Parish Pump Lewes - November 30, 2012

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CHRISTMAS FAIR: Parish Christmas Fair, tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall, 9.30am to noon. There will be a gift stall, raffle and tombola plus the WI will run a cake and jam stall. All proceeds will go towards the upkeep of St Mary’s and St Francis and pay for grass cutting at St Barz. This is our one and only church fabric fundraising event in the church calender.

BONFIRE SOCEITY: A big thank you to the committee, supporters, advertisers, members, Barcombe Scout Band and our friends from many other societies for helping us to put on a great night. (Thank you Southover, Cliffe, Neville and Burgess Hill for the torches). Thanks also to Colin Packham and the St John team, David Pye and Sussex Police for keeping us safe. The Tub Thumpers and Pentacle Drummers put on a fantastic display of drumming in the High Street and there was a great sing along in the Royal Oak. John and Doug for the PA. Thanks also to all the visiting societies who attended. Roy Cleaver, Dickie Osmond, Ian Allsobrook and help from Waterloo for a fantastic firework display. The marshalls and clean up team did a great job. We will hold an AGM in the new year and we are looking for new committee members, contact Anthony on 07764 237228 if you are interested. Hope to see you all next year.

BARCOMBE SCHOOL Christmas Fair is to be on Saturday, December 8, 11am to 2pm in the sports hall of the school. Hot food, father Christmas, decorations, books, gifts, pottery, jewellery and much more. To book a stall please contact Caroline Fleming on 400474 or 07760 664473.

FOOTBALL: Just the one game this week, first team away: Village of Ditchling 3 Barcombe 1 (B Gardner).


POPPY APPEAL by the Royal British Legion Chailey Branch for 2012 is approaching £3,500 and still counting. Despite Debby Freeland’s magnificent contribution of £753 from her rainy sponsored walk, the kind efforts of individual collectors and static collecting points around the village they are unlikely to reach the record 2011 sum of £4,886. More volunteer door to door collectors, who are the most effective in raising money, would be welcomed in 2013 especially in South Chailey. If you are able to assist, even if only for a few houses, call James Radcliffe 01825723215.

CHRISTMAS FAIR, organised by the Friends (PTA), is tomorrow, Saturday, at St Peters Primary School from 11am to 2pm. There will be circus theme with market stalls, tombola, children’s games and the chance to visit Santa.

CAROL SERVICE is at Horsted Keynes Station tomorrow, Saturday. All are welcome to join in with the Bluebell Railway Band and the Rector of Horsted Keynes from 7.30pm.

WHIST DRIVE organised by the Women’s Institute is tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm at the village hall. Entrance is £2.50 and includes refreshments, prizes and raffle.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. There is a special Christmas Pete’s Pantry on Sunday December 9 after the 10am service and donations of anything saleable to do with Christmas will be appreciated. Free Church service on Sunday is a café church at the village hall, 4pm to 6.30pm. It is a family event with refreshments and activities. For information call 01444 471600.

THE WI meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm when they welcome back A Capella, a choir from Edenbridge, to entertain them. The choir was started some years ago to raise money for the local church and amongst its members are the daughter and grand-daughter of one of the members, Eileen Leeds. The choir sing unaccompanied and are a real delight to listen to and an invitation is extended to anyone who would care to join them for the evening. Prospective members and guests are, as always, welcome. For more information call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

WAKING NED is the Newick and Chailey Film Society showing on Wednesday at the Sports Pavilion, Newick. Doors open at 7.30pm when teas and coffees will be available, which will be followed by a brief introduction to the film (a 1998 comedy by English writer and director Kirk Jones) before the screening at 8pm. After the film, which is 90 minutes long, for those interested there will be a discussion. Annual membership of the society is £15 and the screening is free to members. For information contact Paul Sentance 01825 723717.

INFORMATION POINT: The Village Information Point session is on Friday December 7 when the parish clerk with be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church, South Chailey from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

BROADBAND speed isn’t good but East Sussex County Council has set out to install superfast broadband across the county. However to secure a supplier the council need homes and businesses to register their interest in having faster, more reliable broadband. Your registration at will provide clear evidence there is a high demand for faster, more reliable, broadband in this area making it a more attractive proposition for telecoms companies to install the infrastructure. Registering your support does not mean you will have to subscribe to the service when it’s launched, but saying Yes to superfast broadband will directly help everyone.

