Parish Pump Lewes- May 24, 2013


BARCOMBE WI met on Tuesday May 14 for their monthly meeting and enjoyed an informative and entertaining talk from Lauren McIay on All You Ever Wanted to Know About Make-up. Lauren is a highly experienced make-up artist and has worked for many well known companies such as Mac and Dior. She emphasised the importance of skin care and gave us some good tips on how to preserve the freshness of your skin as you grow older and how to make the most of your make-up to give you a radiant healthy look without looking as if you have used too much. She mentioned the famous floating head syndrome where someone has applied too much foundation which stops abruptly at the neck. We were all encouraged to open up our eyes with a highlighter used discreetly in the corner of our eyelids and to use blusher in subtle shades of coral and rose. Lauren told us colour is all-important, and when using eye shadow we should think not only of the colour of our eyes, but also the clothes we shall be wearing and the occasion to which we shall be going, as evening make-up needs a different approach from what one might wear during the day. This gave us all much food for thought and hopefully encouraged us all to be more daring in our approach to a subject which is of particular interest to most women, of all ages. We also discussed and voted to support the WI resolution, and various proposed constitutional changes.

STOOLBALL: What a disappointing start to the season. Our home game against Wivelsfield was rained off after playing an innings and a half, and our second game away to Adastra was cancelled because of heavy rain. Three of our under 21s, Angharad Hills, Adele Woodhams and Katie Saunders, have been selected to play for Mid against Surrey. We are holding our ladies tournament in the rec on Sunday. Locally sourced sausage and bacon rolls will be on sale during the morning and in the afternoon, tea, sandwiches and cakes. There will be a tombola and a raffle.

CRICKET: ESCL Div 2 Crowborough v Barcombe: Crowborough 139 all out in 48.5 overs Paul Coppard 3-25 Allan Trower 3-31. Barcombe 118 all out in 37.1 overs Allan Trower 29 Matt Tucker 27 Joe Wheatley 24. Crowborough win by 21 runs. Crowborough 30 point Barcombe 10 points. ESCL Div 8 Barcombe II Crowborough II: Crowborough 192 all out in 45.3 overs Tom Evans 5-54 Harry Jones 2-42 Ryan Garnham 2-45 Barcombe 198-2 in 41.1 overs. Eddie Thomas 102 no Bob Page 66 no Barcombe win by eight wkts. Barcombe 30 points Crowborough 10 points.

BOWLING: Away to Newick on Saturday, May 18: Henry Bunney 20 Johnathon Couper 18, John Blackmore 11 Tommy Towner 30, Derek Stewart 12 Des Foord 32, John Osmond16 Maurice Allcock 14. Newick won 94-59.

PLANT SALE: Barcombe Garden Club Plant Sale was a tremendous success. Many thanks to Jane and others who grew the plants and for everyone who supported us.


A JUMBLE SALE is being held by the Chailey Women’s British Legion tomorrow, Saturday, at the Free Church Hall at 11am. Please take jumble to the hall this (Friday) evening or call Susannah on 01825 724335 to arrange collection.

CRICKET sees Chailey in two away games; a league game against East Grinstead III tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 1.30pm and a friendly against Brunswick at Lower Beeding starting at 1.30pm on Sunday. Supporters are welcome and refreshments are available.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. On Saturday June 2 there will be Pete’s Pantry; a sale held in church after the 10am service to raise funds for the improvements to church facilities. Homemade cakes, pies, buns, jam, marmalade, pate, chutney, seasonal gifts and garden produce will be on sale and donations of goods will be much appreciated including any excess garden produce. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with David Muzzell and 6.15pm with Peter Cottingham, to include communion. On Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

WINDMILL and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. The mill houses a rural life museum which includes photographs giving an interesting insight into the history of Chailey over the past 100 years. The entry fee is £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 10 to 16. From the A272/A275 North Chailey crossroads, take A272 west for 400 yards. The mill is up a turning on right.

CHARITY QUIZ is at the Horns Lodge Inn, South Chailey, on Tuesday at 8pm. Teams of up to seven, £2 per person entry. For more information call Linda on 01273 400422.

