Parish pump Lewes - May 30, 2014


THE WALKING GROUP’S June walk is on Sunday. We are meeting at the National Trust car park opposite the bus stop at Devil’s Dyke, Brighton, at 2.30pm for a Downland walk led by Sue Tryers.

BOWLS CLUB: Results of the past few weeks: Ringmer v Barcombe 58-67; Barcombe v Wealden 62-66; Barcombe v Newick 50-70; Deanland v Barcombe 72-60.

STOOLBALL: We were away to Ditchling on Tuesday. We were level at the end of the 14th over, but Ditchling won at the end of the 15th over with 138 runs to Barcombe’s 136 runs. Angharad Hills 54 runs. Our Thursday match was rained off and will be re-arranged. We are running our ladies tournament on Sunday, June 8, at 12.30pm in the rec. The ladies excel themselves with the refreshments, so come along and watch the games with a cup of tea and a piece of cake.

DIARY DATE: The vintage village fete is on Saturday July 5, noon to 4pm in the village hall. This is going to be a lively village event for all ages. Clubs, societies together with lots of individuals will be participating and there will be games, bouncy castle, competitions including the Great Barcombe Bake Off, performances, food (including a sumptuous barbecue, tempting cream teas and absolutely delicious ice-cream), plus a thirst-quenching Pimms and Beer tent and so much more.


CRICKET: In an excellent and very close game Chailey emerged victorious with only three balls to spare when they met Preston Nomads III. A strong 61 from Danny Andrews was well backed up by Willie Boone (43). Four wickets each from Morgan Jones-Hockley (4-35) and Peter Dembrey (4-48) earned a nail-biting victory. Tomorrow, Saturday, there is a league game against Staplefield starting at 1.30pm at the Sports Ground just off the A272. On Sunday there is a friendly game at Colemans Hatch 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 on Sunday, Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Family Service with Pete’s Puppets at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Derek Heyman and at 6.15pm.

RHODODENDRON INTERPRETATION: Find out more about the rhododendrons at Sheffield Park and Garden on Monday, and Saturday June 7. Members of the park’s horticultural team will be on hand to answer questions about the rhododendrons; how to identify, raise and care for them. Normal admission charges apply.

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

CROP CIRCLES will be the topic of discussion at the WI meeting, in the village hall, on Tuesday at 7.45pm. Speaker Andy Thomas has for more than 20 years investigated many enduring enigmas, including crop circles, UFOs, ancient prophecies and a multitude of classic conspiracy theories and is a leading lecturer on unexplained mysteries and global cover-ups. He wrote Vital Signs: A complete Guide to the Crop Circle Mystery and is the world’s most prolific writer on crop circles. Andy’s presentation on the extraordinary phenomenon of crop circles is likely to be thought provoking and promote much discussion and as such is thought it will appeal to a wider audience. The WI members invite you to join them; please do go along as this is likely to be a very interesting and entertaining evening. There will be a £2 nominal charge for visitors, which includes refreshments.

FRIENDS of Markstakes Common undertake activities that include practical conservation work, surveying and monitoring the wildlife on this valuable and interesting site. Coppicing work has been carried out in the south east corner. The Hornbeam and other young trees have been cut and the area will be monitored for new growth during the coming months. If you would like to get involved or simply want to have your say on the future of the Common why not join the Friends by completing the application form available at The Friends have a working party on Monday mornings throughout the year from 9.30am until 12.30am; meeting at the gate in the flint wall at Markstakes Lane. New volunteers for task days and wildlife monitoring are always welcome so do go along and help with the sensitive maintenance and restoration of this valuable and individual site.

SMALL GRANTS to local organisations are considered by the parish council in July each year and applications need to be submitted by June 30. Community grants offer financial support to local groups and organisations and are usually in the range of £100 to £500. A grant application form and a copy of the council’s grant policy may be obtained from Vera Grainger, the parish clerk, on 01825 740409 or downloaded from the community website at

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday at St Peter’s Church, Sunday School 10.15am in the church hall, Parish Communion 10.30am followed by coffee in the hall. Sunday is also Hamsey Sunday when there will be Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 6pm in Hamsey Church.