PONIES: Ten Exmoor ponies will be on Red House Common and are expected to remain there until the end of March. In case of any problems the contact number for the grazing Coordinator, Monty Larkin from the Sussex Pony Grazing and Conservation Trust, is 07917 420296.

cooksbridge, offham & hamsey

POPPY APPEAL: The door to door collectors, the three pubs, Offham Filling Station and Hamsey CP School between them raised a total of £787.36 which is £107 up on last year. Well done everyone.

ADVANCE NOTICE: This is the time of year when I get calls to ask when the Hamsey Carol Service is, especially from those who have moved away but love coming back to this much loved church and the special service, which many feel is the start of Christmas. The date is Sunday December 16 at 3pm. As the church has no heating or lighting it is lit by candles which is magical for the children.

CHRISTMAS SHOWS: On Tuesday, December 18, Hamsey CP School will be at the village hall, Beechwood Lane performing their Christmas shows at 2pm and 6pm.

NOISY RAVE MUSIC: I have had a few calls over the weekend asking me if I was having a party here. I can assure you that having succumbed to the heavy cold doing the rounds, I would not have been in any fit state to put on my dancing shoes or Wellington boots to rock the night away until 3am. May I suggest those who were kept awake until that hour contact the noise pollution line at LDC on 01273 484359. I believe there was a concert very near to Courthouse Farm on Friday evening but I am told that it finished at 11pm and was only guitar music?

FLOWER ARRANGING: A message from Caroline Featherstone: If you have visited either Offham or Hamsey churches during the past year, maybe for a service or just to have a look, you may have noticed the flowers. Flowers bring life and colour to a church and are an important part of both festivals and everyday services. We are always looking for new recruits for our flower rota. This is not an onerous task; indeed it can be very therapeutic and enjoyable. It just involves doing two flower arrangements for a two week period any time during the year. You do not have to be a regular church goer or a Constance Spry prodigy but if you are interested in helping out, contact me on 01273 477151 or Many thanks.

FARMERS TO FEED BIRDS: DEFRA has stepped in to try to avert the looming food shortage that could await the fieldfare, redwing, song thrush, brambling and other birds making their way here from Europe in the mistaken belief that Britain has richer pickings than their summer homes. GWTC research showing species such as yellow-hammer can double in numbers when additional grain seeds are provided in feed hoppers has prompted DEFRA to add over-winter feeding as an option for farmers participating in stewardship schemes. Farmers already agree to leave over-winter stubbles or wild-bird seed mixture, and from January 2013, they can change their agreement to include supplementary feeding.

ASH DIEBACK threatens farmland trees. Any suspected cases should be reported to FERA or the Forestry Commission At the time of going to press, the disease that kills ash trees has been confirmed in 15 UK nurseries, 39 planting sites and 61 locations in forests and woodlands. Once infected, trees can’t be cured. Not all trees die of the infection, and some are likely to have genetic resistance. The disease will attack any species of ash. The disease becomes obvious in trees within months. The Forestry Commission has produced a pictorial guide to help identify the symptoms of C Fraxinea and the NFU is encouraging all its members to check the ash trees on their land and report any symptoms to the authorities as a matter of priority.

MUD ON THE ROAD: Following the very wet conditions we have had this year, the autumn soaking made the risk of mud getting on the roads high and in many places mud has presented a hazard especially with the impending root crop harvest. Excessive mud on the road has led to some serious accidents and for some may lead to a prosecution.

AVOCADO TREE: A few years ago I wrote a piece about some avocado stones I had planted which all grew successfully and I gave six well grown plants to friends. It seems that I may be the only one that has one still growing. Recently a visitor was amazed when they saw this huge plant which is now over 6ft tall and were more amazed when I told them it all started from an avocado stone I had put into some compost in a pot and left it to see what would happen. I do have to keep pruning it as it is indoors.


THE UNIVERSITY of Sussex has been chosen by the Woodland Trust as one of the sites where trees will be planted as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. New woodland containing 1,500 trees will be created on campus next month. Species native to the UK will be used on the site on the north western edge of campus, including beech, dog wood, elder, field maple, hawthorn, oak, spindle, and wild cherry. They are welcome to come and dig up some of my elder saplings if they like.

