Parish pump Lewes - March 7, 2014


BARCOMBE WI will meet on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. Origins of Jazz - Peter Willson. The story of jazz coincides almost entirely with the story of recorded music. This means an exciting story can be told with real examples of original jazz players. Visitors and new members welcome.

GARDEN CLUB meet on Saturday March 15 at 2.30pm in the village hall when David Lang will be giving a talk on Orchids in Provence. Tickets for non-members will be £5, to include refreshments, available from Barcombe Stores and Post Office, Turner’s Electrical Shop, or on the door. Members free (no ticket required). All proceeds to St Peter and St James Hospice.


JUMBLE SALE to raise funds for the bonfire society tomorrow, Saturday, at 11am at the village hall. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated by the society on the day from 9am. If you are unable to deliver to the hall please call Trevor on 01273 891008 to arrange collection.

WHIST DRIVE, hosted by Chailey Women’s British Legion, is tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm at the village hall. It costs just £3 for the evening’s entertainment and a plate supper. If you would like more information call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Derek Martin, to include communion, and 6.15pm with Grenville Biddulph. Tea, coffee and biscuits after the service.

SCALEXTRIC event takes place at the Horns Lodge on Sunday from noon to 5pm. The event is being run by the bonfire society and is open to both adults and children with separate prizes for the fastest lap in each category.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group meet at the Horns Lodge on Tuesday from 8pm. Anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars will be made most welcome.

INFORMATION POINT is on Friday March 14 when the parish clerk with be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church, from 10am to noon to assist with any questions you may have.

THE YOUTH GROUP meet at the village hall on Friday March 14 from 7pm to 9pm. There will be a range of activities available throughout the evening such as table tennis, pool, air hockey, football table, tuck shop and plenty more. All young people aged 10 to 16 years who live in or around the Chailey area are always welcome.

PCSO: Issues or concerns that you would like to discuss with our local community officer? Meet PCSO Steven Knowles at the Youth Group meeting, mentioned above, between 7pm and 8pm on Friday March 14. This is a chance to discuss any concerns and/or chat to Steven about his role in the community.

MAGIC LANTERN SHOW on Saturday March 15 at 7pm at St Peter’s Church. There will be original slides of Lewes and surrounding villages taken between the 1890s and 1920s. It is a unique event and the pictures will have both historic and photographic interest. The event begins with a welcome drink and nibbles before the show at 7.30pm. There will be a break during the performance when refreshments will be on sale. Profits will go towards the modernisation of St Peter’s Church. Tickets are limited and cost £8. They can be obtained from St Peter’s Church Office, The Rectory Chailey Green, BN84DA (please enclose SAE). E-mail Teresa at for more details.

SPRING SHOW: The horticultural society Spring Show is at the village hall on Saturday March 22. There are novice classes for those with no experience or limited experience of showing. If you have daffodils, narcissi, polyanthus and/or hyacinths in your garden there is certain to be a class that you could enter. For details of the classes do call Nina Bourne on 01273 402994 and she will let you have a show schedule and an entry form. Membership of the society is £3 per year and life membership £25. For all exhibitors, but especially those showing for the first time, there is always expert help available both before and on the day of the show. There are also classes for vegetables, flower arranging, handicrafts, art, photography and cookery, as well as classes for children. If you are thinking about exhibiting and would like to learn more do visit or call Linda Keet-Harris on 01825 723817. All are welcome to view the exhibits from 2.30pm and homemade refreshments will be available.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

DON’T FORGET the Afternoon Club on Monday which will be an interesting afternoon as Brian Walter will be showing slides of New Zealand (part 2). Meeting in the church hall at 2pm. To end the afternoon tea with home made cakes. Lifts available by ringing either Judith on 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

ADVANCE NOTICE: Start collecting jumble now for Anita and Tom Walker’s sale on Saturday March 29, at 2pm in the village hall, Beechwood Lane. If you have items you need to be collected contact Anita and Tom on 01273 472595 or email All offers of help for leafleting, collecting and sorting jumble (sorting from 11am on Friday March 28 or in the morning on Saturday March 29), as well as helping at the sale will be gratefully accepted. Volunteers are also needed for cake making and serving teas. Last year the jumble sale raised over £800 towards supporting community events at the village hall through the year. This was only possible because of the team of volunteers who help every year. Contact Anita if you are able to help in any way.

