Parish Pump Lewes - May31, 2013


STOOLBALL: Six teams, Glynde, Firle, Fletching, Maresfield, Buxted Park and us, competed in our ladies tournament last Sunday in glorious weather. Every team played five games and the overall winners were Barcombe with Fletching as runners up. The ladies excelled themselves producing a wonderful array of refreshments, and the tombola and raffle were well supported. Last Tuesday we actually managed to complete a game. Ditchling’s score was 89, and Barcombe retired on the tenth over with 97. Janet Hughes retired on 54 runs.

CRICKET: ESCL Div 1 Barcombe v Mayfield: Barcombe 41 all out in 19.3 overs. Mayfield 42-5 in 18 overs. Mayfield win by five wkts, Mayfield 30 points Barcombe 5 points. ESCL Div 8 Glynde III v Barcombe II; Barcombe 196-8 in 50 overs. (Bob Page 50, Eddie Thomas 37, Tom Evans 34 no). Glynde 201-7 in 43 overs (Harry Jones 4-19 Tom Evans 2-61). Glynde won by three wkts off the last ball. Glynde 28 points Barcombe 15 points.

BOWLING RESULTS: Saturday, home to Saltdean: Les Line 19 M Evans 10, Jas Osmond 24 D Holmes 18, Derek Stewart 10 Valerie Barton 19, John Blackmore 11 S Couper 23. Saltdean won 70-64.

CONCERT: Sussex Police Choir in Concert at Barcombe Village Hall on Tuesday July 2 at 7.45pm. Tickets £5, available(includes refreshments) from M Pyne, 3 Gladstone Buildings, Holmbridge Farm Shop, Turners Electrical Shop and Barcombe Stores. Proceeds in aid of the Royal British Legion; Women’s Section Schemes.


CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game against Bolney tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 1.30pm and a friendly against Amberley on Sunday starting at 2pm. Both games are at the sports ground, and supporters and prospective players are most welcome. Refreshments will be available.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church on Sunday, Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and an All Age Family Service at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services this Sunday are at 10.30am and 6.15pm with Martin Povey. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

PARISH COUNCIL: Planning and Environs Committee of 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.

THE WI meet on Tuesday at the village hall at 7.45pm. The speaker will be Tim Fogden, who spent his career working at Harrods, to tell some of the history and his experiences. Prospective members and visitors, for whom there is a nominal charge of £2, will be most welcome. For more information call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

VILLAGE Information Point session is on Friday June 7 when the parish clerk with be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

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 are usually in the range of £100 to £500 and applications from local groups and organisations are assessed on their merits. A grant application form and a copy of the council’s grant policy may be obtained by Vera Grainger, the parish clerk, on 01825 740409 or downloaded from the community website

SMALL PALLETS are available and can be delivered and all we ask in exchange is for a donation towards the new pavilion planned by the Sports Club. Pallets have numerous uses particularly in the garden and also make excellent kindling. Arrangements for delivery can be made by calling David on 01273 890777.

FLUTTER TO FUND The Future. The Bluebell Railway has teamed up with Unity Lottery; which runs lotteries every Saturday on behalf of charities and good causes. The top prize each week is £25,000 and other prizes range from £1,000 down to £5. Everyone has a one in 63 chance of winning something. 50P of every entry goes towards specific railway projects. Participants must be older than 16 years, but otherwise entry is open to anyone at

VOLUNTEERS are needed at St Peter and St James Hospice, this is always the case but at present there are some specific vacancies. Volunteer gardeners are sought, along with a painter and decorator and someone to assist with DIY and maintenance. Also volunteers to assist with serving refreshments on a bank basis, a lunch server on a Friday and Friday and weekend bed makers. Volunteers with an eye for top class glass and quality china are needed, along with helpers to sort, select and steam top quality clothing and accessories at the Hospice site. Similarly a volunteer is needed to update the Hospice Facebook and Twitter pages. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering generally or in connection with one of the vacancies mentioned their Volunteer Services Co-ordinator will be pleased to hear from you on 01444 470812. You can be sure of a warm welcome.

cooksbridge, offham & hamsey

HAMSEY: Sunday is a Hamsey Sunday and there will be Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 6pm. At St Peter’s Church, Sunday Club 10.15am in the church hall, Parish Communion 10.30am followed by coffee in the church hall.

