Parish pump Lewes - May 8, 2015


PILATES CLASS held every Tuesday at 9.30am to 10.30am in Barcombe Village Hall. The class is aimed at a general level incorporating basic pilates techniques and exercises in a non-intimidating, easy to follow and fun way. Lovely small class. Cost is £45 for a block of ten classes or £6 for a drop-in class. Ring Debs on 01273479603.

PLANT SALE: Barcombe Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale is on Saturday May 16 at the village hall, 9am to noon. An excellent selection of home-grown plants. Great value, come early to avoid disappointment.


THANKS to the committee, helpers and supporters of the bonfire society who all made the St George’s Day Fete and evening celebrations such wonderful events. The fete featured Morris dancing, a dog show, a drumming band, maypole dancing, classic car show, fairground attractions, car boot sales and a variety of stalls. The hard work that had been put in to the preparation certainly paid off, the day was a true spectacle and a perfect village event with lots of fun to be had by all ages making it a huge success.

VE DAY: Bluebell Railway celebrate VE Day with a Southern at War weekend this Saturday and Sunday (May 9 and 10). There will be exhibits and concert shows all along the line. On both Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) there will be flypasts over Horsted Keynes station by a Harvard and a Hurricane. For more details call 01825 720800.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, sees Chailey cricketers in a league game against Palmers CC, at Hove, starting at 1.30pm. On Sunday there is a friendly game, starting at 2pm, against Gully Cricketers. Gully Cricket is the most famous form of cricket in India and is played in narrow gullies (streets) of cities, towns and villages and can be played with anything that is wide enough to be a bat and anything that is round enough to be a ball and Gully cricketers all, according to their website, started their cricket careers in such a ‘gully’. The camaraderie of this game will be a delight to watch and prospective players and supporters are most welcome. Refreshments will be available. To find out more about the league or friendly teams do call 07709 946880.

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA is at St Peter’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm. It will feature the Mid Sussex Choir, together with soloists, a barbershop quartet and harpist. Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the night, with free entry for accompanied under 16s. They can be obtained from Janet Barnes on 01825 721107.

ST PETER’S CHURCH: On Sunday Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. Volunteers are sought to assist with the social activities at the church, particularly the lunches and teas. You do not need to be a church member to help with the activities, just someone with a little time to spare who would like to be involved. For an informal chat about how you might help please call Fiona Pearl on 01825 723135 or Nicola Lack on 01825 721107.

FREE CHURCH: On Sunday services are with Charles Earwicker at 10.30am and an evening service with Giles Woodcraft at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be served after all the services.

MUSEUM: Windmill and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday, National Mills Day, from 3pm to 5pm. Visitors can meet the Downland Radio Group on the ground floor of the mill, as they will be there to make contact with mills across the UK and Europe. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group club night is on Tuesday. The club will assemble at the Horns Lodge in time for an 8pm departure and procession to the Weald Inn, Burgess Hill. There they will meet the newly formed Weald Classic Vehicle Club. Everyone with an interest in classic cars will be most welcome.

PARISH COUNCIL: Planning and Environs Committee of the parish council meet at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

A PLANT SALE will be at the forecourt of the Horns Lodge on Saturday, May 16, from 10am to midday. As the sale is being organised by the horticultural society there will be excellent summer bedding, tomato plants and vegetable plants, perennials and more.

MEET THE EXMOOR PONIES on Saturday May 16 during a walk across the Commons led by Monty Larkin, grazing co-ordinator for the Sussex Pony Grazing and Conservation Trust. This is a chance to see the resident herd of 15 ponies and to find out how they are cared for, also to learn about the work of the Trust and the benefits of grazing on the Commons. The walks starts Romany Ridge car park at 2pm.

