Parish Pump Lewes - October 25, 2013

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THANKS go to Cumnor House School for their donation of £6,773.50 to Chailey Heritage School which was raised following their Swimathon last term. Chailey Heritage School would like to thank all those who supported the event. The funds will be used to support their Therapeutic Riding provision.

PISTON HEADS Breakfast Meet is at the Five Bells on Sunday from 10am to midday and anything with an engine is most welcome. Great hot dogs and bacon rolls will be available. For more information call Robin on 0182572 2259.

VINTAGE BUS DAY is at the Bluebell Railway on Sunday when there will be a number of free vintage bus routes operating to and from the Bluebell Railway. For more information visit or contact the Customer Service Team on 01825 720800.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion with baptism at 10am. There will also be a concert at 6pm during which there will be the blessing of a new stained glass window (designed and made by Debbie Burgess) installed in memory of Revd Eddie Matthias, who was rector of St Peter’s for 27 years and vicar of Bolney prior to that. Refreshments will be served during the interval. There is no charge for the concert; however there will be a retiring collection for the St Peter’s Church refurbishment programme. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586.

FREE CHURCH services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Phillip Wells and 6.15pm with Peter Morgan, to include communion.

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

FUNGUS FORAY with Rosalie Sinclair-Smith is on Wednesday starting at 2pm at the Sports Club car park. Children 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 more details call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

CHAILEY CIRCULAR, a walk organised by Mid Sussex Ramblers, takes place on Saturday November 2 starting at the Sports Club car park at 10.30am. The walk will be about five miles and include Chailey Commons, Pelling Bridge and Vale Farm. For more details call the leader, Diane, on 01444 450493.

2013 CALENDAR is available from the Commons Society and the cost is £7.25 each, two for £14 or three for £21. The calendar can be ordered by calling 01444 831098 and arrangements will be made for the calendar(s) to be delivered to you.

VOLUNTEERS: St Peter and St James Hospice always welcomes volunteers and the ways that volunteers can help is as they say on their website, endless. The Hospice is currently recruiting and the list of volunteer vacancies is at Reading the list I note there is a vacancy for an Electrical PAT Tester. If you are an electrician interested in volunteering the Hospice would like to hear from you. To learn more about what is required of this role or any other aspects of volunteering at the Hospice ,their volunteer services co-ordinator will be pleased to hear from you on 01444 470812. You can be sure of a warm welcome.

CONCERT at St Peter’s Church, on Sunday at 6pm. The blessing of the stained glass window dedicated to Revd Eddie Matthias will take place during the concert. Refreshments will be served during the interval. There will be a retiring collection for St Peter’s Church refurbishment programme. The Reverend Eddie Matthias was the much loved Rector of Chailey from 1965 to 1992. Previously he was vicar at Bolney for six years. We hope the simplicity of the theme, the ambience of peace, serenity and warmth and the countryside is a fitting memorial to our very much loved father, friend and village priest. The window was designed and constructed by Debbie Burgess, of Southwick, her first church window and indeed a beautiful one.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

WILD FLOWERS: Having found a strange plant or wild flower growing near the wall where I feed the birds, one that I have never seen before, I looked it up in the lovely illustrated wild flower finder calendar written by David Lang. I found only one illustration that resembles it which is called Sheep’s Sorrel, although the leaves are not the same. I then decided to dip into the pages of the Downland Year for 1939 to see if the author mentions it amongst his tales of rambling around the countryside. Bearing in mind a lot of the wild flowers we all knew when we were young are vanishing from around the country the Downland Year gives the names we knew when we were kids. On October 19, 1939 the author writes: It is not every autumn that wild flowers are so abundant and so various as they are this season. Wandering about the lanes and meadows this sunny tranquil afternoon for more than an hour, I found I had got together a nosegay of 27 distinct species, and all well known, perfect flowers. Purple knapweed and lilac sheep’s-bit contributed most to the bunch. But dead nettles, red, white, and yellow-archangels, as they are called in this green corner of Sussex, ran the knapweeds and scabious pretty close. And there were little dells full of mallow and crane’s-bill, wild sage and calamint and harebells, where one could gather a whole handful if need be. Buttercups too: I found a stretch of low-lying roadside quite golden with them. Hard by there were thistles, plume-thistles nodding their pale magenta heads in the sleepy October air; and the great sessile thistles that have no stalks and never rise from the grass where they were born, but just flaunt their bright crimson heads deep in their whorls of prickly green leaves and are never free from dewdrops even at high noon. For the rest there was bell-flower or two, some ragged yellow hawkweed, a plume of meadowsweet, mayweed with its foliage like green hair, red clover in plenty, daisies, dandelions and groundsel; a fine head of dropwort, white and pink yarrow, an entire handful by itself; rarest of all, a teasel-cocoon still showing a ring of violet bells. The only thing in this autumn nosegay that was not a flower was a spray of pink and orange spindle-berries. Yet it was so like a flower that I let it pass for the sake of him who called it a flower and fruit in one.

