Parish Pump Lewes - October 12 2012


GARDEN CLUB: The speaker for the meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall is Sue Buckingham, who is coming to speak to us on the subject Wildflower Names, Habitats, Seasons and Folklore. New members and visitors very welcome.

VILLAGE HALL fundraiser Friday, October 19 at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £7.50 at the Village Shop and the Electrical shop. A talk by David Lang and Allen Slater on Nagaland, (between Assam and Myanmar). This is the latest of many talks by David and friends always a very interesting evening. SNOOKER last week was a walkover giving us five points due to no show by Seaford C. Mondays match is away to St Mary’s Club in Lewes, the two top teams at the moment.

FOOTBALL: Only one match played last week, the second team at home to Buxted III won 2-0, both goals scored by A Wright. Top of Division Ten. Keep the record in tact lads.


EXHIBITION: Fine Art Exhibition by Elizabeth Mackintosh is at St Peter’s Church today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825 722586. Thanks go to all those who have offered to assist with flowers in the church; more flower arrangers are however needed for the flower rota. You don’t have to be wonderful at flower arranging, just willing to join the team and help make the church look beautiful and welcoming. Please speak to Teresa if you are willing to help. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Phil Cole and at 6.15pm with Ken Cardy. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

2013 CALENDAR is available from the Commons Society and features landscape photographs of the commons through the seasons taken by the society’s vice-chairman Ian Seccombe. The cost is £6.75 per copy, two for £13 or three for £19 and can be purchased at the Commons Society meetings or by calling 01444 831098. Their next meeting is on Thursday at 7.30pm when there will be an illustrated talk, The Land on the Edge of the Ocean, by Tony Vile based on his many trips to the island of St Kilda.

AGM: Horticultural Society Annual General meeting takes place on Thursday at the Reading Room and starts at 8pm.

BONFIRE NIGHT parade is on Saturday November 10 and the evening is designed as a family event and themed towards children. The torch lit procession, which starts at Chailey School, comprises steam engines, vintage vehicles and themed floats. Village members and local societies and clubs are invited and encouraged to design floats and costumes. Two awards are presented every year for best float and costume in the procession. If you or your club wish to have a float in the procession please let Jane know on 01273 400632.

TRACK TREK scheduled for Sunday September 30 was, due to completely waterlogged ground, postponed by the Bluebell Railway until Sunday November 18. The Trek will be over the Bluebell’s Northern Extension between Kingscote and East Grinstead, a round trip of approximately four miles and stout footwear will be required. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. All children under 16 years must be accompanied and the Trek is not considered suitable for children under seven, unless they are carried. Walkers may start from the Bluebell Railway’s East Grinstead platform between 10.30am and 2pm or from Kingscote Station between 11.30am and 1.45pm. Walkers from Kingscote will be expected to park at Horsted Keynes Station and travel by train to Kingscote, as no parking is available at Kingscote although participants may be dropped off there. One return complimentary trip from Horsted Keynes to Kingscote will be allowed for registered walkers. Registration and safety briefings will commence at 10.15am at East Grinstead and Horsted Keynes and 10.45am at Kingscote. At registration, walkers will be expected to show sponsorship to the value of at least £20 per person or £30 for each family group. Walkers who raise £100 or more in sponsorship will receive a commemorative medal. Complimentary tea and coffee will be available to registered walkers and further refreshments will also be available. This is likely to be a one-off event as it may not be possible to repeat it once the Northern Extension opens for service. To book your place print and complete the form at and send it to Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex, TN22 3QL or e-mail your name, address, number in your party plus which end you wish to start from to track.trek@) All the sponsorship money will go to the Northern Extension as East Grinstead Town Council is supporting the Trek by paying the costs of staging the event up to £1,000.

NEW BOOK: Chailey Through The Centuries is an informative read for anyone who wants to find out more about the history of the local area. Compiled by the late Revd Eddie Matthias the book contains a collection of writings, interesting information and archive photographs. It is priced at £2 and can be purchased by contacting Chailey Heritage Enterprise Centre (CHEC) on 01825 724376 and the proceeds will go to the continuing work of CHEC. The book can also be purchased through St Peter’s Church and Chailey Free Church with CHEC and the churches sharing the proceeds.

