Parish Pump Lewes - November 1, 2013


WALK: The walking group’s November walk is on Sunday. Please meet at the Firle Beacon car park at 2pm for a 2.5 hour walk, down to Firle Village and back up. Transport will be available at Firle Village for those not wishing to do the walk back up. Leader Claire Skinner.


WE SPOKE too soon a fortnight ago about the relatively quiet anniversary of the 1987 hurricane. This week there’s only really been one story in the village, the St Jude’s Day Storm, battening down the hatches and trying not to get blown away. The association is perhaps not just fortuitous, Jude is traditionally the patron saint in difficult situations.


CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Family Service with Pete’s Puppets at 10am. If you are interested in joining the Pete’s Puppets team do go along to the service; members will be pleased to answer any questions. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Philip Cole and 6.15pm with Paul Daniels.

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 at their October meeting re-elected Carol Brown as president, with Laurie Fisher secretary and Pat Esposti treasurer. Their next meeting is Tuesday, at 7.45pm at the village hall. The speaker, Peter Pyemont, will be talking very appropriately on the Gunpowder Plot. Peter is very talented at bringing history alive so this promises to be a very entertaining evening. Prospective members and guests, for a nominal charge of £2, are as always welcome.

LOTUS Cortina Club meet at the Five Bells on Thursday. More details are available on 01825 722259.

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday, November 8, 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 organised by the Commons Society is on Saturday November 9 starting at the Sports Club car park, just off the A272, at 10am. The leader is Linda Ball and the walk will last about two hours. For more details call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

TORCH LIT PROCESSION, with floats and traction engines, is on Saturday November 9 starting at 6pm from Chailey School (Mill Lane) and proceeding along the A275. There will be a stop at the Horns Lodge for refreshments and then the procession will continue to the village hall where at around 7.15pm the bonfire and firework display will commence. At the village hall the bonfire society will be selling refreshments, including hot dogs, tea, coffee and soft drinks.

CONCERT: Chailey Heritage Foundation Candlelit Concert with the Brighton Film Quartet takes place on Thursday November 28 at Hendall Manor Barns, Heron’s Ghyll. The Brighton Film Quartet will play a mix of classical, cinematic and contemporary music from Ave Maria to Adele with a little Morricone mixed in. To register and buy tickets please make a donation of £15 per ticket at Your ticket will include a complimentary glass of wine on entry and canapés in the interval.

GRAND DRAW: Grand Christmas Draw is being organised by the sports club and the prizes include a big screen Smart TV, £500 and a laptop computer. The draw will take place on Friday November 29 at the Horns Lodge. Tickets cost £1 each and are available from sports club members or at the Horns Lodge. In fact we have tickets to sell, so if you would like some tickets do call 01273 890777 and we will get them to you.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

OBITUARY: I was sad to read of the death of Ian Black, a former resident of Cooksbridge. Ian and his wife Elizabeth had lived in Cooksbridge for many years and Ian became one of my first N Watch co-ordinators who I was sorry to lose when they moved to Hassocks. I used to meet them both when I did the flowers at Hamsey Church as they were very much involved with both churches and village life. Not only did they both put their hands to cleaning the church but for many years they also provided the music for Evensong and other occasions at Hamsey Church with their quartet. Always the most kind and perfect gentleman, he will be sadly missed. Our sympathy goes to Elizabeth and family.

POPPY COLLECTORS: The Royal British Legion Poppy Collections started on Saturday and the door to door collectors will be out and about covering the parish. Sally Ann Smithson will be covering Cooksbridge which takes in up to the Rainbow Inn. Mr and Mrs Whitley cover Hamsey, Caroline Featherstone covers Beechwood Lane, Allington Lane and St John Without. The above names are the official collectors and the only ones that should appear at your door with a poppy box. You can also purchase a poppy from Offham Garage, the Blacksmiths Arms, the Rainbow Inn and the Chalk Pit Inn or Hamsey School.