I wonder if my flower/plant could be the lilac sheep’s-bit that is mentioned? I very much doubt many of us will ever see an array of wild flowers such as described above ever again.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s, Holy Communion 8am, Sunday Club 10.15am, Parish Communion 10.30am.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY, November 10 at St Peter’s Church starting at 10.30am. The Rector reports: In most Novembers there are two remembrances, one when we toll the church bell at 11am on November 11 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month) the time when World War I actually finished and the other on the closest Sunday to November 11. The service will as usual include the laying of poppy wreaths, one on behalf of Hamsey Parish Council who attend in force and one for the parochial church council. There is also the Reveille and the Last Post and the two minutes’ silence at the war memorial on the west wall of St Peter’s Church. As always the service will have the twin themes of both thankfulness for the sacrifices made in the world wars and all other conflicts, including the present ones, and also a commitment to work together for peace.

WEDDING: The wedding of Daniel Renton and Kimberley Reczek took place on September 28.

MOLE CATCHING: I laughed when I read the following abut an unusual method of deterring moles, which apparently works: You take from a novelty musical birthday card a small plastic device that plays a tinny version of Happy Birthday and place it deep into a mole hill. The frequency of the tune then drives the mole bananas and he moves on to your neighbour’s garden. Of course you will have to hope your neighbour doesn’t have a birthday immediately after yours or you could see the mole return rather sooner than you may have wished. As my son is a mole catcher and has had a very busy year catching moles for people all around the countryside I may suggest this method to him but doubt if he will see the funny side. I actually still have a music box card I have treasured since my fifth birthday but will not be taking it apart in the hope of catching a mole.

REGULAR EVENTS: As I have had calls asking me about events that take place around the parish, the following is a list which I hope is up to date: Monday and Wednesday, dance classes at the village hall (details from 01273 890621); Mondays, yoga classes at the village hall (details from 01273 890621); Tuesdays, Running Club from Hamsey School 9am; Tuesdays, Bumps, Babies and Toddlers at the village hall, 10am to noon; Tuesdays, Sussex Police Choir in the village hall, 7pm; Thursdays, Toddler Tunes at St Peter’s Church Hall, 10am to 11am; Fridays (term time) Babies and Toddlers at Hamsey School, 9am to 11am; Fridays, Keep Fit in the village hall, 9am to 10am; Fridays, after school (term time) cake sales at Hamsey School.


BONFIRE SOCIETY: We are there again tomorrow, Saturday, it will be Firle Bonfire festivities. It starts off at 1pm at the Ram where the children’s Guy Competition takes place and the winner gets to have his guy placed on top of the bonfire and all others are placed around it. At 6pm the judging of the Children’s Fancy Dress will take place in the Cricket Pavilion, there are three categories - General Fancy Dress, Valencian and Spanish Girls. The first two have seven different age groups. Then at 7pm the Procession of remembrance led by the Best Winning Valencian Boy and Girl carrying the wreath and including our remembrance tableau to the War Memorial and the laying of the wreath. The Rev Peter Jones will say a prayer and Lord Gage will lay the wreath. The procession then marches back to the Ram and then goes down to the school, the bungalows and down to Crossways before returning to the Ram where Guy Fawkes will be lit. Then onto the park for the bonfire lighting, bonfire prayers and then what you have all been waiting for, the spectacular firework display. The final procession will form up after the fireworks and marching to the school returning to the War Memorial and back to the fire site for Auld Lang Syne.

THE CRICKET CLUB are raising funds by doing the burgers and buns so do come along and support. There will be a charge of £10 a car for the night’s entertainment. Collections will be for FBS Dramatics and The Oyster Project this year.

Glynde & Beddingham

TREVOR ARMS: There is now a choir in residence at this wonderful local pub: come along on Tuesday nights between 7pm and 9pm and join Danny Vice to learn the beauty of harmony and the power of group singing. No experience needed. Email Danny or mobile 07941760866. The pub are still keen to have everyone’s votes for the film selection on movie night, October 31. Just pop into the bar and write your choices on a slip of paper. If this happens to be a Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening, why not take home a delicious Trevor Arms Fish and Chips supper as well?

