Parish pump Lewes - November 7, 2014


RCHLIT PARADE is tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 6pm from Chailey School (Mill Lane) and proceeding along the A275 stopping at the Horns Lodge for refreshments and then on to the War Memorial on the green in front of St Peter’s Church to pay respects. After that the procession will return to the firework site, the field off the A275, opposite Markstakes. For more information call Trevor Smith on 01273 891008. There is a Bonfire Raffle and tickets are available from the Horns Lodge; the raffle will be drawn on Saturday night at the Horns Lodge at about 10pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church Services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Remembrance service at 10.50am starting at the war memorial. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH this Sunday are at 10.30am with Trevor Dickerson, and at 6.15pm with John Goodway. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

ARMISTICE DAY WALK led by Ian Seccombe starts at 9.30am from the War Memorial, Chailey Green, on Tuesday. The walk will visit Markstakes Common, via Roeheath, to look at the wartime tree carvings. Two maroons will be sent up by the bonfire society on Tuesday at 11am to mark the beginning and the end of the two minute silence held to commemorate Armistice Day.

EVENING OF POETRY, readings and song to commemorate the First World War is at Sheffield Park on Tuesday from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Tickets at £15 per person, to include a buffet, are available on 01825 790302.

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

THE YOUTH GROUP meet at the village hall on Friday November 14 from 7.30pm to 9pm. The group are welcoming new members (aged 10 to 15 years) and anyone who would like to see what they do at their meetings (which include activities such as table tennis, pool, air hockey, football table and a tuck shop) will be made most welcome. For more information contact Gemma Kybert on 07843410895.

SEEING IS BELIEVING, an Open Morning, for prospective parents/carers takes place at Chailey Heritage School from 9.45am to 1.15pm on Thursday. The morning will include a welcome from Simon Yates, the headteacher, a tour of the site and mini talks from Chailey Heritage Clinical Services therapists. These will be followed by a light lunch and a chance for parents/carers to ask questions.

AUTUMN FAYRE and Coffee Morning, hosted by Chailey Royal British Legion Women’s Section, is at the Free Church on Saturday November 15 between 10am and midday. There will be cakes, gifts, books, tombola, card and bottle stalls. To learn more call Lily Holman on 01825 723786.

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PARTY NIGHT to help celebrate 60 years of the National Trust at Sheffield Park and Garden takes place on Saturday November 15 from 7pm to 10pm. Tickets cost £35 per head, to include a buffet and dancing to the Sharkfin Soup Band. To book tickets call 01825 790302.

SCOTTISH BARN DANCE in support of the St Peter’s Church re-ordering fund is at the village hall on Saturday November 15 at 7pm. Tickets cost £10, to include soft drinks, ploughman’s and a pudding, and are available from Teresa Wenban on 01825 722586.

MOTOWN MUSIC, with Soul Diva, organised by Newick and Chailey St Peter and St James Support Group, is at Newick village hall on Friday November 21 starting at 7pm with all the proceeds going to the hospice. Tickets at £25, to include a three course meal and a licensed bar, are available from Jenny Smerdon on 01825 722583.

SCHOOL NEWS: Starting School in September 2016? If your son or daughter will be starting school in September 2016 guided tours of St Peter’s Primary School are available from the headteacher, Munch Morrow. To arrange a visit call the school secretary on 01825 722939.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION with the local community by Persimmon Homes South East will take place at the village hall on Wednesday between 4.15pm and 7pm. The proposal is to develop land to the west of Oxbottom Lane, for about 37 family homes. Representatives from the project team will be there to answer questions. This is your chance to view the initial scheme and leave feedback; which will be taken into consideration before a planning application is made. If you are unable to attend but would like details of the proposals contact Urbanissta Development Planning on 07786848998 or

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY service at St Peter’s Church, 8am Holy Communion, 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall, 10.30am Village Remembrance Service followed by coffee in the hall.