OPEN GARDEN: Also on Sunday the beautiful gardens at Offham House will be open to the public again from 1pm to 5pm.

CONCERT: Sunday June 9 will be the first of the concerts in Hamsey Church by the Musicians of All Saints at 6pm.

AFTERNOON CLUB: The Monday Afternoon Club have a treat in store on June 10 as they will be meeting at Hamsey Lodge for tea and cakes form 2pm by kind permission of Mr and Mrs John Whitely.

ADVANCE NOTICES: Friday June 14 Compline in Hamsey Church, sung by Judge Michael Kennedy and his choir in plainchant. This beautiful service is followed by wine and strawberries and cream. If you would like to join in the singing arrive at the church by 7pm.

SUSSEX POLICE CHOIR will be giving a programme of light music in St Peter’s Church on Saturday June 22 from 7.30pm. Tickets available from Judith Bastide and on the door at £7, including one glass of wine and light refreshments. This event is to raise money for the repairs to the great Capronnier Window in the church which will be a lasting memorial to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

HAMSEY FESTIVAL: Saturday June 15. The festival will start at 2pm with a performance by the children of Hamsey CP School. A five-a-side football competition will begin at 2.30pm. All children up the the age of 16 years are welcome to join and compete for the annual Hamsey Festival Cup. Other organised sports will take place all afternoon including running races, wellie throwing, tug of war, table tennis. Enter your dog for the now famous Hamsey Novelty Dog Show compered by Sally Miller. If it’s a hot day and thirst gets the better of you there will be all your favourites including Harveys on sale, proceeds to the PTA. You can join Derek and Judith Bastide in the village hall for delicious tea and cakes provided by the church. Food throughout the day, freshly cooked by Erica and her moveable feast (non-veggie options). If the good old English summer takes over and it buckets down, no problem as you can relax in Rosie Armstrong’s Moroccan tent. As the medal ceremonies close, enjoy dancing the Ceilidh in the marquee, then listen and dance to the great lively music from the Boogie Troupe. The day runs non-stop until 8pm with something for everyone to enjoy. Thanks go once again to Hamsey Parish Council and the trustees of the village hall for their support. It’s all free to enjoy.

AWARD: Sally- Ann Reed PCSO who covers Hamsey Parish as well as other areas, has been honoured with a Sussex Police Divisional Award. In his general citation, temporary Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor said: ‘The Divisional Awards for me are the highlight of the policing year. They are a real opportunity to celebrate the amazing work of officers and staff in East Sussex Division and their commitment to offering the highest standard of service to the community.’ Sally-Ann and fellow PCSO Tracy Honey, were recognised for action they took on September 12, 2012 when the spotted a male on the outside of a bridge over the A27. They behaved in a prompt, calm and responsible manner, reassuring the man and allowing the fire service to rescue him. Congratulations to Sally-Ann and also Tracy Honey.

WILDFLOWERS and wildlife. Plumpton Station Partnership have been working with the Plumpton Wildlife and Habitat Group to plant wildflowers at the station. There are also initiatives to encourage nesting birds, bats and reptiles. Unfortunately Hamsey lacks an equivalent group, but there must be individuals in the parish who have the expertise and enthusiasm to make this happen at Cooksbridge Station. If you are interested contact Ian Ginn on 01273 483896 or Kevin Froude on 01273 470067 to find out more about it.

RUNNING CLUB: All levels of fitness welcome. Meet outside Hamsey CP School every Tuesday at 9am. Details from Jane on 07932 631580 or 07747 050275.

BUTTERFLIES: Over the weekend I was thrilled to see a trio of the little chalkhill blues on the lilac blossom and then spotted a couple of red admirals flitting about on the clump of bluebells. And at long last the two red hose chestnut trees which Derek planted when we moved over here are in blossom but much later this year. As for the wildlife a pair of mallard ducks took up residence about a month ago and don’t seem to want to leave. Most of the pheasants have gone off to nest leaving behind a mess where they have dug into my planters, and the moorhen is now nesting in the tree overlooking the pond.


