Parish pump Lewes - May 16, 2014

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GARDEN CLUB: Don’t forget the Annual Plant Sale at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday. Doors open 9am. As always, a great selection of home-grown plants for your garden. On Tuesday, at 7.30pm in the village hall, Ian Hilder will present A Potted History of Local Gardening, and will take us on a search for evidence of Barcombe’s Gardening History. Bring along your photographs and your memories. Visitors warmly welcomed.

STOOLBALL: We’re back, so is the rain. However, the final of the 2013 August League had to be moved to the beginning of the 2014 season and on Tuesday, a cold and windy evening, Barcombe played Ringmer at Buxted for The Lily Mead Trophy. It was a very exciting final and I’m delighted to say we won. Barcombe 102 achieving 12 points, Ringmer 91 achieving six points. Our first league match against Plumpton was at home yesterday, Thursday.

COFFEE CAKE AND NATTER 10.30am to noon on Thursday at St Francis Church. Coffee £1, cake £1, tea £1. Also other goodies. Do pop in. In aid of St Peter and St James Hospice.

CARETAKER REQUIRED: Barcombe Parish Council wish to appoint a caretaker, to clean the sports pavilion and undertake other tasks relative to the care of the recreation ground and children’s playground. For further details, including job description and payment, please contact the parish clerk, Julia Shelley, on 01825 766356 or

BOWLS: Results from the two weekend matches: Saturday May 3, Barcombe away to The Crouch (Seaford): Derek Stewart 25 D Richards 14, Jas Osmond 11 N Atkins 21, John Blackmore 7 J Pope 23, Shaun Smith 19 M Atkins 17. The Crouch won the match 75-62. Sunday May 4, Barcombe home to Cross-in-Hand: Derek Stewart 12 Phil Meredith 17, John Osmond 10 John Ewart 21, Jean Uridge 12 Alan 24, John Blackmore 9 Stuart Foord 24. Cross-in-Hand won the match 86-43. Monday evenings are our Roll Up (practice evenings) from 6pm at the Bowling Green on the recreation ground. New members and visitors welcome.

QUIZ NIGHTS: The Hospice Support Group hold their popular quiz nights on the last Tuesday of the month at the Royal Oak. You and your team are most welcome to join us. The quiz held on April 29 raised £130, and the total money raised so far this year amounts to £1,540. Many thanks to everyone. For further information about the Support Group please contact Caz Austen on 01273 401740.

FETE: Vintage Village Fete, Saturday July 5, noon to 4pm at the village hall. This is going to be a lively village event for all ages. Clubs, societies together with lots of individuals will be participating and there will be games, bouncy castle, competitions including the Great Barcombe Bake Off, performances, food (including a sumptuous barbecue, tempting cream teas and absolutely delicious ice-cream), plus a thirst-quenching Pimms and Beer tent and so much more. The fete has a 1950s theme and there will be prizes for the best outfits. So make a date in your diary now.

THE RUDE MECHANICALS will be performing their latest production on the field at the village hall on Friday July 25 at 7.30pm. They will be making a much anticipated return with The Wife, a hilarious, tender and provocative play which digs deeply into the nature of love and marriage. Tickets available now at Barcombe Stores or online Early booking advised.


A PLANT SALE will be at the forecourt of the Horns Lodge tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to midday. As the sale is being organised by the horticultural society there is sure to be excellent summer bedding, tomato plants, vegetable plants, perennials and much more.

EDWARDIAN WEEKEND is at the Bluebell Railway this Saturday and Sunday. The main event takes place at Horsted Keynes featuring Edwardian locomotives and carriages, including some used in the filming of Downton Abbey. Trains will be running throughout the day on the Service Two timetable. There will be a summer fair at Horsted Keynes, with side stalls including a Hall of Mirrors, High Striker, and Swing Boats. Plus the Railway Band will play. The Bluebell Railway Pantry will serve refreshments from 11am to 5pm. More details available from the Information Office on 01825 720800.

