Parish Pump Lewes - May 18,2012


BARCOMBE WI: The main purpose of the May meeting was to discuss the single resolution that is going forward to the National Federation of WI’s AGM to be held at the Royal Albert Hall on May 30. The resolution urges the Government to increase investment in training, employment and retention of midwives in England and Wales. During the discussion members described how lack of resources had impacted on their families. Many agreed that due to shortage of midwives care is sometimes fragmented, delayed or rushed. There were questions about the role of maternity support workers and how much responsibility they could be given. After a lively discussion members voted unanimously in favour of the resolution. Forthcoming events were next on the agenda and we can look forward to visiting Downderry Lavender Nursery in August, dates were fixed for various monthly activities and we are very hopeful of being included in a tour of the Glyndebourne Wind Turbine on June 15. There is a busy time ahead. On June 1 we are serving an afternoon tea for a group of 35 disabled members of Seaford ESDA Group while two days later, as part of the Barcombe Diamond Jubilee Celebrations on the recreation ground, we will be serving tea with home-made celebration cakes to an estimated 400 people. Final arrangements were put in place for these events. A report on the East Sussex Annual Council Meeting at Eastbourne concluded the business. Members were able to enjoy the rare luxury of a long refreshment break giving time to get to know our new members and perhaps exchange a few snippets of gossip? Our next meeting will be on Tuesday June 12 at 7.30pm when our speaker will be Claire Carpenter. Her talk draws inspiration from her grandmother’s poverty stricken childhood in rural Ireland and will look at two bequests we leave our children, Roots and Wings. Visitors and new members are very welcome Please join us.

GARDEN CLUB: We took over £1,000 at the plant sale last Saturday. This enormous amount is thanks to Jane for all her hard work in producing such healthy plants. Would people return the white modules and pots to Jane or Mary when the plants have been planted out please?

BARCOMBE PLAYERS are casting for the autumn play (a comedy). Everyone welcome (all ages). Contact Alison Hutchins on 400924 or e-mail


JUMBLE SALE in aid of Chailey Royal British Legion Women’s Section is tomorrow, Saturday, at 11am at the Free Church Hall. Please bring jumble donations to the hall in the morning. For jumble collection call Susannah on 01825 724335.

CRICKET sees Chailey at home, (at the sports ground just off the A272) in a league game against Staplefield tomorrow, Saturday, and a friendly game against Sussex Ukrainians on Sunday. Both games start at 2pm and supporters are most welcome.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church Services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and All Age Family Service with the first performance of Pete’s Puppets at 10am. Information about the services and events at St Peter’s are available at Free Church services on Sunday are a Family Service at 10.30am and at 6.15pm with Martin Povey. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the services.

AGM: The sports club annual general meeting takes place at the Sports Pavilion on Monday at 8pm.

THE MIXED STOOLBALL team are away to Nutley (at Fords Green) on Tuesday at 7pm. Spectators and prospective players most welcome. For more information call Kerry Lingard on 01825 722549.

THE PARISH COUNCIL meets at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations.

DARTS: Charity Fun Darts Night with Premier League stars James Wade, Simon Whitlock and five times world champion Raymond van Barneveld along with a whole host of top professionals is at Roffey Social and Sports Club, Horsham, on Friday May 25 in aid of Bradbury Enhanced Care Service, which is part of Chailey Heritage Clinical Services. All proceeds from the event will go to the service which provides crucial support for young adults with complex health needs, physical disabilities and life limiting conditions. The night provides the chance for you to play against some of the best PDC professionals, while contributing to an excellent cause. Tickets for the event are £20 for table seating or £12.50 for standing and can be purchased by calling 01403 210223 or online at If you are unable to attend but wish to make a donation visit

OPEN GARDEN at St Peter and St James Hospice takes place on Saturday May 26 from 1.30pm to 5pm. Do go along and support the hospice gardeners, go on a tour of the woodland walk, buy plants and homemade teas and enjoy the Ditchling Morris and Mummers Dancers. For more details call the Fundraising Department at the hospice on 01444 471598.

OPEN DAY: Chailey Crafters open day is at the Reading Room on Thursday May 31 from 11am to 3pm. It is open to all to pop in and see or try their hand at spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet and rugging. The crafters are keen to chat about their crafts so do go along and ask questions. Refreshments will be available.

