Parish pump Lewes - November 21, 2014


KIDS TRAVEL FOR A QUID at the Bluebell Railway tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday. Call 01825 720800 for tickets.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE at Townings Farm Shop, Plumpton Road tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. This is a chance to sample delicious local and seasonal produce. Reindeer and Winter Wonderland are at Garden Pride, Ditchling, tomorrow, Saturday, and every Thursday, Friday and Saturday (10.30am to 5pm) and every Sunday (10.30am to 4.30pm) until Sunday December 21. If you visit the Reindeer and the Winter Wonderland you will be supporting St Peter and St James Hospice as 50 per cent of proceeds go to the hospice. In 2013 over £11,000 was raised for the hospice and this year it is hoped to raise more vital funds. Entry costs £3 per person and children aged under ten will receive a free Christmas book. For further information call the Hospice Fundraising Department on 01444 471598.

ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION: Chailey and Newick Painting Group exhibition and sale of members’ work is at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. There will be framed and unframed work and artists’ greetings cards. Also members will be demonstrating their skills throughout the exhibition. Admission is free, there is disabled access, easy parking, homemade refreshments and a warm welcome.

ST PETER’S CHURCH services on Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Also a Service of Healing and Wellness at 7pm. The service will be led by Revd John Miller Maskell who has many years of experience in the healing ministry. This will be a time of worship, prayer and laying on of hands. Everyone is welcome; we all need healing of some kind. There will be refreshments afterwards. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Charles Earwicker and 6.15pm with Paul Daniels. Also on Thursdays at 7.30pm there is bible study and prayer.

WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN will be re-launched by Sussex Police on November 25 at Chailey Children’s Centre. This campaign is about domestic abuse, recognising the signs, supporting victims and reporting incidents. Your local PCSO Steven Knowles will be available from 10am to 10.30am to answer your general policing/community related queries and will have information available about the campaign.

GRANDPARENTS Toddler Group meets on Wednesday, 9.30am to 11.30am at the Chailey Children’s Centre. The group has the use of a wonderfully equipped room and a safe outside area full of things to do. It is a great chance to chat to other grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren. Call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

FRIDAY CARD CLASSES run from 10am to 4pm and cost £12 (£10 of which goes towards St Peter’s Church funds). Refreshments and equipment is provided; just a packed lunch is needed. Spaces are available today (November 21), November 28 and December 12. Call Teresa on 01825 722586.

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday November 28 when the parish clerk with be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church from 10am to midday for any questions you have.

WHIST DRIVE organised by the Women’s Institute is on Saturday November 29 at 7.30pm at the village hall. Entrance is £3 and includes excellent refreshments, prizes and a raffle. All are welcome.

CHRISTMAS PARTY for older members of our community, hosted by the bonfire society, takes place at the village hall on Saturday December 6 from 12.30pm. There are still places and all senior citizens in the village are welcome to attend; call Jane on 01273 400632.

RECOGNITION: Earlier this month the Bluebell Railway was presented with the Chris Copsey Gold Award in recognition of its contribution to the community of Mid Sussex at the Bright FM Awards. The Railway also sponsored the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by retail director Neil Glaskin to Paul Myles, for his work with Burgess Hill Youth and the Sussex Young Peoples Clubs.

CHRISTMAS CARDS: Each year the children at Chailey Heritage School are assisted to compose a Christmas card which Friends of Chailey Heritage print. The Friends remit is to grant funding which will directly help the children and young people who attend any part of the Heritage. The 2014 Christmas card was designed and painted by Ruben, aged 15, with support using the hand-under-hand method. The card can be seen on the Friends page at, where an order form is also available to download. Alternatively call Ann Jones, Chair of the Friends, on 07510 511300 to place an order. Also if you would like in future years to receive a sample card and order form please let Ann know.

FOR SALE: St Peter’s Church have pews available for sale, which will be available for collection in January. There are three pews at 20ft and four pews at 8ft. To purchase a pew call John on 01825 722286.