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

AFTERNOON CLUB: The Monday Afternoon Club meet again on June 9 when members will enjoy afternoon tea in Caroline’s garden at 2pm. Lifts available by ringing Judith 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

HAMSEY SCHOOL fundraisers have been busy during the first half of the year. Emma Hopkins, co-chair, reported it had been a quiet half term for HSF events compared to the last term where they organised Seedy Saturday and raised nearly £700. She gives thanks to all those for their amazing baking and eating skills and helping on the day. That event was followed by more baking, the Children’s Chocolate/Easter Cake competition in April. The teachers did their bit by doing the tasting and gave out Easter prizes in reception and KS1, KS2 categories of yummiest and prettiest. On the same day there was an Easter Egg hunt at the school playing field after school. Children had to find a paper egg and exchange for three chocolate treats. There was a chocolate café with ice cream, cakes, hot and cold drinks and an Easter craft stall. In March Hamsey Cinema showed Totoro in the hall.

COMMUNITY SPEED WATCH: Sussex Police have purchased a number of laser speed guns for use by volunteers as part of the Community Speed Watch scheme. The parish council reserved a speed gun for use at designated safe sites in Cooksbridge. Training in the use of a speed gun is today, Friday, at Lewes Police Station at the volunteers’ convenience and only takes an hour or two. The gun can only be operated during daylight hours by teams of two volunteers, one operating the machine and the other recording details. The volunteers then use their own computers to input details of speeding vehicles onto Operation Crackdown on the Sussex Police website. The police may then write warning letters and take stronger action with persistent offenders. This does have an impact. However, the sight of volunteers in yellow jackets pointing a speed gun is also a serious deterrent. If you are concerned about speeding traffic in Cooksbridge do consider getting involved by emailing The scheme requires at least six volunteers, though the more volunteers there are, the more use can be made of the speed gun. The extent and times of volunteers’ involvement is at their discretion.

AGM: At the annual parish meeting on May 8 there were three members of Hamsey Parish Council, four members of the public, PCSO Sally-Anne Reed, Mrs J Toomey, clerk to the parish council, and East Sussex County Cllr R St-Pierre. Cllr St-Pierre gave her report which included how she has raised the issue of bus and train timetables connecting, with some success, and is working with the parish council to progress a footway to the village hall. ESCC have extra funding for road repairs (but not in Hamsey) and she states she has put pressure on ESCC to keep drains and gullies clear in order to reduce flooding. The county are considering a major cycle race coming through Lewes and she will be trying for funding to upgrade the Cooksbridge-Lewes path as a shared use cycle/footway. ESCC support a second runway at Gatwick, which would mean an increase in use to 60million and put a great strain on infrastructure. Trains in the South East are already at full limit and it looks like the Lewes/Uckfield line will be re-opened. She also reported East Sussex has had a good Ofsted report for its work with cared children. Lewes District Cllr Donna Edmunds was not in attendance and had not sent a report. A question was raised by a resident who said cars parked either side of her drive at school pick up/drop off time blocked her view when trying to leave her drive and there had been a very near miss when a child ran across her driveway in front of her car. She felt the situation was very dangerous. PCSO Sally-Anne said providing cars are not on the yellow zigzags they are allowed to park. This is very close to the junction with Hamsey Lane but is not illegal. Signs are up but drivers take no notice. A resident asked why the school does not allow children to be dropped off at the school field. PCSO answered the enquiry should go to the school.


DANCING: According to their latest newsletter, researchers at the University of Sussex have discovered bees from the laboratories on campus out foraging found some of their richest sources of food in Castle Hill Nature reserve, just up the Falmer Road. The researchers decoded the bees’ waggle dance to find out where they had been foraging. Castle Hill is ancient chalk grassland with an abundance of wildflowers and is also a great place to see butterflies. The nature reserve is not far from here but I am still surprised bees go so far for their foraging expeditions.

SINGING: I wasn’t able to go to the latest in our Festival Fringe concerts but Rosemarie tells me it was really good, with an interesting narration illustrated by selections from Cimarosa’s piano sonatas and work from his opera Il Matrimonio Segreto. We have something very different this weekend with Jamie Watson giving us an Arias and Anthems Evening. Jamie is an award winning, international performer, personality and entertainer and his repertoire contains hundreds of songs from dance tracks to power ballads and big band to show tunes, there’s something for everyone. The concert is tomorrow, Saturday, at 5.30pm. Entry is free with a retiring collection, drinks available.

EATING: It’s time to celebrate. Yes, Falmer’s famous Sunday afternoon teas start this weekend with home-made cakes, teas and other beverages served in the village hall (or outside if the weather permits). Teas will be served from around 2.30pm.

