Parish Pump Lewes - November 8, 2013


HEBER OPERA, Friday November 22 at 7.30pm. A first for Barcombe Heber Opera will be performing two one-act operas in the round at Barcombe Village Hall. Holst’s Savitri and Puccini’s Suor Angelica. Tickets £10 (£8 concessions) available from Barcombe Stores or call the Box Office on 01273 543709 or email Refreshments available.

BOWLING CLUB Annual General Meeting is on Monday in the Sports Pavilion at 7.30pm. We are a small friendly club looking for more members. For more information please contact Jas Osmond on 01273 400806.

THE ALLOTMENT AGM will be on Tuesday November 19 in the Royal Oak at 8pm.


JUDGING of floats takes place at Chailey School tomorrow, Saturday, before the torch lit procession. The floats will assemble at the school from 5pm and the Langley Shield and Presidents Shield will be awarded to the best floats. At 6pm the torch lit procession will commence and all badge wearing members of the bonfire society are welcome to march, so make sure you have your badge with you. The fireworks are scheduled to commence, when the procession reaches the village hall, at 7.15pm. For more information call Trevor Smith on 01273 891008.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are 8am Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion and 10.50am Service of Remembrance starting at the war memorial on the green in front of the church. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services this Sunday are at 10.30am with Steve Haggar, to include communion, and 6.15pm with Gordon Hamilton.

CHARITY FASHION SHOW is on Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm at the Futures Life Skills Centre, Chailey Heritage Foundation. The Foundation has teamed up with fashion retailer M&Co to create a fun event which will raise money for additional equipment for Futures Life Skills Centre, enhancing the lives of physically disabled young adults who use the centre. The event will showcase a variety of fashion clothing and accessories and an excellent opportunity to buy some Christmas gifts. Tickets cost £6 per person and can be ordered online via or by calling 01825 723723. Refreshments will be available on the night.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group Club Night is at the Five Bells on Tuesday from 8pm, when discussions will take place regarding activities in 2014. Anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars will be made most welcome.

LIVE MUSIC, with Jon McDevitt, is at the Five Bells on Friday November 15 at 8pm.

AUTUMN FAIR and Coffee Morning, hosted by Chailey Royal British Legion Women’s Section, is at Newick Community Centre, on Saturday November 16 between 10am and midday. There will be cakes, gifts, books, tombola, bottle stall and Christmas cards. To learn more call Lily Holman on 01825 723786.

ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION by members of Chailey and Newick Painting Group is at the village hall Saturday and Sunday November 16 and 17 from 10am to 5pm. Members’ work will be on sale framed and unframed; along with artist-made cards. Some members will be demonstrating their skills and be happy to answer any questions you may have about their work. Refreshments will be available, including homemade cakes. Admission is free; there is plenty of parking and easy disabled access. For more information call Carlina Oliver on 01273 400512.

MOTOWN MUSIC, with Soul Diva, tickets are £20 to include supper and a licensed bar and are available from Jenny Smerdon on 01825 722583 or Clare Halsey on 01825 723961. The event, organised by Newick and Chailey St Peter and St James Support Group, is on Friday November 22 at 7.30pm at Newick Village Hall with all the proceeds going to the hospice.

MOBILE UNIT: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre’s mobile unit will be visiting Wivelsfield on Thursday and will be in St Georges Park, opposite Maes Court from 10.30am to 3.30pm. For further information please contact 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) email

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

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

MONDAY CLUB: The afternoon club meet on Monday in St Peter’s Church Hall at 2pm. This month members will be tuning up for a sing along with all the old time favourites with church warden Geoff Spinks on the keyboard. Followed by a delicious tea and homemade cakes. Lifts available by ringing Judith on 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

VIMALA AND THE BAKER BOYS, Saturday November 16 in the village hall, Beechwood Lane at 7.30pm. Adults £9, concessions £6. A group of highly acclaimed young swing and jazz musicians based in London. They perform lively and fresh renditions taking the audience on a musical journey via the riverboats of New Orleans, the dance halls of Montmartre and beyond. They will be joined for this performance by Vimala, one of the UK’s finest vocalists.