GROW YOUR TENNER: You could turn a £10 donation to Chailey Heritage Foundation into £20 by donating online at Your donation will help children and young people with disabilities lead active, healthy and independent lives. For example just £10 provides switches to help someone with a physical disability access a computer. Larger donations or a combination of donations can provide iPads to assist with learning and communication and equipment to help children with multi-sensory impairment. For more information visit

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CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Peter’s Church, 8am Holy Communion, 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall, 10.30am Parish Communion

followed by coffee in the hall.

REMEMBRANCE: There was a very good turnout for the service of Remembrance at St Peter’s Church. The sun appeared as the Rector, followed by the choir and congregation, gathered outside by the war memorial for the very poignant service marking 100 years since the First World War. Following the two minutes’ silence, poppy wreaths were placed at the memorial, on behalf of the parish council by Cllr Tamsyn D’Arienzo and on behalf of the parochial church council, Brian Walter. The names of the fallen from World War 1 were read by churchwarden Pamela Conlon and the names of those from World War 2, churchwarden Geoff Spinks. Andrew Stewart-Roberts read the moving

words of They Grow Not Old. Chris Grief played Reveille and the Last Post which he has done every year since he was 16 years of age. It was also an historical moment for one member of the congregation, former Cooksbridge resident Iris Winch who is 100 years old, born in 1914 on the very day that war was declared. The children also placed their poppies in the garden of remembrance.

END OF AN ERA: By now most people will have read or heard about McBean’s orchid nursery being for sale. I have been told that it has now been sold? It was always nice to see them exhibiting and winning numerous gold medals for their exquisite and beautiful orchids but it should also be remembered that it was thanks to the McBean family that Cooksbridge inherited the recreation ground in Beechwood Lane. Such a pity that the plaque which had been erected all those years ago, which mentioned the occasion, was removed from the site and never replaced.

OART: In September Sam St Pierre and Peter King were joined by Simon Lohrey from South East Water at the invitation of the University of Brighton School of Environment and Technology to attend a conference on the Channel Catchment Clusters (3c) project. The conference was held in Le Havre, northern France, and united projects focusing on water quality in the Channel region including groundwater, catchments, rivers, estuaries and the sea. Each winter OART organises a sea trout and red identification exercise to monitor spawning activities of both sea trout and brown trout in their catchment areas. This involves volunteers going out from November to February at about fortnightly intervals (depending on water conditions) to record the presence of redds and any fish seen. They welcome volunteers and if you don’t now what to look for, an experienced member of one of the teams would be pleased to show you the ropes. For the River Ouse catchment please contact Sam St Pierre on 01273 400093. For the Adur catchment contact John Whiting on 01273 492439. As usual Jim’s Diary takes you on his journeys along the river banks from July to October describing in detail all the wonderful details of nature he encounters. He also spent his birthday checking for signs of dead fish in the Ouse below the Mills. If you are interested in joining OART, committee members are: Chairman Dr Hew Prendergast, Spylaws, Wych Cross, Forest Row RH18 5JP. Membership Secretary, Neil Pringle, Little Knowlands, Spithurst Road, Barcombe BN8 5EF or Field Officer, Jim Smith, 15 North Fields, Isfield TN22 5XN.

N WATCH: The latest newsletter warns of doorstep callers offering pressure cleaning of your roof. It reports that there has been a spate of doorstep callers offering this service in West Sussex but they may well come our way. In one instance an elderly resident was charged £6,000 for this work and another customer was offered a lift to the bank to get the money out. The advice of the Concrete Tile manufacturers Association is: On no account should a high pressure water jet be used to clean off moss or lichen growths from concrete tiles. The result will be erosion of the surface thereby reducing the potential life span of the roof tile. Trading Standards advice is that you should say no to doorstep callers offering to do work on your property: Doorstep callers may pressurise or intimidate you to let them do work. You many not really need the work done. They may charge you far more than originally quoted. They may charge far more than the job is worth. You may not get what you paid for. They may provide false names, addresses and telephone numbers. Residents are encouraged to report instances of doorstep traders offering home and garden improvement services to East Sussex Trading Standards on 0845 40 40 506 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).


CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: The rain has been relentless lately, but I am hoping that this weekend the weather will be kinder to us for our Christmas Market. Last weekend the crowds seemed to have come out to Falmer for the Christmas Market at the Amex, I hope all the visitors noted the signs we have up on the side of the road to advertise our market. We have a fabulous line up of arts and crafts for sale with cards, prints, decorations, screen printed lampshades, glassware, silk scarves, jewellery, woodturning, ceramics, tapestry, painting, beautiful embroidered bags and lots more as well as a café with snacks of home-made soup and tea and cakes. The market is open 11am to 5pm tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday with free parking and free entry.

NEXT YEAR: We are already looking forward to next year and the Easter exhibition at St Laurence Church. Artists and poets who are hoping to take part joined others at a study group looking at the themes we have chosen for next year. The study was led by Jeffrey Lake and was really interesting and inspiring, I have a number of ideas now, whether I can make them work is another story.

CONCERT: We were treated to an absolutely fabulous concert last Saturday. Classical guitarist Gabrielle Stephens played for us and we were all transfixed. I particularly enjoyed the two tangoes. I was so impressed I bought the CD which includes some of the pieces that Gabrielle played. You can listen to her playing on her website Coming up next month: the Bothy Singers, more details nearer the time.

SPENDING LOTS OF PENNIES: Work is progressing on the loo that is being installed in St Laurence. We have so much going on in the church now that a permanent toilet (rather than the hired portaloo) has become a necessity. It should not be long now before the work is finished. What kind of opening ceremony we are going to have I am not too sure. We have already been asked if we will allow the visit of a delegation from another church thinking of doing the same thing.


SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Don’t forget the festive Fairtrade Fayre in the church tomorrow, Saturday, 12.30pm to 4pm, for Fairtrade and handmade gifts and cards. Lunch and afternoon snacks will be available. Tomorrow we are also holding a bargain book sale in Cliffe Hall, 9am to 2pm, in aid of education in Rwanda. On Sunday the church tower is open 4.30pm to 6pm; an opportunity to see the bells, clock tower and belfry, with a ringing demonstration and information about bell ringing. Also on Sunday please bring your filled shoe box for Operation Christmas Child to the church before or after any service. On Sunday November 30 the Lewes Goes Strictly end of term tea dance is at 2.30pm in the church. Entry £5 to include tea and cake. All are welcome, including non-dancers, to enjoy the music and cake. Proceeds will go towards our youngsters’ trip to Rwanda next year. On Sunday December 7 our annual bereavement service and tea are at 3.30pm. We welcome anyone who has been bereaved. On Sunday December 21 our candlelit carol services are at 4pm and 6.30pm and anyone who enjoys singing is welcome to join our choir. Rehearsals are in the church 7.30pm to 8.30pm tonight, Friday, and each Friday until December 19 (7pm to 9pm). If you can make December 19 and at least two other Fridays please come and join us. Waitrose has chosen the House of Friendship Christmas Day lunch for isolated people as one of the causes it supports. Please consider putting your green token in the relevant box in the store during November. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal service with singers and band. Please do join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY 2015 Group is holding informal open auditions for speaking roles tomorrow and Saturday November 29, 10am to noon in St Pancras Church Challoner Hall, Ireland’s Lane; Friday November 28, 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Southover church chapter house; Sunday November 30, 2pm to 4pm at Christ Church, Prince Edward’s Road. Rehearsals begin in January. Many non-speaking parts are also available for soldiers, crowd and children. Performances are on Palm Sunday March 29, Maundy Thursday April 2, Good Friday April 3 and Easter Sunday April 5. Further information:; text/tel 07926 486567;

SENIORS’ PARTY: Don’t spend Christmas Day alone, join us at the Churches Together annual Seniors’ Party at the House of Friendship for a traditional Christmas lunch and entertainment. Free transport is available on request. If you would like an invitation, phone Gretel Scott on 01273 473904. To support this event, if you shop at Waitrose, please put your green token in the right hand box marked Churches Together in Lewes Christmas Day Lunch.