ARRANGING: Also on the horizon is Falmer’s Flower Festival. Two days at the end of June with lovely flowers in the church, stalls, refreshments, raffle and all sorts of things going on in the Hall and on the green by the pond. However these things don’t just happen, so if anyone feels like lending a hand, doing a flower arrangement, making some cakes, or hiring a stall for the weekend, please let us know. Just give us a call on 07767 293906.

VIEWING: We have some good things to look forward to, but we are also saying goodbye to our Easter exhibition in St Laurence Church. In the Beginning proved just as interesting as last year’s show with some really outstanding poetry as well as the artwork. The Poetry in the Afternoon event was very popular and I hope we will be able to do it again next year. The church will look a little bare now until our Artwave exhibition in late summer.

FLYING: As Rosemarie described in last week’s column, we also have a lot of nesting birds in our garden. In particular there is one shrub you can’t walk past without being almost showered with tiny baby wrens flying out. I don’t know how many chicks they usually have but there seem to be at least eight in this family. I hope they all survive.

WALKING: The annual London to Brighton walk took place last weekend. The event starts at 6am on Saturday at Richmond Park and runners start appearing in Falmer at about 3pm and continue through the day and night with stragglers still coming through on Sunday evening. Unsurprisingly a lot of them look very weary and are limping. They are all taking part to support a charity and I think they are very brave to take on such a challenge.


SOUTHOVER CHURCH: On Sunday from 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’ll provide pots and notebooks and will try to put a name to all the plants and anything that wriggles, runs or flies past. Ecologist Graeme Lyons will lead the event and help us identify everything we find. Meet outside the church on Southover High Street. Our pirate-themed children’s summer holiday club will run from Tuesday July 29 to Friday August 1, 9am to 1.30pm. Further information will be available soon. Dates for your diary: June 14, Passion Play 2015 meeting, 10am Christ Church, for anyone interested in taking an organisational role or being part of the production team. Contact June 21, Lewes churches breakfast for men, White Hart hotel, speaker Paul Young,

founder of Off the Fence, a Christian based charity fighting poverty around Brighton and Hove. Do come and join us. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am family service with choir, organ and band; 11.15 informal family service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening communion service with singers and band.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: We have enjoyed some wonderful spring walks recently which have given us the opportunity to appreciate the abundance and beauty of the spring flowers. The bluebell woods have never seemed better. Some of our members walked over the hill from Glynde to Lewes in appropriate costume, to join King Henry’s army on his way to the Priory as part of the Battle of Lewes celebrations and on this Saturday we take part in the Lewes Hike and Bike Festival in the Cliffe Precinct. Our next walk will be on Sunday June 15 when we will be leaving at 9.30am from top North Street car park for a walk around High Hurstwood. This is a change from our printed programme due to the London to Brighton cycle ride. Two days later on June 17 we will be having another of our shorter strolls and this will depart at 10.30am from the same car park. New walkers are always welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday May 13, Butler Pairs: 1, Paul Allen and Roy Skan; 2, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Rosemary Land and Nancy Wiginton. Thursday May 15, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Nigel Osmer and Susan Louis; 2, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Nannette Tarling and Paul Allen. Tuesday May 20, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Janet Cattermole and Pauline Brown; 3, James and Sally Budgen. Thursday May 22, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood. Janet Catermole and Jonathan Hyde, Susan Louis and Alan Disney. New members and visitors welcome. Contact 01273 473026.

GARDEN SOCIETY: Lewes and District Garden Society, Lewis Normand, sales manager for Coblands nursery will talk about some of the exciting new herbaceous plants the nursery has recently introduced. Coblands Nurseries was founded in 1963 growing a wide range of shrubs, herbaceous perennials, grasses, ferns and trees in the ‘coblands’ of Kent. The production nursery extends over 120 acres on a number of sites in and around Tonbridge, growing about a million plants at any one time. June 4, 7.30pm for 7.45pm at Cliffe Church Hall, Cliffe High Street. All welcome. £3 for non members.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL hopes that children are enjoying a well-deserved rest and looks forward to seeing them all back on Tuesday.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: In his last week the church was honoured to host a Thanksgiving Service for Barbara Jones from Malling. The service was led by Revd Steve Smith, the Minister of Eastgate Baptist Church. In the same evening, there was a joint Communion service with St John sub Castro marking Ascension Day. Sunday’s service is Holy Communion with Revd Helen Garratt. There is a children’s club during part of the service. All are welcome.