THE PARISH COUNCIL meet on Thursday in the village hall, Beechwood Lane at 7.30pm.

N WATCH NEWSLETTER: The Lewes Town and Rural N Watch November issue has just arrived and has some interesting news items in it. For those who took part in the online survey conducted last year by the Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation, one of the issues raised was the standard of service offered by the 101 and 999 call handling service. The police Contact Centre aims to answer 75 per cent of 101 calls within 60 seconds and 90 per cent of 999 calls within 10 seconds. Last year the non-emergency contact centre answered 74 per cent of 101 calls within 60 seconds and 96 per cent of 999 calls within 10 seconds. A new system was introduced this summer which will ultimately enable Sussex Police to provide a better service. As a result of feedback on the call recording heard when you get through, Sussex Police shared your opinions and a couple of weeks ago re-recorded all of the messages for the non-emergency contact centre. They hope the new recordings will meet with your approval. Sussex Police acknowledge the intelligence provided by N Watch is really important and they have apologised for the longer wait times members have experienced this summer. If you are happy to email them at this is another good way to pass on non time critical intelligence. Should you continue to experience difficulties with their phone service please report it to the contact centre as soon as possible. Please quote the date, time, how long you had to wait, and details of any other unsatisfactory service.

GRANTS: The Community Safety Partnership has grants available to support local initiatives that set out to achieve one or more of the following objectives: preventing and detecting acquisitive crime, to include burglary, theft and shoplifting; reduce ASB with key focus on local concerns; to increase the confidence and reporting of domestic abuse and reduce repeat incidents; communicate community safety success and reduce fear of crime; reduce the number of killed and seriously injured on Lewes District’s roads by influencing driver behaviour. If your scheme needs money to support work that would achieve these objectives email

SHOPPERS are warned to be aware of distraction techniques being used by thieves across the Lewes District. Members of the public are being approached by both males and females telling them they have dropped some money, or asking for directions using a map, or helping shoppers to put their shopping in the car. They will then attempt to pick-pocket purses and bank cards, or steal bags.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: St Peter’s Christmas Fair is on Saturday November 23 in St Thomas Hall, Cliffe High Street, Lewes 11am to 3pm. If you have suitable items for any of the stalls please contact organiser Chris Glover on 01273 400981. As the main purpose is to raise funds for St Peter’s Church donations will also be gratefully received. In order to assist parishioners who would like to attend but have no transport, lifts will be available.


CONCERT: St Laurence Church Concert on Saturday was very well attended, the first half of the concert was a solo singer and keyboard player, and I apologise I do not have his name, but he was so good. He had such a clear voice and his music interpreted the mood of the words he sang, he even had the audience participating with a very funny song, following his lead we sang along: The old folks cut their toe nails, By the light of a cartoon, It’s the story of a man who, Sticks a flag into the moon, When some of them start howling, They are marched out of the room, When some of them start howling, They are marched out of the room, Hoax and Benison Sitting on a tree k-i-s-s i-n-g, Oh yes I love him, Like he loves me, Oh yes I love him, Like he loves me. Not knowing what we were saying, it made us all smile. The second half of the concert was performed by Kristin McClement and Jools Owen. Kristin had a particularly soulful sound and enjoyable to listen to. I particularly liked it when Jools sang harmony with her. The next concert will be a complete contrast on Saturday November 16. Pam Cragg and Margaret Grimsdell will play piano duets, four hands, music by Schubert, Brahms, Bizet, Bridge and Weiner. The concert is in St Laurence Church at 5.30pm.

MARATHON: Our Running Rev, Rev Dr Colin Lawlor, has just completed his 18th marathon, this time in Dublin with his nephew. What he failed to tell us before the run was that he dressed as a leprechaun, and there is a fine picture of him on the front page of the Dublin Times looking quite unrecognisable. Colin runs to raise money for Children with Cancer, a worthy cause. Congratulations to him and to his nephew, for whom it was his first marathon and said it was ‘it was the best day ever’.

