Parish Pump Lewes - November 28 2014


CONCERT: The Sussex Police Choir will be singing a selection of Christmas songs and carols on Sunday in the Conker Room at St Mary’s Church at 2.30pm. Come and be entertained, enjoy tea and mince pies. Donations in aid of The Friends of Bevern View.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: This year’s Christmas Fair is on Saturday December 6 in Barcombe Village Hall from 9.30am until Midday. Come and join Father Christmas for mulled wine, sausage and bacon butties, coffee, mince pies, Christmas gifts, cards, decorations, cakes and produce, tombola, Christmas hamper and raffle, local art and crafts and much more.

PILATES: We have spaces on our Pilates sessions on Tuesday mornings from 9.30am to 10.30am. Please ring Mary Duncan on 01273 400215 or turn up just before the session if you are interested. We were paying £35 for a course of 10. The more people we have, the less it is.


REINDEER and Winter Wonderland are at Garden Pride, Ditchling, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday (from 10.30am to 5pm) and every Sunday (from 10.30am to 4.30pm) until Sunday December 21. Entry costs £3 per person and children aged under 10 will receive a free Christmas book. If you visit you will be supporting St Peter and St James Hospice, North Chailey, as 50 percent of proceeds will go to the Hospice. For more information call the Hospice Fundraising Department on 01444 471598.

BOARD GAMES EVENING is at the Free Church tomorrow, Saturday, from 7pm to 9pm. For more information call 01444 471600.

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

ST PETER’S CHURCH Sunday, Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. Delightful handmade Christmas cards are available from Teresa, after the services, at £2 each. There will be a Pete’s Pantry after next week’s service (Sunday December 7) and this will be a Christmas special and contributions would be most welcome whether it be food, sweets, produce, crafts, or gifts. If you would like some cards or to make a donation to Pete’s Pantry, but are unable to attend the services, do call Teresa on 01825 722586. All at the Church thank Margaret Smith and the Scottish Dancers for providing such a vibrant Ceilidh recently. Thanks also go to all those who helped, donated raffle prizes and provided delicious deserts. The proceeds from the evening amounted to a fantastic £962.38 for church funds.

FREE CHURCH Sunday, 10.30am with Gordon Hamilton and 6.15pm with Martin Povey. Also on Thursdays at 7.30pm there is bible study and prayer. If you would like to learn more about the Free Church do visit their new website at

PLANNING and Environs Committee of the parish council meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE meet at the village hall on Tuesday at 7.45pm when the speaker will be John Cave the master of the comic song. John will sing to his own guitar accompaniment and occasionally the harmonica.

SHEFFIELD PARK has early opening on Wednesday. The park will be open from 8am and this is a great opportunity to experience the garden as the sun rises across the lakes. The mist and frost add a different perspective to the views and another angle for keen photographers. From Saturday December 6 to Wednesday December 31 there is a Willow Walk; giving the opportunity to find festive willow structures while you walk around the garden. Little ones can hunt for the secret Christmas tree hidden off one of the paths. Alternatively from Monday December 1 to Wednesday December 31 there are a number of calorie-busting walks around the garden to work off the season’s excesses. Choose from the Mince Pie Meander, Turkey Trot, Plum Pudding Promenade or Christmas Cake Constitutional. Admission charges apply; for more information call 01825 790231.

SINGING: St Peter’s Church choir will be singing at the Five Bells in the evening of Friday December 12. Please go along and give them your support.

THE BIG GIVE Christmas Challenge is an online event where you can double your donation, with matched funding, only from Thursday December 4 to Saturday December 6. The Christmas Challenge is the UK’s largest match-funding scheme and this year St Peter and St James Hospice hope it will raise an ambitious £50,000 towards the costs of the care and support provided to patients in their own homes. All you need to do if you wish to support the Hospice is to go on-line at 10am to maximise the chance of doubling your donation. If you don’t succeed on the December 4, don’t worry, try again on the December 5 or 6 as the matched funding is released gradually over the three-day window. For more details visit

CHILDREN’S CHURCH: St Peter’s Church is keen to re-instate Children’s Church as soon as possible. However volunteers are needed to run this. If you would be willing to assist with this please speak to John on 01825 722286.