PICNIC: A red, white and blue all-age picnic is taking place at Roeheath, as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, on Monday June 4 from 2pm to 4pm. All are invited to join the celebrations, bring your own picnic and wear something red, white, blue or red and white and blue. Please park at the village hall if you can. Local musicians will be playing throughout the afternoon.

PORKY’S PARTY organised by the bonfire society takes place at Balneath Field on Saturday July 20. Tickets to include pig roast, salad and pudding, along with a live band and bar cost £20 and are available on 01273 400632 and at

PARISH ALLOTMENTS are in North Chailey and the parish council have agreed to retain allotment rents at £30 per year (unchanged since 2010). There is an allotment waiting list but this has recently reduced as some plots have been relinquished or are now being shared. If you wish to be added to the waiting list call Vera Grainger, the clerk, on 01825 740409.


Offham & Hamsey

COUNTRY PURSUITS: A new shop has opened up at Cooksbridge Station selling fishing, shooting and camping equipment along with country clothing.

COOKSBRIDGE STATION: Those who use the trains will have already seen the art work in the waiting room, in two large poster frames, which has been produced by Hamsey CP School. All credit to the children. Even if you don’t use the train it will be worth a look and at the same time notice the flower tubs on the platform, all due to the work of the Cooksbridge Station Partnership. Themes will change each term; the next will be the Olympic Games. The station has had a facelift. Hartley Quinn Wilson have been giving it a coat of paint and the partnership have moved in, weeding the apron and planting shrubs. Bulbs have kindly been donated by the Lewes Garden Centre in Kingston and have been thriving nicely. The pavement has been brought back into service and will be resurfaced. The bushes will also be trimmed back by ESCC Highways and will then be kept trimmed by the partnership. Ian Ginn, a Hamsey Parish Councillor, asked if there is anyone out there who is handy with shears as help with trimming twice a year on a Sunday morning would be welcome. He also asked, how many of you can carry two full watering cans at the same time for a maximum distance of 100 yards and two empty cans over the same distance back. Contact Ian on 01273 483896. Hartley Quinn Wilson are storing the two watering cans in their office and there is an outside tap in their car park.

VILLAGE HALL: The annual general meeting of the hall trustees takes place on Friday May 25 in the hall at 7pm. This is a public meeting and all residents are invited. A report and accounts for the last year will be presented and some prospective changes to the constitution will be tabled for discussion. There will also be the election and appointment of trustees to serve during the forthcoming period. If you are interested in becoming a trustee, contact the secretary Kevin Froude on 01273 470067 or

HAMSEY HERITAGE PROJECT: Interpretation boards for prospective sites have been researched in conjunction with the South Downs National Park Authority. Only sites within the park boundaries are being considered at this stage and the provisional selection is as follows: Chalk Pit Inn, Hamsey Church, Cooksbridge Station, Village Hall, Offham Village Centre, Greenwich Meridian at the junction of the Drove and Ivors Lane. More about this later.

OLD PHOTOGRAPHS: With Picketts and its owner being mentioned recently I was pleased to find some lovely old black and white photos of when it was four farm workers cottages, along with one of the postman outside the cottages on his bicycle in the very deep snow, probably going back to the 1930s. When I lived at North Chailey in the 70s the lady that used to come in and help on occasions lived in Scaynes Hill, her name was Eileen Higgins. One day I mentioned I was coming over to Courthouse to have lunch and she told me that she knew it well as she used to live in one of Picketts cottages where her husband was the herdsman for Tulleyswells. She told me some wonderful tales of their time there and the history surrounding it. Derek’s mother was snap happy and always taking pictures of the area as well as a lot of cine films of the Arab horses and Jersey herd that she had. The films are still here in their containers, but unfortunately no cine to view them on.

