Parish pump Lewes - May 23, 2014


STOOLBALL: We have now played our first league game of the season. A home match against Plumpton played on a beautiful summer’s evening. Barcombe 138, Angharad Hills 50 runs, Olivia Duncan 5 for 23. Plumpton 115. A good start.

CRICKET: ESCL Div 2 Barcombe v Crowborough: Barcombe 188-10 in 46 overs: Paul Coppard 94, Matt Caldwell 24, Will Marler 18. Crowborough 121-10 in 34.3 overs: Nick Beck 3-14, Allan Trower 3-14, Rhys Alchin 3-34. Barcombe (30 points) beat Crowborough (11 points) by 67 runs. ESCL Div 9 Bells View Green III v Barcombe II: Barcombe 75 -10 in 29.4 overs: Bob Page 32, Tom Evans 26. BVG 76-1 in 16.3 overs: BVG (30 points) beat Barcombe (1 point)by 9 wickets.

THE 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 CLUB: Monday evenings are our Roll Up (practice evenings) from 6pm at the Bowling Green on the recreation ground. New members and visitors are welcome along.


CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, there is a league game against Balcombe starting at 1.30pm at the sports ground just off the A272. On Sunday there is a friendly against Southwick Wanderers, at Plumpton Agricultural College, starting at 2pm. For more information about the league or friendly team call Peter on 07709946880. Supporters are most welcome and refreshments will be available.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church, Sunday, 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. The church car park will be closed on Thursday for resurfacing work. Free Churchservices on Sunday are at 10.30am and 6.15pm to include Communion. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

OPEN GARDEN Afternoon in aid of St Peter’s Church Restoration Fund is on Bank Holiday Monday from 2pm to 5pm at Northfields, East Grinstead Road. There’s over an acre of garden to wander through at your leisure, which includes lots of rhododendrons and azaleas, a beach grass garden,

polytunnel and vegetable patch. Admission is £4 (under 12s free) and teas and homemade cakes will be available, along with a plant stall.

THE PARISH COUNCIL annual full council meeting is on Tuesday in the Reading Room at 7.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

CHARITY QUIZ is at the Horns Lodge on Tuesday at 8pm. Teams of up to seven, £2 per person entry. For more information call Linda on 01273


SUMMER TRAINING: Sessions for next season’s U15s (Chailey and Newick Colts FC) are taking place through the summer months at the sports ground on Monday evenings starting at 7pm. Prospective players are welcome to go along. For more information contact Steve Allan at steve.allan@gilead.comor on 07879 633287.

APPEAL: A defibrillator is vital in restarting the heart after a heart attack has occurred and the type which is being acquired will be usable by anyone with no prior knowledge. On opening it will talk you through the procedures; giving instructions on how to carry out chest compressions. It is hoped to have two defibrillators in Chailey, one sited at the Kings Head and the other in the vicinity of the Chailey Free Church. The cost of providing two pads (public access defibrillators) is proving a funding problem. Each one costs around £1,300, which includes a weatherproof case enabling them to be accessible 24hours a day. Applications have been made to Chailey Parish Council and a charity for funding and a £200 grant from the Police Property Act Fund has been secured. This still leaves the Friends of Newick Health Centre who are looking to provide the defibrillator short of a sizable part of the cost and they are hoping that with the generosity of Chailey residents they can achieve their £2,600 target. If you feel you can contribute then please send your donation to the treasurer, Trevor Burgess, Little Bretts, Goldbridge Road, Newick BN8 4LD. Cheques should be made payable to the Friends of Newick Health Centre.

INTRODUCING SERENITY, the new massage therapy service at Futures at Chailey Heritage. The Serenity Salon is a fully accessible, wheelchair-friendly salon, with overhead electronic hoists, automatic and wide-opening doors. There are a variety of treatments available including Indian head massage, aromatherapy massage and hot stones. A tailored relaxation package can be arranged to suit your health needs. Customers from the wider community are most welcome. For more information visit you will also find details of discount for OAPs and children and a special offer for the first appointment or call 01825 723723.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

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

ASCENSION DAY: Thursday at St Peter’s Church, Holy Communion 8pm.