CONCERT: Real music lovers are not put off by torrential rain and heavy traffic. As we gathered for last Saturday’s concert we wondered how many people would actually manage to come given the weather was absolutely foul and there was a football match that day, but arrive they did and we ended up with a large audience to enjoy a wonderful concert, given by Packpins. The vocal group was joined by baroque instrumentalists David Beaney on Flute and Nancy Howard on oboe. The beautiful madrigals from the 16th and early 17th century were perfectly complemented by the instrumental pieces by Johan Joachim Quantz and Georg Philipp Telemann from the 17th and 18th century. Really beautiful music sung and performed with great joy, enthusiasm and skill.

ADVENT CAROL SERVICE: On Sunday at 6pm there will be an Advent Carol service at St Laurence Church. There will be both traditional and more modern readings and carols and I for one, am looking forward to it immensely. It will be a lovely way to start the Advent season and to get away from the overpowering commercialism that has taken over Christmas in recent years.

OTHER SERVICES: Monday at 3pm Christingle Service, this is mainly for children but everyone is very welcome. Monday December 24 at 11.30pm Midnight Mass, Tuesday December 25 at 10am Christmas Eucharist, Sunday December 30 at 10am The Feast of the Holy Family, and Sunday January 6 The Epiphany of the Lord.

MARKET: Talking of Christmas I hope you will all come along to the Art and Craft Market at the village hall on December 8 and 9. There will be all kinds of art and craft from professional makers, including some members of the Sussex Guild. All the work will be for sale at affordable prices; jewellery, woodturning, textiles, prints, glassware and much more. We will also be selling Christmas goodies such as fruit cakes and hand-made decorations in aid of the church. The market will be open from 11am to 5pm.


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday November 6, Ladder: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Pauline Brown and Pat Elliott; 3, Peter Cattermole, Jennifer Wilson, Meic Goodyear and Roy Skan. November 13, Teams: 1, Peter and Irene Gannon, Paul Allen and Roy Skan+. Thursday November 8, Handicap Pairs: 1, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole; 2, Margaret Parris and Marie Young; 3, Alan Disney and Rita Hartnell. November 15: 1, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 2, Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell; 3, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evening and Thursday afternoon. Contact number 01273 473026.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: St Thomas Church (Cliffe) Christmas Fair tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to 12.30pm in the church hall (next to church). Cakes, preserves, tombola, raffle, teas, coffees, gifts, craft, soft toys and more. Proceeds to St Thomas Church.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our Sunday walk on November 18 was blessed with wonderful still, sunny weather and attracted a good turnout of 24 members. We parked at Ditchling village hall then set off across several rather muddy fields, before following a broad path running up through woodland. A steep slippery climb took us up to Ditchling Beacon, with its stunning views on all sides, where we stopped to get our breath and have our coffee. We continued along the South Downs Way where plenty of walkers, cyclists, families and dogs were taking advantage of the sunshine. After about half a mile we tackled the steep descent in the direction of Keymer. The leader and back marker donned their high visibility jackets to take us along the narrow Underhill Lane and then we turned left over a stile into a field of horses, who ignored us completely. We were soon back in the centre of Ditchling feeling very fortunate to have enjoyed such a brilliant day in the middle of November. The next walk is on Sunday at Laughton. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

WALLANDS Community Primary School is holding its Christmas Fair tomorrow, Saturday, in the school from 3pm to 5.30pm. Christmas crafts, Father Christmas, raffle, tombola, festive refreshments and much more.

