Parish pump Lewes - November 22, 2013


HEBER OPERA, Friday November 22 at 7.30pm in the village hall. Tickets £10 (£8 concessions) available from Barcombe Stores or call the Box Office on 01273 543709 or email:

PILATES: We have room in our mixed Pilates class which takes place on Tuesdays, between 9.30am and 10.30am. Come and give us a try, and bring a towel or mat to lie down on. Ring Mary Duncan (400215).

BARCOMBE WI: On Tuesday November 12 Barcombe WI held our AGM in the village hall. It was very well attended, with Shirley Kirby also attending as our WI adviser. The existing committee all agreed to serve for another year and Ann Thomas was re-elected as president. The committee are: Ann Thomas, president, Judith Hayward, secretary, Isobel Canneaux, treasurer, Charlotte Mitchell, vice president, Dilys Skan, Julia Hilder, Karin Sarsfield, Debbie Caswell, MCS rep. The treasurer gave her report, which showed that our finances are very healthy. There was a slight deficit between income and expenditure this year, but that was due to the amount of money we have donated to various good causes. The secretary delivered the committee’s annual report and the president then gave a short address. Membership has increased this year from 34 to 37. Shirley Kirby gave a short talk and this was then followed by a vote of thanks from our president, which concluded the formal part of the evening. We then adjourned to the back of the hall for canapés provided by the committee and a talk by Mike Godley on A Selection of Wines for Christmas. As this was accompanied by the appropriate wines, it was very well received and made a very enjoyable end to the AGM.


CHRISTMAS FAIR Townings Farm this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm when there will be the opportunity to sample delicious local produce and festive food.

WHIST DRIVE organised by the Women’s Institute is tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm at the village hall. Entrance is £3 and includes refreshments and prizes. There will also be a raffle. All are welcome.

ST PETER’S CHURCH services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. A special Christmas Pete’s Pantry will be held next week (Sunday December 1) after the 10am service and will include homemade cakes, pies, buns, preserves and seasonal items. Donations will be much appreciated including anything saleable to do with Christmas.

FREE CHURCH services on Sunday are at 10.30am with David Muzzell and a Café Church at the village hall starting at 4.30pm. This will be a very informal service with Charles Earwicker and activities for all the family, followed by refreshments at 5.15pm.

MEET PCSO Steven Knowles on Monday, from 10am to 10.30am, outside Chailey Sports Pavilion. Please use this opportunity to meet your local PCSO and discuss any concerns you may have regarding local issues.

TICKETS: Last Chance to get your tickets for the Grand Christmas Draw, organised by the Sports Club, the prizes include a big screen Smart TV, £500 and a laptop computer. The draw takes 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. We have tickets to sell, so if you would like some do call 01273 890777 and we will get them to you.

PARTY: Senior Citizens Christmas Party, at the village hall, on Saturday December 7 from 12.30pm onwards still has places available. The party is hosted by the bonfire society, and is free to all senior citizens in the village; there will be roast turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas pudding, entertainment followed by tea and a mince pie. Just let Jane know on 01273 400632 that you will be attending and if you would like assistance with transport.

SHEEP, cattle and ponies are no longer grazing on the combined commons (Memorial, Pound and Romany Ridge) where the cattle grids are. Five Exmoor ponies have moved to Red House Common (the one with the windmill) and will remain there until late spring and four ponies are grazing at Lane End Common for a couple of months. The cattle have returned to Townings Farm for the winter and a small number of the larger sheep have moved to Red House Common. They will be joined by more if there are no incidents involving dogs. I understand there have been a small group of dog walkers stating that the sheep will be attacked by dogs. The sheep have every right to graze the heathland safely and their presence is vital to the conservation of the nature reserve. A close eye is being kept on the sheep; but if you are walking on Red House Common and witness irresponsible dog owners feedback would be appreciated on 07791 784415. To have a walk free of grazing animals then all commons south of the A272 are free of livestock.