MARKET: Plans for the Village Christmas Market are well underway, November 30 and December 1, 11am to 5pm, Falmer Parish Hall.

Glynde & Beddingham

TEA ROOMS: Many thanks to the tea room team for putting on such a delicious spread last night at the Taste of India. It was a great way of catching up with friends as well as trying new and exciting dishes. The village is looking forward hungrily to January’s event. This Sunday there will be a book launch at the tea rooms of Fifty early postcards of Glynde, Firle and Beddingham by our local historian, Andrew Lusted. This fascinating afternoon is from 1pm to 3pm. It is rumoured the glorious orange and lavender cake will be available.

STORM DAMAGE: We seem to have escaped relatively unscathed from the recent high winds blowing across the South of England. The swimming pool suffered damage to the fence, which has been blown over but miraculously missed squashing the shrubs planted on the grass this summer. An appeal to members for help to repair the damage has reaped a good response. Many thanks to those who volunteered to help. Also in the centre of the village, a characterful hawthorn tree next to the cricket pitch has tumbled into the recreation ground fence, its roots reaching up into the air. This well-loved tree will be missed.

MEMORIAL PARADE: Tonight, Friday, is the night. The parade starts at The Trevor Arms at 7.30pm and culminates at Glynde Place with fireworks at about 9pm. The swimming pool committee are running a fantastic local, organic barbecue and there will be drinks available in front of Glynde Place during the evening. After the display, the appropriately named Flaming Mojos will be playing into the night at The Trevor Arms.

PARISH COUNCIL: The newly renovated parish council noticeboard has arrived. Many thanks to Geoff Millar for doing such a wonderful job of bringing the old board back to life. Situated by the car park, we now have a water-tight, attractive, central space for notices.

CHURCH SERVICE: This week’s service will be a Service of Remembrance in Firle at 10.10am.


TALK: An illustrated talk will be held at the Kingston Parish Hall on Friday, November 15 at 7.30pm, entitled A Window onto the 18th Century The Life and Work of the Reverend Dr John Delap (1725-1812). He was a dramatist, poet and former Vicar of Iford and Kingston Church and the talk will provide a fascinating insight into both his work and the life and times in which he lived. The talk will be given by Tim Ambrose FSA, with readings by Linda and Ian Douglas. Wine and cheese will be available at a cash bar during an interval. Tickets at £5 each are on sale now from Brian Simmons (474303) or on the door. Net proceeds to Kingston Church.


COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, in Cliffe Hall (behind church) 10am to noon. Cakes, preserves,, tombola and more. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

PHILATELIC SOCIETY: The visiting speaker on October 11 was Michael Elliott who gave an excellent presentation on the postal history of Finland and spoke about the various changes in stamps, especially when Sweden and Czarist Russia controlled Finland during the 19th century up to 1939 and their alliance with Nazi Germany. Michael was finally presented with the society’s new certificate of appreciation. The 2013 annual event held by the Association of Sussex Philatelic Societies and Sussex Convention at Ardingly was again a great success. The majority of our members attended and acquired some very good purchases either through the indoor fair displays and stands or through the auction. The event had 38 stamp and postcard dealers; competition entries and displays; a very well supported British Thematic Association display. All very much enjoyed. The society is pleased to announce David Glen has taken over as chairman and replaces founder chairman Ian Cameron, who sadly resigned due to his moving to Aberdeen to be nearer his family. The society gave thanks for Ian’s considerable support and all the members wished him well for the future in his new home. We are also proud to announce our Jim Etherington has been elected the new president of the Association of Sussex Philatelic Societies and our society wish him a every success and best wishes in his post. Our next speaker today, Friday, will be our member Roy Ferguson, who will give a comprehensive presentation of postal history of the Republic of France. This should prove very interesting for both members and visitors. Open to all, upstairs at Christ Church on the corner of Fitzjohn and Price Edwards Road. Refreshments at half time. For free valuation, bring along or talk to us about your collection. For information ring Hugh on 01273 472096.

