Nevill resident is a member of the Association.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: On the last day of term, Mrs Taylor took the Indoor Athletics team to Horsham to compete in the Sussex School Games Finals. Nine areas of Sussex were represented by their winning schools. The children came back to school full of enthusiasm about their morning participating in various track and field events. Thank you to the supporting parents who went. The team finished sixth overall and were a credit to the school. Hi 5 Netball Tournament: There were 12 teams from seven different schools competing. Many of the coaches commented on how the standard of netball has improved and it was an impressive afternoon’s play with many close matches. We’re delighted to say Wallands 1 captained by Edward Cooper won and retained the trophy for the eighth year in a row. Both teams will play at the South Downs Area tournament on March 17. Well done to all the children who took part and thank you to the adults and children. Parent Georgia Butcher, a freelance digital marketer, has kindly donated her time to run and launch our very own blogging club; it has been called Wallands Warbler and is now live. Type in and explore. They have interviewed Emma Chaplin from Viva magazine and they will be interviewing MP Norman Baker next month and are always on the lookout for the next news item to blog about, so if you know of something that is happening in Lewes or school and would like the bloggers to shout about it, do let them know. If you have an interesting job and wouldn’t mind being interviewed or an event coming up, they can be found in the ICT suite after school on a Wednesday or write it down and leave with the office to forward on.

CHRIST CHURCH: The speaker at last week’s Thinktank was Emanuel de Kadt who is a visiting professor at Utrecht University. His subject was Religion in development: is it help or hindrance? He held that although faith-based organisations have made important contributions to development for example in hospitals and schools, religious fundamentalism was often opposed to development goals. Many of the audience joined in the ensuing discussion. The next ThinkTank will be on March 25 when Lindsay Frost will talk about handling a major emergency, the Lewes floods of October 2000. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev John Gordon and there will be a Sunday Club for children. Following the service there will be a church walk. We have now finalised the dates for this year’s summer holiday club. It will be held on July 29 to 31, 10am to 12.30am with a family barbecue on Saturday August 1. The theme this year will be Space Academy and the club will be open to reception children up to year 6. Details about how to book your child in will be available shortly. Next Friday the Tots group will be taking part in Red Nose Day with a bring and buy cake sale.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am to 11am. There will be a good selection of vegetables, homemade cakes and savoury items, plus flowers and plants and you can enjoy a cup of coffee.

LIVE MUSIC: Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be live bands playing in the village hall from 8pm till late. This event is being organised by the bonfire society. Admission by advance ticket the price will be £8 per person. Tickets are available The Royal Oak and The Crown you can also telephone/text 078 960 71481. This sounds like fun, enjoy.

DAY OF PRAYER: Just to remind you that the Women’s World Day of Prayer will take place at St Mary’s today, Friday, from 2pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am followed Family Service at 10.30am. On Thursday evening the Lent Course will continue in the Barn Centre at 7pm. Everyone most welcome.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will meet in the Community Centre at 2.30pm on Thursday when the speaker will be Paddy Cumberlege, his topic A Passion for Picture. For further details call 01825 722154.

QUIZ NIGHT: On Saturday March 14 the horticultural society will be holding a Quiz Night from 8pm in the village hall, so get your thinking caps on. You need teams of eight people. Tickets need to be purchased in advance and there will be a ploughman’s supper plus the bar. This is the society’s only big fund raising event and without this they would struggle to hold the big annual show. Please try and support this event. For details call 01825 724295 or 723658.

DIARY DATES: March 22, Newick Cinema will show the film Mr Turner in the village hall. March 26, Newick WI meeting in the Community Centre. Speaker Diana Page. March 28 Hurstwood Park will be holding a coffee morning with jumble sale in the Community Centre from 10am till 1pm. More details later.


FANCY LINE DANCING? Local resident Gina Andrew will be starting classes in Plumpton village hall on Monday. Beginners’ classes will be held between 10am and 11am and Improver (intermediate) will run from 11am to 12.30pm. If interested just turn up or ring 07443 425621.

IT’S RACING TIME: Monday will see, once again, some exciting horseracing at Plumpton when it will be the Aspen Insurance Anglo-Irish Raceday. Gates will open at 11.45am and the first race will get underway at 2pm, with the last at 5pm. As always there will be plenty to do between races.

