Parish Pump Lewes - March 8, 2013


TOWN LITTLEWORTH - Road up. Between March 12 and 14, BT Openreach will need access to BT cabling works. Deadmantree Hill will be closed and there will be a diversion via South Street, Chailey. Barcombe residents will find other ways to get round it.

CAKE STALL: Barcombe Bonfire Society cake stall tomorrow, Saturday, at 9am outside the Royal Oak.

CURRY AND QUIZ: A Curry and Quiz Night with licensed bar to be held on Saturday March 16 in the village hall. This is a PTA and bonfire society fundraiser. Doors open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start. Prize for winning team. Tables of eight. Tickets £8 each, available from Charlotte Hatchard (01273 401990) and Debbie Knott (01273401813).

WILD ABOUT BARCOMBE: The community orchard at Pump Field is finally complete with tree labels identifying each tree and who sponsored it. Please make the time to visit the orchard and see it blossoming this spring. The sponsorship project raised funds in excess of £200 for the village hall trees. There are still a few orchard trees left unsponsored so if anyone would like to dedicate a tree to a loved one or newborn call Kate Sweetapple on 400613.

THE WI meet on Tuesday, for a talk on Bruges, it’s more than just chocolate. Melanie Gibson-Barton will inspire even those who know Bruges well to visit again, possibly with the WI later this year.


THANKS from Chailey and Newick Colts FC Committee to everyone who supported the club’s Race Night which raised over £600. The event was attended by over 100 people and others, unable to attend, kindly gave support through race sponsorship and buying horses. A special thank you goes to Optimum Kitchen Appliances ( who provided a coffee machine and washing machine as prizes in the grand draw for all used betting slips. The money raised will go towards the club’s efforts to complete the drainage work on the pitches.

JUMBLE SALE organised by the bonfire society is at the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) at 11am, there will be lots of bric-a-brac, clothes, linen, shoes, books and toys. Also teas, coffees and bacon sandwiches.

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 a modest £3 for an evening’s entertainment and a plate supper. For 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 a friendly family service at 10am with Pete’s Puppets. You will be able to see their puppet production and meet the puppets. Refreshments will be provided after the service. 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 Ray Dodeswell, which will include communion, and at 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the services. O on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

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

OPEN DAYS at the Life Skills Centre, at Futures@ChaileyHeritage, are on Friday March 15 and Tuesday March 19. If you’re thinking of using this facility (for young adults aged 19 to 25 years with a physical disability) when it opens, or if you support someone who is interested in using it, then do go along. There will be guided tours, demonstrations of equipment and an opportunity to chat to key staff. There is a choice of times and you are asked to pre-book by calling 01825 723723 or emailing

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday March15 when the parish clerk will be at the Coffee Stop, from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

LILIES are being ordered for Easter at St Peter’s Church and all are invited to donate a lily in memory of a departed loved one. Lilies are £2 each and donations in an envelope with the name of the person in whose memory it is dedicated need to be handed to a churchwarden, either Peter Martin (01825 722680) or Teresa Wenban (01825722586), by Sunday March 17. The names of all dedications will be read out during the 10am service on Easter Day.

THE SPRING SHOW is at the village hall on Saturday March 23. There are novice classes for those with no experience or limited experience of showing, as listed in the Chailey News, which include daffodils, narcissus, polyanthus and hyacinths. If you have any of these flowers in your garden and would like to enter the show a schedule and entry form can be obtained from Nina Bourne on 01273 402994. Entry forms need to be submitted as detailed in the schedule and exhibits staged between 8am and 10.30am on the day of the show, when members of the society will be on hand to assist with presentation if you wish. 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 visit or call Linda Keet-Harris on 01825 723817.

cooksbridge, offham & hamsey

SUNDAY at St Peter’s Church: Holy Communion at 8am, Sunday Club in the church hall 10.15am, special Mother’s Day Service 10.30am. The day when all mums hopefully get spoilt, starting with the children presenting their posies during the service, this will be followed by a delicious brunch in the church hall where mums get the day off from cooking. The menu includes sausages, hash browns, mushrooms, croissants and Danish pastries. Bucks Fizz and wine extra. There is still time to contact Judith on 01273 474356 for a ticket at £4 each (£10 family ticket). Places are limited and last year it proved very popular.