AGM: At St Peter’s annual Parish Church Meeting last month the following were elected as churchwarden: Geoffrey Spinks and Pamela Conlon. Brenda Gough, Roland Gough and Jeffrey Spain continue as Deanery Synod Representatives. Elected to the Parochial Church Council were Rachael Brown, Janice Doran, Phyllis Burchett, Caroline Featherstone, Christine Glover, David Glover, Ursula Hare, Fiona Rees, Christopher Sheldrick, Meriel Spain, Andrew Stewart-Roberts and Caroline Wheeler.

OPEN GARDENS at Offham House on Sunday June 1 from 1pm to 5pm.

HAMSEY CHURCH: Sunday June 1 is the second of the summer Evensongs in Hamsey Church at 6pm.

JAZZ AND JAM: A musical entertainment in aid of Pestalozzi International Village to be held in the village hall, Beechwood Lane, on Sunday June 8, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. The highlight of the afternoon will be performances by the Bryn Bridges Jazz Trio. The trio has a well established reputation in the area, having performed regularly in Ringmer and Isfield. Bryn is an accomplished keyboard player and organist at Ringmer Parish Church, he is joining up with his double-bassist, Chris Hinman, and drummer, Frank Fox-Wilson, especially for this occasion. Supporting the jazz group’s items will be various song and dance routines performed by Pestalozzi students, all evocative of their home communities and some in national dress. In addition to the musical performances there will be stalls, a raffle and cream teas, plus access to the play area for children. Tickets cost £7 for adults and £3 for children, including the cream tea, and can be purchased on the door.

HACKING: In the May Lewes Town and Rural Neighbourhood Watch Association newsletter there were several reminders regarding thefts, email hacking, bogus callers etc. Email thieves have been hacking people’s emails and sending out emails as if from the owner saying they are in distress somewhere and please send money. If you get a message that looks like this, don’t respond to it but do contact the person by phone or other means and tell them what has happened. There has also been a slight increase in cycle thefts stolen from sheds and public places. The police are continuing to warn residents about break-ins and thefts from sheds, garages, workshops and outbuildings to remind people to lock their outdoor storage and where possible take the time to mark outdoor items with your postcode and house number and if possible take photographs. You can now report suspicious activity online or if the incident is in progress, please ring Sussex Police immediately on 999 for emergency calls. Links can be found at to report bogus callers, thefts, or the see the Police and Crime Plan.

PHOTO COMPETITION: Hidden Hamsey photos at the Hamsey Festival on Saturday July 12. There are four age categories: under nine years, under 16 years, 16 years to 60 years and over 60 years. To enter take your printed photographs (maximum size 8inch by 8inch) with you to the festival by 2pm. Alternatively you can post them through the door at Nursery Cottage, Cooksbridge BN8 4SL by July 11, or email for more information.


LADIES GROUP: David Porter came to talk to the members about Fraudsters. As he said fraudsters exploit our core human vulnerabilities, and we should always be suspicious whenever we encounter anything unsolicited, the unexpected or unusual. Never be afraid to ask lots of questions, fraudsters hate questions. David gave lots of examples on how fraudsters tick. Always be careful and remember: if it looks too good to be true then it probably is. Members welcomed some of David’s points as reminders they probably already knew, but also learnt many more they were not aware of. An excellent talk and presentation.

THE CONCERT last Saturday by the group Duck Soup, was great fun and very much enjoyed. The group are playing tonight, Friday, along with The Trio Buschellini at St Luke’s Church, Queen’s Park Road, Brighton, at 7.30pm. If you can attend you will be guaranteed great entertainment.

THE NEXT CONCERT at St Laurence tomorrow, Saturday, will be Ambrose Page piano, narrators: Sara Tobias and Peter Morris with soprano Sue Mileham; Cimarosa, the Italian Mozart, a concert of piano music and readings celebrating the life and music of the Italian composer Domenico Cimarosa. Concert is at 5.30pm with free entry but with a retiring collection. We are looking forward to yet another interesting and different


BADGERS: Have you ever heard of badgers attacking chickens? Last week Mick, who lives in the village and keeps chickens in his garden, heard a thump and bang, went outside to investigate and was amazed to see a really big badger in his chicken pen. It had dug under the pen and killed three of his chickens. He said it was of a size not to have a fight with, and looked really fierce. How do you keep a badger free chicken coup?