NEW GUIDE: I see that a new revised edition of the Nicholas Pevsner guides to architecture in Britain is being published. The latest guide to come out is East Sussex. In the original Pevsner described Falmer Church as crushingly neo-Norman. I wonder what the new book has to say about all the changes that have taken place since the first edition came out.

CHALLENGE: The yearly London to Brighton Challenge took place last weekend. Walkers and runners complete a course that starts in Richmond Park on Saturday morning and finishes in Brighton, an amazing 100km. The route runs through Falmer Village and a lot of residents would have had people walking (and talking) past their windows on Saturday night. The Swan generously acted as a stopping point for the weary and footsore needing a toilet, a drink, some food and a rest. I don’t think I would be able to get up again if I sat down at that point in the journey. The walkers then faced a climb up towards Woodingdean before crossing over to Brighton Racecourse. A steady stream of people were to be seen coming through Falmer most of the day, some obviously hobbling others looking much more comfortable, and all raising money for their chosen charities. The 2012 winner finished the course in 11hours 26minutes.

MUSIC: What an enjoyable concert we had last Saturday. The Old Spice Boys and the Carmen Rollers (excellent names) gave us a really varied an unusual programme. Who would have thought Mad World would have lent itself to the Barbershop treatment, but this was the song that we all begged for as an encore. Punctuating the music we had poetry and excerpts from books read by the very talented Hazel Evans. A brilliant evening. Coming up on June 22 we have a folk concert from Duck Soup. More details to follow.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: Plans are afoot for this year’s Flower Festival. People are planning their flower arrangements on the theme of The Elements and the various stall holders are making their plans too. One of the highlights this year will be a plant stall with plants grown at Stanmer nursery as well as those grown by people in the village. The countryside around here used to be dotted with nurseries, now, alas, most have disappeared. It will be nice to think that at the flower festival we can revive a local tradition, if only for the weekend. If you would like to take part in the Flower Festival, as a flower arranger or to have a stall, do give us a call on the number on this page.

TEA TIME: Afternoon teas with home-made cakes are now available at the village hall on Sundays from 2.30pm


CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI are away to Pevensey and the second XI are also away to Rotherfield II, both matches start at 1.30pm. The Sunday team are at home to Waldron CC start at 2pm.

CHURCH: This weeks service is at Glynde at 10.15am for Matins.

OVER 50’s: Due to unforeseen circumstances we had to cancel the trip to Merriments Gardens last week but I have rearranged it for Monday June 24, leaving again at 11am. If anyone would wish to join us do please ring either Sally on 01273858321 or Penny 07933766896. And don’t forget the trip to Shoreham Airport on Tuesday July 9. Non members always welcome to join in on our trips.

glynde & beddingham

PARISH COUNCIL: Sadly, this week saw the end of an era for the parish council as the Glynde estate has taken back the management and lease of the cricket ground. The council has held the lease and been the trustees of this beautiful sward for over a hundred years, but all good things must come to an end and I am sure the estate will maintain the ground to their usual high standard. Happily, the council is to take on a new lease for the playground and grassed play area, so children from far and wide can continue to enjoy outdoor fun and exercise. At the Parish Council AGM this week the chairman, Andrew Small gave his report as follows: As I have only resumed my position as chairman of the parish council for the last four months, on behalf of the parish council, I would like to give our thanks and gratitude to Tony Fordham who has worked effortlessly on representing our community over the last 10 years, overseeing projects such as the refurbishment of the play ground, the remembrance plaque, village sign and the many unseen day to day things that the parish council have responsibility for. Over the last year we have seen the retirement of two other councillors: Peter Knight and Jean Connell to whom we are enormously grateful for their time in office, tirelessly serving our community, and especially their work with the tree planting throughout the village. The parish council is now back up to full strength with three new councillors full of fresh ideas, so there is lots to look forward to over the coming year that could make real differences to the wonderful community in which we live. There are too many individuals to name but a big thank you to all of you that made the Jubilee a great success. The parish council are currently looking at our ageing street lighting and, with the help of the residents, needs to make a decision as to whether to refurbish our existing lights or to let them gradually die. Other things that we are working on are the disabled, pushchair and cycle access to the railway station, retention of the black pines, cycle racks and resurfacing of the station car park. The parish council lease to the play ground has run out and we are looking to renew it with Glynde Estates. We have continued our support financially to the swimming pool and supported the remembrance parade with the yearly road closures. I look forward to next year’s report with anticipation, as I am sure that there will be many achievements to report and exciting projects that have been put in to place that improve our community’s way of life.

