Parish pump Lewes - November 29, 2013


BARCOMBE SINGS Christmas, 7.30pm, Friday December 13 in the village hall. An evening of your favourite Christmas carols and songs accompanied by local musicians. Come along with all your family and friends, join in, or just relax and enjoy the ambience of Christmas sounds. This event now includes items by the young people of Universal Dance and the close harmonies of The Singing Salon. Free admission, mulled wine, Christmas snacks, raffle. All donations to St Peter and St James Hospice. Further details from David Lloyd 01273 400520.

THE WALKING GROUP’S December walk is on Sunday. Meet at 2pm at Eastcroft, Spithurst Road, for a short local walk, followed by mulled wine and mince pies to start the Christmas celebrations. Leader Claire Skinner.


YOUTH GROUP meet at the village hall this evening (Friday) from 7.30pm to 9pm for a Cookery Workshop. There will also be a range of other activities available throughout the evening such as table tennis, pool, air hockey, football table, tuck shop and plenty more. All young people aged 10 to 16 years who live in or around the Chailey area are always welcome.

SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and a Family Service at 10am. This service will be followed by Pete’s Pantry. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are with Jane Grist at 10.30am and a Christingle Service at 4pm followed by a buffet tea.

PARISH COUNCIL: Planning and Environs Committee of the parish council meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations.

THE WI meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm in the village hall. The speaker will be Rupert Matthews on the subject Sussex Ghosts. Rupert has worked in publishing for over 20 years and history and the paranormal are his specialties. Rupert has visited paranormal sites in the course of his research and interviewed witnesses; so his talk promises to be an interesting one. Guests and prospective members, for whom there is a nominal charge of £2, will be most welcome. For more details call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

TODDLERS: Grandparents Toddler Group meets fortnightly, on a Wednesday, between 9.30am and 11.30am at the Chailey Children’s Centre which is in the grounds of Chailey School. The group has the use of a wonderfully equipped room and when weather allows a safe outside area full of things to do and explore. It is also a great chance to chat to other grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren. The next meetings are December 4 and 18. For more information call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

VISITORS to Chailey Common. Police have been made aware of reports from local residents that a bridle gate on Chailey Common has been found wedged open. This has allowed stock to escape onto roads and into properties outside the grazing area. As a result residents have had the difficult job of returning the animals. Leaving such gates open is not only irresponsible but clearly a breach of the Countryside Code which people enjoying the common are strongly urged to follow. Potentially this is very dangerous for both the animals themselves and motorists. Police patrols are being carried out in the area to maintain public safety, but please be vigilant and close gates found open and report incidents to the local ranger on 01273 482736.

DOUBLE YOUR DONATION: St Peter and St James Hospice aim is to raise £38,000 towards the cost of a Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) for a year. CNS (often known as Community Nurses) play a pivotal role in the patient care provided by the hospice. They give both patients and their loved ones support, specialist advice and practical help. So how can you help the hospice? Donate online at from 10am on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, December 5, 6 and 7 and your donation will be matched by The Big Give. To find out more call the Hospice on 01444 471598.

NOTICE BOARDS: A new notice board has been secured to the wall of the Village Stores to replace the board damaged some time ago. There is also a community noticeboard at The Horns Lodge and a parish council notice board opposite the Kings Head. Council meeting agendas and minutes are displayed on parish council notice boards together with other useful information. The council is also happy to display notices of local community events or information about local groups/societies (space permitting). If you wish to display any information please contact the parish clerk, Vera Grainger, on 01825 740409.

HEARING: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre’s mobile unit will be visiting Chailey on Thursday, December 16 in The Five Bells Car Park, Chailey Green from 10.30am – 12.30pm. For details call 01323 722505 (

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

POPPY COLLECTION: The total collection for the parish amounted to £580 and all those who did the door-to-door collections and those who kindly had a box deserve a mention. Sally Ann Smithson collected £110.17 in Cooksbridge, Caroline Featherstone £239.56 in St John Without, Allington Land and Beechwood Lane, Mr and Mrs John Whitely £68 in Hamsey, Hamsey School £27.47, The Rainbow Inn £56.69, Offham Garage £17.27, Blacksmiths Arms £34.66 and Chalk Pit Inn £25.47.