THERE IS some advertising space available in the village magazine ‘Chailey News’ for new advertisers. If you wish to advertise please contact Chris Jones 01444831244 as soon as possible for more details.

GIFT CERTIFICATES: Families and friends can now purchase gift certificates for their loved ones to use at Futures Life Skills Centre at Chailey Heritage Foundation. If you know someone with a physical disability why not treat them to a unique gift which will give them a choice of a whole range of leisure and life skills activities. Accessible facilities include a gym, spa and sauna, cookery, living skills, ICT and arts and crafts sessions using the latest in assistive technology. For more details visit/ or call 01825 723723.

PARISH COUNCILLOR Vacancy. Cllr Loraine Waller has resigned after serving as a parish councillor for over five years in a number of roles, including chairman of planning committee and chairman of the council. Cllr Waller made a valuable contribution during her time as councillor particularly in the development of the Village Information Point and her support of community activities. A replacement will be sought in due course and if you are interested in discussing the role of Parish Councillor please contact Vera Grainger, the Clerk, on 01825 740409.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: What a blessing that the relentless rain that we have had held off for the village Remembrance Service at St Peter’s Church, which was very well attended as usual. The Rector, choir and congregation gathered at the War Memorial on the west wall of the church for the two minutes’ silence, Reveille and the Last Post and laying of the poppy wreaths. Chris Grief played Reveille and the Last Post which he has always done for many years, in fact since he was a very young man. Mike Dodd laid a wreath on behalf of Hamsey Parish Council and 95 year old Bill Hudson placed a wreath on behalf of the parochial church council. Andrew Stewart-Roberts read the Binyon poem. Churchwarden Geoff Spinks read out the names of the fallen from the First World War and churchwarden Pamela Conlon read out the names of the fallen from the Second World War. The Sunday School children placed poppies in the Garden of Remembrance.

REMINDER: Don’t forget to pop into St Thomas Hall in Cliffe High street, Lewes tomorrow, Saturday, between 11am and 3pm for the St Peter’s Christmas Fair. As well as all the stalls I mentioned last week, lunches and teas will also be available. In order to assist parishioners with no transport, lifts will be available. If you have last minute items for the stalls contact the numbers I gave last week.

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

ADVANCE NOTICE: Hamsey Church Carol Service is on Sunday December 15 at 3pm.

SHELTERING: Although I have no idea how it got in, I found a newt on the dining room floor. I can only think it must have been seeking shelter from the wind and rain. A couple of years ago on Christmas Eve I had one in the hall when it was very cold and frosty. I rang Trevor Weeks from the Sussex Wildlife Trust who told me to put it in one of the outbuildings where it would hibernate. I asked him how it could possibly have got in and he told me that they get in through minute openings. Then last year when I started potting up in the spring I had a shock as one had got into the bag of compost during the winter and was still alive. After putting it gently between some pots on the patio it wriggled off somewhere. Life is full of surprises.

TRUSTEES: The new secretary is John Drury who has taken over from Kevin Froude. Resolutions were unanimously passed to change the constitution to reduce the number of meetings to not less than four a year and to alter the month for preparing the annual accounts to June. The treasurer, Andrew Featherstone, had submitted his report to the secretary prior to the meeting. After due consideration it was unanimously resolved that the 2012/2013 accounts be approved and the treasurer be instructed to file them with the Charities Commission. A report showing financial activity since the last report was produced to the meeting and it was noted that the period end funds balance was £24,766.07 of which £12,000 is ring fenced as a potential footpath contribution. The footpath being proposed for Beechwood Lane seems to be a very touchy subject for residents who have lived in the parish for many years, and they don’t want to see yet another lovely country lane urbanised with over development. Trustee Jim Edwards gave a very detailed hall maintenance report. Preliminary results of the questionnaire sent out re the use of hall and recreation ground seem to show there is evidence people who responded would like to see more use made of the ground, with an outdoor exercise gym and low impact running track heading some residents’ wish list. Trustee Jo Hughes expressed the opinion, endorsed by the trustees, that the uniqueness of the hall was the unspoilt location and tranquillity of the recreation ground and thus any additional equipment/use of the ground would need to fit in with the existing environment. The donation to Brian Philpott’s memorial fund was gratefully acknowledge and is going towards funding equipment for the Dihlbeng Christian School in Clarens Free State S Africa.