ZUMBATHON is at the Dolphin Centre, Haywards Heath, on Sunday June 2 from 4pm to 7pm. Tickets cost £15 each and the funds raised will be donated to Chailey Heritage Foundation and Oathall School Farm. For tickets contact or call 01825 724444.

BAND: Bluebell Railway Band is a non-marching military band with a full complement of woodwind and brass. This set-up enables it to play a wide variety of music, including classics, jazz, show tunes, pop and rock and traditional marches. Any wind players of reasonable standard who would like to play in the Band should call 01342 716992 for details or e-mail The band will play next at the Edwardian Weekend (June 22 and 23) at Horsted Keynes Station from 2pm to 4pm.

DAMAGE has been caused to the roof of the brick bus shelter opposite Mill Lane, South Chailey for the second time. The damage on this occasion is more extensive and the parish council will have to meet the uninsured losses. At the same time the community notice board on the wall of the bus shelter was also damaged. There has also been a theft of a water butt at the allotment site. If you have any information regarding these incidents or witness any suspicious activity please report it to the police on 0845 607099 or 101.

CHAILEY HERITAGE Enterprise Centre (CHEC) primary focus has always been to offer provision to severely physically disabled people with the desire to participate in the world of work but whose impairments make it impractical for them to gain mainstream employment. They do this through the operation of a small printing business which allows engagement with numerous aspects of day-to-day commerce including digital design, computer operated embroidery, the manufacture of promotional material and interaction with customers and suppliers. CHEC has provided personalised garments and promotional items both locally and nationwide for nearly 20 years. Recently, a substantial donation has allowed CHEC to purchase a printer which is brand new to the British printing market. The revolutionary white toner technology allows them to print on a whole new range of products such as iPhone and iPad cases, together with complex, intricate logos on clothing. This new technology can be used for low run or high volume orders. If you need promotional clothing such as T-shirts, hoodies and hats, or perhaps badges, mugs and flyers, contact them on 01825 724376 or at

cooksbridge, offham & hamsey

TRINITY SUNDAY service at St Peter’s Church are Holy Communion 8am, Sunday Club in the church hall at 10.15am, Parish Communion 10.30am followed by coffee in the church hall.

HAMSEY: The time seems to have passed so quickly as it will be the second Hamsey Evensong of the summer season on June 2.

AGM: Trustees meet in the village hall, Beechwood Lane, on Friday June 7 at 7pm.

CONCERT by the Musicians of All Saints in Hamsey Church on Sunday June 9 at 6pm.

AFTERNOON CLUB: The Monday Afternoon Club meet on June 10 at Hamsey Lodge from 2pm.

CONCERN: I have had a few calls drawing attention to plans for development in Beechwood Lane at the Game Farm as it was known, which can be found on the South Downs National Park website. According to information I have received, the main dwelling house on the site has already been approved for an extension, but there is a pre planning application for five holiday lets and two, two bedroom lets. I am told that five will be wooden, which I presume will be chalet type structures. There are also plans for a new access too. I am also informed Beechwood Cottage on the opposite side of the road may also be up for refurbishment. The cottage also has a small wildlife pond adjacent to it. The game farm has what used to be flight ponds for the game birds which were to do with a local shoot. Although I have not seen the website I am told there is a map showing the pre-plans for the site.

ADVANCE NOTICES: Hamsey Festival is on Saturday June 15 at the village hall and recreation ground from 2pm to 8pm. The second concert by the Musicians of All Saints will be held in Hamsey Church on Sunday June 16 at 6pm. Open Morning at Cooksbridge Station on Friday June 28, 10.30am to noon.

APPLE BLOSSOM: Having thought the apple tree in the drive had died as it looked sickly through the winter, to my amazement it has taken a turn for the better and is a picture. I have never seen so much blossom so there should be a good crop of apples later. When I was a small girl, especially during the war, my favourite song was I’ll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time as my uncle, who was a brilliant pianist and was in the Royal Marines, used to always play it when he came home on leave. The family would gather around the fire in the evening to listen to him playing. I also loved I’m Dreaming of A White Christmas. My grandmother was also a pianist but sadly the piano stayed silent for some time following my uncle’s last Christmas on leave. He was killed in Sicily. My grandmother left me a photograph of him in his uniform which is mounted on board and I think was issued by the War Dept which says On Service with United Nations and above his photograph, For King & Empire. The apple blossom brings back many treasured childhood memories, especially of our musical evenings.