DON’T FORGET that this evening, Friday, David Lang will be at St Peter’s Church Hall presenting his slide show on Antarctica at 7pm. As David’s talks are always very popular I am not sure if all the tickets have been taken, but it is always worth ringing Judith at the last minute in case someone has dropped out on 01273 474356.

AFTERNOON CLUB: The Monday Afternoon Club meet again on November 11 in St Peter’s Church Hall at 2pm.

PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting of Hamsey Parish Council is on Thursday November 14 in the village hall, Beechwood Lane at 7.30pm. Questions from the public prior to start of meeting.

ASH TREES: Although we have several ash trees around here, fortunately they seem to have escaped the ash die back disease, but lots of growers have not been so lucky and according to the latest report the Defra ban on movement of ash trees continues in force and grower frustration is mounting, especially in the amenity tree sector. Whilst a few types of growers have had some indirect Government help to alleviate the problems caused by the ban, others remain crippled by the uncertainty about when the ban will either be reviewed or, more to the point, removed. It is a year since the ban came in and as we enter the main season for tree planting, growers need to know if Fera will actively consider pest free area status for some parts of the country. The NFU continues to put pressure on Fera/Defra/Forestry Commission to conclude their investigation as soon as humanly possible.

UPSIDE DOWN: My poor little bantams had a lucky escape earlier this week as overnight on Sunday the wind was so strong it blew their poultry house over which landed upside down. As it started to get light on Monday morning I looked out and feared the worst. As my son had already left for the market I had to call a very kind friend as I was unable to lift it on my own. He arrived with some help and between them they righted it. I expected to find some dead bantams, but thankfully they all scurried out in one piece having been upside down all night. Having made sure all was well with chickens and house, there was no damage done but they must have a nasty headache.

BARN OWL: I was thrilled earlier this year when I spotted a barn owl flying near one of the old buildings and hoped that they might use the boxes and breed, but it now seems very unlikely as another article reports that it has been a very disappointing year for barn owls. Normally they start to lay their eggs in mid April, however, this year with the cold, wet spring they were much later. This was mainly due to the adults not being able to gain enough weight for breeding. Some pairs of owls did not even produce any eggs this year and most others produced eggs much later in the breeding season, so the probability of the young being successful is very low. In East Sussex there are a couple of nesting sites that have been monitored and had been successful for up to 30 consecutive years but failed this year. Let’s hope we have a dry autumn and a more fruitful breeding season next year. It is such a lovely sight seeing a barn owl in flight, especially first light or when it is getting dusk, but I wonder with all the predators around here, which includes the buzzards and sparrow hawks, if this is also part of the problem.


ARCHAEOLOGY: There are to be tours of the archaeological dig at present underway at Newmarket Farm. This farm was an outfarm of the Kingston Estate and was situated way up in the middle of the Downs above Falmer and Woodingdean. It was built around 1830 and given over to the Army just prior to the Second World War. When we had a small exhibition recalling the history of the church and old school here in Falmer, I was contacted by a lady who lived at the farm as a child and she recalled the long hard walk to school (especially in winter). The dig should give a fascinating glimpse of life as a farmworker in the 19th and early 20th century. The tours are this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, November 2 and 3. The meeting point is at 10am at Woodingdean at the Bexhill Road car park just next to Bexhill Road.

SWEET MUSIC: We are looking forward to the concert tomorrow (Saturday) given by Jools Owen and Kristin McClement. This is what 405 Magazine had to say about Kristin: ‘She has a particularly soulful voice; very low and sensual’. We are promised enchanting ballads delving deep into the heart of the human condition. Kristin plays delicate fingerpicked electric and nylon guitar, accompanied by percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Jools Owen. The concert is free with a retiring collection in aid of the church. It starts at 5.30pm and will be followed by a firework display with a collection in aid of Children in Need.