HALF MARATHON: Tess runs the Chester Half Marathon on Sunday May 17. Tess was employed at Chailey Heritage Foundation, as a pupil support worker, for two years and has chosen to run the marathon for this charity because it ‘enables young people to get the best chance in life’. Sponsorship would mean a lot and for example a donation of £10 can buy arts and crafts materials, £25 would support outings after school and £100 pay for specialist switches to aid independence. To support Tess visit

AFTERNOON TEAS: Everyone is welcome in the beautiful surroundings of St Peter’s Church on Sunday, May 17, from 3pm to 5pm to enjoy afternoon tea. There will be delicious scones with butter, jam and cream, as well as a selection of home-made cakes.

THE SPORTS CLUB AGM will take place at the Kings Head on Monday May 18 at 8.30pm.

KIDS FOR A QUID is a special offer for half term from Saturday May 23 to Sunday May 31at the Bluebell Railway. Trains run on the hour from 11am to 4pm and all services are steam hauled by historic locomotives. To get generous discounts on adult tickets book at least eight days in advance, on 01825 720800 and ask for Bluebell Bonus tickets.

PENTECOST EVE celebrations are taking place across Sussex to launch the new Diocesan Strategy; beacons will be lit across the region and parties and barbecues held. In Chailey everyone is invited to Pete’s Pentecost Party, a barbecue and fireworks, at the village hall on Saturday May 23 from 5.30pm.

OPEN GARDEN at Northfields, East Grinstead Road, North Chailey, to support the St Peter’s Church Re-ordering Fund, is on Monday May 25 from 2pm to 5pm. This garden has rhododendrons, azaleas, a beach grass garden, a polytunnel and vegetable patch. There is more than an acre to wander through at your leisure. Also a plant stall and homemade refreshments to enjoy. Entry is £4, with under 12s free.

PRE-REGISTER for Track Trek. The Bluebell Railway’s third sponsored walk takes place on Sunday May 24. The walk is approximately 4.5 miles. The walk will start from Kingscote between 5.30pm and 6pm, with registration from 4.30pm. People are encouraged to register in advance to help those planning the event. Register by e-mailing with the names of your party, indicating which are children. For more information and to download a sponsorship form visit

SWISH clothes swap party is at the Free Church on Friday May 29 from 7.30pm to 10pm. Deliver five items of clothing to the Free Church on Thursday May 28 between 6.30pm and 9pm or take them along on the Friday night and swap them for something new to brighten up your wardrobe. Entry is £3 which includes a drink and cake. Contact Janet on 01273 400785 or Ann on 07975 946778 for more details.

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

CONCERT in the village hall, Beechwood Lane today, Friday, at 7.30pm. Adults £8, children £6. Award winning Australian singer Beck Sian (cousin of Kate Bush) and acclaimed English guitarist Jonathan Kershaw. Currently based in West Sussex and touring the UK and internationally with a unique show, which comprises a blend of haunting, beautiful ballads and Celtic fused emotive guitar.

MONDAY AFTERNOON CLUB meet on May 11 in St Peter’s Church Hall at 2pm. It should be a very interesting afternoon as it will be the Air Ambulance Service talking about their work. Followed by tea and home-made cakes. If you need a lift call Judith 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING East Chiltington is to be held on Thursday in the village hall, Beechwood Lane, at 7pm. This is the meeting for residents to go along and hear reports about the year’s activities from their parish council. This meeting is followed by the annual parish council meeting no earlier than 7.30pm. As the General Election will be over by then, any newly elected parish councillors will be introduced.

EAST CHILTINGTON high speed broadband. Two of the new broadband cabinets installed for the Plumpton exchange have now gone live and Internet Service Providers are accepting orders for fibre broadband. Speeds will depend on how close you are to the cabinet. Several houses in East Chiltington (but not all) will have their landlines linked to one of these two cabinets. To check go to the website and go to Plumpton to see what postcodes are covered by the cabinets that have gone live. As long as your telephone wiring has no problems then the line to look at is FTTC Range A which shows the range of upload and download speed you are likely to be able to get. If you change to fibre broadband then you will need to contact your internet service provider and change to a new contract. This must be very welcome news for East Chiltington.

