Parish pump Lewes - May 9,2014


COLIN AND CHRISTINE BURDEN of Heartstart are retiring. Colin was a member of the ambulance service from 1969 until 2003. Also in 1969 he joined the RNLI serving on the Eastbourne lifeboat for 21 years until 1990. He was one of the first full time paramedics in Sussex at the forefront of enhanced training for ambulance staff, with particular regard to heart disease. His career in the ambulance service has taken him to work in a number of ambulance stations across Sussex and when Margaret Thatcher visited Eastbourne, at the height of the IRA campaign, he was her personal paramedic. In 2006 Colin and two or three others, whilst talking in the pub, developed the idea of Heartstart. Dr Adcock was involved and supported the idea by donating a fibrillator. Since that time there has been nearly 1,000 calls, over 300 last year alone. There are six responders that form the local team with two more going to be trained in the next month or so. Colin has personally received many commendations over the years, the most recent being the Chief Executives Commendation for saving someone’s life on the Downs. Colin’s wife, Christine, has shared in all the stress and triumphs throughout their long marriage and has been the very successful leader of the Fund Raising for Heartstart. Their future plans are not clear at the moment but it was made very clear, at a party held in their honour last Saturday, that the village is grateful for their work and wish them well in their retirement. The parish council at the Monday PCC meeting also presented a picture as a mark of appreciation.

WI NEWS report from Wendy Day: Many members and several visitors attended the April meeting to hear an interesting talk by Irene Eltringham-Wilson, National Gardens Scheme organiser for East Sussex. Mrs Eltringham-Wilson started by explaining the criteria that gardens have to meet to be included in the scheme. All entrance charges to the NGS Open Gardens are donated to national nursing and cancer charities with the total to date being over £40 million. Everyone present was given a copy of the East Sussex guide to gardens open in 2014 and were then shown pictures of some of the gardens with amusing and entertaining anecdotes about the gardens and their owners. Plans for a summer of garden visiting were made by members. There was also reminders of the outing to the Seaford Little Theatre and that the Bexhill Tea Club will be visiting at the end of May.

EXHIBITION: The Alfriston Art Club will be holding its very popular annual Exhibition and Sale of work from May 24 to 27 from 10.30am to 5.30pm at the War Memorial Hall. There will be a large selection of framed and unframed painting for sale and also homemade refreshments. Entry is free but please note there will be no credit card facilities.

THE ZHEN SHAN REN (Truthfulness Compassion Tolerance) International Art Exhibition is visiting the Old Chapel Centre from May 24 to May 31, from 10am to 5pm. The exhibition is free. For more information visit

THE 300 CLUB will be meeting at The George this month on May 13 at 8pm. All are welcome to witness another couple of lucky winners at the monthly draw and perhaps join so that you too could have the chance to win £50. The 300 Club donates all profits to the War Memorial Hall.

NEW VENTURES: The village High Street is getting a new look with two new shops. The Cuckmere Emporium at 2 Cross House plans to source the majority of its goods from within the Cuckmere Valley and surrounding locality with a view to supporting our community and economy. Currently 11 local producers have their goods in the emporium and Geoff and Jackie Knights are continuing to develop the range and are happy to hear from anyone in the neighbourhood who may wish to use the shop as an outlet or point of contact. At this time cushions, cards, vintage clothing, furniture, jewellery, bespoke quilts and a range of Love Alfriston souvenirs by Padgham-Major and numerous gift items by Bob Kingdom can be found at the Cuckmere Emporium. The second new shop is really a location move from one end of the High Street to the other. The Apiary is open for their well known range of ladies clothes but are also adding a coffee shop at their new, larger address. More details will follow.

RATHFINNY Wine Estate is hosting a Gala Evening of wine and music on June 11 at 7.30pm. The London Conchord Ensemble will perform a programme including the music of Pierne, Beethoven, Elgar and Shubert. Tickets, £25, may be booked at the Gun Room or telephone 01323 870022, when directions to the venue will be given. Full details of the programme can be found at


PLEASE EMAIL any items by Sunday 6pm to Thank you.

ADVANCE NOTICE: Barcombe Garden Club will be holding its annual Plant Sale on Saturday May 17 in the village hall. Doors open 9am.