ANTIQUE FAIR at Lewes Town Hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to 5pm. In aid of Action Medical Research.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL says well done to their newly formed table tennis team. On Wednesday last week they went to compete in an East Sussex championship and came away with silver medals. The school is particularly proud of them as this was their first experience of competition at this level. Thanks to Mr Beattie for organising the event. The whole school had great fun on Friday and raised lots of money for Children in Need. Children from the junior classes arranged stalls in the Hall during the morning. There were cakes, games and raffles created by the children. Thanks to Mrs Gunston and Miss Schulte for supporting the children in their enterprising activities. This week the school will be welcoming prospective parents. Mrs O’Donoghue, the head, says, ‘Anyone who has a child that is due to start Reception in September 2015 is welcome to come and view the school and meet our lovely children and amazing staff.’

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH. Last week, a good number of people from South Malling joined members of St John sub Castro and Southover for a Half Night of Prayer, from 6pm to midnight, praying for their parishes, their congregations, for the increasing amount of community care in which especially Southover is engaged and the whole Trinity project which, it is hoped, will bring the churches together into one parish. This coming Sunday is the final Sunday of the current church year and celebrates Christ the King in an informal Service of Morning Praise beginning at 9.30am. The service will be led by associate Vicar, Revd Jeremy Bamber. All are welcome. Next week is Advent Sunday, where the whole annual cycle begins again with the promise of Jesus’s coming, and takes the church through the events his life and the acts of the early church to the celebration of his rule as universal King at the end of time as the Church of England and other Christian Churches believe.

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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.


ARTIST: An extract from Gavin Thorpe: Since my success with Visual AIDS, two more great things have happened. Firstly, the brand new Czech men’s magazine Bikini Girls has just published a full 12 page article, including 18 examples of my artworks. Secondly, East Sussex councils Your County recently interviewed me and has published a feature on their website, titled Legs and Feet in Lewes,

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be our fourth Sunday Service for all ages and will be led by Rev John Gordon. After the service we will be having our Congregational Meeting followed by a Church Lunch. The Thinktank will be meeting on Wednesday at 7.30pm and Rev Christopher McDermott will be leading the evening, the theme will be Conflict Resolution in East London. On Tuesday morning from 9.30am to 11am and Wednesday evening from 7.30pm to 9pm we will be holding Christmas Craft sessions. These are going to be a fortnightly craft session for anyone to come along to. They will be held in the upstairs hall so if you are interested in either or both sessions please just turn up. The sessions are free and materials will be provided for you.

RNIB AND WALLANDS SCHOOL: Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) are UK’s leading charity offering information, support and advice to over two million people with sight problems. They are trying to raise £20,000 by March 2015 and we can help by collecting stamps. For every £1 we raise, RNIB spends 87p directly helping blind and partially sighted people, 11p on raising more vital funds and 2p on administration. There will be a collecting box on the table in the crush hall to drop off any stamps, used, new, UK and abroad and we will send them on; thank you, We are delighted to announce we are going to be doing Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream again. This time we are putting on a production over four days of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in the Easter holidays starting April 8, culminating in our outside production on Saturday April 11. Do put the dates in your diary; it is an amazing experience watching our community of adults and children come together in a variety of roles, be it acting, playing music, prop-making or one of the many other roles that are needed to put together a production of this size. Do look out for the booking forms that will be available in the New Year. Yr 6 team entered into East Sussex Schools Table Tennis Association under 11 area competition in St Leonards. We took two boys teams and one team of girls. Mrs Taylor reported back how well all of the children had played. For most of them it was their first experience at playing table tennis competitively and for a couple of the children the first time they had represented the school at an event. Wallands B played off for third and fourth position and finished joint third and the Wallands girls and Wallands A both reached the final and won. All children received medals and the winning teams’ trophy will be displayed in our cabinet. Both teams have reached the next stage to be held in London in the new year. Well done to all the children and thank you to the supporting adults.

