Parish pump Lewes - October 24, 2014

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THE QUEENS AWARD for Voluntary Service is the highest award given by Her Majesty the Queen to a local group in recognition of outstanding work done in the community. It is the MBE for voluntary service. Last Friday the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field, representing the Queen, presented the award to the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Heartstart. The ceremony was attended by the members of Heartstart, those who had been helped, friends and supporters. The High Sheriff of East Sussex, Chris Gebbie OBE was also present. Colin Burden, recently retired after many years of service, accepted the award on behalf of the group.

THE COACH HOUSE GALLERY is hosting an exhibition of Art in the Landscape by Simon Savage from now until November 2.

SMARTCOOKIES for Halloween will be making spooky pops, designing scary face painting and making masks at the Old Chapel Centre on October 30 between 10am and noon for children between 4 and 11 years old. The cost is £10 per child. For more details email or telephone Liz on 07722484262 or 01323 870599.

RATHFINNY WINE ESTATE has started its first harvest of Chardonnay grapes. The winery is ready, the presses are waiting and all is set to make the first sparkling wine which is expected to be released in 2017. The winery is open for tours which can be booked online or through the Gun Room, on the Tye. The work on the Flint Barns, now converted into accommodation for up to 46 seasonal worker as well as other special interest and educational groups, is complete.


TALK: Tales from the War Memorial, 7.30pm, Friday October 31. Another chance to hear Ian Hilder’s presentation on some of the stories behind Barcombe’s war memorial. Local families during both world wars, the Memorial Committee, a Victoria Cross. Who were the men from Barcombe, Cooksbridge, Chailey and further afield, whose names are commemorated? Tickets from Turner’s Electrical Store and Ian Hilder 01273 400604 or email:


CYCLE JUMBLE is at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 8am to 2pm. For more details call Hugh Procter on 01273 471880 or email

CHOOSE YOUR PUMPKIN from a barn full of pumpkins and squash of all sizes at Townings Farm, Plumpton Road. The barn is open tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. There will also be the chance to try seasonal treats. For more details call Carole on 01444471352.

KIDS TRAVEL FOR A QUID at the Bluebell Railway from tomorrow, Saturday, until Sunday November 2. Just call 01825 720800 to purchase tickets.

ST PETER’S CHURCH services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH services on Sunday are at 10.30am, with Phil Cole, and at 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

CHAILEY SCHOOL ARTISTS exhibition is at Farley Barn Gallery, Muddles Green, Chiddingly on Sunday between 10am and 4.30pm. All are welcome to see the exhibition.

GRANDPARENTS TODDLER group meet on Wednesday between 9.30am and 11.30am at the Chailey Children’s Centre, Chailey School. The group has the use of a wonderfully equipped room and a safe outside area. It is a great chance to chat to other grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren. For more information call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT SALE on Tuesday from 7pm supporting Tearfund at Millridge, Lower Station Road. To find out more call Joy Partridge on 01825 722936.

CHARITY QUIZ at the Horns Lodge on Tuesday at 8pm. Teams of up to seven, £2 per person entry. For more details call Linda on 01273 400422.

FUNGUS FORAY organised by the Commons Society is on Wednesday, with Rosalie Sinclair-Smith, and starts at 2pm at Pound Common car park. Children will be especially welcome (with a parent) to help find and identify (for about two hours) the many species of fungi to be found on the common. For further information visit

COFFEE STOP is at the Free Church every Friday from 10am to midday. On Friday October 31 our local Police Community Support Officer Steven Knowles will be at the Coffee Stop; so do go along for a free coffee, a chat, for advice and to raise any concerns you may have.

HALLOWEEN, an evening of Mediumship and Clairvoyance, with Martin Hopgood, is at the Five Bells on Friday October 31. Call Andy on 01825 722259 for prices, the evening includes a three course meal, and to book places.

DO YOU HAVE TIME and expertise to join the Governing Board at Chailey Heritage Foundation? The Foundation is seeking new governors (with adult and children’s social care expertise) to advise, support and challenge their development of services. A knowledge and understanding of the role of health in community and children and adult services would also be an advantage. If you are interested in this role and would like to receive an information pack and/or have an informal discussion with their chair of governors then please contact Fiona Duff 01825 724444 ext. 706 or email as soon as possible as applications, in writing, are sought by Friday October 31.