BLACKTHORN: With the blossoms almost over I was interested to read a piece about this prickly bush that grows along the hedgerows and roadsides which has been joined by the cheering blooms of wild cherry and pears. It says that it is a wonderful cover for game birds and gives great confidence because of its impenetrable thickets of spiny black branches. The blossom provides vital bee food before there is much else around. The blackthorn’s ubiquity is due to its ability to grow in a wide range of soils: acid, neutral or alkaline, rich loams, light sands, heavy clay or thirsty chalk. It also supports vast quantities of insects and provides secure lodgings for birds, including nightingales. No wonder there is so much blackthorn around here as I am entirely on chalk which makes it difficult to grow a lot of things. The good thing is that there are so many pheasants around and it is an area for nightingales. Very pretty to look at but very painful if you get pricked by its thorns or caught up on a branch.


LADIES GROUP: At the May meeting Frances Lacey-Scott asked if he could change his original talk topic and tell the group about his walk on the Camino de Santiago de Compastello, from which he had just returned from his second trip, completing more than two thirds of the 500km pilgrimage, over the two years, and hopes to complete next year. Frances gave an excellent insight into the history of the pilgrimage and showed slides to illustrate his talk. He told of the Albergues where pilgrims can stay overnight and partake in excellent meals all at very reasonable cost. The route is marked quite clearly with very large yellow arrows, where other travellers often leave messages for friends coming up behind them. The talk was excellent and members enjoyed the changed subject.

OVER THE WEEKEND 1,500 joggers and walkers made their way through the village, having started their trek in Richmond London on the Saturday walking through the night to Sunday, to complete the course in Brighton, some 100km. We could not help but admire all of them, some looking so fresh and fit still jogging on, others walking quite comfortably and those who were obviously suffering, with stiff legs, hurt knees and blistered feet, but still manly walking on. The route was very well marked through the village with markers shining in the dark. According to a flag flying from our footbridge, the run was organised by Challenge Events, and their website called it the Global Hunger Project. Each participant had to pay £75 to enter and was encouraged to raise over £300 through sponsorship. They all certainly earned their sponsorship.

FREE CONCERT tomorrow, Saturday, at St Laurence Church featuring The Pastores Ensemble a popular ensemble of lutes, viols, guitar and voice directed by Robert Carrington. They return to St Laurence for a programme of early to contemporary music. The concert is from 5.30pm to 6.15pm.


PLANT SALE: Macmillan Cancer Support are holding a Plant and Home Produce Sale on Tuesday, between 10am and noon at the Kingston Community Pavilion, by kind invitation of the pavilion committee. Entry, which includes coffee and biscuits, £2.

KINGSTON WI: The May meeting opened with words of warning. Ladies were advised to avoid leaning too far backwards on the new chairs: one had tipped over earlier in the week. They were reminded also that great care is necessary when walking in the vicinity of cows with calves: two incidents had been reported in the Iford area. The president noted the success, on April 29, of Kingston’s ACWW walk, Women Walk the World. Heavy rain had stopped an hour before the walk was due to start, miraculously the rain resumed only when participants were enjoying tea and cakes in the pavilion afterwards. The walk had raised £90.50 towards providing water for five villages in Malawi. Hazel Craven told us that Associated Country Women of the World was established in 1933 and the Triennial Conference will be held in India in 2013. With its wide aims of providing leadership and skills training and income generation, ACWW is active in more than 70 countries, supporting a range of rural women’s small-scale development projects. Vicki Scott will be collecting donations of haberdashery, these may be given to her directly or taken to any meeting between now and September. Assortments will be sent to Sierra Leone to follow the 50 sewing machines already transported there. Peggy Nicholson reported on the Sussex Federation’s council meeting held at Eastbourne on March 28. A selection of photos that had been taken at the Gala Tudor Evening were screened during the tea and coffee break. The WI display for the Kingston Hobbies Fair was on show.

The May meeting is traditionally for resolutions and discussion. Unusually only one resolution, out of a short list of six, is going forward for debate at the National AGM at the Royal Albert Hall on May 30, when delegates will vote on whether the NFWI should pursue this as a campaign. There are chronic shortages of midwives. The NFWI calls on the government to increase investment in the training, employment and retention of midwives in England and Wales to ensure services are adequately resourced and are able to deliver a high standard of care. This proposal was presented with passion by Mary Cattermole. The birth rate is rising, there is a higher rate of complex pregnancies from factors such as obesity, older mothers, and more multiple births, and many NHS trusts are affected by shortages of midwives. Mary, and experienced nurse herself, had listened to a number of practising midwives and was able to give details of the choice available to mothers-to-be (maternity wing of a General Hospital; specialised birthing unit; home) and to describe the scenarios of the stressed and rushed care that can occur. Anecdotal evidence arose during discussion. A voice of concern about the cost was raised. It was suggested that it might be desirable for some NHS money set aside for litigation, apparently highest for Maternity Services, to be gainfully used to employ more midwives. The result of the vote was 27 in favour, none against, one abstention.