THANK YOU to all those that called me to show concern about the tatty old bus that appeared overnight and parked opposite the farm. It came on Sunday April 19 and finally moved off on Wednesday April 29 following many phone calls I had to make and interventions from various quarters. I was informed it was resident in Lewes before it decided to come and park outside in the countryside. When it arrived overnight it parked on the protected wild flower verge which is also the area I dedicated for the bridleway in order that horse riders could cross the road safely to access the main bridleway through the farm. Following a call to the owner of the bus they did move further down on to the highway verge but each day went off and returned late at night. It has had its funny side as some of the calls I received asked me if I was starting a bus company while another one asked if I was sleeping in it at night to save electricity. I must say it was a great relief when it moved off. I wonder where it is parking now.

ALL GONE: Unless they have been moved to safety by the female Mallard duck, all the little ducklings that hatched have vanished and the other pair of Mallards have been appearing on the patio. During the winter there have been at least 15 hen pheasants and six cocks all coming down to feed. During the last week some of the hens are nesting which means they will not require so much food every day. Unfortunately some of the females have come to a sticky end as a fox has been about and piles of feathers have been found around the garden. All of the birds still seem to be very hungry but it is lovely to see the pied wagtails coming to the pond again and the green woodpeckers have already started to come to the bird feeders again. Recently I spotted a heron down on the old pond where I kept my lovely black swans who lived there until they died of old age. When we lived in North Chailey we had natural ponds where the swans, called Rebecca and Joseph, were able to roam freely, but when we moved over to Courthouse we had to have ponds made to house them. I had some pigmy goats who used to go out in the old orchard with the black swans and when people used to go up the bridleway they used to stop and talk to my strange collection of animals which were stars in their own right as they posed many times to be photographed. Sadly my collection of ducks, swans and goats have long since gone, but I do still have some bantams kept safe from foxes, badgers etc in their poultry arks. This year we have lost a couple of new born lambs to foxes but the lambing season has on the whole been successful.


DAVID DENNIS: We were all delighted to hear that David Dennis who used to play the organ for us here at Falmer, is still going strong at the age of 87 years. According to an article in The Leader he is still regularly playing for various churches and regularly plays two services back to back in different buildings. David was playing the organ here at Falmer on the day that several organ pipes broke free of their attachments and came crashing to the ground, thankfully not on top of anyone. He also featured in an episode of the popular TV comedy series Waiting for God which filmed an episode here at St Laurence. We wish him well and hope he continues to play the for all those lucky churches.

EXHIBITION: The Bethany to Jerusalem exhibition is now over, although the artwork will be up for another couple of weeks and if you would like to visit and view the work please call us on the number at the bottom of the page and we may be able to arrange a time. The exhibition has proved very successful with a lot of visitors coming to look at the paintings, prints and sculpture and to read the poetry.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: Now we can turn our attention to our next big event here in the village, the Flower Festival on June 27 and 28. People are already pondering on the theme Leisure Time and wondering how they can turn it into a flower arrangement. We are always keen to have new people to do arrangements, so if you feel inspired please let us know. We also have tables for hire if you would like to come and sell your wares. A trestle table is £10 a day.

BIRDS: As well as the long tailed tits nesting in a shrub in our garden, we now have a robin nesting in some ivy right by our back door. This was probably a bad choice of location as the robin (who keeps turning up with worms dangling from his beak) takes agonisingly long to decide it is safe to dive into the leaves and deliver the meal he has caught. If you happen to want to leave by the back door and he is waiting until the coast is clear you can get quite delayed. In other bird news, I am pleased to report we have the first goslings of the season, eight little fluffy green balls can be seen swimming about the pond, I hope the seagulls don’t get them.

