Parish Pump Lewes - October 11, 2013


TO THE READERS of Barcombe Pump, I have had an offer from Sue Gray, to take over from me from next week, so please send your entries to her on The Barcombe Stores will continue to hold your delivered items as in the past. Sue is local so you can phone her on 400206. I have enjoyed doing the gathering of news and hope I have pleased some of you, some of the time. Best wishes, Derek Stewart.

STOOBALL: Two weeks ago the Sussex Express wrote an article featuring the Stoolball England team v the President’s XI played at Horsham on September 22. Two of Barcombe’s under 21’s were selected from seven divisions to compete. Angharad Hills and Amy Isted. Adele Woodhams from Barcombe was selected as reserve, but had to decline as the journey from Cambridge Uni would have taken three hours with three changes by train. I was also asked to score for the President’s team. All the girls were given the opportunity to buy their commemorative polo shirts and jackets at the end of the match, a few mums and dads had to reach into their purses and wallets.

VILLAGE HALL GRANT votes needed. Vote for a £3,000 grant for the village hall towards the cost of a hearing loop and sound system. The decision is by public vote so please vote in person at Lloyds Bank, Cliffe High St, or send a text to 61119 quoting: VOTE LWHB or go on line to and follow the instructions. Voting closes on November 1. See page 21 in the Barcombe News. Many thanks.

GARDEN CLUB: Sue Marshall (Iris of Sissinghurst) is coming to speak to the garden club on the subject Pleasure and Pain - Growing Iris for Chelsea. Visitors welcome. The AGM is now on Saturday November 30 to avoid the bonfire.

ELDERLY CARE: Come along to the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, and have a part in shaping the future provision for Barcombe’s elderly people. We’ll gather from 10am and finish by noon. Action in rural Sussex are hugely supportive and Teresa Gittings and Claire Reynolds will explore the profile of Barcombe from the 2011 census and look into their crystal ball as to what the future holds. Together we will gather evidence about today’s facilities and look at what might be provided. The main presentation will be at about 10.30am. Tea and biscuits will be on offer.


BADGE NIGHT: Bonfire Society Badge Night is this evening (Friday) starting at 6.30pm at the Horns Lodge. There you can sign up to become a member of the society (which costs £2) and receive a badge. At 8pm, all who have joined the society are welcome to join the torchlight procession to the Five Bells. Becoming a member also gives you the chance to be part of the procession on Chailey’s Bonfire Night (November 9) and join members of the society in other parades.

WAXING of the lower half of their legs, in aid of the bonfire society, are Richie Jarvis, Stuart Marden, Ron Sheridan, Trevor Smith and Mike Lethem. It is not too late to sponsor them, just go along to the Badge Night at the Horns Lodge this evening from 6.30pm or contact Richie Jarvis at

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and a Harvest Festival Service at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Brian Lanstone, to include Communion, and 6.15pm with David Muzzell. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

FUNGI are the subject of an illustrated talk, organised by the Commons Society, on Thursday at 7.30pm at the village hall. Martin Allinson will give the talk in preparation for a Fungus Foray, on the Commons, on October 30. It will be an opportunity to learn about the many types of fungi on the Commons and whether to eat or not eat them. All are welcome to attend. For more information call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

AGM: Horticultural Society Annual General Meeting takes place on Thursday at the Reading Room, at 8pm. If you are interested in the horticultural society’s activities do go along to this meeting.

URBAN NIGHT: Youth Group Urban night is at the village hall on Friday October 18 from 7pm 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.