LEWES PHOENIX RISING was asked in August by Santon and Lewes District Council (LDC) to produce a full master plan, plus costings and a cash flow model, for our alternative development plan for the North St/Phoenix area. They presented these to the council on November 14. There is a road show event in St Mary’s Community Centre 5pm to 9pm on Monday December 8. ‘In December we will take our plans on a road show around Lewes to consult fully with supporters and the rest of the town. We’ll be explaining why genuinely affordable housing and workspace is so essential to Lewes and its economy. Plus there will be a chance to see our plans to preserve our industrial heritage through the renovation and refurbishment of the old Phoenix Ironworks. There will be architects’ drawings, site-planning studies, a film, 3D model - and lots more.’


NEWICK Country Market will be open today, Friday, 10am to 11am in the village hall.

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion at followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am, this Sunday is Mission Gift Day (SAMS). Lifts can be arranged if booked in advance by telephoning 722582.

NEWICK CINEMA will be open on Sunday in the village hall at 7pm for 7.30pm, the film being The Love Punch. The bar will be open and refreshments will be available during the interval. Tickets are £6 and can be booked in advance by emailing or telephone 01825 723392. Hospitality will be arranged by Newick Twinning Association.

TO FIND OUT MORE about Newick Twinning Association and next year’s exchange visit to Itterville, France, in May, pop along to the informative and social AGM in the Community Centre at 7.30pm on November 28. Make friends and learn or practice another language for fun times. If you are interested in committee involvement telephone Andy Wilson on 01 825 724 223.

NEWICK GREEN WI will be holding their AGM on Thursday at the Community Centre at 7.45pm. Visitors are most welcome to attend and enjoy a friendly sociable evening. For further details contact Joy Slipper on 722 907.

FLARE PATH: Newick Amateur Dramatic Society’s next play will be Flare Path by Terence Rattigan in the village hall from December 3 to 6. Door will be open from 7.15pm, the play will commence at 8pm. Set in a Lincolnshire hotel lounge during the autumn of 1942, the pilots and aircrew of the nearby RAF airbase are planning to spend the weekend with their wives. Patricia Graham, an actress from London, has something to tell her husband Teddy, who is a bomber pilot. The situation is complicated when Peter Kyle, a Hollywood film star, arrives at the hotel, and Teddy is sent out on a night raid over Germany. Patricia is torn between a rekindled old flame and loyalty to the husband who relies on her for support. Why not go along and enjoy this heart-warming story of love, loyalty, fear and great courage. Tickets £9 includes mulled wine, mince pies and cushioned raked seating. Box office 01825 722359 or 722985, Internet bookings Tickets will also be available on the door or Newick Butchers.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning in the Community Centre on December 6 from 9.30am till noon. All proceeds to Headway.


JUMBLE SALE: Tomorrow (Saturday) the Guides will hold a sale in the village hall starting at 2pm. As always there will be a tombola and refreshments will be available. If you wish to have a clear out to make room for all those Chrissie presents you are anticipating, please take donations of jumble along to the hall during the morning.

COFFEE MORNING: If you wish to socialise then do pop along to All Saints’ church annexe tomorrow (Saturday) between 11am and 1pm to enjoy a cuppa, a chat and browse the stalls.