PCSO REPORT: Sally-Ann Reed was present at the January Hamsey Parish Council meeting and presented her report. Council had asked how much time she spent in Hamsey Parish and for those who often remark that they don’t see her about much, her following report to the parish council may surprise them as to how her time is taken up: I have been requested to inform council what percentage of my time is allocated to Hamsey. As the council is aware as well as Hamsey I cover Newick and Barcombe. Ideally and where commitments allow I give half of my time to Newick as it’s the biggest village of the three parishes, and then Barcombe and Hamsey get a quarter each. But the council need to be aware that I am a district resource and can therefore be asked to work anywhere in the Lewes District and can also be sent anywhere else in Division ie Eastbourne, Hastings etc if there had been a serious crime and they require extra resources. I am also required to cover for colleagues who may be on annual leave or off sick. The crime figures for the parish are at present very low but if they were to rise then my Sergeant would expect me to allocate more time to the parish. Someone who uses the local bus told me that she was very surprised to meet Sally-Ann on the bus where she was travelling to Newick where she was on duty. Apparently if there is no car available Sally-Ann either has to walk or travel by public transport. I am not sure if this is still the case, but it should make people realise just how much ground she has to cover. It points to one thing, there are not enough PCSOs or police to cover the district.

B2116 ROAD: I have now lived at Courthouse for 32 years and during that time have watched as the volume of traffic has increased enormously with large coaches and enormous lorries thundering along what used to be a lovely country road under the South Downs which tourists used to enjoy driving along to capture the beauty of the Sussex countryside. For many years when we had to move sheep or cattle from the north side of the road I was often asked to stand in the middle of the road to slow any passing traffic until we had all the animals over into the farmyard. Those days are long since over as now it means taking a chance as you even try to cross to the other side. Crossing the sheep now means several people to help as impatient idiots overtake vehicles that have stopped when they see what is happening. Recently some people went up the bridleway with two small children and fortunately I was in the drive when I heard children’s voices racing along towards the road where their car was parked on the verge near our entrance gates. The grown ups had let them run on ahead and were still coming down the bridleway. If I had not been there the children would have run straight onto the road into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The traffic is very fast on this road and small children should be kept a close eye on at all times.


UNFENCED: Last Saturday’s concert from Unfenced was a great treat. Packed with songs from the golden age of American Song, we had numbers such as Lazybones, You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby, Jeepers, Creepers and Moon River. Soprano Sally Wilson, contralto Sam Brennan and pianist and mezzo-soprano Liz Woodhouse are wonderful musicians and their encore Don’t Fence Me In had us all humming away to ourselves as we headed home.

MORE TO COME: We don’t have long to wait before our next concert at St Laurence. On March 15, at the usual time of 5.30pm, tenor Nicholas Chisolm and pianist Julian Broughton will be performing settings of Thomas Hardy by composers such as Britten and Finzi, sounds interesting.

LENT: We are now into Lent, and apart from giving up booze until Easter, I am also planning to attend our Lent Study group. The theme is Jesus and the Marginalised. The Revd. Colin Lawlor writes: The Christian presence has been in the media spotlight in recent weeks. During Lent this study course draws attention to how we might support them in prayer and action. It will run on Monday evenings at the vicarage from 6.30pm starting on March 10. Please let us know if you would like to attend.

TALK AND DISCUSSION: I attended a fascinating session led by Dr Jeff Lake last Sunday at the village hall. The title was Growing in the Image of Christ and the discussion was primarily aimed at women. I had no idea what to expect but found myself taken on a really interesting journey through the various ways in which Christ has been portrayed through the ages, including images of Christ as a Masai tribesman, a Maori and, perhaps most unsettling of all, as a woman. The discussion that grew up around these images was really absorbing and lively. We are hugely grateful to Jeff for masterminding and running the session.

BIRDS: The garden is alive with birdsong at the moment. I wish I knew more about which birds sing which songs. I know the obvious ones, of course, like blackbirds and robins, but there is one bird that keeps singing a song that is driving me quite nuts. He seems to go so far and just when you are expecting another little burst he suddenly stops, then starts again equally abruptly. Really he has no sense of rhythm at all. We have a gang of yellowhammers hopping about and a lot of goldfinches and the robins are obviously gearing up for nesting. The ducks on Falmer pond are showing signs of nesting and a moorhen is already sitting on her nest. The nest is in exactly the same place as last year, only about a foot higher up the tree as the water level has risen by that much. It’s not surprising that all this nesting activity has started, the weather has been so mild that my apricot tree is already in flower, although there don’t seem to be any insects to pollinate it. I will have to go out with my paintbrush and see what I can do.