PARISH MAGAZINE distribution succeeds due to the 46 distributors who every month deliver the Chailey News to us and we are extremely grateful to them. Everyone is a volunteer and the magazine is free but occasionally complaints are received that the magazines arrive late, even though this may be due to a distributor falling sick, having a holiday or other things that may take priority. It is good that the magazine is so enjoyed that you can’t wait to read it and in such a case you might like to try the church website ( where it is available from the beginning of the month. The distributors are so loyal that there are very few changes during the year but there are some rounds available at present. Markstakes Corner nine magazines (about 20 minutes), Green Lane 32 magazines (about 30 minutes), houses around North Common and Beresford Lane 20 magazines (about one hour and would suit a North Commons dog walker) and Balneath Lane seven magazines (about 15 minutes). If you would like to volunteer to take on one of these rounds or to find out more please give Chris Jones (01444 831244) a call.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

HARVEST SUPPER today, Friday, in the church hall, 7pm. Tickets cost £8 to include a glass of wine or soft drink. Contact Judith on 01273 474356 as someone may have dropped out.

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

MONDAY Afternoon Club meets on Monday in the church hall at 2pm. This month will be tea/chat and speaker from STEPS. Lifts available by contacting Judith 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

THE PARISH COUNCIL met on September 19 in the village hall. Two members of the public were in attendance. A resident asked what the pre consultation was about regarding the proposed digestion plant at the Old Dairy, Cooksbridge. The PC was given a copy of two letters sent by three households to the owners of the Old Diary asking a number of questions regarding the proposals. One resident outlined her concerns that renewable energy should be encouraged provided it is not to the detriment of the area. She asked that the PC ensure all residents are consulted and that all questions raised should be answered. Some time ago it was proposed that Old Cooksbridge should have a sign to distinguish it as a conservation area, the PC was asked to look into this. One resident said that the maize lorries using Deadmantree Hill are huge and travel very fast down the hill. The PC had seen comments from Barcombe PC regarding the pre application for construction of Anaerobic Digestion Plant at Old Park Dairy site. If the digester is installed there would be 1,000 acres of maize and mono-culture which is not ideal. Cllr Harmer thought new CAP reforms would mean a rotation of crops would be needed. If the digester used only crops grown on the farm there would be less disruption than lorries bringing materials in. In principle the parish council is supportive but without more information could not give an informed response. The clerk will write a list of questions and invite the applicant to either the November meeting, or before if necessary. Council has contacted UKIP regarding the lack of contact with Lewes District Cllr D Edmonds. No replay had been received. The clerk will reply to a complaint regarding the way council deals with planning matters. Cllr Dodd, Cllr McBrown and Cllr Ginn are all involved with the Neighbourhood Plan. Action in Rural Sussex will be advising. LDC receive a grant of £30,000 for each plan produced and Cllr Dodd has contacted LDC regarding the lack of financial support given to Hamsey parish. Funding has been applied for. All residents were invited to an Open Day on October 5 to give their views. The final plans should be finished by September 2014. With the resignation of Cllr Rose Armstrong only the planning committee could be decided. Cllr Drury, Cllr Harmer and Cllr Ginn will form the committee, calling on any available Cllr when needed to make up a quorum. There is now another bus service stopping in Cooksbridge at around 7pm. Robert Baughan has joined the Station Partnership and is working towards improved rail services. Cllr Bates has met with ESCC for guidance on marking the Meridian within Hamsey parish. Parking problems have been caused by rail commuters and school drop off and pick ups. The PC has written to the chairman of the school governors and was awaiting a response. Council will ask for police to patrol the parking at school start and finish. The clerk has been unable to get a quote for the metal sleeve for the fingerpost in Hamsey Lane. Chairman to follow this up. ESCC may pay half of the repair costs. Following a report from ESCC regarding the village hall footway, Cllr Dodd reported that there seems to be steady progress with this.

RESIGNATON: The council considered the resignation of Cllr Rose Armstong and the vacancy arising. PC expressed their appreciation for the input made by Cllr Armstrong during her time as a parish councillor. The clerk will advertise the vacancy and residents will be encouraged to put themselves forward. The next parish council meeting is on November 14 in the village hall at 7.30pm.

AMAZING: There were a glut of elderberries already ripe for picking, but almost overnight they have been stripped from the trees. All those elderberry wine makers will find there is a shortage of berries this year.