HISTORY OF ART: Newick and District Decorative and Fine Art Society (NADFAS) will be meeting again in Plumpton village hall on Tuesday at 2.15pm. This time there will be a presentation entitled The History of Art in 12 Masterpieces by Alike Braine, whose qualifications include study at the Ruskin School of Fine art, Oxford, the Slade and the Courtauld Institute. It could be a magical mystery tour, perhaps starting with one of the wonderful cave paintings at Lascaux and then journeying to Egypt, ancient Greece and Rome. Then it could continue to a 15th century Italian religious painting and on to Rembrandt, the Mona Lisa and Michelangelo. Then there could be the Impressionists, Edvard Munch, Sunderland and even possibly ending with Tracey Emin and her unmade bed, but maybe not. Non-members are welcome on payment of £7 to include tea and the chance to meet the speaker. Call 01825 723250.

PARISH COUNCIL: Plumpton Parish Council meets on Tuesday at 7.45pm in the village hall. Open to all.

MAGISTRATE’S LIFE: When the WI meets on Wednesday in the village hall at 7.30pm that will be the subject of a talk by Barbara Dart. Visitors are always welcome.

LUCKY WINNERS: For those who completed the recent Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire there was an opportunity to win one of two prizes. Well, a lot of people did join in and, as a result, Peter and Angela Tomsett won a £50 voucher to be spent in the village store and Natalie Summers won another £50 voucher to dine at the Half Moon pub. Thanks go to all who took the trouble to complete the questionnaire. The results will help shape the future of our village. The response to the survey was very good.

PLUMPTON ROMAN VILLA: Yes, there was one and its remains continue to be excavated. Our village expert, David Millum, has organised a talk on this year’s project to be presented by David Rudling, the academic director of the Sussex School of Archaeology and presented at All Saints’ Church annexe on March 23 at 7.30pm. No booking necessary but £3 will be payable at the door. Excavations will take place during June, July and August and there will be opportunities for public participation. Further information will be available at the meeting. The recent talk in Plumpton on the Barcombe villa attracted an audience in excess of 35.

LOCAL LIVE MUSIC: The Vinyl Capris will stage a fundraising concert in the sports pavilion on Saturday of next week (March 14) from 7.30pm. It will feature local stars Duncan Russell, Dom Ponsford and Simon Ward plus other DJs and special guests. Just turn up and pay £3. All proceeds will go to the new pavilion fund and Plumpton FC. For a preview visit

LET’S WALK: Also on Saturday of next week will be an opportunity to join Plumpton Footpath Society members on an easy, four mile jaunt along tracks and field paths and parts of the Green Circle network. Meet at Burgess Hill Burial Ground, Jane Murray Way, Burgess Hill (you do not have to sign up to be resident) at 10.30am but if you need to know more simply ring 01273 890125. At the end of the walk will be an opportunity to take lunch at the Beefeater.


JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society hold a Jumble Sale tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall. Doors open at 2pm.

BOB’S BUMPER QUIZ in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice will be held tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall starting at 7.15pm. If you’re not there, you’ll miss a good evening, so contact Bob (812784).

ST MARY’S CHURCH: In addition to 8am Holy Communion and 6.30pm Evensong, we are very excited to welcome the Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Revd Dr Martin Warner to our 9.45am service this Sunday. All are welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday February 25, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; joint 2, Liz and Tim Owen, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

PRIMARY SCHOOL: Ringmer Primary School is holding a Nearly New Sale of all things children on March 14, 10.30am to noon. It is to be similar to the very successful NCT sale and Tiddlers and Toddlers Sales but for children age four years and upwards. We will be selling clothes, books, shoes, toys, bikes, computer games, uniforms, scooters and small items of furniture, in fact anything to do with children. Sellers must register before the sale and there is a limited number of places. Contact for details and if not do come along to buy. We welcome any good quality donations which can be collected locally.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: The dramatic society’s production of Haywire, a comedy by Eric Chappell of Rising Damp fame, is taking place at Ringmer Village Hall from March 18 to 21 at 7.45pm. Tickets £8, or £7.50 for groups of ten or more, available on-line at Ringmer Amateur Dramatic Society Facebook page or from Creature Comforts, the pet shop in Ringmer.

SATURDAY CLUB: The Saturday Club sale raised an amazing £140 for refugee children in Syria and it was a most enjoyable event.

Rodmell & Southease

QUIZ: Southease Church Quiz Evening on Saturday February 21 made over £600. Unfortunately I forgot about it and I’m sorry I missed such a good evening. However, I hope to make the next Quiz Evening in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice on Tuesday in the Abergavenny Pub, 7pm for 7.30pm start, four to six people per team, £10 per head. Price includes a two course hot buffet. By ticket only in advance from Maureen 01273 474980 or Jenny 01273 473939. It will be a good evening, but I hope they stick to the rules of teams of four to six because I know people get cross when they find the next table have ten to 12 people which really isn’t fair.