LADIES GROUP: The November meeting is always traditionally a craft evening. There were more plans than time allowed, but everyone enjoyed making Christmas cut outs of shortbread dough and when baked, decorating them with coloured icing. This particular evening gave the members time to chat and to discuss what the menu would be for the Christmas dinner which will take place on Tuesday December 10. The menu looks really tasty and everyone will be fed well.

CONCERT: Saturday Church Concert was a great success and enjoyed by everyone. The two pianists, Pam Craff and Margaret Grimsdell, were amazing; their fingers just flew over the key board and the music was such fun and alive. All the pieces were exceptional but I think my favourites were the Brahms Hungarian dances, just wonderful.

CRAFT FAIR: We are all busy in the village preparing for the Christmas Craft Fair which takes place on Saturday November 30 and Sunday December 1 from 11am to 5pm in Falmer Parish Hall by the pond. We are all busy baking, making things and look forward to seeing all the different crafts on sale at the fair. Let us hope the weather stays dry.


KINGTON WI: Members gathered in the parish hall on Thursday, November 7, for their AGM and with a glass of wine and some nibbles were welcomed by the president, Barbara Cunningham. As the treasurer, Jan Sumner, was away on holiday, the president read out her report. The Institutes’ bank accounts are very healthy at the moment, however as the 55 members are not now eligible for Gift Aid to be claimed on their membership fees, the treasurer anticipated some fund raising will be necessary. The members accepted the report. The president itemised the next meetings of the clubs (singing, tap, Pilates, book and walking) and she said a new craft club is being initiated in the pavilion on Friday mornings. The monthly business was followed by the report from the secretary, Sue Wylde, who began by thanking the president for all her support and help. She then gave a resume of the year’s activities beginning with reminiscences of a very varied monthly programme. These included bicycling alone in Asia, anecdotes of working in the Houses of Parliament, learning about John Sell Cotman, listening to West Gallery music, fascinated by amusing incidents of a gardener at Glyndebourne, informed about Ellen Terry and Smallhythe Place and being energetic during a Zumba evening. An extremely well-informed team participated in the East Sussex Quiz, others went to Cardiff for the National AGM, some attended the tennis tournament at Eastbourne, visited Smallhythe Place and went to see Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre in London. The president then gave her thoughts on the year. She thanked members for coming up trumps with requests for cakes at the Family Day and the Art Wave event in the pavilion, and for providing the wonderful food at the recent group meeting hosted by the Institute. This was a very successful event when over 50 members from neighbouring villages were entertained by the magician, John Schofield, and magical he was. Having served her three years as president, Barbara announced her retirement from the office. She thanked the secretary, the treasurer and the committee for all their support and commented they had been a great team throughout her presidency. She also thanked Diana Crabb, Sylvia Ward and Brenda Neller for the monthly flowers on the president’s table, Peggy Nicholson for leading the singing group and Pauline Awcock who was stepping down because of family needs from organising the MSC. Now was the time, the president said, to look forward to the Christmas Party on December 5 at 6.30pm for 7pm when, as a change from the usual entertainment provided by the members, a professional entertainer was being hired. However there will still be the usual table quiz to tax members’ brains. Hazel Craven then organised the voting for the committee. Those wishing to stand again were re-elected and Helen Dudley was willing to be a member. Beverley Wakeford-Brown was elected president. Two lovely bouquets were presented by Beverley to Barbara, as retiring president, and Janice Barber who was retiring from the committee after serving for several years. The new president thanked everyone for coming to the AGM then closed.


