Parish pump Lewes - October 10, 2014


GARDEN CLUB: On Tuesday October 21 at 7.30pm in the village hall, Hedley Cornwell and Professor Roger Homan will be talking about Favourite Garden Tools. Bring along your own favourites. All welcome. That’s almost it for this year, only one more for November. Thank you again for all you do, don’t forget you’d be very welcome at any meeting or we could always have a coffee.


WHIST DRIVE, organised by Chailey Branch of The Women’s British Legion, is tomorrow (Saturday) at 7.30pm at the village hall. All are welcome to attend; the cost is a modest £3 for an evening’s entertainment and a plate supper. For more information call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

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. Free Church are at 10.30am with Les White, with David Muzzell leading, and at 6.15pm with Phil Wells. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

CHAILEY SCHOOL ARTISTS: Following their very successful exhibition in Lewes Artwave, Chailey School artists are exhibiting in the Farley Barn Gallery, at Farley Farm House, Muddles Green, Chiddingly. The exhibition is open to the public on three Sundays in October (October 12, 19 and 26) between 10am and 4.30pm. The outstanding exhibits include surrealist portraits inspired by a workshop and visit to Farley Farm House, home of the remarkable painter Roland Penrose and renowned photographer Lee Miller, as well as 3D exhibits and GCSE artwork. See for directions and optional tours of the house and sculpture garden.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group club night is at The Horns Lodge on Tuesday from 8pm, anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars is invited to attend this meeting. To find out more about the group visit

COFFEE MORNING takes place at Ketches, Church Road, Newick, on Thursday from 10.30am to 12.30pm. This is being organised by St Peter and St James Hospice Newick and Chailey Support Group. All are welcome to enjoy the refreshments and browse the many stalls. For more details call Charlotte on 01825 722454.

SUSSEX BIRD ATLAS 2007 to 2011: Ian Woolsey will explain the results of this major survey at the Commons Society meeting, at the village hall, on Thursday at 7.30pm. There will be special reference to the maps and the birds which the society sponsored.

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday October 17 at the Coffee Stop, Free Church and the parish clerk will be there to assist with any questions you have. The Coffee Stop is open from 10am to midday.

BADGE NIGHT for the bonfire society takes place on Friday October 17 at the Horns Lodge starting at 6.30pm. There will be a torchlight march from the Horns Lodge to the Five Bells at 8pm. Do go along and support the society; annual membership is only £3 per person. If you can’t make it on the night, please contact Gini on 01273 400989 or email to join.

MID SUSSEX HILLIER 108km cycling event starts at the village hall on Saturday October 18 starting at 8.30am to finish by 5.08pm. This is a chance to enjoy the climbs of Ashdown Forest, Cob Lane, Rocks Lane, Constitution Hill and Ditchling Beacon. Entry is £5 (£5.50 when paying via PayPal. To enter visit before October 15.

GRANDPARENTS TODDLER GROUP meet on Wednesday between 9.30am and 11.30am at the Chailey Children’s Centre which is in the grounds of Chailey School. The group have 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.

HORTICULTURALSOCIETY: Although the standard of exhibits is high at the society’s shows and those that come to view have an enjoyable afternoon, support for the society is on the decline. Chailey is the oldest horticultural society in the area, being mentioned as far back as the 1830s and it would be a tragedy if it was to fold through lack of interest and support. The society urgently needs new committee members and more entries in the shows. The classes offer a wide range for different talents including cookery, handicrafts and flower arranging alongside more traditional horticultural pursuits. Also there are classes for children of all ages. If you feel you would like to help in any way please contact Peter Estcourt on01273 400791and/or attend the society’s AGM on Thursday October 23 at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, at 8pm. All are welcome and cheese and wine will be provided.

CYCLE JUMBLE is at the village hall on Saturday October 25 from 8am to 2pm. Inside tables cost £8 and outside tables £5. To book a table call Hugh Procter on 01273 471880 or email

KIDS FOR A QUID is the special half term offer from Saturday October 25 to Sunday November 2 at the Bluebell Railway. If you book at least eight days in advance you will get generous discounts on adult tickets as well; just call 01825 720800 to purchase Bluebell Bonus tickets.