FANCY A WALK? If so you can do no better than join up with Plumpton and District Footpath Society tomorrow (Saturday) at Ditchling Common car park (TQ338 181) at 10.15am. Then it will be off on a hike of four and a half miles taking in Wellhouse Farm, Water Tower, Railway Footpath, Birchwood and and Hope Farm. If you need to know more simply ring 01444 241463. Otherwise just turn up.

FESTIVE FAIR: Next Saturday (November 29) will herald that now permanent feature of Plumpton Festive Fair. On sale will be plenty of Christmas fare including food, booze, crafts and so much more that has been produced by local sources. There will also be entertainment, carols, plenty of refreshments and a great, big chance to socialise. Children’s activities will also be available to enable parents to browse the multitude of stalls in comfort. The other bright news is this great event is set to continue as the village support group for St Peter and St James Hospice will take over its organisation next year. Started by the Village Action Plan this great village occasion is set to continue independently for a superb local cause. Doors open at 11am to 4pm.

PARISH BEQUEST: Following research by a working group, the parish council affirmed its intention to establish a village project that would be a lasting memory to Wendy Kaill and her adoptive mother Hope Good. It was agreed the emphasis would be on youth, but that something that included general community involvement would be preferable. The working group is to investigate further and any suggestions from locals will be welcomed. Pass them to the parish clerk.

BEVERNSIDE POCKET PARK: Investigations continue into how to make a small area of what is currently wasteland into a small but useful amenity to benefit village residents. Some neighbours are concerned about loss of privacy, but here is a small area that could be opened up for quiet enjoyment without anything approaching major impact on nearby residents. The idea is to create a short, local walk for those who cannot travel far.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Work on improving the entrance to and approach to the affordable housing project at Sun Close, off North Barnes Lane, have now commenced. Some residents had raised questions about the work but it was always a condition of the planning consent that the works had to be implemented before completion of the project could be signed off. At the time of writing names of the people so far allocated homes in this development confirm that the promise of local residents or those with strong local connections has been strictly adhered to.

60 OR OVER? If you are, do please note that Plumpton Scout Group invites you to its Christmas tea party on Saturday, December 6 at 2.30pm at Plumpton village hall. You will be treated to a slap-up tea and the young folk will wait on you hand and foot and provide ample entertainment to make it an afternoon to remember. If you have problems getting there just ring Rod on 01273 890410 and a carriage will be laid on for you and the facility will extend to getting you back home afterwards. The young people simply love providing senior citizens with some enjoyment so do not disappoint them and have a good time yourselves.

LEVEL CROSSING: Network Rail still seems to insist that it will remove our Victorian crossing gates but has yet to submit a planning application. Yet again the personnel dealing with the issue have been changed and appear to have even less knowledge than those previously on the case. It is planned that works to the rail track will commence early in the new year and they will involve closure of the crossing. The Parish Council has requested that our District and County Councillors note that this could cause considerable disruption to both school and community bus services (apart from normal road traffic) and to make representations to ensure that Network Rail addresses the problems.

WOT’S GRAMMER MATE? I forget for how many years we have had decimalisation of our currency and I have to admit to never having studied our modern coinage. However, this week I looked at a set of today’s coins and something struck me smack bang in the middle of the eye. Going back to the Dark Ages we had £.s.d (pounds, shillings and pence). Those definitions are in the plural (that means more than one in case of doubt). The singular of pence is penny. So I was taken aback when I noticed that the text on a 1p piece reads One Pence, whereas it should be One Penny. That something so basic should have apparently gone unnoticed for so many years is unbelievable, but perhaps it is a good indicator as to why the standards of literacy have declined so markedly over several past decades.


BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday November 12, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Barrie Smith and Alan Grindley; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Joan Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: Last chance to see Blood Brothers. This play tells the tale of twin brothers who are born into a large working class family and what happens when their mother decides to have one of them adopted as she cannot afford to keep them both. Our licensed bar will be open for pre-performance drinks, during the interval and after the performance. Why not come along and meet the cast and crew? Tonight, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.45pm in the village hall. Tickets £8 available from:; Ticket hotline 07732 224066 or Creature Comforts, The Pet Shop.