BIRDS: As Sue said last week it is a real joy to see the goslings on the pond being guarded by their parents and the extra body guard protecting them. The birds this year seem to have been even more proactive, I feel I have to ask permission from them to enter my garden. Coming through the

front gate there is a wren’s nest in the hedge and twice one has flown out within a whisker of bumping into me. When I went to put the washing on the line the parent blackbird, teaching his young to feed, made such a noise telling me, I am sure, that I was disturbing them. There are so many nesting all around the garden I should make a careful watch perhaps and count.


SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Tomorrow there will be a 75 percent off bargain book sale, 9.30am to 12.30pm in Cliffe Hall. This is in aid of our professional Counselling Service, which is open to everyone, with subsidies for anyone who cannot afford the full charge. To make an appointment or find out more please telephone 07852 221449 or see the website: Calling parents of young pirates: our

pirate-themed children’s summer holiday club will run from Tuesday 29 July to Friday 1 August. Further information will be available soon. On Sunday June 1, 2pm to 4pm come and join in a biological survey to record all living species in Southover churchyard and Southover School, against the clock. We will try to put a name to all the plants and anything that wriggles, runs or flies. We will meet outside the church on Southover High

Street. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service: a blend of traditional and contemporary with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Do come and join us.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: The highlight of the week at school was its Battle of Lewes performance. Years 3, 4 and 5 children retold the story of the Battle through songs and actions. Monks, the King’s Army and Simon de Montfort’s men and women were all brought to life on the South Malling stage. A big thank you goes to Mrs Starnes for writing the songs and playing the piano and to the staff team for putting together such a wonderful event. Year 2 classes hatched some eggs before Easter and the school now have the chicks (nearly chickens) outside, enjoying the grass and fresh air. They are looking forward to their first eggs. After showing teachers what an amazing attitude to learning they had during the week of the SATs tests, Year 6 children went to Newhaven Fort for Safety in Action Week and once again made the whole school feel very proud. Their behaviour and engagement with the activities were exemplary. The Head and staff wish everybody a very happy Whitsun holiday and look forward to seeing them again on Tuesday June 3.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: Sunday’s service begins with a breakfast from 9am to 9.30am, followed by an informal service. The atmosphere is friendly and sociable, the food is cooked on the premises, equally good and open to all. There is no formal cost, but breakfasters are welcome to make a contribution to the costs. More important, the church feels, is the opportunity to eat together and finish with praise and thanksgiving. Everyone is welcome. Plans to refurbish the church are well under way, and it is hoped that before the end of summer both the church and its tower

will be bright and shining new, with excellent facilities, and a remodelled kitchen for just such events as these. Thursday will be Ascension Day, and the church will join with St John sub Castro at Malling Church, to celebrate this important date in the Christian calendar, when Christ left his disciples to build the church without his own physical presence there to encourage and guide. They had to rely on what they had learned and experienced from his few years with them. The service will be led by Revd Dick Field. It will be quiet and reflective, fitting for a solemn moment.

SUSSEX WILDLIFE: On Friday May 31 there is a session with teaching, and time to hunt for wild flowers, starting at 1.30pm in South Malling Church. Following that, on June 6 at 8pm there is a Bat Evening and on the next day, June 7, a Bio Blitz, an attempt to find and identify every species in the churchyard. Put these dates in your diaries. The ones that have taken place so far have proved very popular. There is a good crowd, but not too big, so that children can take an equal part and learn about the flora and fauna of this part of England. All of these events start or take place at the parish church, are no cost and led by experts from our county wildlife organisation. Just come along at the appointed time.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 10.40am to 11.10am; The Fountain car park,

Plumpton 11.30am to noon; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.40pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2pm to 2.30pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 2.45pm to 3.15pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.40pm to 4pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.30am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.30am to 11am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.15am to 11.35pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 11.45am to 12.10pm; South Rough, Newick 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Oldaker, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm.


ST ANNE’S CHURCH: The next monthly ploughman’s lunch will take place on Wednesday June 4 at St Mary’s Church Hall from 12.15pm. Theses lunches are held on the first Wednesday of every month and all are welcome. Family service at St Anne’s will be at 10am on Sunday June 1 which will be followed by a tour of the churchyard from 11am until 1 pm. This will be led by members of the Sussex Wildlife Trust who will be looking at interesting flora and fauna which are abundant in this beautiful and natural setting. Children will be particularly welcome. Battles for Peace and Freedom Sunday at 6.30pm with Lewes Chamber Choir and East Sussex Community Choir. Entrance free, a retiring collection for the Friends of St Anne’s Fabric fund.