LENT COURSE: All three of the sessions take place in St Peter’s Church Hall on Thursdays from 3pm to 4.15pm. Starting with tea/coffee and biscuits or cake. As always, everyone welcome. The first session took place yesterday (March 7). The Rector reports as follows: This year the theme is The Life and Times of Jesus. Each year in Lent we try to do something a little out of the ordinary. Two years ago we looked at some of the great religions of the world, notably Judaism, Islam and Hinduism under the title of Ways of God. Last year we looked at the power and strong impact of hymns, their words, their tunes and the emotions they create and foster. This year we look at the world of Jesus. Jesus’ life and ministry is set in a particular historical period and culture and some knowledge of this gives far more meaning to much of Jesus’ actions and teaching. What were the Romans up to? Were the Pharisees that bad? What was so special about the Temple? Fishing and Farming. The importance of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Who was King Herod? And much more. The next two sessions are Thursday March 14 and Thursday March 21. Venue and times as above.

ELECTORAL ROLL: It is the time of year when the church electoral roll has to be updated (the membership roll). Most years changes are made by adding the names of new people and removing the names of those who have moved away or passed on. Every sixth year the whole roll has to be cancelled and started again from scratch. This year is the sixth year, so everyone has to complete a new form. Anyone who is 16 years and over and who feels they belong to St Peter’s Church is entitled to join the electoral roll. Forms are available at the back of the church. If you have any queries contact the Rector on 01273 474356.

THE PARISH COUNCIL meet on Thursday in the village hall, Beechwood Lane at 7.30pm. A chance for residents to put forward any concerns that they have about their parish.

DRAWING CLASSES at Mount Harry House. Thursday evenings 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Fridays 9.30am to noon and 12.30pm to 3pm. For more information and cost call Chelsea Renton on 07818 064456 or email

YOGA at the village hall every Monday from 9.30am to 11am. Energising, therapeutic and safe. Qualified instructor with 14 years’ teaching experience. All levels. Free trial class. Contact Robin on 07847 821923.

THEFTS: It is that time of year when thieves are coming out of hibernation. I reported the theft of propane gas cylinders last week and now it is garden ornaments being targeted. At the moment thefts have been occurring overnight but with the lighter evenings upon us, people stay in the garden longer and don’t always lock things away securely or make the mistake of popping into the garden and leaving windows open and doors unlocked.

WILDLIFE FRIENDLY: Nominations have opened for the RSPB’s annual Nature of Farming Award for the farmer judged to be doing the most for wildlife. Last year’s winner, Henry Edmunds, had an impressive number of rare birds, butterflies and bumblebees on his Wiltshire downland farm. Entries for the award close on April 18 (


MUSIC: We have a real treat of a concert coming up tomorrow, Saturday. Kristin McClement will be singing with her backing ensemble (rather oddly described as Jeff Buckley meeting the Kronos Quartet) at St Laurence Church at 5.30pm. Kristin’s music is described as chamber pop with folk influences, you can listen to her music on a couple of websites and there is a sample of her singing on our Falmer Concerts Facebook page. I think this concert may get quite crowded so don’t be late. We will have the usual free entry with a retiring collection and drinks will be available.

ARTS VENUE: St Laurence’s profile as an arts venue is really getting higher and higher. As well as the fabulous monthly concerts which feature music of all kinds from classical to folk to compositions written by the performers themselves, we will also be having two art exhibitions this year. Our regular Artwave exhibition in September will be joined by an exhibition starting at Easter featuring work inspired by Christian themes. You can see some of the artists taking part on the Art and Soul at Falmer Facebook page. We’ll have more information on this nearer the time.