HORSE MEAT: I have just read a very sad story told by a lady whose grandfather served with the 5th Lancers in the Boer War and had been involved in the Siege of Ladysmith. She was told that as food ran out, he lost so much weight he nearly died, and it ‘was much worse for him than most of the others’. She innocently enquired why, and was told the garrison had been reduced to eating their horses, but her grandfather, as a cavalry officer, could not even think of joining in. He lived to soldier on and became a general in the First World War. Although he never regretted allowing his principles and affection for his horse to have outweighed his desperate hunger at Ladysmith, for many years afterwards he went to bed with a plate of sandwiches beside him as he would wake up suffering from nightmares of the hunger returning. Having read that, I then read an article somewhere encouraging people to eat horse meat.


FOOTBALL: Brighton lost their game, but as Sue said, their singing was great. Coincidentally I was taken to the Buxted Park Hotel for a birthday lunch and talking to the manager he told us that the Crystal Palace players stayed at the hotel the day and night before the Amex match, a lovely way to relax and prepare for a match.

LADIES GROUP: Tom Donovan came to talk to the group on the history of the Chattri which you can see on the downs east of the A23. There is a footpath to the memorial and, when I walked up there, I was surprised to find how much bigger it was than I expected. The Chattri was the site of the cremation for the Hindu and Sikh Indian soldiers who had died, having been wounded in the First World War and sent to hospitals in Brighton including the Royal Pavilion. The Indian soldiers came to fight in Europe, with, at first, only their tropical clothing and fought bravely in France where eventually they were equipped with better clothing. The Chattri, which was built in 1920, is a fitting memorial to those soldiers. On Sunday June 9 at 2.30pm there will be a memorial service at the Chattri and everyone would be welcome.

CONCERT: Last Saturday the Pastores Ensemble gave fans of European Mediaeval and Renaissance music a real treat in St Laurence Church with the first performance of In Nomine-No 3 for St Laurence featuring the voice of Sue Paine, a beautiful piece.

TOMORROW, Saturday, in St Laurence Church in complete contrast to last week’s concert, we look forward to The Old Spice Boys and the Carmen Rollers: I Find it Kinda Funny, these lively close-harmony groups present a programme of words and music on the everlasting theme of Love at 5.30pm. Entrance is free, with a retiring collection.

ON SUNDAY at noon, in St Laurence Church a concert performed by young students of violin and violas in aid of the Leo House Children’s Hospice.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON TEAS: This Sunday the first of the Summer Teas will be served from 2pm to 5pm in the parish hall. The money raised from this first event is to help fund the project that Kate Austen, who lives in Falmer, will be working on in Madagascar in June for a charity called Azafady. Teas around the pond are famous, and we hope for a fine day and lots of people.

SHAWN SHEEP: Just as the temperature dropped considerably again last week, the sheep on the field abutting Ridge Road were sheared of their fleeces. I felt quite cold on their behalf.

glynde & beddingham

PARISH COUNCIL: Just a reminder the next parish council meeting will be on Wednesday at 7pm in The Reading Room. Please come along and share your views or simply listen to the proceedings. During the meeting topics such as street lighting options for the Beddingham part of the village will be discussed. The parish council were a little disappointed at the lack of response received from the recent survey carried out on this subject. Please don’t forget your views count. Another exciting project that will be discussed is the possibility of building a new village hall. A working committee needs to be formed to see if this is feasible and what funding is available for such a large undertaking.

MEMORIAL PARADE: There were some lovely cakes and biscuits to be had last Saturday at The Reading Room where the Memorial Parade held their fundraising coffee morning. A big thank you to those that attended. Tickets for the Event in the Tent in August can be booked in advance through Lisa on 01273 858416. A boot sale is also being planned, details to follow.

COMMUNITY SWIMMIING POOL: With the warmth of the sun this week, the pool is gradually warming up, the average temperature over the last seven days being 18 degrees. The water is crystal clear and very inviting, even in showery weather. Shrubs are being collected for planting along the fence­­, if anyone is doing a bit of gardening and needs to clear out surplus plants, the committee would warmly welcome donations. Please contact Helen on 07816749516.

