Parish Pump Lewes - October 19, 2012


WI: Neil Sadler, our speaker at the October meeting, joined Sussex Police in 1978 as a constable in Bognor Regis. He progressed through the ranks and ended up in International Police Training in Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and Trinidad as well as some less exotic locations such as Horsham. He retired in 2008, the same year as his daughter inherited his warrant number 006. Neil’s talk, which was both amusing and informative, included tales of blowing up a suitcase at Gatwick Airport which looked suspiciously as if it contained a bomb. It was in fact a set of heated hair rollers. He also talked about the bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton during the Conservative Party Conference in 1984, when one of his team had an extremely lucky escape whilst on duty at the front door. He finished with the story of an eleven year old girl who was given cannabis to sell at school by her drug dealer father. Neil proved his point that a policeman’s lot can indeed be quite an interesting one. Seventeen people (including several partners) enjoyed the outing to Legal London with a Blue Badge Guide in September. Lunch in The Old Bank of England, next door to the law courts, proved particularly successful. Plans for next year include a guided tour of the AMEX Stadium in Brighton (with lunch, of course) and possibly a visit to Bruges. We are hoping to include some evening outings as we are aware that several of our newer members are not available during the day, due to work commitments. Our programme for next year is virtually finalised and we will have some excellent speakers, covering a wide range of topics, including climate change, Indian cookery, the history of the Olympic Games and hypnotherapy. Full details will be available in the January magazine; new members are always and visitors are very welcome at any of our meetings.

FOOTBALL: Edgar German Cup, round two: Barcombe 2 (K Black, H. Major) Hartfield 3. Mid Sussex division 10: Cherry Lane II 4, Barcombe II 4 (S Etches, M Hart, S Lane, H Wright).

ALLOTMENTS: There are several available allotment plots which are currently available in our Pump House Field Allotments. Interested parties should contact me Andrew Lamont on 01273 401 079 or our allotment sec Hope Knight on 07452 374 790.

SNOOKER: Monday October 15 away to Uckfield C: Derek Stewart 32 Andy Stanley 61, Jack Schaufler 44 J Hope 32, James Stewart 50 G Doughty 65, Simon Fox 15 Pat Adams 59, Tony Deakin walk over. Lost 3-2.

VILLAGE HALL: Don’t forget the talk by David Lang on Nagaland tonight, Friday, at 7pm, and on Sunday at 2.30pm Brass Fusion in concert.


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 It is proposed to start the Bible Study classes on Thursday afternoons at 3pm, from November 1. There is a small group but please speak to John on 01825 722286 if you too wish to be a part of the group. The venue is to be confirmed. Free Church services on Sunday are a family service at 10.30am and with Robert Fernandez at 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

INFORMATION POINT: The village information point session is on Friday October 26 when the parish clerk with be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

BADGE NIGHT: The Bonfire Society Badge Night is on Saturday October 27 at 6pm, starting at the Horns Lodge. For just £2 you can now purchase a Chailey Bonfire Society 2012 Members Badge made especially for the event by CHEC. At 8pm, anyone who has brought a badge to become a society member is welcome to join the society for a torchlight walk to the Five Bells to celebrate the journey made by Chailey Villagers in 1866. The society will then return to the Horns Lodge to finish the night. All are welcome, children and adults, to help the society celebrate and continue their illustrious history. Buying a members badge gives you the chance to march with the society on their Bonfire Night (November 10). March with other Bonfire Societies around Sussex.

KIDS FOR A QUID half term special offer at the Bluebell Railway from October 27 to November 4 when children can travel for just a £1.

PCSO: Issues or concerns that you would like to discuss with our local community officer? On Sunday October 28 at 10am there will be the chance to meet PCSO Steven Knowles at the Sports Pavilion.

SCHOOL: Will your son or daughter be starting school in September 2013? If so guided tours of St Peter’s Primary School are available from the headteacher, Munch Morrow. To arrange a visit call Laura Allori, the school secretary, on 01825 722939.

CHRISTMAS CARDS: Each year the children are assisted to compose a Christmas card which Friends of Chailey Heritage print. This year’s card is a collage designed by pupils and can be seen on the Friends page at, where an order form is also available to download. Alternatively call Ann Jones, Chairman of Friends, on 07510 511300 to place an order.