MOVING ON: The last few days have felt like summer again but sadly the housemartins have left Falmer for warmer winter quarters. We will have to wait until next spring to see them again. They seem to have thrived this year and brought up plenty of young, unlike the ducks on Falmer pond, which have struggled. We are beginning to see the autumn migrants passing through and we spotted two yellow wagtails in our garden last week. There are also a lot of warblers around. I can never tell the difference between chiff-chaffs and willow warblers but I think we are more likely to have chiff chaffs, I have certainly heard their rather monotonous song being sung from the top of our TV aerial.

ON THE MOVE: Reverend Colin Lawlor (The Running Rev) is tackling another marathon this month. He will be running in the Dublin marathon and will be raising money for the charity Children with Cancer UK. You can find out more about their work on their website at If you would like to sponsor Colin please get in touch.

HARVEST: We celebrated our Harvest Festival in Falmer last Sunday. The church looked lovely decked with yellow and gold flowers and with offerings of vegetables and apples (lots of apples). There was a harvest lunch after our service and an auction of the produce to raise money for the Diocese Family Support work. This charity helps families in trouble of all sorts and helps provide support in all kinds of ways, from helping with food to offering a safe environment for families to enjoy a break at the Knowles Tooth Centre. The lunch and auction raised £124 plus the donations of tinned and dry goods that we collect regularly. Many thanks to Jill Burt for working so hard to organise the lunch.

MUSIC: A quick reminder that our next concert at St Laurence is next week Saturday, October 19, at 5.30pm. So you think you know English Song takes us on a journey through the music of the 20th century looking at both well-known and lesser-known composers and their music, with Sue Mileham (soprano) and Kevin Allen (piano). The concert is free with a retiring collection.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Tuesday October 1, nine members enjoyed a six-mile scenic walk starting from the village of High Hurstwood. We parked near St Trinity’s Church with its half-timbered clock tower and separate bell tower and walked along pastures and tree-lined tracks to enter High Hurstwood Nature Reserve. We then walked along stunning Autumnal woodland paths and some of our group gathered mushrooms from the verges. When we stopped for coffee on a grassy slope, we admired views of distant hills shrouded by mist. Continuing on, we followed more woodland paths and crossed a high culvert over a dramatic, deeply-sunken stream, trickling today but known to flood after a wet spell and turn into a rushing torrent. Fortunately, few golfers were out whilst we followed the footpath skirting the fairways of Crowborough golf course and we then took an enclosed path which led us out to the A26 at Poundgate, opposite the Crow and Gate pub. By this stage, we had gently climbed 450 feet since leaving High Hurstwood. At one stage, we had to make a detour along the Vanguard Way because a bridge was unsafe which added a little distance but in no way deterred from the enjoyment of the walk. As well as the extensive woodlands and forests, the walk took us along the ancient sunken trackways, with high banks of trees on either side. No doubt the heavy Wealden clay would turn to mud during the wet winter months but we were lucky that on the day they were dry and easy to walk on. We arrived back at the church and our car park safely and five of us adjourned to the local hostelry for a well-deserved drink and tasty sandwiches. The walk was led by Margaret. Our next walk is on Wednesday, and is Around Arlington. Meet at Lewes Railway Station in time to catch the 10.09am train to Berwick and bring a picnic. Our new programme is available at the Tourist office or visit our website

HISTORY GROUP: Lewes History Group talk on The Story of a Lewes Street: Chapel Hill, Monday 7pm at the Kings Church building Brooks Road. Most local people know Chapel Hill as the steep, narrow road that leads up to the golf course. However, did you know that cricket was played on the top of the hill before golf? And what happened to the chapel that gave the road its name? What was Baldy’s pleasure garden and who were the artists James Lambert (senior and junior)? Find out more about the fascinating history of Chapel Hill and the people who lived and worked there. All welcome. Small entry charge on the door.