QUIZ NIGHTS: The Hospice Support Group hold their popular quiz nights on the last Tuesday of the month at the Royal Oak. You and your team are most welcome to join us. The quiz held on April 29 raised £130, and the total money raised so far this year amounts to £1,540. Many thanks to everyone. For further information about the Support Group please contact Caz Austen on 01273 401740.

THE FOOTBALL CLUB held their annual Dinner and Presentation Evening at The Royal Oak on Friday May 2. Following a superb meal, the full house heard reviews of the season from chairman Rob Peck, second team manager John Mitchell and first team manager Jesse Roberts. The following awards were presented: Second team: Young Player of the Year, Ben Stewart; Players Player of the Year, James Savill; Player of the Year, Matt Tucker. First team: Young Player of the Year, Harry Stewart; Players Player of the Year, Peter Lear; Player of the Year, Ed Hall; club most improved player, James Das. Flower arrangements were presented to Jess Lloyd, Janet Lloyd and Karen Mitchell. The presentations were followed by dancing to the function band Ice Cream Bikinis. A great evening enjoyed by all. Want to learn more about Barcombe FC? Look at Barcombe PC website or mid Sussex.


SOUTHERN AT WAR weekend takes place this weekend at the Bluebell Railway. There are many events taking place at each station and a Spitfire flypast on Saturday and a Harvard flypast on Sunday. The event includes military vehicle displays, concert party shows, afternoon band concerts, the 23rd Sussex Home Guard display, wartime food stalls and cinema. For more information call 01825 720800.

CHAILEY COMMONS SOCIETY Display Tent will be at Plumpton College Open Day tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 5pm, along with members of the society keen to answer any questions you may have about the Commons.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game at home to Hurstpierpoint at 1.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at the sports ground. For more information about the league or friendly team call Peter on 07709946880. Supporters are most welcome and refreshments are available.

SPRING CONCERT is tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm at St Peter’s Church featuring the Mid Sussex Choir, a harpist and Barbershop Quartet. Refreshments will be available in the interval. Do just go along, as tickets (£10, children under 16 years free) will be available on the night.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s, Sunday, Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church, Sunday, 10.30am with Erik Retallick, a Volunteer Area Representative at Missionary Aviation Fellowship, and will include communion. There will also be a service at 6.15pm with Peter Jolly. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service. On Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

PARISH COUNCIL: Planning and Environs Committee meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group club night is at the Horns Lodge on Tuesday from 8pm. It will be round one of the 2014 Best Presented Car Award. Anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars will be made most welcome and please arrive promptly if you would like to enter your car for judging.

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday May 16 when the parish clerk will be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church, from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

ARCHAEOLOGY and Local History Walk with Linda Ball, organised by the Commons Society is on Saturday May 17. It will be informative and look at the ancient and modern history of Pound Common. Meet at Pound Common car park at 10am. For more details call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

PLANT SALE, arranged by the horticultural society, will be at the forecourt of the Horns Lodge on Saturday May 17 from 10am to midday.

CLIMBING MOUNT SNOWDON: Sharon Coppard, a teaching assistant in the Secondary Department at Chailey Heritage School, is climbing Mount Snowdon on May 25, along with four family members, to raise funds for equipment and facilities for the children at the school. If you would like to support Sharron and her family please donate online at

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: Thanks to everyone who attended the Annual Parish Meeting and contributed to the workshop on the Neighbourhood Plan. Before any planning proposals are made the parish council wants to find out more about what the local community thinks about their village and ascertain whether there is support for a plan. To do this the parish council would like to hear from as wide a range of local people as possible, including residents, businesses, shoppers, young people, older people, community groups, service providers and other stakeholders. If you were unable to attend the meeting please can you spend five minutes answering a few questions to make sure you have your say in the future of Chailey? The questionnaire is available for completion on the parish council website at

ELECTRIC KNITTING MACHINE do you know how to use one? If so the Bonfire Society would very much like to hear from you. A machine has been donated to the society and they would like to learn how to set it up to knit jumpers for members. If you are able to help them with this please call Diane Palmer on 07773935403.


THE BRIGHTON FRINGE is now in action and St Laurence’s concerts are part of this programme. Last Saturday, the first concert by the La Place Trio with Kevin Allen on piano, was a real delight, the Mozart Piano Quartet KV 478 in G minor just took our breath away.

CONCERT: Tomorrow, Saturday, Le Ragazze, string students of Helen Browne will perform in aid of Leo House Children’s Hospice. The concert begins at 5.30pm and we look forward to these talented young artists.