MEN’S BREAKFAST is at the Free Church on November 1 at 8.30am for 9am. The talk will be by Ian Richards, a retired race walker from England, who represented the United Kingdom at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. The breakfast is free but donations most welcome. For catering purposes please book by calling 0144 471600.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to assist at the Newick Bonfire Society street collection on Saturday November 1 on behalf of Chailey Heritage Foundation. If you would like to help with this collection please contact the fundraising office on 01825724752 or

CATTLE have left the commons for the winter so there are no stock on the combined commons (Pound, Romany Ridge and Memorial). Three of the Exmoor ponies have moved to Lane End Common and 12 to Red House Common where they have been joined by 80 Hebridean sheep.

CHAILEY HERITAGE Enterprise Centre (CHEC) has a VersaCAMM printer; purchased with a very generous donation. The VersaCAMM is a large format printer that allows production of complex images on a much bigger scale. It is the perfect high-performance production tool for creating colourful decals, labels, banners, posters, vehicle and floor graphics, apparel decoration and just about any sign imaginable. The printer also means that CHEC are now able to take orders for items such as outside advertising banners and signage. To find out more call CHEC on 01825 724376.

DIAMOND JUBILEE MAP: New residents of Chailey might wish to know that the parish council still has a number of the decorated pictorial maps which were created to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. At the time the maps were presented to each household by the parish council and may still be obtained by telephoning Cllr Mark Evans on 01825 722554 or e-mailing the parish clerk at

THE VILLAGE HALL continues to be well used and sessions include the Chailey and Newick Art Group, Women’s Institute, East Sussex Concert Band, dog training, a mum’s fitness class, Pilates, yoga, youth club, guides, brownies and rainbows, a music club, children’s speech and drama sessions and tutored art groups. Details of any of the hirers are available from Ann Jones, chair of the Village Hall Committee, on 01444 831244 or Lorna Tuttle, the booking secretary, on 07813 319895.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday at St Peter’s Church, 8am Holy Communion, 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall, 10.30am Parish Communion followed by coffee in the hall. Sunday is also the day that British Summertime ends at 1am. Don’t forget to alter the clocks.

PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting of East Chiltington Parish Council is on Thursday, November 6, at 7pm in the village hall. The annual precept will be on the agenda.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY is on Sunday, November 9, when there will be the customary service in St Peter’s Church at 10.30am.

AFTERNOON CLUB: The Monday Afternoon Club meet on November 10 in the church hall at 2pm. It will be a special sing-along afternoon. Lifts available by ringing Judith on 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

HAMSEY COUNCIL: Hamsey Parish Council meet on Thursday, November 13 in the village hall at 7.30pm.

SHEEP WORRYING has been a huge problem in the UK with the National Sheep Association’s (NSA) latest survey results showing 79 per cent of respondents experiencing dog attacks on their farms in the last five years. Having had the experience here more than once when we have had sheep mauled and killed by dogs my heart goes out to the two farmers from Kent who recently had a horrific dog attack on their farm. Their flock of pedigree Kerry Hill sheep were discovered early one morning lying flat in the field with their ears torn off and deep puncture and bite wounds to their faces and legs. The entire flock of pedigree breeding ewes and one ram were so badly injured with three mauled so severely that they had to be euthanized by a vet. Although like us they have signs warning walkers to keep their dogs on leads and under control when passing through the farm where there are livestock, it seems that there are those who take no notice whatsoever. Under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953, it is a criminal offence for a dog to attack, chase, cause stress or injury to or be out of control around livestock on agricultural land with the dog owner absolutely liable for damages. Farmers are entitled to shoot dogs worrying their flock, with 15 percent of dogs killed as a direct result, although the NSA say this should be a last resort. A few weeks ago Mark Hayward from the SDNP gave me a pile of guides for dog walkers which are in a container on the gate into the bridleway and I have been horrified to see people taking the leaflets out and ripping them up and throwing them on the ground. Although they have not been back after I reported them, there was one walker who had a pack of dogs and just let them off into the bridleway to run amok and had no control. On that occasion when they reached the scarp above here I watched them chasing the cattle which belong to Plumpton College. It is not always the dogs that are at fault, it can be irresponsible owners.