VOLUNTEERS: If you would like to volunteer to help Chailey Heritage Foundation at fundraising events they would love to hear from you. Please contact the fundraising office at or call 01825724752 to find out more.

CHRISTMAS CARDS: St Peter and St James Hospice provide their services free of charge to patients and their loved ones. You can help them by buying their Christmas cards; a brochure detailing all their cards is available at

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

OPEN MORNING tomorrow, Saturday to discuss the Neighbourhood Plan, 10am in the village hall. If you have any questions about the Plan and how it will affect your family or the future development of the parish of Hamsey, including Offham, Cooksbridge and Bevernbridge, go along and speak to one of the planning team. For further details contact Mrs J A Toomey, Hamsey Parish Clerk, on 01273 890621.

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

MONDAY CLUB: The Monday afternoon Club meet on December 8 at the earlier time of 12.30pm for Christmas Lunch. Lifts available by contacting Judith on 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

PARISH COUNCIL: Hamsey Parish Council held a planning and environment committee meeting for members in October to consider three planning applications. SDNP/14/04847/LIS 17 Bank Cottages, The Street, Offham. Replacement of two rear windows and one rear door; SDNP/14/04918/FUL The Old Wheelwrights Shop, The Street, Offham. Amendment to planning approval SDNP/13/01762/FUL for a two bedroom bungalow to replace the sedum roof with a pitched roof; LW/14/0712 former Hamsey Brickworks, South Road, South Common. Outline planning application. Redevelopment of industrial estate with 12 x B1 (business) units enabling residential development of 49 units. The planning and environment committee members are Cllr Ian Ginn (chairman), Cllr Tamsyn D’Arienzo, Cllr Clare Drury and Cllr Justin Harmer. When the parish council met on November 13 there were reports from the planning committee on the above applications as follows: SDNP/14/04847 17 Bank Cottages, no objection from parish council. SDNP/14/04918/FUL The Old Wheelwrights Shop. Objection from the parish council. LW/14/0712Former Hamsey Brickworks, parish council objected. Two applications have been granted. SDNP/14/00152/FUL. Erection of an agricultural workers dwelling and extension to existing barn at Offham Farm, The Street. LW/14/0296 19 chandlers Mead. Retrospective application for the retention of vertical cedar cladding on porch and boiler house.

OTHER PC MATTERS: ESCC have stopped the very useful village maintenance programme and now offer only a pay per use service. The cost is very high. It is hoped that the PC will consider the use of an odd job, handy-person, for the small jobs that ESCC used to do annually. The Meridian Marker has now been installed. Recreaton Ground and footpath: To consider any offer of funding from ESCC and the Trustees of the Hall and to consider a contribution above £12,000 from the parish council. To agree to waive standing orders and financial regulations on tenders as ESCC will carry out the work on the path. Noted that a further grant of £10,000 has been applied for. Two households in Offham contacted the PC to say there is a chance the telephone pole may become redundant and it would make a good base for a village sign. Cllr McBrown reported on parking problems in Chandlers Mead. Cllr D’Arienzo gave an update on the Speedwatch scheme. It was discussed whether the introduction of public spaces protection orders would improve the parking situation at Hamsey School. The relationship between Hamsey Parish Council and Lewes District Planning was considered.

THANK YOU: I received a lovely surprise in the post from the Rector’s wife, Judith. It is the St Peter’s Church Diary for 2015 published by Church and School Diaries and supported by local businesses, it is full of dates and information. As last year they are on sale at £3 for church funds. Last year they were snapped up very quickly so if you would like one get in touch with Judith on 01273 474356 to place your order.

RED ROSES: When we first moved over the Courthouse all those years ago the first thing Derek did was to plant some red floribunda roses so that I could see them from the windows. It is amazing as we are now in the middle of November and they are still blooming with lots of buds waiting to open. I also have some outside hyacinths which are very advanced and daffodils trying to push their way through.

GRANTED: I have just received a report to tell me that the amendment to the planning application for the Old Wheelwrights Shop in Offham was given approval by Lewes District Council Planning Committee at their meeting on Wednesday when Cllrs voted seven in favour and none against.