CRICKET and Chailey have had an excellent start to the season; helped by Peter Dembrey getting six wickets for just 12 runs against Cowden Friendly XI. This weekend there are two home games at the sports ground just off the A272. Tomorrow, Saturday, there is a league game against Preston Nomads starting at 1.30pm and on Sunday a friendly against Sussex Ukranians at 2pm. For more information about the league or friendly team call Peter on 07709946880. Supporters are welcome and refreshments will be available.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s 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.

CAFE CHURCH is at the village hall this Sunday from 9.30am with Erik Cornellise. There will be free refreshments and activities for all ages and Traidcraft items on sale. At 6.15pm there will be a service with John Goodway at the Free Church. For more information call 01444 471600.

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday May 23 when the parish clerk will be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

YOUTH GROUP meet at the village hall on Friday May 23, 7.30pm to 9pm. There will be a range of activities available including 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. For more information call Gemma on 07843410895.

OPEN GARDEN Afternoon is being hosted by Brenda and Peter Martin on May 26 from 2pm to 5pm at Northfields, East Grinstead Road, North Chailey. Is this the greenest house in Sussex? You will find a beautiful garden supporting an eco-house, with rainwater harvesting to ground source heating. The garden is under development and is now in its fifth year and full of rhododendrons and azaleas. The front garden, once a drive, is now a beach grass garden, polytunnel and vegetable patch. There’s over an acre of garden to wander through. Admission is £4 (under 12s free) and teas and homemade cakes will be available, along with a plant stall. The proceeds raised will go to the St Peter’s Church Restoration Fund.

VOLUNTEERS are sought for Jazz on the Green which will take place on the Green, outside St Peter’s Church, on Sunday June 22. Whilst plans are well underway more help would be gratefully received to assist with stalls including bric-a-brac, plants and games such as sandpit treasure hunt, shut the box, peg game and throw the ball into jars. To volunteer or make a donation for a stall call Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586.

JESSICA’S Challenge: Jessica Pittams has decided to walk, run, swim and row a total of 2,014km by December 31. This works out at about 9km a day from the start of her challenge. Jessica is raising funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation because as she says on her JustGiving page ‘I want to support people who don’t expect but need’. If you would like to support Jessica please donate online at

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

HANSEL AND GRETEL at Mount Harry House on Saturday May 24 from 11am to 7pm. Based on Humperdinck’s magical opera, this is an interactive musical journey with 11 singers. Performances take place throughout the day in the woods and spectacular gardens. Suitable for all ages, especially children. Early booking advised, adults £10, children (under 16 years) £6. Advanced tickets available from Lewes Tourist Information Centre 01273 483448 or At the gate, adults £12, children £8. Ticket sales benefit the artists and musicians who lost everything in the Phoenix fire. Enjoy delicious wine and beer, gingerbread and tea, falconry, face painting and story telling etc.

THRIVING: The one remaining moorhen chick I saved is now able to feed itself and is running around the lawn. I hope it will now be safe from the kestrel hawk that has been coming into the garden and lurking around the bird feeders.


POETRY: Last Sunday saw St Laurence’s first poetry reading as part of our In the Beginning exhibition. We have had art shows, Heritage exhibitions, a fabulous concert series, choir practise and recordings on top of our regular weekly services but never a poetry reading. The afternoon was very much enjoyed. The audience settled down to listen to award winning poet Susan Skinner, Sue Nunn, John Taylor, published poet David Barnes and Francesca Proud. We had a short break in the middle to allow late-comers and unsuspecting exhibition visitors to look round the show and then we completed the poetry reading and rounded the afternoon off with tea and cake. The event was deemed a success and it looks as though it will become a regular feature of the exhibition. Many thanks to our poets for giving up their time to come and read, some from quite far away.