MUSIC: We were treated to an absolutely wonderful concert here last Saturday. Jacquie Currie conjured up the spirit, humour and warmth of Joyce Grenfell wonderfully as well as having a beautiful singing voice. This special Brighton Festival Fringe concert was a real treat. This week we have another special treat as Duck Soup, the brilliant folk trio, are returning to Falmer. This group can move you and amuse you in equal measure, it is worth coming just to hear the extraordinary range of instruments, including the saw. The concert is at 5.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Entry is free with a retiring collection.


THE JUMBLE SALE due to take place tomorrow, Saturday, has been postponed until June 20 when doors open at 10.30am. Refreshments available. Jumble still needed. More information 01323 811385.


DANCING: Strictly inspired FitSteps classes and ballet classes take place on Monday mornings in St Michael’s Church Hall. For more information contact Claire Lyons AISTD on 07773 194040 or

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On our last Sunday ramble Lewes Footpaths Group walk started in Bolney Village. Setting off from The Street we walked northwards across Wykehurst Park with views of the mansion in the distance. The path descended through a boggy patch, surprisingly wet despite the recent sunny weather, and continued through woodland with glorious stretches of bluebells. Reaching Jeremy’s Lane we turned left and then right into Colwood Lane. After a short distance we turned off the lane to cross the fields in the direction of Warninglid, where we stopped for our coffee break. From there we turned back southwards through Rout Farm, entertained by the antics of the lambs in the adjoining fields, then headed back to Bolney via Nailard’s Wood, passing orchards in full bloom and extensive vineyards. Despite grey skies the weather stayed dry and all enjoyed seeing the English countryside looking its springtime best. The next walk is on Sunday, Fishersgate to Shoreham or Fishersgate to Lancing, a choice of an all day walk to Lancing or a morning walk finishing at Shoreham. Travel will be by train. Meet at Lewes Railway station in good time to catch the 9.29am train to Fishersgate and bring a picnic for the all day walk. Our programmes are available from the Lewes Tourist Office.

HISTORY GROUP TALK: On Monday Lewes History Group will have a talk, 7pm for 7.30pm in the King’s church building, Brooks Road, WW1 – Lost Sons of Lewes by Geoff Bridger. This illustrated talk takes place just a few days after the centenary of the Battle of Aubers Ridge on the Western Front, in which the 2nd and 5th Battalions of the Royal Sussex Regiment played their parts. Geoff will explain the context to the battle, its planning and execution, and the casualties sustained. He will focus on the roles played in the attack by the two Royal Sussex battalions. Finally he will talk about four selected casualties from Lewes, and we will learn about their civilian and family backgrounds. All welcome. Free refreshments. £2 members/£3 non-members.

COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall from 10am to noon. All are welcome. Tea, coffee, cakes, tombola, bonfire photos, merchandise.

PHILATELIC SOCIETY: At their March meeting, Christopher Dadswell treated members of the Lewes Philatelic Society to a fascinating display of items related to Admiral Nelson. These included stamps, covers and postcards produced to commemorate events such as the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar. Others depicted his flagship HMS Victory at the 1951 Festival of Britain or the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth. Covers included pictures of the battle and of the Death of Nelson. There were also items with postmarks from various places called Nelson and cards depicting objects named after him, such as the cruiser HMS Nelson. Other interests were not neglected as postcards depicted his wife Lady Nelson (Fanny) and Lady Emma Hamilton. At the AGM of the society on April 10 the committee were re-elected for another year. A proposal was put forward to hold a stamp day in Lewes if a suitable venue can be found and enough dealers persuaded to come to it. Hopefully I will have more news of this later in the year. The AGM was followed by a mini bourse for members to sell and buy stamps and covers. The next meeting of the Lewes Philatelic Society is tonight (Friday). Dave Hilton will show a display of philatelic items on the theme A Family at War. The meeting starts at 7.30pm (doors open from 7pm) in the upstairs meeting room of Christ Church, Prince Edwards Road. Non-members are welcome. For further information contact the secretary Norman Sansom on 01273 472470.