NEVILL BONFIRE SOCIETY will be holding a jumble sale at the Ringmer Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday. We will be collecting jumble on the Nevill Estate after 6pm today, Friday.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: The Rotary Club of Lewes ran the Battle of Lewes Art and Creative Writing Competition as part of the Battle of Lewes celebrations. We entered and our children won both sections. Well done to all children who entered and special congratulations to Harry Walsh Black who won the writing competition and Rocky Lampard who won the art competition.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, is our last Tots session before the half term break and next Friday we have Messy Church from 10.30am to 1pm, Craft activities, worship and lunch, this event is for all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult. On Wednesday our Thinktank at 7.30pm will welcome Dr Becky Briant who will be leading an evening on Climate change, Past and Future. This event is open to anyone who would like to attend. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev John Gordon and the service will include the baptism of Jack. We look forward to welcoming his family and friends to the church. Coffee and biscuits will follow the service.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

NEWHAVEN FORT tomorrow (Saturday) is hosting a Sussex Military History Study Day. The theme is World War I and the day includes a series of lectures relating to the First World War. Tickets are £15 available from Sussex Military History Society email

BANK HOLIDAY Music includes an Acoustic Session at the Hamden Arms, South Heighton, on Sunday from 4pm to 7pm. At 8pm Rob Willis and his band will be singing Elvis songs at Newhaven Social Club, Bridge Street. All welcome and both venues.

TEA DANCE at Newhaven Fort on Monday from 1pm to 4pm. Live music from Maestro Academy Players with dancers from Studio Tempo. Advance tickets £7 adults, concessions £6, children £5 available from the Fort on 01273 517622 includes entry to the Fort, the dance and your first cup of tea.

SAM JONES the local ventriloquist/magician who often performs at the Hampden Arms in South Heighton is on Britain’s Got Talent this weekend. He is brilliant and we must all vote for him when he gets through to the live shows, which I am sure he will. The show is on Sunday this week at 7pm, not Saturday because of the football.

MADS: On Friday May 30, our talented local dramatic society are presenting Old Boilers by Adrian Cale. Directed by Garry Fowler it is set in a Blackpool guest house and is very funny. Nightly at 7.45pm in Meeching Hall, Fort Road, it plays on May 30 and 31 Thursday to Saturday, June 5 to 7 inclusive. Tickets are £8 available from Meeching Estate Agents, Newhaven High Street, 01273 515566 or 07912 965507.

BOOT SALE: Newhaven Twinning Association are holding a car boot sale at Paradise Park on Saturday May 31 from 9am to 1pm. Cars from 8.15am. Cars £6, vans £8. No food, plants or trade. To book telephone Terry on 01273 515587.

DENTON CHALLENGE: Only two weeks to go to the Road to Rio, this year’s Denton Community Challenge which is being held on Saturday June 7 on the recreation ground opposite Tate’s Garage by Paradise Park. Fun for all the family, stalls, arena events, barbecue. Starts at 1pm.

CRAFT FAIR being run in conjunction with the Denton Community Challenge in the Denton and Mount Pleasant Community Centre, Denton Road (next door to the field) on Saturday June 7, 1pm to 4pm.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open as usual today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am till 11am. Why not pop along and treat yourself to something special for the Bank Holiday weekend.

THE BOWLS CLUB will be playing at home on Sunday against Insurance Association. On Bank Holiday Monday they will travel to West Hoathly. There is another match on Tuesday evening against Mid Sussex John Spriggs Practice, this will commence at 6pm at home. On Wednesday they will be playing away at Uckfield. Play will commence at 2.30pm for all the afternoon games. Fingers crossed that the weather will be bright sunshine and warm.

CRICKET: The first XI will be playing at home against Plumpton and East Chiltington and the second XI will travel to Isfield. Temple Grove ground will be the venue for the third XI match against Polegate and Stone Cross II, whilst the fourth XI will be playing at home on the Temple Groveground for their match against Rye IV. All matches will commence at 1.30pm. As this is a Bank Holiday weekend there will be two days of friendly games on Sunday and Monday, both matches are against Fletching/Griffin at 11am on the King George V playing field. Everyone welcome.

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday at St Mary’s Church (Gift Day) will commence with Holy Communion at 8am, followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am, and the Rogate Service at 5.30pm will take place at Sheepgate Fruit Farm, Cornwalls Bank. If you require a lift to church please telephone in advance 722582.