THE GARDENS at the moment are looking lovely and everyone seems to be working very hard to keep up with the growth rate. The birds have also been busy and we have been delighted to watch the young fledglings in the garden being fed by their parents, I just hope those magpies keep away, I just do not trust them.

LADIES GROUP: On Tuesday Falmer Ladies’ Group will be hosting David Porter who will be talking about What Makes a Fraudster Trick. The ladies’ group welcome visitors at a cost of £2, the meeting begins at 7.30pm.


CHURCH SERVICES: Tomorrow, Saturday, we welcome The Right Reverend Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester to our service of Evening Prayer (BCP) at 4.30pm. The Reverend Canon David Gutsell will lead the service and there will be refreshments after of tea, coffee and Simnel cake. All are very welcome to join us. On Sunday the service of Mattins (BCP) at 10.30am will be led by The Reverend Stuart Baker, again followed by tea and coffee after in the church.


JUMBLE SALE: There will be a Jumble Sale in Laughton Parish Hall on Saturday May 17. Doors open 10.30am. Refreshments available. Jumble still wanted. Please contact Jean-Mary Crozier 01323 811385 email


LEWES HISTORY GROUP meet on Monday, 7pm (for 7.30pm) at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. Feasting, Fighting and Freedom at the Priory. Helen Chiasson and Kate Hickmott, of the Lewes Priory Trust, will talk about how the Priory of St Pancras developed to be important enough to host the King and his army during the Battle of Lewes, the role the Priory played in the events of 14 May 1264 (and afterwards), why the date was so important to the Cluniac monks of Lewes and why the arrival of the King and his army caused such disruption. All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door.

WESTGATE WI: At our last monthly meeting we were treated to a talk by Victoria Wynn-Jones on Colour me Healthy - Colour Therapy. This was very interesting and humorous and Victoria stated that she had been obsessed with colour all her life so no wonder she went down the art route. Victoria does a great deal of work with colour schemes in various homes for the elderly ensuring that the colour scheme appeals to all. Apparently women are brilliant at colours and this is instinctive, so, ladies, don’t doubt your colour schemes. Victoria also talked about iridology which was fascinating and we learned that a awful lot can be learned from our eyes - illness, past operations, falls, etc, no wonder doctors often look at our eyes. She brought along her magnifier together with a an iridology chart for us to have a look at our own eyes, personally all I could see was a blurred dark blob but apparently I wasn’t holding the magnifier near enough to my eye. Victoria has worked for 12 years in Lewes Prison and, along with the inmates, has created a more colourful and liveable environment for the prisoners. Our next meeting is on Wednesday at St Thomas’ Church Hall, Cliffe High Street. We start at 10 30am but coffee is from 10am, do come along and join us, all very welcome. This meeting is to discuss the Resolutions and it is also our birthday month

(Dee Barr).

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Collections this month will go to our mission partner who is based in Egypt supporting churches in the Middle East, providing practical and spiritual ministry among the Christian population and serving the poor. In May we are holding two events to raise funds for Southover Counselling Service, which is a professional service run by the church and available to everyone, irrespective of belief or ability to pay the full cost. At present the cost is £40 per session (£45 for couples); however, sponsorship is available for anyone unable to meet the full cost. The service operates through qualified counsellors who are also committed Christians. Referrals are accepted from health professionals and GPs. To make an appointment or find out more please telephone 07852 221449; or look at the website at On Saturday, May 17, we are holding a professional training day on Mindfulness, with lunch, facilitated by Dr Anita Marsden. Places are still available to anyone interested: contact telephone number as above. On Saturday, May 24, there will be a 75 percent off Bargain Book Sale, 9.30am to 12.30pm in Cliffe Hall, off Cliffe High Street. Art/design/cookery/interiors/children’s books/stationery and plenty of ideas for Fathers’ Day gifts. A real opportunity to buy quaity books at low cost. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service; 11.15 informal communion in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service. Do come and join us.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL welcomed the Bishop of Chichester on Thursday. Bishop Martin is visiting parishes in the Lewes and Seaford Deanery this week and next, as part of his plan to get to know the whole of his Diocese, which covers East and West Sussex and Brighton and Hove. He is visiting church buildings and clergy on their own ground so that he has as close personal knowledge of people and places in this large area as is possible. He is also visiting some church schools, since he is Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education. At South Malling, he will be meeting staff and children and taking a short assembly, joining with them in their school prayer, which is a version of the prayer of St Richard, who was also Bishop of Chichester in his own time. The bishop will then go on to visit South Malling Church, St John sub Castro and Southover churches in the Trinity Project, which is working with South Malling School to deliver assemblies this year. Next week is important for Year 6 children, who will be taking their SATs during the week. Staff are really proud of the way that they have kept focussed on their learning for the last few terms, and worked really hard. The Head, Jo O’Donoghue, says that they have shown a really positive attitude to their learning and we wish them well with all other children in local schools who are taking their SATs at this time.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH were told last Sunday that their own very positive vote to move forward towards uniting their parish with those of St John sub Castro and Southover, had found equal commitment from their two sister churches who also voted very positively last week. The three PCCs will now discuss the implications of the vote and agree the next steps in this exciting and challenging venture. The service on Sunday is a Family Service at 9.30am. All are welcome.

