Parish pump Lewes - May 25, 2012

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JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS: Sunday, June 3, at Barcombe Recreation Ground 11am a celebration of the Queen’s Coronation followed by coffee. The NrG (youth group) will be performing. At 1pm there will be a hog roast with vegetarian option and ice cream (free). Bar run by Matt Perry. From 1.30pm to 3pm Wipeout. Teams of four (to include a child under 16 years old). There will be all sorts of other merriment. Djembe workshop, Zumba, Jess’s Dance Group, Barcombe Players, fire engine and bouncy castle etc. At 3.30pm Afternoon Tea by the lovely ladies of the WI. Red, white and blue ice cream from the fabulous PTA crew. The day concludes with Graham Tomsett’s Band to play out the evening.

BARN DANCE: Monday June 4, Jubilee Barn Dance in the village hall 7pm. Live band and caller, ploughman’s dinner, raffle and bar.

THE CRICKET CLUB are back but not in a too auspicious way. ESCL Div 1 Barcombe v Heathfield Park. Heathfield 204-7 in 50 overs: O Robertshaw 86, C Hart 56, Matt Tucker 3-18, Liam Williams 2-34. Barcombe 46 all out in 27.4 overs: Keith Savage 17, J Bentley 3-5 in 12 overs, P Cowley 3-7, D James 2-22. Heathfield won by 158 runs, Heathfield 30 points Barcombe 7 points.

ESCL Div 8 Hellingly III v Barcombe II. Hellingly 201-7 in 50 overs: S Vidler 76, G Hook 50, Nick Beck 3-51, Joby Harris 2-18, Kevin Allsobrook 2-50. Barcombe 59 all out in 19.3 overs: Monty Clarke 12no, J Hook 4-5, A Pye 3-4. Hellingly won by 142 runs. Hellingly 30 points Barcombe 7 points.

Sunday May 20 ,Yorkshire Tea Village Cup Isfield v Barcombe. Isfield 156-7 in 40 overs: J Hall 75, Josh Wheatley 3-27, Allan Trower 2-29. Barcombe 97 all out 26.2 overs: Monty Clarke 20, Ryan Garnham 20, J Hall 4-12. Isfield won by 59 runs.

FOOTBALL: On Friday May 18, Barcombe Football Club held their annual dinner and presentation evening at a packed Royal Oak. Following a substantial and sumptuous meal, special guest, Lawrie Parsons, general secretary of the Mid Sussex Football League was awarded life membership of the club in recognition of his many years service to the league and its members. He then presented awards as follows. First team: Young player of the year, Kieran Austin; player’s player and player of the year, Wayne Woollard. Second team: Young player and player’s player of the year, Liam Cheesman; player of the year, Andy Paynter. Secretary’s shield for outstanding service, Janet Lloyd. Lawrie Parsons then presented two surprise awards on behalf of the league. The first was to Matt Lloyd for making over 50 appearances for the Mid Sussex Representative Team and secondly to Tim Parsons for managing the squad over a number of years. The gathering were treated to humorous speeches by chairman Tim Parsons who paid tribute to the many people that make Barcombe Football Club so successful and, managers Rob Peck and Matt Cordwell. A really great occasion enjoyed by all. Note: Annual general meeting 8pm Tuesday June 12.

OPEN DAY: Sutton Hall Gardens Open Day, Sunday, 2pm to 5pm. £3 adult and children free. Tea room, children’s treasure hunt. Proceeds to CLIC (Cancer and Leukaemia in Children); OXFAM and Gurkha Welfare. Sutton Hall, Spithurst Road, BN8 5EB.


OPEN GARDEN at St Peter & St James Hospice is tomorrow (Saturday) from 1.30pm to 5pm. There will be tours of the Woodland Walk, Ditchling Morris and Mummers Dancers, plants and homemade teas.