A VILLAGE SERVICE: From the Rector: What happens at a national level with the Queen laying a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall takes place in countless villages across the country, and we are one of these. It is a chance to everyone to play their parts, whether children, parents and grandparents. In fact, here we provide special poppies for children to place on the war memorial. It is for everyone. This year as usual two wreaths will be laid, one on behalf of the parish council and the other on behalf of the parochial church council, the names of those who gave their lives in the World Wars will be read out, there will be a two minutes silence and Reveille and the Last Post will be sounded. As always the service will have twin theme of thankfulness for the sacrifices made on our behalf in the World Wars and all other conflicts and a commitment to work together for peace. Remembrance Day is assuming a new importance as we watch the spread of yet more wars over the face of the planet. In many ways this is a special year as it is 100 years since the beginning of World War 1 and this has brought with it higher levels of interest and concern.

BILL HUDSON our oldest soldier. Last year Bill laid the wreath on behalf of the parochial church council. Earlier this year he celebrated his 96th birthday with a party in the church hall after the 10.30am service. He wore his medals with pride and he was presented with new decorations from his regiment, as he was the oldest living soldier. Sadly he collapsed a few days after the birthday and he is now in a nursing home where he is being well cared for. He loves having visitors so if you would like to see him, ask the Rector for his address (01273 474356).

PCC SECRETARY: Meriol Spain has resigned as secretary of the parochial church council. They are grateful to her for her loyal and long service and know they will still be seeing a lot of her around the church and in particular in the highly successful catering team. An excellent replacement has been found in Rachael Brown who has been attending St Peter’s for about four years. Initially she and her husband, Lewis, lived at Resting Oak Hill, Cooksbridge but now they and their two small daughters have a house in Barcombe.

NEW ARCHDEACON: A fourth archdeacon, Martin Lloyd Williams, has been appointed and will take up the post in the New Year. He will oversee the deaneries of Brighton, Hove, Lewes and Seaford which makes him the archdeacon for this parish. Philip Jones who was well known at St Peter’s, is taking over the rest of East Sussex.

MONDAY AFTERNOON CLUB (for more mature villagers) continues to go from strength to strength. Meetings are monthly and if you have not been to one yet, then do think about joining. The homemade cakes are delicious, the church hall is very comfortable and the talks always lively. On Monday it will be a sing-along of old time favourites with churchwarden Geoff Spinks on the keyboard. Meet at 2pm. Lifts always available by contacting Judith 01273 474356 or Caroline on 01273 477151.

REUNITED: I am so pleased that the white cat that was living here has been reunited with his owners. On Tuesday I was delighted when a gentleman and his son appeared at my door. The small boy was clutching a cat dish and spoon. His father said he had read my column and felt sure that it was their cat from my description. They lived close by in Allington Lane. I asked if they had watched the Tour of Britain Cycle Race and it was the following day that I first saw the cat in my garden. The answer was yes and they thought it had followed them up the lane when they watched from the B2116. They asked if they could look around the garden and within a short time after calling its name they managed to catch it and it is now safely back home. I am so relieved it did not wander onto this dangerous road as it would not have stood a chance.


AUTUMN: The clocks have gone back and autumn seems to be properly upon us. The vegetable plot has been cleared and our pumpkins are sitting in the greenhouse ready for use. There was a distinct chill in the air and the leaves from our trees are falling like large flakes of brown, yellow and red snow. It will soon be time to get the broom out and try to sweep it all up. It never seems to me to be worth doing until all the leaves are down.

FIREWORKS: Another way to recognise the season is the number of fireworks you can hear being let off in the evening these days. I love a good firework display as much as anyone, but it is difficult these days to know when to keep your pets indoors as firework displays seem to be going on all the time from the beginning of October through to the end of the year. I suppose the best thing is to keep your cats in after dark all the time. It is safer even without the fireworks as cats can be dazzled by headlights and are more likely be hit by cars at night. They are also more likely to go hunting at night so you can avoid being woken up by the ‘gift’ of a dead mouse or similar.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: I have been busy painting signs for our Christmas Market coming up on November 22 and 23. We have a fabulous line up of artists and craftspeople taking part plus all the home-made goodies that we will be selling in the kitchen. More details nearer the time.

CONCERTS: We have some splendid concerts coming up in November and December, the first is on November 15 at 5.30pm at St Laurence Church and features Gabrielle Stephens who plays classical guitar. If you want a taster of the kind of music she’ll play for us, have a look at her website Details and times of upcoming concerts are on

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: On Remembrance Sunday we hope to have a small display dedicated to the men from Falmer who lost their lives during the Great War. Sheila Massey has been finding out about these men and in some cases we have photographs of where they are buried.