LEWES HISTORY GROUP talk on Lewes’ Railway Connections, Monday 7pm for 7.30pm at the King Church building, Brooks Road. Railway enthusiast John Hollands will talk about how Lewes became connected to our railway network, and other matters associated with its complicated history in the 19th century, including why Lewes has had three stations; the impact railways had on the town; some notable comings and goings; and what Mr Burwood Godlee of Leighside had to do with it all. John’s father was a railway worker, and as a child, he spent much time watching train movements from his father’s allotment on what was once the Leighside Estate, now the Railway Land. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door.

BRIDGE CLUB: Thursday October 17, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Susan Louis and Nigel Osmer; 2, Peter Cattermole and Alan Disney; 3, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan. Tuesday October 22, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Cattermole and Jenifer Wilson; 2, Jerry Emery and Pauline Brown; 3, Rita Hartnell and Pat Elliot. Thursday October 24, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Gannon and Nigel Osmer; 2, George Hearn and Ann Wykeham; 3, Margaret Buddery and Peter Waters. Tuesday October 29, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 2, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 3, Jerry Emery and Peter Waters.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On the Tuesday after the storm and despite the windy and wet weather in recent days the sun shone and it was dry for a walk from Rushlake Green. The party started by walking up Flitterbrook Lane and then eastwards towards Bunces Farm and one member had the misfortune to walk into a dead branch on the path. However it was only a minor injury and so we continued on through a field of donkeys towards the remains of the Holy Trinity Priory founded by St Augustine in 1413. Unfortunately they are now within a private garden and only the footings can be seen. The walk then went on towards Dean Farm and Iwood Lane before going through Hook Wood and past Little Baturst Farm before returning to Rushlake Green. On this last stage two large herds of deer were seen although they soon moved away after hearing the party. Most members decided to stay for lunch but unfortunately the pub at Rushlake Green was only serving cold food and so we went to the nearby Three Cups Inn. The next walk is on Wednesday, Cooksbridge to Chailey. Meet at Lewes bus station to catch the 9.28am Bus 121 to Cooksbridge. This will be a flat walk of about 5 miles. Our walk’s programmes are available from The Tourist Information Office or at

COFFEE MORNING: BBC Children in Need Coffee Morning on Friday November 15 in the House of Friendship, on School Hill, 10am to noon.

TABLE TOP SALE: Are you clearing your clutter? On Saturday November 16 we are holding a Table Top Sale at Cliffe Church Hall, behind St Thomas’ Church, from 9.30am to 1pm, and we have a few tables left for hire, £7.50 for a 6ft table. If you are interested, please ring Jean on 01444 458355. All proceeds go to St John sub Castro Church, for our Restoration Fund.