Members have been asked to consider the merits of three possible venues, offering different options regarding delegates and observers and cost, for the Centenary AGM of the National Federation in 2015. These are the O2 Arena, Wembley Arena, the Royal Albert Hall. A vote will be taken at the next meeting to be held on June 7. The speaker at this June meeting will be Pat Bryer. Her talk is entitled Choice Joyce: a flavour of Joyce Grenfell. The subject of the competition, for anyone wishing to take part, will be Amusing Quotations. (Joyce Taylor).


FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Bank Holiday Monday, a group of 24 of us set off from the Laughing Fish Pub in the village of Isfield. The walk took us across very marshy fields initially but then into woods where the ground underfoot wasn’t so wet. The bluebells were spectacular in places but there were no wood anemones to be seen. We crossed the busy A26 and walked alongside Plashett Park Estate and its several large lakes. This land once belonged to the Prior of Lewes in the 13th century where he had a hunting lodge. After a long stretch of woodland, we were once again in open fields which were thankfully not so muddy underfoot. There were good views of Horsted Place but the East Sussex Golf Course was hidden by the trees with their fresh green foliage. We then crossed the railway bridge over the Lavender Line and were very excited when a steam locomotive passed beneath us. As we got back to the pub, it started to rain and we felt very lucky to have had a dry morning and such a lovely walk.

The next walk is on Sunday at Devils Dyke. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

WESTGATE WI: A party atmosphere was conjured up to mark Westgate WI’s 25th anniversary, but first came debate on the WI resolution going forward to the AGM. Members heard the pros and cons of employing more midwives in England and Wales. Points covered included the current problem of chronic staff shortages, with the Royal College of Midwives estimating a shortfall of 4,700 midwives in England alone. Other factors were a rising birth rate as the UK experiences a baby boom and complications in birth due to more older women and more overweight women giving birth, and more multiple births. Then came questions of whether more midwives were the answer and could the existing staff be deployed more effectively using midwife assistants. This was set against a backdrop of financial constraint with the NHS as a whole expected to contribute more than £15 billion of efficiency savings by the end of 2013/14. After serious discussion and voting, members enjoyed a buffet lunch with splendid birthday cakes. The next meeting is on June 13. Next crafts is on May 23. (A Stephen).

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday May 1, Ladder: 1, Peter and Irene Gannon; 2, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 3, Meic Goodyear and Roy Skan. May 8: 1, Mike Keeping and Janet Cattermole; 2, Richard Burnett and Di Johnstone; 3, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson. May 3: 1, Pam Brooks and Babs Sears; 3, Peter Cattermole and Adela Thomas; 3, Nigel Osmer and Jennifer Wilson. May 10, X imps: 1, Alan Disney and Rita Hartnell; 2, Adela Thomas and Susan Louis; 3, Nancy Wiginton and Mickie Lodge. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings or Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

TABLE TOP SALE in aid of St John sub Castro Church tomorrow, Saturday, in Cliffe Church Hall, 9.30am to 1.30pm. Cakes, jewellery, glass, books, etc. Refreshments available. Admission free.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall 12.15pm to 12.45pm; Chalvington post-box 1.55pm to 2.15pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2.20pm to 2.45pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm.


AGM: Nevill Residents AGM is to be held in St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road on Monday at 8pm. As well as the election of officers, it will include matters arising from the March meeting and any other concerns that residents would like to raise. Please come along and see what the association has done in the last year.

HEDGES: Has anyone else noticed the fact that hedges are intruding more and more onto the pavements around the estate? This seems to be because the hedges are not cut back to garden boundaries. It must be difficult for parents with pushchairs to walk on some of the pavements.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be conducted by Dr Graham Campling and at 6.30pm Rev Geoffrey Whitfield will lead worship which will include Holy Communion. During the week we have a Think Tank meeting on Wednesday at 7.30pm and Professor Laurence Lerner will be leading our thoughts on The Case for Pacifism.