TREASURE: After our near flooding at Christmas last year we were left with a series of trenches we dug in our back lawn to try and direct the water away from the house. Now that spring is in the air we have been trying to clear up a bit. We don’t feel confident enough to fill in the trenches yet but have been clearing the earth that was lying around. It is amazing what you fail to notice when you are digging trenches in the pouring rain and semi-dark. It appears we have come across the rubbish dump for the house, the piles of earth were full of broken Victorian medicine bottles, broken plates and broken cups. Amongst all this, was a beautiful piece of fine green glass so thin it was almost like paper and a wonderful shard of pottery with a curious face on it. The pottery is thick and has a shiny glaze on it and the face is the strangest I’ve ever seen with huge eyes and a big nose. The internet is amazing, within a couple of hours of my posting a photo of my strange find on Facebook, one of my friends had come up with the information that it is part of a Bellarmine jar, so named after a fearsome Catholic inquisitor. Apparently these jars were used in witchcraft and the face is to frighten away evil spirits. Items associated with your enemy such as hair would be placed in the jar and then it was buried at the boundary or under the front step of your property to ward off evil. They are otherwise known as Witch jars. I am now wondering if the rest of the jar is down there.


MARKET: Laughton Village Hall Market in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. All the usual produce: Meat, eggs, cheese, cakes, pies etc. Plus books, knitted items, toys, bric-a-brac etc. Refreshments and raffle. Entrance free. This will be our ninth birthday, so please come and help us celebrate. Please note that the next market will not be until Saturday July 13, same time, same place.


COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at Cliffe Church Hall (behind the church). Coffee, tea, cakes, preserves and more. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

BRIDGE CLUB: Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson won Tuesday Championship Pairs. Ron and Margaret Buddery won Thursday Championship Pairs. Tuesday February 19 Championship Pairs; 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; Simon Fishburn and Mickie Lodge. February 26 Championship Pairs: 1, Julian and Jane Oakley; 2, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Peter and Irene Gannon. Thursday February 21 Championship Pairs; 1, Nigel Osmer and Adela Thomas; 2, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan; 3, Peter Cattermole and Peter Waters. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

HISTORY GROUP: On Monday at 7.30pm at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road a talk by John Davey on Lost Industries of Lewes. Mention of Lewes these days does not conjure up images of an industrial town but, during the years that preceded and followed the Industrial Revolution, Lewes might genuinely have been described as a hive of industry. In this talk to the Lewes History Group, John Davey will trace the 19th century growth and the 20th century decline of the manufacturing industries that, for 100 years, provided employment for most of the menfolk of Lewes. All welcome. Small entry charge on the door.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our last walk at Rushlake Green was on a bitterly cold morning and an amazing 13 people turned up for it. We were rewarded by seeing our first wild primroses nestling on a mossy bank, beautiful full length hazel catkins and a wonderful herd of wild deer complete with a majestic stag with huge antlers. Drifts of snowdrops adorned many of the gardens of old country houses we passed by. With many layers of clothes on, we all managed to keep warm in-spite of the biting wind and enjoyed this bracing walk in an area we didn’t know so well. The next walk is on Sunday at Holtye. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.


SCHOOL NEWS: The football team played three games in a tournament last week. They won one match, drew one and lost one. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves and as usual, showed good sportsmanship.On Monday, a group of six Year 6 children attended the East Sussex Children’s Book Awards to hear Megan Rix (The Great Escape) speak about being an author. They had each read six books in preparation and enjoyed discussing them with children from other schools and talking directly to Megan Rix. In true South Malling style National Book Day was extended to include today, Friday, when the children will dress up as their favourite book characters and coming to assembly in costume with the accompanying book. As always this promises to be a fun occasion but this year it has extra significance as the school has recently had a major focus on reading and most particularly, reading for pleasure. The school has bought lots of new and exciting books for each class to enjoy. There were also parent-teacher consultations: an opportunity for parents to come and find out how their child is getting on as the middle of the year approaches. Once again there are both daytime and evening sessions and the school hopes to see as many parents as possible. Also, the school council met this week to discuss their ideas for activities at the Summer fete and for Red Nose Day next week.