FED UP: Some residents who live in Chandlers Mead, Cooksbridge, are fed up with the problem of dog mess. One resident has made a poster to put up to ask people to clear up after their dogs. There is a bin but it appears that owners are either too lazy to bin it or have no intention of doing so. I was asked to report it for them which I did to LDC and was told they were sending a warden out to inspect. I sincerely hope that the problem will be rectified quickly and the offenders given a warning.

HAMSEY CHURCH: I have been mentioning the sad state of the roof at this much loved church and after speaking to the Rector recently about an idea I had, he gave the go ahead for me to make the suggestion. I know that so many people would not want to see the lovely old church closed or razed to the ground. My idea was that local residents and those who come from other areas to visit, may give it some thought about sponsoring a tile which would go part of the way to help with repairs. It is important this much loved historic church stays intact for the next generation. Other ideas will be gratefully received.


TRAVELLING: We have just returned from travelling in Europe visiting friends in Belgium and Germany, and it is always good to return home safely. We were amazed by all the lorries travelling on the motorways, the majority of them with number plates from all different countries in Europe and mostly the eastern bloc countries. When we journeyed back to our ferry, again we could see all the lorries waiting to board and only two could I see with GB plates. Again I was staggered to hear on the radio, a reporter travelling with a driver picking up frozen bread dough in Brussels to transport for retailers in the UK. I must stop before getting too political.

LAST SUNDAY we welcomed the Bishop of Chichester to our church, St Laurence, for evensong and then tea afterwards in the Parish Hall. Many people came to meet Bishop Martin and he took the opportunity of speaking to everyone. Bishop Martin spoke with emphasis on the future of all churches and aims that he wishes us all to attain. We enjoyed meeting the Bishop and welcomed his visit, and we hope that he could see that our community is very special and our doors are open to all.

RETURNING to my visit to Germany, the main reason was an invitation to a brunch party to celebrate a special birthday. I felt quite proud when on that menu was a full English breakfast and I could see that most guests were going for it. We had a great time with all our friends and are very lucky to have them.

ONE LITTLE STORY, which I am sure would have been picked up by our local news if it had happened here, was a young boy of three years old being locked in the big church of the town. It was market day and his grandparents had stopped to chat with friends. The young boy, Max, was his name, loved the church and had found the door open and there was a rehearsal of a concert just finishing, and being unaware that Max was in the church, they left and locked the church. His grandparents heard him calling and they called the police, who called the fire brigade. Max was exceedingly brave and was not panicking, you could see the giant door handle moving up and down trying to open the door. It took 30 minutes to get him released.


FIRLE BONFIRE: Tomorrow, Saturday, it is our annual Bonfire in Firle starting at 1pm with the Make a Guy Competition on the Ram Beach at 1pm. The best Guy will win a prize and will be given pride of place on top of the fire with all the others round it. Then the real event takes place at 7pm with a Procession of Remembrance at the War Memorial. Then there will be a procession around the village to the school, School Bungalows and down to Crossways, returning to the pub where Guy Fawkes will be blown up at the Ram. Then it is on to the bonfire site for the lighting of bonfire, and the magnificent fireworks display. There is a charge for car parking of £10 per car.


GRAND JUMBLE SALE Saturday, November 1, Laughton Parish Hall. Doors open 10.30am. Refreshments available. Jumble wanted. More information 01323 811385,

WINTER INDOOR BOOT SALES Sunday November 16 and Sunday December 14 in Laughton Parish Hall, 10.30am to 1pm. To book a table please call 01323 811385, also for more information.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Often the group use public transport to and from their walks and recently a party took the train to Arundel to walk from there to Goring where they caught the train back to Lewes. At Arundel the noisy and busy A27 was soon left behind as the party made their way across numerous stiles past Broomhust Farm to Lyminster, the first of three villages with interesting buildings where the houses were mainly of an executive nature. Taking the byway to Poling, a picnic lunch was eaten in the churchyard before going on along the edge of a recently ploughed and muddy field to Angmering. From here a very gradual ascent was made to Highdown Hill where excellent views were obtained both towards the sea and inland. Time did not allow a stop at the gardens or tea shop there, although at least one member said that she would come back to do so, before descending the hill, crossing the busy A 259 road and proceeding by footpath to Goring railway station. Despite a poor weather forecast the party only experienced a short shower on Highdown Hill and otherwise the day had proved very suitable for walking.