MEMORIAL PARADE: Don’t forget that the last badge night is at The Trevor Arms on Friday November 1 from 7.30pm. Membership is £3 per person which entitles you to march with a torch in the procession on Friday November 8. The parade leaves The Trevor Arms at 7.30pm to walk up to the war memorial outside St Mary’s Church, Glynde. There will then be a short service of prayers, hymns and the laying of wreaths before a dramatic display of fireworks behind Glynde Place. It will be a great and memorable evening.

GLYNDE STORES: Halloween is already upon us so come along to the village stores on Thursday from 11am until 1pm for lashings of devilish fun. There will be Halloween crafts and fiendishly delicious food to set you up for trick or treating. Please book tickets (£5 per adult and child inc. food) through Debbie on 01273 858215. Debbie and David are also planning a Great Glynde Christmas Bake Off on Sunday December 8 to accompany the festive Christmas Craft Fair to be held at The Little Cottage Tea Rooms from noon until 5pm on the same day. There will be a cornucopia of handmade local treasures as well as mulled wine, carol singing and children’s entertainment. All Bake Off entries (mince pies, Christmas cake, Stollen, yuletide log, pannetone… choice is yours) will be judged during the proceedings and the winner will be awarded their well-earned prize.

FUEL SAVINGS: Once again, The Fuel Co-op has saved its members money on orders of domestic heating fuel. This month, households who have registered with the Fuel Co-op have cut their bills by an average of £20, totalling a local saving of £347.45. Well done for making this possible, the more members there are the higher the saving for everyone.

SWIMMING POOL: Although memories of those balmy days of lazing by the Glynde pool might have been muffled of late under overcoats and scarves, rest assured the swimming pool team are beavering away throughout the winter months to ensure a fully operational and well maintained pool can open again in the spring. We are pleased to have the opportunity to run the barbecue for the memorial parade on November 8 with proceeds going to the swimming pool fund. If you would like to be included on the team, please contact Helen on 07816749516. We are also planning a celebration of pool memories before the start of next season. We would like to present a display of photographs, reminiscences, stories and other captured moments in time rejoicing in this wonderful community resource so if you would like to share your memories to inspire this and future generations of pool users please email Helen

CHURCH SERVICES: This week’s church services will be at 9am for morning prayer in Glynde and 10.15am for Holy Communion in Beddingham.


APPLEFEST: Another first for Kingston. After a very wet morning (and a few wet shirts picking apples), the rain cleared in time for the apple pressing to commence. The Pavilion proved to be an ideal venue and provided both outside shelter for the pressing and inside facilities for the excellent tea and home-made cakes. Nearly 100 litres of apple juice was produced and the quality of this natural fruit juice was much appreciated by all, especially the children. Many thanks to all the helpers who made this event such an enjoyable and rewarding day. The pressers deserve a special thank you, it is really quite hard work. Can we make a date for 2014?


ST JOHN SUB CASTRO: On Sunday our 11am service of Holy Communion will be taken by Rev David Gutsell. Please remember the clocks will have gone back overnight. And now some wonderful news for Lewes music lovers for the type of performance which has made the acoustics in St John’s so town famous: Nick Milner-Gulland, well known for his Fayrfax concerts in St John’s, has arranged a Chamber Music evening of music by Bach, Vaughn Williams and Maria Theresia von Paradis that promises to be a breathtaking musical treat. Tickets from 01273 480189 or at the door are £12 in aid of the church fabric fund. Now for a little healthy exercise, we are having another Church Garden Morning tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am onwards and would be grateful for any volunteers to help at this last one of the year.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL had some very exciting news last week: the school has been invited to take a group of 10 children to meet a senior member of the royal family at Southease Youth Hostel on October 31. As our current Year 6 children went and spent a night there when it first opened in April, we have selected 10 from Year 6 to go along to Southease in half term with Mrs O’Donoghue and Mrs Geering. watch this space. The school will report back after half term with more details. During this week there have been parent/teacher consultation meetings for most classes. The school sees this is a very important opportunity for parents/carers to go in and meet their child’s teacher and share information about their progress and learning. Year 1 children enjoyed exploring artefacts from the Toy Museum on Tuesday. They have been looking at old and new toys and the museum was able to add valuable resources and insight to their investigations. On Tuesday school cyclists took part in a Bling your Bike event organised by the Bike It project. This involved children dressing their bikes up so that they could be easily seen on dark nights. Finally, parents are reminded that today (Friday) is the last day at school for children this term. Everyone returns to school on Monday November 4 and there is an Inset day on Wednesday November 6. Happy half term holidays.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: On Sunday, having enjoyed an extra hour to get themselves up, members of the congregation are welcome to breakfast together at 9am GMT in church. The floor is already set out cafe style and this format will continue when, after a couple of minutes’ break the service of Morning Praise begins at 9.30am, when those who can’t make the breakfast arrive for the band-led service. This is a new format for the fourth Sunday of each month. Called Morning Praise the service combines musicians from Southover and South Malling and uses contemporary worship songs and an informal approach. The service will be led by Revd Jeremy Bamber. All are welcome, either at 9am for breakfast or 9.30am for the service. Don’t forget the clock goes back an hour on Sunday.