BRIDGE VIEW FOOTBALL: The under 8s were at home to SAFA Select and started brightly with an own goal from a well taken corner by Ben McGillivray, who then added a thunderbolt right footed shot into the top corner of the net. SAFA hit back from a well-taken free kick but Luke Brooks responded with a well-deserved goal making it 3-1 at half time. The second half brought a goal from the dangerous Aiden Dash, and a last minute reply from SAFA. View won 4-2. SAFA won the second game 2-0. Under 10s played Meridian Athletic Maroon at Telscombe Cliffs, trailing by two goals in the first half before Joe Shersby-Wignall’s thunder strike pulled one back and strong passing the second half saw Sam Gilkes grab a hat trick. Ollie Lumsden forced the ball across the line for a 5-2 win. In the second match, a strong View defeated a gamely battling Meridian by 11-2. The Under 11s (Orange) drew 2-2 with Cuckfield Cosmos and the Blacks drew 2-2 against a highly charged Horley side who took a two goal lead in the first half. Particular praise for Mac Felix -Smith for persevering in adversity and for a well-deserved goal in the second half. Under 13s (Black), playing with no reserves battled against ASC Strikers in the first half, who scored at the last minute, with two more goals in the second half making it 3-0. Governor, Richard Davis believes that the next eight matches will see recent good performance yield well-deserved points. The Under 14s played Jarvis Brook who took the lead from a cunning cross to their centre forward. View hit back with a cross from Dylan Acosta-Lewis to Harry Sherby-Wignall leading to a neat goal from a tight angle. Jarvis Brook regained the lead in the second half via a free kick but View pushed them back onto their own goal and Tom Jex grabbed his 25th of the season to make it 2-2 and then scored the winner at 3-2. The under 15s were at home against Hollingbury Hawks. Captain Ned Entwistle set the tone by forcing a goal from a very narrow angle early on and Sam Heinzl scored from a cross, making it 2-0 by half time. In the second half Sam turned this into a hat trick and Lucas Trerea hit a sublime free kick from 22 yards. They were well supported by strong team play with an excellent goalie and deserved their 5-0 win.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH members joined the family and friends of Ron Elsey of Queen’s Road last Friday for his funeral at Woodvale. Ron had been a regular member in recent times and had celebrated his 91st birthday at a church Christmas meal in December. The Vicar, Revd Al Pickering, took the service, and read a eulogy prepared by his grandson, who was there with Ron’s great grandchild. One of the congregation said afterwards it had been a beautiful service and although it is always sad to say a final farewell to friends, the funeral had really been a celebration of a long life, well-lived. Sunday is Mothering Sunday. This particular Holy day began as a celebration of everyone’s mother church, and people often went back to worship in the church where they were baptised. Now it especially focusses on our birth mothers. Children will make bouquets during the service, for their mothers and for other women in the congregation. All are welcome at 9.30am.

mobile library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall noon to 12.30pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2.00pm to 2.25pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm.


LITTER PICK: I have just been out litter picking in North Way and have filled a black sack. What is the matter with people today that they drop their litter everywhere. Do they like living in litter filled streets which attract vermin? It is too much to find a litter bin or even take it home I assume.

ST MARY’S: Our petition of signatures was presented to the full council meeting on February 26 hoping to persuade Lewes District Council not to redevelop the Community Centre. The Trustees of St Mary’s Social Centre would like to publicly thank the people of Lewes for their support in signing the petition, resulting in a total of 4075 signatures. Lewes District Council will debate the future of St Mary’s at their next full council meeting on May 8.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, is our Friendship Lunch between noon and 1.15pm, a warm welcome awaits you. Worship on Mothering Sunday will be led by Rev John Gordon at 10.30am and this will be followed by a church walk. Next Friday, March 15, Christ Church Tots will be supporting Red Nose Day and during the morning we will be having a bring and buy cake sale which is always a very popular activity for those who attend. At a well-attended meeting of the Thinktank on February 27, Richard Partridge gave a presentation on Democracy - Do we have too much or too little? He reminded those present of the ambiguities and compromises of our voting systems but urged everyone to participate in the electoral process. On Sunday March 3 the congregation was joined by friends from St Anne’s and St Pancras for another in our series of choral evening services. The music ranged from 16th century anthems to one written only last November and sung in public for the first time.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Bonfire will be holding a jumble sale at the Ringmer Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, and we will be collecting jumble on the Nevill Estate after 6pm today, Friday.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: This week has been very ‘eggciting’ as we have taken delivery of our three beautiful chickens. Eggs have already started arriving, and Mrs Hurlock’s class used them in their cooking. Each class will have eggs on a rota system. If you have not yet returned your appointment slip for parents’ evening next week please do so as soon as possible so we can book you an appointment slot, thank you. East Sussex Internal Audit has received notification from Essex County Council of a phone call to a parent at an Essex school purporting to be from the Education Welfare Service demanding payment of a fine for their child’s non-attendance at school. This is a scam and parents should be aware you would never be asked for payment in this way. Currently we do not fine parents at Wallands, as we prefer to discuss any attendance issues. If you receive calls of this kind let the school know.