CRICKET sees Chailey away in a league game against Palmers (Hove Recreation Ground) tomorrow (Saturday) and away to Brunswick (at Lower Beading) 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 Parish Communion at 10am. If you know anyone who would like a visit from the Lay Parish Pastoral Care Team at St Peter’s please call the rector, John Maskell, on 01825 722286 or email the parish office at with the name of the person, hospital, ward, date admitted or home address and arrangements will be made for a visit. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Eric Cornelisse and at 6.15pm with Philip Wells. Tea, coffee and biscuits after the services.

BREAKFAST MEET is at the Five Bells on Sunday from 10am. Anything with an engine most welcome.

MUSEUM: 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 to16 years.

VILLAGE INFORMATION Point session is on Tuesday 10am until noon at The Coffee Stop, at the Free Church.

STOOLBALL: Mixed stoolball team have a match against Woodmancote at the sports ground on Tuesday at 7pm. Spectators and prospective players welcome. Call Kerry Lingard on 01825 722549.

CHARITY QUIZ in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution is at the Horns Lodge on Tuesday at 8pm. Teams of up to seven, £2 per person entry. Call 01273 400422.

CRAFT OPEN DAY is at the Reading Room on Thursday from 11am to 3pm and is an opportunity to see and try spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet and rugging. Refreshments will be available.

JUBILEE WALK: Please call Jenny Barbour on 01825 722841 if you are planning on joining the Jubilee Walk and Picnic Tea on Red House Common on Saturday June 2 so that the Commons Society can be sure that there are enough refreshments. The walk starts at Red House Common car park at 2.30pm and will be a circular route around the common, visiting the windmill and then a view point for the free picnic tea.

CHAILEY LINK WALK organised by the link walk committee and the bonfire society starts at 10am on Tuesday June 5 from the Sports Pavilion (where there is ample parking). At the start you will be given a brochure describing the route and its features. The walk is about six and a half miles and links north and south of the village on well-marked footpaths with a short road section; scenery includes the Commons, ancient woodland and superb views of the South Downs and Ashdown Forest. Finish at the sports ground with a free barbecue for the walkers. The walk is open to all and children who complete the walk will be given a certificate. Contact John Smith on 01825 723519 or Trevor Smith on 01273 891008.

ROAD CLOSURE A275: South Road will be closed for resurfacing to through traffic from Deadmantree Hill to Markstakes Lane on June 11 for three days. The diversion route will be via Deadmantree Hill, Town Littleworth Road and Markstakes Lane in both directions. Access into properties for residents will be maintained.

AGM: Chailey and Newick Colts FC held its AGM recently where the committee reluctantly agreed to accept Adrian Howell’s offer of resignation as chairman. However, in recognition of all his efforts and to maintain his input and connections with the wider football community, the Committee voted Adrian into a new post of President. Jonathan Cawthra also stepped down from his role of treasurer, marking the end of his official ties with the club. The Committee thanked Jonathan for all his hard work and enthusiasm in transforming the financial management processes of the club and establishing the Chailey and Newick Colts FC Lottery. Gary Strangwood, fixtures secretary and coach of the U16 team, was voted the new chairman and Sue Allen treasurer.


Offham & Hamsey

REGULAR EVENTS: A reminder of the regular events in the parish. Toddler Tunes every Thursday from 10am to 11am in St Peter’s Church Hall. Contact Judith Bastide on 01273 474356; Singing Master Class alternate Thursdays in the church hall from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Contact Jenny Money on 01273 483424; Bumps and Babies drop-in for mums, babies and toddlers every Tuesday from 10am to noon in the village hall; Pop Up Cafe, Fridays from 8.30am to 9.15pm at Hamsey School front gate (term time and fair weather only).