SIGN TIME is a four week course which runs throughout the year at the Chailey Children’s Centre, at Chailey School. Sign Time is a communication programme using signs, symbols and speech to enhance parent and baby communication. The whole programme is supported by songs, games and rhymes and is for babies aged eight weeks to one year. For more details of this course and other courses available at the centre visit the Families link at or call the centre administrator on 01273 336940.

cooksbridge, offham & hamesy

HARVEST SUPPER: St Peter’s Church Hall was full for the Harvest Supper last week and the Rector reports that it was a most enjoyable evening. Thanks to all those who helped to decorate the hall and provide food etc.

HARVEST FESTIVAL: On Sunday St Peter’s Church was packed for the Harvest Service with a 14 strong brass band to accompany the singing. During the service the children took up their Harvest gifts. On Monday, following a special Harvest Service for Hamsey CP school in the church, the gifts that schoolchildren took were added to the rest of the gifts and made up into boxes which were then delivered around the parish by Phy Burchett and Diane Costell. The church had been beautifully decorated by Caroline Feathrstone and her ream of helpers. I am pleased to say that in spite of the awful weather this year, my hydrangeas have helped to decorate two churches and there were still plenty left for me to take in and dry before the frost gets them.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will meet in the village hall, Beechwood Lane on Thursday, November 8, at 7.30pm. Questions from the public to start the meeting.

REMEMBRANCE SERVICE at St Peter’s Church on Sunday November 11 at 10.30am. Details later.

AFTERNOON CLUB: The next meeting of the Monday Afternoon Club is on November 12 in St Peter’s Church Hall, at 2pm. It will be a Sing-along Special.

NEW MAGAZINE: A new NFU magazine aimed at encouraging the next generation of farmers into the industry will be handed out to thousands of agricultural students. Student Farmer, which comes with a free keep calm and farm poster, will be used to target freshers studying at agricultural colleges.

FINDING LEADERS: Twenty young people will be taking part in a new training programme aimed at making leaders for the British poultry industry. The poultry industry programme, a joint initiative by the NFU and ABN, a division of Associated British Agriculture, will give them an insight into market influences that impact on British poultry meat and egg production.

BUTTERFLIES: According to a butterfly conservation survey the wet summer has been catastrophic for several butterfly species after rain killed off caterpillars and thwarted mating. The red admiral is down by 72 percent, the speckled wood by 65 percent and the common blue by 50 percent, all white butterflies declined, as did the holly blue and brimstone. Peacocks fell by 89 percent, but have shown a late emergence in the recent better weather. Some species have appreciated the lush growth of the grass and wild flowers, the meadow brown rose by 186 percent and was the most frequently seen species in July and August’s Big Butterfly Count which more than 25,000 people took part in. The top 10 butterflies spotted were meadow brown, gatekeeper, ringlet, small white, six spot burnet, marbled white, green-veined white, large skipper and small tortoiseshell. Up until last weekend there were still several red admiral’s settling on the last remaining blooms of the buddleia, but the recent heavy rain has seen them off.

CONKERS: Having read about the rise and fall of the above, I read yet another report on tree diseases that seems to be rife here in the South East. It says that playgrounds may never be the same again, as the leaf miner moth has infested horse-chestnut trees, blighting their leaves and spoiling the quality of conkers. I am worried about the two lovely red chestnut trees that Derek planted when we moved here as they do look a bit sick which I thought was to do with the drought earlier, although they did have lots of lovely blooms, albeit slightly later than usual. The apple tree in the drive which did look sick and had no apples this year, seems to have picked up following the abundance of rain recently, but several other trees have suffered badly from the changing weather patterns.

FACEBOOK: We have just initiated a new facebook page called St Laurence Church Falmer, where news of special services, concerts and other events will be placed. If you are on facebook do have a look at it and like the page then you will always know what the latest news is.