THE TREVOR ARMS: Just a reminder the fabulous Skalettos are playing this Saturday night at 7.45pm. Everyone is also very excited that The Reluctant Ramblers will be performing on Monday evening from 7.30pm. There will be a Race Night on Friday June 28 in aid of the children’s charity Wipe Your Tears, and horses and jockeys for the event can be bought now at the pub. There will also be a snowball quiz night on June 5 at 8pm in aid of St Wilfred’s Hospice. The chicken coop has arrived, and very smart it looks too. We may even see the arrival of chickens shortly. I look forward to trying out the new version of ham, egg and chips with a free range egg from the Trevor garden. Many congratulations to John on the birth of Ella Ann on May 5, weighing in at 8lb 9oz.

STOOLBALL: If anyone would like to join this wonderful ladies’ team, practices are on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 6.30pm on the cricket pitch. The first tournament of the season is against Barcombe on May 26. Everyone is welcome to come along and support our village sportswomen.

CHURCH SERVICE: This Sunday’s service will be at 10.15am at Beddingham church.


KINGSTON WI: Wine, juice and nibbles began the resolution meeting on May 2 which was held in the primary school hall and was very well attended. Our Link Delegate, Anne Dobson from Firle WI, was welcomed. She will give our voting results at the AGM to be held in June in Cardiff. The Institute accepted the NFWI annual review and accounts as were three booklets containing the governing documents. However, the Constitution and Rules for WIs were not accepted as it was agreed some items relating to finance were not clearly explained. Our Link Delegate will also give our voting on whether or not to adopt the 2013 resolution as a new WI campaign. The resolution states: The NFWI notes with concern the continuing decline of our high streets and the damaging effect this has on local communities. We call on every member of the WI to support their local shops and make the high street their destination of choice for goods and services. We call on decision makers to work collectively, at all levels, to help bring an end to the decline of our high streets and to ensure high streets flourish and provide a focal point for local communities. After a discussion led by Vicki Scott and Pat Dennien, the Institute voted seven in favour, 16 against and nine abstentions to adopting the above as a new WI campaign. However there was an unanimous decisionthe Institute considered the resolution was not well worded and gave many opportunities for misinterpretation or confusion. Our Link Delegate will take this vote to the AGM. The president reported the dates for the group activities. She congratulated the two teams from Kingston WI who entered the Let’s Get Quizzical local heat of the competition, one of whom almost made the final. The evening concluded with choir singing the Northumbrian folk song Blow the Wind Southerly and from Annie Get Your Gun, I Got the Sun in the Morning, both being well received. The June meeting is an open meeting with a talk entitled Glyndebourne Throughout the Year by Vivienne Macey who volunteers there as a gardener. The competition is a Miniature Flower Arrangement. Janice Barber.


LECTURE: U3A Lewes Lecture, Consciousness and the Ravenous Brain by Dr Daniel Bor, University of Sussex, 2.30pm Tuesday at the Council Chamber, Lewes Town Hall. Lewes Lectures are free and all are welcome. For information about the Lewes Lectures and the University of the Third Age, contact Malcolm Cornwall 01273 472049 or email

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The bluebells were out in all their glory and we walked through plenty of bluebell woods on this walk. After getting off the Number 28 bus at the Crow and Gate Pub near Crowborough, the 17 strong group headed south on the Vanguard Way. After just a mile, we then headed west to join the Weald Way near Barnsgate Manor and followed this all the way to Five Ash Down through some lovely countryside. Three walkers chose to finish at Five Ash Down, but 14 stalwarts carried on with the second five miles through Maresfield, Piltdown Golf Course and Lake Wood, which is just outside Uckfield. The lake in Lake Wood is sandwiched between two outcrops of greenstone, some of which are 30 to 40ft high. It has an intangible air of mystery about it and was a memorable end to a lovely walk ably led by Graham and Hilda. The next walk is on Bank Holiday Monday at Buxted. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL have congratulated their choir who gave a fantastic performance at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings last Friday night as part of the 1066 Choir Competition. On Tuesday, Year 6 took part in the Safety in Action Week at Newhaven Fort. With the help of local police, fire and ambulance crews, they learned how to stay safe in a variety of situations. This is an event the children really enjoy each year they have taken part, as well as being essential to securing their safety. On Tuesday and Wednesday the whole school took part in a Butterfly walk on