JUBILEE EVENTS: The following is a timetable for Happy And Glorious, the events that will be taking place at St Peter’s Church. On Thursday there is the Gala Opening by Kathy Gore DL High Sheriff of East Sussex, of Tony Shephard’s Royal Collection from 7.30pm to 9pm. Proceeds will be donated to St Peter and St James Hospice. The Royal Exhibition will then be open from Friday June 1 to Monday June 4. Pop Up Cafe: From Friday June 1 to Monday June 4 there will be all day refreshments in the church hall. Free glass of wine for Corgi owners, evidence required. Right Royal Fete: Saturday June 2 from 2pm to 5pm in the church grounds with dancing by the Knots of May. Thanksgiving Service: On Sunday June 3 there will be a Jubilee Thanksgiving Service in St Peter’s Church at 10.30am (1950s clothes encouraged). The choir will be singing two pieces by Ralph Vaughan Williams, O Taste and See, his anthem composed specially for the Coronation in 1953 and his arrangement of the hymn All people that on earth do dwell. On Tuesday June 5 there will be a fish and chip supper in the church hall from 7.30pm. Tickets £10 available from Judith on 01273 474356 (limited number and selling fast).

OPEN GARDEN: On Sunday June 3 the beautiful garden at Offham House will be open from 1pm to 5pm.

HAMSEY: Sunday June 3 is also the second Evensong of the summer services in Hamsey Church. On that day there will be Holy Communion at 8am at Hamsey and Evensong at 6pm. At St Peter’s it will be Sunday Club in the Rectory at 10.15am and the special Jubilee Thanksgiving Service at 10.30am.

EXHIBITION: Celebrating the Countryside from Saturday June 9 to Sunday June 17 at the Bradness Gallery featuring recent work by Michael Cruickshank and Emma Burnett. Open daily from 11am to 6pm.

OPEN GARDEN: On Saturday June 9 and Sunday June 10 the garden will be open at Bradness Gallery for the National Gardens Scheme charities from 1pm to 6pm. Home baked cakes. Free parking. Entrance £3.50 (children free). Tea and cake £3. Enquiries 01273 400606.

HAMSEY FESTIVAL: Following the Jubilee celebrations at St Peter’s, it will be the turn of the Hamsey Festival 2012 which promises to be the biggest and best yet. This will be on Saturday July 14 at the Cooksbridge village hall and recreation ground. This year’s festival will be jointly sponsored by Hamsey Parish Council and the trustees of the village hall. Details later.

WILDFLOWER COUNT: Can you tell a pimpernel from a periwinkle or a buttercup from a celandine? As woodlands and hedgerows are coming into bloom, the charity Plantlife is seeking the public’s help with its annual wildflower count. In the UK we seem to know lots about the really rare and threatened species, but much less about how our more common wildflowers are doing. They may be under pressure from pollution, or they may be doing well thanks to land management. Last year’s survey showed that meadow flowers such as creeping buttercup and cowslip were in abundance, but that stinking iris and alpine lady’s mantle were the least recorded. Participants will either count wildflowers within a square kilometre (0.4sq mile) area near home or on a designated plot. Volunteers are particularly needed for coastal or heathland plots and for conifer woods. The survey runs until September. Visit for the survey pack and list of 99 plants.

SWALLOWS: It has always been a great joy to see the swallows arrive back every year, but although a pair arrived here quite early and more have arrived since then, there are not so many and I was alarmed to read a piece recently from someone who shares my thoughts about the arrival of the swallows. It reads: The most heart-warming sight of the past couple of weeks has been the arrival of the swallows from their African wintering grounds. The migration of these slender birds is a miracle. Records say that they can travel some 200 miles per day, mainly in daylight, and those that reach us will have successfully negotiated dangers such as the Sahara Desert, the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, with its Maltese and Cypriot bird trappers. Many swallows die from starvation, exhaustion or stormy weather. Those that do arrive on our shores are often first seen skimming over reservoirs near the south coast, taking their first drink and meal since crossing the Channel. I think it is a complete miracle that they even get here at all if they have to face all those dangers, especially the bird trappers.