WEDDINGS: The Revd Derek Bastide writes: One of the great joys of being a Rector is the privilege of officiating at weddings, such a pivotal moment in people’s lives. This year we had 10 weddings and two services of the renewing of wedding vows. I’ve been a bit concerned recently to hear several couples say that they would love to have a church wedding but are put off by the cost. Be reassured you get a beautiful and historic church, church flowers, the wedding service, bells and still have change out of £400.

JUBILEE WINDOW APPEAL: The beautiful window in St Peter’s Church has now been repaired and the rector says since the glass has also been cleaned in the course of restoration, it is even easier to see the picture of the Three Kings. Some fundraising is still needed. The last event was David Lang’s slide show of his trip to Antarctica which raised £450. We shall again be selling our own church diaries this year with a photograph of the Jubilee window on the cover. A handy pocket size, they contain all the telephone numbers you might like and lots of useful information. Available from the Rectory at £2.50 or ring 01273 474356.

DRESS AS AN ELF in red and green on December 12 to help make this festive season special for the children of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital. As well as providing gifts for the inpatients at the Alex, this year Rockinghorse want to provide a very special portable sensory tower, for children who are too poorly to visit the sensory room in the play centre on level 10. To find our more or request a fundraising pack call Charlotte on 01273 330044.

PARISH PLAN: Ninety-four parish residents attended the open day in the village hall last month to learn more about the plan. Questionnaires were completed and the chairman of the steering group, Mike Dodd, has reported the next step will be for the group to pull all of the findings together and work with Action in Rural Sussex to produce a detailed questionnaire, which should have been with residents some time during November. It will be partly through the feedback from this that the plan will be produced. Residents will be kept informed about the progress and should email the clerk at Hamsey Parish Council with questions or input. Details on their website

BUS SERVICES: Two new services were added through the parish in July: 121 from Monday to Friday a new 5.47pm service from Newick to Lewes calls at Cooksbridge at 6.02pm and Offham at 6.07pm. On Saturdays the services leaves Newick at 6.10pm calling at Cooksbridge at 6.23pm and Offham at 6.27pm, 166 on Saturdays (only) a new 2.48pm service from Haywards Heath to Lewes calls at Offham at 3.23pm.

STATION PARTNERSHIP: Hamsey Parish Council agreed a grant of £200 to the partnership to support the campaign for an enhanced train service for Cooksbridge. They also agreed to a grant of £100 to support local theatre group The Company towards the cost of a community play to celebrate 750 years since the Battle of Lewes in 1264.

PARISH COUNCIL: Cooksbridge resident Claire Drury, was co-opted in July to fill a vacancy on Hamsey Parish Council. Cllr Rose Armstrong then resigned, creating another vacancy. Claire has now joined the planning committee alongside Ian Ginn and Justin Harmer, reviewing and commenting upon planning applications on behalf of the parish community.

ADVANCE NOTICES: Monday Afternoon Club meet on December 9 in the church hall for their Christmas Lunch at the earlier time of 12.30pm. Thursday December 12, Hamsey school children will be at the Big Christmas Sing at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, at 5.30pm. On Friday December 13, Hamsey School hold their Christmas Fair in the village hall from 3.15pm to 6pm.


CHRISTMAS: So it is the start of Advent this weekend. Children will be opening the little windows on Advent calendars and snaffling the chocolate inside. In my day there used to be a picture to look forward to with some glitter and nice colours and I’m sure it was just as exciting. We have our Advent service on Sunday at 10am and will no doubt be singing some of the advent carols that mark the build up to Chrstmas; a build-up that started weeks ago in the shops. We will be using a new liturgy devised by Colin who unfortunately has to be away that day. The service will be taken by Dr John Caperon.

CHRISTMAS FOOD: I am starting my Christmas preparations in earnest this week. I have already made my pudding and my cake and will be ordering an excellent turkey and delicious chipolatas from Falmer’s Farm Shop. It makes life nice and easy being able to go and get everything (including the tree) without struggling through the crowds in the supermarket.