Malling Down. It was led by Sussex Wildlife Trust and taught the children about the different species of butterflies that live in our local area. The school is delighted that the Sussex Wildlife Trust continues to work with them in developing their outdoor provision for the children which is one of the important development targets in their three year plan. On Thursday afternoon there was the termly open afternoon for parents and carers. Amongst other things, they were able to look at the children’s Art work from this term. Friday (today) is the annual Fun Run. This is when the children are sponsored to run laps round the field. All money raised goes to the Friends of South Malling and enables the school to fund trips and visits throughout the year. The Head Teacher wants to re-emphasise the school is really proud of the way Year 6 approached their SATs tests last week. They had such a positive, can do attitude to them, an enjoyable challenge rather than a fearsome threat. We wish them all the very best results. They certainly deserve them.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH is now settling down in its first month of a new Vicar and new people leading services. Last Sunday, the Revd Helen Garratt led the Communion service, while acting Vicar, Jeremy Bamber, preached. As last Sunday was Pentecost, (which we used to call Whitsuntide when I was little), his subject was the Holy Spirit which he compared to a divine Satnav. Helen and her family will be moving into the Vicarage shortly. This Sunday is another major festival, Trinity Sunday. This time the service is Morning Praise with Lay Reader, Ken Bridger, preaching. As usual, children will enjoy their own Children’s Club, partway through the service and there is a crèche for toddlers. All are welcome. The service starts at 9.30am.

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.


MY BLOG: You may remember I wrote about the Nevill Shoe repair hut at the bottom of Nevill Road. The daughter of Joe Chiasson, Helen emailed with a fascinating account of his life. There is far too much to relate but here is a synopsis. He is still alive at the grand old age of 93 and living in Toronto. I thought he was Polish but he is Candian. Elaine was his second wife who lived in North Way and is the mother of Helen. Although he is 93 he passed his driving test last year and apparently in Canada, drivers have to take a written and simulated test every two years so didn’t he do well.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be our Fourth Sunday worship. They will be no Sunday Club for children as the service is designed to cater for everyone. This will be led by Rev John Gordon. During the service the Global Concerns Committee will be launching the charity appeal for The East African Missionary Society (TEAMS). Rachel Cooper will be speaking about the work of TEAMS in Uganda. After worship there will be a Ugandan meal of bean stew. Next Friday we have our Messy Church event from 10.30am to 1pm. Craft activities and worship based on the theme Pentecost, New Life in the Spirit followed by a lunch. All children must be accompanied by an adult but a warm welcome is extended to all. Our Holiday Club at the end of July is proving to be popular. We only have five places left so if you want to book your child in (ages reception to year 6 only) please contact us as soon as possible.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Lewes FC community scheme are running a soccer school on Monday June 3, 8.45am to 3.15pm here at Wallands. They are also running a half-term soccer school, booking forms for both can be found at the front desk. All are welcome at the half term Bookswap tomorrow, Saturday, 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Nutty Wizard Community Cafe (opposite Bags of Books). Bring along children’s books in reasonable condition to swap for different titles free of charge. We’ll be holding a raffle to win a signed copy of Tom Gates is absolutely fantastic (at some things) by Liz Pichon. More information at Kaleidoscope Summer School 2013. Kaleidoscope will be holding an exciting Seven Day Drama, Dance and Art Summer School for children aged 5 to 16 years, from Monday July 29 to Tuesday August 6, 10am to 4pm (no weekend sessions). They currently have a special Early Bird Offer. For further details go to their website.

LUNCH: Sunday June 9, noon until 2pm at 4 Clare Road, lunch in the garden with entertainment from members of Lewes Operatic Society. Tickets £10 to include lunch, an alcoholic/soft drink, cake and coffee/tea. Lucky number ticket draw and raffle. All proceeds to St Peter and St James Hospice. Tickets from Jackie Bishop 01273 475512


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open on Friday morning from 10am till 11am in the village hall. There will be some tempting goodies to purchase, such as homemade cakes, a variety of cooked food, plus eggs and flowers. You can also purchase your bedding plants, hopefully over this Bank Holiday weekend and you may be able to plant them out, providing there will be no more frost.