PIGEON: Mrs Pigeon, who has been sitting tightly on eggs and watching every move I make in the kitchen, is now a proud mother as I have counted three quite ugly little offspring that seem to be thriving. They will soon be ready to fly and I will miss seeing all the comings and goings of the male pigeon bringing food. I hope that the mangy foxes that are appearing here again don’t get them when they leave the nest.


LONDON TO BRIGHTON: A postscript to Rosemarie’s story in last week’s parish pump about the London to Brighton marathon; I was stewarding at one of the Brighton Festival Artists’ Open Houses last Sunday. The venue was the Claremont Hotel in Hove and one of their guests came hobbling down the stairs to check out. The hotel manager asked how he was and it turned out that he had been one of the marathon runners. They started at 6am from Richmond Park in London and he had taken 14 hours to complete the run. He had stress bruises all round his ankles but was elated to have finished the run in such good time and raised thousands of pounds for charity. He told us how muddy and slippery the course had been and sympathised with those who completed the run in the dark as they would not have been able to see the dangers they were running into. Certainly many people did complete the run (or walk) in the dark as we heard them as they passed by our house during the night.

CONCERTS: Last week’s concert was a great success as expected. The Pastores Ensemble is always a treat to listen to. Coming up on June 9 we have Sophia Bartlette on violin and Erica Schilsky on piano. This is a chance to catch up with Sophia if you missed her earlier in the season. She was one of the musicians who kindly stepped in when a concert had to be cancelled at short notice. Erica has also played for us before and we can look forward to a great concert.

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS: There will be a Jubilee tea party in the village hall on Monday June 4 at 3pm. All villagers are welcome for tea, sandwiches and cake. There is no charge but the hall committee need to know numbers. Please fill out the slip at the bottom of your Parish Council Update and return to Jill Burt at the Old School House by Sunday May 20. Also on the Jubilee weekend on Sunday June 3 at the Swan pub there will be a hog roast during the day and folk music during the evening.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: The weekend of June 9 and 10 is going to be really busy. Not only do we have a concert on Saturday and Father Andrew’s last service with us on Sunday but we also have the Flower Festival taking place that weekend. Any donations of cakes, tombola or raffle prizes, good quality bric-a-brac and second hand clothes for the Flower Festival will be very gratefully received.

FESTIVAL: I was at a Brighton Festival Fringe event last Saturday watching Pinter’s Victoria Station and Family Voices at the pop-up theatre The Warren. My son was one of the cast members and we thought it was a great production. Pinter is always quite difficult to follow but this was funny, menacing and thought provoking and the cast was really good. The plays were directed by the ingenious Aine King who also directed some Pinter in last year’s festival.

Glynde & Beddingham

JUBILEE WEEKEND: On Saturday June 2 at 11.45am the unveiling of a new village sign at the river bridge. This sign commissioned by the parish council and designed by Crispin Rose-Innes celebrates our cricket club’s victory at the Lord’s final of the National Village Cricket Knock Out competition in 2009.

SUNDAY JUNE 3: 11am at Glynde Church, Peter Owen Jones’s Big Jubilee Service followed outside at 11.50am by the unveiling of the War Memorial Plaque. At noon our local participation in the National Big Lunch event at five neighbourhood locations: Church Field Glynde (behind the Forge) Chris Whitmore 858227; The Old Allotments (behind the Reading Room) Geoff Miller 858407; Stables Littledene, Tyl Kennedy 858259; Cobbe Place, Maggie Wilson 858659; Ranscombe Farm, Rosemary Norris 858062. All are invited including family and friends. It’s a pot luck occasion so take your own food and drink with something to share. Contact your chosen host with any questions and let them know how many will be in your party and whether you would like to help.