ART AND CRAFT FAIR: The Christmas Art and Craft Fair over last weekend was a great success, the standard of crafts on sale were excellent. The weather was foul but still the people came, there was a great atmosphere in the hall and many people expressed their pleasure at the welcome they received.

ON THE ONE DAY of last week that was dry, three mature men were marching smartly heading for the downs with back packs, and I could see they were going to spend the night out in the open. They were carrying wood for a fire and when I questioned them they admitted they were going to cook and had with them gourmet food to prepare. It was a serious expedition. Hearing on the radio this week about light pollution and the South Downs Park wanting to make certain designated areas for the public to view the stars, I just wondered if this was just what these men were doing, having chosen a clear night?

FALMER LADIES had great pleasure in welcoming Ian Lewis to talk about Flanders, the Somme Then and Now. His talk was excellent, with many anecdotes and stories which brought the memories of the First World War very close to us.

CONCERT: On Sunday at 11.45am, Ayla Sahin will be giving a violin recital in St Laurence Church. Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection in aid of the Rocking Horse Fund. On December 6, the Bothy Singers will be making their Falmer debut at 5.30pm in St Laurence.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: After several days of rain, happily it remained dry for our Tuesday walk. Twelve of us set off from the car park at Woodingdean up Bullock Hill and then followed the lovely path which winds gently around the contours of the downs into Standean Bottom. We had a look at the plaque which marks the site of the old Norman church and then took our coffee break by the old farm buildings. We continued through Balsdean Bottom and then climbed steadily up to the South Downs Way which we followed for a mile or so before taking the gentle descent down Newmarket Hill and Drove Avenue back to the car park. This walk is featured in our publication Favourite Walks in and Around Lewes, available at the Tourist Office. The next walk is on Wednesday, Firle Circular. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a Christmas Fayre tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall 9.30am till 12.30pm. Free Admission. Cakes, teas, gifts, tombola’s, 2014 Bonfire night photos and much more.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Thank you to everyone who made our festive Fairtrade Fayre last Saturday such a great success. Last Sunday we were also thrilled to receive dozens of filled shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Thank you so much for being so generous to disadvantaged children overseas. Can you also help children nearer home? Angel Tree offers dads in Lewes prison the opportunity to send their children a Christmas present with a personal card. Angel Tree spends £10 on each present but donations of any amount will be gratefully received: please text/call Mary on 07803 630831 or email Tomorrow is the second of our free Saturday movie nights for men of all ages, whether inside or outside the church. Gravity starts at 7.30pm in the church hall, St James’ Street and then we adjourn to the pub. On Sunday the Lewes Goes Strictly tea dance is at 2.30pm in the church. Entry £5. All are welcome, including non-dancers, to enjoy the music, tea and cake. Proceeds will go towards our young peoples’ 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 and Fridays until December 19 (7pm to 9pm). If you can make December 19 and at least two other Fridays please come and join us. 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 three more informal open auditions for speaking roles: tonight, Friday, 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Southover Church chapter house; tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon in St Pancras Church Challoner Hall, Ireland’s Lane; Sunday 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;



Maths teaching and learning was top of the list this week at South Malling. As part of a national project, the school was host to two teachers from Shanghai who came to demonstrate how they teach Maths in China. Cloudy and Ethan taught two lessons every day, then planned with the class teachers. It has been a really interesting experience and the children, staff and the Shanghai teachers have all learnt a lot from it. This week the whole school also had the treat they earned as part of the behaviour reward system. The children chose a ‘mix and mingle’ afternoon so that they could all visit other classes and spend time with their friends across the school. They had a great time and they are already looking forward to doing it again if they earn another behaviour reward. Next week sees the beginning of the Christmas season at school. Decoration Day is on Thursday and parents and friends are invited to come and help the children to decorate the school. Friday December 5 sees the very popular Christmas Fair. Doors open at 3.15pm and there will be many festive activities, including Santa’s Grotto and the fabulous South Malling Choir singing carols.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH is marking Advent Sunday with a relaxed service format. A new singing group will be leading a combination of old and some new Advent Hymns while the congregation enjoy coffee and biscuits while taking part in the service from their cafe tables. The service will begin at 9.30am with the traditional lighting of the first candle in the Advent wreath. All are welcome.