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

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday September 24, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Meic Goodyear and Simon Fishburn; 2, Martin and Sylvia Hall; 3, Nancy Wiginton and Rosemary Land. Thursday September 26, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Diana Stevens and Margaret Buddery; 2, Nigel Osmer and Ronald Buddery; 3, Roy Skan and Frank Hibbert. Tuesday October 1, 8th Ladder: 1, Simon Fishburn and Richard Pearson; 2, Janet Catermole and Di Johnstone; 3, Peter Waters and Nancy Wiginton. Thursday October 3, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Cattermole and Mickie Lodge; 2, Margaret and Ronald Buddery; 3, David Sharpe and Liz Fry.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Last Friday, the School held a very successful Wear Yellow Day, raising money for the Samuel’s Children’s Charity. The day finished with a great cake sale which was enjoyed by all. On Tuesday, Key Stage 2 children enjoyed an interesting assembly from the Outdoors Project. The Project will be coming into school to run an outdoors club on a weekly basis. Also on Tuesday, was the Friends AGM took place. The Friends are South Malling’s PTA. The School Council had their first meeting this week. One of their tasks is to help the school decide how the new Sports Grant (£9,000) should be spent. On Thursday, there was a meeting of parents as part of a consultation on a Lewes-wide proposal for six primary schools to join with Priory School in a partnership to improve achievement for the whole Lewes community. This meeting will have to be reported next week but one of the questions most often asked in earlier meetings in other schools was, Why do we need to change at all? Part of the reason for this is that our local authority has warned that their ability to support schools is diminishing each year. This is a result of the Government’s Academy agenda. Malling Governors met early in 2012 to consider the school’s options in the light of this advice. Their main concern is to keep the school focussed on teaching and learning. Their big fear was that simply running the organisation, with all the business decisions that would involve, would detract from this central task. The answer seemed to be partnership with like-minded, neighbouring schools, each also focussed on improving teaching and learning, and each sharing resources to help them afford administrative and staff costs without having to become small businesses. There is also an enormous advantage to this, the sharing of staff expertise across seven good and improving schools, all working to the same end. Other local schools have come to the same conclusion so that is what this is all about. Next week is Harvest Festival and the school is looking forward to receiving many donations of goods etc for the local Food Bank.

THE COMMUNITY CENTRE is hosting a Safety and Security in the Community event tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and 2pm.

HARVEST FESTIVAL is taking place at South Malling Parish Church on Sunday within their Family Service. There will be the usual Hymns, and a time for bringing harvest gifts to the altar as a way of saying a big thank you for this year’s bumper harvest. Tins of food, pasta and goods that will keep, are especially welcome since this year’s harvest will go to local Food Banks. Since it is also a Family Service, there will also be the usual shorter, lighter touch to the worship. Everyone is welcome. Children and families stay together during the family service which tends to be shorter and fairly informal.

TENANTS AND RESIDENTS Association are publishing their first news letter this week and hope to have it available during the Safety and Security in the Community Event. Look out for a copy by the end of the week, here and in other community locations.

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 HISTORY: There is a new development happening which is centred around the history of Nevill Estate. If anyone has old photos of houses, people, events (street party’s), anything at all that has a connection with Nevill in past times. If you don’t mind them being digitally copied for use in research on the history of our estate please take them along to the in the church Hall, Highdown Road, on November 10. It will run from 3pm till 5pm with tea and cake. Older residents must have some lovely memories to share and hopefully photos too and would enjoy finding out more about the history of where we all live. If anyone has a portable scanner we could use with a laptop, that would be brilliant.

FILM CLUB: Lewes Junior Film Club are showing Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on Sunday October 20 at 2pm at the All Saints Centre. Tickets £5 on the door; for more information call Carmen on 01273 470175.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: This year we are having a school development focus on maths. During the year we will be looking at curriculum, resources, training and support. To launch the Year of Maths we are having a maths week from October 21 to 25, we will be having a get caught doing maths photo competition. You could be caught doing any kind of maths anywhere (shopping, cooking, out and about etc). Make it as interesting and unusual as you can. Photos to Kate Foster (Year 5), Simon Gunningham (Year 1) or the office by Friday October 19. The winner will be announced in maths week and will win a £5 voucher to spend on puzzles at our maths week puzzle workshop. Good Luck.