COMMUNITY SWIMMING POOL: It is fair to say that the pool has been little used this week, the average water temperature being a refreshing 17 degrees. Plans are afoot to plant beautiful shrubs and climbers along the fence, adding a touch of horticultural colour to the poolside. Keep an eye out for forthcoming fundraising events as every penny counts towards keeping this wonderful village facility.

THE TREVOR ARMS: Good times were had by all over the weekend, with wonderful sounds from the Skalettos on Sunday and the Cooper family’s Reluctant Ramblers on Monday. This was of course in addition to the vibes drifting over the hill from the very successful Meadowlands Festival. The chicken run and coop are settling in nicely. Still no chickens yet, but to the amusement of three young visitors three eggs were found in the nesting box. What a mystery. On inspection, there was a possibility that they each had a date stamp on them. Another poultry mystery occurred on Tuesday night when three hens and a large white cockerel went missing. As there were no feathers lying on the ground speculation is rising as to whether it was a two or four-legged fox.

SUNRISE OVER CABURN: This is just for the very early risers (or the late revellers coming home): if you happen to be on the east side of Mount Caburn at approximately 4.50am, you are not only privy to an unbelievable view of the sleeping village, but can experience to scent of fresh grass covered in morning dew, mingled with the heavenly smell of freshly baked bread coming from David’s Flint Owl bakery. All-in-all well worth getting up for.


OPEN DAY: Marchants Hardy Plants, Mill Lane Open Day 11am-5pm Sunday, June 16, in aid of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust. This imaginative garden has been created by Graham Gough who will be on hand throughout the day. Save this date to visit the garden, nursery and the opportunity to stay around and enjoy home made refreshments. Entry to the garden £5 per adult. Contact 01323 811248


HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP: In June we are starting our new full chiropody service for members, run by a trained podiatrist from Age UK. We also offer individual computer lessons with one of our trainers, £5 per session. Please call in to reception for more details, 9.30am to 1pm, Monday to Friday. We also do coffee and tea all morning, and a two course, home-cooked lunch, served at 12.30pm, £5 for members and £6 for non-members, from June 3. All aged 55 years or over are welcome.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO CHURCH: Our Sunday services continue to be held at 11am, as usual. This Sunday we have Worship for All an informal, family service, followed by coffee and refreshments. Then at 6.30pm there is a Communion Service, led by Rev Dick Field. You will be most welcome to either service.