CONCERT: East Sussex Community Choir and Mid Sussex Sinfonia will perform A Christmas Cracker on Saturday December 15 at 7.30pm at Lewes Town Hall. The seasonal programme will include: Handel, Messiah Part 1, soloists from East Sussex Academy of Music; Mozart, The Magic Flute Overture; Leroy Anderson, Sleigh Ride; Christmas favourites and audience Carols. Mince Pies. Tickets £10, U16s Free; £12 on the door (subject to availability) from Lewes Tourist Information or East Sussex Music Service 01273 336770.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL was delighted to welcome so many prospective parents this week, looking for a place for their child in September 2013. In two separate meetings, they heard a presentation by the head and the reception teacher (Mrs Smale) and were shown around the school by Year 6 children ambassadors so they could see the school in action and enjoy the children’s work and displays. Parents will need to make their school choices by January 14 so there will be a final open day on January 9 at 10am. In national Anti-Bullying Week, children enjoyed a theatre production, Crystal Vardo, from a Brighton based company and have been taught the importance of telling a trusted adult or friend if they have any concerns about bullying. In fact there is very little bullying at the school and the children say they feel safe. The School Christmas Fair will be held in the hall today, Friday, from 3.15pm to 5pm. There will be a wide range of stalls selling Christmas related items, refreshments and, of course, Santa’s Grotto. The choir will be singing and there will be lots of festive cheer. Everybody is welcome. Following a very successful demonstration last week, the school will be starting up a table tennis club next term. With a medal winning coach, it won’t be long before the South Malling children send a team to their first competition. Reminder: Friday December 7 is an Inset day so there will be no school for the children.

CHRISTMAS FAIR at the Community Centre last weekend had to battle with continuous heavy rain. Nevertheless, there was a steady stream of visitors and children, and plenty to do, prizes to be won and presents bought, with regular user groups like the Scouts, the Monday Club and the Pre School group there to make themselves known and sell some of their wares. The new meeting room made a very pleasant cafe, which did a steady trade in home-made cake, mince pies and drinks. There was a pleasing, sociable atmosphere to the afternoon.

THE MONDAY CLUB is a group of over 60s who meet at the Community Centre on Mondays to socialise and play Bingo or Hoy. They also arrange visits around the area often by coach. They have recently been to Chichester, Tea Pot Island (Kent), and Goring Church. On Tuesday they had a Christmas shopping trip to Horsham, and they have got a Christmas lunch arranged later on at the Amex Centre. Local craftsfolk also come in to talk about their work. Everyone over 60 years is welcome to join. It is a way of making friends, enjoying company and getting out and about to interesting places.

KNITTED POPPIES: One of the Monday Club Members, Eve Empringham, has been knitting very stylish poppies for sale in aid of the Poppy Appeal. This is her second year of serious fund raising in this way and this weekend she has proudly announced that she has raised £350, double what she earned last year. People like them, and she already has orders for next year. She says a big thank you to everyone who bought them and helped her to help others so effectively.

PARISH CHURCH: The congregation is buying toys for Family Support Work, who distribute to families who can do with help this Christmas. There will be a Family Carol Service at South Malling School for children and their parents, with festive refreshments and in church on December 15, there will be a Sunday Club Children’s Christmas Party between 2pm and 4pm. This Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent and a Family Service at 9.30am. Children will light the first Advent candle.

mobile library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall noon to 12.30pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2.00pm to 2.25pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm.


MORE NOSTALGIA: Every now and then I will drop in anecdotes so feel free to contact me with your thoughts on living in the Nevill at any time. I will keep the fifties/sixties going a bit longer. I saw a sign down in Rye at the weekend which was for Corrals Coal Merchant. We used to burn coal in our rooms for heat and Corral and Hunts coal merchant used to deliver by the hundred weight and shoot it through the coal hole by the back door. Continuing the fifties food: Tea had only one colour, black. Green tea etc was not British; coffee was only drunk when we had no tea; cubed sugar was regarded as a bit of an over kill; figs and dates appeared every Christmas, but no one ever ate them; sweets and confectionery were called toffees; coconuts only appeared when the fair came to town; black puddings were mined in Bolton Lancashire; jellied eels were peculiar to Londoners; salad cream was a dressing for salads, mayonnaise did not exist; Hors d’oeuvre was a spelling mistake.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: This week we were delighted to welcome visitors to the school for Open Mornings. On Wednesday the headmistress and Ms Escott were invited to London to attend an awards ceremony run by the Shine a Light Foundation. We were finalists in the Primary School of the Year category for our work supporting communication. I am delighted to tell you we were announced as the winners and presented with a rather impressive trophy. Well done to the fantastic staff team who all work so hard to support our children. It is wonderful to have our hard work celebrated at a National level. This week is Road Safety Week and for the safety of our school community the school drive is for staff, visitors and taxis (dropping off and picking up children in the Language Unit). This week there was a potentially serious incident due to parents parking and waiting on the drive, please do not bring your cars onto school grounds. We have been notified by another school there were two reported incidents in Hailsham last week of adults approaching young females. There was no physical contact in either case but please be aware. School Council ran a non-uniform day for Children in Need and raised £366.01. This is a fantastic amount so thank you all very much. Freddie Haggar has been selected as the Lewes District prize winner for the best poem. The poem will be featured on the inside of Norman Baker’s Christmas card and Freddie will receive a £20 gift card from Bags of Books. Also Lotte Hutton was the runner up in the picture competition and will receive a £10 gift card. Well done to both of them. Freddie and Lotte are overall winners of entries from the Lewes District schools so we are particularly proud of them both. They are looking forward to a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament in the spring. We participated in a Primary School’s Cross Country on Friday in which 13 schools took part. For some of the children it was their first competition; well done to all. Well done to Enya Stanford who won silver in an individual trampolining competition, and bronze for the team. Her score qualified her move from county to regional level. Also well done to Ellie Kearley-Whitmore who fought in the Sussex Open Age banded Judo competition at Worthing. On a sad note we were very sorry to hear about the tragic death of Zac Kelly who attended Wallands and worked as an apprentice with us, and as a volunteer in the Language Unit. Our condolences and thoughts are with his family, who have been long standing members of the Wallands community. A memorial celebration is being held here at Wallands by Zac’s family on Sunday December 9.