MONDAY JUNE 4: At 1.30pm stoolball on the recreation ground. This is a ladies only event which will only happen if we can get enough players, so please contact Andrew Lusted (858401) if you would like to have a go. At 3pm there will be a Street Party at the recreation ground. The tea party begins around 4pm to be followed by a barbecue at 7pm. Thanks to donations of food and cash all food, tea, coffee and soft drinks for children will be provided. The cricket club bar will be manned throughout, but by all means bring your own grown up drinks. There will be 50s and 60s music to help along the festivities. The organisers need muscle power on the Sunday morning to erect the marquee etc, and any help then and on the day would be gratefully received. Please contact Janet or Jean on 858349 or 858250. At 10pm the Beacon Fire on Mt Caburn. Our participation in this nation wide event is being organised by Francis Hampden and the committee of the Glynde, Beddingham and Firle Memorial Parade Society. The lighting of the beacon will be followed by a visual and audible firework salute, and all this can be seen from down below (eg at the pub or the riverbank) or up at the site itself. If you plan to walk up give yourself ample time. If you would like some assistance there will be a tractor and trailer service to the top starting from the square at 9pm and making a couple of further trips after that.

TUESDAY JUNE 5: 10.30am, Three Peaks Walk starting from Firle Beacon. Visit the tops of three parishes in an enjoyable 8.75km (5.5 mile) stroll taking in Firle Beacon, Beddingham Hill and Mt Caburn. Everyone can go at their own pace, it’s a ramble not a race, so you’ll have time to chat, enjoy the views, make new acquaintances and meet old friends. Bring something to drink and a snack if you’re liable to get peckish. Call 858227 for more details.

WE ARE very grateful to all organisers and helpers and hope everyone enjoys some or all of the weekend events. If you like taking photos, videos etc do keep them as we would like to assemble a collection as an archive for posterity. If you would like to become the official photographer/film maker for the parish council and cover all the events please contact Tony Fortnam 858427.


JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS: On Sunday, June 3, there is a special Family Service in Kingston Church at 9.45am. Then, Monday June 4 will be a day of fun activities centred around St Pancras Green, as follows: 11am, Road Relay Race through the village; noon, football tournament, seven a side, one adult and six children; noon, tennis tournament, doubles, one adult and one junior; 1.30pm, children’s activities (races, face painting and crown making); 3.30pm, Grand Jubilee Parade, dress as royalty or in red,white and blue; 4pm, Children’s Tea Party; 5pm, prize giving, prizes for all the day’s activities; 6pm, DIY barbecue, bring your own food; 7pm, piano concert,with music through the evening and open mike; 9.50pm, procession up to the Beacon; 10.20pm Beacon lit on Kingston Hill. Refreshments at very reasonable prices will be available through the day in the Pavilion on St Pancras Green, with coffee, etc from 10.45am, light lunches from noon and later in the day afternoon teas. There will also be a Treasure Hunt across Kingston from Saturday, June 2, through to Monday, June 4.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our last Wednesday walk turned out to be a bright day and 16 of us set out across the garden of the Gun Inn public house at Gun Hill to cross open fields before reaching a lane. Despite all the rain we have had the ground was quite firm. Continuing our circular walk we then followed the lane north-eastwards until we reached a bungalow called Toteridge with a large open pond in the garden. The route then took us through Swansbrook Wood which was still festooned with bluebells, across the Horam Road, and straight on to Stonehill. Along this section of the walk we had spectacular views of the surrounding open countryside. Still continuing in a north-westerly direction we then followed a bridleway passing Stream Mill. Here we crossed the stream on a recently built footbridge which passes right over the older existing stone bridge. On eventually reaching another country lane we walked south-westwards towards the Vanguard Way, which we then followed, with views of Chiddingly Church spire ahead of us. This was the only part of the walk which was muddy under foot. On reaching the village centre we then completed our walk by following the Wealdway eastwards back to Gun Hill, again across open countryside. The walk leaders were Jill and Graham.