ART EXPEDITION: Your intrepid Parish Pumpers Rosemarie and I are off to Hastings on Saturday to see an exhibition by artist Roz Cran. The exhibition is called Names in Nature and features people with names inspired by nature photographed in a landscape of their choice. Guess who is one of the subjects? Yes it’s our own Rosemarie. If you go to Roz’s website ( you can see a photograph of Rosemarie at work on the allotment with faithful dog Gemma at her heels. The exhibition is open this weekend tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday 3pm pm 6pm at Underground, 35 Robertson Street, Hastings.

BILLY: There are some delightful goats kept in a field near here. I say kept in a field, but as they are excellent escape artists it is not always the case. Some time ago, I was going for a walk and turned down a path near the goats’ field, there was a large Billy goat chewing at a bush at the side of the path. ‘Go home’ I said waving my arms towards the field. He ignored me and continued to chew. I walked on but after a minute had the sensation that someone was following me, I turned and there he was still chewing. I pointed up the bank and suggested that he ought to return to his field. I walked on, so did he. Eventually I scrambled up the bank to the edge of his field, fortunately he followed me otherwise I would have felt like a complete fool. We stood together in the gloom of the trees and looked into his nice green field. He seemed quite enthralled at the sight so I slipped back down to the path and made off at speed before he decided to start following me again. I am quite sure he knew exactly how to get back into the field. Security has since been tightened up and I haven’t come across any more escapees in the woods.


PETER AND PENNY: Afraid to say we are back again after no-one taking up the post of writer for the Parish Pump we have decided to make a come back for the second time. So please all our clubs, societies, fundraisers , or anyone who wants say something to us all in Firle and surrounding area’s contact us Ring 01273858307, Text 0793376896, Fax 01273858188 or email There is no excuse any media will get us.

CYCLE RIDE: Mary has got us off the ground with a fun cycle ride along the new cycle path linking Firle/Glynde and Lewes tomorrow, Saturday, leaving the Gates of Firle Place at 11am. The ride finishes at Linklater Community Centre in Lewes which is a trip of five miles. At the end you can have your picnic, hot drinks and don’t forget your blanket to sit on. Everyone is welcome to join in. Then you can cycle home or put your bike on the train. They leave Lewes for Glynde nine minutes past the hour. For more information ring Mary 07951282485.

APPLE FESTIVAL: Middle Farm are holding the Apple Festival tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the day children under 12’s go free. There will be two live music stages with a selection of Bands and Entertainers. Each days has 10 different acts to keep you amused. For more information go to or ring 01323 811411.

CHURCH SERVICE: This weeks service is at Firle at 10.15am for Matins.

BONFIRE: It’s that time of the year again and Firle Bonfire Society are getting into swing and preparing for their big day on November 27. Tomorrow, Saturday, they are off to parade in Seaford . But before the big event it is Badge Night at the Ram on Wednesday starting at 7.30pm. Membership prices this year are £10 adults, £3 juniors £3 senior citizens and a £20 family membership. So if you wish to parade with Firle you must be a member of the society. Don’t forget the younger members of the village this is when you make your guys to have pride and place on the top of the bonfire but do remember to ask your parents if you are using clothes for the guy we would hate you to get into trouble. If you would like any other information regarding the bonfire ring Sally 01273858321.

100 CLUB: As I am sure anyone living in Firle will have seen how the hall is going and might even have popped in and had a look. It is really a changed building and well worth the wait and we are not far off opening for business, water problem solved and the garden side getting tidied and walls being built. The old part of the hall is now having its parquet floor in the main hall done by Steve and due to a grant from Smiths Charities we are now able to insulate the hall, air source heat pumps and windows etc. If anyone has any bulbs or perennials Erika is looking for some to plant at the hall. In the shop at Firle we have the hundred club running for the second year and there are still a few spaces left. The cost is £12 a year. Where you can win £20, £10 and £5 monthly and twice a year there is also a £50 draw. So do please buy a square. All monies raised from this are going to the Kitchen side of the hall. Draw will take place in December. If you cant make it to the shop but would like to join in ring penny on 0793375896.

PARISH PUMP: So all we need now is for you to tell us what you need to have in print by Monday at noon and it will be in that Friday’s Parish Pump. Thank you. Peter and Penny.