VISIT: Newick Twinning Association are off to visit Itterville, France (this is the town Newick is twinned with) on Friday morning. Enjoy your trip and the lovely French food and of course the wine.

CRICKET FIXTURES this weekend are, first XI are away to St Peters, second XI are at home playing Wadhurst, the third XI travelling to Bexhill V and the fourth XI will be playing at Temple Grove against Rye IV. All these games commence at 1.30pm. On Sunday Newick will be at home entertaining London Unity Club. As it’s the Bank Holiday weekend there will be another game against Piltdown at home on Monday at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am (BCP) followed by Informal Morning Service at 10.30am. Sunday is the Church’s Gift Day. There will also be Evensong at 6.30pm.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will be holding their monthly meeting in the Sports Pavilion on Tuesday evening at 7.15pm.

FUTURE EVENTS: Neighbourhood Plan next meeting will be in the village hall on June 8. Seaford Half Marathon will be on Sunday June 9. Further details, entry and sponsorship forms can be obtained from website closing date for entries May 26.


FILM: The film Quartet will be shown in the village hall today, Friday. Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Entrance £3.


ALL CHANGE: At East Chiltington the new chairman of the parish council is Stephen Israel. At Plumpton Paul Nicholson has taken over the reins with Darryl Bailey as vice-chairman. Chairing the various committees in Plumpton will be Planning Terry Thompsett; Playing Field/New Pavilion Clare Eastwood; Highways/Transport Chris Burgon; Finance Paul Nicholson; Village Hall Richard Taylor; Policing/Communications Reg Stone. Full details of committee membership will be on the website.

PERMISSION GRANTED: The planning application for a new sports pavilion at Plumpton has been approved by Lewes District Council. Now all that has to be done is to raise the money to build it. Lots of hard work ahead but a worthy project for the benefit of village life.

BATTLE OF LEWES: The anniversary of this notable event will be marked in May next year and all sorts of events and celebrations are being planned. Plumpton may have been on the Parliamentarians’ route to the battle and the Village Action Plan is investigating the possibility of staging an event. To this end there will be a meeting in the village hall on Thursday at 7.30pm and anyone interested is urged to go along.

CHAOS LOOMS: ESCC will start carriageway patching (their description) on June 3 and, although much needed, it looks certain to cause much disruption as both Plumpton Lane and Station Road will be closed although not at the same time. The operation will start in Plumpton Lane where the works will last five days. After that it will be the turn of Station Road where the duration will be three days. The council says it will do its best to keep access open for residents to enter their homes but, whatever you do, do not park on the road as vehicles will be towed away if they get in the way. Hours of work will be 7am to 5pm Mondays to Friday only. Any queries should to ESCC on 0345 6080 193. Wet weather or snow could disrupt the timetable. Gone are the days when such works did not entail road closures. Red tape and over zealous regulations have ruled that out. That’s progress for you.

OPEN GARDENS: Once again the Support Group for St Peter and St James Hospice has arranged for a number of local gardens to be opened for the delight of the local public. This year there will be 15 open on Sunday, June 9 between 2 and 5.30pm and to enhance the experience teas will be available at two venues en route. All this and the cost will be just £1 for a single garden or a season ticket to all the gardens will cost but £5 and under 14s get in free. To find out more ring 01273 891218 or 891256.

BARGAIN HUNTERS: The next village jumble sale will take place in the village hall on Saturday, June 8 at 2pm courtesy of Honeybees Pre-school Group. Get in training now.

FUN DAY: This year’s village Fun Day will be held on Sunday, June 30 at the playing field when there will be all sorts of delights for the whole family. Anyone wishing to run a stall should ring 01273 890526. If you are just looking for a great afternoon out just note the date in your diary.


HISTORY STUDY GROUP: At its meeting tonight, Friday, the speaker will be Richard Saunders who is well known to many in Ringmer. His talk will cover an earlier period of his life, when for 10 years he was associated as a chorister with the Chapel Royal and sang at Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation. Richard will be speaking to the group on behalf of St Peter and St James Hospice.

AUCTION: There will be a Cystic Fibrosis Fundraising Charity Auction at the Green Man Pub tonight, Friday, commencing at 8pm, including a raffle. There will be a large variety of items to be auctioned.