MALLING FOOD BANK have sent their thanks to South Malling School, the parish church and Southover Church who, over the last three weeks have sent the produce from their Harvest Festival to swell the food bags going out to their customers. The food has gone straight into bags and straight out to its recipients who are almost always local people who welcome the balanced supply of food that the Food banks are able to provide. The Lewes Food Banks have welcomed the high level of publicity given earlier this week to Fareshare who supply all three with a mix of fresh and processed food which would otherwise be simply thrown away. Food comes in on Mondays and all the fresh food has to be given out that day or it has to be thrown away but the processed food is carefully stored because there are always emergencies. The Food Bank managers are always on call from, eg Social Services, for emergency help throughout the rest of each week. Fareshare will be collecting again at Tesco the end of this month. Please help if you can, and don’t be too shy to contact one of the Food Banks, through Social Workers, Housing Officers or other local services, if you are in real need. Food Banks are open at various times on Monday afternoon.

CONGRATULATIONS to new local councillors Elizabeth Allsobrook and John Lamb who were elected last Thursday week to represent Bridge Ward on the Town Council. Congratulations also to all who stood for the two vacant seats. The ward (which includes Malling) had a full range of candidates from all the main parties and all should be congratulated on ensuring this high level of democratic choice and argument. Elizabeth Allsobrook topped the poll, much to the pride and delight of her mother, Malling stalwart Elizabeth Messer.

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.


MEMORIES: It would be nice if anyone could help identify who is in the St Mary’s Social Centre Panto photograph of Cinderella which was in last week’s Sussex Express. I have contacted two well known pantomime stalwarts, Colin Reynolds and Sue Tillman. Sue doesn’t recognise anyone and Colin is delving into the archives. If anyone recognises themselves or knows anyone, please let me know. It would be great if we could piece this together.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today our Tots Group will meet between 9.30am and 11.30am. £1 per family. Sunday worship will be led by Rev John Gordon and this will be our Family Service. Next Friday Messy Church will be held between 10.30am and 1pm. Lots of craft activities around the theme of Light up our Darkness ending with a short act of worship and lunch. All welcome.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: UNICEF World Fit for Children Conference. A small group from our infant Buddies were selected to participate and give a presentation to other schools from across the South East at the UNICEF conference. All the schools invited had achieved Level 2 Rights Respecting Schools award. Having completed their training last week, Alasdair Darling, Daisy Butcher, Florence Wilson and Libby Olsen helped to design the presentation, organised their individual parts, learnt their lines and were great ambassadors for our school - they should be very proud of themselves! Even the Executive Director of UNICEF dropped in to congratulate the children on all the work they are doing in schools. Our Lewes football league got off to a great start on Monday afternoon in the sunshine on Priory fields. Wallands 1 team played Wallands 2 team and drew, Wallands 1 went on to play Southover and after a good game lost 1-0, Wallands 2 then played South Malling and played just as well, successfully winning 2-0. Mrs Taylor reported how lovely it was to see so many happy smiling faces from all concerned. Thank you to all of the parents who transported and came and supported the teams.


SUNDAY SERVICES this weekend are Holy Communion at 8am, followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. Lifts are available to church, please book in advance on 722582.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will hold the monthly meeting in the Sports Pavilion on Tuesday at 7.15pm. The public are allowed to ask question at the start of the meeting.

THE BONFIRE SOCIETY are extremely busy preparing for Saturday November 2 when you can enjoy a Bonfire Breakfast from 9am in the village hall, book your breakfast by telephoning 01825 723233 or 723372, or just turn up. The breakfast sessions are very popular, so why not join the bonfire boys for breakfast.