VOLUNTEER STAFF VACANCIES: The Bluebell Railway is reviewing its operational structures and there are three new roles to be filled. Post 1 is a Locomotive Superintendent who will be responsible for running the department on a daily basis. Those with experience of footplate work at a senior level will form the most likely source of applications, although an outstanding candidate with a good track record of management experience in a railway context may do well in the recruitment process. Posts 2 and 3 are the Chief Clerk and Shed Foreman These positions will be advertised in due course so that the Locomotive Superintendent can lead in the recruitment process. Expressions of interest for the post of Locomotive Superintendent, with a letter of application, should be submitted by Sunday October 26, to the Operations Director, c/o Sheffield Park Station or via e-mail to, and must include a CV explaining relevant experience.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

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

MONDAY CLUB meets on Monday in the church hall at 2pm. This month is tea and chat. Lifts available by ringing Judith Bastide on 01273 474356 or Caroline Featherstone 01273 477151.

HAMSEY: It is always sad when the last of the summer services are held in Hamsey Church so it was particularly nice to read the sentiments of the rector following the final summer Evensong: One of the joys of living in our part of the world is summer at Hamsey Church. The weather has been especially lovely this year making it so easy to enjoy the peace and beauty of this beautiful old church. Judge Michael Kennedy and his choir sang the ancient office of Compline on a glorious June evening and afterwards entertained us all to strawberries and wine. Perfection. There have also been two excellent concerts by the Musicians of All Saints. Looking ahead, do put 3pm on Sunday December 14 in your diary for the annual Hamsey Carol Service, it’s always packed out. A much loved Carol Service in a much loved church. It is well known that people come from far and wide to visit Hamsey church and on the occasions that I did the flowers there I was amazed at the amount of visitors that used to come in to look and take photographs. Sadly as the rector wrote earlier this year there has been a slippage of tiles on the south of the roof of the church, with expensive tiling required. As a temporary measure part of the church grounds has been cordoned off as a precaution. The churchwardens and the parochial church council have had the difficult task of investigating their options for the future of the church. Thankfully it did not stop the use of the church for the summer services or the weddings and christenings which the rector already had booked.

SCAMS: I have had several calls recently to tell me about strange phone calls that residents have received. Having had a few myself it would be a good time to remind residents of the earlier warning from Sussex Police. They warn residents to be vigilant with regards to cold callers. Remember never to give personal information over the phone unless you know for sure who you are giving it to. Never allow door callers in to your house unless they have a valid ID badge and a genuine reason to request entry (meter readings etc). I ask them to put their ID through the letter box so that it can be checked out before they enter. There are also several different scams being used at the moment which include scam mail, phone calls and emails. Most will say you have won a large sum of money and all that’s needed is a cheque for £20 etc. Some will be calls saying your computer has been hacked and the caller needs access to your system to fix the problems. Any concerns with regards to any cold callers or any potential scams call Sussex Police. Non emergency 101, emergency 999. Note that if you are reporting an incident all calls should go through the police switchboard.

FATAL ATTRACTION: I have just read that bats are being lured to their deaths at wind farms because they think turbines are trees in which they can find shelter, food and a mate, scientists investigating unprecedented numbers of fatalities have suggested. Some species carry out mating displays in trees. The highest death rates among bats at wind farms were documented around the start of the mating season. They fly towards slow-moving or stationary turbines, only to be killed when gusts spin the blades. About 600,000 bats are estimated to have been killed by wind farms in the United States in 2012. The next day I then read that residents who live near wind farms are suffering from deafness from the noise of the turbines and some people have had permanent damage to their hearing?


DOGS’ DELIGHT: I have managed to miss all the recent events in Falmer, but fortunately I have been kept up to date by my informants. Last Saturday’s Animal Blessing service seems to have gone splendidly, (judging by the photographs) with a lot of excited pooches of all shapes and sizes, greeting each other with enthusiasm. The weather deterred the more exotic and larger animals that we were expecting, but I do hope this will become a regular event in our calendar.