CINEMA: Just to remind you that the Newick Cinema will be open for the first time in the village hall on Sunday. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm showing of The Railway Man. Tickets £6 on the door or book in advance by emailing The bar will be open and there will be an interval for refreshments.

THE COUNTRYSIDE is looking lovely with all the trees and hedgerows with new green leaves, the birds are also enjoying our spring weather, mark you the nights have been chilly so be careful when putting your summer bedding plants in. Enjoy the weekend.


BARGAIN TIME: Hurry on down to the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pmto grab all the bargains at the church jumble sale. There will be a cake stall and tombola and afterwards you can sit and gloat over your haul whilst indulging in some light refreshment. If you have jumble to donate,

please take it along to the hall during the morning before noon. Happy hunting. The next sale will be on June 4.

FANCY A WALK? On Sunday the Footpath Society will be off on a five mile trek starting at the Forestry Commission car park, Vowels Lane (TQ363 353) at 2.30pm. The route will take in Tickeridege Farm, Mill Place Farm, Birch Nursery, Gillards Wood, The Moat and Moorlands. If you need to know more just ring 01825 723716.

COFFEE TIME: On Wednesday Plumpton Voluntary Driving Scheme will hold a coffee morning at Warren House, Plumpton Lane, between 10.30am and 12.30pm when there will be time for a cup of something along with a pleasant chat with friends old and new. In addition there will be a plant stall and your very attendance will offer support to the superb, voluntary scheme that operates in the village to transport people to all types of medical appointments at very modest cost. It gives door to door service tailored to your individual needs with no need to wait hours for the next bus.

PHOTOGRAPHY WITH MUSIC: On Wednesday evening Mick Dennett will present a show of his photographic talents set to music in what is certain to be a great experience. The programme will feature stunning photographs taken in and around Plumpton and the general area and they will be set to some equally stunning music both classical and popular. Add to this a glass of wine or something non-alcoholic, some nibbles, good company and the knowledge that you will be supporting nearby St Peter and St James Hospice and the occasion has to become a must in your diary. Entrance will cost a mere £5 at the door.

ALL CHANGE: The Fountain pub now has a new landlord in the shape of Chris and the chef is Paul. They tell me that they aim to maintain a good, village pub that will be open daily from noon until 11pm and will offer good, honest pub food at reasonable prices. Chris is also brightening up the external appearance of the pub with new floral displays.

PUB LOST: The Winning Post pub has now been closed for a while and the latest news is that a planning application has been made to convert it into two residential units.

WHAT A KNIGHT! The Battle of Lewes commemorations in Plumpton on the 750th anniversary on Wednesday would have made Simon de Montfort proud. At least 100 people made the trek to the top of the Downs, most of them on foot, to witness the Rector, the Rev’d Godfrey Broster, dedicate the new commemorative stone at Plumpton Cross. The original stone was removed by vandals some years ago and the replacement was kindly donated by Funeral Directors R A Brooks & Son. The Cross was there for all to see for the service as the group responsible for the commemoration day had marked it out with white material, which was a feat in itself. There followed a short service in St Michael’s church which was again well attended and enjoyed by the congregation who applauded the Rector at the conclusion. Then the evening’s festivities commenced. The hog roast was naturally a favourite and the queue was almost endless. However, it was not just food and drink that provided the attraction. There was a superb display of medieval horsemanship. Local youngsters who are members of Riddle of Steel gave a great display of medieval armed combat and Plumpton Bowmen and friends were there to demonstrate the art of shooting the longbow. Throughout the evening some great jazz music rang out from a band led by locals Barry and Penny Acton and Plumpton Football Club ensured that there was plenty of liquid refreshment available. Close on 300 people attended and they were all amazed to see the full moon rise up from below the Downs and hover above the cross. That in itself was an amazing sight. The day was organised by a small group of volunteers inspired by the Village Action Plan which also provided up front funding to make it all possible. The earlier talk onthe battle by Prof David Carpenter was part of the group’s activities, as is the commemorative postal cover currently on sale. To come is the commemorative walk and an interpretation board unveiling on June 29.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: The parish council’s working group to formulate a Neighbourhood Plan met this week to review the response from village residents gathered at the recent preliminary consultation. The views expressed by the majority will play an important role in the formulation of the plan, but be assured that minority opinions will not be overlooked. Lewes District Council has now announced proposed revisions to the Core Strategy and these will be carefully studied by the parish council and the working group.