PHILATELIC SOCIETY: When a TV station selects a film for the week it seems that every other station in turn picks the same film for their week, so that for the last week or more we have had Dr Doolittle to be found somewhere every day. What you might ask has this to do with our guest speaker’s presentation on Friday November 8? Well I have collected stamps for many years and was not looking forward to our meeting having been told the subject was French Postmarks. Oh dear, postmarks bore me, more even than seeing Dr Doolittle for the umpteenth time. Instead, the moment the speaker started I sat up and thought, ‘I have never seen anything like this anywhere in the world before’. You can push me any way you like, but this really pulled me. Luckily for me they are difficult to find. The subject in fact was French Maxi Cards. Utterly fascinating. You probably know that they are postal sized postcards. Illustrations depict some thing or person taken from a newly issued stamp. Some recent issues have illustrated French art, both old masters and modern. They completely bring the stamp alive with very interesting remarks added. Some famous people, some landscapes, some monuments or whatever. We were shown 200 and that was only Part 2. We found it hard to imagine the amount of time and effort devoted to putting this unique collection together. As our chairman remarked in delivering the special vote of thanks, ‘follow that’. Indeed a night to remember. The cards are sold at post offices for charity with the subject matter chosen by the French Red Cross, or an individual stamp dealer and come in great variety. Apparently an average of around 7,000 are printed of each issue with the post office franking each stamped card with a very neat First Day of Issue cancellation. Several countries in the world issue their own. I am sorry to have never come across any before. As with all used philatelic collections, security is not a big problem since each stamp (normally) has its own unique cancellation marks and once photographed is quite easily traced. Meetings are held in Christ Church on the corner of Fitzjohn and Prince Edwards Road at 7pm for 7.30pm prompt. These are quite suitable for adults and children and all are most welcome with nothing to pay. On December 13 it is our Christmas do and quite what we are going to do is not yet certain but it will be fun. We are told by visitors we are a cheerful and friendly group. Come and see. If you have a collection you wish to sell or keep then bring them along and we will give you free options. For more information ring Hugh on 01273 472096.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: After all the rain, it was definitely going to be muddy, and it was, but not too muddy. Not enough to spoil a good walk in the pleasing countryside around Chailey. From the bus stop near to McBean’s Orchids we headed west across a ploughed and planted field. It was quite squelchy with big puddles of water. The next field was not as bad. Then there was a lot of walking along tracks that varied in muddiness. The tracks headed north from Lower Burrells, in whose garden was the most wonderful maple tree in all its red autumn glory. Skirting South Chailey, we passed The Hooke with its late 18th century stone front (Pevsner) and at the end of the walk, the beautifully situated Chailey Moat which looked amazing across the large pond (or small lake) it sits beside. With over half an hour before the bus arrived we enjoyed sitting in the sun outside the church of St Peter with its 13th century tower and chancel (Pevsner again). Fourteen of us were led by Hilda and Graham. The next walk is on Tuesday, at Ashurst Wood. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL had a really memorable day last Friday, raising funds for Children in Need. All the staff and children came to school dressed in their pyjamas and then groups of children from each class organised a fair in the hall. In total the school has raised a record £950. Friday also saw their open afternoon with parents and carers coming to visit class museums and share the learning each class has undertaken as part of their Time Travellers topic. Visitors were treated to music, songs, art work, videos and powerpoint shows as well as books and writing created by the children. It was fantastic to see so many from our community attending. The children were really proud. This week is anti bullying week and all children have been involved in activities and events designed to help them understand what bullying is, how to deal with it, and most specifically how to use new technologies safely. On Tuesday at 10am and Wednesday at 2pm the school is looking forward to welcoming prospective parents. Anyone who has a child entering Reception in September 2014 is invited to join them to find out more about the school, meet the staff and take a tour with excellent guides from Year 6. Next Friday (November 29) there will be the very popular Christmas Fair and the school looks forward to seeing parents, friends and neighbours.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH have their rather less formal service of Morning Praise this Sunday at 9.30am. The music is led by a group guitars, drums and electric piano, with two excellent singers leading the congregation. The service will be conducted by the acting Vicar, Revd Jeremy Bamber. Everyone is welcome.