GARDEN SOCIETY: On Tuesday, 7.30pm, at Cliffe Church Hall, Stuart Lees will be talking about adventurous container gardening. He trained as a horticulturist and then worked for the Cadogan Estate in Chelsea before progressing to various head gardener positions. He now runs his own garden design and consultancy business in Hampshire - daring you to be different. All welcome. £3 for non-members.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Please come to the Fairtrade Fayre in the church on Saturday November 22, 12.30pm to 4pm. This year it is being held slightly earlier than before, so that even the more organised present-buyers can browse the Fairtrade and handmade collections of beautiful cards and gifts. The products are of very high quality, food stalls will provide lunch/afternoon snacks and the atmosphere is lovely. Last week’s Fairtrade cake sales for Tear Fund’s No Child Taken campaign raised over £120. Thank you both to cake-makers and to cake-buyers. The church is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, as well as on Sunday for services (and for our many other activities throughout the week). Everyone is welcome to look round or for quiet reflection. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service, with singers and band. Please do come and join us.

PELLS SCHOOL: All four classes at Pells Church of England Primary School have been enjoying their Outdoor Learning lessons this term. Children have had opportunities to work together to build temporary shelters in the school wildlife area, make pictures inspired by artist Andy Goldsworthy using materials from nature such as leaves, sticks and seeds, plant spring bulbs in containers and flower beds and tidy up the garden after the summer. Happy half term.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL enjoyed their Harvest Festival last Friday and, as usual, were in good voice as they sang traditional Harvest hymns and songs. Revd Steve Daughtery, who is now officially priest in charge of South Malling Church, and took the assembly, said afterwards that he had been bowled over by the children’s enthusiasm and enjoyment of the event. Children and their families brought lots of harvest offerings which have been passed on to the local Food Bank. Last week a Governor attended the first meeting of the Lewes Cooperative Learning Partnership, which, after a long period of legal advice and arrangements, was formally created in August and brings together two Foundation Schools, Priory and Western Road, with five other partners, Iford and Kingston, Pells, Rodmell, South Malling and Southover Church of England Primary Schools.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: A good number of people from South Malling joined the congregations of Southover and St John sub Castro for a Communion Service led by Bishop Richard Jackson, the (relatively) new Bishop of Lewes, at Southover last Sunday. The church was very full, the service inspiring and it is clear that the plan to unite the three churches is already coming together, even before the formal process has really got itself started. This week, there is a Breakfast Service at South Malling Church, people are welcome to come at 9am for a continental breakfast before the informal service of Morning Praise, which begins at 9.30am. There is no cost for the breakfast though people are able to make a donation if they wish. All are welcome.

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.


OPEN GARDENS: Good to see Nevill Residents are trying to revive the open gardens day next summer. The date will be either July 5 or 12. It was always very well supported and it is interesting to see what lies behind the garden gate and maybe get ideas for your own garden. I hope Nevill people will respond positively and join in by either opening your own garden or visiting others. On a garden note, if you haven’t been to The Tower of London to see the poppies you are missing a spectacular sight. They will be there until November 11.

NEVILL NEWSLETTER: The newsletter is delivered to you twice a year by volunteers. The 37 houses on the even side of South Way has been delivered by someone since the start of the Nevill Residents news, some ten years ago. They have decided to take a rest now and are seeking a volunteer to take this on. There are also 12 to deliver in Downs Close if anyone could do this too. If you would like to volunteer for these small deliveries, please email me at:

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be for all ages and will be led by Rev Rose Westwood. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service. On Wednesday at 7.30pm the Thinktank will be meeting and Dr Andrew Buxton will be leading the evening entitled The Changing Faces of Public Art. On Friday at 10.30am we have our half term Messy Church event, this time called Hallelujah Party. During the morning, as well as craft activities, we will be having some sketches performed by the Covenant Players and the morning will finish with a lunch. This is open to all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult.

RACEHORSES: Apparently the horses are still using footpaths and parents are concerned about their children walking to school whilst the horses are exercising. If you have a problem with your child and the horses please keep a record of the incidents, date etc and report it back to the residents association.