KINGSTON WI: Thirty three members, plus one visitor, were present at the meeting held on October 4. The president, Barbara Cunningham, gave tips on choosing a resolution, and outlined the procedure, for it to be selected by the National Federation for 2014. She invited comment, both for and against, concerning the current practice, prompted by a competition related to the speaker’s topic, of having an Interest Table. It was agreed without dissent to continue this. Members were asked to offer a dish, and possibly also a duty, on the Christmas Party roster that is being organised by Anna Phillips. The secretary, Janice Barber, read out an appreciative letter of thanks from Lewes Priory Trust for the Institutes contribution that was equivalent to a fee for September’s talk. Speaker John Davey had pleasure in returning to Kingston Village Hall after an interval of 50 years. He had been co-opted by Kingston Players to tread the boards in Terence Rattigan’s play The Browning Version in 1962. His talk for the evening was English as She is Spoke. Globally, 120 per 8000 have English as their first language. He suggested this is the best of gifts that can be received by any newborn child. He postulated his own theory that the USA adopted English, above other languages spoken there, as a result of the transcontinental expedition to the west coast by Clark and Lewis. His talk was illustrated by numerous very amusing examples of Use – or Misuse – of English, involving the stress on a particular word, the position of a comma, or malapropisms. October’s Interest Table featured Dialects. Exhibits illustrated the connection with Norfolk of some residents. It produced a book with Foreword by Lynne Truss on the Sussex dialect. The winning entry was Sue Wylde’s plate decorated with examples of the Yorkshire dialect. The next meeting will be the annual business meeting on November 1. The annual report will be given and the new committee formed. (Joyce Taylor).


WESTGATE WI: There is always a lot going on at Chestnut Tree House, said October speaker Juliette MacPherson, a community fundraiser for the only children’s hospice in Sussex, based at Arundel. Purpose-built ten years ago, it offers specialist palliative care to children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses. Many children are unlikely to reach adulthood due to conditions such as muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, multiple disabilities, cancer or genetic disorders. The hospice provides support for the family, post bereavement care, end of life and respite care and sibling support. Activities abound and friendships develop between the children who have fun and enjoy outings and games. The house has its own hydrotherapy pool, a multi-sensory room, a music room and space for art and play therapy. Chestnut Tree House’s charity shops in Seaford, Brighton Eastbourne and Hove help raise funds for this very important work, meeting the complex needs of the children in their care. The next meeting is on November 14. (A Stephen).

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Clear overnight skies meant a cold bright start to our walk from Alfriston on Sunday. We left the village across the footbridge over the Cuckmere River which was full and very brown. From Lullington Court there was a steady climb up a bridleway onto the Downs. The gradient was so measured that, after a while, one hardly noticed that we were gaining height. At Windover Hill our route joined the South Downs Way and suddenly the magnificent vista looking north came into view. We took our coffee break here, just above the Long Man of Wilmington, though he could not be seen from where we were sitting. Winding our way down the side of the hill, he soon came into view, large and imposing. It was good to hear a skylark in full song in the sunshine. Suddenly, in October, it felt like spring. In the churchyard at Wilmington we discovered a yew tree that had more props than a play by Noel Coward. Embedded in its bark was a chain that must be holding it all together. A straight footpath took us back to Alfriston. In the quiet of the Cuckmere Valley, with no wind, the sun’s heat became ever more intense. Now it could have been the middle of summer. Twenty one walkers were kept in order by Hilda and Graham. The next walk is on Sunday in Waldron. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. Our new winter programme is available from the Tourist Office or the Walking Shop or can be viewed at