POPPIES: Eve Empringham says a huge thank you for those who made and bought the knitted poppies which she and her friends have made. She says, ‘We raised £858.00, which goes to the Poppy Appeal.’ This represents an incredible amount of work and is well up from £534 last year. Well done to Eve and all those involved in this splendid effort.

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.


WET SUNDAYS: I tried to recall what we did in the fifties when we couldn’t play outside. We didn’t have the technology the children have nowadays. Were we bored, yes probably. I know we weren’t allowed to lay in bed. Sometimes I used watch my dad work in his shed, tinkering with bikes and later his two stroke motor bike.

GARDENING CLUB: St Mary’s Gardening Club are holding their AGM and social evening on Monday at 7.45pm at St Mary’s Social Centre, Christie Road. The AGM will be followed by a light supper provided by members who all bring a plate to share. There will be competitions, a raffle and the monthly competition results will be announced. New members or visitors are always welcome so why not come and have some festive fun.

LEWES NEVILLE WI met on Wednesday November 19 and were entertained by a fascinating talk by Bob Cairns about Lewes through the medium of his large collection of old postcards. He focused on Lewes above the church of St Anne’s. We saw pictures of the newly built Victoria Hospital and the Nevill estate. The houses looked quite strange with so much land between them which has now been taken up by garages and extensions. Despite many changes, the essence of the town remains the same and to a relative newcomers it was very interesting to see. We are looking forward to our festive meeting on December10 when we shall be sporting a Christmas Party Hat and refreshments will be on the theme of a Winter Wonderland

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am is the first Sunday in Advent and will be led by Dr Tony Law. Looking further ahead on Sunday December 14 at 3pm there will be Carols on Nevill Green.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am to 11am in the village hall. Why not pop along and see all the Christmas goodies that are on sale, plus or the normal vegetables, cakes, pies, flowers arrangements order can be taken for Christmas.

SERVICES on Sunday at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion, followed at 10.30am with Morning Prayer. Lifts are available if booked in advance by telephoning 722 582.

AGM: Just to remind you that the Newick Twinning Association AGM will take place today, Friday, in the Community Centre at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.

SCOUTS: Newick Scouts will once again be offering their splendid postal service to Newick. Post boxes will be in the Post Office, Newick News and the Store on the Green from Monday. The last collection will be on Thursday December 11 at 4pm. They can only accept cards for the following areas properties bounded by the A272, Allington Road, Church Road, Cricketfield, and Alexander Mead. Do not include cards for houses at Lower Station Road, Station Road, Jackies Lane, Cornwells Bank and other outlying roads.

COFFEE MORNING for Headway will take place in the Community Centre on Saturday December 6 from 9am till mid-day. There will be a bric-a-bac stall, cakes, books plus a raffle.

Do please try and support this event, Headway is a local charity and helped so many people that have had head injuries. Further details from 01825 722584 or 722348.

FLARE PATH: I trust you have all purchased your tickets for the Newick Amateur Dramatic Society new performances of Flare Path, in the village hall from December 3 to 6? Doors open at 7.15pm the play will commence at 8pm. Tickets are £9 to include mulled wine and mince pies. Box office 01825 722359 or 722985 or from Newick Butchers, or if you prefer go on line to


FESTIVE FAIR: Tomorrow (Saturday) will see the return of that well established and highly popular Festive Fair in the village hall from noon until 4pm. There for your delight will be produce and items from a range of local producers. These will include meats, cheeses, cakes, chutneys, bread, wines, beers and more. There will also be a variety of craft stalls offering a range of tempting items for your personal use or as gifts for Christmas. To top off this great social occasion there will be refreshments and light snacks on offer so that you can relax either during or after your Christmas shopping experience

GET IN TRIM: If you want to get in shape in readiness for the Christmas over indulgence then why not join in with the Footpath Society on Wednesday for a healthy walk? Meet up at Arlington Reservoir (TQ529 065) at 10.30am ready to set off on a walk of four and a half to five miles taking in Sessingham Farm, Bates Green Farm, a stop for lunch at the Yew Tree and then a return to the reservoir. If you need to know more simply ring 01323 490098.