TALK: Lewes and District Garden Society, Wednesday, Gardening Between the Empires. A potted romp through the ways in which we have gardened in England between the coming of the Romans to these shores and the setting of the sun on the British Empire roughly two thousand years later. The speaker, Joanna Wilkins, is an historian and archaeologist who is education officer for Sussex Archaeological Society and a keen gardener. 7.30pm for 7.45pm Cliffe Church Hall. Visitors £3, all welcome.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Bank Holiday morning was just a perfect morning for walking, warm and sunny with a light breeze and 38 walkers obviously thought the same. We all started the walk from Buxted Station car park and were soon in the most glorious countryside. First we walked a country lane, then along the edges of fields of tall grasses and wild flowers just ready for cutting for hay. The best was to come. We walked through the most beautiful woods which were carpeted with bluebells which seemed better than ever. In places, we walked through a sea of white foam of wild garlic. This must have been the best week of the year to appreciate the beauty of the English wild flowers. We finished the walk through the grounds of Buxted Place and then back to the station where the waiting room had a jigsaw to add to and a lovely area for children’s activities. The walk was led by Roy. The Hike and Bike Festival takes place in Lewes this week, do visit our display in Lewes Station car park from 10am to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday. The next walk is on Sunday Around Five Ashdown. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start for this morning walk.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL children were unable to have their Fun Run last Friday afternoon because of a soggy playing field and rain. The Friends of South Malling (PTA), who had organised the afternoon which contributes to School Funds as well as providing good, healthy outdoor exercise, were disappointed but undaunted. The Run will take place on Friday, June 7, the first Friday of the new term. Best wishes for good weather this time. The Friends are also planning hard for the School Fete. They are calling for help including from qualified caterers, and first aiders and also a variety of items for stalls: books, toys, etc and bottles of wine and other desirable prizes for various raffles and games. Over the year so far they have raised money to provide netball posts for lunchtime games, equipment for foundation children, a Music Enrichment Day for Year 2; to support the popular and successful Reading Dogs project, and subsidised class trips to Lewes Castle and Herstmonceux Science Centre, as well as supporting the wonderful choir visit to the O2 Stadium at the beginning of this year. Please put July 6 in your diaries, when the Fete takes place and come along to enjoy it. The school also has a date for their annual evening concert, which will take place in South Malling Church on June 13, starting at 6pm and finishing at 7.30pm. This is always a very enjoyable event. This last week children have been enjoying a holiday before they start their final term of the year. There will be in-service training on Monday, so children start on Tuesday. We hope they and their teachers have had a restful and enjoyable holiday.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH welcomed Reader, Ken Bridger last Sunday with a sermon on the Trinity. This coming Sunday, the Revd Jeremy Bamber, South Malling’s new Acting Vicar, will be taking a Communion Service and asking Not Why, but Who?, focussing on Christianity as a relationship rather than a set of ideas and rules. The Church, like the School, is preparing for a Fete, this time in the Garden of the cottage and stables opposite the old Vicarage at Malling, on June 22 from 2pm to 4pm. Please put this date in your diary as well. More details later.

PARKING. Following an extensive and well-supported survey into parking around the school, local Councillor and School Governor, Matt Kent writes that half of the respondents drive their children to school and of these two thirds were dissatisfied with parking arrangements. There were plenty of helpful suggestions about how parking might be improved, raising the possibility of car sharing and complaining of inadequate public transport and cycle routes. There will now be discussions with local councils and Sussex Police, with a reduction of the speed limit to 20mph on the agenda, together with completion/extension of the Lewes/Ringmer cycle track to take in Malling. Details of the survey can be found on the school website

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.


MY BLOG: I was down the dump over the weekend, along with the rest of Lewes and got to wondering what our mums and dads did with their garden waste. I remember my dad burning a lot of it. We lived in the cul-de-sac in Middle Way. I read the other day that people who live in a cul-de-sac are the happiest due to no through traffic. Children can play in the street and it seemed more neighbourly. Certainly was when I was a child anyway. The Green Waste collection which some of us are lucky enough to have now is a very good initiative.We do recycle our waste but the bins get fairly full and I wonder what we did before. I suppose everything went into the dustbins. How times change, sometimes for the better and sometimes not.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today is our Messy Church event from 10.30am to 1pm. Craft activities with a short act of worship followed by lunch no charge for this event but children must be accompanied by an adult. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Dr Tony Law and at 6.30 pm by Rev John Gordon. On May 22 more than 30 people heard a talk by Patricia Cockrell from the Friends Meeting in Lewes. She gave a fascinating and moving account of life on Russia today and of her work in helping to establish hospices for palliative care. There was time for discussion and questions from an appreciative audience.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Thank you to everyone who came along to our May Fair last Saturday. On the day, the sun shone and lots of fun was had by all. It was wonderful to see so many happy children at a traditional event, and around £2,700 was made for the school grounds project, which is terrific. Friends of Wallands would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated, helped, baked, created, danced, played, sang, acted and gave their time to making the Fair a really super community event. It was a great team effort and a real pleasure to organise. Some photos of the event can be seen on Facebook/Friends of Wallands, so please do take a look and like the page for news of future events. Following on from the fantastic creativity of last year’s printing day we are having a second Wallands Community Art Day on Saturday June 22 from10am to 3pm. The aim of the day is to have fun together with your friends and family. The focus will be 3D Art and you will learn how to make 3D sculptures in willow with tissue paper, and in modrock. The day will be run by volunteers and is organised by Tessa Clark, Julie Mortimer and Jules Mickelburgh. Please get your ticket requests to the Art day box at reception by Friday June 7. Midsummers Night Dream is now available to purchase, priced £5.50, please contact Jo Taylor if you’re interested on 07842085246.