CHURCH: I have been away on holiday recently and during that time I went to St George’s, the Anglican Church in Venice. It was like a little piece of England transported by magic into an Italian setting. The service was the traditional Book of Common Prayer Communion, familiar to me from schooldays and we were greeted at the door by a lady handing out books. The congregation was British and although a number were holidaymakers like myself, the core of the congregation was made up of ex-pats and they were finding it hard to meet the costs of maintaining their church just as we do here.

QUEEN’S VISIT: I have no doubt there will be a lot of photographs of the Queen in this week’s Express. I hope to try and get a glimpse of her when she arrives at the new Keep building just down the road from the village.

STORM: Last Monday’s storm brought a large tree down in Mill Street. The tree fell across the road damaging a car and severely damaging a flint wall. Thankfully there were no injuries to the householders. A few more trees have fallen up at the top of Ridge Road but luckily the storm did nothing like the amount of damage caused by the 1987 hurricane.

ART MARKET: Put the dates in you diary, November 30 and December 1 are when we will be having our Christmas Art Market in Falmer this year. Last year’s was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all. It is just the place to pick up all your Christmas shopping and there will be home-made cakes and refreshments as well.

Glynde & Beddingham

MEMORIAL PARADE: We are all very excited that next Friday the Glynde Beddingham and Firle Memorial Parade will finally be strutting its stuff through the village. Although the timing of this event is close to various bonfire celebrations in the area, it’s important to remember that the Memorial Parade is specifically to commemorate our men and women who gave their lives for our country during wars throughout the centuries. The costumes and fireworks may remind one of bonfire, but the sentiment is other. Badge night is tonight, Friday, at The Trevor Arms, so if you would like to march with the procession do come and sign up. The swimming pool team are pleased to have the opportunity once again to provide the barbecue in front of Glynde Place after the short service. This year we will be offering delicious local organic burgers and sausages served in wonderful organic Flint Owl rolls, soft drinks and cake. If you would like to help, please call Helen on 07816749516. We will be meeting at 7.30pm.


COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon in Cliffe Church Hall. Cakes, preserves, tombola, membership, merchandise. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Corn Exchange, High Street on Thursday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

TALK: On Wednesday, A Beginner’s Guide To Orchids. Dr Gary Firth, orchid expert, will be talking to the Lewes and District Garden Society at St Thomas Hall, Cliffe High Street, 7.45pm to 9pm. Non members £3, members free. All are welcome.

FITSTEP CLASSES are now running on Mondays at 6.30pm,YMCA, Westgate Street and Fridays, 10.35am at St Michael’s Church Hall. These classes are a ballroom and Latin dance fitness programme that’s ‘Strictly’ fun and you don’t need a partner to do it. £5 per class. Contact Claire Lyons 07773 194040 for more details or just turn up.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO will be holding a Worship for All at 11am on Sunday led by Rev Dick Field and his wife Joyce. It is always an informal, friendly and warm service of praise and thanksgiving where people from all Christian persuasions feel at ease. Then at 6.30pm that evening Dick Field will be taking Holy Communion with Tony Idle preaching. Tomorrow, Saturday, in church at 7.30pm Nick Milner-Gulland, well known for his Fayrfax Concerts at St John’s, has arranged a chamber music evening, in aid of our church appeal. The music is by Bach and Vaughn Williams, a delightful programme, performed by flute, oboe, strings, harpsichord, piano and tenor solo. Tickets £12 at the door or from 01273 480189. I hope Lewes music lovers will take advantage of this wonderful musical evening and enjoy the undoubtedly best acoustics in Lewes.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: The Harvest Festival on October 18 went very well, with some particularly good singing and generous gifts. After the service, gifts were collected by Malling Food Bank, and once more distributed on the following Monday to people in need. The school received a big thank you card for their generosity and enthusiasm. Although this week is a well-deserved holiday after a busy first term, yesterday (Thursday) a group of 10 excited children went with Mrs O’Donoghue, the Head, and children from other local schools to meet a senior member of the Royal Family at Southease Youth Hostel. By now we will all know who they met, but as I write, it is still a secret. I hope to have stories of the event next week. The consultation on South Malling joining with other local schools finished formally on Friday November 25. Early next term, Governors of the seven schools Priory, Western Road, Pells, South Malling, Southover, Iford and Kingston and Rodmell, will review the response of parents and other stakeholders and decide whether or not to go ahead with the partnership. If the decision is positive, the Lewes Cooperative Learning Partnership will come into existence in May next year. School goes back on Monday. Parents are reminded that there is in-service training on Wednesday when children will stay at home and recover from their exertions of the night before.