READATHON WITH MUSIC: This event will be held in Kingston Church on Saturday, November 15 at 7.30pm. If you would like to read a piece of prose or poetry of your choice (about five minutes maximum in length), please contact Hugh Bailey (01273 478213) beforehand, so that it can be included in the evening’s programme. Equally, if there is a piece you would like to be read but want somebody else to read it for you, do get into touch with Hugh. We would like as wide a variety as possible, so please don’t be shy to ask. Choices of music would also be very welcome, either to play it yourself or to ask Hugh to arrange for somebody else to play it for you. All contributions would be very welcome, but alternatively, if you wish, just come along and listen and enjoy the evening. There will be drinks and nibbles for all during an interval. There is no charge for reading, performing music or listening, but there will be a retiring collection for Kingston Church Funds.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Ardingly Reservoir was our meeting place for a 5 mile walk on Sunday October 26. We started from the car park and soon followed the Kingfisher Trail along the reservoir perimeter path. We followed this path for some time before leaving it to take an uphill path to Edmunds Farm and a road which led us into a beautiful woodland path carpeted with recently fallen leaves. This downhill path led us down to a finger of water at the northern end of the reservoir and this was crossed by a quite spectacular footbridge rather reminiscent of crossing a ravine by a rope bridge although this one was wooden and quite stable. Leaving the bridge we were soon walking alongside the perimeter fence of Wakehurst Place and gardens and then on to the path at the back of the South of England Showground. After passing Ardingly Church we followed a lane which soon took us back to a downhill path back to the reservoir. This was a lovely autumn walk and enjoyed by 30 of us. The next walk is on Sunday, Blackboys. Meet at top North Street car park for a prompt 9.30am start.

TABLE TOP SALE: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a Table Top Sale tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall 9.30am till 12.30pm. Tables available Contact Tina on 01273 478479 Cost £8.

HISTORY GROUP: Lewes History Group talk, The Social Impact of the Great War, Monday 7pm (for 7.30pm) at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. This lecture will reflect on some of the ways that the war shaped Lewes, Sussex and wider British society, discussing the extent to which it can be understood as a watershed in British history. Dr Lucy Noakes, Reader in History at the University of Brighton, talks about the social impact of the Great War of 1914-1918 in Lewes and in Sussex. How it shaped the lives of almost everyone in Britain, leaving in its wake a society shaken not only by the enormous loss of life, but by the huge social, political and cultural shifts that the war had bought about. All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO CHURCH: Sunday is Remembrance Sunday; our Holy Communion service at 11am will, as usual, begin with an Act of Remembrance, with the two minutes’ silence and the reading out of the names on the war memorial in the church of those who were killed in the two World Wars. Then at 3pm the Lewes Town Remembrance Service takes place at St John’s following the ceremony at the town war memorial when all those who would like to come, led by the Mayor of Lewes, the town councillors, the British Legion and other uniformed organisations have processed to church. This year the preacher will be Rev Steve Daughtery, now Priest-in-Charge of St John’s. Now for a Christmas plea: Waitrose have very kindly included the Church’s Together Children’s Party in their green tokens gift collections which will help to give the children a wonderful Christmas party. Please will you bear it in mind when Waitrose shopping, thanks.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Operation Christmas Child takes place each year to give shoe-boxes of goodies to disadvantaged children overseas who might otherwise not receive any present at all for Christmas. If you would like to fill a shoe-box and don’t have one at home you can get one from Clarks shoe shop on Cliffe High Street, as they are kindly setting some aside. Leaflets at the back of the church give full information on the items needed (new toys, school supplies, etc). Details are also at: Southover Church is a collection point for filled boxes, which should be brought to the church before or after any service on Sunday 23 November. We are running two free movie nights for men of all ages, whether inside or outside the church, at the Church Hall in St James’ Street. Don’t forget the Fairtrade Fayre in the church on Saturday 22 November, 12.30pm to 4pm, for cards and gifts. Food stalls will provide lunch/afternoon snacks. Diary date: Saturday 10 January - Lewes Sings Gospel winter concert. Come and hear the BBC champions. Booking opens at noon on 8 November at Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am family service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal family service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening communion service, with singers and band. Please do join us.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL has been transformed into a bit of a building site during the half term holiday. The flat roof and the small upper windows of the school are finally being replaced by East Sussex. Better insulation will also be fitted so they can become more energy efficient. The work is due to last 10 weeks and although unsightly, it shouldn’t interfere with the children’s learning or their experience of school. Staff will be discussing the work with the children and will use it as an opportunity to learn about danger and safety around building sites. Last week the chickens had an exciting week, their new coop arrived. Everyone thinks they are much happier with the increased space to run about and play which their new coop provides. The head says, ‘Thank you to everybody who has come to any of the Friends of South Malling’s events or cake and uniform sales, because that money has supported the chickens’ new home.’ There was a great turn out at the first Parents’ Forum this year. The school says thank you to all the parents who attended and contributed their ideas. Together they reviewed how transition and the beginning of the year had gone. It was very useful to hear how positive the beginning of the year was and how well the Meet the Teacher coffee mornings had been received. It was also helpful to get feedback on their new home learning policy and to hear how positive parents were about it. They look forward to finding out what parents thought of the new style parent-teacher-child consultations at the next meeting.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: On Sunday we will remember those who have fought and given their lives for their country in the great wars of the last century and those which still continue today. This will be a Family Service for all ages, concluding with a solemn Act of Remembrance. The newly appointed Children, Families and Schools minister for the Trinity churches, Neil Chisnall, will be speaking and South Malling people are looking forward to meeting him and his wife. This coming week, as last week, there will be a Leaving Collection to be sent to TEARFUND for their work against Ebola in East Africa. The service begins at 9.30am and all are welcome.

RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: A Table Top Sale will take place on Sunday, November 22 between 10am and 3pm in the Community Centre. The sale gives local people the chance to both buy and sell in the run up to Christmas, and learn about the activities of the Association. Tables are available for £5 from chairman Brian French on 07724504253 or by emailing Meanwhile, the Association’s Food Bank is looking for new premises. Anyone able to offer rent free space should contact Brian.

Mobile Library

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


NEVILL THOUGHTS: I have never seen so many magpies flying around which is not a bird you usually see around here in flocks. It is also good to see the play area on the green in frequent use. As kids we used to call it the Rec, (short for Recreation Ground). Why is it that the first time we have heavy rain, the drains are blocked and the road is flooded. Maybe the council could clear the leaves away a bit more often. It would surely be more economical than having to deal with the floods.

LANDPORT BOTTOM: A reminder that the next meeting of Friends of Landport Bottom will be on November 10, at St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road at 7.30pm.

BINGO: St Mary’s Supporters Club Bingo night tonight, Friday, at 8.30pm with cash prizes and raffle.

CHRIST CHURCH: We have been really busy over the last week with over 60 people of all ages attending our Half Term Messy Church Event. The Covenant Players who performed sketches proved to be very popular with the audience and everyone enjoyed our Hallelujah Party. At a well attended meeting of the Thinktank on Wednesday October 29 Dr Andrew Buxton gave an illustrated talk on The Changing Faces of Public Art. It was followed by a discussion on what public art was for and how fashions had changed over the years. Last Sunday morning we welcomed Karen Terry back to the church. Karen used to come to the church when she was younger. She is now working in Kenya with ABC Children’s Aid International and she gave an informative talk about her work there. The evening service on November 2 was a service of readings and music for All Saints and All Souls Days. The choir sang pieces written from Tudor times to the twentieth century. Now to future events. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be our Remembrance Sunday Worship with Holy Communion led by Rev John Gordon. This will be followed by our Church Walk. Sunday Club for children will be meeting during the service. Next Friday our Tots Group will be taking part in the BBC Children in Need Cake Bake and we are asking those attending to bring cakes and also to buy some. All proceeds from the morning will go to Children in Need.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: St Anne’s and St Mary’s are holding their Christmas Fair tomorrow, Saturday, in St Mary’s Hall, Highdown Road from 10am to 1pm. A children’s stall, tombola,


HEARING BUS: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile unit for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be visiting The Green on Thursday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:


IT’S JUMBLE TIME: Tomorrow (Saturday) the Flower Club will stage a jumble sale in the village hall with scrum down at 2pm. Yet another chance to grab some bargains and enjoy a social catch-up with friends over a cuppa. There will also be a cake stall and tombola to add to the occasion. If you have jumble to donate in the clear out ready for Christmas, please take items along to the hall during the morning of the sale.