GARDEN PARTY: St Peter and St James Hospice Garden Party, Sunday June 9, noon until 2pm at 4 Clare Road, Lewes BN7 1PN with lunch in the garden and entertainment from members of Lewes Operatic Society. Tickets £10 to include lunch, an alcoholic/soft drink, cake and coffee/tea. Lucky number ticket draw and raffle. Tickets from Jackie Bishop 01273 475512


CRICKET FIXTURES tomorrow, Saturday, are: First XI at home against Iden, second XI away at Eastbourne III, third XI at the Temple Grove Ground against Lewes Priory III, fourth XI are playing Crowhurst Park IV away. All these games will commence at 1.30pm. The Sunday fixture is away to Barcombe. This game will commence at 2pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES this weekend are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family Service at 10.30am.

TALK: Newick Afternoon Club will be meeting on Thursday June 13 at 2.30pm in the Community Centre when the speaker will be Dr Catriona Good, Consultant Neuroradiologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre, Haywards Heath. This should be a very interesting afternoon.

OPEN GARDENS: On Sunday June 23 the Gardens will be open at the Old Rectory. Tickets £5 from 01825 722607 or 722253. There will be cream teas and plants for sale. This is by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs S Welton. The event is being organised by the Newick and Chailey Support Group for St Peter and St James Hospice.


IT’S OFF: Nothing to do with racing, but the wine tasting that the tennis club was arranging at Plumpton College for tomorrow (Saturday) has had to be postponed. Do not despair though, as I am told that it will be re-arranged, possibly as an evening function. The opportunity to sample the college wines must not be missed, so watch out for revised arrangements.

SUMMER SUNDAY WALK: The VAP Footpaths Team is leading a walk on Sunday as part of the Lewes Hike and Bike Festival. Meet at Plumpton railway station at 11.30am ready to catch the 11.40am train to Lewes. The walk will start at Lewes station at 12.15pm passing Pells Pond, along the river to Offham, over the downs to Black Cap and then down to the Half Moon, Plumpton where there will be a delicious cream tea. The distance to be covered will be about six miles and will include some challenging downland ups and downs. Take appropriate clothing and footwear and something to quench your thirst en route. The trains do not stop at the Half Moon so do not forget about transport home from there! If you need more advance information ring 01273 890219. Everyone is welcome to join in.

HASSOCKS AND BACK: If you fancy a mid week walk then meet up with the Plumpton and District Footpath Society on Wednesday at 10am at Plumpton Racecourse main car park. There will then follow a circular walk of about six miles to the Thatch Inn, Hassocks returning to Plumpton via Oldlands Mill. If you want to know more simply ring 01273 891218 and all will be revealed. Society members are a friendly bunch and always welcome newcomers.

SCOUT GROUP AGM: The 1st Plumpton Scout Group will be holding its annual general meeting on Thursday at 7pm in the Scout H Q, North Barnes Lane. Tea or coffee will be served by Scouts on arrival. Please make every effort to go along and support the group and its leaders. If you have children likely to be interested in joining the Scout movement, this meeting will provide the opportunity for you to assess the prospects and benefits.P

PLUMPTON PLAY AREA: In the June Parish Magazine there will be a leaflet about the refurbishment of the play area for young children at the playing field. Naturally it contains an appeal for support in cash, kind or effort. Please do take the appeal onboard. The play area has provided countless hours of fun, exercise and sheer delight for thousands of local youngsters during the past 20 years. So let’s ensure that the same facility carries on for another 20 years. I can tell you that Sussex Police are supporting the appeal and will shortly be making a donation from the Property Act Fund. If you have no children or grandchildren likely to use the facility you can still support it by taking the possibly cynical attitude that it will keep other people’s kids off the streets and out of your hair. Now there’s a thought. Seriously, a happy and thriving community depends on its younger generation, so do try to given them a chance.