ST MARY’S SUPPORTERS CLUB: Jumble Sale tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 2pm. Quiz Night tomorrow, Saturday, plus raffle starting at 8pm. Everyone welcome to these events.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev John Gordon and will include Holy Communion. On Wednesday between 9.30am and 11am our Little Fishes Group will be meeting. This is a group for pre school children and their carers. The theme this month will be Joseph’s coat and there will be playtime, refreshments, craft activities and a short act of worship. £1 per family, all welcome.


BADGE NIGHT: Tonight, Friday, Newick Bonfire Society are holding their badge night in the Crown Inn. This event will be a chance to pay your subs, become a member or a vice president, finding out about joining the society, a good opportunity to socialise with members and find out why Newick Bonfire night is such a big occasion for the village. There will be some entertainment and members will be in costume, so pop along and join in the fun to kick off the bonfire season.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion and at 10.30am Holy Communion. If you require a lift to church please telephone in advance 722582.

FRIENDS of Newick Health Centre Driving Service are in need of more drivers to take patients to and fro for doctor or nurses appointments. If you are a good driver and could spare about two hours one morning a month (there is a fuel allowance) please telephone 01825 712320 .


BARGAINS GALORE: Jumblers should rush along to the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) for another of the village’s top jumble sales. It will be to raise funds for the hall management and, apart from all the top bargains, there will be tombola, some stalls, cakes and, not least of all, refreshments so that you can relax over a cuppa after the thrill of the chase and gloat over the catch. Kick off will be at 2pm, so be sure to be in your starting blocks in good time. If you have jumble to donate, please take it along to the hall during Saturday morning or ring 01273 890826 to arrange collection. There will be another sale next Saturday, this time organised by the PTA aka PPTFA, but outsiders seldom know what that stands for. Acronyms seem to rule these days, but do not always seem to work.

SUNDAY SCHOOL: Youngsters can meet up at All Saints’ church annexe on Sunday at 10am.

SHORT MAT BOWLS: Our local and very successful club is offering a free taster session in the village hall on Sunday between 10am and noon. This is a game for everyone, irrespective of age or sporting ability and you do not have to rig yourself out in whites to play, as with the outdoor version. Neither will rain stop play. You do not need any equipment either as there will be plenty on hand to borrow. You will not have to beg for it, but please do not attempt to steal it. It really is a fun game and is quite easily picked up.

FANCY A STROLL? If so, meet up with the Footpath Society on Sunday at Ardingly Reservoir car park (pay on entry) TQ335 286 at 2pm. Then it will be off on a hike of some four and three-quarter miles along the River Ouse, Rylands Farm, Great Bentley Farm, Stone Hill and back to the car park. The walk passes under the Balcombe viaduct. Everyone welcome and more information is available on 01825 722649 if needed.

SCARECROW AUCTION: Remember that if you wish to acquire that delightful pair of mini scarecrows created by Sue Nash, the silent auction finishes on October 15. Pop along to the village shop to see them and lodge your bid. Proceeds go to church funds.

TIME TO SOCIALISE: The horticultural society will hold one of its popular social evenings on Friday of next week. There will be a quiz, And a raffle and Alan Pilfold will give s short slide show on the effects of the 1987 hurricane on Southover Nursery, Lewes. Everyone welcome to attend.

QUIZ TIME: The tennis club will be holding one of its great quizzes on Saturday of next week in the village hall. You can reserve tickets at £9 to include entry, snacks, a chilli and a dessert by ringing 01273 890002. Doors will open at 7pm and brains will be engaged at 7.30pm. If you cannot raise a team, fear not, as you will be joined up with others in the same situation. You have to take your own crockery and cutlery but, thoughtfully, glasses will be provided.