MALLING CHURCH: After a successful Breakfast Service last Sunday, this Sunday’s service will be Holy Communion at 9.30am with Reader, Ian Graham, preaching on Overcoming Self-Pity. As usual, everyone is welcome.

MALLING TENANTS and Residents Association give notice that they will be holding their third General Meeting on Monday, November 25 at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. All tenants and residents are entitled to attend and raise questions about local services.

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.


LITTER: I was walking along from Wallands school the other day and was surprised at the amount of careless litter lying along the road. Cans, bottles, paper, all things that could be carried home and put in the recycling box. As everyone knows, our mayor used to run litter picks every once in a while but she is now far too busy to organise this worthwhile duty. So why not do it ourselves. If you see litter, pick it up. If you think about dropping it, don’t. Let’s take some responsibility and more importantly some pride in our streets and make Nevill a litter free zone.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: St Anne’s and St Mary’s Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday November 9 at St Mary’s Hall, Highdown Road from 10am to 1pm. Children’s stall, cakes, books, bric-a-brac, gifts, raffle and refreshments will be available and all will be welcome.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: We had a visit from the Lord Lieutenant, Peter Field, who is an ambassador for the Queen and the Mayor of Lewes, to celebrate our Level 2 Rights Respecting Award. The Lewes Netball League continued on Monday with both teams playing one game each. It was good to see the improved flow in their play; Wallands A played Western Road and won 4–1, Wallands B played Southover B and and won 6–0. Well done to all the children. Sportsmanship was clearly evident throughout their play. Football-On Wednesday afternoon the sun shone on the nine teams that met to play in the Lewes District tournament held at Southover. There were two pools and Wallands entered a team into each; Wallands B kept their heads and spirits high after losing their first two matches to finish their afternoon with a win against Western Road’s B team 2-1. Wallands A played well together as a team; they won three and drew one of their matches, therefore finishing second in their pool putting them through to the semi-final against St Pancras, where their good play put them through to the final against Southover A team who had earnt their place through penalties from their semi. Wallands scored the first goal of the game but Southover quickly came back with a goal of their own, putting the pressure on and with a minute to go scored again ending a very good afternoon of football, Wallands 1 Southover 2. There was a notable difference this year in the quality of football that was played; this was commented on by many of the coaches. India Thakrar (Yr 6) recently entered a poetry competition for the chance to be published in The Power Of Poetry - UK Poems and she has been selected for publication with her poem The Sleep Monster. The book will be published at the end of January. Well done India.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, is our half term Messy Church from 10.30am to 1pm. The theme is Light up the Darkness and there will be craft activities and a short act of worship based on this. At the end of the morning there will be a lunch. All welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be conducted by Rev Dr John Neal and at 6.30pm there will be a choral evening worship led by Rev Rose Westwood. At the well-attended meeting of the Thinktank on October 23 Professor Mike Ramsey gave a talk on Environmental Issues in China. He described the challenges faced in that vast country and related them to contemporary issues in the UK.


COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, morning from 10am to 1am in the village hall. There is a great selection of good food, plus plants, vegetables, make sure you arrive early, as items sell out very quickly.