MARKET: Tomorrow (Saturday) we have our Christmas Market, 15 artists and makers will be taking part and will be selling glassware, ceramics, jewellery, prints, hand printed cushions and other textiles as well as paintings, cards, decorations, basketware (Saturday only) and bird boxes (Sunday only). There will also be home-made goodies and festive decorations for sale in the kitchen. We even have live music from flautist Karen Rash who will be playing carols and seasonal music in the mornings on both days. The market is at the village hall and is open from 11am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Don’t forget to bring your cash and cheque book as we don’t have card facilities. There is a convenient cashpoint nearby, however.

BIRDS: I have seen a number of birds of prey lately, including kestrels which are sadly supposed to be in decline. The most exciting view was of buzzards. Reaching the top of Ridge Road, I could hear mewing and knew there was a buzzard about. When I looked up into the sky I could see nothing. The sound carried on as I walked down towards Mary Farm and then I saw two birds down in the valley of the field to the west of Ridge Road. They flew the length of the field and it was fascinating to be able to look down at them instead of up. The birds that tend to come to our feeders only in winter have started to arrive. I have already seen some yellowhammers and the beautiful nuthatch. These birds are here all year but only seem to forage further afield in winter. We have also had crowds of jays and jackdaws hanging off the feeders (which are clearly designed for much smaller birds).

Glynde & Beddingham

SHOP AND TEA ROOMS: If you missed Andrew Lusted’s launch of his fascinating book of historic postcards recently, you can still take a trip down memory lane with his lovely calendar available in the shop. Following the success of the knit and natter group on Wednesday mornings, this week sees the arrival of Brighton-based knitwear and craft designer Erika Knight’s new range of yarn. Erika’s beautiful yarn and pattern collections show her belief in the importance of treading lightly on the earth and celebrating and supporting traditional British skills.

THE TREVOR ARMS Christmas menu is now available throughout December. Please visit the website for details and to make your booking.

CHURCH DECORATING: Our beautiful village church is getting the festive treatment once again. The church will be being decorated for Christmas on December 21 from 10.30am onwards so if you are free, please do come along at any time during the day with your decorating ideas. Children are more than welcome.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will be meeting at 7pm on Wednesday in The Reading Room. If you would like to come to the meetings, either as an observer or to raise any matters of concern or innovative ideas, you are very welcome. There will be a vacancy for a parish councillor following the next meeting, so if you are interested in joining the team, please either come along or contact Barbara Knight, the parish clerk. Please keep an eye on the parish noticeboard situated by the car park next to the bridge for details as well as minutes of the last meeting.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Matins will be held at 10.15 in Glynde and Evening Prayer will be at 4pm in Firle.


CHRISTMAS FAIR 10am to 4pm Sunday December 8 at Crockstead Farm Hotel, Halland. Festive food and drinks, stocking fillers, arts, crafts and Christmas decorations. Entrance costs £1 adults, children fee.


CHRISTMAS FAIR tomorrow, Saturday, 9.30am to 12.30pm in Cliffe Hall (behind the church). Cakes, tombola, gifts, bonfire night photographs and more. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Even a dull, cloudy and cold day, cannot take away the exhilaration of walking along the Seven Sisters coastline. On our last Sunday walk we started from the Crowlink NY car park and headed down a beautiful valley towards the coastal path. Here, we headed for Birling Gap, climbing three of the Sisters on the way. Just before Birling Gap we left the coastal path and made our way inland to East Dean, a beautiful old flint Sussex village. We took an uphill path from behind the village and were soon crossing the fields towards Crowlink again. The next walk is on Sunday, Rodmell-Iford and the South Downs Way. Meet at top North Street car park for a prompt 9.30am start.