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THE CONCERT given by the Lea Graham Quartet in St Peter’s Church in aid of the nursery school in the Gambia, which is supported by several in this parish, was most successful. Tony Shephard reports that the total amount raised was £700 which has already been sent to the school. Tony was delighted when the Lea Graham Quartet announced that they were willing to give another concert next year. Sadly because of illness Tony was unable to visit the school this year with his friends Vic and Tina Smith from Lewes, but was able to enjoy the audio visual of their visit showing all the children and progress at the school.

HALLOWEEN PARTY: (Provisional) children’s Halloween Party in the Village Hall, Beechwood Land on Thursday October 25, at 3.30pm. Organised by Hamsey CP School PTA.

POP UP CAFE: Run by Hamsey School PTA term time only. Fridays from 8.30am to 9.15am, at school front in fine weather, in the school hall otherwise.

PARISH COUNCIL: When Hamsey Parish Council last met it was reported that a working party had been set up with Cllr Harmer, Cllr Dodd and the parish clerk, Jenni Toomey, attending a meeting with a representative of Covers in Cooksbridge to discuss possible development of the site. Council asked for a response to be sent expressing the council view that any development should be in line with the views expressed by residents, through the Neighbourhood Plan. The parish council feel that there should be a benefit to the community from any development and not just additional housing.

CORE STRATEGY: Cllr Dodd gave an update on the LDC emerging core strategy. Although LDC had commented that the parish council did not initially respond to the emerging core strategy in fact Cllr Dodd and the parish clerk had attended a meeting in Southover House where there had been no mention of any issues affecting Hamsey Parish. The PC had never been contacted by Parker Dann and it was only by reading carefully through the lengthy core strategy document that issues concerning the parish were revealed. The PC then called a public meeting to discuss proposals for housing in the parish and the proposal to extend the traveller site at Offham. The views of residents will be taken into account.

FORMER PUMP HOUSE: Council considered a request from developers of the former pub site in Cooksbridge that the development should be called Lavender Close. Council preferred a name with some historical relevance and asked the clerk to suggest Station Mews as an alternative. Cllr Dodd took the chair when council considered their request for planting within the water treatment compound at Offham. Cllr Bates had invited the landowners to attend an informal meeting to discuss a way forward but this was declined. The issues concerning this will be an agenda item at the next parish council meeting when a decision will be made about whether to request the water company to proceed with planting outside the compound. The parish council next meet on Thursday November 8.

OCTOBER 8, 1939 Downland Year where the author writes as follows: Those whose good fortune it is to possess housemartins, that is to say, whose home has its row of the little quaint mud nests clustering along under the roof eaves, suffer something very like a bereavement when the colony leaves for its autumnal trek overseas. All the summer long one has been accustomed to the sight of the little black and white birds voyaging incessantly to and fro between the nests and the blue sky, where they find provender for themselves and their young. And all day long, and even at night-time occasionally, one hears the quaint, low, voluble melody of their voices, a serene cosy sound, strengthening into full chorus at dawn and again at eventide, but never entirely ceasing while glimpse of day is in the sky. But there comes a morning, earlier or later in October according to the temper of the times, when one rises from bed conscious of some vague indefinable loss. The room seems strange. The growing light outside the window has taken to itself a bleak, unfriendly quality. There is something wrong with the whole view of red leaf littered garden and fast thinning trees. All at once the truth flashes home to you. The martins are gone. Little mud-coracles over the window are deserted at last. Until April comes again, there will be no more label of happy voices to rouse you from your dreams. I know the feeling as I am always sad to see the swallows leave here for their winter quarters and not seeing them swooping overhead or going into the buildings and not seeing the little heads and open beaks waiting for the next feed. There are a few still flying around at the moment, but in the next few days I think they will all be gone. Strangely enough over the weekend there were still a few butterflies to be seen on the buddleias.


STANMER PARK: It is good to see the park being used for the purpose of families and young people. Apple day, last Sunday week, was attended by scores of families, it all looked fun, especially the apple pressing by the young boys. I cheekily said it was child labour, the young men attending the presses, said ‘yes, but don’t tell them, they think it’s a game’.