A COFFEE MORNING is being held at The Small House, North Road, by kind invitation of Denise and John Hadley on Friday, November 28 in aid of Ringmer Village Hall. The coffee morning will run from 10.30am to noon and entry, entitling you to coffee/tea and a biscuit, is £2.50. There will also be a raffle. It is hoped that there will be a good attendance at this event.

NATIVITY SCENE: Mary and Joseph, kings, shepherds, sheep and a donkey, these knitted figures are delightful and the accompanying books give all the family an opportunity to focus on the story of Christmas. If you would like one of St Mary’s Nativity scenes in your home for a short time during Advent this year, please contact Marisa Hayes (Tel: 812790; Email: The two cribs start their journeys on Advent Sunday, November 29, and are shared between families, nurseries and schools around Ringmer until the Crib Service in St Mary’s on Christmas Eve.

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BUS RALLY: I supported the Love Your Bus Rally on Saturday November 8 because I wanted to give support to all those people who need a decent bus service. As a car driver of many years, I don’t use the buses as much as I should to support them but I have to juggle my life as a full time carer, who also needs to see mother in a care home at Ringmer, and do the shopping and other mundane things, as well as running a B&B. Without a car life would be very difficult as I’m no longer a spring chicken. There will be people in other such dire situations, who will be put at risk of complete isolation if they live in villages and remote areas and old age creeps up on us all, which, in many cases, means we can no longer drive and thus be independent. Think ahead. With more seniors around such things will have to be given thought. Not everyone can shop on-line or wants to, and those in power do not seem to realise just how many people are isolated and lonely, do not cope with technology, and the ways of this modern world. Have those in power ever done a census to find out just how many of such people there are? I think they would be shocked. One lady in the crowd on Saturday mentioned to me that damage done to parking meters on Bonfire Nights costs the council a lot of money that could be put to better use such as save the bus services whilst another older person said that they all want us to shop on-line.

TALK: Ian Everest gave one of his wonderful talks in Rodmell Village Hall on Saturday November 8. It was in aid of Southease and Rodmell Churches and was an evening of Farming Nostalgia which included slides of farming in the First World War and memories of men and women who lived through the horrors of war. The second half was about Sussex Shepherds which was very interesting. It was nice to see all the farming communities coming together and members of Bob Cropper’s family present. Many thanks to all the organisers.

SADLY I hear John Webb has passed away after a long fight against illness. John was to me a person who projected a kind and gentle nature who fought his illness with determination with the love and support of a wonderful wife and family.

REMEMBRANCE: Our church was packed for the Service of Remembrance on Sunday November 9. It was lovely to see our village Scouts and other young people there. It was also great to have a talk of memories from a senior member of our congregation who was in the Air Force and left his sick bed to come to the service. There’s dedication and respect for you.

FRIGHTENING: It is a frightening experience when a person you care for has trouble breathing and is fighting for breath late at night, such was our experience on one evening recently. Fortunately a paramedic in a car was on hand fairly quickly to give Mike oxygen and my good neighbour Cindy and daughter Susan came to my aid. The ambulance had to come from Hastings and they had not been informed the A27 was closed for roadworks. They had not heard of the C7 so it was not their fault we had to wait longer than expected for Mike to be taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital. He is now recovering at Meadow Lodge, Lewes. Our thanks to all who helped us.

HOSPITAL PARKING: A tip to people going to the Sussex County, get a bus, my attempts to find a parking space resulted in me having to park at the top of Sutherland Road which is quite a way. The next time I parked in a free parking space at Newhaven and got the bus from the coast road. I understand people also park at the Meridian Centre, Peacehaven, and get the No 14 bus or at the free parking area of the Marina and get a 7 bus. Because so much of the hospital is being re-built car parking space is almost non-existent and all the streets nearby are full.