BONFIRE CELEBRATIONS: Yes, tomorrow, Saturday, evening is the Newick Bonfire celebrations. Please ensure that all your pets are safe. Please do not park your car in the High Street, and please make sure that when the collection boxes are near you give generously. Enjoy the celebrations and keep safe.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday services are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family service at 10.30am.

DIARY DATES: Kit Wilson will be holding the Animal Charities Christmas on Saturday November 9 in the village hall at 2pm. November 14, Newick Afternoon Club are off on a trip to Glyndebourne. For further details telephone 01825 722154 or 722650. In the evening at 8pm the horticultural society will be holding the AGM in the village hall. Further details next week.


BARGAIN HUNT: Rush on down to the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pm to snap up all or at least some of the bargains in the flower club jumble sale. There will be a cake stall and the usual tombola and afterwards you can relax and enjoy a cuppa, maybe a snack, a chat and perhaps gloat over your haul with others. Let’s face it, Plumpton’s jumble sales allow you to commit daylight robbery legally and, unbelievably almost, help local good causes in the process. It is no wonder that folk from miles around flock to the village for these sales. If you have jumble to donate to make room in the house for all those Chrissie pressies that you expect to receive, just take the items to the hall during the morning, but don’t leave it too late. I would offer one word of advice to motorists and that is to park sensibly, as some people seem to park with a total lack of consideration that could have dire consequences should an emergency occur. How would you feel if that ambulance could not reach you because of the diabolical way you had parked your own car? That is not a scenario of fantasy, as we never know what is in store.

PLUMPTON RACES: There will be a race meeting at Plumpton on Monday for those wishing to have a flutter and an enjoyable afternoon out. Our local course attracts some top runners and riders that provide some exciting racing so be prepared for the off at 12.50pm. There is always plenty to see and do between races and there is no need to go hungry or thirsty either.

LOCAL WALK: The Footpath Society will be active locally again on Wednesday. If you fancy some healthy exercise, coupled with some socialising then gather at Plumpton village hall (TQ363 166) at 10.30am to set off on a six mile hike that will take you to Hurstbarns, then the Horns Lodge at Chailey for a tasty lunch and afterwards on to Yokehurst, Homewoodgate Farm, Hilltop and back to the hall. Non-members are always welcome to join in and will receive a warm welcome.

PRESSING TIME: Do not forget that on Saturday next week (November 9) you have another chance to convert surplus apples and pears into healthy, refreshing juice courtesy of Plumpton Village Action Plan and its apple press. Simply go along to the village green/hall between 12 noon and 4pm to take advantage of this free offer, but be sure to take some containers with you.

WRONG NUMBER: If you are planning to join in the Race Night in aid of the refurbishment of the play area at the playing field then I apologise for giving the wrong telephone number for booking last week. It should have been 01273 890526. The event will take place on Saturday, November 16 in the village hall and include a supper of bangers and mash plus. Tickets cost just £10, so book now to reserve your place for a great night out. My only excuse for the error is that following four eye operations and numerous treatments during the past two years my sight is anything but better. We live in hope and I have not given up faith that forthcoming treatments will prove more successful. I have to say the care dispensed at Sussex Eye Hospital in Brighton would take some beating.

WELL DONE: The recent megastorm created havoc, but happily the local councils seem to have made adequate preparations and tackled the resultant problems efficiently and effectively. I am told that early on Monday things did not look good, but by the time I took the bus into Haywards Heath at lunchtime there was absolutely no sign of any problem on the roads. Couriers I met also said that clearing up operations were progressing well. We must hope that the same efficiency will prevail on the next day that the snow comes down. Unlike in 1987 the forecasters seem to have predicted this recent event with eerie accuracy and well in advance.

BEWARE THIEVES ABOUT: If you venture into Lewes the police advise you should be on the alert for more criminals. It seems that purses are the current target and an increasing number of thefts are being reported. Distraction techniques are often employed in such instances but do remember also that unzipped or unbuttoned bags and pockets also offer prime targets for the criminals who prefer to steal from others rather than do an honest day’s work.