PRESSING TIME: The village’s apple press was put to good use on Sunday. A large number of families made their way to the village green bearing large crops of apples and pears. The team then proceeded to turn the harvest into about 350 litres (that’s a lot of pints) into delicious juice and, in so doing, a great deal of fun was had by all and the event became a great social occasion. It is possible that another day of pressing may be organised for late crops.

HACKERS AT WORK: Yet another local resident has fallen foul to the scumbags who seek to steal from innocent people because they are too lazy to actually work. This prolific scam involves hacking in to email accounts, stealing addresses and then emailing friends etc., with some sob story that the owner of the account has been mugged, robbed and is stranded in the Philippines, Ukraine or some other far away place and is accompanied by a request for a temporary loan. Sometimes such stories can ring a bell of truth and people do fall for them (I know of someone who understandably did). However, do be warned that there is a 99.999 percent chance that such pleas are fake as they were in the half dozen local cases that have come to my attention in recent months. Targets are requested to respond to an email address that is very similar, but not identical to that of the victim.

AWAY DEFEAT: Plumpton RFC travelled to Midhurst at the weekend, losing 40-3. Midhurst took full advantage of the slope and wind in the first half to run in tries. Plumpton found themselves defending for most of the half, with some impressive tackling throughout the team. However, Midhurst were able to exploit gaps, which meant Plumpton had their backs to the wall. The second half was a different story, as Plumpton now played with the slope, and were unfortunate to have Two tries by Craig Wells disallowed. Plumpton’s only points came from the boot of Lewis Beale Plumpton took some positives, including a man of the match performance form Centre Oliver Shaw, who easily led the tackling stats, and Rory Loftus, playing for the first time at outside centre and made some thunderous hits. This week Plumpton host Newick, ko 3pm.


TABLE TOP SALE tomorrow, Saturday, at Ringmer Community College from 10am to noon. Phone Ruth Whitlock, LRC Manager on 01273 812220 ext. 253 for more information.

COFFEE MORNING: Ringmer Twinning Association are holding this event in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. It will also include a bring and buy sale. Entry 50p (to include a up of tea or coffee). All welcome.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are away to Littlehampton Town in an SCFL Div One fixture with a 3pm kick off time at The Sportsfield, St Flora’s Road, Littlehampton. On Tuesday evening the firsts are away again to Worthing United in an RUR Cup fixture. The second team are at home on Saturday and have an Intermediate Cup fixture against CCK Athletic with a 3pm kick off time at The Caburn Ground. On Sunday the under 18s are away to Rottingdean in a youth section east fixture. England v Montenegro and England v Poland will be shown on the large screen TVs in the bar.

SUNDAY SERVICES: The services at St Mary’s on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 10.45am Sung Euchaerist with the Laying on of Hands for Healing and 6.30pm Evensong.

FLUTES AND FRIENDS: On Sunday at 3pm in St Mary’s Anne Hodgson and her students and friends present a concert of music for flutes and piano. Please join them for tea and cakes after the concert. No tickets - but a retiring collection in aid of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. All very welcome. Anne would really appreciate your attendance at this event to help her raise money for the hospital. You can also donate on line at

ART CLUB: Lewes District Art Club autumn programme has started. The club meets every Tuesday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall. On Tuesday local artist Tom Walker will be the guest, anyone interested in the club is welcome to attend Tom’s workshop for a donation of £2. Come and meet the members (who come from all over the district) and learn what is planned in the autumn programme. For further information phone 812316.

MOTHERS’ UNION: At its meeting on Tuesday in the Church Room the Revd Sally Epps will be giving a talk entitled A Kenyan Experience. Please note that this talk will take place at 3pm that day and not the usual time of 7.30pm.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on October 2 was: 1, Adele Stockdale and Tim Owen; 2, Richard Newton and Simon Webster; 3, Pam Brook and John Weston. The club next meets on Wednesday in the St. Mary’s Room of the village hall at 7.30pm. Contact number 8142220.