SOCIAL CENTRE: On Wednesday last week, at St Mary’s Social Centre, a callous thief broke into the roof space over the hall and ripped out all the copper piping. This of course caused massive flooding to the stage and floor with water cascading from the ceiling. Police were called at about 3am when a man was spotted on the roof of the main building. It is believed that all the piping was left behind as the thief made a run for it, followed by a dog unit. Major damage has been caused to one end of the building with equipment belonging to the Brownies and Guides, pantomime and sports sections, being destroyed. Hard work from several volunteers and an emergency plumber managed to restore the hall into a usable state for the darts tournament on Friday evening and the Hustlers 60s band on Saturday. The Cottage Pre-school was closed for a time and other youth groups are affected. While things are getting back to normal, the Trustees of the Centre hope to restore facilities as soon as possible.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Royal International Horse Show and Horse of the Year Show. Jessica Soltermann (6SE/CS) who broke her femur last summer has recently qualified for these shows. Well done Jessica and what an amazing recovery. Tag Rugby: Well done to Jahvarnie Clarke who was awarded a medal for Tag Rugby at a Lewes Rugby Club event last weekend. Pot Luck Supper today, Friday, 6.30pm to 10pm. Yr 6 families come and share supper and have fun with friends while raising money for the Patina Moving On Parade. Tickets for adults £1, children 50p. David Bradford, a Lewes resident who will be carrying the Olympic torch through Eastbourne on July 17 is coming to talk to the children in an assembly in June. Many thanks to Brian Courage for helping us make contact.

ST MARY’S SUPPORTERS CLUB Annual meeting will be held on Monday June 11 at 8pm. The committee would very much appreciate seeing as many members as possible.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open from 10am till 11am today, Friday, morning in the village hall. There is always a good selection of goodies to purchase, delicious savouries, cakes, chutneys and loads of seasonable vegetables, plus a good selection of bedding plants.

THE BOWLS CLUB are playing both games at home this weekend. Tomorrow, Saturday, they play Barcombe and on Sunday St Francis. Both games commence at 2.30pm.

THE CRICKET CLUB have a busy weekend. The first X1 are playing Rye at home the second X1 are away to Rotherfield. The third X1 are playing Newhaven III, this match will be played on the Temple Grove Ground, and the fourth X1 will be playing at Crowhurst Park. These are all leagues games and play will be commencing at 1.30pm. On Sunday Newick will travel to Mayfield. The junior Under 13s will play Haywards Heath away on Wednesday. This game commences at 6pm.

NEWICK ROOTZ: An 18-page booklet is now available describing a delightful short walk of just 1.3 miles, starting at Newick School in Allington Road and going through the beautiful Beechland Mill Wood. The booklet is fully illustrated in colour, describing the wildlife and the interesting historic features that can be seen along this route. The Newick Jubilee celebration will include a guided tour of the route on June 5. The booklet costs £2 and is available from Newick News and General Store, the Post Office, Sussex Village Store, Philania’s Bakery and R R Alderman the family butcher. The Newick Rootz s a friendly volunteer group actively engaged in maintaining and improving public footpaths and bridleways in the Newick parish. For further information contact Tony Turk on 01825 723273.

Heathfield Show A reminder that this will be held on Saturday May 26, which is not the Bank Holiday weekend. This will be 65th Agriculture Show and once again celebrating all that is good in the local High Weald, including the farming community and the rural areas that support them. There is a lot of excitement and anticipation around the Showground on Show Day. A good family day out. Fingers crossed for a lovely sunny day.

SUNDAY SERVICES this week are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please ring 01825 722582 in advance.

MY APOLOGIES for not having any reports in the papers over the last few weeks.


MAD CYCLISTS: Some crazy residents are planning to cycle twice from London to Brighton to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation. At midnight on May 26/27 Dazza’s Dazzling Dudes, comprising Darryl Bailey, Jonathan Taylor and James Eastwood, will set off for the night ride, then on June 17 a team of the same name, but comprising Darryl Bailey, James Eastwood, Rob Sindon, John Sheeran, Simon Newington and Jason Clift will do the ride by daylight. To sponsor any one or even all of them please go to Bailey and click on the donate now button. They reckon they’re worth it, but in any case the charity is.