MORE CUTS: ESCC has decided to axe the Mobile Office that visits Plumpton every Monday with effect from December 19. This service provides access to the internet, instruction on the use of computers and access to various other local services. Although it was not widely publicised it did provide great benefits for people of all ages. It is yet another example of how services are being cut to save money but that these savings will not be reflected in a reduction in Council Tax but will presumably be used to fund the gross wastage that prevails in both national and local government. But there is more to come. Probably the most significant concerns the drastic axing of subsidies for bus services, largely affecting rural areas and which will leave places like Plumpton with bus services on but two days a week outside of school term times. It will be like living on a desert island and will hit the most vulnerable the hardest. But let’s face it, they are the least likely to be able to hit back and make easy targets. The debate will take place during December and the danger is that rural areas will be isolated so that the County Council can continue to fund boundless bureaucracy. That appears to be modern day Britain and the wider political spectrum. I am not talking party politics here, because all parties appear to be as guilty as each other. It just seems to be the modern way of life where rules must be invented often for the sake of it and more time is spent on interpretation and enforcement than on practical achievement of beneficial goals.

YOUTH FINDS SPACE: The Plumpton Youthspace project got off the ground last Friday with the first meeting that has been sponsored by Plumpton Village Action Plan (VAP) but through the actions of an, as yet, small group of dedicated volunteers and a qualified youth worker. The first session saw 20 local young people get together and experience a workshop that involved a DJ and a graffiti artist who not only demonstrated their skills but involved the young people in the activities. Some great ‘graffiti’ art was produced, but under controlled conditions that did not involve defacing buildings or the like. Such a wonderful way to develop artistic talents. At the end of the evening the kids were all dancing in delight, their behaviour was impeccable, and their enthusiastic chatter as they left was most encouraging for the future of the group. The next event will be on Friday, December 12 when there will be a Christmas Disco Party between 7 and 9pm. All young people from Plumpton and East Chiltington aged 11 to 15 years will be welcomed. If you need more info email Many parents and others have for a long time said that there is precious little for youth in the village. This initiative has achieved lift off but it will need support from others to ensure its continued success. Volunteers who will give up an evening every now and again will be essential if it is to continue. Rules and regulations demand that such activities have adults on hand to supervise although a qualified youth worker will always be there to organise the things that the youngsters want and demands will be minimum. Perhaps the rewards will be greater simply by watching young people enjoy themselves doing the things that they want to do in the right environment. For parents the message is simple. A great and healthy facility for the young has been launched and, if it is to continue, your help is vital, for the benefit of your own children as well as the Plumpton community. If you are interested please email the address given previously or ring Reg Stone on 01273 890722.


A COFFEE MORNING is being held today (Friday) at The Small House, North Road, Ringmer by kind invitation of Denise and John Hadley, in aid of Ringmer Village Hall. It will run from 10.30am to noon and entry, entitling you to coffee/tea and a biscuit, is £2.50.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: The Church Fair takes place tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am to12.30pm in the village hall. There are plenty of stalls, cakes, games and crafts for families, light refreshments and of course the Grand Draw with a first prize of £100. Do come along and support this event. Half the proceeds from the Fair will go to the village hall. Advent starts on Sunday with a Family Service at St Mary’s (9.45am) as the Travelling Cribs start their journey around the village. Special Bible Studies:

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are away to Newhaven in a SCFL Div 1 fixture with a 3pm kick off at Fort Road. Meanwhile, the reserves are at home in a Reserve Section Premier game, also versus Newhaven, with kick off at the Caburn 3pm. On Sunday the Veterans entertain Faygate Veterans in the Fred Pretty Cup with an 11am kick off. Christmas is coming and the bumper Christmas Draw tickets are now on sale in the Clubhouse. The kids’ Christmas Party will be held in the club on Sunday December 14 between 4pm and 7pm. This is a free event and all are welcome.