WESTGATE WI: Our speaker for our April meeting was David Porter with his topic of Clayton Tunnel. David gave an extremely interesting, informative and amusing talk about the dwelling, in which he took up residence in 2003, built on top of Clayton Tunnel. This has been a family home for 160 years and at one time a family of seven lived there in a slightly smaller house as an extension has since been built on the back housing a bathroom. Some 350/400 trains run through this tunnel daily and the trains actually run under the living room, however, there is very little noise or vibrations felt from them, in fact, there is more noise from the A273 road. There are fabulous views during the spring and summer months and the garden is a real suntrap but in the autumn and winter months it is cold, misty and foggy so not so good. During these months David burns logs to keep the cottage warm but it is even warmer when it snows! He has walked down the tunnel which is 1.25 miles long and 270 feet deep but despite its depth is very dry but extremely dark. If you get the chance to hear David speak on this subject do go along and listen as it is extremely fascinating. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday at St Thomas’ Church Hall, Cliffe High Street, Lewes, coffee at 10am and the meeting starts promptly at 10 30am, all are very welcome to visit our friendly group. Our May meeting is our Birthday plus discussion of the Resolution to be put forward at the National Federation of Women’s Institutes AGM on June 4 at the Royal Albert Hall. (Dee Barr).

TRINITY AT SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Thank you to everyone who attended the AGM, followed by the Trinity meeting for which we were joined by folk from South Malling and St John sub-Castro. All three churches have now voted unanimously to act as if we are one church, rebranded as Trinity and two of the Southover congregations are looking forward to relocating to St John sub-Castro in the autumn. Tomorrow, Saturday, our Rwanda Youth Team (who will be travelling there in the summer to help with local projects) invite you to their board games barbecue, from 2pm to 6pm. Games will be provided but do please bring your own favourite game to play. £5 per adult and £3 for under 18s, food included (under 13s have to be accompanied by an adult please). Tea, coffee and cakes will be available all afternoon and the barbecue from 4.30pm. Tickets are now on sale for the Schools’ Gospel Concert at Brighton Dome on Sunday June 7 at 4.30pm ( Summer holiday club dates have been set for July 28 to 31: booking details will be available soon. Services this Sunday: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service with communion (church hall); 6.30pm informal evening service, accompanied by singers and band. Please do come and join us.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL have enjoyed a somewhat unusual event. Unexpected events are quite a frequent occurrence in primary schools, says the head, Joanna O’Donoghue, but on the Monday before half term they experienced something most unusual. During lunchtime play, a paraglider made a crash landing onto their playing field. As one child put it ‘a man came out of the sky’. Luckily, thanks to the quick response of the lunchtime assistants, nobody was hurt and the school were able to make the most of this exciting event. One class has written some great poetry; they have interviewed the paraglider and have all enjoyed watching the video footage he has sent them of his flight.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH is pleased to continue the partnership with the Dairy Studio during this year’s Artwave at the end of August and beginning of September. Last year’s artists, Joanna Farrow and Roger Adams will be showing a small number of recent paintings (Joanna is also exhibiting elsewhere in Lewes). They will be joined by Gill David and Margaret Fetty, both also associated with the Diary Studio, and showing mostly landscape and figurative painting in oils. With the Dairy Studio, the Church will be open for the bank holiday and the following weekend. By exhibiting in partnership the two venues make it more than worthwhile for visitors to come to Old Malling and see this particularly beautiful part of the ancient Saxon settlement. This coming Sunday, there is a Family Service beginning at 9.30am with Dianne Hamilton, one of Trinity’s Youth Ministers. All are welcome, (particularly children).


DOG FOULING: Over the last couple of day’s I have been walking around Nevill, only to find dogs have fouled on our pavements. Shame on the owners for not clearing it up whoever you are. Think of our children treading in it or anyone for that matter. If anyone sees a dog owner not cleaning up after their dogs, please politely challenge them about it and maybe they will feel shamed enough into doing it.