PLAY AREA: Work is now well underway for the refurbishment of the play area at the playing field. Some disruption is unavoidable, but inconvenience can be kept to a minimum if users, particularly motorists, use a little common sense during the operation. The area is scheduled to re-open during June and the kids will have a lot more healthy enjoyment available for them.


HISTORY STUDY GROUP: At the meeting this evening (Friday) Ian Everest will speak on The Woman’s Land Army - A Sussex Connection. This will focus on keeping our local farms productive during World War II.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society will be holding a jumble sale at Ringmer Village Hall tomorrow (Saturday). Doors open at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45amSung Eucharist, noon Bless a Farm Service at Plashett Park Farm, 6.30pm Evensong.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday May 14, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Roy Skan and Simon Webster; 2, Liz and Tim

Owen; 3, Lesley Durrant and David Warner. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

BOWLS CLUB: Last week’s results: Ringmer v Maresfield 114-30; Royal Sovereign v Ringmer 80-60; Herstmonceux v Ringmer 66-61; Ringmer v Mayfield 84-46.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Although the football has finished the social side of the club carries on throughout the summer months. On Friday May 30 the ever popular Fat Belly Jones Band will play in the bar. All welcome, you don’t have to be a member of the club. Admission free.

CHARITY OF ELIZABETH CHEYNEY: A vacancy has arisen in one of the two Almshouses of this charity. Older members of the community of Ringmer Parish are eligible for appointment. Application for appointment must be made in writing to the clerk to the Trustees, Elizabeth Cheyney Charity Trust, Bethany, 25 Ballard Drive, Ringmer Lewes BN8 5NU. Applicants must state name, address, telephone number, age and occupation. They should be prepared, unless physically disabled, to attend in person. They may be required to supply evidence of qualification for appointment. Residents may be required to contribute a weekly sum towards the cost of maintaining the Almshouses of the charity and the services provided.

Rodmell & Southease

IT’S BEEN rather like the United Nations in our B&B this week with Canadians, French, German and Dutch people staying. We have some interesting conversations at breakfast, one being fracking, with the Canadians not being in favour, saying it was causing no end of problems with the water systems. Evidently they are also doing a system which my guests called sand squeezing, which was worked rather like fracking and was also having dire results. It’s amazing what you learn from the actual people themselves and not from the media or government articles in the press. I’m not saying they are right, just that they suffer the consequences. The sooner we turn from oil and find a good alternative the better it must surely be for the human race and the planet.

WELL MAY is really bursting out all over, and there are a lovely concoction of scented aromas of an evening when I sit in the garden, one being from the field of broad beans planted near us, the others being the lilacs and various other scented shrubs. The cow parsley has great waves of white blossom along the hedgerows and I miss picking it for our goat as it was one of his favourites. I still miss him, as do my regular clients, who used to make so much fuss of him and take photographs.

CYCLISTS: As I mentioned a few weeks ago why do so many cyclists still use the roads and not the safer cycle paths built for them at great expense. On my way to Seaford this week I passed many on the road riding alongside the wonderful cycle path and walk way through the nature area between Newhaven and Seaford. Do they not know the system is there? Is it not advertised enough?

PETER JARRETT: The funeral of Peter Jarrett, our local farmer, was packed and there was some wonderful music played on the organ by Derek Carpenter. The hymns were very much meaningful for Peter as well, especially We Plough the Fields and Scatter. Peter would have approved of that. The tributes given by Willy Edmonds and Martyn Edwards were so well done, with lots of feeling and it must have meant a lot to wife Pat and son Pete.

ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY: This took place on May 16 in the village hall. As usual Broadband was the top issue. Katy Thomas, Economic Development Manager, East Sussex County Council came to the assembly to give us an update on the government’s project for rolling out improved Broadband to rural communities and what that means to Rodmell. When clients phone up to book B&B and I tell them I don’t have and don’t use a computer they always say, ‘aren’t you lucky’. I think so too, when I see and hear all the problems people have to cope with.

HANDWRITING: I love handwriting and always have done. I write many letters and articles all by hand and send them by ‘snail mail’. It always gives me and the people who receive them great pleasure (so I’m told). It’s in the media at the moment about the state of people’s handwriting, all I can say is if you don’t use it you lose it. Let machines govern yet another aspect of the human race, we won’t need brains soon.