FESTIVAL: This last weekend in the park, saw the erection of a magnificent marquee to house the Shakedown festival, with many pop groups appearing, including Dizzee Rascal and Katy B. Falmer was lucky in one respect, the north east wind directed the sound away from us most of the time, but the £10 parking fee was too much for some who came and used Falmer as a free car park. The concert was supposed to end at 11 pm, but we were surprised the next morning, because thankfully, we never heard the car owners returning to their cars.

CONCERT: St Laurence also had their own concert featuring James Shenton whose expertise on his violin was thrilling, playing Bach’s sonata in A minor. James’ own compositions played on the piano, were different and very enjoyable. For further information on James Shenton visit his website

TALK: Prior to the concert there was a fascinating talk and slide show on modern and contemporary Christian inspired art by Jeffery Lake; this was planned partly as an introduction to an exhibition to take place in St Laurence next Easter.

I WONDER how many people know about the first-world war memorial in Middle Street, once a horse trough for weary horses making their way to Falmer, but now newly planted up by Robert and Natalie with plants donated, I understand, by Pat Asquith and Mike and Donna Lewis. Thank you to all them.

CONGRATULATIONS to our Running Rev Colin Lawlor, who completed the Berlin marathon in 3hrs 49mins.

glynde & beddingham

OOMPAH DAY: Glynde Memorial Parade Committee would like to thank everyone who donated prizes for the tombola on Oompah day at the Trevor Arms and also for everyone’s support.


PARISH COUNCIL: As the only other independent observer at the meeting I was somewhat surprised to read the Kingston Parish Clerk’s comment questioning the accuracy of the Parish Pump report in the September edition. However I agree with the clerk that any doubts can soon be dispelled by checking through past council minutes, agendas and reports.


MARKET: Laughton Village Market in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. The Market is back after a summer break. We shall be having the usual food stalls, bric-a-brac, craft etc. There will also be the usual bacon rolls and refreshments. Entrance is free and there is a raffle in aid of village hall funds. Hope to see many regular customers and new ones as well.


COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at the Royal British Legion Club, Morris Road (Cliffe). Cakes, preserves, tombola and more. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

FIRESITE DASH: South Street Bonfire Society Firesite Dash, 11am October 21. The Firesite Dash is an easy race, fun-run or walk of four miles around Lewes visiting the firesites of the seven famous bonfire societies. Start on the Railway Land and finish at the Snowdrop Inn in time for lunch. Entry £5 per person, entrants in bonfire costume or fancy dress £4. To enter email or call Fraser on 07951 000048 or enter on the day at the start from 10am.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday September 25, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Ann Wykeham and Susan Louis; 2, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 3, Peter Gannon and Martin Hall. October 2: 1, Meic Goodyear and Roy Skan; 2, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 3, Nancy Wiginton and Mickie Lodge. Thursday September 27: 1, Nigel Osmer and Frank Hibbert; 2, Tony Redshaw and Liz Thornton; 3, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson. October 4: 1, Di Johnstone and Janet Cattermole; 2, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 3, Nigel Osmer and Jennifer Wilson. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Tuesday October 2, 14 members of the group met in front of The Bull on The Green at Newick and enjoyed a six mile walk, mainly along country lanes, fields and woods. We walked towards Newick Church and through its churchyard before entering Founthill Wood. This led us to the tiny hamlet of Sharpsbridge by the River Ouse. Here there is a raised path, known as a Clapper Bridge, provided for pedestrians when the river has flooded the road. We followed some well-established paths across fields, many growing corn-on-the-cob, until we came to the grounds of Barkham Manor and crossed the A272 towards Valley Farm. We stopped for coffee close to a small landing strip for light aircraft. There were stunning views and we saw the distant spire of Fletching Church. When we reached Fletching, we spent 15 minutes looking around the lovely parish Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin dating from the 12th century. Some of us found the plaque on the Sheffield family tomb in memory of the historian Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) who wrote The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. It was also here that Simon de Montfort prayed before the Battle of Lewes in 1264. After leaving Fletching, we made our way through an orchard, over fields and past Fletching Mill Farm until we came to a wooded area. This eventually led us back towards Newick and the start of our walk. Six of us enjoyed a well-earned drink at The Bull before returning home.

The next walk is on Wednesday at Copsale. Meet at top North Street car park at 9.30am. On the same evening, at 7.30pm at Cliffe Church Hall, we will be holding our group meeting and Ian Rumley-Dawson will be giving an illustrated talk on The Wildlife of the Isle of Mull. Visitors are welcome.