PARISH COUNCIL: Plumpton Parish Council will meet in the village hall on Tuesday at 7.45pm. As always, the meeting will be open to the public.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Locals and those with strong local connections are now being contacted in connection with the allocation of the 14 homes under construction off North Barnes Lane. Lewes District Council has made its recommendations to Hastoe Housing Association and the due process is being followed. It appears that the inevitable has happened and the building programme has encountered delays so completion will not take place this month. The important thing is that 14 units of accommodation are available to local people to satisfy at least part of the high demand. Not all applicants are likely to be successful as demand seems to have outstripped supply but the total outcome will be known fairly soon now and there should be some smiling faces.

PLUMPTON’S FUTURE: The parish council’s endeavours to shape the future development of the village in accordance with the wishes of the majority of residents continues. This is taking place to the background of housing development being imposed on most communities from upon high. This week there was an important meeting of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group connected to the endeavour to ensure that development is properly planned and practical. The parish council is committed to using its best endeavours to ensure that the character of Plumpton is not compromised. It is a rural village and the feedback from residents is that they do want it to become suburbia, not that the infrastructure is adequate to support such a move. Human nature is such that most people (ie landowners) will wish to capitalise on their potential assets but those who chose to live in a rural environment will wish to preserve that status. There is likely to be a battle ahead and the hope must be that common sense will prevail. Residents are urged to keep abreast of happenings and to make their wishes known. The Parish Council must be and is committed to consultation with residents, so please continue to make your views known. These are personal comments, by the way, from a longstanding Plumpton resident. I think 30 years’ residency comes close to making me a local.

YOUTH SPACE: Under the auspices of the Village Action Plan a new facility for young people of Plumpton looks set to take off. Several interested and dedicated local residents have been working hard to provide somewhere for local youngsters to go and do their own thing. The aim has not been to establish another organised Youth Club but to provide an outlet or facility for the young in which they can meet and express themselves. All activities involving the young are these days strictly controlled by legislation to prevent abuse, quite rightly so. However such regulations make it extremely difficult to get a project off the ground. Notwithstanding this a dedicated nucleus of interested people is close to getting something going. We are talking about something that is supervised rather than organised. A subtle but important difference. Young people will be able to engage in activities that they choose rather than have a regime forced upon them. Legislation dictates that such activities must be supervised by responsible people. The VAP has brought together such a group that includes a qualified Youth Leader and can comply with statutory conditions, and there are many, without making the youngsters feel ‘constrained’. On November 24 there will be an opening night at the sports pavilion between 7pm and 9pm when there will be on hand a DJ and a graffiti artist who will demonstrate their skills and involve their audience. More details are in this month’s Parish Magazine. A Christmas Party is also planned for December when there will be a professional disco. If this venture is to be a success and serve our local youngsters some support from parents will be essential, although such support only needs to be minimal, like giving up two or three Friday evenings a year. Parents, if you really care about your kids that should be easy. To be provocative, if you can’t spare that much time why did you have children in the first place? If you want to help leave a message on My children are all adults now but I still care about young people’s welfare, they are our future and they should have a future of their own to look forward to.


HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The AGM of the society will be held in the village hall at 7.30pm tonight (Friday). This is a very important meeting as decisions have to be made as to the future of the society. The AGM will be followed by an illustrated talk by Andrewjohn Clarke on the gardens at Borde Hill, Haywards Heath. There will be the usual raffle in aid of the RBL Poppy Appeal. New members will be assured of a warm welcome.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Remembrance. The parade and service will take place on Sunday. Those taking part in the parade are asked to assemble in the car park behind the shops at 10.30am. All service or ex-service men and women are invited to join the parade, as are all the youth organisations. The ceremony at the war memorial will commence at 10.55am, followed by a service in church. Please join us. You will be most welcome.