POPPY APPEAL: True to form Jo Taylor and her happy band of helpers have been out and about to raise funds for this year’s Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Our local community usually supports this venture well and we are grateful to the happy band of volunteers that makes it possible to help and support those who have served in our armed forces and are in need. There is still time to offer your support. If anyone notices that I am sporting a lapel pin poppy that bears the date 2012, please be aware that I have recycled last year’s item but have made a suitable donation this year without claiming another poppy and I intend to continue that habit. Waste not, want not is the motto.


FOOTBALL CLUB: Regrettably, the Danielle Price Memorial Match had to be postponed last Wednesday due to a waterlogged pitch. This match will now take place, weather permitting, on Wednesday at 6.30pm at The Caburn Ground. Funds raised at this match will go to the Ringmer District Youth Association and entry will be £1 for adults and 50p for children. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are still on their travels and have an away league fixture at Lingfield, 3pm kick off. The second team are at home in a Reserve Section Premier match against Selsey hoping for a repeat of their excellent win against the league leaders last weekend. Kick off time at The Caburn on Saturday is 3pm as usual.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s on Sunday are Holy Communion 8am, Holiday Club Family Service 9.45am and Sung Eucharist 6.30pm.

FLOWER CLUB: The AGM of the club will be held in the village hall at 2pm on Wednesday. This is an independent meeting and it is hoped members will make every effort to attend. There will be a workshop in the morning starting at 10am led by Joan Fowlie.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on October 23 was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Alan Grindley and David Warner. The club next meets in the St, Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact number 814220.

RINGMER DEBATES: The next in the series of these debates takes place in the village hall on Friday, November 8, commencing at 7.30pm. The theme of this one is: Where will our food come from in 20 years? Everyone welcome. Entry is free though donations are requested for tea and coffee.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: I do hope you have your tickets for the society’s production of Wyrd Sisters by Terry Prachett, adapted by Stephen Briggs, taking place in the village hall on the evenings of Wednesday to Saturday, November 13 to 16, at 7.45pm. If not please contact or phone 07753317373 or go to Creature Comforts, The Pet Shop, Ringmer. Tickets are £8 each. This play involves a large cast and is being directed by Graham Stapley. It should certainly provide you with a very good evening’s entertainment.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council has a vacancy which it intends to fill by co-opting a candidate at its meeting on Thursday, December 12. If you are interested in community life and would like a direct say in local decision-making why not consider becoming a parish councillor? Applications will be welcome for all sectors of the community. Further details are available from Chris Elphick, clerk to the council on 01273 813242. Please note that the closing date for nominations is Friday, November 22 and applicants will be asked to provide a brief written statement giving basic information about themselves and their reasons for seeking co-option.

WINTER PARTY/FETE D’HIVER: Ringmer Twinning Association invites you to this event being held in the Ringmer Football and Social Club on Saturday, November 23 at 7.30pm. Why not come along and enjoy a meal, music and dancing led by Tony Dunn. Tickets (including meal) £8 and are available from Sharon Gunde or phone 01273 812186/07815 103196 or from Jim Stock e-mail or phone 01273 813390.

CRAFT FAIR and table sale. Advance notice of the Christmas Craft Fair and Table Top Sale being held at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form on Saturday, November 30 between 10am and noon. £5 a table if pre-booked. Father Christmas, face painting, raffle and refreshments. Phone Ruth Whitlock , LRC Manager on 01273 812220 ext 253 for more information.

SUPPER CLUB: This is advance notice of an event taking place in Ringmer Village Hall to launch a bi-monthly Supper Club on Saturday, December 21 at 7.30pm. There will be a three course buffet but those attending should bring their own drinks and glasses. Why not put this date in your diary now and get your tickets in advance from Daisy on 01273 814859, Pam Bowmaker on 01273 813625 or from Bren Bonner on 01273 813303. Tickets cost £10 per person. Proceeds to the Ringmer Village Hall Appeal.