SCHOOL: Well done to Year 5 pupils who went to Fishbourne Roman Palace last week and were commended on their excellent behaviour, the best class (the tutor) has worked wilt this year. South Malling children are renowned for exemplary behaviour, They were awarded Stars of the Week. Two children suggested and have created the Friendship Award, a new award for the school to be given to a child who has demonstrated particular kindness and friendship during the week. They are given a certificate and earn their whole class a treat. New Reception Class parents have been welcomed to school coffee mornings, an opportunity for an informal chat to find out how their children are settling in and check on anything they don’t understand. Today (Friday) a number of newspapers are taking photographs of the new garden area with its raised beds, provided with the help of Rydon Homes. The school is also very grateful to Goldcliffe Nurseries for supplying a wide variety of plants at a discounted price. Next Friday, children will be celebrating Harvest Festival. Food gifts will be donated to the Eastbourne Foodbank, which provides food for families in crisis. Donations of non-perishable food can be made on the day.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH celebrated Harvest Festival last Sunday. It was a Family Service with lots of children and some adults trying to identify a range of vegetables from their seeds and traditional Harvest Hymns. The food gifts will go to Diocesan Family Support Work and be distributed to local families in difficult circumstances. The Vicar announced that Gift Day, two weeks ago, had raised over £9,600 towards providing extra teaching space for children, enough to make a substantial start. Last Friday, October 5, was the wedding of Gemma Barnard and Stephen Carpenter. It was a friendly and relaxed service, the bride in an elegant white dress, three bridesmaids in striking Teal Blue and a little Flower Girl in a pretty white frock. They sang Morning has broken with the words, Sweet the rain’s newfall Sunlit from heaven, all the sweeter because it had stopped by late morning. The sun was out to bless the celebration and stayed out for most of the afternoon. We wish them a long and happy married life.

THE AGM of the Friends of South Malling School (basically the PTA and other well-wishers) met last Monday. The following officers were elected: Suzie Pittman vice chair; Helen Ellwood secretary; Jan Osman treasurer and committee members, Katie Eaves, Holly Johnson, Vicky Kent, Liz Rose and Emma Vernon. Tanya Fitzgerald, retiring chair, also remains on the committee for this year. A new chair will be elected in the new year. The Friends raised £8,536 this year to enhance school funds, a slight drop from last year, probably caused by a rained-on Summer Fete and the dreary financial climate. The head, Jo O’Donoghue, thanked the committee for hard work which has helped teachers and children to do good things that wouldn’t have been affordable otherwise, including activities provided simply to be enjoyed by children, parents and the wider community. At the end of the meeting, Tanya Fitzgerald was presented with a bouquet and lovely bracelet in gratitude for her long service on the Friends and as chair, a huge commitment of time and effort in which the committee has raised more and more money each year.

REMEMBER, Footpath refurbishing in Hereward Way and The Martlets starts on Monday for two weeks. It will affect traffic and may require extra care from parents dropping off children at Malling School.

COMMUNITY CENTRE activities will not be affected.

mobile library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Village Hall, Ditchling 10.35am to 10.55am; Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 11.15am to 11.45am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.45pm; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.50pm to 1.20pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2.25pm to 2.50pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 3pm to 3.40pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.50pm to 4.20pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.15am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.45am to 11.15am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.45am to 12.05pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 12.15pm to 12.40pm; South Rough, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm; Oldaker, Newick 2.25pm to 2.55pm.


HURRICANES: All the flooding around the world again got me thinking about the trials and tribulations we’ve had on the Nevill. I was a postman on October 17, 1987 getting up for work at 4am to be at work for 5am. I remember Michael Fish saying before I went to bed there will not be a hurricane. We were woken up around 2am and had to shut the window because of the noise from the wind. I used to let my motorbike free wheel down the road so as not to wake the neighbours. I got as far as the corner of East Way when I was stopped by a tree across the road, blown over from No 44. There was loads of debris everywhere as I made my way carefully down the road. When I got to Western Road there was glass all over the road from shop windows that had been blown out. This was the sight that met me all the way to work and when I arrived we were sent home until the situation could be assessed. When I returned home, I saw the tiles had blown off the side of our roof as had next door too, so it looked as if the wind had gone straight over left to right seeming to create a wind tunnel which effected the corners. Luckily we were insured. Considering what a state the rest of the country is frequently in these days, it seems as if we got off lightly.