NT LEWES CENTRE: On November 14 there will be a meeting at Priory School, Mountfield Road at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Dr Geoffrey Mead who will be talking about Sussex Literary Landscapes. Non members welcome £3. Please note change of programme.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Corn Exchange on Friday November 15 from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: A group of nine Year 6 children were real stars and an absolute credit to our school last Thursday when they went to the Southdown YHA to meet the Queen. The children were asked to complete a Halloween themed cooking activity as the Queen was shown around. She stopped at the activity and spoke to the children, asking about what they were making and declaring they were very creative. She also wanted to know where our school was and we told her how we had been the first group to visit the youth hostel when it opened. It was an amazing event and a real once in a lifetime opportunity for us all. Not only did the Queen compliment the efforts of South Malling children, the school also received many positive comments from other dignitaries and officials at the event. Today, Friday, is the school Bonfire Assembly when children are invited to dress up in the their Bonfire costumes. They then try to arrange themselves in chronological order depending on the period of history their costume represents. This was quite a challenge last year but a fun way to add meaning to their history-based learning journey. A group of Year 5 children will attend the Lewes Wildlife event at the Town Hall tonight (Friday) where they will sing a song they composed and present a powerpoint they created at a workshop with representatives from several other Lewes schools. They will also staff a stall telling about the work the school is doing to develop safe cycling. The event celebrates the first 25 years of the Railway Land. On Friday November 15 at 2.45pm, the school will be open to parents, carers and friends so they can see the class museums and find out what children have been learning about in their Time Travellers learning journey.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: This Sunday the Family Service, which now takes place on the second Sunday of each month, will finish with a solemn act of Remembrance. The topic, Control of the Tongue, is a serious one, appropriate to a serious day. Nevertheless, it is an all age service and will include the usual, happy, children and family activities, touched by the sadness of our memories and the strength of hope for a better world for the adults of tomorrow. Everyone is welcome and church members hope that those especially who have been affected by war might like to come and take the opportunity to remember within the wide family of their parish and national church. There is a Town Remembrance Service at 3pm at St John sub castro, where the preacher will be the Archdeacon of Lewes and Hastings.

MALLING FOOD BANK thanks the people of St Thomas’s Church for gifts from their Harvest Festival.

Mobile Library

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


MY BLOG: Those of you who read PP regularly will remember my reference to St Mary’s pantomime picture shown the other week and again last week. Jacqueline Bodle of Firle Crescent informs me the young fairy was in fact her niece, Susan Stevens who went onto the Royal Ballet School and is a full time ballet performer at the London Coliseum. Jacqueline is going to see if she can get more names from the photograph. The picture this week is of a group of carol singers at the bottom Middle Way. If anyone recognises themselves or anyone else please contact me.

NEVILL HISTORY: Residents are invited to come along to St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road, for tea and cake, 3pm to 5pm on Sunday. Meet some of your neighbours and bring along old photographs and documents of Nevill Estate to share your memories.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: The new Rector of St Anne’s, St Michael’s and St Thomas’s churches will be Canon Richard Moatt. Preparations are underway for his Installation, at St Anne’s church on Friday November 29 at 7.30pm. Canon Moatt will conduct his first services on December 1, the first Sunday in advent. In September St Anne’s raised a record £970 for Sussex Historic Churches Trust, thanks to four cyclists and the recording team. Christmas Fair St Mary’s Hall, Highdown Road 10am to 1pm tomorrow, Saturday.

CHRIST CHURCH: Our Tots Group is meeting today after the half term break from 9.30am to 11.30am. Next Friday they will be taking part in Children in Need. There will be a bring and buy cake sale and all subs for the morning will be sent to Children in Need. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev John Gordon and the service will include the two minutes’ silence for Remembrance Sunday and also Holy Communion. The Sunday Club for children will be running during part of the service. We will be having a retiring collection for the society of Mary and Martha. Weather permitting there will be a church walk afterwards. Singers from Christ Church, St Anne’s and St Pancras contributed to the choral evening service on November 3, led by Revd Rose Westwood. The music included pieces by Tallis, Bach, Haydn, Rutter and choir member Norman Van.


COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am to 11am. Each week they have a good selection of cakes,savoury item, vegetables, as well as plants, greetings card and knitted items. On Friday November 22 they will have Christmas cakes, puddings, mince pies and other goodies on display. Orders can be taken for collection on Friday December 20.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon in the village hall Kit Wilson will hold an Animal Charities Christmas Fair from 2pm. There will be a raffle, bric-a-brac, book stall, cake stall and refreshments will be available. For details telephone 01824 723433.

CHURCH SERVICES this weekend at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion followed at 10.30am with the Remembrance Sunday Service. Everyone welcome. If you require a lift to church please book in advance on 722582.

AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY: The next production is in the village hall from Wednesday December 4 to Saturday December 7, doors open at 7.15pm curtain up at 8pm. They will present Out of Order, a comedy by Ray Cooney directed by Mike Morton-George. Why not start the festive season with a good laugh. When Richard Wyllie, a Government Junior Minister, plans to spend the evening with Jane Worthington,who works for the leader of the opposition, things go disastrously wrong, beginning with the discovery of a body trapped in the hotel’s only unreliable sash window. Calling on his PPS, George Pigden, to help get him out of this extremely sticky situation things just go from bad to worse. Tickets are £9 to include a glass of mulled wine, mince pies and cushioned raked seating. Booking office 01825 722359 or 722985, tickets are also available from the Newick Butchers or by

CHARITY FAIR: Don’t forget the Ascalon Annual Charity Craft Fair is from November 8 to 16. All the proceeds are for St Peters and St James, open from 9am till 4pm.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB are off to visit Glyndebourne for a look behind the scenes tour on Thursday. To book your place at £12.50 telephone 01825 722154 or 722650 in advance.

AGM: Also on Thursday Newick Horticultural Society are holding their AGM at 8pm in the village hall. Why not join them for a glass of wine and nibbles. The Photographic Competition entries will be on display, there will also be refreshments after the business part of the evening has concluded. There will also be a display information of the planned talks for 2014, plus a history of the society.

DIARY DATES: Wednesday November 20, annual Church Supper Quiz in the school hall from 7pm. Call 01825 723750 to book your place. Thursday November 21, Newick Twinning Association AGM in the Community Centre at 7.30pm. Friday November 22, Motown Music in the village hall. For details ring 01825 722583.


TIME TO REMEMBER: On Sunday we have the opportunity to remember and give thanks for those who gave their lives whilst on active service defending our freedom and those who lost theirs as a result of such times of conflict. It would also be fitting to remember and give thanks to all who have been and are currently engaged in active service. At 9.30am in All Saints’ church there will be a service commemorating the Faithful Departed and at 10.55am the Remembrance Day service will be held at East Chiltington church with the traditional laying of the wreaths.

FRUIT JUICE: Do remember if you have surplus apples or pears you can take them along to the village green/hall on Sunday, noon to 4pm to have them transformed into delicious juice, courtesy of the Village Action Plan at no charge.

TIME FOR WALKIES: The Footpath Society will be off again on Sunday. Members and guests will gather at the playing field at 1.30pm ready for a walk in an easterly direction between four and five miles following the railway line to East Chiltington, Wootton Farm, Novington Oak, Novington Lane, Stantons and then back to the playing field. More details: 01273 890055

PARISH COUNCIL: Plumpton Parish Council meets on Tuesday in the village hall at 7.30pm. The future of the level crossing gates will be discussed including the latest update from Network Rail.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Drawn out legal formalities relating to the planning consent for 14 affordable homes in North Barnes Lane have at last been completed and work is due to commence very soon.

FESTIVE FAIR: Do remember to keep Saturday, November 30 free as the village Christmas fair will take place in the hall at 2pm. There will be a wide variety of stalls mainly manned by local people and selling a vast array of food and gifts ready for the festive season. Not only that, but the school choir will entertain, Father Christmas will pop in and so will the Three Kings. On top of that there will be lunches, teas and other refreshments to help make this a real social occasion. It has become a real, local event not to be missed. There will be some great activities laid on for children, so adults will be able to browse in peace and enjoy a real family afternoon out.


AGM: The horticultural society’s AGM will be held in the village hall tonight, Friday, at 7.30pm. It will be followed by an illustrated talk by David Lang entitled Antarctica. There will be the usual raffle in aid of the Poppy Appeal. Subscriptions are due from the date of the AGM and can be paid at the meeting.