VETERAN: I was so busy with our poetry and the exhibition I did not have time to talk to Jon Glover about his trip to Holland, fortunately Rosemarie was able to chat to him, here is what she writes: Our war veteran, who attends our church, Frederick (John as we know him) Glover has just returned from a trip to Holland to visit the bridge at Arnhem, remembered in the film A Bridge too Far. He had been invited by the London Taxi Drivers’ Charity for the disabled and ex-servicemen. John was moved by the walk across the bridge but as he said there were other memorable moments. The organisers asked the visitors to sign up if they wish to participate the following morning in a 4km march, now remember John is 88 years old, his companion said no it was too much for him. After his friend had retired, John put his own name on the list, and when he then told his friend, not to be outdone, he went and added his name. Next morning off they went, not only ex-serviceman, but other organisations joined them in their march. John made us laugh recalling how there was an ex sergeant major in their line-up who shouted to them ‘come on men open up those legs’. A Royal Salute was taken by a member of the Netherland’s Royal family and the sergeant, shouted ‘I’ll take the salute men you keep your eyes front, we don’t want no trip ups’, but John wasn’t going to let that happen, Oh no, he turned his head right to take the salute. It sounded a memorable event, with crowds watching the march past six deep on the sides, cheering most when the ex-servicemen passed.

MUSIC: We have a real treat of a concert tomorrow (Saturday). Duck Soup, the folk band that gave us such an enjoyable concert last year, is returning. Members Adam Bushell, Ian Kearey and Dan Quinn will delight and astound us with their playing of the melodeon, dobra, marimba, phonofiddle mandolin, tiple and mouth organ, not to mention the musical saw; also some very fine vocals. If you like folk music, you will love this concert. The programme starts at 5.30pm, drinks available. Free entry with a retiring collection.

POND LIFE: The goslings that appeared at Falmer pond recently are growing quickly and are being well guarded by their parents and their self-appointed bodyguard, the white goose that has lived on the pond for some years. They are still at the fluffy down stage and very sweet. It is a pity visitors will try to feed them bits of bread, which is not good for them and also encourages the seagulls and worse. I’m looking forward to seeing some ducklings soon.

WHAT’S ON: The In the Beginning exhibition continues at St Laurence Church on Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 5pm, until May 25 and booklets of some of the poetry read at last Sunday’s event are available for sale there.

CONCERTS: We have a continuing series of concerts during May with one every week until May 24. Check here or on our website for details. To link in with the exhibition we are having a series of services led by Jeff Lake. The next is on Sunday at 5pm and will be a Common Worship Evening Prayer.

IAN McEWAN: University of Sussex alumnus Ian McEwan will be on the Sussex campus today (Friday) in conversation with Professor Peter Boxall. McEwan attended the university in the sixties.


KINGSTON WI: Our May 1 meeting began with a talk from PC Ella Graham-Scott to raise awareness of scams that can cost us a fortune. The scams are instigated through mail, telephone calls and internet and involve investment offers, lotteries and competitions. People have been led to think they will win the big prize and send in regular payments that total £1,000s, even £100,000s. Never provide banking or personal details to someone you don’t know, especially PIN numbers and passwords. Your bank or the police will never ask for your card and PIN. Do not respond to callers trying to sell investments; this is most often done by phone. If the investment seems too good to be true then it is most likely a scam; seek investment advice. You can get advice from The Little Book of Big Scams available through Sussex Police. Our second talk was from Jenny Greening, Nurse Specialist for Organ Donation in Brighton, to help us vote on this year’s WI Resolution about Organ Donation. The resolution is to encourage us to inform family and friends of our wishes regarding organ donation and to be on the organ donation register. Three people die each day in the UK waiting for an organ and four out of ten families would allow donation if they knew their relative’s wishes. One donor can save up to nine lives by giving their heart, lungs, kidneys, small bowel and liver, divided to benefit an adult and child. Other body parts for donation are bone, corneas, tissue, tendons, veins and arteries, heart valves and skin. Families need reassuring the donor’s body will be treated with respect during the process of donation and find it comforting others have benefited from donation. Black and ethnic groups have an even greater problem due to lack of organs for donation. We watched a short DVD about a 19 year old who had registered his wishes but hadn’t told his family. The resulting anguish could have been averted had he made his wishes clear. Finally the film showed the family were comforted, knowing he had saved several lives by his unselfish behaviour. The vote was 28 for the resolution with no abstentions and none against. The meeting’s business was of forthcoming group activities and preparations for WI teas and cakes for the village fete on June 21, preceded by a barbeque and followed by country dancing. The tapestry dedicated to the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes is on display in Lewes.