BINGO: For some light-hearted fun, amazing prizes, drinks and food, come to a Bingo Night in Kingston Parish Hall on Friday, March 14 from 7.30pm to 11pm. Tickets at £7.50 each include entry, a bingo pack and food (sausage in a hot dog roll and chocolate brownies). There will be a Cash Bar with Harvey’s beer, wine and soft drinks and an opportunity to bid for a free week’s holiday at a fabulous apartment in Tuscany, Italy (flights not included). Tickets on sale from Rachel Chandler (07717 771509), Emily Hiscox (07748 967841) or Brian Simmons (01273 474303). Net proceeds for the purchase of equipment for Kingston Pre-School.


HISTORY GROUP TALK: The Newtons of Southover Grange, Monday, 7pm (for 7.30pm) at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. Malcolm Kitch, formerly Reader in History at the University of Sussex, will describe the personalities and lives of the family who occupied Southover Grange for nearly 300 years. The first William Newton built Southover Grange in 1572 with stones from the recently dissolved Lewes Priory. The Grange, with its 14 acres, was the Newtons’ main residence until 1859 when the last of the family died. During this time they were the leading family in Southover. Its best-known members were the second William Newton, a leading Puritan at the time of the mid 17th century Civil Wars, and Lt Col William Newton, who commanded the elite 10th Dragoons, was a friend of the Prince Regent and whose marriage established a connection with Jane Austin. All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door.

JUMBLE SALE: Wallands School annual Jumble Sale on Saturday March 29, 2pm to 4pm Gundreada Rd. Lots of bargains, café and free parking. 50p entrance, children free. Jumble donations welcomed at school reception from March 17. For more info call Zoe on 01273 479464.

DAY OF PRAYER: Women’s World Day of Prayer is today, Friday, 10.45am at St Michael’s, Lewes High Street. The speaker at this year’s service (entitled Streams in the Desert and written by women in Egypt) will be the Rev Mary Sitwell, Assistant Rural Dean of Lewes and Seaford. The service will be followed at 12.15pm by a ploughman’s lunch. All (men and women) are welcome.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our last walk was at Horam, and unsurprisingly, it started on the Cuckoo Trail, on the track bed of the old railway which once linked Eridge and Polegate. After leaving the Cuckoo Trail we made our way across fields and through woods to Marle Green. As has been the case this winter it was very muddy in places, especially around stiles and gates. From Marle Green we made our way to Maynards Green and from there we joined the welcome firmer ground of the old rail track back to Horam. It was a joy on this walk to see the beginnings of spring and the wildflowers suddenly appearing despite all the rain and wind. We saw swathes of snowdrops, primroses and violets and the bluebell shoots, inches high, promised the usual blue carpet in the woods. The walk was led by Roy. The next walk is on Sunday from Hadlow Down and we are promised mud. Waterproof boots essential. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

THE PASSION PLAY Group invite you to come and find out more about Lewes Passion Play 2015 at a Bring and Share Supper with light entertainment tomorrow, Saturday. Meet 7pm for 7.30pm at Christ Church, Prince Edward’s Road, Lewes. Please bring either a main course or a dessert to share, and a bottle. All ages are welcome. RSVP 07926 486567, email

GOOD FRIDAY PROCESSION: The Good Friday silent procession of witness leaves St Pancras Church at 6pm on Friday April 18 heading down the High St, turning right down St Andrew’s Lane, past the railway station to the Mount (Mountfield Rd) where a short service is held at the foot of the Mount after the cross is raised. Parking is available in the Mountfield Rd car park.

MYSTERY PLAYS: The Lewes Passion Players proudly present the Lewes Mystery Plays on Saturday April 19 in Harvey’s Yard. The same four short plays will be performed on each occasion at 11am, noon, 1pm (free entry). A Lewes adaptation of the medieval mystery plays, a prequel to Lewes Passion Play 2015. Creation: the Fall of Adam and Eve; Cain and the murder of Abel; Noah‘s Ark in the Flood; Abraham and Isaac. Portraying murder and mayhem, floods and testing times. Contact tel/text 07926 486567, email or .

COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall 10am till noon. Tea, coffee, cakes, tombola, bonfire photos, merchandise. Free admission.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL celebrates World Book Day each year. Reading is important all year round in the school, but the children really enjoy having a week with some special events to look forward to. So during this past week they enjoyed a Drop Everything and Read, Day. During that day a bell was rung at different times and whatever anyone (adults included) was doing, they stopped, picked up a book and read. The school has some very interesting photographs from last year of the different places where people found themselves when it was time to read. All the children have been asked to come today (Friday), dressed as their favourite book character and to share their costume with the rest of the school during Friday Assembly. This year, the school wanted to show children how much adults as well as children enjoy sharing stories and have invited grandparents to come to school at 2.55pm each afternoon to read stories to the children. Teachers would love to make this an annual event and are hoping to have had lots of visitors.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH congregation were delighted to hear their Gift Day had raised over £10,000. For the last two weeks, also, there has been a collection for farmers, whose livelihood has been threatened by the winter’s floods. Prayers were also said for other flood victims. Members of the congregation had had their own homes flooded in 2000 and know from personal experience how debilitating this can be. On a lighter note, after already celebrating an earlier 90th birthday this year, that of Peggy Jones, members of the congregation joined with the family, friends and neighbours of Doreen Larkin at Reed Court on Saturday February 15, to celebrate hers. It was a really happy occasion and a wonderful opportunity to congratulate Doreen and celebrate another milestone in the life of a loved and respected member of the local community. There will be an all age Family Service this Sunday, starting at 9.30am. All are welcome.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall noon to 12.30pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2pm to 2.25pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm.


LOST AND FOUND: Last Friday my lovely wife dropped her bus pass on School Hill. A lady picked it up and took it home with her. She then looked in the phone book to find our name and rang us. My wife is very grateful to this lovely lady who lives in Middle Way and thanks her publicly for her kindness which restores our faith in human nature.

POT HOLE REPAIRS: The hole that appeared in Highdown Road at the bottom, leading towards Nevill Road was quickly repaired but then when I walked past the other day, the gravel that had been thrown up by the hole had been left behind, and a dip left in the new tarmac, so water will collect in a puddle. What a shame that it is money wasted on yet another bodge job.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev John Gordon and will include Holy Communion. After the service we will be having a Traidcaft Big Brew event when we will be promoting Traidcraft’s work. We will be serving some cakes baked with Traidcraft ingredients and raising money for Traidcraft. Later on we have our monthly church walk. At the meeting of the Thinktank on February 26 more than 30 people heard an excellent talk by Roger Homan, Emeritus Professor at the University of Brighton and a Reader in the Church of England. Everyone could relate his simple examples to their experience of contemporary society and a well-informed discussion followed his talk. A warm welcome awaits you at Christ Church.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Friends of Wallands are holding a Jumble Sale on March 29 and are collecting at the school from Monday March 17 so if you can hang on to items until then we would really appreciate it. We do need help on the day, people on stalls and in the café and then fresh people to tidy up is always helpful. If you can help, either call Zoe on 01273 479464 or email:, thank you so much. Friends of Wallands are delighted to announce that we are joining forces with the Nevill Bonfire Society and Lewes District Council for our May Fayre this year. We will be hosting Medieval Mayhem festivities on May 3 as part of the Chalklife Festival at Wallands and Landport Bottom, which marks the launch of the historic Battle of Lewes celebrations. We hope we can rely on everyone’s support to make this opportunity a wonderful occasion all at Wallands will be proud of, it’s going to be amazing. There was a lovely atmosphere amongst the eight schools who qualified to represent their area Wallands finished a very credible fourth in the county. A huge achievement for the team; well done to all of the children and thank you to those parents who were there shouting as loudly as the children in support. Wallands hosted a Hi-5 Netball tournament on a beautiful afternoon this week. Eleven teams participated for the opportunity to go through to the South Downs area final. Wallands entered four teams; for most children this was their first experience in a match. Wallands Teams 4 and 3 really enjoyed their afternoon, both winning 1 of their matches, drawing 1 and losing 2. Wallands Team 2 won three and lost one and Wallands Team 4 won all of their matches putting them through to the final against Southover. The final was a calm, well held together match with Alex Winter captaining the team to a victory of 7-3. Mr Perry was extremely impressed with their behaviour and sportsmanship.


COFFEE MORNING: Don’t forget the Newick Horticultural Coffee Morning in the Community Centre from 9.30am till 11.30am tomorrow, Saturday. If you have not already renewed your membership for the current year you will be able to do this.

RUGBY: The first XV Rugby team will be playing at home against East Grinstead III tomorrow, kick off will be at 3pm. The players would be delighted for you to pop along and support them, they need all the encouragement they can get. You could always join them for a pint after the game in the sports pavilion.