On Tuesday at 11am a short ceremony will be held in the shopping precinct to mark the armistice of 1918. Again, you will be most welcome.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: Services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 11am Remembrance Sunday Service and 6.30pm Evensong. Toddler Time at St Mary’s runs from 1.45pm to 2.45pm on Thursday in the church. All pre-school children and their grown-ups are very welcome for as story, songs and play.

FIREWORK PARTY: Ringmer Primary PTA Firework Party, Friday November 14. Gates open 6pm, fireworks to go off at approximately 7pm. Once again Neville Bonfire Society will be setting off an aerial firework display on our school field. There will be a licensed bar and food cooked on our barbecue. Tickets are priced at £10 for a family of four or adult £3.50, child £2.50. No unaccompanied children will be admitted. For tickets please phone 01273 813860/812463.

COFFEE MORNING: Lewes District Art Club is running a coffee morning and art sale in the village hall on Saturday November 15, 10am to noon, in aid of the village hall extension. Paintings and cards available at bargain prices.

Rodmell & Southease

THERE IS A PROJECT in the offing to do with honouring the men from this village who fell in the 1914-18 war and the 1939-45 war. If you have connections with any of the following please could you send details to me and I will forward them to the people concerned. 1914-1918: Attreall, Albert: Corporal L/8032, 2nd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division ‘A’ Company. Baker, Henry James: Private G/2245 8th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Pioneer Battalion, 18th Division. Barnes, Hubert William: Private G/18046 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Botten, Alfred William: Gunner 212780, 221st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Elliott, Sidney Charles Robert: Bombardier 102270, 291st Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Hersee, Arthur George: Officers Steward 2nd Class L/8561, HMS ‘Q.25’ (Lady Patricia) Royal Navy. Moore, Frederick William George: Gunner 82581, 99th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Murdock, Archibald James: Sergeant L/6174, 1st Battalion, East Kent Regiment. 6th Division. Trigwell, George Leonard: Private 26293, 2nd Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. 19th Division 1939-1945: Malthouse, Frederick: Private 6399934, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment.

CHURCH SERVICE: The service on Remembrance Sunday will start at 10.55am.

HARVEST SUPPER: The Harvest Supper season is upon us and having had a great time at Rodmell and Southease Harvest Supper, I was honoured to be invited to Telscombe Village harvest Supper on Saturday October 25. It was a fish ‘n’ chip supper with delicious crumbles of various flavours made by my friend Hendra. My friends Alan and Margaret Wooll, with their band of helpers, put on a very good evening, even though throughout the day there had been various incidents to cope with such as a dead bird up the chimney so that when the fire was lit, the place was smoked out. The cooker also played up. All was well in the end and having enjoyed the meal we then had a most interesting talk and slide show about Tide Mills by Archaeologist Joanna Wilkins. Many people (me being one) are not aware just what history is connected to this area. It was at one time a whole village that thrived on the corn mill trade, plus it was also an air base for sea planes, a holiday village and also a hospital connected with Chailey Heritage where my cousin, Michael Baldock, spent time. I remember him telling me that they had their beds outside in all weathers, even in snow and ice and they were covered in tarpaulins. Michael told me that on the day he went there he had his clothes taken away and spent most of the time just in shorts out in the open air to toughen up. Evidently they all loved it. I met a very nice man on Saturday who told me he had also spent time there. Try treating today’s youngsters in this way and there would be uproar. I also spent time as a child in Stanmore Orthopaedic Hospital where they also put our beds outside for much of the year and I can’t remember us being too worried about it. If you enjoy local history I can thoroughly recommend going to one of Joanna’s talks.

MANY THANKS to all who helped clear the churchyard on Saturday. I’m afraid I was not one of them as I took a B&B guest to Alfriston.

GREY POUND: Do people realise how much the grey pound is worth? There is a high percentage of people in England over 55 years old and many have money to spend, but with all the stores and shops shutting down because people are buying on line, where will they spend it? Not many elderly people will buy on line as they either don’t use a computer, don’t have a computer and frankly a lot don’t trust these modern systems so yet again they are being overlooked.