JUMBLE SALE: There will be a Jumble Sale in Laughton Parish Hall tomorrow, Saturday. Doors open 10.30am. Refreshments available. Jumble still wanted. Please contact Jean-Mary Crozier 01323 811385 email


SOUTHOVER CHURCH: We have a parent and toddler group called Lunch Bunch which meets every Thursday in term time in Southover church hall in St James’ Street. This is a great chance for parents and carers with babies and toddlers to enjoy a sandwich lunch and a chat. There are always plenty of toys and experienced helping hands, as well as friendly volunteers (all adults having an enhanced CRB disclosure). We enjoy having mums, dads, child minders and grandparents bringing the youngsters each week and getting to know them. Call 01273 470616 for more details or come along between noon and 1.45pm on a Thursday in term time. Our pirate-themed Children’s Holiday Club dates for 2014: Tuesday July 29 to Friday August 1. Publicity will be released soon. On Saturday May 24 there will be a 75 percent off Bargain Book Sale, 9.30am to 12.30pm in Cliffe Hall. Art, design, cookery, interiors, children’s books, stationery and plenty of ideas for Fathers’ Day gifts. A real opportunity to buy quality books at low cost. Southover Church, St John sub Castro and South Malling Church have all now voted overwhelmingly to move on to the next stage of the Trinity Project, with the aim of all working together and eventually becoming a single parish. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service with communion; 11.15am informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service. Do come and join us.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL this week welcomed their French exchange school from Itteville. On Tuesday, they spent the day with the Year 4s and 5s, enjoying singing, tag rugby and a picnic lunch on the field. Lots of French was spoken and the children all had to find interesting ways to try and communicate. Preparations are well underway for the South Malling performance commemorating the historic Battle of Lewes next Wednesday and Thursday. Children from Years 3, 4 and 5 have been studying the Battle and have now created their own songs and drama to be performed to parents and the school. They’re looking forward to a truly memorable performance. On Friday May 23, children once again have their Fun Run in which they are sponsored to run laps of the field. All proceeds go to the Friends of South Malling and are used to enrich the curriculum.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: Plans are well underway to refurbish the main church space, the toilets and the kitchen which have not been fully refurbished since 1990. This will involve repainting and also replacement of tired fitments in the other rooms. Part of the object will be to make it also a pleasant place for a range of uses for appropriate community groups and events. The church will once again be hosting two artists during Art Wave; this time working in full partnership with the Dairy Studio and Old Malling Farm as part of the Malling Trail. On Sunday there is a service of Holy Communion at 9.30am, led by acting Vicar, Revd Jeremy Bamber. All are welcome.

SUSSEX WILDLIFE Trust workers were taken by surprise when, on a very wet Friday, their butterfly event in Malling church and churchyard last week, still attracted a very good number of people to a presentation in the church and exploration outside, though they did not move beyond the churchyard to look for butterflies due to the wet weather. The next event is a similar presentation on wildflowers with a presentation, inside South Malling Church, on how to identify them and what to look out for, followed by a go outside and look session to put what has been learned into practice. This is on May 31, starting at 1.30pm. Just turn up. There is no cost.

MALLING FOODBANK distributed food from outside the Children’s Centre on Monday, as a result of the vandalism to the room they use in the Community Centre. The chair of the Tenants and Residents Association said that nothing will stop the food distribution. They are hoping to be back in their usual room next week, but if not, they will do as they have done this week and provide from the car park.

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.


MY BLOG: We went to the Mayor’s swan song last Wednesday which was a very good evening with great entertainment, the food was excellent and all done by volunteers and all in aid of Ruth O’Keefe’s main charity in her year of office. Colin and Kath Reynolds, our very own Nevill joint citizens winners for their work with the operatic and St Mary’s were there too. While I was collating and folding Lewes News on Saturday, a couple of Lewesian’s agreed with me as to where Landport Bottom came from as they’d never heard it called that either when they were young.