USEFUL INFORMAION: Hidden mobile phone battery power. Imagine your mobile battery is very low. To activate, press the keys*3370#. Your mobile will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery power. This reserve will get charged when you next charge your mobile. How to disable a stolen mobile phone: To check your mobile phone’s serial number, key in the following digits on your phone: * # 0 6 #. A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. If your phone gets stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won’t get it back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can’t use/sell it either which will give you some satisfaction. If everyone did this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

OPEN HOUSES: On the Nevill Estate the weekend of December 15 and 16, Christmas Open Houses, and we are looking for people who’d like to participate. There are lots of creative people up here, and many used to do ArtWave but have stopped. We thought it would be good to try to get together enough open houses to make it worthwhile for visitors to trek up here to have a look. The event will be under the Nevill Residents’ Association banner, which means help with promotion and publicity, not to be sniffed at. You may know that Tina started and ran what has become the Lewes Artists’ and Makers Fair, for three years, and has also run the Farmers’ Market for four years, so has some experience in this area. If you would like to take part, please send me an email: Tina Deubert <

BUGSY MALONE: What a fantastic show this was. It was brilliant. There appeared to be no first night nerves. All the cast shone on the night. It must be one of the best nights we’ve seen at the annual LOS musical. For me the standout performance was the young lady who played Blousey but all the children were superb and funny too. Well done.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, is our monthly Friendship Lunch between noon and 1.15pm. No need to book, just drop in during this time for a Ploughman’s Lunch. Worship on Sunday at 10.3am will be led by Rev John Gordon and will include Holy Communion and this will be followed by our monthly church walk. On Wednesday the Little Fishes Group for pre school children and their carers will be meeting between 9.30am and 11am. The theme this month will be The Sower. Looking ahead we have our Messy Church half term event on Friday November 2, this is open to anyone and will include craft activities, a short act of worship and then lunch.

BONFIRE SOCIETY: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society’s preparations are nearing completion for their celebrations next Saturday, with over 5,000 torches made, splendid effigy of Guy Fawkes and a grand tableau entitled Ohh So Terribly British. Entry to the firefield to see the spectacular firework display is still only £3 each with accompanied children under 16 years free. If you fancy getting more involved then they will be holding a membership event today from 3pm to 9pm at St Mary’s Church Hall Highdown Road. There will be an exhibition of the history of the society and a selection of the society’s merchandise and costumes to buy. Membership will also be available in the Lewes Precinct this Saturday morning. Next Saturday road closures will be enforced throughout the estate and from the Landport Fork and the junction with the Gallops. Nevill also want to remind all attending the event that in line with other societies throughout Sussex, they have banned the use of all dropdown fireworks both in the processions and on the firefield. If you would like more information on how you can get involved with Nevill Bonfire and get membership you can visit their website at Programmes for the event are available throughout Lewes.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open from 10am to 11am today, Friday, in the village hall and again in the Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am till noon. There will be a good selection of cakes, savoury meals, eggs, plus vegetables preserves, plants, flowers as well as handmade cards and knitted items. Orders can be taken for most things. And of course you can enjoy a coffee, tea and a natter.

SERVICES at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are Holy Communion 8am (BCP) followed by morning Service Holy Communion (CW) at 10.30am.

MICHAELMAS FAIR at the Barn Centre on Saturday October 20 from 1.30pm till 4.30pm. A great opportunity to commence your Christmas shopping. Lots of children’s activities, various stalls, and you can also enjoy afternoon tea. Funds raised are for St Mary’s Church.

ON SUNDAY October 21 there will be a Service in Memory of Loved Ones at 4.30pm. Tea will be served after the service. All are welcome, especially those that have been recently bereaved.