CONCERT: Saturday was a busy day here as there was also a concert in the evening. Clare’s Journey was Terence Deadman’s musical settings of the poetry of John Clare (the peasant poet). The concert featured Stefan Holmstrom baritone, Kevin Starns tenor, Jane Richards mezzo-soprano, Tim Nail piano and the choir was directed by Shirley Linford. The concert followed Clare’s life from the publication of his first volume of poetry and society success to the waning of interest in his work and his increasing bouts of depression which eventually lead to his incarceration in a lunatic asylum. I am told the production was incredibly professional and the musicianship wonderful, not surprising as some of the performers have worked at Glyndebourne, Grange Park Opera and Opera Holland Park. The concert series continues with Gabrielle Stevens on classical guitar on November 15. More details nearer the time.

HARVEST: Sunday saw the Harvest Festival service at St Laurence, the church was decorated beautifully with flowers and with an enormous pumpkin sitting on top of the font surrounded by bright red leaves and flowers. The service was followed by a Harvest Lunch which raised over £100 for US, a Christian charity supporting efforts all over the world to help people in many different ways, including a hospital in Palestine.

BISHOP: Our parish will be visited by the Bishop of Chichester next week on Sunday October 19. Bishop Martin is travelling around the whole of the diocese visiting every parish. He has already visited the parish when he first took up the office of Bishop, but on that occasion he met clergy and PCC members from all over the area in the rather different surroundings of the Amex stadium.

SHOPPING: Now that the university term has started again, we can enjoy the Tuesday Market on Sussex Campus. The market has all sorts of exotic delicious looking treats like olives, cakes, curries and baklava as well as basics like bread and vegetables. We are very well served by the Park Farm shop too, which, as well as fruit and veg, now has delicious sausages, cheeses, crisps, cakes and biscuits, in fact I don’t know why I go anywhere else.


COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning at Cliffe Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am till noon. Cakes, tombola, bonfire photos, merchandise, cards, tea and coffee. Also on sale will be Bruce Wadeys Book, The First 100 Years of South Street Bonfire Society, priced at £6.50. Plus this year’s bonfire programme priced £2.

HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP: Coffee Morning on Tuesday at 10.30am, to include a display from Sage and Onion clothes store. All welcome. On Tuesday October 21, something different in our lounge: a Drop-In morning from Age UK Footcare. If you would like advice or help with any problems about your feet, do call in at the House, from 10am to noon.

WOULD YOU LIKE to see the poppies at the Tower of London? Lewes House of Friendship is planning a coach trip up to London in the last week of October, cost (to include admission) will be about £25. If you are interested, please ring us any weekday morning, between 9.30am and 1.30pm, on 01273 476469, call in any morning at reception (at 208 High Street), or email us on for more details.

HEARING BUS: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile unit for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be outside Superdrug in Cliffe Precinct on Thursday from 10.30am 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:

HISTORY GROUP: Lewes History Group talk, A Quirky Guided Tour of Lewes by Kevin Gordon, 7pm for 7.30pm on Monday at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. Kevin Gordon’s talk gives an opportunity to take a guided stroll around Lewes’ streets without the need to climb any hills. The virtual tour includes looking at unusual features in four graveyards and one of the town’s twittens, plus meeting some historical local characters, such as X-it the dwarf and Kate Fowler Tutt. All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH has been pleased to run Lewes Sings Gospel, a community choir, for the last five years. On Sunday a packed church was thrilled to watch them win the BBC’s Songs of Praise gospel choir of the year competition on the big screen. It is amazing that their close teamwork has enabled them to reach such heady heights. On Sunday we will be holding Fairtrade cake sales in aid of Tearfund’s No Child Taken campaign which aims to prevent 100,000 vulnerable children being trafficked (see The sales will follow the 10am and 11.15am services (so starting a little after 11am in the church and a little after 12.15pm in the church hall). Are you aged 11 to 17 years? Do you enjoy singing? On Monday from 6.30pm to 8pm the Glee Club opens for business. Have fun developing your confidence and singing ability. For more information email: Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service, with communion, in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service, with singers and band. Please do come and join us.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL had another busy week last week. New parents were invited to a coffee morning so they could hear how their children were settling in and find out more about what they can do to help them with their learning. The Year 3 Blue Butterflies went on a trip to the Castle Museum to discover more about the Stone Age as part of the new history curriculum. The head says, ‘It has been lovely to receive positive feedback on the behaviour of the South Malling children each time they go on a trip. We are very proud of them.’ On Thursday the school participated in a fund raising event for Samuel’s Children’s Charity which supports families of children with cancer. All members of the school were asked to wear something yellow in return for a donation of £1 for this worthwhile cause. Today, Friday, is an Inset day. Teachers and support staff will be hard at work learning more about how children learn and how to give them the best possible feedback so they know their next steps. Coming up next week, there is an e-safety coffee morning for parents on Tuesday at 9am and Harvest Festival on Friday October 17. All contributions will be donated to the Malling Food Bank.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: Following last Sunday’s Communion service, the congregation congratulated Bertram and Hilda Sharp on their diamond wedding anniversary. They were married 60 years ago, on September 25 at South Malling Church. The Vicar, Revd Jeremy Bamber invited them to the front and Bert explained how, before his wedding, he and the best man had to move the weighty brass eagle lectern from the centre of the aisle where it then stood, so that he and Hilda could kneel at the chancel steps. It now stands to the side of the chancel so feats of strength are no longer required from prospective bridegrooms! The couple were given a present of wine and flowers and shared a delicious anniversary cake baked by a member of the congregation. Many congratulations to Bert and Hilda. A good number of the congregation stayed on for an hour after the service to talk about how the church should better serve its community and meet the challenges of its proposed partnership with St John sub Castro and Southover in the coming couple of years. Notes taken from a number of small group discussions will go to the PCC for further consideration later this month. This coming Sunday is Family Service with Harvest Festival. Harvest gifts will go to the local Food Bank and people are asked to bring mainly non perishable items such as pasta, cereals and tinned goods. The service begins at 9.30am.

THE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION met on Wednesday October 1 at Reed Court, starting their second year of existence after being reconvened in summer 2013. Funding the Food Bank, one of the big successes of the association was a key topic of discussion. The main problem is not paying for the food, but the cost of hiring the Community Centre from the town council. There were also updates on changes to bus services and on the Neighbourhood Planning Meetings.

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.


CHRIST CHURCH: Sunday is our Harvest Festival Service at 10.30am led by Rev John Gordon with Holy Communion. The church will be decorated tomorrow, Saturday, in readiness for Sunday. During the service our Sunday Club will be running. Following this we will having a church walk.

MEMBERSHIP EVENT: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society are holding a membership event at St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road, between 3pm and 8.30pm today, Friday. The event will include a costume sale and society merchandise, as well as a display about the society’s history. New members are very welcome. Tickets for the firework display are also on sale for just £5 for adults and unaccompanied minors, with accompanied children under 16 years having free entrance (ticket required). The firework display tickets are on sale at Nevill Newsagents and 7 East Street. The society’s stunning all colour programme is on sale around the town and at Lewes Tourist Information Centre.

COFFEE MORNING: There is a coffee morning in aid of St Peter & St James Hospice tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at St Mary’s Hall, Highdown Road. All welcome. Cakes, books and craft stalls, refreshments and tombola.


THE AFTERNOON CLUB have changed the speaker for their meeting on Thursday. The new speaker will be Dene Newman, her subject will be Fostering New Relationships with E-Soviet Block Countries. This will take place in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. Dene will be speaking about her role as Director of Current & International Affairs for the English Speaking Union.

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open from 10am to 11am in the village hall today, Friday.

MUSIC QUIZ: Newick Bonfire Society will be holding a Music Quiz tomorrow, Saturday, evening in the village hall, doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start. Tickets £8 including light refreshments, plus licensed bar. Please telephone 01825 722418 to reserve your place.

SERVICES at St Mary’s are 8am Holy Communion followed at 10.30 am with Holy Communion Church Worship.

OPEN CHURCH: There will be an Open Church meeting on Wednesday at 6.30pm for 7pm in the church, for people to find out what is happening and what has to be done before a new vicar arrives. Also what you would like to see happen in the future at the church.