LANDPORT BOTTOM: Just a reminder that the next Friends of Landport Bottom meeting is on Monday, 7.30pm to 9pm at St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road. Please let me know if you have any issues you’d like on the agenda.

COTTAGE PRE-SCHOOL, St Mary’s Social Centre are now taking applications for September. Contact the supervisor, Karen Reed, on 01273 476177 between 9am to 12.15pm Monday to Friday.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Friends of Wallands Spring Fayre Saturday May 16, 3pm to 5.30pm. Raffle with a top prize of a £100.

ST MARY’S SUPPORTERS CLUB Bingo will be at St Mary’s Supporters Club today, Friday. First game at 8.30pm.

BOROUGH BONFIRE: Treasure Hunt followed by barbecue and skittles. Join us for a great day out on foot around Lewes on Saturday May 16. Starting at 12.30pm from St Mary’s Supporters Club, Christie Road. There will be 61 clues to solve with a prize for the winning team. (NB: no dogs are allowed on part of the route). We estimate the hunt will take about three hours to complete so you should work up a good appetite for the barbecue afterwards, if you so wish, in the club’s garden. There will also be a skittles competition in the evening for those still able to stand! Everyone welcome, both young and old. Teams will be sent out at 10min timed intervals so if you (children in your team are free) wish to book a time slot in advance, please contact Sharon on 07956 054517 or 01273 611868. Treasure Hunt £12 per team of up to four adults, barbecue £6 per person and skittles £1 per person.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH will host first-class lunch-time recitals on Thursdays throughout the summer. The recitals will begin at 1.10pm and end at 1.50pm, and refreshments will be available until 1pm. There is no charge, but a retiring collection for Church Funds. Details: May 28, Brighton Chamber Ensemble. Other dates: June 25, July 30, August 27 and September 24. More details available from Watch: St Anne’s will be open for visitors from 9am to 3pm on Thursdays, until the end of September. The next meeting of the Parochial Church Council will be held at 9.30pm on May 21 at St Anne’s.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will include Holy Communion and will be led by Rev John Gordon. Sunday marks the start of Christian Aid week and we will be meeting with other local churches at the Christian Aid service at 6.30pm at St Laurence Church at Telscombe Village. During the week we will be distributing Christian Aid envelopes in the vicinity of the church and these will be collected later in the week.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Bonfire Society will be holding a jumble sale at the Ringmer Village Hall on Saturday May 16.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am to 11am. There will be local vegetables plus homemade cakes and pie, fresh eggs, flowers and a variety of bedding plants. Why not purchase some bedding plants in preparation to plant out later this month when hopefully there will be no more frost.

PRODUCTION: I trust you have purchased your tickets to see the latest Newick Amateur Society’s production of Prescription For Murder in the village hall, which is on until Saturday. Tickets available from the box office 01825 722359 or 722985 or Tickets £9, raked sitting with cushions.

CRICKET: This weekend sees the start of League Cricket. The first XI will be making a short journey to play Plumpton and East Chiltington, whilst the second XI will be playing at home against Maresfield, the third XI will be playing on the Temple Grove Ground and they will be playing Uckfield Arderida II, whilst fourth XI will travel to Newhaven playing Newhaven III. All these matches will commence play at 1.30pm. The friendly game on Sunday will be played at Newick against Piltdown at 1.30pm. The Under 11 Junior fixture will be on Sunday morning away at Southwick at 9.30am. The Under 13 team will play on Thursday evening against Steyning at home at 6pm.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will meet on Thursday in the Community Centre at 2.30pm when there will be two speakers, Dr Ragu Rajan and Paula Hubens, their subjects being Do Not Walk Away From Health and Healthy Walks in Newick. If you are new to the village and have not yet attended one of this meetings, why not pop along.