FIRESITE DASH: South Street Bonfire Society Firesite Dash, an easy race, fun run or walk of four miles around Lewes visiting the firesites of the seven bonfire societies. Start on the Railway Land and finish at the Snowdrop Inn in time for lunch. Meet Sunday 11am. 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.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL were delighted to receive a cheque for £800 from Knill James, following a very successful wine tasting evening last year, which the company held on behalf of the school. In last week’s whole school assembly, four members of the school council were photographed receiving the cheque, with representatives from Knill James and the Friends (PTA). Year 6 enjoyed a week of Bikeability, learning how to cycle safely on the roads of Malling, from specialist cyclists and safety experts. The school has been delighted to see so many parents at this week’s first parent teacher meetings of the school year. Parents were able to find out how children are settling into their new classes, discuss their progress and find out what their targets are for the coming year. The Head believes that partnership with parents contributes significantly to children’s success and happiness at school and the school is looking forward to developing this further in the coming year. Today (Friday) is Harvest Festival. Revd Al Pickering, Vicar of South Malling and a governor of the school, will be leading the assembly, with prayers and poems from Year 5 and Year 1 and singing from the whole school. There is a very big Harvest Table and the school is looking forward to lots of food donations to be collected later in the day by Eastbourne Food Shelter, for families in need.

JUNIOR BRIDGE VIEW Football Club will serve tea and coffee to chilly spectators for a two week trial period starting last Sunday. They are using the recently refurbished meeting room for an experiment to see whether they can provide refreshments, leave the facilities in good condition and earn useful funds for the club.

USER GROUP: The Community Centre User Group met on Thursday October 11. They agreed the date of the Christmas Fair, Saturday November 24, from noon to 3pm. Refreshments will be served in the meeting room and tables will be available for users and other community groups to provide entertainments (including, new this year, hook a duck) and sell Christmas Gifts. Entrance will be free and it is hoped that Malling people will take the opportunity to view recent refurbishments to the building and enjoy a happy social time, just before Christmas starts getting hectic.

PRE-SCHOOL: Tomorrow (Saturday) South Malling Pre-School will be holding a tombola and cake event in the Cliffe Precinct between 9am and 2pm. Please come along and help them raise money to buy a new camera to photograph children’s Learning Journeys so that parents can see how they have benefitted from the school and children will have mementos of a happy and useful early start to their formal education.

PARISH CHURCH: On Sunday, Morning Service at 9.30am (usually lasts an hour followed by opportunity for coffee).

mobile library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall 12.15pm to 12.45pm; Chalvington post-box 1.55pm to 2.15pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2.20pm to 2.45pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm.


DISASTER: Another Nevill disaster was the time when the cornfield was ploughed the wrong way. After some very heavy rainfall parts of Highdown Road and Mount Harry were swamped in mud. I cannot remember when this was but maybe someone might respond to me so I can give a more precise report next week.

NEW LAYOUT: I think the new layout of the Sussex Express is very good. Reading the PP is a lot easer. I went down last Friday with my form filled in to pick up my free envelope and met someone else from the Nevill. I told her about the possibility of winning a prize and she came with me as she had her paper with her so we chose two envelopes. She won a fiver after saying she never wins anything. I got a scratch card and won nothing. There is a moral there somewhere I’m sure.

CHRIST CHURCH: Morning Worship at 10.30am on Sunday will be led by Rev Martin Miller and at 6.30pm Rev Robert Bushby will be leading worship which will include Holy Communion. Looking ahead, on October 28 Rev John Gordon will be leading an All Age Service at 10.30am entitled All Saints. More details in the Parish Pump next week.


ST JOHN SUB CASTRO: It is wonderful to be back in the church building now the structural work is all but finished. Our thanks go to all those who have made our return possible. On Sunday Morning Worship will be at 11am and the preacher will be Rev Glen Hocken, Deputy Chaplain at Lewes Prison . Then at 2.30pm on Tuesday at the St John’s Fellowship Meeting in the House of Friendship, School Hill, Lisa Hector will talk about who and where our shoe boxes of goods will go in Romania. All are welcome at what will be a most interesting and informative afternoon. Tomorrow, Saturday, the St John’s table top sale will once again be at Cliffe Church Hall, starting at 10am, where there will be lots of goodies and bargains on sale. Maybe a good start to early Christmas presents.


CENTREFOLD: Last week I was handed a copy of Lewes District Council’s booklet entitled Building a Brighter Future. It instantly flicked open to the centre pages and what a lovely greeting there was before me. It was that beaming, warm and oh, so genuine smile of Noanna Hall and she was surrounded by an array of colourful vegetables, of course. I do not think that in all the years I have known her I have ever seen Noanna without a smile. I remember interviewing her for a profile in the parish magazine some years back. Life has not always been easy for her, but she always manages to smile and brighten up the dreariest of days. What a good choice of subject by LDC and we must hope that it can build on Noanna’s bright and cheery personality.