JUBILEE SHUTDOWN: Advance warning that Station Road will be closed between the Plough pub and the playing field on June 4 between 10.30am and noon because of the planned procession.

JUBILEE ANTICS: The full programme for Plumpton’s Jubilee celebrations will appear in the June parish magazine but there is a lot of detail in the current edition if you wish to plan ahead.

PARISH COUNCIL: Following last week’s Plumpton Parish Council meeting, Terry Thompsett and Paul Nicholson remain chairman and vice-chairman respectively.

PLUMPTON HOUSE HISTORY: This is a way of sharing an aspect of our everyday history with others in the village and capturing the character of Plumpton in 2012. You are invited to display a short story of the history of your house over the Jubilee holiday. The story can be about when it was built, what was there before, who lived there previously, who is there now, and any story about the house you would want to share. The information should go on an A4 sheet with a photo of your house if possible. If you give this to Peter Baker (890508) he will laminate it for you ready to put up outside your house over the Jubilee holiday. Afterwards everything will be put together to form a record for future generations to read on the local Plumpton websites and, at a later stage might be produced as a booklet (that’s why the photo is helpful). For details please see the parish council website at or the VAP website

RUGGER WIN: Plumpton RFC held its Annual Bank Holiday 7s tournament on Sunday and came away as winner for the first time in five years. Fielding a youthful side, featuring 10 players who all boasted pace and power, they managed to easily overcome Burgess Hill Colts and Norfolk Arms, who proved equally abrasive, with some ease. However, the incumbent holders of the title; Newick RFC also boasted a strong 1st team line-up. Plumpton however were three tries up in the first half and managed to win in style, before overcoming Burgess Hill in their final game to win back the 7s title without loss. Special mention to Dan Franks in his first game of 2012 because injury, who was also top try scorer with five. Mentions also to Rhys Beale, Colm Evans, Adan Turrell, Grant Restiereux, Alex Aston, Richard Lawrenson, Tom Chase, Justin Smith, Jack Cook and Captain Lewis Beale.


VILLAGE FETE tomorrow, Saturday, on the Village Green from 2pm to 5pm. There will be lots of stalls and fun things to do. We just keep our fingers crossed that the weather will be kind to us particularly as our friends from Ringmer’s Twinning Partnership of Belgentier and Geschwenda will be in Ringmer and taking part. However no matter what the weather is like the fete will take place. In the evening there will be a hog roast and live music on the Green from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Tickets are available from Middletons at £5. If you don’t want to eat but just wish to listen to the music you pay £2 on the night.

TAIZE SERVICE : On Sunday at 6.30pm in St Mary’s Church there will be another of the popular Taize style services. This service provides music, silence and meditation in a style of worship that owes something to the Celtic tradition as well as those in the French community after which it is titled. The theme for this service will be the Ascension.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on May 9 was: 1 Richard Newton and Simon Webster; 2, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 3, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery. The next meeting of the club will be on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Symons Hall.

PENTECOST BUFFET LUNCH: This will be held on Sunday, May 27, at 1pm in the village hall. If you would like to attend this event please let Shirley Squires on 812407, know as it does help with the catering to get a rough idea of numbers. There is no charge for this lunch but donations will be gratefully received.

FASHION SHOW: You may remember enjoying the Fashion Show held in aid of the Ringmer Village Hall appeal in June last year. It was such fun and so successful that it is being done again. It will be held in the village hall on Saturday, June 16, doors will open at 7pm for 7.30pm start and tickets are £5. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with friends, watch a fashion show and then try on and buy a selection of High Street clothes at reduced prices; the clothes and accessories are from M&S, Next, Debenhams, Principles, BHS, River Island, Dorothy Perkins, Oasis and few designer names. All items are between 30 percent and 60 percent off, sometimes 80 percent off, and start from around £5. It is surplus clothing and will be in season. You can buy on the night, using debit cards or cash. The show is in aid of the village hall extension appeal and is being run in association with Travelling Trends. Tickets are available from Liz Owen on 01273 814220 or at Ringmer Wine Store on Springett Avenue. Seats are limited so buy your ticket early to guarantee a place.