GUY COMPETITION: There is a Guy Competition, it could be traditional or your favourite cartoon character etc, but remember the winning Guy will meet a fiery end later that evening on the Bonfire. Programmes for the bonfire night are available from shops and pubs in the village. Please support the bonfire society, all the monies collected on the night are given to local charities. Fingers crossed for a lovely dry evening. Enjoy the bonfire, keep safe and make sure that all your pets are indoors.

A CHARITY CRAFT FAIR will be held at Ascalon, Newick from November 8 to November 16. All the proceed raised will be for the Hospice. For further details telephone 01825 723033.


BEST FOOT FORWARD: If you fancy a nice walk then join up with the Footpath Society tomorrow (Saturday) at 10.30am at the Sportsman pub in Goddards Green (TQ284 202) for a four mile hike to Dumbrells Farm, Pooklands, Mill Lane and Cobbs Mill with the option of taking lunch at the pub on return. More information available via 01273 891238.

UPCOMING BARGAINS: Jumblers should get into training for the next jumble sale in Plumpton which is being organised by the flower club for Saturday, November 2. Scrum down will be at 2pm and there will be tombola, cakes and refreshments.

JUICE FROM FRUIT: Following the recent highly successful session with the apple press the VAP has arranged another spell when you can convert apples and pears into delicious and healthy fruit juice. Note the date of Saturday, November 9 at the village hall (green) from noon until 4pm. 350 litres of juice were produced last time which saved an awful lot of fruit going to waste following this year’s bumper harvest. There’s no charge for the service.

COME RACING: There will be a Race Night in the village hall on Saturday, November 16 to raise funds for the refurbishment of the play area and building a new sports pavilion. Here will be a chance to sit back in comfort and enjoy the thrills of horseracing with the opportunity to have a flutter. On top of that it will be a great, local, social event that will include a supper of bangers and mash followed by a pud. Tickets are on sale at £10 per person from the village store or by ringing 01273 890515 but be sure to do some washing up beforehand as participants must take their own crockery and cutlery.

AT YOUR SERVICE: Do remember the ESCC mobile office visits the village hall car park every Monday (except Bank Holidays) between 2pm and 3.30pm and offers residents free, basic computer lessons plus access to the internet. For those who feel daunted at the thought of computers and the internet there are some nice people on hand to demonstrate that it is all a lot easier than you may have imagined, whatever age you are. There is no charge, no catch and you could be amazed at the opportunities that could open up to you. Help with local council enquiries is also on hand.

ENJOY SOME COMPANY: Do not forget the popular Pop-in Parlour held each Tuesday in All Saints’ church annexe from 11am. It offers a chance to meet old friends and make new ones over a cuppa and, if you wish, also enjoy a bowl of homemade soup or a snack. Absolutely everyone will receive a warm welcome.

VERY MATEY: Plumpton RFC staged its annual Bring-a-Mate match at the weekend, when Plumpton Maroons beat Plumpton Greens 27-26. Plumpton has for a number of years organised a friendly introductory game of rugby, allowing players to bring along friends and family members who may wish to try rugby either for the first time or as a re-introduction. The game is still played to the RFU rules, the only exceptions being uncontested scrums where someone new to the front row wishes to experience the dark side; with the game played in quarters instead of halves and players are given the option of wearing coloured bibs if they don’t wish to be tackled. This year, for the first time no player chose to wear a bib, which led to a more competitive game than expected. Fortunately a fully qualified experienced referee, Huw Jenkins, managed the match in the correct spirit which led to a fantastic game. The game started at a frenetic pace, with plenty of skill too. With 13 Plumpton players on the field, the majority of participants were new to the Plumpton jersey. A few key players stood out; Chris Bowen who chose to play in the front row at loose-head for the Plumpton Greens in contested scrums and dominated his opposite man as well as bulldozing over for a try under the posts and Lee Hedger, who showed his skills for Plumpton Maroons at Scrum-half, Fly-half and Openside Flanker. It was a try for Lee Hedger which got the maroons into the game, a solo try with a side step to beat his opposite man and then using his pace to speed over the line for a 40 yard dash. Plumpton Greens were ahead for most of the game. With Maroons needing two tries going into the final quarter, fittingly it was a current and new player to Plumpton who scored. Ricky Wells, on his first outing for Plumpton, showed some impressive power to crash over the line from 20 yards out, running through three players; with a final try from experienced Gareth Lourens scoring with one minute remaining to win the game. The entertainment carried on into the evening with an array of awards, the highlight being Men-of-the-Match awards to Lee Hedger and Chris Bowen, who both converted their own tries. Plumpton has a week off before travelling to Worthing on November 2, ko 2.30pm.