GRAB MORE BARGAINS: Hurry on down to the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) where the PTA will be holding a table top sale between 11am and 2pm. Refreshments will be available and there will be a cake stall and tombola. All to raise funds for our local school. It will cost a whole 50p to get in, but that could prove to be a very worthwhile investment. There will be a jumble sale organised by the flower club in the hall next Saturday, kicking off at 2pm.

SUNDAY SCHOOL: Our local group will meet in All Saints’ church annexe on Sunday at 10.30am and at the same time there will be a Sung Eucharist in the church.

SUPERFAST BROADBAND: Plumpton joined forces with East Chiltington and Streat to demonstrate a need for superfast broadband by subscribers on the Plumpton telephone exchange. The survey conducted evinced that there is an urgent need to substantially upgrade the abysmal service that we receive.

SO SAD: With regret I have learned of the passing of Ian Miller. He was previously a churchwarden and did so much for our local churches, He was also something of a character with a wry sense of humour and will be sadly missed. The funeral will take place. at the Methodist church in Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath at 1.30pm on Friday, October 26. That was the church at which Ian worshipped before coming to Plumpton and our Rector will take part in the service.

CLEANSHAVEN: Well almost. The rugby fraternity has for some time used the month of November to raise funds to aid sufferers of prostrate cancer. This year the Rector and his two sons, Benedict and Sebastian, will be joining in. Godfrey will shave off his beard and then the trio will grow moustaches in support of the efforts of The Mighty Plums (Plumpton RFC) for the cause. Ben will also be rallying support among his new team mates at Biarritz in France, where he now plays. Would you like to offer your support by way of sponsorship? Of course you would. Just ring Fr Godfrey on 01273 890570 or drop some money in at the rectory.

FANCY A WALK? On Saturday next week (October 27), the Footpath Society will be staging one starting at Ardingly village car park (TQ347 295) at 10.30am. Then it will be off on a four and a quarter mile jaunt taking in the showground, Fuling Mill Farm, High Weald Trail and Hapstead. Lunch at the Royal Oak is an optional extra in case you feel in need of sustenance. If you need to know more simply ring 01273 890450.

GOOD MATES: Plumpton RFC hosted its sixth annual bring a mate match last weekend, a chance for the club to have a friendly game of rugby for friends of the club, or those new to the club wishing to have a taster of Rugby. The Plumpton Greenies running out winners 34-27 against the Mighty Plums. As ever, there were a few new players to the club. This event has provided Plumpton with a good number of new players over the years, something it relies on to take it forward as a local and friendly one team club. This week Plumpton travels to Horley for a league encounter, ko 3pm.


FASHION SHOW: Travelling Trends Fashion Show is being held at Ringmer Primary School this evening, Friday. The doors will open at 7pm and the fashion show commences at 7.30pm following which you can choose from a wide selection of bargain in season clothes to try on and buy. Tickets are £6 on the door.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on October 11 was: 1, Alan Grindley and David Warner; 2, Jenny Charman and Michael Slot; 3, Gill and Tony Spaven. The next meeting of the Club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St. Mary’s Room of the village hall.

GIVE AND TAKE: Freegle, the local reuse group which aims to find homes for unwanted items, are holding a Give and Take Morning in the Rogers Room of the village hall on Saturday, October 27, from 10am to noon. If you want you can bring something you don’t want and see what you can take away for free. Coffee and cakes will be available.

TABLE TOP and Christmas Craft Fair. If you would like to book a table at this event which is being held at the Community College on Saturday, November 24 between 10am and 1pm please contact Ruth Whitlock on 01273 812220 ext 253 during school hours. Table top pitches are available at £5 if pre-booked. The College regrets that it cannot accept individual food stalls.