SUSSEX WILDLIFE is offering an opportunity to learn about the Butterflies of Lewes, their life cycles and how to identify them, today (Friday) from 1pm to 3pm. The event will begin inside South Malling church, with an illustrated talk from local expert, Crispin Holloway. This will be followed by a search for butterflies in the wildlife friendly churchyard. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge for this event. The next afternoon course taking place in Malling will focus on flowers and is at 1.30pm on May 31. More details later.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 10.40am to 11.10am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 11.30am to noon; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.40pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2pm to 2.30pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 2.45pm to 3.15pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.40pm to 4pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.30am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.30am to 11am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.15am to 11.35pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 11.45am to 12.10pm; South Rough, Newick 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Oldaker, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm.


CHALKLIFE FESTIVAL: We went up to what I call Nevill Top (Landport Bottom) on Saturday. It had obviously been a lot of hard work erecting tents and pegging out areas for entertainment and it was very well attended. I hope it was a success for everyone involved. I understand the evening was so well attended the queues for the food were overwhelming.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, our Tots Group has a bring and buy Cake Sale. Proceeds from the sale will be going to the local children’s charity called Samuel’s Children’s Charity. This local charity provides support in any way they can to families affected by childhood cancer. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will include Holy Communion and will be led by Rev John Gordon following this there will be our Annual Congregational Meeting after which there will be a church lunch. At 6.30pm Christ Church will be hosting the Christian Aid Service for Lewes and this will be led by Rev John Gordon. A warm welcome is extended to anyone who would like to join us at Christ Church.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Wallands attended their last football league matches of the season on Monday afternoon hosted by Iford and Kingston School. We were held to a draw after a well played match with Southover and won 3-2 against South Malling. Mrs Taylor reported how well the boys had played, displaying good sportsmanship and team work. Well done boys. The Lawn Tennis Association organised a Road to Eastbourne tennis competition for Year 4 which Wallands regularly attend and is held at Southdowns Tennis Club. This event is made up of different, fun, skill-based points awarded tennis activities. The eight Yr 4 children who represented the school were very enthusiastic and keen, their spirits were not dampened by the weather and together the team finished third overall. Well done to them. Congratulations to Ellie Kearley-Whitmore, who fought in the Sussex Judo Trials over Easter, who came out as gold medallist in her weight category. On Sunday Ellie travelled to Dartford to compete in the Southern Area Intercounties Championships as part of the Sussex team. Ellie fought a Kent International player and the Double British Champion. She did very well against more experienced and higher graded players and the Sussex girls team came home with the Bronze overall.

AGM: Nevill Residents’ Association AGM will be held on Monday May 19 in St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road at 8pm. The first part of the meeting will include a speaker, yet to be confirmed, the officers’ reports and election of officers for the coming year. The second part of the meeting will include updates on Saving St Mary’s Social Centre and the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan. Also other items arising from the March meeting and any other business.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

ILLUSTRATED TALK by Ian Everest on Old Denton and South Heighton tomorrow (Saturday) at Denton Church Hall in aid of St Leonard’s Church. Tickets £5 in advance telephone 01273 514482. Refreshments available during the interval.

BOWLS CLUB: Newhaven Bowls Club is holding an Open Morning at Fort Road tomorrow (Saturday) so if you have ever wanted to try bowls now is your chance. All equipment is available, just wear flat shoes or trainers. The club is looking for new members from beginners to experienced players and they also run a junior club on Saturday mornings from 10am to 11pm for youngsters 7 years upwards.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI is holding their resolution meeting with a show of members’ crafts on Monday at 2.15pm in South Heighton village hall.