MORNING MARKET: Ringmer Flower Club are holding a Morning Market in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. There will be stalls for costume jewellery, scarves, handbags, books, CDs, china, cheese, jams and chutneys, plants, flower baskets, raffle and tombola. Coffee and biscuits will be available. The next club meeting is on Wednesday at 2pm in the village hall when there will be a flower demonstration by Pat McDonald entitled Celebration. Visitors welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on May 22 was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. Contact for the club 814220.

VICTORIAN MUSIC HALL: Ringmer Dramatic Society are presenting this event in the village hall on Saturday, June 8 commencing at 7.30pm. This event is being directed by Daisy McKie and there will be a sausage and mash supper. Tickets price £8 available from Middletons.

GREEN CAR RACE DAY and Table Top Sale. Advance notice that Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form are holding these events on Saturday, June 22, for Year 6 students from local primary schools from 9.30am to 1.30pm. Tables for the sale are available at £5. If you are interested and would like more information or wish to book a table please contact Ruth Whitlock on 01273 812220 or e-mail

VACANCY: There is a vacancy for a Councillor on Ringmer Parish Council. This vacancy is intended to be filled by co-option at Council’s Meeting on Thursday, July 11. Further details are available from the clerk to the council on 01273-813242 e-mail or, in his absence from the chairman of council, Cllr, John Kay. Applications to be received by Friday, June 21.

BOWLS: This week’s bowls club results are: Ringmer v Rotherfield 70-57, Ringmer v Groombridge 65-65, Ringmer v Buxted Park 58-64, Ringmer v Woodingdean 71-74.

rodmell & southease

THE WEATHER: Well the Bank Holiday didn’t turn out too badly in the end and most people seemed to find time to enjoy themselves. There were certainly lots of walkers and bikers about and it’s good that people are enjoying the great outdoors. The new Youth Hostel at Itford seems to be a hit and from what I’ve heard so far has made a good impression.

WALKERS: One thing a lot of my walkers doing the South Downs Way talk about are the lack of manners from mountain bikers, who fly past at break-neck speeds but don’t let people know they are coming. It would be a good idea, they say, if they had bicycle bells or at least called out when they were coming past. I know villagers walking their dogs up Mill Lane have said the same thing.

VILLAGE DATES: Tomorrow, Saturday a jumble sale in the village hall in aid of hall funds in the afternoon. On Sunday it is Open Gardens in Lower Rodmell in aid of church funds. This event is very popular with the public so let’s hope we have lovely weather. Please park sensibly in allocated car parks and not across villagers driveways, which makes them very cross and is very inconsiderate.

CATS: One of the Siamese cats I talked about recently seems to have adopted us and appears at the same time nearly every day, has a saucer of milk, a quick tour of the cottages and then curls up and goes to sleep for a while. I’ve found out his name is Marley and upon someone leaving the village he was given to another villager. He is very vocal, gentle and not really a bother to us. I just feel relieved that he had not been dumped. He also leaves the birds that I feed alone, but is not too sure of the goat. The squirrel that comes round fascinates him as well.

SUPPER: There is a Benefice Supper in the Abergavenny Arms pub on Sunday evening with a Rabbi speaker, organised by our curate, Marcus Brown. Rabbi Andrea’s talk will be the Tora (Jewish law) and his reflection of Jewish/Christian relationships.

MUSIC: On Sunday June 9, 7pm live music at the Abergavenny Arms with local saxophonist Simon D’Souza and Souzaphonic Jazz Band. Free event with a hot buffet available at £6.

SUCCESS: I’m pleased to say that the launch of Willie Edmonds book at the Abergavenny Arms on May 14 was a great success. Lots of people came and book sales were good. Well done Willie.