AUTUMN PRODUCTION: The Dramatic Society’s Autumn Production is taking place from Wednesday November 21 to Saturday November 24 at 7.45pm each evening in the village hall. The play being performed is the comedy by HE Bates The Darling Buds of May and is being directed by Angela Howard. To promote the play a Facebook page has been launched There are four ways in which you can buy tickets: Online with a debit or credit card. You can choose a numbered seat for only £8 and you will be able to print off your own numbered tickets. There is also a Buy Tickets link on the Facebook page which has been set up which will take you to the ticket website; You can phone Denis Drinan on the Ticket Hotline on 07753 317373; You can e-mail him on Or from Middletons Shop from Saturday, 0ctober 27.

STOOLBALL CLUB: At their annual dinner in the village hall it was formally announced, to much applause, that Nicky Tuppen, club vice-captain, had officially been selected to play in the England XI against the President’s XI the following day. Congratulations and well done Nicky, what an honour for both you and the club.

Rodmell & Southease

HARVEST FESTIVAL: It was not a bad weekend weather-wise really, at least we saw the sun. I went to Southease Church on Sunday for their Harvest Festival and I knew our church would be packed to bursting as the school was involved, plus there was a baptism at the same time. I loved the peaceful atmosphere and simple but lovely decoration of the church, plus the old well loved hymns. There was a good number there for this small church, and it was such a lovely day so the sun shone through its windows making everything look warm and mellow.

BIRDS: In Sussex Express, September 14, there was an article on turtle doves. We have had two visit us regularly this year along with our collection of collared doves which become so tame they had to be chased out of the kitchen a couple of times. Our family of jackdaws, including the one with a broken wing, wait outside on the paddock fence, outside the kitchen door for their breakfast every morning at a set time.

COFFEE CLUB meets again on October 24, 11am to 12.30pm in the village hall. May I say a big thank you to those who organise this event.

PARISH PUMP: I’ve had various phone calls about PP lately as to why what I actually write is now going into Seaford and Newhaven edition whilst a condensed version is appearing in the Lewes edition. I would not have realised this was happening if so many of you had not told me as I get the Lewes edition. It seems that there have been some teething problems which should soon be sorted out.

FRUIT: So many people have missed all the fruit I usually supply them with from the orchard. It has been the worst year I can remember for apples, pears and gooseberries this year. At the moment I am planting Borage plants in various places on the properties as bees love the flowers, and I try to give them as many opportunities to make honey and pollinate as possible. Environmentally we are getting more and more problems and since we don’t listen to nature these days what can we expect. Nature is a system of give and take and in many cases we take without replenishment and jam up the works.

HIKERS: There are still many hikers doing the South Downs Way and they are so pleased with the new footpath from Rodmell to Southease as it means they don’t have to cope with the fast traffic on the C7. Many hikers are telling me that not many B&Bs will take one nighters and since we are now in the National Park and the South Downs Way is becoming so popular, they are getting a little upset at this. Perhaps it would be different if B&B people could see it from the hikers point of view, walking long distance, carry packs, getting soaked, longing for warmth, food, sleep in a friendly household and willing to pay. They only need one night because they walk day by day. Fortunately Rodmell seems to have a good reputation with walkers. I am always happy with mine.

GEOFFREY ELLIS: I have a little more information about Geoffrey Ellis who gave us the interesting talk on the Secret Tunnels of South Heighton at our Harvest Supper on Friday October 5. Evidently a month ago he accompanied world-renowned BBC presenter David Dimbleby on a tour of the tunnels followed closely by a BBC camera crew in a landmark television series to be known as Britain and the Sea to be broadcast on BBC1 in November. The South Heighton secret tunnels, also known as HMS Forward, are to feature in the second programme of the series as David sails from The Solent to Dover, highlighting all the South Coast military establishments that have protected our shores over the years. Thank you Mr Ellis for this latest information.

MUSIC: I thoroughly enjoyed an evening spent with the Leaky Buckets band at Iford on Friday October 12. It was organised by John Robinson, a local farmer whose band it is. I and a friend from Keymer danced the night away as did any others. Boy did I feel it the next day. As it was by invitation only could I be cheeky and hope to be invited next time John? John’s daughter Mae who is very beautiful, and a good singer, reminded me very much of Dabbie Harry the singer also blonde and beautiful in her time.