BARGAINS GALORE: Tomorrow (Saturday) Plumpton Activity Scheme will hold a jumble sale in the village hall with kick-off at 2pm. Apart from some fantastic bargains there will be cakes, tombola and refreshments available. Walk on down to snap-up some absolute giveaways and support this very worthy cause that provides activities for local youngsters during the summer holidays, thanks to the efforts of volunteers. If you have jumble to donate, please take it along to the hall during Saturday morning.

BIG FAMILY DAY: Also tomorrow (Saturday) Plumpton College will stage its annual Open Day at which there is so much to see and do for the entire family. Watch students demonstrate the skills they are learning in an amazing number of subjects relating to the land such as forestry, animal care, animal husbandry, agriculture, equine studies, viticulture, machinery, blacksmith and so on. There will be some great things to watch including sheep shearing plus clay pigeon shooting, terrier racing, gun dog displays, tractor rides, sports and outdoor activities. There will also be craft, plant and other stalls and refreshments galore. This is a day not to miss and it runs from 10am until 5pm.

FANCY A WALK? The Footpath Society will also be off again tomorrow (Saturday) when the start point will be East Dean car park (TQ557 978) at 10.30am for a four and a half mile trek encountering some stunning scenery. The route will take in Belle Tout Lighthouse and the Seven Sisters Sheep Centre but will involve some steep ascents. There will be an option to take lunch at the Tiger to recover from it all. If you need to know more just ring 01273 891218.

DAY AT THE RACES: Sunday will mark one of the great racing days at Plumpton racecourse. It will be Ladies’ Day when we can expect to see the ladies turn up looking dazzling and hopefully the gentleman will seek to complement them. Apart from seven exciting races there will be live music, children’s funfair and many other entertainments to make this a great day out for the whole family. If the weather is kind then it will be possible to enjoy a picnic centre course with the glorious Downs as a backdrop. There will be plenty of food available and naturally liquid refreshment will be on hand. Gates open at 11.30am and the first race is set to get underway at 2pm. This will be the final meeting of the season, so make the most of it and have a great day out.

PARISH COUNCIL: The new Plumpton PC will hold its first meeting on Tuesday in the village hall at 7.45pm. There will be lots of new councillors and the meeting will decide what the responsibilities of the individuals will be as well as electing the new chairman and committee chairmen. The meeting will be open to the public, as always. On Tuesday of next week (May 19) the Annual Parish Meeting will take place in the village hall at 7.45pm. As well as providing an opportunity to meet the new councillors and receive a report on the past year I gather that the Sussex Police District Commander will also be present. By the way, the count for the Parish and District Council elections will not take place until tomorrow (Saturday), after which the results should be published on the LDC website.

SACRED SPACES: That is the title of the lecture to be given at the meeting of Newick and District Decorative and Fine Arts Society (NADFAS) on Tuesday in Plumpton village hall at 2.15pm. Jon Cannon will guide, with plenty of illustrations, a tour of the amazing variety of splendid religious buildings that never cease to impress all. He will explain how the buildings of differing religions actually differ and the reasons for this. The speaker has a fine reputation for a devout enthusiasm in relation to his subject and a great desire to communicate his knowledge. Non-members are welcome, £7 at the door. This includes a tea or coffee, the chance to meet the speaker and discuss the talk with other members of the audience. Ring 01825 723250.

THIEVES ABOUND: I have received reports that thieves continue to visit the village and last week at least two sheds were broken into and valuable equipment was stolen, that included a chainsaw, mower and strimmer. It would seem that the thieves are professionals who know where to target and how to get through security precautions. This often means they will stake out targets, so the plea is for people to be on the alert for anything suspicious and, if they see anything, to report it to the police immediately. Ring 101 if it is not urgent, but if the crooks are active then hit 999. It is not only outbuildings that are targeted but homes are equally vulnerable.