RACE NIGHT: Ringmer Primary Home School Association would like to thank the following local businesses for their very generous support and sponsorship at their Race Night which raised over £1,000. Harvey’s Brewery, Cliffe Veterinary Group, The Green Man, May’s Farm, Cart, Clarks Glass, Goldcliff Garden Centre, The Dorset Arms, Chameleon Designs, The Cock Inn, Bone Clothing, PG Kitchens, The Snowdrop Inn, Elizabrown Children’s Shoes, Freeman Forman, Pizza Express, The Old Ship Inn, Knill James Accountants, Panda Garden, Eden Therapy Clinic, Stanley & Partners the letting agents, East Sussex National, Sarah Edmunds Legal, Ernest/Doe Power, Busy Bee Garage, Glyndebourne and Tesco. Thank you to all as the Association couldn’t have done it without you.

THE FORGE PETITION: A group of residents met with Gus Christie to hand over the petition to be passed on to the relevant Glyndebourne Trust. Mr Christie listened to their concerns and said he would meet with John Kay to discuss the parish council’s vision for the future of the village. John Kay has since informed the residents that a meeting has been arranged towards the end of the month with Strutt and Parker, himself and Gus Christie.

PARISH PUMP, MAY 25: Please note that as I have to have an operation I will be unable to do the Pump for the next edition of the Sussex Express. If you have anything you wish to go into the Ringmer News please phone it into the paper direct by lunchtime on Tuesday.

Rodmell & Southease

SADLY my hen pheasant, who had been sitting on her nest of eggs in the back garden, has come a cropper. I suspect one of the many cats or perhaps the squirrel must have frightened her off the nest between 10am and 11am on Monday morning as there were lots of feathers, no blood, but a nest of cold eggs. No sign of her body anywhere which makes me think she was badly frightened. I am very sad about it.

PLANT SALE: I’m sure Southease plant sale on Monday May 7 did well, as it always does. Ours was on Saturday and was a very successful event. I know my friend and neighbour Lorna was pleased with her purchases. Unfortunately I could not make it, probably just as well, because I’m surrounded by tomato plants even after having given many away and there are boxes of seedlings in the greenhouse.

JUMBLE SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, it’s jumble sale time again in aid of the village hall funds in the village hall at 2pm.

MAIL: My friends and relations, especially those abroad, love to get cards and letters from me by snail-mail. They say it is a real treat that someone cares enough about them to go to the shop, write a card or letter, pay for postage and then they have the joy of the postman dropping a proper letter through the letterbox along with the endless junk mail. It makes a change they tell me from the soulless cards sent on their computers which cannot be displayed on a shelf or windowsill, making the statement that somebody loves them enough to go to this bother. I’ve heard people who work in offices say they love to see envelopes appear as it means human contact, and in some cases I hear these letters get priority attention.

BLUEBELLS: There are lots of bluebells around this year and I have clumps appearing everywhere. They are such a heavenly blue.

LAST WEEK I took my neighbour Cindy out to Ditchling for tea with Jude Bovington, who used to live opposite me, and next door to Cindy. We had a lovely two hours catching up on news, and these two ladies, despite having coped with very bad health issues for years, are two of the most cheerful, kind people I know. I think their life saying must be smile and the world smiles with you. Well done girls, we need more like you to set us all an example.

OUR FIELD was cut this weekend and there is some wonderful hay on it which I aim to rake up and bag for the goat else it is such a waste. It smelt lovely while it was being cut. Several people have been around for compost as there are various heaps around the properties and I’m only too glad that people can make use of it.

MUSHROOMS: I heard on the radio that if you wish to get rid of mushrooms or toadstools on your lawn, sprinkle them with water, then sugar. Evidently they over-carbohydrate then shrivel up and disappear. I personally like the mushrooms on my lawns, and I have friends that occasionally come foraging for fungi on the property. They know what they are doing.

CYCLISTS: Yet more cyclists riding the wrong way down Friars Walk on Saturday when it was busy. Don’t they know how dangerous this is? If they had an accident they would no doubt blame the motorist.