SUSSEX WILDLIFE Today (Friday at 1.30am) there is a training session on local wild flowers. Next Friday, June 6, there will be a Bat Evening beginning at 8pm, followed on June 7 by a Bio-Blitz, an attempt to find and identify every species in the wild-plant rich churchyard. These events are led by Sussex Wildlife experts in each subject, children are welcome and provided with appropriate equipment. They include some teaching and plenty of finding and watching a range of creatures. They is no cost. Just turn up in time for the start. All take place in South Malling Churchyard and access the facilities of the church.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall noon to 12.30pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2pm to 2.25pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm.


EXHIBITIONS: I went on a trip with the Riverside Club to Portsmouth and went to the Mary Rose exhibition. I vaguely remember the lifting of this famous King Henry VIII ship from the Solent in 1982 which was not a good year for me but that’s another story. I was completely blown away by the display of the actual Mary Rose and the process of preserving the shell of half of it that was buried, is incredible. The artefacts brought up are too immense to mention but I recommend a visit. On an entirely different note, I was very pleased to see our very worthy councillor Ruth O’Keefe defend her stance over the dig in the paper the other week.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: For the first time we entered the Yr6 all girls primary schools Kwik cricket festival and were delighted so many girls were keen to experience a cricket match. Mrs Taylor took the girls to Saffrons Cricket ground in Eastbourne where they took part in three matches. They won two and lost one, which placed them equal with three other schools, so all the teams’ run differences were calculated, in order to work out the final positions. We played one more game to decide our overall placing and they finished fourth. Mrs Taylor reported back that the girls’ confidence and understanding of the game visibly improved as the day wore on and they all returned to school with big smiles on their faces.

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

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: Churchyard open day on Sunday from 11am till 1pm. Experts will help identify wild life. On Wednesday in St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road, ploughman’s lunch at 12.15pm £2 per lunch.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today is our Messy Church event entitled Fruits of the Spirit. Doors open at 10.30am and after a short story there will be a variety of craft activities. Following on there will be a short act of worship with a lunch to finish. Messy Church will be finished at 1pm. There is no charge for this event and it is open to all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult. Sunday is the National Day of Prayer for Church Toddler Groups and morning worship at 10.30am will be led by Dr Tony Law with Sunday Club for children. Evening Worship at 6.30pm will be led by Rev John Gordon.


THE BOWLS CLUB are playing East Grinstead away tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. On Tuesday they have a game against Mid Sussex John Spriggs Pratice at 6pm at home, they also have another fixture on Wednesday against Ringmer at home at 2.30pm.

CRICKET: This weekend the first XI play Buxted Park away, the second XI will be playing at home against Eastbourne III, the third XI will be playing on the Temple Grove ground against Mayfield III, and the fourth XI will travel to Lewes for a game against Lewes St Michaels III. All these matches are league games and play will commence at 1.30pm. The Sunday friendly game will be away at Ardingly at 2pm. There is also a mid-week game on Tuesday against Brighton Normads at home at 2pm.

SERVICES at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am, followed by the Family Service at 10.30am.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION will be meeting on Wednesday in the Community Centre at 7.30pm when hopefully their speaker will be Simon Stevens. Simon is an archaeologist and historian on World War 1. Visitors welcome.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be holding another meeting on Thursday June 12 in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. There are three speakers, Patsy Bailey, Costica de Larrabeiti, and Lisa Sang, who are people that run fitness classes. They will explain why it is worthwhile to spend time bending and stretching, mind and spirit. So why not pop along and find out about where their disciplines come from and how they work. For further details telephone 01825 72154 or 722650.

MEETING: On June 12 Newick Horticultural Society will hold their monthly meeting in the village hall at 8pm, when Mark Saunders will give a talk on A Head Gardener’s Year. This will be based on a year in the garden at Fittleworth House, West Sussex, including everything from plants grown, pruning, seed sowing, vegetables and wildlife, plus flower shows, fast cars and even a Lancaster Bomber. Entrance is £2.50 for members and £3 for visitors. This will certainly be a very interesting evening.


WI-FI MAGIC: Great news for users of Plumpton village hall is that a wi-i facility is due to be installed today. Thus anyone can go along to a meeting or function and play with their laptops, tablets, mobiles etc without having to concentrate on whatever function they are attending. It will be great for business conferences etc but it amazes me how some people and their mobiles/laptops are like Siamese twins and simply cannot be separated. Very difficult to hold a conversation with them, too.