CHURCH NEWS: Harvest Festival last Sunday was a great big church family day at St John sub Castro, well attended with a bring and share lunch after the service. Our vicar, Al Pickering, asked children to take a food gift from the huge display of donated gifts and read from the ingredients list on the tins and packets. We then all realised the huge number of harvested seeds and oils we eat in our every day food, a reminder of the wonder of God’s gift of food and why we celebrated the Harvest Thanks Giving service. This week church is on Sunday at 11am with Holy Communion with Rev Al Pickering preaching. All are very welcome, confirmed or not. Our autumn church garden working party meets on Sunday October 20 at 10am and local help would be very welcome. Our gifts for the Romanian Shoe Box Appeal should be brought to church before the end of October, there is a list of suitable gifts in the church. Our website is now up and running in combination with out sister church at Malling. Is there anyone who would like to help us improve it?


EVENT OFF: This evening’s (Friday) fire and glass walking event at the Plough has been cancelled because, I am told, it was arranged too hurriedly with not enough time to get entrants and their sponsors signed up. In my personal opinion this is a gross display of incompetence by fundraisers at St Peter and St James Hospice (which is a very worthy cause nevertheless) and it was compounded by their omission to inform the very people (I am one) that they had asked to publicise the event. It appeared in this column last week and in this month’s Parish Magazine, despite the fact that it had been cancelled, or possibly postponed, before either went to press. I found out that it was off quite by chance and if I had not I might have given it another plug today. Enough said.

COFFEE TIME: Tomorrow (Saturday) there will be a Coffee Morning at All Saints’ church annexe. Apart from the opportunity to enjoy a cuppa and a chat there will be cakes, soup and tombola. Organised by the local churches, absolutely everyone will be welcome along. A great opportunity to socialise. Runs from 10am until 2pm, but you can leave five minutes early to rush on down to the next village event.

BARGAIN TIME: Yes, there will be a jumble sale in the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) with scrum down at 2pm. It is being organised by the Village Hall Management Committee and will feature top quality jumble, cakes, refreshments, tombola and all the fun of the rummage. If you have jumble to donate, please take it along to the hall during the morning. Breaking from jumble tradition, next Saturday there will be a table top sale run by the PTA. It will take place in the village hall between 11am and 2pm. Refreshments and cakes will be available and there will be a tombola stall. To book a Table (cost £8 but you have to give it back afterwards) ring 01273 891301.

QUIZ TIME: The tennis club will hold its annual quiz tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall starting at 7pm. If you would like to join in ring 01273 890002 to book. Do not worry if you cannot raise a team as you will be teamed up with others. Tickets £9 per person to include snacks, chill and dessert. Good food, good company and good fun.

WALKIES TIME: The Footpath Society will stride out again on Sunday starting at the village hall car park at 2pm. Then it will be off on a four and a half mile walk via Plumpton College, Long Wood and East Chiltington. If you really need to know more just ring 01273 890450 or simply turn up and join in.

INTERESTING TALK: Chailey Commons Society will stage a talk in Chailey village hall at 7.30pm on Thursday. Tony Vile will recall his many visits to the island of St Lucia. All welcome.

HAPPY SNAPPER? A reminder that the horticultural society will stage its photographic competition at the AGM on November 24. Entries are invited from everyone whether a member or not but must be in by October 31 so now is the time to dust that Kodak Brownie or your state of the art digi job. More details on the website or ring 01273 890302.

RUGBY SUCCESS: Plumpton secured what one might call a decisive win against Eastbourne II at the weekend, coming out 25-0 victors. Tomorrow (Saturday) will see the annual Bring a Mate game where anyone interested in joining the club will be welcome along to take part.


FOOTBALL: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are at home in the second round of the John O’Hara League Cup versus Midhurst and Easebourne. Please note that there is an early kick-off time of noon at The Caburn.

MOTHERS’ UNION: At its meeting in the Church Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm our own curate the Revd Sally Epps will be the speaker. Her talk is entitled Journey in Faith. Sally is a most popular person and her talk should prove very interesting.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on October 3 was: 1, Simon Webster and Richard Newton; 2, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 3, Liz and Tim Owen. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday in the St. Mary’s Room of the village hall commencing at 7.30pm.

TRAVELLING TRENDS Fashion Show. On Friday, October 19, you are invited to attend a fantastic fashion sale of high street clothes at hugely discounted prices. The venue is Ringmer Primary School and the doors open at 7pm. There will be a short fashion show starting at 7.30pm following which you can choose from a wide selection of bargain in season clothes to try on and buy. No ordering, all available on the night. Tickets are just £5 (to include first drink) or £6 on the door. Tickets available from Clare on 813425 or the school office on 812463. All proceeds to Ringmer Primary Home School Association Registered Charity No 1102025.