CHURCH SERVICE: Sunday Service this weekend at St Mary’s are Holy Communion at 8am followed by 10.30am Morning service of Holy Communion (BCP). This is the first Sunday of Lent.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be holding another meeting on March 13 in the Community Centre at 2.30pm, when Professor Sir Gordon Conway will be talking about Climate Change and Food Security. Further details from 01825 722154 or 722650.

DIARY DATE: The AGM of the Newick Area Community Care Association is on March 17 in the Community Centre at 7.30pm.

NEWICK CONSERVATIVES are holding their AGM at the Community Centre on Friday March 14 at 7.30pm. This will be a great opportunity for you to meet Maria Caulfield the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for the next General Election in 2015. Refreshments will be served.


MORE BARGAINS: Plumpton Activity Scheme will hold a jumble sale in the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) kicking off at 2pm. Cakes, tombola and refreshments will also be available so rock on down for an afternoon’s bargain hunting, entertainment, excitement and social activity.

SUNDAY SCHOOL: On Sunday the local Sunday School will have its doors open at All Saints’ church annexe from 10.30am.

RACING BONANZA: Monday’s race meeting at Plumpton Racecourse will be Anglo Irish Race Day which should bring some more quality racing to our local course. Top runners and riders always feature at Plumpton and there are plenty of other attractions to ensure a great afternoon out. First race kicks off at 2pm.

MONASTERIUM RESURGENS: Perhaps an odd title but it is the subject of Tuesday’s lecture presented by NADFAS (National Association of Fine and Decorative Arts) Newick Branch that will cover the destruction and rebuilding of Buckfast Abbey, renowned for its honey and tonic wine. The speaker, Mark Cottle, has a master’s degree in medieval history and has spent over 20 years lecturing on Anglo-saxon, Medieval and Tudor history and he is determined that this history shall not be forgotten. It takes place in Plumpton village hall on Tuesday at 2.15pm. Non members are welcome on payment of £7 at the door, to include tea and biscuits plus the opportunity to speak with the lecturer and chat with other members of the audience. To find out more about the society just ring 01825 723250.

SEEKING COMPANY? Don’t be alone as this week the Pop-in Parlour will be open on Tuesday in All Saints’ church annexe on Tuesday from 11am when you can enjoy a cuppa, a light snack if you wish and a natter. Then on Thursday the Pop-up Café, run by St Peter and St James Hospice support group will be open in the village hall between 10 and 11.30am for a cuppa and maybe a cake. There is no need to feel isolated in Plumpton as absolutely everyone will receive a welcome at both events.

PARISH COUNCIL: Plumpton Parish Council meets on Tuesday in the village hall at 7.45pm. The meeting is open to the public.

HOPE GOOD: Sadly I learned of the passing of Hope who lived in the village with her late daughter, Wendy Kaill, for some years. She was a great lover of music and regularly played the piano for the enjoyment of local groups and residents at St Peter and St James Hospice, where Wendy was a nursing sister. Hope’s friendly smile and warm heart will be remembered by many for a long time to come.

DIARY DATES: Get those diaries out now and make some notes so you do not miss out on some local events. The local support group for St Peter and St James Hospice have a Sausage and Mash Quiz Night arranged for Saturday, March 22 in the village hall. To pit your wits against each other, enjoy a super supper in good company, book a ticket at the modest price of £10 now. That includes a dessert and the numbers to ring are 01273 891218 or 891701. There will be a licensed bar. Then on April 2 there will be a Fashion Show staged by Travelling Trends, again in the village hall. Local ladies will model High Street clothes that will be available to purchase on the night. There will be a licensed bar and entry costs but £5. Tickets bookable in advance by ringing the numbers given previously.


DAY OF PRAYER: The Women’s World Day of Prayer Service for our area will be held at Firle Church today (Friday) at 11am and is entitled Streams in the Desert. It was prepared by the Christian women of Egypt, a country with a turbulent past and immense problems in the present, especially for women. This is reflected in this challenging service at which all are welcome. For transport, please ring 01273 812697.

TABLE TOP SALE: Don’t forget the Table Top Sale at Ringmer Community College tomorrow (Saturday) between 10am and midday. There are over 30 tables already sold so come along and grab a bargain. Also refreshments and free parking. Please come along and support the students who have helped to organise this event, to raise money for the ongoing refurbishment of the school library.