OPEN GARDEN: On Sunday, from, 2pm to 5pm the garden at Ryders Wells House will be open to the public in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice. This is a lovely garden so well worth a visit. Children must be supervised at all times as there is a swimming pool and pond. Home-made teas will be available come rain or shine and admission is £3. Wheelchair access over gravel drive and grass. For further information or directions please ring 01273 813428.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on May 15 was: 1, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 2, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett; 3, Pam Brook and John Weston. The next meeting of the club will be on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall.

VICTORIAN MUSIC HALL: This event will be in the village hall on Saturday, June 8, at 7.45pm. The Music Hall is directed by Daisy McKie and a sausage and mash supper will be served but bring your own drink and glasses. Tickets £8 available from Middletons in the shopping precinct.

BOWLS CLUB: The results of the matches played last week were as follows: Ringmer v Herstmonceux 46-79, Ringmer v Maresfield 71-62 and Ringmer v Mayfield 96-33.

COACH TRIP TO KEW: Ringmer U3A have organised this trip to Kew on Wednesday, August 7. The coach will depart form Ringmer at 8am and return about 6pm. Tickets for a seat on the coach are only £11 each. Entry to The National Archives at Kew is free, but those wishing to visit Kew Garens will need to pay a further £11 for entry. You do not have to be a member of U3A to join this trip. For further details and a Booking Form see the Family History web pages at or ring 01273 813010.

Rodmell & Southease

HECTIC WEEKEND: It’s been quite a hectic weekend as on Saturday I joined Ian Everest and members of the Wivelsfield Family History Group for a Wivelsfield walk. We all met at the Fox and Hounds pub for coffee and lunch before we set off. The walk covered the northern and western parts of the parish, passing the following places: Site of Puddledock (Everest, Taylor and Parsons families), Clearwater Farm, (Dacy family), Antye (Dumbrell and Attree families), Theobalds (Attree family), Lunces Hall (Warren, Rowe and Farncombe families), Lunces Common, including the cottages around the green (Dollamore and Anscombe families), Cleave Water Farm (Mascall, Pope, Luxford and Woodyer families). My family connection is with the Baldocks (garage, forge and farming). It was a lovely day for walk and the scenery was lovely with all the bluebells and wild garlic out in abundance. We walked by meandering streams, through woods and lovely meadows surrounded by old hedgerow. It was a lovely day. Unfortunately I could not stop for tea on the return journey as being a carer I had to get back, however it was a welcome break which I really enjoyed and needed. Thank you Ian and Janette for organising it.

VISITORS: I now have visitors from Australia for a few days. They arrived on Sunday en route from Madrid, as they are touring. As their flight was delayed by two hours due to weather conditions they eventually arrived on the last train to Lewes from Victoria so I had to drive to Lewes at midnight to pick them up. There were two visitors left stranded at the station at this late hour, one needed to get to Falmer and the other got on the wrong train and needed to get to Forest Row, so was miles out of his way. I could not help as my car was full and I had to get back to care for Mike. I felt really sorry for them as the station was locked up, there were no taxis and no other people around. I suggested they went up into town to one of the hotels. Perhaps there should be a notice up outside the station giving details of what to do for foreign visitors in such an emergency. The Australians visiting have ancestors by the name of White who left Rodmell to be some of the first people to emigrate to Australia. Visitors keep telling me Lewes needs more hotels as many cannot get rooms even if they try to book weeks ahead. There are only 10 B&Bs in Lewes but far more in the villages, which is fine if people have transport. Many B&Bs will not take one nighters and that’s all people want if they are walking the South Downs Way. Fortunately we now have the new Youth Hostel at Itford which should help. Now we are in the national park the South Downs Way is becoming even more popular. Places for one nighters will be much needed and we need to encourage people to walk.

CYCLISTS: On the way to Wivelsfield on Saturday I came across many cyclists on the roads around the Ditchling, Plumpton area, and there were several batches of 20 to 30 riding two abreast along these narrow lanes and cars were piling up behind them. It only needs one irate or impatient driver to take a chance and this causes accidents. I also keep coming across cyclists riding their bikes the wrong way in one way areas.