FOOTBALL CLUB: Tonight, Friday, the AFC Ringmer first team play at the Caburn Ground with a home fixture against Buxted, kick off 7.30pm. Tomorrow, Saturday, Ringmer Reserves are at home against Eastbourne Town Reserves in the Reserve section east League, 3pm kick off. Also tomorrow, Saturday, the first team travel to Arundel for a league fixture, and on Tuesday they travel to Dorking Wanderers for a John O’Hara League Cup fixture.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: Tonight, Friday, at 7.45pm in the village hall Diana Crook will be the speaker and her talk is The Glynde Lady Gardeners.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s, 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist and at 6.30pm Evensong.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on October 16 was: 1, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster; 2, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The club next meets on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s room of the village hall.

THE HOLIDAY CLUB is organised by St Mary’s Church and Space Academy is the title this year and will be exploring some of the great stories in the book of Daniel. The club is for primary school age children and runs from Thursday October 31 to Saturday November 2 with a special breakfast and Space Landing on Sunday, November 3. If you would like to take part please contact Sally Epps on 812114.

RBL HORTICULTURAL and Home Produce Society’s AGM will be held on Friday, November 8 in the village hall at 7.30pm (not November 1 as printed in the Parish Magazine). The committee of the society are looking for some new blood as there are various posts that have become vacant due to the retirement of some of the society’s stalwarts. There must be some budding horticulturists who would be prepared to help at the shows. The AGM will be followed by an illustrated talk by David Lang entitled Antarctica.

Rodmell & Southease

THE CONCERT by the Leaky Buckets, Iford’s own rock band, consisting of several musicians of the older generation but with some new blood involved too, was a great success on Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, in Iford Village Hall. I felt very privileged to be invited yet again, so thanks John. It was a most enjoyable evening, and what is so nice about it, is the way people of all ages join in. Tony Green and his wife, who work hard for Macmillan Cancer Support, were delighted all their bucket rattling brought forth the magnificent amount of £1,000 plus. Congratulations and thanks to the Leaky Buckets for their hard work in putting on these concerts for charity.

VISITORS: Marie Monique and Roger Huss, who were my lovely neighbours who used to run Barn House as a B&B, came to visit us on October 20 bringing old beagle, Carrington, with them. They left the village around five years ago and purchased a run down châteaux which they have worked very hard on and have now made it into a successful B&B business where they also specialise in country weddings etc. They even made it into the Times Travel page. I have not been able to get there yet, but have seen photographs of it and it’s lovely. They miss Rodmell and would love to see friends if they are in their area. As we are all beagle lovers, we’ve had three and the Huss’s had two, it was lovely to see Carrington again as we remember her as a pup. Marie Monique and Roger took me over to our pub for the Pizza Evening and were delighted to meet old friends over there and see it doing so well. They miss our English pubs a lot.

CYCLING: As I mentioned people have noticed that some cyclists are still not using the new cycle path from Lewes to Kingston. I’ve also noticed that some cyclists are not using the cycle path from Ringmer. I wonder why? A lot of money has been spent on these projects so let’s see them used.

DON’T FORGET Scottish Country Dancing takes place today, Friday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the village hall.

I WAS AMUSED to hear from my cousin in Scotland who has been working on the Baldock family history that the Mormon Diaries have my mother down as deceased, she’s very much alive and kicking at Ringmer. And her father down as being born 20 yeas after his children were born. Michael, my cousin, has put them right. Many people use the Mormon Diaries for information so check you have not been misled. It is now fashionable I’m told to have ancestors who were impoverished or scoundrels rather than from higher up the ladder. My ancestral lineage on my grandmother’s side, Berkeley of Cotheridge and Spetchley, would probably be classed as boring as Alice de Berkeley married Maurise Fitzharding son of Robert Fitzharding, First Baron d.1243, later Thomas Berkeley married Joan de Ferreurs daughter of Earl of Derby d1326. Thomas Berkeley married Margaret Mortimer daughter of the Earl of March d.1368; Maurice Berkeley married Elizabeth daughter of Lord le Despenser; then Sir James de Berkeley married Elizabeth Bluet daughter of Sir John Bluet d.1405; James Berkeley then married Isobel Mowbray daughter of the Duke of Norfolk d.1484 since them we’ve gone down the ladder and married commoners. Maybe we will be fashionable.