CHRIST CHURCH: Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent and morning worship at 10.30am will be led by Dr Graham Campling. Evening Worship at 6.30pm will include Holy Communion and will be led by our minister, Rev John Gordon.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: The annual Family Toy Service is on Sunday when donations of toys and small gifts for older family members are collected in order to help Family Support Work. Please put Sunday December 16 on your family calendar as this year’s Children’s Society Christingle Service is at St Anne’s at 3pm. We are sorry this clashes with Carols on Nevill Green, we will be supporting both.

GARDENING CLUB will be holding their AGM on Monday at 7.45pm at St Mary’s Social Centre, Christie Road. Do come and bring some food to share as we have drinks and nibbles afterwards and tax our brains with quizzes. There will be a raffle too.

NEVILLE WI: Our speaker this month was Neil Sadler , who talked about his time in the police force. He retired three years ago and his daughter joined the same year. Neil showed us slides and related how the force has changed over the past 35 years. Our Christmas meeting will be on December 12 at 8pm, when we will be entertained by Richard Ratcliffe, his talk entitled It Won’t be Alright on The Night. Members will bring festive food from around the world.


COUNTRY MARKET in the village hall today, Friday, 10am to 11am. On Saturday December 8 the market will be open in the Community Centre from 9am till noon, when all the normal produce (including locally made cheese) will be on sale.

CHURCH SERVICES: First Advent Sunday services in St Mary’s Church will be Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family Service at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please ring 722582 in advance.

FATHER CHRISTMAS: A special message for all the young people in the village, Father Christmas will be visiting Newick on Monday December 10. He will arrive in the village at 6pm commencing his journey from Oldaker Road and finishing his trip about 7.45pm at Allington Crescent. Parents can obtain the latest information on

CARD DELIVERY: 1st Newick Scouts Christmas card posting boxes are already in the Post Office, Newick News and SVS Stores. Last date for posting will be Wednesday December 12 at 4pm. Please do not put cards in these boxes for Lower Station Road, Station Road, Jackies Lane, Cornwalls Bank and other outlying roads. Please don’t forget to include your donation in a separate sealed envelope when posting your cards.


TALK: On November 21 an excellent talk on Ouse Valley Wildlife was given by Michael Blencowe of Sussex Wildlife Trust in Piddinghoe Village Hall. It was very well attended by, not only villagers, but interested parties from Lewes, Newhaven, Kingston and Rodmell. Takings went to a worthwhile cause, the Trust.

ARSON, tree-felling taking the roof off a building, storm damage. Enough? No, at midnight on November 17 a motorist on the C7 managed to slam into a farm wall which collapsed on to rare breed sheep, killing one and injuring another. Unbelievably, this all happened in 2012 at Courthouse Farm. We can’t wait for 2013 and hopefully put it all behind us.