FANCY A WALK? If so, join the Footpath Society on Wednesday when members and friends meet at Robertsbridge village car park (TQ737 236) at 10am for a six mile trek through Robertsbride, Bead House Farm, Moat Farm, stopping for lunch at Salehurst before returning to Roberstbridge. Ring 01273 891213.

LADYBIRDS HAVE MOVED: Ladybirds Baby and Toddler Group now meets in Plumpton village hall on Wednesdays between 9.30am and 11.30am. All carers are welcome along with their charges, the very modest cost is £1.50 per family per session and there is lots to keep the littlies amused and plenty of other people for the carers to chat to. It’s also a great way for newcomers to integrate in our warm and friendly community. More information via or 01273 890225.

TAKE CARE: Do be careful when visiting the playing field as works are underway at both the play area and the tennis club. Heavy vehicles and plant are in use and motorists should be careful and considerate when parking in or around the area. The disruption at both sites is worthwhile and residents will reap the benefits of the programmes shortly.

THEY’RE OFF: Members of the flower club are off today (Friday) on a visit to the Chichester Cathedral Flower Festival. If you got left behind, remember to read the programme more thoroughly in the future.

PLUMPTON CROSS: Hopefully many people will have now seen Plumpton Cross in all its glory. Members of the 1264 And All That team ensured its location was clearly marked for the duration of the Battle of Lewes commemorations by laying white material on it. Conservation rules and regulations do not allow the chalk surface to be kept clear to make the cross permanently visible, so make the most of it as it may be another 750 years before you get the chance to locate it easily again.

OUR CHURCHES: The number of worshippers in Christian churches declines, but architecturally some absolute gems of buildings still exist and in our ecclesiastical parish of Plumpton and East Chiltington we have two classic beauties that are centuries old and simply must be preserved both for their use for Christian worship and for their architectural merits. St Michael’s, Plumpton, has those medieval murals as an enormous extra and East Chiltington is a treasure. Come to think of it, All Saints’ in Plumpton Green, although only Victorian, has its own charm. Whatever your religious beliefs, or lack of them, I would urge everyone to support the preservation at least of these three historical buildings as they will never be replaced and their loss would be a disaster for our heritage. If you haven’t been inside these churches I feel sure the Rector, Godfrey Broster, would be more than happy to facilitate visits and he will never seek to convert you to Christianity, nor dissuade you from any other religion come to that. Slip 5p, £5 or £5k into his pocket to help this worthy cause and your living will not be in vain. By the way, these are my own, personal thoughts and I have neither discussed them with anyone (not even his Rectorship) nor been requested to publish them.

PARISH CLERK: Plumpton Parish Council is seeking a new clerk and an advertisement appears in this edition of the Sussex Express. If you are interested, or know of anyone else who may be, then please refer to the announcement in the Situations Vacant section. Closing date for applications is June 6, so do not delay.

PLUMPTON RACECOURSE: The National Hunt racing season has ended but, in order to make the course viable, activities there must continue during the summer. There will be weddings, equine, Pony Club and other events taking place. The course is always concerned such non-racing events should not cause unnecessary inconvenience to local residents and monitors them pro-actively, as indeed does Lewes District Council. If there should be cause for concern then you are invited to contact Allison Blake at If the query is outside office hours there is a dedicated line to the duty manager on 07549 993579. The course is a vital player in our village life but the management is anxious to maintain a partnership between it and residents.

PUB NEWS: Chris and Paul at the Fountain pub tell me they now have a traditional menu running for the lunchtime trade and during the evenings will be offering theme menus involving pizzas, curries, tapas and so on to eat in or take away. Tuesdays will be left for the visiting fish and chip van.


FOOTBALL CLUB: Tonight (Friday) the Ska, soul and funk, band Fat Belly Jones play Toons you just can’t help jumpin’ to in the bar from 8pm. All are welcome, so if you haven’t been in the club before why not come and have a look. Entry is free for this event. Tickets (£8 and £6 for concessions) are now on sale in the clubhouse for the Hailsham Theatre Group’s revue on June 6 and 7. This popular event is suitable for all ages and comprises song, dance and comedy sketches. For those supporters that missed the presentation evening, the award winners for the first team were Callum Sherriff (supporters’ player and manager’s player), Jamie Bunn (players’ player), Louis Pople (top goal scorer), Ben Watkinson (most improved player). The second team winners were Ben Thomsett (manager’s player and players’ player), Harrison Burley (most improved player), and for the Youth team Harry Oliver (manager’s player), Harrison Burley (players’ player), and Keith Porter (top goal scorer and most improved player) and finally a much deserved Club Person of the Year was awarded to Nobby Dartnell.