VE DAY: The Royal British Legion, Ringmer Branch plan to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of VE Day by laying a wreath at the War Memorial at 11am today (Friday) and they invite everyone who can to join them. They will do the same on VJ Day, August 15. Please put this date in your diaries so you can also join them then.

CHARITY RACE NIGHT: Ringmer Primary School PTA are holding their ever popular Charity Race Night tonight (Friday) at the Primary School. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Entrance tickets (which includes a free drink) are £3 in advance or £4 on the door. Please come and support your local school and raise much needed funds for redeveloping our outside area after all the building work has been completed. Phone 01273 813860/812463.

THE BOWLS CLUB are having an Open Morning tomorrow (Saturday), 10am to noon. We are looking for new members to come along and join us. Bowls is a sport for all the family. We have the bowls, just wear flat soled footwear to protect the green. Improve your health, meet new people and socialise. We look forward to meeting you. Tel: 01273 812470 for more information. Last week’s results: Ringmer v Colemans Hatch 65-55, Southwick Park v Ringmer 81-73, Burgess Hill v Ringmer 83-60.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday April 29, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Lesley Durrant and David Warner; 3, Pam Brook and John Weston. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

FLOWER CLUB: The flower club’s annual morning market takes place in the village hall on Saturday May 16 from 10am to noon with stalls selling cakes, plants, flower baskets, good-as-new clothes, books, bring and buy, a fantastic raffle and coffee/tea and biscuits.

PARISH COUNCIL: The number of people nominated to stand Ringmer Parish Council was lower than the number of places. There was thus no parish council election this year on May 7, but the parish council will be seeking to co-opt additional members at its May meeting. Anyone interested shouldcontact the Karen Crowhurst, the parish clerk, 01273 813242.

COUNTRY MARKET: Please remember the Country Market which takes place in the village hall each Tuesday from 10am to 11am. We now have plants and produce for sale as they come into season as well as home-made sweet and savoury items, preserves, honey, cheese, eggs and crafts. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee when you have made your purchases.

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ADRIAN ORCHARD: As readers will know by now I am a fan of Adrian Orchard’s piece in our monthly parish magazine for Southease. I just love his humour. Poor Adrian had a most unfortunate accident recently, but as usual he informed us in his writing, with great humour. This is his story: Most of us will have heard that stark command Hold Your Tongue. As ill luck would have it the Registrar and his young assistant held mine for some 40 minutes in the excellent A&E department at the RSCH on a recent Tuesday morning. I had inadvertently bitten my tongue and thanks to Warfarin, I couldn’t stop the copious bleeding. Dialling NHS 111 line led to my going asap to the nearest A&E department. There, after tests by the triage nurse and a blood test, the Registrar was on the case at once. Simply holding and pressing on the wound was unsuccessful but the application of some sort of acid and holding for a further 20 minutes did the trick. It was a relief to be able to talk and thank them for their skill, kindness and good humour. My daily dose of Warfarin has now been reduced at their suggestion. We are so glad you are now OK Adrian and I look forward to future writings in the parish magazine.

WI: On May 19, Rodmell and Southese WI will be discussing the Resolutions every WI in the country will be considering. A relaxed meeting for our members.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: On Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24, there will be a flower Festival and Art Exhibition at St Peter’s Church. Teas and cakes in the school (pending permission). Entry £2. All monies to St Peter’s Church. Times, 2pm to 5.30pm both days. There will also be some art work available for purchase.

COFFEE MORNING: On Wednesday May 27 there will be a Coffee Morning in the village hall at 11am which has become a popular event (anything to do with Pat Alcorn’s delicious lemon cake I wonder)?

B&B: Sarah Meyer’s daughter Heather was one of my B&B visitors recently, along with her daughters and a friend. They came for a nostalgic visit to the village they and their mother loved and to scatter her ashes. Sarah lived in Summer Cottage for many years and was a lovely, interesting lady.