The next walk is on Tuesday. A day on the Kent-Sussex Border. Eridge to Ashurst. Meet at Lewes bus station, Waitrose stop to catch the 9.20am bus 29 to Eridge station. Pick up a copy of our walks programme from the Tourist Information Centre or the Walking Shop.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Village Hall, Ditchling 10.35am to 10.55am; Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 11.15am to 11.45am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.45pm; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.50pm to 1.20pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2.25pm to 2.50pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 3pm to 3.40pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.50pm to 4.20pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.15am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.45am to 11.15am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.45am to 12.05pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 12.15pm to 12.40pm; South Rough, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm; Oldaker, Newick 2.25pm to 2.55pm.


RIVERSIDE CLUB at St Thomas Church Hall. This is a very friendly place to come, either on Monday or Friday for a 2pm start. A talk or slideshow – very informal. It costs £2 for three visits to see if you like it. Then you must join for £10 per year and £1 50p per visit. If you were looking to fill an hour and a half then pop in and see if you like it.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile 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. You can leave any jumble by your front gate with this leaflet attached. No large electrical goods please as we do not have the facility to collect these. Any unwanted presents, plants, tins etc would be welcome for our Diamond extravaganza. Our next jumble sale will be Saturday July 7.

JUBILEE EVENTS: Diamond Jubilee Extravanza Bank Holiday Monday, June 4, on the Green. The Free Fair is from noon to 4.30pm and will feature a ladies and men’s Tug of War, Crown and Bouquet throwing competition, children’s fun races, arena dance display, a pageant of nautical hats and live music. The evening event will start at 6pm for which you will need to buy a ticket which are £4 in advance or £5 on the day and will include live music and a hog roast. Tickets available from Nevill Newsagents, Union Music in Landsdown Place, The Gardeners Arms in Cliffe High Street and Richards the Butchers in Western Rd. Tickets are selling fast. For offers of sponsorship, any help on the day or table top/community stall space please contact Luke on 07731362881.

HEDGES: An interesting development and a few comments from residents on how difficult it is to walk on our pavements for the elderly due to protruding hedges. They cannot use their walking frames/wheelchairs on some of the pavements and especially around some of the corners where they have to go onto the road. Surely an accident waiting to happen as they would hardly be capable of jumping out of the way.

THE HUSTLERS: An enjoyable evening was had by around 50 people last Saturday at St Mary’s Social Centre where The Hustlers 60s group were playing once again. Maybe someone would let me know how much money was raised for the playgroup.

LEWES NEVILLE WI: 36 members and two visitors met Wednesday May 16. The usual monthly meeting was opened with enthusiastic singing of the WI anthem (Jerusalem) to highlight the special occasion of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Members wore hats, most in various shades of red, white and blue. After the president and secretary had dealt with the regular business, members voted on this year’s resolution, the details of which had been presented by Wendy Heath. Serious matters out of the way, members got in to the party mood among the bunting and flags; the buffet included coronation and jubilee chicken dishes as well as an appropriately decorated cake made by Monica Botting and cut by the president. Some members had brought in coronation memorabilia for us to observe. Judith Alderton challenged our knowledge with a Royal Trivia quiz, only one question stumped our knowledgeable group. The meeting closed 10pm. Next meeting 8pm June 20, St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road.

CHRIST CHURCH: Morning worship at 10.30am will be a Pentecost service and will be conducted by Rev John Gordon on Sunday. The service will include an infant baptism. We have another of our popular Messy Church events on Friday June 8 from 10.30am to 1pm. The theme will be Love your Neighbour – the Good Samaritan. After the craft activities there will be a short act of worship following which a free lunch will be served. This event is open to anyone to attend but children must be accompanied by an adult.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, morning in the village hall from 10am till 11am.

REMINDER: Just to remind you that the Heathfield Show is on this weekend.

THE BOWLS CLUB have two games this weekend. Tomorrow, Saturday, they are away to Horsham and on Sunday they are at home to the Insurance Association. Both games will commence at 2.30pm.