TOWN COUNCIL: Newhaven Town Council’s Planning and Development committee will meet on Tuesday in Meeching Hall at 7.30pm to discuss the latest applications. This will be followed by the Environment and Open Spaces meeting.

STORYTELLERS: Feathers, Fur and Fins is the title of the Guest House Storytellers May meeting on Tuesday. It is a chance to listen to tales about selkies and enchanted fish, sacred stories about eagle, raven and monkey and fairy tales about wolves and monstrous beasts. The Hillcrest Safe opens at 6.30pm, stories begin at 7.30pm. £4, concessions £3 on the door.

MERIDIAN FORUM is holding a Have Your Say meeting at the Hillcrest Centre on Tuesday at 10am and the subject this month is Newhaven Library, the plans.

RNLI: Newhaven Lifeboat is holding its annual general meeting on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Lifeboat House, West Quay. This is an opportunity to meet the team and get an overview of the achievements of the volunteer crew and fundraisers. Refreshments provided.

MEECHING WI is holding its resolutions meeting in Meeching Hall on Thursday at 9.45am. New members and visitors welcome.

THE GARDENING SOCIETY welcomes Gilly Halcrow to their meeting on Thursday at 7.30pm. She will be giving an illustrated talk on SOE - Churchill’s Secret Army - Special Operations Executive. Non members always welcome for an admission fee of £2 to include tea and biscuits.

NEWHAVEN FORT: Under the National Museums at Night banner, Newhaven Fort is inviting people to Remember Newhaven in 1914/1918 on Friday May 16 from 6pm to 9pm. Go along and learn what was happening in Newhaven and the surrounding areas during the First World War. Listen to short illustrated talks, chat to local historians, learn how to research your own family history. You can also gets hands on with some of the Fort’s WWI collection. Bring your own family heirlooms and tell your own stories. Admission free, no need to book, just turn up.

FILM SOCIETY: Hillcrest Film Society is showing The Visitor on Saturday May 17. An aged, listless, widowed academic floats through his boring life until something unexpected, interesting and poignant happens to him. This is a story about rebirth with comedy and pathos. The Hillcrest Cafe opens at 6.30pm for light meals and snacks, the film begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4.50 each and are available from Hillcrest Centre reception Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4pm.

MADS: Tickets are on sale now for Meeching Amateur Dramatics latest production Old Boilers written by Adrian Cale and directed by Garry Fowler. It will be performed in Meeching Hall on Friday May 30 and Saturday May 31 and Thursday to Saturday, June 5 to 7.


PRODUCTION: Newick Amateur Dramatic Society are putting on a production of Blithe Spirit in the village hall until tomorrow, Saturday, 8pm. Tickets £9 available at the box office 01825 722359, 01825 722985 or from Newick Butchers, on the door or internet bookings


NIGHTINGALES SING: Hopefully they will be doing so in Plumpton this evening (Friday) when the Wildlife and Habitat Group invites you to join in a Nightingale Walk starting from the village store at 9.30pm. A beautiful sound if they perform.

COLLEGE OPEN DAY: Tomorrow (Saturday) Plumpton College will stage its ever popular and ever growing open day. There will be lots of demonstrations, children’s activities, estate tours, many displays of a great number of skills and crafts, animals galore so that there is bound to be something to appeal to absolutely everyone. It’s a great day out and there will be food and refreshments available. Students will also stage a flower festival in the adjoining St Michael’s Church. You will be amazed at just how many activities take place at the college and the students will be demonstrating for the delight of visitors. Admission costs £5 for adults, £3 for seniors and under 16s get in free.

WALKERS’ DELIGHT: Tomorrow (Saturday) will also see the Footpath Society meeting at the reservoir car park on the A275 south of Wychcross Clump (TQ419 315) at 10.30am ready to set off on a four mile walk to the old airstrip, Chelwood Vachery, Forest Green and Braberry ponds. All are welcome to join in. If you need to know more simply ring 01825 723716.