POPPIES: On behalf of the British Legion, Malling resident, Eve Empringham wishes to pass on a great big thank you to all the people who bought, sold and helped to make knitted poppies this year. They have raised a record £53 so far, and more orders are coming in. All the money raised, of course, goes towards the Poppy Appeal. Well done to them all.

MEETING: Malling Tenants and Residents Association will meet on Monday December 2 (not November 25 as previously scheduled) at 7pm at Reid Court.

Mobile Library

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


MY BLOG: Last week I mentioned how successful the Nevill history afternoon was. A lot of work has to be done to collate all the photographic information we received. I was very pleased to get a piece of information about a picture showing a lot of children on the downs which turned out to be a party to celebrate VE day and was taken in Hawkenbury Way before the houses were built. If anybody wants information about their organisation put in the Parish Pump, or any information about the Nevill, then please contact me by email if you can.

NEVILL BONFIRE: The society will be holding a jumble sale at the Ringmer Village Hall on Saturday November 30. We will be collecting jumble on the Nevill Estate after 6pm on Friday November 29. Our next jumble at Ringmer will be Saturday January 25.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Dr Tony Law and this will be followed by a Congregational Meeting and Church Lunch. On Wednesday our ThinkTank will meet at 7.30pm. Dr Justyna Robinson will lead the discussion on Understanding Poland.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: For the first time Mrs Taylor took 16 Yr 5 children to participate in an orienteering festival at Gildridge Park in Eastbourne. The children were taught map reading skills in various fun ways by Sussex University students who were running the event. Then they were sent off in pairs to find all the check points in the correct order in the fastest time. Edward and Jacob were our fastest pair home and the combined effort of everyone resulted in Wallands finishing third overall. The children said afterwards they would be much more confident in using a map now. At St Leonards Academy on Thursday afternoon two boys and one girls team competed in the East Sussex Schools under 11 table tennis tournament. Our girls were the only complete team who entered, so after playing some friendly matches they have made it through to the zone finals to be played in London in January; they finished fifth overall. Both the boys teams had a successful afternoon as well. Wallands B were very evenly matched against Christchurch A team, they couldn’t be split so finished joint third. Wallands A team met Western Road in their final and lost three of their four games finishing second. Mrs Taylor reported back how impressed she was with the children’s sportsmanship.


MORE JUMBLE: Another sale will be held in the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) in aid of church funds. Scrum down will be at 2pm and, after the chase, there will be time to take advantage of the cake stall, have a flutter on the tombola stand and relax with a cuppa and maybe a snack. If you have jumble to donate, please take it along to the hall during the morning.

SOCIAL OCCASION: The horticultural society will hold its AGM in the village hall today (Friday) at 7.30pm, but it will not be a boring evening as Mick Dennett will also give one of his great slide shows on views around Plumpton. Everybody welcome to join in and enjoy Mick’s great photography.

ANOTHER ONE: On Monday the Wildlife and Habitat Group will stage its AGM in All Saints’ church annexe with doors opening at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Again mundane business will be followed by an interesting talk entitled A Susses Year, the countryside, wildflowers and birds throughout the year. The speaker will be the well known local naturalist, writer and vet David Lang. Tea and biscuits will be served during the interval and the evening is open to all with no admission charge.

THEY’RE NICKED: Thanks to tip-offs from some concerned and observant local residents the police recently apprehended two suspicious males in a vehicle. They were arrested on suspicion of theft, some goods seized and the pair were released on bail pending further enquiries. Do be on the alert as there are some unsavoury characters around and do alert the police immediately if you see anything suspicious. If activity is in progress ring 999 or if you just need to report something that has happened call 101. Favourite targets at the moment include contents of sheds, fuel and contents of vehicles. Burglaries are not uncommon either. In local towns, including Lewes, there are thieves around who use distraction techniques to steal from hand and other bags and pockets. Remember this is the time of year when some people get their Christmas presents by stealing those that others have worked hard to pay for.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: Information has reached me that a new co-ordinator has been found to revive this vital local scheme. More news when I get it.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: The parish council has decided to go forward with the idea of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan which will give the village a greater voice in the future development of Plumpton.