VOLUNTEERS are urgently needed for Furniture Now! in Lewes. Come and join our amazing team, good fun guaranteed. All out of pocket expenses paid. We need drivers’ mates/warehouse volunteers and office/retail assistance urgently needed on Fridays. For more information, call Martyn on 01273 487007 or Sue 01273 479528.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: The Friends’ Christmas Fair is today, Friday, at 3.15pm. The school looks forward to welcoming family and friends to their traditional Fair with Father Christmas, mince pies, a large range of stalls and their very own choir, singing carols to add to the festive cheer. Today, Friday, is also the deadline for parents who might be interested in the vacant post of Parent Governor, to tell the school they would like to stand for election. The post was announced in the newsletter at the beginning of the term and you will have seen this notice in last week’s letter from school. Anyone interested should leave their details at the school office by the end of the school day and the chair of governors will get in touch for an informal discussion about the role. Information about the South Malling Governing Body and what Governors do is also available on the school website. Parents of Reception children are invited to workshops on how to support their child with phonics and reading. These will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday at 2.30pm. Thursday is their much enjoyed Decoration Day. Any parents and carers who would like to come and help the children make Christmas decorations are very welcome to join in. Reminder: Friday December 6 is an In-Service Training Day (INSET) and children will not be at school.

POPPIES AGAIN. Many apologies to Eve Empringham and all those who knitted wonderful woollen poppies for the Poppy Appeal. They actually amassed £534 from their sale (not £53 as published last week, I did know that, but inexplicably lost the final digit in typing it out). Well done to all involved and there is still time to order more.

THE TENANTS and Residents meeting will be at 7pm in Reid Court on Monday. Please give the meeting your support.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: There will be a churchyard working party tomorrow, Saturday, between 9am and 12.30pm. Anyone who would like to help out is very welcome to join in. You can come for as long or as short a time as you like, bring your own tools of choice or there are tools available. It is a wonderful and healthy way to spend a bracing morning. Refreshments will be provided. On Sunday at 9.30am the church will be celebrating the beginning of Advent with some of the great Advent carols and the lighting of the first candle in the Advent Wreath. Everyone is welcome. This is the official whistle to the beginning of preparations for Christmas. Don’t forget this is your parish church, no better place in which to begin the festive season.

FATHER CHRISTMAS will be coming to Old Malling on Friday December 6 between 6pm and 9pm. Watch out for him and please help the Rotary Club with a generous donation to their Christmas Tree of Goodwill Collection. (Depending on the weather conditions, the times may vary).

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.


EVENTS OF THE PAST: I’m putting some Nevill history together on my computer, some of it is written by the Sussex Express from the 50s and 60s. I came across some reports about St Mary’s Social Centre when it used to be the church hall in Highdown Road. The vicar of that time wanted the words social centre removed from their title, as it was not compatible with the church and its religious use of the hall as a place of worship. There were 800 signatures in support of St Mary’s Social Centre title remaining as it was. They then moved from the church hall three years later to the site they are in now, which was then the Isolation Hospital. All the work was done by volunteers at no cost to the council. As we know, in early 2013 the council tell St Mary’s they are thinking of selling the land to build houses and a petition of 4,000 signed and hopefully it will remain as a strong support for a much loved organisation.

WI: This month we had an interesting talk by Mr Alban on Greenland. We will next meet at 7.30pm on December 11 at St Mary’s Church Hall. The evening will have a Christmas theme with refreshments but members are reminded to bring drinks and crockery.

CHRIST CHURCH: Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent and worship will be led by David Coleman at 10.30am and Rev Roger Leslie at 6.30pm. During part of the morning service the children’s Sunday Club will be meeting. On November 15 our Tots Group held a bring and buy cake sale for Children in Need. We are pleased to report that we raised £218.73 selling the cakes on the Friday morning and on Sunday after worship. This has now been sent to Children in Need. Looking further ahead, you are invited to join us on Nevill Green from 3pm on Sunday December 8 for the annual Carols on the Green. We will be accompanied by the LGB Brass Band and mince pies and warm fruit juice will be served during the afternoon.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Universal Dance, who run our very popular street dance classes, run classes for all ages and abilities in Lewes and Uckfield areas; you can book a free taster online at Mrs Taylor took more than 20 keen Yr 5/6 children to swimming trials on Monday morning to decide who would make the swimming team for a gala being held in January. It was good for the children to experience the fairness of a timed trial. So many swam well and the children have been narrowed down and there will be further trials later in the year. The annual girls’ football festival was held at Wallands this week. Our team consisted of Yr 4, 5 and 6 girls who regularly attend their club for practice. Six teams were entered, and the girls, with their coach Ben Burgess’ support, played very well and came together as a team. They displayed excellent sportsmanship and finished joint second after losing one, drawing two and winning two of their matches; well done girls.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am to 11am in the village hall. There is a good selection of vegetables, flowers and plants, plus cakes, preserves and savoury items. Orders can now be taken for Christmas, to be collected on Friday December 20. Why not go along and see what goodies are available, and enjoy a cup of coffee.