THE CRICKET CLUB first XI are away to Battle, the second XI are playing at home against DPB (Eastbourne), the third XI are away to Robertsbridge III and the fourth XI will be playing at home on the Temple Grove ground. All games commence at 1.30pm. The Sunday match is against London Unity at home from at 2pm. I am sure that all the people that are playing outside sport are longing for a sunny day. The Junior fixtures are Tuesday Ansty away for the under 11 years olds and the under 13 year olds will play on Wednesday at home to Cuckfield. Both games start at 6pm.

GIFT DAY: Sunday is the Church Gift Day, Holy Communion at 8am followed by the Morning Service at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please ring in advance 01825 722582.

THIS WEEKEND we welcome the families from Itterville, our twinning town in France. Fingers crossed that the weather will improve and they will enjoy all the activities that have been arranged for their stay in Newick.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will be holding their meeting on Tuesday in the Sports Pavilion at 7.15pm. The public have the opportunity to ask question at the commencement of the meeting.

JUBILEE WEEKEND: I trust everyone is getting prepared for the Newick jubilee Bank Holiday Celebrations commencing on Friday June 1. There are lots of interesting things being organised by clubs, societies, and pubs for the whole weekend. Next week I will give you all the details.


PIDDINGHOE UNPLUGGED Sunday June 3. Traditional village games, Royal Oak Survivors Pub, live music, tea and cakes and an evening meal. Spread over three venues throughout the day.


BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on May 16 was: 1, Pam Brook and John Weston; 2, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan, Richard Newton and Simon Webster. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Symons Room of the village hall.

VILLAGE HALL APPEAL: The village fete took place on the village green last Saturday on what turned out to be a lovely sunny day. After a procession of classic cars through the village and on to the green the primary school children started the fete off by dancing round the Maypole. The local tug of war derby between teams from The Green Man and The Anchor finished off the afternoon, a tight match but won by The Green Man. In between there were lots of games and a variety of stalls as well as a number of displays. A fun dog show featured for the first time and brought a lot of pleasure to young and old. The cream teas were very popular as were the ice creams, cakes and drinks from the beer tent. It was wonderful to see so many families and people enjoying being together and celebrating our village. Villagers had been buying raffle tickets for the grand draw over the past month, raising over £2,000. The lucky 12 winners have been informed as have the two winners of the exclusive draw which was a pair each of tickets to the Glyndebourne Opera in the owner’s private box. This draw raised £1,000. Ringmer’s twinning partners from France and Germany attended and the German marching band performed to the delight of all the onlookers. Also performing to show a typical English band was our regulars – Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass band who of course finished their performance with Sussex by the Sea. The afternoon fete was followed by an evening event – hog roast and live music. The French choir sang and were followed by acoustic moods, folks and blues. It was great fun and enjoyed by everyone. It was lovely to see so many families. At first reckoning the fete should have raised over £6,000 for the village hall building appeal but this would not have been possible without some very hard work from a lot of people, not least all the stall holders and exhibitors, performers, tea makers and chefs, as well as all the local businesses, organisations and people who gave big donations of goods and services. A huge thank you goes to the fundraising committee who put it all together.

NEXT: The Jubilee Gold and Silver Chain. This will take place in the shopping precinct on Saturday, June 2, from 9am to noon. Do go along and lay your £2, £1 and 50p pieces in a chain, the Queen’s head uppermost, to mark the Jubilee and to raise money for the appeal at the same time. The Diamond Jubilee Cream Tea will be held in the village hall on Tuesday, June 5, from 3pm to 5.30pm. Tickets costing £5 are now on sale from Middletons. There will be a Jubilee themed raffle at this event and a recording of the River Pageant to watch during the afternoon.

SPECIAL SERVICE: There will be a service to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on Sunday, June 3, at 6.30pm in St Mary’s. It is hoped that many will attend to give thanks for a reign of great personnel dedication and commitment.