COFFEE MORNING: Just to remind you of the St Peter and St James Coffee Morning on Thursday at Ketches, Church Road, 10.30am to 12.30pm by the Newick and Chailey Support Group. Lots of interesting stalls and raffle. Please try and support this coffee morning.

NEWICK WI are meeting on October 23 in the Community Centre from7.45pm. The speaker will be from the Camelia Botnar Foundation.

NEWICK CINEMA’S next film, The Book Thief, will be on Sunday October 26. More details later.


PELLS SCHOOL: Children at Pells Church of England Primary School have been involved in a whole school project called Art Around Us, which gave them lots of opportunities to create art work inspired by the local area. Many of the drawings and paintings are displayed at St John Sub Castro Church. The school Harvest Festival was held at St John’s, with children bringing gifts of food which has been given to the Landport Food Bank and the Family Support Work Food Bank.


BARGAIN TIME: Rush on down to the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) to snap up some bargains at the jumble sale being organised to raise funds to help support the village hall. Plumpton’s jumble sales never fail to please and, in addition to the sale, there will be stalls, including cakes, tombola and refreshments to help you recover from the euphoria of bargain hunting. If you have jumble to donate then please take it along to the hall during Saturday morning.

APPLES INTO JUICE: If you have a hoard of apples this season and you would like to turn them into a wholesome drink then take them along to the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) between noon and 4pm and the Village Action Plan’s apple press will be there to make your dream come true. Even pears can receive similar treatment. There will be no charge, but please take along your own containers to allow you to take the nectar home. My tree bore but three fruits this year, after a bumper crop in 2013, so I will not compete with anyone for the use of the press.

FANCY A WALK? If so, simply go along to ESCC car park at County Hall, Lewes (TQ409 099) a\t 2pm on Sunday to enjoy a four and a half mile walk along Spital Road, Houndean Bottom and then on a circular tour of Lewes. If you need to know more ring 01273 477336. The on Friday next week the Society’s AGM will take place in the Sports Pavilion at the playing field at 7pm for 7.30pm. A chance to meet the members and find out about the Society for newcomers.

MODERN SCULPTURE: The Newick branch of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts (NADFAS) will stage another of its fascinating and highly popular lectures on Wednesday in Plumpton village hall starting at 2.15pm. Mary Acton, who recently retired as a course director in the history of modern art at Oxford University, will show how modern sculpture has changed so extraordinarily, departing from classic traditions, using new materials and new ways of construction. The talk will cover the period from the 1990s to the present day, illustrating a variety of artists including the creator of the Angel of the North. Non-members are most welcome on payment of £7 at the door to include tea and biscuits at the end plus the opportunity to discuss the talk with members of the audience and the lecturer. These sessions always attract large audiences. To find out more ring 01825 723250.

FLOWER ARRANGING: Anyone interested in this delightful hobby will do no better than to pop along to the village hall on Wednesday when Margaret Williams will give a demonstration on the theme Light Fantastic. Non-members are welcome along on payment of £2.50 at the door. That will hardly break the bank and result in an enlightening evening in good company.

CHAILEY COMMONS: On Thursday Chailey Commons Society will hold a meeting in Chailey village hall at 7.30pm. Ian Wolsey will talk about the society’s contribution to the Sussex Bird Atlas from 2007 to 2011 with special reference to the maps and birds that the society has sponsored. All welcome.

WAITROSE BONUS: If you shop at Waitrose in Lewes during October, please be sure to get a green charity token and pop it into the box for Plumpton Horticultural Society to ensure that it gets maximum benefit from the scheme.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: The feedback received from residents at last month’s consultation event has been analysed and is currently being reviewed prior to publication. This process forms a vital part of the Parish Council’s determination to consult fully with residents to ensure that in the years ahead developments that take place in Plumpton accord, as far as is possible, with the wishes of residents. We know that some housing development will be compulsory and many rumours are flying around. However, those rumours are as usual based on fiction rather than fact. Although several proposals are being talked about, no planning applications have yet been made and none of these proposals has been given even tacit approval, despite what may be said. As and when an application is made the council will consider it in the established procedure and with the benefit of the views expressed by residents at the consultation events.