THE WI Country Market will be open from 10am till 1am today, Friday, in the village hall. Make sure you arrive early, you will not be disappointed and will see the selection of vegetables, plants and many other tempting goodies.

COFFEE MORNING: Don’t forget the Newick Horticultural Society Coffee Morning in the Community Centre from 9.30am till 11.30am tomorrow, Saturday. You will be able to renew your membership and see the display of all the outings that have been arranged for later this year. The next meeting will take place on Thursday at 8pm in the village hall when John Negus will be giving a talk on An Eye for Design. Entrance £2.50 for members and £3 for visitors. The Spring Show this year will be at Newick Primary School on Saturday March 23.

RUGBY: Tomorrow, Saturday, the rugby club first XV will be playing at home against Chichester III and the second XV will making the journey to Rye to play Rye II. There are more Six Nations matches this weekend, on Saturday Scotland v Wales, Ireland v France, England will be playing Italy on Sunday at home. All the matches so far have been brilliant, so fingers crossed this weekend will be something special in the rugby world.

SUNDAY SERVICES are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Mothering Sunday Family Service at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please ensure you arrange this in advance by telephoning 01825 722582.

REMINDER: Just to remind you of the Newick Afternoon Club meeting in the Community Centre on Thursday at 2.30pm. Talking about the Changing Delivery of your NHS and Health Care .

SKITTLES: On Saturday March 16 the bonfire society will be holding skittles/pub games in the village hall from 7pm.Tickets are £7, including refreshments. To obtain tickets please telephone 722418.

THE FARMERS have been very busy recently tidying up the countryside. All the hedgerows are being cut and lots of ditches being cleaned out. Well done farmers, the countryside is now ready for spring.

AGM: Newick Village Hall AGM on Wednesday at 8pm in the village hall committee room.

COMMUNITY CLUB: You are no doubt aware many day centres in the area are closing down. At Newick Community Club they are in the fortunate position to welcome new members. Local transport can be provided so if you should know of anyone who would benefit from this service please call 07 561 372 403 for further details. The AGM of the Newick Area Community Care Association will be held on Monday March 18 at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. New committee members are always welcome, so if you are interested in helping to run the Community Centre, please go along to this meeting, you will receive a warm welcome.


CONCERTS: In March St Johns will be hosting various concerts; firstly on March 17 at 4pm The Kantanti Orchestra and Soloist, then on Wednesday March 20th East Sussex Academy of Music from 7.30pm, and on Saturday March 23 Easterhazy Chamber Choir commencing 7.30pm.


TALK: On Wednesday March 27 in the village hall, Greg Carona, proprietor of The Belgian Café, Eastbourne will give a talk and tasting on a variety of Belgian Beers. Time to be announced next week. Entry by advanced ticket only due to restricted space in the village hall. Tickets will be made available from Terry Penn and pubs in the area.

ON WEDNESDAY February 27, a very interesting talk on Old Farming Methods around Piddinghoe and the Ouse Valley was given by Ian Everest. We were delighted to have a high attendance by the current and past members of the local farming community who contributed much to the success of the evening. We learned how oxen were used in Sussex as draught animals continuing to be so in the twentieth century, even after horses and tractors had superseded them almost everywhere else. A very popular subject. All who attended enjoyed the evening.


PAMPERED LADIES: Ladies go along to Plumpton School this evening between 7pm and 10pm to enjoy a Mothers’ Day treat (you do not even have to be a mother to join in). Available will be beauty treatments, massage and lots of stalls to enable you to make good use of your husband’s, partner’s or even your own spare cash in a spree of indulgence. There will be a licensed bar and nibbles. Entry will cost £5 and you will get a welcoming drink and entry to the raffle.

BARGAINHUNTERS’ TREAT: Tomorrow (Saturday) the horticultural society will stage a jumble sale in the village hall kicking off at 2pm. If you have jumble to donate please take it to the hall during the morning. After the thrill of the chase there will be an opportunity to sit and gloat over the bargains whilst enjoying a cuppa and maybe a cake or two. There will be a tombola, a cake stall and I reckon there could even be some plants on sale.