CRICKET CLUB: At last the season got under way on Saturday under the watchful eyes of a large number of visitors from France and Germany, who hopefully picked up the basics of the summer game. There were encouraging wins for the first and second teams and an honourable draw for the third XI. Today, Friday, we have a T20 match with Lewes Taxes, 6pm start, and tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI are at home to Ditchling, the second XI visit Firle, while the thirds are at home to Uckfield Andereida, all starting at 1.30pm. Watch this space for details of both the Jubilee celebrations we are holding on the Green on Tuesday June 5, and a Race Night at the clubhouse on Friday June 22.

Rodmell & Southease

FULL STOP: Rodmell came to a full stop on Saturday, when a caravan being towed developed a problem halfway down the village, in one of the narrowest points. It was not helped by the fact that cars were parked on both sides of the street and that it was a Monks House open day and there was a jumble sale in the village hall. Result: chaos. I felt really sorry for the couple with the caravan as they had taken a wrong turn, in more ways than one. One of the points it really made was that somehow the village needs a way in and out for emergency vehicles only, because nothing could have reached the lower end of the village apart from a helicopter, which is a sobering fact. I bet many of the entrapped motorists would have liked wings on their cars like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, especially the driver of the Rolls Royce.

WHILE WALKING up the village I heard a visitor say to his friend, ‘Your would never think there was such a beautiful village as this, hidden away down here would you?’

MONKS HOUSE has made its garage into a very swish reception area to buy your tickets at, and seems to be doing very well this year.

I WAS sickened to hear on the news that people who have been given the honour of carrying the Olympic Flame are now selling them for tremendous amounts of money. I no longer wonder why I am becoming more cynical in my old age. I have heard that some are giving the money to charity – commendable.

SUMMER FETE: friends of Northease Manor School will be holding their Summer Fete and Companion Dog Show on Saturday June 16, from 1pm to 4pm. There will be many stalls and activities such as barbecue, Pimms/Harveys Beer tent, cake stall and refreshment,s quality raffle, wellie throwing, target practice, beat the goalie, pupils tae kwon do display, sumo wrestlers contests, music from the Lewes Brass Band, and many other stalls. Entrance fee £1 per adult. Dog classes £3 each. Dog show entry forms and any other information, please contact Sally Brown, Chair, Friends of Northease Manor School on 01424 773955 or email

WI: The Rodmell and Southease WI Resolution Meeting on Tuesday May 16 went off well but not many of us did well in the Sweet Quiz which Lindy Smart set up. Maybe we don’t hall have good memories or a sweet tooth. I only managed to get three right.

JUBILEE WEEKEND: Diamond Jubilee celebration weekend in Rodmell starts off on Sunday June 3 with a special Jubilee Service in the church at 11am. Then, starting at 12.30pm, there will be a hog roast and party on the village sports field. Thank you to all who are putting their time and energy into organising this event. On Monday June 4, the 1st Rodmell and Northease Cubs and Scouts Group will light the Jubilee Beacon to tie in with the national line of beacons for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, details to follow when known.

TEA PARTY: Sadly I did not make it to Coronation Memories and Creative Crowns Tea Party on Friday May 18 in Iford village hall as I just had too many things to get done. I had looked for my old Coronation scrap-book that I had put together as a child but failed to find it. I know it’s in the house somewhere, but where. I would not throw such an item out.

SADLY I have just heard that Val Mellor, that well known Piddinghoe lady has died. At the moment I do not know when her funeral takes place. She was the most lively interesting lady and was well known for her interest in local history and having been a teacher at Varndean Girls School.

A PHONE CALL last week was a nice surprise to me. A lady called to say that she and her friend were avid readers of my PP and as a surprise birthday gift to her friend could she book a night B&B for two people here so that the friend could see all the things she’d been reading about and meet me. I was surprised and flattered. Fame at last.