TIME FOR COFFEE: There will be a coffee morning at All Saints’ church annexe tomorrow (Saturday) between 10am and 2pm. There will be cakes, tombola, cards, wrapping paper, decorations and, of course, refreshments plus time for a chat.

RACE DAY: There will be racing at Plumpton on Monday with the first race getting underway at 12.30pm. There are new caterers at the course who promise an even better service.

MORE TRAINS: From December 9 there will be nine additional trains per week stop at Plumpton. These will be mainly on Sundays to complete the all day service. New timetables are available in the village shop and at the railway station. It cannot be denied that the improved train services for Plumpton over recent years are an asset to residents. However, neither can it be denied it is a two-edged sword. This is exemplified by a report I have received from more than one person that a house seller in North Chailey is currently advising potential buyers who are commuters there is no need to drive to Haywards Heath as it costs money to park cars there. Instead they can take the train from Plumpton where parking is free. It is little wonder parking problems in the village are increasing while Network Rail and Southern stand by, rake the cash in and seemingly do little to help alleviate the problem.

FUEL THEFT: Those who are happy to steal from honest folk are busy at present and are stealing fuel from all and sundry, from both storage tanks and vehicles. Be on guard and protect your supplies as best you can. Even automatic lighting close to oil tanks can be an effective deterrent. If you have any information that could lead to the apprehension of these thieves do be sure to report it to the police. If it is not an emergency ring 101, but if you spot the evil wotsits in action ring 999. If you are offered cheap fuel beware as it has probably been stolen.

YOUNG FOOTBALLERS: Plumpton Athletic under 9s are on the up and have four people regularly in the coaching team. The under 9s and 7s are active, as are the 13-16s. Any budding football stars are most welcome to join in the coaching on Saturday mornings at the playing field throughout the soccer season. To get more information or arrange a trial ring 07792 686673. Boys and girls from Reception Class to Year 3 are welcome along.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: On Friday December 7 Plumpton Primary School will hold its ever popular Christmas Fair at the school between 5pm and 7pm. There will be lots of stalls and activities and, I believe, Santa may also make an appearance.

IT’S PARTY TIME: Every Christmas Plumpton Scouts organise a tea party for the over 60s of Plumpton and East Chiltington and this year this very popular event will take place on Saturday, December 8 at 2.30pm in Plumpton Village Hall. All residents eligible by age are welcome, there is no charge and, apart from a slap-up tea, there will also be entertainment. I think a glass of sherry may also be on offer for those who have a weakness for a tipple. Anyone needing a lift can ring 01273 890410 and a carriage will be organised free of charge. Do make an effort to attend as members of the Scout Group are great hosts and delight in kicking off the festive season in this way.

HAPPY CIRCLE: On September 27 members went to Teapot Island at Yalding where they enjoyed a fantastic visit viewing over 7,000 teapots of every shape and size that were on display. They also partook of a cream tea. On October 11 there was a visit from John Bevver who played lots of oldie songs with which everyone joined in. On October 25 there was the Bring and Buy Sale that raised just over £50 and then on November 8 there was the annual trip to Eastbourne which is always enjoyable. For further information on this club for the over 60s contact Dorothy Brooks on 01273 890016. New members always receive a warm welcome and are sure to make new friends.

CLOSE RUGBY GAME: Plumpton RFC hosted Uckfield 2’s at the weekend, with a new look side brimming with experience. They looked by far the better side throughout the game and scored easily within five minutes as Lewis Beale put his brother Rhys into a gap to score. Uckfield however boasted a fly half who kicked four from four and punished Plumpton for any ill discipline, always keeping them in the game. Plumpton got the better of Uckfield in the scrum, but sloppy handling and player mismanagement of the referee meant they made hard work of the game. Despite Mike Upton and Rob Blake scoring three tries to Uckfield’s one, Plumpton missed all three conversions and a penalty, leaving Uckfield to seal the win in the final minute, converting a fourth penalty for ill-discipline. Uckfield won 16-15. Man-of-the-Match was Internationally capped Tom Elliott.


CHRISTMAS FAIR: It is hoped many will attend St Mary’s annual Christmas Fair in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 1pm. There are all the usual stalls and refreshments will be served. Grand draw tickets will also be on sale and the draw will take place at the close of the fair.

STOOLBALL: The club is running a Christmas Whist Drive on Monday at 7.30pm at the Football Club. All welcome.