PLEASURE GARDENS: Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in London were the source of much entertainment for folk as long ago as 1749 and on Tuesday the Newick branch of the National Association of Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) will host a lecture on them in Plumpton village hall at 2.15pm. The speaker will be Andrew Davies who lectures extensively for NADFAS, National Trust, London and Essex University, Extra-mural departments, the Open University and the British Museum. Only the best here. Non members are welcome on payment of £5 entry fee at the door to include tea and biscuits at the end with a chance to discuss with others about the afternoon’s lecture. If you need to know more in advance simply ring 01825 723250.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: At a special meeting last week the majority of Plumpton Parish Councillors voted to back a scheme to provide 14 units of affordable housing for local people in North Barnes Lane. The project includes provision to improve the lane by widening its junction with Station Road and forming two passing places along its length to the location adjacent to the Scout HQ. The scheme will now be subject to the rigours of a planning application after which it is hoped that some much needed housing units at rents somewhat below those charged on the open market (not that there are many of those available locally) so that local people can remain in or return to the village they love. A great opportunity for the young and possibly hope for the older folk likely to be punished by the impending Bedroom Tax. Affordable Housing is likely to be incorporated in any commercial development that takes place in the village but it is highly unlikely it will be reserved for local people.

BE ALERT: Police are warning that there have been a number of door to door sellers in the district of late, together with reports of suspicious males asking for gardening work. Should anyone be aware of such callers appearing in their areas please report the incidents to the police. The non-urgent number is 101.

LET’S WALK: On Saturday next week (March 16) the Footpath Society will be out and about locally and will finish with a special treat. Gather at 2 Strawlands at 2pm ready for a circular walk around Plumpton covering between four and five miles after which participants will be treated to a strawberry tea. If you really need to know more in advance, simply ring 01273 890450.

COFFEE MORNING: Saturday next week will also herald one of those popular coffee mornings organised on behalf of our local churches that will be held in All Saints’ church annexe between 10am and 2pm. A chance for a chat, a cuppa, maybe a snack and the opportunity to meet and make friends. I suspect that there will also be some interesting stalls to browse. Absolutely everyone will receive a welcome, even sinners like me.

COUNCIL VACANCY: Following the resignation of Kathy Baker on health grounds, there is a vacancy on Plumpton Parish Council. Notices are being posted and if ten or more electors request it by March 22 an election will be called to find a replacement. Otherwise the Council will co-opt another member. Further details from the parish clerk, Jean Stewart, 01273 891416 or the returning officer for Lewes District Council at 32 High Street, Lewes.

RUGBY LATEST: Plumpton RFC hosted Hove at the weekend, losing 48-10.Tries from colossus Ed Bowman and veteran Dave Dunn were not enough to keep Hove at bay. Hove boasted a strong 22 man squad against Plumpton’s 15 and used their extra pace to good effect. Plumpton were able to bully their opposition, Craig Wells putting most attempted first up tacklers to the floor, but when Hove had the ball, their pace proved too much. Man of the match Craig Wells. This weekend Plumpton travel to Heathfield, ko 3pm.


LENTEN SIMPLE LUNCH today, Friday, at The Vicarage by kind invitation of the Vicar, Will Pratt, Linda his wife and our curate Sally Epps from noon to 2pm. The one on Friday, March 15, will be at 57 Harvard Road. There is no charge for these lunches but donations for St Mary’s Disaster Fund will be gratefully received.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society are holding this sale in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, commencing at 2pm. If you have any jumble to donate please bring it along to the hall as near to noon tomorrow as possible.

ANNUAL BUMPER QUIZ: Do remember that this event, organised by Bob Cairns is being held in the village hall tomorrow evening, Saturday, and is in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on February 27 was: 1, David Coutinho and Steve Cocking; 2, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster, Alan Grindley and David Warner; 4, Liz and Tim Owen. The next meeting of the club will be in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday commencing at 7.30pm.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: Please note that the March meeting will be held on Friday, March 15 (brought forward because of Easter) at 7.45pm. Ian Everest will be speaking and his talk is entitled Old South Heighton: A Downland Village with an Industrial Past.