AGM: Nevill Residents’ Association AGM will be held on Monday in St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road, at 8pm and includes a presentation by Martin Blackwell on The Challenges and Opportunities in the Current Financial Climate. Also, officers’ reports and elections, matters arising from the March meeting and AOB.

NEVILL BONFIRE: The society will be holding a jumble sale at Ringmer Village Hall on Saturday May 24. We will be collecting jumble on the Nevill Estate after 6pm on Friday May 23.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Yr 4 and 5 children have been working hard for the last 10 weeks to learn and choreograph their own dance, based on Van Gogh’s Starry Starry Night which they performed along with seven other schools at Priory School to friends and family. Mrs Taylor reported back it was a lovely event, the children were very proud of their performance and enjoyed watching the other schools as well. Thank you so much to everyone for the absolutely fabulous response to our Chalklife Festival. So many people joined in to make it a tremendous team effort and the sense of fun and community was wonderful. The feedback has been really great and there are lots of photos on the Friends of Wallands Facebook site. We were extraordinarily lucky with the weather which helped to make it an occasion to remember. Several qualifying members of Wallands Chess Club were among 420 children of all ages who competed in the Sussex Megafinal of the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge 2014. After playing six tough games over seven hours Jonathan Britnell and Weill Courage made it through to the Southern Gigafinal which takes place in Reading in July.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: On Sunday May 25 at 6.30pm the Lewes Chamber Choir and East Sussex Community Choir will perform Battles for Peace and Freedom. Entrance is free. A Retiring collection for the Friends of St Anne’s Fabric Fund. On Sunday June 1, 11am to 1pm is Churchyard Open Day. Experts will help identify wildlife. Come and discover plants and species in our churchyard. Ploughman’s Lunch is held in StMary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road, on the first Wednesday in the month. Wednesday June 4 is the next lunch at 12.15pm at £2per head.

CHRIST CHURCH: We did really well at the cake sale at Tots last Friday. Just over £101 was raised for Samuel’s Children’s Charity and we welcomed two people from the charity who called in during the cake sale. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Christine Sweet and at 6.30pm by Rev Geoffrey Whitfield. This service will include Holy Communion and also the showing of a Christian Aid film. A warm welcome awaits you at Christ Churchyard.

PRE-SCHOOL: The Cottage Pre-school at St Mary’s Social Centre, is now taking applications for September. To apply please contact Colin Reynolds on 474979. The pre-school also has a website with lots of information at


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, morning in the village hall from 10am to 11am. May is the month when we can look forward to spring vegetables being available, so why not pop along and see what vegetables are on sale. There is always a good selection of cakes, savoury items, fresh eggs and preserves, plus some locally produced cheeses. Make sure you arrive early, so as not to be disappointed, and enjoy a cup of coffee.

THE BOWLS CLUB have a Saturday fixture tomorrow and are playing away at Barcombe. On Sunday the match is against St Francis at home. There are also two weekday games. On Wednesday Newick will travel to Southwick Park where play will commence at 2.30pm, and on Thursday they are playing away against Vic Drive and Eastbourne Ladies, at 2pm.

THE CRICKET CLUB also have a busy weekend. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI are playing away at Mayfield, the second XI will be playing at home against Herstmonceux, the third XI will be playing on the Temple Grove ground against Pett II, and the fourth XI will travel to Hailsham IV, these are all league matches and play will commence at 1.30pm. On Sunday they have a friendly match against Piltdown, on the Temple Grove Ground at 2pm.

SERVICES at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am, when Martin Pitman from the Leprosy Mission will be the preacher. After this service there will be a Ploughman’s Lunch, £5 and £2 for children of primary school age, in the Barn Centre at 12.30pm when you will have the opportunity to meet Martin. Telephone 722328 if you will be attending the lunch.

NEWICK GREEN WI: On Thursday Newick Green WI will hold their resolutions meeting. The resolution being voted on is about organ donations. There will be a discussion before the vote is taken and the result will go forward to a final vote at the AGM of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes in June and could form the bases for an NFWI Campaign. There is also a quiz accompanied by a glass of wine and some nibbles. This is at the Community Centre at 7.45pm, visitors will receive a warm welcome.