CHURCH SERVICES: Services on Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Service, 6.30pm Sung Eucharist.

FLOWER CLUB: Thank you to everyone who supported our recent events: Kathryn Millbank’s sponsored swim, our Morning Market, the tokens collected at Waitrose and our celebration of National Flower Arranging Day with flower arrangements in Ringmer Surgery, Barclay’s Bank, Cliffe Veterinary Practice, His and Hers hairdressers and the Mill Road residents’ common room. Our next club meeting will be at 2pm in the village hall onWednesday with a demonstration by Robert Tunks entitled Summertime. Visitors will be given a warm welcome (£4 to include tea and biscuits).

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday May 21, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Joan Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams; 2, Roy Scan and Alan Disney; 3, Pam Brook and John Weston. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

WI: Thank you to all who supported the WI May Fair in the village hall, on a very wet morning; in spite of the weather £400 was raised and those attending enjoyed the activities on offer, including a chocolate fountain, whack the rat and unlock the castle. Later in the month, with much better weather, the walking group explored Cuckmere Haven and a party visited Scotney Castle. The craft group are putting the final touches to the entries to the WI competitions at the South of England Show, do visit the WI tent to see them. The next meeting is on June 3 at 7.30pm in the village hall when the talk will be about the South Downs National Park, right here on our doorstep, given by Neville Harrison.

BOWLS CLUB: Last week’s results: Ringmer v Rotherfield 71-68; Groombridge v Ringmer 79-67; Ringmer v Buxted 93-79; Ringmer v Woodingdean 69-62; Ringmer v Seaford 72-45.

BREN BONNER (booking secretary for village hall) has moved. As from May 19 my address changed to 40 Broyle Close, Ringmer BN8 5PL. Tel and email address remain the same. Can I please say a massive thanks to all those who helped me move, including Walt the Handyman, Mark Croasdale, John from CTLA, Angela and Robert Morrison, the Trustees of Ringmer Village Hall for all their support, and Pam Bowmaker who had the task of taking me by train to Eastbourne, and many more who I cannot list as taking too much room here.

Rodmell & Southease

JUMBLE SALE: Unfortunately the jumble sale in aid of Rodmell Village Hall funds had to be cancelled because there was no jumble. I always feel that jumble sales in summer suffer when the weather is good. Jumbles in the autumn and winter months give people a reason to clear out, and give them something to do and somewhere to go for fun and communication when days are dark, dismal and long.

OPEN GARDENS: A summer sensation is coming up here in Rodmell. Open Gardens, Sunday June 8, 2pm to 5.30pm. Entry £5 adults but children get in free. Entrance includes Monk’s House garden and many beautiful gardens in Lower Rodmell. Teas served in the village hall with cakes and cream teas. Other features are: nurseries, garden ceramics and sculptures in Monk’s House garden and Place House. In aid of St Peter’s Church and village clubs and associations. Parking free on Croft Field and disabled parking in NT car park. Please could the village cooks provide a cake for the village hall teas and phone Jenny Brown on 473939 to let her know what you are baking, and if you want to collect or if you will deliver it to the hall at about 1.30pm on the day. Help is needed with the teas please, just an hour would be good.

THE COACH TRIP to Wisley Gardens on Sunday May 18 was a great success. The weather was lovely and the coach almost full with members of the horticultural society and coffee club who all had a great time.

WI: Rodmell and Southease WI discussed and voted on the resolution to encourage organs for transplant. It was agreed communication and discussion with family about donation was important issue.

VISIT: I went to Burrswood, an estate in Groombridge. It is a lovely place for healing. The gardens are fabulous. Burrswood was set up in 1948 by the 20th century healing visionary Dorothy Kerin (1889-1963) regarded by many as a modern-day Christian saint. In 1912 she was 22 and had been confined to bed for five years with tubercular meningitis, peritonitis and diabetes, when a miraculous cure restored her to full health overnight, earning national attention and headlines of Miracle Girl. Helped by a group of followers she established homes for prayer and healing. She believed she had a commission from God to heal the sick, comfort the sorrowing and give faith to the faithless, a commission which is still Burrswood’s today. The work of Burrswood is strongly supported by the Church of England, as it is by the many healthcare professionals who refer their patients to it.