CHRISTMAS MESSY CHURCH: Come and join the fun at Ringmer Baptist Church’s Christmas Messy Church, Sunday 2pm to 5pm (tea is provided) in Ringmer Village Hall. A church for adults and children to enjoy together. It’s for all ages. It’s a creative time to explore a Christmas theme, through getting messy; a celebration time which might involve a story, song, games, and a meal together. For more information ring Sharon 07985 800011.

COUNTRY MARKET: Please remember the Country Market takes place each Tuesday from 10am to 11am in the village hall. They sell a wide variety of produce. In addition to handmade cards they now have Christmas cards. Orders can be taken now for your Christmas requirements and hampers can be made up for any amount that you specify. These can be tailor-made according to the needs of the recipient if you give us a brief description.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday November 19, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Barrie Smith and Alan Grindley; 2, Valerie and Peter King; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

THE STOOLBALL CLUB are holding their Christmas Whist Drive on Monday at the football club starting at 7.30pm. All welcome.

RINGMER EVENING WI: The AGM in November provided time to look back over the year and see what has been achieved and to elect a new committee for 2015. The officers remain the same as last year: Norma Phillips president, Jay Kendall secretary and Sylvia Burton treasurer. In response to the appeal from the Village Hall Extension committee the WI held a coffee morning and in spite of the very wet weather members came and enjoyed coffee and cake and supported a jam jar tombola. £70 raised for the hall, every little helps. Also on a wet Monday morning in November a group of intrepid walkers joined Teresa Keen as Guide to follow the Millennium walk round Ringmer written by WI members in 1999. It was surprising to see how things had changed since the millennium. The December meeting is on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall with a Christmas theme when entertainer Peter Wilson (plus grand piano) will present the Great American Song Book. Visitors and new members welcome. For more details contact Jay Kendall (07845 143664) or Norma Phillips (813897).

FLOWER CLUB: Christmas is Coming is the title of the flower arranging demonstration by Julie Brownlie at 2pm on Wednesday in the village hall. Do come along to enjoy the demonstration, have a cup of tea and mince pie and perhaps win a prize in the special Christmas raffle or one of the arrangements. Entrance £4 for visitors. There will not be a club meeting in January, but members will instead be enjoying a New Year lunch at the Green Man on January 21.

BOWLS CLUB: Our Christmas Coffee Morning will be held on Saturday December 6 from 10am to 11.30am in the club house on the village green. Entry 50p includes coffee and a mince pie.

ST PETER & JAMES HOSPICE: The annual Lights of Love service will take place on Sunday December 7 at St Mary’s Church. If you wish to sponsor a light, please contact Thelma Saunders, 2 Shepherds Way, before December 1.

Rodmell & Southease

ADVENT SERVICE: The lovely Advent Service by candle light is on Sunday, 4pm in our church.

ORGANIST OR PIANO PLAYERS: Is there anyone out there, or do you know anyone, who might be willing to play for the occasional Sunday Service in one of our four churches. This is a plea form Geoffrey or phone 01273 473665.

THANKSGIVING: The Service of Thanksgiving for the life of John Robert Webb, a much loved and respected Rodmellian, took place at St Peter’s Church, Rodmell on Wednesday November 19. John would have had a laugh, because at the time of the service and also the time when mums were arriving to pick their children up from the school, there was a fire alarm at the school so a fire engine was right across the entrance and havoc reigned in the village as it became chocked with cars with people attending the service. Strangely enough John died on November 5, Bonfire Night. Was he determined to go out in a blaze? It was a lovely service and the church was packed. John will be missed by his many friends and family and remembered as a kind and gentle man, who despite his fight against pain for many years, was always smiling and cheerful and I had many a happy wave from him which is how I will remember him.

THE WI TALK by Vivienne Macey on Glyndebourne – The Gardening Year on Tuesday, November 18, was interesting and entertaining. Our WI has a series of interesting talks over the year and is always welcoming to new members.

MARLEY: I would like to know who owns Marley, the most beautiful and gentle but rather noisy seal-point Siamese cat, who comes in almost every day to see us and demands a cat snack. He always disappears of an evening but is sitting on the door mat regularly next morning waiting to come in for a snack and cuddle. I wonder how many more people he visits. Not a bad life is it?