FLOWER CLUB: Hey It’s Christmas is the title of the demonstration by Margaret Williams on Wednesday, which should give those attending some new ideas for the festive season. Visitors will be very welcome at 2pm in the village hall, £4 to include refreshments.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on November 21 was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 3, Liz and Tim Owen. The next meeting is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall.

CAROL SERVICE: The Evergreen Club are having their traditional Carol Service in St Mary’s Church on Thursday commencing at 2pm. As usual children from the primary school will be joining them. The Evergreen Club would be delighted to see as many people attend as possible and tea will be served at the end of the service in the Church Room.

SILVER SURFERS: If you would like to enrol for the next Silver Surfer Session at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form to be held on Saturday, December 8, between 10am and noon please contact Ruth Whitlock, learning resource centre manager on 01273 812220 ext 253. All classes are free of charge.

LIGHTS OF LOVE SERVICE: Do remember if you want to sponsor a light on this tree in memory of a loved one then you must return your form to Thelma Saunders by today at the latest. The service takes place at 4pm on Saturday December 8.

CAROL CONCERT: A Carol Concert being held at St Michael’s Church, Lewes on Wednesday, December 12, at 7.30pm in aid of the Pestalozzi International Village Trust. This concert includes a programme of music for the Christmas season, audience carols and contributions from Pestalozzi students.

CHRISTMAS Extravaganza Cafe Theatre and play reading. Well known Ringmer actors Ian Jackson, Adam Rice, John Payne and Barrie Smith with Ringmer Dramatic Society friends are going to be telling the enchanting story of Toad of Toad Hall by A A Milne in the village hall on Saturday, December 15, from 2pm to 5pm. This will be a fun afternoon of family entertainment with a tasty afternoon tea. Tickets are now available from Middletons, Ringmer; adult £5,child £2.50.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society are holding a Jumble Sale in Ringmer Village Hall on Saturday, December 8, at 2pm. Bring any jumble you wish to donate on the morning of the sale as near to noon as you can.

Rodmell & Southease

WI: The meeting of Rodmell and Southease WI on Tuesday November 20 was most entertaining and very enjoyable. We had the sparkling humour of journalist and broadcaster John Henty, an award-winning author, to entertain us. John, who lives in Lewes, specialises in giving talks on the charm of children’s illustrator Mabel Lucie Attwell and the cheek of Brighton comedian Max Miller. I was a bit shocked when John asked if Pauline Cherry was present as he is an admirer of my column. We had a bit of banter between us and to my surprise John presented me with a Nostalgic Classics bathroom sign by Mabel Lucie Attwell. It was the one that says ‘Please remember – don’t forget - Never leave the Bath room wet – Nor leave the soap still in the water that’s a thing we never oughter. Nor keep the bath an hour or more when other folks are waiting one – please don’t forget – it isn’t done.’ A former BBC producer, John can also recall the early days of local radio in this country ( Parish Pump Radio) and movingly recaptures the special magic of Wartime Wireless in sound. Many thanks for my gift John it will be treasured. If you’d like to hear John talk look up or phone 01273 478070 office hours please. I have to admit in the many years I’ve written PP I’ve come into contact with many interesting people, the perks of the job.

PARKING: I fear Lewes will be shooting itself in the foot if it puts parking prices up. Circumstances arise all the time which put one under tension regarding parking. I love Lewes and try to support it as much as possible but often find myself shopping in other towns which have free parking areas. It would help if when you buy a ticket you can move from car park to car park with it instead of paying different prices and getting different tickets all the time. Why not bus workers into and from Lewes at a set rate that will take the pressure out of workers parking, save fuel and be much more ecological. When I worked at Burgess Hill years ago we were bussed in from Woodingdean, Brighton etc. The bosses always said they wanted to see everyone at their drawing boards on time and leaving on time. Mini-buses also met trains at the station and took workers into work and back to the station at night.

WET WEATHER: Farmers must be very worried about their livelihood at the moment with this awful weather.

WATER PARK: Did readers see a view of the proposed new water park on TV last week? It looked like Disneyland. I wonder what people involved in the National Park for this area think about it?

C7: There was a steady stream of people visiting the exhibition of what is proposed to be done to make the C7 safer throughout the village.