NEWICK CINEMA is a new community venture that is going to bring the very best and most popular films to Newick. You can purchase your tickets in advance emailing or telephone 01825 723392 or on the door. Tickets cost £6. This is a joint fund raising venture by the village hall and a range of local clubs and societies. The film is at the village hall on May 25 and will be The Railway Man, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. Doors open at 7pm, film will start at 7.30pm. The bar will be open and there will be homemade cakes and ice creams, hot or cold drinks will be available.


PELLS SCHOOL: Thank you to all the teachers who have supported the Year Six children to do their best in the SATs this week and well done Year Six for all your hard work.


PLUMPTON CROSS: Have you noticed Plumpton Cross is now easily visible to the naked eye. This is thanks to the efforts of the Plumpton 1264 And All That group organising recent events to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes. Planning consent has been obtained to erect an interpretation board relating to the battle to be sited on the road along the south of Plumpton racecourse. This will be unveiled during the commemorative walk on June 29 that will, to a large extent, follow part of the route of Simon de Montfort’s troops all those years ago. It started in Warningore Wood and then across the Downs.

COMMON WALK: No, that is not a reflection on the route or the walkers. Chailey Commons Society has organised a Local History Walk to take place tomorrow (Saturday). It will be on Pounds Common and start at 10am. More details on

FLOWER POWER: The flower club will stage one of its popular demonstrations in Plumpton village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Angie Hyde will stage a demonstration entitled Songs from The Wood. Visitors will receive a warm welcome, provided they are willing to stump up £2.50 at the door. In return they will get to see a great demonstration, enjoy some good company and receive a cuppa.

RUMMAGERS GET TRAINING: There has not been a village jumble sale for a few weeks, but bargain hunters should start sharpening their elbows and honing their instincts for a ‘steal’ as there will be a sale next Saturday, May 24 in the village hall at 2pm. This one is being organised in support of our local churches and naturally there will be refreshments to allow relaxation after the thrill of the chase, a cake stall and tombola.

EXTRA BUSES: A new bus service is to be introduced and it will operate from May 25 until September 30. However, do not get too excited as service 131 will only run on Sundays and Bank Holidays at four hourly intervals and will connect Newhaven and Hassocks. In Plumpton it will stop at the Half Moon at 11.05am, 1.05pm, 3.35pm and 5.35pm with return journeys 40 minutes later. By all accounts it is meant to serve walkers and other leisure users. The service is to be run by CTLA (what’s that?) funded by the SDNP Sustainable Transport Fund.

COMMEMORATIVE COVER: The postal souvenir commemorating the Battle of Lewes and the Plumpton connection is now on sale at Plumpton Post Office and Store. The envelope bears a first class stamp franked at Plumpton Green Post Office on May 14 and carries an attractive illustration drawn by one of Plumpton’s own talented artists, Lyndsey Smith. The envelope is not addressed so you can do that yourself, to whoever you wish, but the pack does contain a label bearing the address of the village Post Office if you prefer. This little gem costs a mere £2 and any profits will go towards funding future village community projects. Any enquiries should be addressed to me at The postmark and design are unique to Plumpton so this has to be a worthy collectible.

FORWARD BOOKINGS: Forthcoming events include the Plumpton Voluntary Driving Scheme coffee morning on Wednesday, May 28 and later that evening Mick Dennett will present a display of his delightful photography set to music to raise funds for St Peter and St James Hospice. More information in the Parish Magazine or visit and click on May, 2014.


MORNING MARKET: Do come along to the flower club morning market tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall from 10am to noon. There will be stalls for good as new clothes, plants, flower baskets, cakes, books and CDs, handmade cards, bring and buy and a fantastic raffle.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist, 6.30pm Taize Service; the service provides music, silence and meditation. The theme will be Creation with the chants being accompanied by an instrumental ensemble.