NO INCREASE: The parish council has also accepted the recommendations of its finance committee for the 2014/2015 budget that does not provide for any increase in the Parish Precept (the council’s share of the local council tax). The precept will be formally voted on at the December meeting.

TELEPHONE KIOSK: The telephone box near the village green has been taken over by the parish council and work is now in hand to install original equipment to give us our own mini museum and thus preserve a tiny piece of our heritage. The project is being taken forward by David Holmes on behalf of the Council.

CHAILEY DEVELOPMENT: Plumpton Parish Council was invited to comment on the revised planning application for a retirement village in South Chailey. It heard representations from the developers and concerned local residents. The council declared its opposition to the scheme based purely on how it is considered likely to affect our village, namely through an increase in traffic using the narrow local road system.

CARE CLUB: November 14 saw the annual trip to Eastbourne for Christmas shopping and lunch. On November 28 members look forward to a talk by Neil Sadler about his experiences in the police force. Then on December 12they will enjoy a Christmas lunch at the Cock Inn, Wivelsfield Green. The club meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month in All Saints’ church annexe and if anyone of 60 years or over is interested in joining this lively group, please contact Dorothy Brook on 01273 890016.

WI: Our November meeting was well attended by members and visitors. Future events include Craft Club November 27, coffee morning at Val Thompsett’s December 6 and carols at Barcombe December 13. This month’s speaker was Melanie Gibson Barton on Bruges - It’s more than just Chocolate. A very enthusiastic lady who spends most weekends in Bruges. Apart from chocolate it is famous for 300 different varieties of beer, lace, bay trees and more rain than the UK. Her slides showed a city well worth visiting. The next meeting will be on Wednesday December 11 at 7.30pm in the village hall when the talk will be Christmas Through The Lantern with Thelma and John Burgess. Visitors are always welcome. Marilyn Nye.


CHRISTMAS FAIR in the village halls tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 1pm. This is St Mary’s main fund raising event of the year and with the rainbow theme the Jack Hart Hall looks most colourful with plenty of goods to tempt you. In the various rooms in the hall there are plenty of stalls including produce, books, children’s toys, gourmet, cakes, tombola and raffle, etc. Refreshments available in the Rogers Room during the fair. Grand draw tickets will also be on sale.

FOOTBALL: Tomorrow, Saturday the first team are at home against Pagham in a league fixture, 3pm kick-off at The Caburn. The second team travel to Shoreham FC for their Reserve Section Premier match also with a 3pm kick off. On Sunday the Youth Team are away to Newhaven in a league fixture with an 11am kick off.

WINTER PARTY: Ringmer Twinning Association hold this event at The Caburn tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm. Besides a meal there will be music and dancing led by Tony Dunn. Tickets £8 (including meal) from Sharon Gunde on 01273 812186 or Jim Stock on 01273 813390.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on November 13 was: 1, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett; 2, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 3, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall. Contact number 814220.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: After its most successful production of Wyrd Sisters the Society is holding auditions for its next production which will hopefully be Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie. Auditions will take place in the Rogers Room of the village hall on Thursday, at 7.30pm. If interested but not available that evening please phone Barrie Smith on 01273 812249.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT and Table Top Sale at Ringmer Community College on Saturday, November 30, between 10am and noon. There are only a few tables left so if you would like to book one at £5 please contact Ruth Whitlock on 01273 812220 ext 153.

COFFEE MORNING: Angela Howard is holding this event at her home at 1 Elm Close, Lewes Road on Saturday, November 30, from 10.30am to 12.30pm in aid of the Philippines Hurricane Disaster so all profits made will go to the CAFOD Disaster Appeal. Entrance £1 and there will also be a bring a buy stall.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society hold this event in the village hall on Saturday, November 30, at 2pm. If you have any jumble you wish to donate please bring it to the Hall as near to noon as possible.