SERVICES THIS WEEKEND at St Mary’s Church, the 1st Sunday of Advent, are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family Service at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please book in advance by telephoning 722582. Advance notice that the Carol Service will take place on Sunday December 15 at 5.30pm.

WINTER SHOW: Newick Amateur Dramatic Society presents their winter show with a great comedy by Ray Cooney called Out of Order in the village hall from December 4 to 7, doors open 7.15pm curtain up at 8pm. Tickets £9 from the box office 01825 722359 or 722985 or you can email You can also purchase tickets from Newick Butchers. Why not start the festive season with a good laugh, mulled wine and a mince pie. Cushioned raked seating and a licensed bar, enjoy your evening .

BOYS AND GIRLS please make sure you will be around on Monday December 9, when Father Christmas will arrive at 6pm at Oldaker Road and finish at 7.45pm at Allington Crescent. He is looking forward to coming to Newick. He would also like you to talk with him, (weather permitting) so prepare a small list of the things you would like to receive this Christmas.

CHRISTMAS POST: 1st Newick Scout Group are once again offering a Christmas card delivery service. They cannot deliver to Lower Station Road, Station Road, Jackies Lane, Cornwalls Bank and other outlying roads. Collection boxes will be in the Post Office, Newick News, and Village Store from Monday, last collection date will be Thursday December 12 at 4pm. This is a great service the Scouts provide, so please include a sealed envelope with your donation.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Newick Afternoon Club will be at the Lamb, Piltdown, for their Christmas Lunch on Thursday December 12. Tickets £24 per person. Before the meal you will be able to enjoy some light entertainment. For details telephone 01825 722650 or 722154. Reservations and payment required by December 5.

NEWICK GREEN WI will be holding their last meeting for 2013 on December 12 when the speaker is Sandy Lewsey with her talk about Chocolate - its origins plus chocolate making, in the Community Centre at 7.45pm. Visitors are welcome.


SCHOOL NEWS: Last week children at Pells School had the opportunity to achieve their Level One (two hours of cycle training) and Level Two (ten hours of cycle training) Bikeability awards. At the end of the week everyone who took part received a badge and certificate and will go on to develop their cycling skills with much more awareness of road safety. Children in years 3 and 4 went for a very muddy walk to the local woods as part of this term’s learning journey. The stories they have been reading and writing came to life as they used all their senses to explore. The whole school shared their learning about the Battle of Lewes with the WI and members of the Priory Trust. Kingfisher’s class retold the story of the Battle of Lewes using figures knitted by members of the WI and a certificate was given stating that Pells School is now a partner with the Lewes Priory Trust.


ART 4 AID AUCTION: Short notice but this evening (Friday) there will be an auction of art to raise funds for the victims of the Philippines disaster. It will take place in the village hall between 6pm and 10pm. More information If you cannot be there apparently you can place bids via the website. It seems to have been arranged rather hurriedly with no other information available unless you are on Facebook, which is a pity as many of us cannot and will not become part of it.