SOUPER SATURDAY: Do come and join us for a lunch of homemade soups. There will be at least four on offer. Cost £2.50 and free refills. There will also be a raffle of mystery prizes. Tickets £1 each. In aid of the Village Hall Appeal, this will be held in the village hall from noon to 1.30pm tomorrow (Saturday).

VILLAGE QUIZ in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice, will be held tomorrow in the village hall. Teams are invited to bring their own drinks and refreshments, but tea/coffee and biscuits will be available during the interval. There will be a raffle. Doors will open at 6.45pm for 7.15pm start.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are at Home to Lingfield in a SCFL Div1 fixture with a 3pm kick-off at The Caburn. The seconds travel to Selsey for their Reserve Section Premier league match. On Tuesday evening the first team are at home to Horsham YMCA in a league fixture with a 7.45pm kick-off time. The weather is still playing havoc with the pitch so please check with the club or on the website, which is updated straight after pitch inspections, before travelling.

CHURCH SERVICES: Ash Wednesday, 7.30pm Sung Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes. The services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist with the Laying on of Hands for Healing, 6.30pm Evensong.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday February 12, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; Joint 2, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery, Joan Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

RINGMER DEBATES: The last in the series of Ringmer Debates takes place on Friday March 14 at 7.30pm in the village hall. The theme for this one is The Value of Land. Entry is free, though donations are requested for tea and coffee.

THE FLOWER CLUB has been selected as one of the Waitrose Community Project recipients for the month of March. When shopping in the store, we would be delighted if you could consider giving your green token to the flower club which would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your co-operation.

SILVER SURFERS: Advance notice the next Silver Surfer class at Ringmer Community College will be on Saturday April 26. To book a place or for more information please contact Ruth Whitlock on 01273 812220 ext 253 or

Rodmell & Southease

SPRING is in the air and hence we have a list of functions to go to. Southease has its Spring Plant Fair on the green at Southease on Monday May 5. I will give more details nearer the time.

WI: Rodmell and Southease WI have a special speaker for their next meeting on March 18. Maggie Lanning, an ex Rodmellian, and friends are coming to give us a talk on the Battle of Lewes Tapestry which should be finished very soon. Visitors welcome at 7.30pm.

CHURCHYARD: Saturday March 22 is the spring churchyard gardening morning from 9.30am to noon.

JUMBLE SALE: On March 29 there is a jumble sale in aid of WI funds. Plenty of help needed and jumble. If you can help either in the morning or afternoon please contact Sarah Jay on 477887.

MOTHERS DAY: On Sunday March 30 Mothering Sunday will be celebrated with a short service in our church at 11am. Everyone is welcome and we hope children of all ages will bring their mothers and collect a pretty posy of flowers for them.

PLAY READING: Lorna Melia is organising another play reading, The Man Born to Be King, on Friday March 14 at 4pm at Flat 1, Rodmell House. RSVP to Lorna Melia on 01273 479620.

READING Curmudgeon’s column in Manet magazine I noticed this piece: ‘I would like to point out to the generation that thinks poverty is not having a pair of £200 trainers, a computer in your pocket and a wide screen TV, that my life time’s savings are earning zero interest in order that the younger generation can have cheap mortgages. I had calculated that my interest would be a financial cushion for the cold backside of my old age. Instead I find myself having to continue working until the arrival of the Queen’s telegram. I may have once boomed, but now I think it’s more a question of bust’. How many readers feel the same I wonder. Such is life. Personally I’m delighted I am still able to work in my 70s, it gives me a project in life. This piece took me back to when I did work with poor families in Brixton and gave holidays to deprived children in the 70s. The first thing they said to us when they came to the house was ‘where’s your big colour TV like ours’. We at the time, had a small black and white TV and they considered us the poor ones.

AGM: The annual general meeting of Rodmell Horticultural Society at 7.30pm on Tuesday February 25 in the village hall was a most successful evening with guest speaker Willie Edmonds giving us a talk on The Wily Weeds of Rodmell. It’s very nice, for those of us that do not like going far on a winter’s evening, to have so many functions going on in and around the village, not forgetting our very popular pub, The Abergavenny, where there is always a warm welcome and good food.

MY COMMENTS about the congregation of Rodmell Church being around 13 on a Sunday hit a nerve and I hear have been a subject of conversation at events, certainly at church on Sunday, when Marcus made a point there were 14 in church. I rest my point. There will be more in the following weeks for a baptism and Mothers Day and Easter.