RINGMER DEBATE in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall tonight, Friday, at 7.30pm entitled Where Will Our Food Come From in 20 Years? All are welcome and entry is free though donations are requested for tea and coffee.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are at home against Selsey in an league fixture with a 3pm kick off at The Caburn. The Reserve team travel to Hassocks on Saturday for their Reserve Section premier match. As always at this time of year, please check with the club or local press as the weather can play havoc with the fixtures. On the social side tomorrow, Saturday evening, is Quiz Night at The Caburn Pavilion Clubhouse. It will be on the popular format of 60 multi-choice questions on a wide and varied range of subjects, teams of up to four, 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

SUNDAY SERVICES: Sunday is Remembrance Sunday and the uniformed organisations of the village will meet at the shopping precinct car park at 10.50am to march to the War Memorial where a short Service of Remembrance will start at 11am. They will then proceed to St Mary’s for the main service. At St Mary’s on Sunday there will also be Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 6.30pm.

CHRISTMAS CARDS: Please note these cards are on sale at the Wednesday Coffee Break in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on October 30 was: 1, Alan Grindley and David Warner, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

RDS PRODUCTION: Do try and get along to Graham Stapley’s production of Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs, taking place in the village hall on the evenings of November 13 to 16 at 7.45pm. This production has a large cast of both familiar and not so familiar faces and has involved everyone in a great deal of work so deserves your support. It has been entered for the Brighton and Hove Arts Council’s Drama Awards Competition and will be publicly adjudicated after the performance on Friday, November 15. Tickets at £8 are available online at or from Denis Drinan on 07753 317373 or email or from Creature Comforts, The Pet Shop, Ringmer.

COFFEE MORNING on Friday, November 15, from 10am to noon at 1 The Elms, Ringmer in aid of SSABAH (Sussex Association for Spinal Bifida and Hydrocephalus). There will be a raffle and a bring and buy sale as well as SSABAH Christmas cards and calendars being on sale. Contact Barbara Longhurst on 01273 813574 if you can attend.

LEWES PASSION PLAY: This is taking place next year on Saturday, April 19 in Harvey’s yard. If you would be interested in being involved in any way with this production try to get along to the meeting being held on Saturday, November 16, in Christ Church main hall from 10am to noon. If you are unable to attend but are interested in taking part please text/telephone 07926 486567 or e-mail

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Advance notice that St. Mary’s Annual Christmas Fair will this year take place in the village halls on Saturday, November 23, from 10am to 1pm. This is the church’s main fund raising event and is always a very colourful and popular event. Do put a note of the date in your diaries.

Rodmell & Southease

THE SAYING it never rains but it pours, certainly came to my mind on Saturday round 2pm when my clutch on the car gave out, and I blocked the C7 by the Swan Pub, right on the wiggly bit in the pouring rain. My apologies to the motorists who tooted, swore and sped by, and my grateful thanks to the gentleman who so kindly helped me by phoning the AA for me (my mobile chose this time to run out). I would also like to thank the lady who phoned a friend for me so they could let Mike know what was happening. The same friend came to move my car and to check I was OK. Thanks also to the gentleman who let me put the car across his driveway, out of harm as I waited for the AA.

THE TURKEY visiting Southease turns out to be a Norfolk Black stag. Evidently he roams the village calling regularly at Corner Cottage for a good feed. Let’s hope he keeps his head down as Christmas is coming.

SUNDAY is Remembrance Sunday when the service will start at 10.55am prompt.

AGM: On Tuesday Rodmell Village Hall Management Committee AGM in the village hall at 7.45pm.

GARDENING DAY: Saturday November 16 is the churchyard gardening day from 9.30am to noon.

WI: On Tuesday November 19 Rodmell and Southease WI meet at 7.30pm in the village hall. This will be a Practical Craft Session (with a Christmas theme).

DANCING: On Friday November 29 there will be another session of Scottish Country Dancing in the village hall at 7.30pm.

ADVENT SERVICE: Our candlelit Advent Service in church is on Sunday December 1 at 4pm. All welcome.

CARDS: Somehow I have to get up enthusiasm to write my Christmas cards for abroad, if I don’t want to pay horrendous postage charges. I can’t wait for Christmas to be over.