REAL FESTIVE EVENT: Be sure to go along to the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) for the Plumpton Festive Fair. This has become a highly successful annual event that offers masses of festive fare, most of which comes from local producers and sources and includes food, drink plus gifts, cards, decorations and a whole lot more on some 30 stalls. Shop in comfort and in a very sociable atmosphere. It will be a real family occasion and will feature games for children all afternoon, so parents can shop and socialise in comfort and the youngsters can have a good time too. From 2.15pm the school choir and friends will sing carols and it is rumoured that Santa will put in an appearance. There will be a raffle, tombola and the stoolball club will provide refreshments with sarnies, great cakes etc, to raise funds for the new Play Park. This is a village event not to be missed and will be operating between noon and 4pm. So why not get in the Christmas mood early? Our friendly local population will also welcome those who have the misfortune to live outside our warm and friendly community. This event is one of the successes of the Village Action Plan.

LOCAL WALK: If the fancy takes you, why not join the Footpath Society for a circular walk around Plumpton on Wednesday? Meet at the village hall for a 10.15am start to enjoy our local habitat and enjoy a pub lunch into the bargain. If you need to know more ring 01273 890450. Non members are always welcome to join in.

SCHOOL FAIR: Plumpton Primary School will stage its Christmas Fair next Friday (December 6) between 5pm and 7pm in the school hall. There are always plenty of stalls and attractions.

CHRISTMAS TEA PARTY: Senior citizens please note that the annual Christmas party hosted by the local Scout group will take place next Saturday (December 7) in the village hall starting at 2.15pm. All residents aged 60 years and over from Plumpton and East Chiltington are invited. There is no charge, but a great tea with entertainment will be provided and there will be plenty of opportunity to socialise amongst friends old and new. If you need a lift to get there simply ring 01273 890410 and a carriage will collect and return you at no charge. A great time will be had by all.

LOCAL GRANTS: Remember that the parish council still has funds available to provide limited grants for causes that serve our local community. Contact the parish clerk, Jean Stewart, on 01273 891416 or by email or visit

STALEMATE AT HOVE: Plumpton RFC travelled to Hove at the weekend and, despite playing the better rugby, came away with only a draw with the final score 7-7. The local team fielded a bare opening squad, but the starting 15 still looked a match for Hove who started the brighter and camped on Plumpton’s line for 10 minutes. However Plumpton then found their stride and within 15 minutes scored a well worked try after bashing big holes in the frail Hove forwards’ defence. Charlie Lewis picked up from 15 yards out and took three players with him in scoring the try, converted by Rob Blake. Hove however were resilient and ten minutes later it was 7-7 as Hove took advantage of Plumpton’s slow cover defence to score out wide. The second half was stalemate, both sides having chances, but it was Plumpton who will look back most at the game as a missed opportunity. Man of the Match Grant Restieaux. This weekend Plumpton host near neighbours Ditchling with ko at 2.30pm.


HISTORY STUDY GROUP: At its meeting this evening, Friday, in the village hall at 7.45pm the speaker will be Joanna Wilkins whose talk is entitled Making Medieval Meals. Joanna is a Sussex Archaeological Society education officer based at Anne of Cleves House where she regularly gives visitors advice on how to be a successful Tudor housewife.

CRAFT FAIR: Christmas Craft Fair and Table Top Sale at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. Father Christmas, raffle, mince pies and coffee.

COFFEE MORNING at 1 Elm Close, Lewes Road by kind invitation of Angela Howard tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. There will be a bring and buy stall and a raffle. All proceeds will go to the Philippines Hurricane Disaster via Cafod Disaster Appeal so it is hoped for a good attendance. Entry £1.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society are holding this event in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. If you have any jumble you wish to donate please get it to the hall as near to noon as possible.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services at St Mary’s on Sunday, are as follows: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am the annual Family Christingle Service at which oranges will be distributed, candles will be lit and the collection taken will go to the Children’s Society. The travelling cribs will also be blessed and sent on their journeys at this service. The 6.30pm service will be a Sung Eucharist.

CAROL SERVICE: At 2.30pm on Sunday St John Ambulance will be holding their County Carol Service at 2.30pm in St Mary’s.