NEVILL BONFIRE: The procession seemed very long this year but there were a lot of smugglers involved. It seemed a good time was had by all as usual. If anyone has a write up for me send it for next week please.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open from 10am to 11am today, Friday, in the village hall. There is a good selection of locally grown vegetables available plus home-made cake, savoury items, fresh eggs, preserves, local cheese and charcuterie. You can also enjoy a cuppa of coffee.

SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holly Communion (BCP) followed at 10.30am with Informal Worship, 4.30pm the service Memory of Loved Ones. Everyone welcome. There will be tea in the Barn Centre afterwards. If you should require a lift to church, please telephone 722582 in advance.

CINEMA: On Sunday Newick Cinema will be showing the film The Book Thief. Doors open at 7pm, film will commence at 7.30pm. Tickets at £6 can be obtained on the door or email

THE PARISH COUNCIL will be holding their monthly meeting in the Sports Pavilion at 7.15pm on Monday. People can go along and listen and you can also ask a question at the commencement of the meeting. The councillors do appreciate the public attending these meetings.

BONFIRE: On November 1, Newick Bonfire will take place on the Village Green. The A272 will be closed from 6.30pm until about 10.30pm.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting on Thursday November 13 in the Community Centre. The speaker will be Dr Stuart Anderson.

SUPPER QUIZ: St Mary’s Church annual Supper Quiz will take place on Wednesday November 19, at Newick Primary School.

AGM: Newick Horticultural Society will be holding their AGM on Thursday November 20.

MOTOWN EVENING: Newick and Chailey Support Group St Peter and St James will be holding another Motown Evening on Friday November 21. More details about these events later.


A NICE WALK: If you fancy one just join up with the Footpath Society tomorrow (Saturday) when they meet at the car park in the centre of Horsted Keynes at 10.30am. Then it will be off on a four mile jaunt to Broadhurst Manor and return via Warren Farm with an option for lunch at the Green Man. More information available on 01273 891218.

BEETLE DRIVE: On Monday the local support group for St Peter and St James Hospice will hold a beetle drive in the village hall between 2pm and 4pm. All ages will be welcome, there will be a raffle and refreshments will be available. Admission £3. These are always very popular social events.

LEVEL CROSSING: Network Rail has now informed the parish council that preparatory works for the replacement of the crossing gates will begin in the early part of the new year. It is said that gates are scheduled to be removed sometime later in the year, but there is still no sign of a planning application being made.

IT’S MUSHROOM TIME: On Wednesday Rosalie Sinclair-Smith will lead one of those very popular Fungus Forays on Chailey Common on behalf of the Chailey Commons Society. Meet on Pound Common at 2pm ready to join the hunt to find and identify as many species of fungus as possible and there are plenty on the commons. Children love these exercises and will be more than welcome if accompanied by an adult.

PIRATE INVASION: Those pirates will be coming from Penzance to Plumpton next week. Burgess Hill Musical Society Youth Section will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s ever popular Pirates of Penzance in Plumpton Village Hall on Friday October 31 and Saturday November 1. There will be performance on both days at 7.30pm and on Saturday there will be a matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £10, concessions £9 and under 15s £6. They are available on 0r 01273 890347. This society is renowned for the quality of its productions.

RUGBY LATEST: Plumpton RFC retained this season’s unbeaten record on Saturday when they beat visitors Hastings and Bexhill 42-12. Tries from Lewis Beale, Joe Bryant, Patrick Moody, Brodie Forest, Charlie Lewis and Phil Tonkin, along with a length of the pitch try from flying winger Flavian Obiero, complemented by two conversions and a penalty by Beale sealed the win. Plumpton boasted a new look line-up that contained a number of new faces. Mitch Schratiz made his first appearance for the club at Scrum Half, whilst Brodie Forest made a long awaited return at Hooker. It was Rodney Black who set up the first try, a quick pick-up from the scrum allowing fly-half Lewis Beale to take a crash ball 15 yards out to score in the corner. The 2nd half could have been a bigger score to Plumpton, however with Hastings down to 14 players due to injuries Plumpton loaned Hastings a player for the remainder of the game and made numerous changes to their side to ensure a full squad rotation, welcoming Phil Tompkin into the side, who scored his first try for the club, along with Zac Robins at 2nd row and Jasper Elwes at hooker. Man of the match was Flavian Obiero for a superb solo try and a special mention should be made of stand in captain Craig Wells. This weekend Plumpton host Crowborough, ko 3pm.