NEARLY NEW SALE: Ringmer Tiddlers and Toddlers are holding this event in the village hall on Saturday, October 19, from 10.30am to noon. Nearly new clothes for babies and children 0 to 6 years, maternity clothes, pushchairs, baby equipment, toys, children’s and parenting books, DVDs etc. Buyers £1 entry (per family). Tea and cakes will be available. For more information e-mail

EVENING WI: Congratulations to Ringmer Evening WI for their success in the WI competitions at the Ardingly Autumn Show and Game Fair. The show was held on October 5 and 6 and competitions were open to WI’s from both East and West Sussex. Ringmer did remarkably well as of their 5 members who entered classes, four were prize winners. Susan James won first prize for a novelty knitted hat, Elizabeth Hawkins won first for her fruit curd, Ann Keeping won first for her decorated elephant (made from a plastic milk bottle) and Jay Kendall got second prize for her Christmas biscuits and her knitted hat was highly commended.

Rodmell & Southease

CHILLI DAY: Adrian Orchard tells me that Chilli Day in Southease was a great success. The car park was full, and at least 1000 people came, many using Southease Station to come from far and wide. It’s good that this little station, that looks rather like those featured in Western movies, out in the middle of nowhere, is doing so well with people using it to gain access to the new youth hostel, the South Downs Way and Rodmell and Monks House. I can remember when it actually had a manned signal box.

HARVEST FESTIVAL Service takes place on Sunday at 11am. Please bring and share your Harvest gifts of homegrown flowers, vegetables, fruit and produce. At the end of the service we celebrate together with drinks and nibbles, and exchange our Harvest produce for cash, which will then be given to St Peter and St James Hospice, Chailey.

APPLE PRESSING at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm to 5pm. Bring apples and clean containers. 50p per one litre container filled. Tea and cakes for sale. Proceeds to Rodmell Horticultural Society. We still have lots of apples and pears and sweet crab apples in our orchard, which we are more than happy to share with others. If you don’t have fruit trees but would like to go to apple pressing to make your own juice please contact me (evenings 7.30pm to 8pm on 01273 476876) to make an appointment to pick your own. No charge.

DANCING: Scottish Country Dancing in the village hall is being restarted this term, taught by Andrew Buxton of Lewes. The classes will still be on Fridays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm but on a monthly basis: October 25, November 29, December 20. We are a friendly group and welcome new members, no experience necessary. For further information call 01273 477997.

ADRIAN ORCHARD has a beautiful hen turkey who has made a sudden, welcome appearance in his garden which he feeds diligently and is very fond of. I wonder if it’s one of those American turkeys that ran up the C7, in a group, from the Piddinghoe area and landed up in our goat pen before taking off to places like Glynde, Kingston and Chailey. Has anyone else seen sightings or had them make a home with them?

COFFEE CLUB meets on Wednesday October 23, 11am to 12.30pm in the village hall. Delicious coffee and cakes. All welcome.

I’M INTRIGUED by this little piece in our Parish Magazine: Looking forward to December. Please keep Saturday December 7 free as we hope to have six well behaved horses in the village hall – more information on this interesting event next month.

AN EVENING of Farming Nostalgia takes place on Saturday November 9 in the village hall, 7pm. It will feature the Women’s Land Army – A Sussex Connection. Memories and a history of the role of women on farms, during two world wars. The 1950’s At Manor Farm, Bishopstone, John Willet’s much acclaimed cine film, when 20 men worked on the farm, 40 at harvest time. Speaker Ian Everest. Tickets £7.50 each, to include wine and finger buffet during interval, available from Martin Brickell 858628 and David Smart 478151 in aid of Southease and Rodmell Churches.

WI: October 15 annual meeting for members.

THE SPEEDS through Rodmell are still too high, despite the new wooden posts to try and convince people that they are driving through a village. Perhaps when the wild flowers which are being seeded into the verges, and should be a picture next spring, are out in flower people may eventually get the message. We can but hope.