FLOWER CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday at 2pm in the village hall there will be a demonstration by Lucinda Knapman entitled Joy of Christmas. Visitors will be very welcome: £4 to include refreshments.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday, November 20, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 3, Roy Skan and David Warner. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

COFFEE MORNING: A Christmas Coffee Morning is being organised by the bowls club and will be held in their clubhouse on Saturday, December 7 from 10am to 11.30am. Entry 50p includes coffee and a mince pie.

LIGHTS OF LOVE SERVICE at St Mary’s on Saturday, December 7, at 4pm. Prior to this service the Christmas Tree in the churchyard will be illuminated at a short service of dedication. The names of the loved ones being remembered will be read out during the service which follows in the church.

FESTIVE FEASTS: The Ringmer famous Festive Feasts booklet. This is an interesting and amusing booklet which contains articles from many Ringmer people who have recently cooked up their contributions. Costing only £2.50 it contains recipes, jokes, quotes, poems and cartoons and is now on sale. It can be purchased by contacting Jayne on - All proceeds will go to St Peter and St James Hospice.

THANKS: Barbara Longhurst would like to thank all who attended or helped her at the recent coffee morning held at her home. A total of £307.80 was raised for SASBAH which is a very good result.

NEW CORRESPONDENT: Please note this is my last entry in the Ringmer Parish Pump and as from next week your correspondent will be Anna-May Bridger, 19 Shepherds Way, Ringmer, BN8 5LT who would like entries for the Pump to preferably be sent to her by e-mail or you can phone her on 01273 813821 or pop your contribution through her letter box. Can I just thank all those who over the years sent me their contributions for the Ringmer Pump. I tried to make it an information service for the village and I am sure Anna-May will continue to do so.

Rodmell & Southease

APOLOGY: I feel I must start my Parish Pump with an apology to the kind man who left a note with the Sussex Express for me about the war grave in Southease Churchyard. He asked if they had checked with all the relevant military authorities, and the answer is yes, but the people of Southease have not given up on the quest. I did try to phone this kind man, but had no luck and then lost the piece of paper with his name and number on it, hence he has not heard from me.

BOOK: Last weekend Graham Mayhew turned up at my door looking for a property in the area he was delivering his latest book to. Graham’s book is about Lewes Priory which was one of the greatest monasteries in medieval England. By the early 12th century it had grown rapidly to be the wealthiest of any English monastery founded after the Norman Conquest. The monks of St Pancras is the first ever study undertaken of an English Cluniac monastery and local historian Graham outlines its history form its foundation to its destruction. Signed copies will be available from the Town Hall foyer from 10am to 4pm from Monday December 2 to Friday December 6 and during Lewes late night shopping evening on Thursday.

WI: Rodmell and Southease WI had an entertaining evening on November 19 with a practical craft session, with a Christmas theme given by Lindy Smart, that amazing lady who seems to be able to turn her hand to just about anything. It was a bit taxing for some of us to make a star using the origami technique of folding coloured papers. Guess who was one of the slow ones.

CHRISTMAS: At the moment I’m trying to get my head around doing things for Christmas, starting with filling a shoebox for the Family Shoebox Appeal to do with Link to Hope, then it’s doing up gifts for the Bran Tub for Rodmell School’s Christmas Fair on December 7. I must also get on with writing Christmas cards, but seeing all the crossed out names in the address book where people have died, makes me realise just how many friends I have lost. Something to do with old age I suppose.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday is the lovely Advent Service of Light by candlelight at 4pm.

ON SATURDAY December 7 we have the Great Rodmell Derby – Horse Racing in Rodmell. There will be six races. This will be a fun pre-Christmas event in the charge of Spencer Prosser with a 7pm for 7.30pm start. Come in plenty of time, wear a hat, buy a horse and become an owner. Tickets £5, children welcome and free. Only 50p to put money on a horse. Bar and refreshments. Tickets from Christine Isitt, Spencer Prosser, Mike Twohig, Carol Putnam and Sam Barlow. In aid of village hall funds.

SIGNS: Vehicle activated signs will soon be up in the hope of slowing down traffic. When you think of the money spent on trying to slow traffic down, and help to save lives, it’s mind bending. A little thought for others could save thousands.