COUNTRY MARKET: Just a reminder the Country Market is open every Tuesday (but not May 27) in the village hall from 10am to 11am. We now have a selection of plants and vegetables as they come into season, in addition to the regular stalls selling sweet and savoury baked goods, preserves, home-made bread, free range eggs and local honey. We also have local cheeses, hand-made greetings cards and a variety of attractive craft items. Everything is home-made, hand crafted or home grown. Come and see what we have to offer.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday May 7, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Lesley Durrant snf David Warner; Joint 3, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith, John Weston and Roy Scan. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

BOWLS CLUB: Ringmer v Barcombe 58-67; Deanland v Ringmer 80-59; Bexhill v Ringmer 70-70.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society hold a jumble sale at the Ringmer Village Hall on Saturday May 24. Doors open at 2pm.

FOOTBALL CLUB: The actual playing is now over for another season and now the work begins on the pitch and ground to get it ready for next season and if you feel you can help in any way please let the club know. Today, Friday, is the players’ presentation evening and all supporters are very welcome to attend. The social side of the club carries on throughout the summer months. On Friday, May 30, the ever popular Fat Belly Jones Band play in the bar and the following weekend sees the return of the Hailsham Theatre Group and their Cabaret Night, suitable for all ages. Tickets are available from the clubhouse now. The club now has Sky Sports and the upcoming World Cup games will be shown in the bar.

Rodmell & Southease

MY APOLOGIES for no PP last week but with the Bank Holiday and staff holidays things went awry. At least everyone should have had a good break being able to enjoy the beautiful weather.

THE WIND: As I’m writing this on May 8, the wind is lashing at the lilacs in the garden, sending the lovely heads of blossom all over the lawns, and as the huge poppies in my border are about to come out I hop the winds die down soon. I’ve also only just had the storm damaged fencing replaced at great costs. I had to wait for ages to get any fencing, as I’m sure many readers will know there was a shortage, due to all the storm damage.

THE FUNERAL of Peter Jarrett will have taken place by the time this goes to print. He was a lovely man, well thought of, very kind to his animals, and someone who loved nature and farming. He will be sorely missed and we will all be thinking of his wife Pat and son Peter.

PLANT FAIR: I went to the Spring Plant Fair on May 5 at Southease. It seemed stalls were a bit thin on the ground but standards and prices were good. We missed the presence of Adrian Orchard, who was under the weather.

JUMBLE SALE in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm. Entrance fee 30p. Raffle and teas.

TODAY, Friday, the annual Village Meeting takes place in the village hall at 8pm. This will probably be packed as several planning issues are coming up. Also Broadband is a regular issue.

COACH TRIP: There are still a few places left for the coach trip to Wisley Gardens on Sunday. Phone Judith Bradbury on 470713.

WI: Rodmell and Southease WI meet on Tuesday to discuss the vote on the resolution to encourage donation of organs for transplant.

COFFEE MORNING in the village hall on May 21. All welcome.

PRODUCE STALL: This year the stall will operate a weekly Friday stall, 11am to 4pm, commencing on June 13 selling surplus produce such as fruit, vegetables, cakes, jams/chutneys, plants and craft items. If you wish to get involved contact Carolyn Orchard 470935.

COMPASS BUS: New limited Sunday and public holiday services between Lewes and Newhaven together with a connection to Sheffield park Gardens and Bluebell Railway. The new service, until September 7, includes a 10.40am bus No 123 from Newhaven Lower Place to Lewes Bus Station (arriving at 11.09am). Stops will be made at Piddinghoe Main Road, Southease Bus Shelter, Rodmell, Iford Signpost, Kingston School, Southover High Street, Lewes Bus Station. This bus will reach Kingston School bus stop at 10.59am and arrive at Lewes Bus Station at 11.09am. This same bus will then leave Lewes at 11.12am to continue to Sheffield Park as Bus 121 and arrive there at about 11.53am. The latest return journey to Kingston/Newhaven leaves Sheffield Park (as Bus 121) at 3.48pm and arrives at Lewes Bus Station at 4.20pm. This bus will then proceed to Kingston/Newhaven as Bus 123. Time tables can be obtained from Lewes Tourist Office. The telephone number for other enquiries is 01903 690025. This seems a good deal, please use it or lose it.