ANNUAL JUMBLE SALE: Ringmer Primary Home School Association are holding their annual Jumble Sale on Saturday, March 16, from 2pm to 4pm. Donations of jumble gratefully received from 2.45pm on Friday March 15 or Saturday morning until 11.30am. If you are unable to deliver please phone 01273 814929 and someone will be happy to collect. Further information from 01273 813860/812463.

RACE NIGHT: Ringmer Primary Home School Association would like to thank the following companies for so generously sponsoring their recent Race Night which made a fantastic profit of £1,300. Bone Clothing, Busy Bee Garage, Clarke’s Glass, Chameleon Designs, Cliffe Veterinary Group, Cock Inn, Eliza Brown, Eden Therapy, Freeman Forman, Glyndebourne Opera, Goldcliffe Garden Centre, Harveys, John Harvey Tavern, Knill James, Lewes Golf Club, May’s Farm Cart, Neil Blackburn Carpentry, Nigel Isted Roofing, Panda Garden, PG Kitchens, Sarah Edmunds Legal, Snap On, Stanley & Partners, Snow Drop Inn, The Dorset, The Green Man and The Old Ship.

PRODUCTION: It is hoped you have got your tickets for the spring production which the Dramatic Society are putting on in the village hall from Wednesday to Saturday, March 20 to 23, commencing at 7.45pm each evening. The play is a murder/mystery called Strictly Murder by Brian Clemens and is being directed by Jayne Marshall-Roelich. Tickets are available at £8 each either online with a debit/credit card at, or by phoning Denis Drinan on 07753 317373 or e-mailing him on or from Middletons in the shopping precinct. This play should provide the audience with a good evening’s entertainment.

rodmell & southease

THE COFFEE CLUB had its meeting in the village hall on Wednesday February 27 and it was nice to meet up with other villagers for a while. I can’t always stay long at any even these days because being a carer means you have to work your days out by hours and time spells. I have to say we, who go to these functions, really appreciate the efforts people put in for us, and they are usually busy people who have lot to cope with anyway. The next Rodmell Coffee Club meeting will be at Monks House, hopefully in the garden, on Wednesday March 27. We had a glorious day last year, do come along.

ANNUAL MEETING: Rodmell Horticultural Society’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday was as usual a good event with Michael Blencowe giving us a talk and slide show about being a wildlife officer with the Sussex Wildlife Trust. He has a great sense of humour and kept us all entertained for an hour and 20mins which went very quickly. As Michael told us it’s very sad that the water vole population is dwindling but the mink population is still thriving. I spent a lovely time last summer watching water voles in the water channel in Southover Gardens but unfortunately a local magpie had also sussed out their playground and was watching intently. There used to be a lot of mink in wood piles belonging to the waterboard at Southease at one time, and I had to keep my dog from going near them as mink are vicious and veracious creatures.

FUNERAL: Linda Dartnell’s funeral at Newhaven Cemetery was very well attended and this meant so much to husband Derek and the families. They would like people to know how much they appreciated the cards, phone calls etc. Our thoughts are with them.

ENQUIRY: I get the occasional mystery or enquiry through the column and one has arisen recently. An enquiry was sent recently to the care home where my mother used to be in Kingston. A Mrs Elaine Brazier is trying to trace her uncle Mr Leonard James Fade who used to live at 3 Hawth Close, Bishopstone, Seaford. A neighbour has told her he is now in a care home in the Lewes area but she has yet to find him. The strange thing is, I used to work with him, in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Sussex for many years. He was a well liked man who was a technician and known as Jim. He always called me Princess which amused me. If you can help Elaine find her uncle tel: 01304 852012 or email

RODMELL WI are holding the first Jumble Sale of the season on Saturday March 16 at 2pm in the village hall. The next meeting is on Tuesday March 19 in the village hall. After the business the meeting will have a mystery Easter Theme.

DON’T FORGET the concert in Rodmell Church on Wednesday March 27 at 7.30pm by the Lea Grahams Quartet. Tickets are £5 from Jenny Brown on 01273 473939.

MOTHERING SUNDAY: On Sunday there will be a Family Service in the church at 11am, when children will receive a posy for their mother.

THE SPRING SHOW will be in the village hall on Saturday March 23. Schedules will be delivered in advance to all homes in the parish.