Rodmell & Southease

STORMS: Here’s hoping you, the readers, have not suffered too much from the recent storms and high winds. We had a tree down in the garden of No 2 around four weeks ago, and this time No 1 had a small tree down, but apart from that and a fence panel along the field damaged, we got off lightly.

PLEASURE: I keep meaning to say how much pleasure the people who made the Portaloo in the field belonging to Spring Barn Farm into the replica Tardis from Doctor Who, after the wonderful Gentlemen of the Road weekend, gave to people like me. I smile every time I drive by and I’m sure many other people appreciate their efforts. I hear it’s now referred to as the Doctor Loo.

COFFEE CLUB: It was nice to pop into Rodmell Coffee Club on Wednesday October 23 for a welcome cuppa, biscuit and chat. I don’t seem to be able to get around the village much these days and these sort of events give me a chance to catch up on news. I did not know that Peter and Joy from the Dicklands had moved to Ringmer. I wish them well. Frank Dean’s old house where the family have lived for many years has now been sold by his grandson Steve. It seems after 100 years the Dean’s are vacating the village as Roger and family also moved recently, this just leaves Pauline in the village. There are quite a few properties in the village up for sale at the moment, but it seems that properties are selling well.

TALK: We are all looking forward to another evening of Farming Nostalgia with speaker Ian Everest. These evenings get packed out and are so good. It’s to be held n the village hall on Saturday November 9. I think all tickets have gone but you could go on a waiting list in case anyone cancels. Phone David Smart on 01273 478151.

THE MORMON DIARIES: As I wrote about the Mormon Diaries recently, used by many investigating their family history, I have had people ask me what they are. As far as I know and have been told, the Mormon Diaries were set up to register all births and baptisms, be they of their faith or not, as they were worried about people not having their children baptised. If any readers can enlighten me about this I can then put details in the column.

BY THE TIME this goes to print Her Majesty the Queen will have visited this area. Hopefully any storm damage will have been repaired by Thursday making more work for those involved in getting ready for this welcome visit. The Royal couple will have visited YHA South Downs, the new youth hostel at Beddingham where they will have toured the facilities and unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the facility. More than 600 visitors stay at YHA South Downs every month. Let’s hope the sun shone on this eventful day.

THANK YOU: I would like to give a bit thank you to the Living at Home Service based at Sackville House, Lewes. They have been sending their wonderful ladies and men to care for Mike since he returned home from Meadow Lodge. It is all part of the Joint Community Rehabilitation (JCR) Service. A partnership between Adult Social Care and Health, providing support to help you stay in your own home and remain independent. We hear so many bad things about care services these days I feel I have to let readers see some of the good side. The people who have been coming to us have been so kind and cheerful and in the main, apart from a few blips, on time.

FRUIT: Rob our gardener/handy man, without whom I would be lost, helped me pick what was left of our pears in the orchard at the weekend. They were distributed to friends, mum’s care home and Raystede who sell them to make money for their upkeep in saving animals. It’s good to see cheery Helen who used to work in our pub is now manager of the shop at Raystede.

CAROLE WALTERS from Northease competed in this year’s 10 mile multi-terrain run from Lynmouth, which also encompasses the Valley of the Rocks and Lynton on the north Devon coast. The steep and rugged Doone course is quite a challenge. This year it marked its 30th anniversary, with the course being run in the opposite direction. Even the race title was in reverse, Enood. In all, 198 runners started with Carole coming home in 81st place in 1 hour 38 mins 54 sec. She was first in her age category (over 50) for females. Well done Carole in representing Lewes AC in the south west.


FOOD SWAP 2014: Want to swap homemade chutney for eggs? Onions for cakes? Now you can. The venue is the Old Boot Inn, Seaford, Saturday January 25, 10am. For more details and to register to attend see or contact Di on 01323 897897.