HISTORY STUDY GROUP: Tonight (Friday) at 7.45pm in the village hall, Geoff Bridger will be giving us A Great War Medley. A century after the outbreak of the Great War, this will be an eclectic collection of little known and unusual aspects of the conflict. His presentation is based around a collection of slides that illustrate the more unusual aspects of the Great War, and is designed to appeal to non-specialists in the topic.

DANCE AND SUPPER: In support of St Peter and St James Hospice and Ringmer Twinning Association are holding an Autumn Dance and Supper tomorrow (Saturday) at 7.30pm in the village hall. Dancing led by Tony Dunn. Tickets £5 (twinning members), £7 (non-members) are available from Ringmer Wine Store, which is offering ticket holders a 10 per cent discount on wine and local ales purchased on the night, Jim Stock (813390), Daisy McKie (814859) or email Sharon Gunde at

ST MARY’S CHURCH: The Village Clubs Service, led by Neil Thornicroft, was well attended with representatives from many of Ringmer’s sports and social clubs. There was a superb mix of hymns and worship and the event was a lovely celebration of our village community. On Sunday, Rev David Perks will be leading St Mary’s morning services, 8am Holy Communion and 9.45am Sung Eucharist, and Evensong will be taken by Rev Mary Sitwell. Evening Prayer will be held at 5pm on Monday November 3 to mark All Souls’ Day. Anyone wishing to commemorate loved ones are welcome to attend and may add names to the list held at church.

HOLIDAY CLUB: Mega Makers! Holiday Club takes place each morning on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at St Mary’s Church. There are many activities to do and all children of primary school age are welcome. It is time to hurry if you are registering your child as the latest date to do so is Tuesday. Further information and booking forms from Juliet Lyon (01273 813298) or Julius Ndhala (01273 813579).

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday October 15, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Simon Webster and Roy Skan; 2, Lesley Durrant and David Warner; 3, Pam Brook and John Waston. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

U3A PHOTOGRAPHY: The first meeting of the group will be held in the Scout Hut from 2pm to 4pm on Thursday. New members are invited to attend and bring their camera and up to six photos on a USB stick or hard copy on the theme of autumn. Meetings will be held monthly throughout the year on the last Thursday in the month. Details from Bob on 01273 812784.

Rodmell & Southease

INTERESTING EVENTS: a lot of interesting things go on in an around our villages. Many of us are very thankful for the efforts put into such events by the organisers. One such event recently was the charity gig in aid of the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice at Iford Village Hall by the local group Leaky Buckets, on Saturday October 11. Those of you who know the Leaky Buckets may remember they opened the Lewes Live Music Festival in July and two weeks later played at the Secret Garden Party Festival at Huntingdon, where there were 30,000 people and I hear they woke some of them up with their 10am set. It was a very lively evening at Iford and we all enjoyed it and were greatly impressed by the great guitar playing by 11 year old Will White, a name to watch for the future. I actually met up with Audrey Eade who used to attend the same youth club in Brighton as Joan Ellis and myself. That must have been around 55 years ago at least. Audrey’s brother Keith is a member of the band.

HARVEST SUPPPER: Rodmell and Southease Harvest Supper on Friday October 10 was as usual a great event. The food was lovely and the hall looked very attractive with all its Harvest decorations and we had fun with the entertainment. Thanks to all the organisers for their great efforts. In earlier days we used to have a table full of children at this function, just in front of the stage. In past years none have come, such a shame.

WI: On Tuesday October 21 Rodmell and Southease WI held their AGM. Yet another interesting evening.

GARDENING: Tomorrow, Saturday, Churchyard Gardening. Once again calling all our kind volunteers to turn up with favourite tools any time between 9.30am and noon and wait to be put to work. With luck there will be delicious jumblies and coffee.

ON SUNDAY British Summertime ends, the end of a lovely summer. Let’s hope the winter won’t be too bad.

PARISH COUNCIL: On Monday November 3 the parish council will be meeting in the village hall at 8pm. All welcome.