GIVE AND TAKE MORNING: Freegle is a local online re-use group, which aims to find homes for unwanted items, keeping them out of landfill. They are holding a Give and Take morning at the village hall (Rogers Room) on Saturday, October 27, between 10am and noon. Please try to go along and find out how it works, meet other Freeglers and the moderators. Even if you aren’t a computer user, please do go along and see them, they are keen to help if anyone needs anything or wants to give things away. If you like, you can bring something you don’t want and see what you can take away for free! Coffee and cakes will be available. Freegle looks forward to seeing you.

TABLE TOP SALE and Christmas Craft Fair. Advance notice that Ringmer Community College will be holding this Fair on Saturday, November 24 between 10am and 1pm at the college. Table top pitches are available for £5 if pre-booked. For more information or to book a table contact Ruth Whitlock, Learning Resource Centre Manager on 01273 812220, ext. 253 during school hours or e-mail

THANK YOU: Jan Gander would like to thank all her friends who sent her get well cards during her recent illness. She would also like to thank the people she has met at the shopping precinct who have come up to her with their kind words and good wishes. She also thanks Carol, Wendy and her dear mum for all the help and support they have given her.

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THE HARVEST SUPPER was a lovely event. I would like to thank very much all those who give their time to organise this lovely evening and to thank the speaker Mike Ellis on his talk on The Secret Tunnels of South Heighton.

FUN DAY: Ouse Valley Fun Day organised by the Lewes FC Community and Education Scheme, on Monday October 29 from 9.30am to 3pm at Rodmell Cricket Club, the sports field. Open to boys and girls who live along the Ouse Valley, aged 5 to11 years of all abilities. Places are limited, pre-booking essential at or call 07591 163252.

NOSTALGIA: I hear the evening of Farming Nostalgia on Saturday November 10, 7.15pm for 7.30pm start in the village hall, has only a few tickets left. The speaker is Ian Everest. Tickets are £7.50 to include wine and finger buffet.

HARVEST FAMILY SERVICE is on Sunday at 11am at Rodmell and for a quieter service at Southease at 11am. We will be giving to the homeless in Brighton at our Harvest Festival Services this month. Please bring Harvest produce (vegetables, fruit, cakes, jams, pickles etc) or just bring along an envelope with cash inside marked For the Homeless and place it in the collection on that day.

All will be appreciated.

THE iford scrumpers came to get a few apples from our orchard to make juice at the weekend. when i looked outside my door this morning there were two containers of fresh apple juice waiting for me. thank you folks. our orchard had its worst year ever this year, in over 40 years.

rodmell wood club has now distribute the wood to its clients and we are now waiting for the financial results to see if it was all worth while. hopefully our field will recover from the churning up it got from the big machinery used, in the unfortunately bad wet weather.

raystede: here is an appeal from raystede for one of the rodmell donkey’s who went into their care when the owner died. molly and mouse were much loved by villagers and visitors alike as they spent most of their time being petted whilst looking over the flint wall of their home: molly came to raystede in october 2011 along with her companion mouse. unfortunately molly and mouse lost their owner who had cared for them for over 20 years. it was a very sad affair because the donkeys were very well known and loved in their village and their elderly owner was very attached to them. unfortunately, molly is now suffering from a condition called panniculitis. this is when the fatty layers under the skin become inflamed and begin to die off. there is not always a reason why, but we believed molly’s condition started because of an infection from an insect bite. molly is in discomfort and is currently on daily pain relief and antibiotics. however, her condition will not improve unless we take away the fatty layers that are dying off. obviously this means molly undergoing treatment at a specialist veterinary hospital. the vets have very kindly offered to reduce their fees quite significantly but still the treatment and aftercare will run into a four figure sum. could you help molly by donating a gift for her care? mouse, being molly’s pair bond is standing by her side and will travel and stay with molly at the equine hospital whilst she is having her treatment, which we have every reason to believe will be successful. molly is still reasonably young for a donkey and a strong, determined fighter. we are confident she can handle the treatment and with mouse by her side we feel together they can get through this.