LIGHTS OF LOVE SERVICE: Please note that if you wish a loved one remembered at this service being held at St Mary’s at 4pm on Saturday, December 7 you must send in your form and donation to Thelma Saunders, Powderham, 2 Shepherds Close, Ringmer BN8 5LS by Sunday, December 1.

MYSTERY PLAYS: I have been asked to point out the Lewes Passion Play Group are putting on some Mystery Plays on Saturday, April 19, in Harvey’s Yard, Lewes and the next Passion Play will not be until 2015. If you want further information please contact or call/text 07926 486567.

NEW CORRESPONDENT: As from the beginning of December I will no longer be the Parish Pump correspondent for Ringmer. The new correspondent will be Anna-May Bridger, 19 Shepherds Way, Ringmer BN8 5LS whose e-mail address is She would like to receive most items for the pump by e-mail but if you do not have a computer her phone number is 01273 813821 or put what you want in the Pump through her door.

Rodmell & Southease

THIS WEEK has had its sad moments. Our old goat Tine had a quick collapse on Saturday November 9 whilst he was walking alongside me, to go to his feed shed. He lay there looking at me as though to say, ‘I’m not going yet it’s food time,’ he then struggled up and continued walking. Seeing this as a sign that at his great age he probably was not long for this world, I went into the food store for the next few days and was relieved to hear his little bleat to let me know he was hungry. However on Wednesday November 13 I looked out in the garden and saw him laid out in the sunshine with Lily, the little white Siamese cat from across the road, by his side. He had laid down in the sun in his favourite spot and just died, a very peaceful way to go of his own choosing. I miss him terribly, and the little things like saving vegetable peelings and chopping up banana skins for him, as well as giving him his morning toast, are now a ritual of the past. He was a much loved pet and known to so many people, even getting publicity in the B&B books for hikers, and being mentioned online. He must also have been the most photographed goat ever. I don’t know what I shall do with his empty stable and paddocks as I don’t feel able to cope with more animals with my present situation.

SAD TIME: It’s been a sad time in Rodmell of late as three more Rodmell people have died and there are various people ill or finding life difficult. Our thoughts are with the people coping with their situations.

THE MEMORIAL SERVICE for Anne Florence Foster (1925-2013) took place in Rodmell Church on Friday November 15. The church was packed as Anne was a very popular lady. It’s amazing how much you find out about the life of people once they die, for instance, Anne’s family told us that she was born in Peru, how exotic is that? And she was one of the first people to be involved in the scientific work to be done on Global Warming. She also worked for the Natural History Museum and was involved in the work on the information about the famous Piltdown skull. Anne loved to travel and loved being in the teaching profession.

FRIENDS: What would I do without them? Some of mine took me to the Martlet’s Hospice concert, Musicals For The Martlets at the Hove Centre, Hove Town Hall on Sunday November 17. It was an amazing event with many talented people of all ages and the afternoon performance was sold out. Sadly I understand the evening performance did not sell enough tickets to make it viable but these days it is probably a common thing, as I know many older people do not like to go out in the evenings in the winter.

APPLES: We still have a load of apples and when I can find the time I pick them and bag them up. Some to go our pub and others I take to Raystede or my mother’s care home. I hate waste, especially with all the people going hungry in this frantic world of today.

THE TALK by Tim Ambrose FSA on the Life and Work of the reverend Dr John Delp (172501812) was most interesting. It was held at Kingston Village Hall and was well attended. I couldn’t help but think how different our rector’s life is to Dr Delp’s who seemed to spend a lot of time with the upper classes involved in drama and poetry but most have found a little time to be vicar of Iford and Kingston. It seems around this time that educated people either went into the church or the law and many women from such families if they didn’t marry became nuns. I had an uncle who was a vicar on the Isle of man, a great aunt who was a nun and my great grandfather resided at No 3 Lincolns Inn as a lawyer.