LEVEL CROSSING: In line with its proactive approach to Network Rail’s plans to replace the level crossing gates with automatic barriers, the Parish Council has ascertained that now no works are even contemplated until the new year and then these will only be of a preparatory nature. Any major works are not envisaged until quite a lot later. Whilst Network Rail seems hell bent on replacing the gates it must be remembered that no planning application has yet been made and, therefore, positive comment is not yet appropriate. Despite more rumours that have been spread, the Parish Council does not accept a fait accompli and will make serious comment as and when an application is made and this will be with the benefit of feedback gleaned from various face to face consultations with residents over a period of several years. My personal view is that the fight is not yet over.


TODDLERS NEARLY NEW SALE: Tiddlers and Toddlers Nearly New Sale tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall, 10.30am to noon. Children’s clothes and equipment age 0 to 5 years. Everything you need when having, raising or minding a little one. Tea and cakes also available, please come along and support our little group, thanks. Entrance £1 per family.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are away to Lancing in a SCFL Div 1 league fixture with a 3pm kick off at Crabtree Lane. Meanwhile the second team are at home in the second round of the Intermediate Cup versus South Coast City also with a 3pm kick off at the Caburn. On Sunday the under 18s have a home league fixture versus Newhaven with an 11am kick off at the Caburn. At the time of going to press, there are no mid week fixtures planned.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday October 1, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

ELECTRIC BLANKET TESTING: Lewes District Council are testing electric blankets in Ringmer Village Hall on Thursday from 2pm to 4pm. This essential service is free to all.

NEARLY NEW SALE: Ringmer Primary School are holding a Nearly New Sale of all things children next Saturday, October 18. It is to be similar to the very successful NCT sale and Tiddlers and Toddlers Sales but for children age four years and upwards. We will be selling clothes, books, shoes, toys, bikes, computer games, uniforms, scooters and small items of furniture, in fact anything to do with children. Sellers must register before the sale and there is a limited number of places. If you are interested in selling please contact me on for further details and if not please do come along to buy. We would welcome any good quality donations please and can collect locally.

FLUTES AND FRIENDS return to St Mary’s, Ringmer, for another of their popular charity concerts on Saturday October 18 at 3pm. Anne Hodgson and her flute students aged 10 years to adults at diploma level will be performing a variety of music for flutes in ensembles as well as for flute and piano. Please come and join us for an afternoon’s entertainment with tea and cakes afterwards. There will be a retiring collection in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice and admission is free.

Rodmell & Southease

POST: I wrote a long piece praising the lovely day spent at the new YHA at Southease on Monday September 15 but I’m afraid it did not get into the paper as the first class post let me down yet again, and the paper did not receive it. This really makes me mad as I always write it and send it at least four days before it has to get to its destination, and I put a first class stamp on it and also write first class on the envelope. I can only apologise at these blips in the system and intend to phone the Royal Mail about it. These days I really think more people should complain as all sorts of services are going down-hill and so many people in all walks of life just do not have pride in their job. One of the things I hear so often these days is ‘Oh, my mum/dad has pressed all the wrong buttons on their phone/TV and I have to go to sort it out’. This didn’t happen when things were simple. These days you need to ask a four year old to switch on the TV or get the phone sorted as they are already up with technology, not like many of us oldies.

HARVEST: I also wrote about the splendid harvest celebration at Headway on Saturday September 20 at Newick, which I was pleased to see, did actually get a lovely piece written in last week’s Sussex Express, which they thoroughly deserved.

TV: Strangely I know many people (quite a few in their 30s and 40s) who have given up on TV and gone back to listening to the radio.

B&B: It’s still busy on the B&B front and I had 15 people at my door at different stages on one day wanting a room for the night. The South Downs Way is becoming so popular.

COFFEE MORNING: Maureen Ford has asked me to put the following in the Parish Pump column and I think readers will consider it a very worthwhile cause to support. There is a coffee morning in aid of St Peter & St James Hospice tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at St Mary’s Hall, Highdown Road, Nevill. All welcome. Cakes, books and craft stalls, refreshments and tombola.