LADIES’ DAY: Sunday will be the last race day of the season at Plumpton and it will be the ever popular Ladies Day when ladies are invited to don their posh frocks and look absolutely splendid, but the gents and children are invited to join them as there will competitions to find the most stylish. Prizes will be up for grabs that include a two night stay at Buxted Park and £300 in cash. There will be plenty of other entertainment and food on hand to fill the gaps between the seven exciting races. First race kicks off at 2pm.

PETRA TALK: The subject of the NADFAS talk on Tuesday will be Petra, the rose red city half as old as time. According to tradition it is the place where Moses struck a rock with his staff and water flowed. The magnificent city was hewed out of the rock by the Nabataeans. Learn all about them and the history of this marvel. The lecturer will be Geoffrey Toms, who for 20 years was Head of Education at the Museum of London. Visitors are welcome on payment of £7 at the door, to include tea and biscuits and an opportunity to talk to the speaker. Start time 2.15pm.

BATTLE OF LEWES: On Wednesday Plumpton will commemorate the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes. At 6pm the Bishop of Chichester will scale the downs to lay and dedicate a new stone at Plumpton Cross. This will be followed at 7.15pm by a short service at St Michael’s Church and then from 8pm there will be a hog roast at Plumpton College. At the same time there will be demonstrations of medieval horsemanship and some youngsters will give a display of medieval combat. To set the right atmosphere there will be a locally based jazz band playing throughout. Certainly an evening not to miss and the ticket sales are already high. Tickets for the hog roast are obtainable from the village store and cost just £7.50 for adults, under 16s £5 and a family ticket (two plus two) £22. There will be a licensed bar and it will be a real family occasion. Who could ask for anything more? By the way, Plumpton Cross is being made more visible for a while so all will be able to see it.

OPEN GARDEN: Advance notice that Ken Beard will be opening his colourful garden at 2 Green Cross Cottages (by the southern entrance to the racecourse) to the public on Sunday, May 18 between 2.30 and 4.30pm. Admission will cost £3 to include refreshments. Visitors to the horticultural society shows will know that Ken is a prolific winner so the gardens will be well worth a visit.

LOCAL ARCHAEOLOGY: There are some interesting events planned at Plumpton College this summer. On June 21 there will be a day symposium on the Archaeology of the Fields in the Sussex Business Centre at a cost of £30. Then there will be a follow up At the Plumpton Villa excavation site costing £40. On July 5 the basics of archaeological Surveying will be the topic and on July 12 or 26 it will be Excavation Techniques for Beginners. On July 19 it will be First Aid for the Finds with an opportunity to take part in the excavation. More details on or ring 01323 811785. Advance booking will be necessary.


CHARITY RACE NIGHT: Ringmer Primary Home School Association are holding their popular charity race night this evening (Friday). Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Entrance tickets are £3 in advance or £4 on the door which includes a free drink from our licensed bar. Among the prizes on the night are a free trial Glider Flight worth £99, a pair of Final Dress Rehearsal tickets for Glyndebourne, a car service from the Busy Bee Garage, and Theatre tickets worth £50. These are just a few of the fantastic prizes on offer. We extend our grateful thanks to all of our sponsors for the evening. Please come and support your local school and raise money for important equipment needed to enhance our children’s learning. For more details please phone 01273 813860/812463.

WI SPRING FAIR will be open tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am to noon in the village hall. Entry is free. Stalls include home-made cakes, children’s games, tombola, good-as-new and lots more. Families welcome.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist with the Laying on of Hands, 6.30pm. Confirmation at Seaford, no Evensong at St Mary’s.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday April 30, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 3, Valerie and Peter King. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

FLOWER CLUB: We celebrated the NAFAS Emerald Anniversary, the National Flower Arranging Day, a Sponsored Swim and also advertised our own flower club all on the same day. Our display received a lot of attention and was a very worthwhile project which hopefully will encourage more members. A morning market will be in the village hall next Saturday May 17, 10am to noon. There will be a cake stall, plant stall, good as new clothing, books, flower baskets, handmade cards, bring and buy and a fantastic raffle. All are welcome. Entrance 50p including refreshments.

BOWLS CLUB: Results: Ringmer v Royal Sovereign 77-48; Ringmer v Colemans Hatch 86-43; Southwick Park v Ringmer 62-86; Burgess Hill v Ringmer, 62-76. On Sunday we had inter-club Mower Cup. The winners were P Lloyd and R Crowhurst. Don’t forget, if you want to have a go at bowls, do come along tomorrow Saturday 10am to noon.