Parish pump Lewes - October 3, 2014


COFFEE, CAKE AND A NATTER from 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday at St Francis Church. Coffee £1, tea £1, cake £1. Also raffle, book stall and Barcombe mugs for sale. All welcome. Proceeds to St Peter and St James Hospice.

WALK: Barcombe Walking group will be meeting on Sunday for a walk through the forest. Meet at the entrance to the forest half way along the road between Fletching and Nutley at 2.30pm. Leader Anne Pearce.


ST PETER’S CHURCH services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and All Age Family Service with Baptism at 10am followed by Pete’s Pantry. Any donations of produce, cakes etc. will be much appreciated. A clothes rail, with good quality clothing on sale, will also be available in the chapel. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH on Sunday has a Harvest Service with Dennis Read at 10.30am and an evening service at 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

BLUEBELL RAILWAY: There are many ways that you can volunteer. Do go along to their Find Out More day, which is all about becoming a volunteer, on Sunday starting at 10.30am at the classroom at Sheffield Park Station. The day should end around 4.20pm.

VINTAGE BUS DAY is also on Sunday when there will be a number of free vintage bus routes operating to and from the Bluebell Railway. More details are available and the Customer Service Team on 01825 720800.

HOSPICE CARE WEEK 2014 is from Monday to Sunday October 12. What’s going on at St Peter and St James Hospice? Along with other hospices in Sussex members of staff from St Peter and St James will be on BBC Radio Sussex, 95.3FM, throughout the week at 4.20pm talking about the services they provide and how hospice care really is everywhere. With 90 percent of St Peter and St James’ care taking place in the community, everyone at the Hospice would like more people to know about how they can help. They are also inviting patients to use their new Beacon View Wellbeing Centre. On Friday October 10 it is Go Green and Yellow Day. Brighten up your day and wear an item of green or yellow, big or small, and support the Hospice. The suggested donation is of £2 and you can donate at the St Peter and St James Hospice shops in Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Lewes, Uckfield and Lindfield, or directly at the Hospice. To find out more visit

U9S (year 4) Chailey and Newick Colts FC still have some spaces available for anyone wishing to play. The team train on Monday evenings between 6pm and 7pm and play regular league matches on Sundays. For more information please contact

WOMENS INSTITUTE met in September for a very interesting account of Queen Victoria’s funeral from Pat and Matthew Gallagher. Their next meeting is on Tuesday at 7.45pm in the village hall; which is their annual meeting when the committee and officers will be elected. It is also a chance to show appreciation for the previous year’s Committee hard work and it is hoped as many members as possible will attend. Prospective members and guests are always welcome; to learn more before your visit call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

GRAFFITI NIGHT is at Chailey Youth Group at the village hall on Friday October 10 from 7.30pm to 9pm do go along and meet their resident graffiti artist Jode and he will show you new graffiti techniques. You will go home with some uniquely designed graffitti’d products, as you will have designed them. The Group welcomes new members (aged 10 to 15 years). There is always the chance to enjoy activities such as table tennis, pool, air hockey, football table and a tuck shop. For more information contact Gemma Kybert on 07843410895.

COFFEE CAKE AND CHAT morning of CHIPS (the Chailey Heritage Information and Parent/Carer Support group) is on Monday October 13 from 10am to midday at GK’s Café, at Chailey Heritage. All parents and carers past, present and future will be made most welcome.

COFFEE MORNING organised by St Peter and St James Hospice Newick and Chailey Support Group is on Thursday October 16 from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Ketches, Church Road, Newick. There will be lots of stalls including home-made cakes, bring and buy, fruit and vegetables, Captain Tortue ladies French clothes, greetings cards, paper and the hospice Christmas cards along with refreshments and a raffle. For more details call Charlotte on 01825 722454.

BADGE NIGHT: Chailey Bonfire Society Badge Night takes place on Friday October 17 at the Horns Lodge starting at 6.30pm. There will be a torchlight march from the Horns Lodge to the Five Bells at 8pm. Do go along and sign up to be a member to support the society, as annual membership is only £3 per person. If you can’t make it on the night, please contact Gini on 01273 400989 or email to join.

MID SUSSEX HILLIER 108km cycling event starts at the village hall on Saturday October 18, with controls at Staplefield, plus five information controls. The event has the climbs of Ashdown Forest, Cob Lane, Rocks Lane Constitution Hill and Ditchling Beacon is. The start time is 8.30am to finish by 5.08pm. Entry is £5 (£5.50 when paying via PayPal). To enter visit before October 15.

PHOTOGRAPHER’S COURSES: A course to attain the Bluebell Photographers’ Personal Track Safety Certificate is being run on October 18 at Sheffield Park from 10am to 1.30pm. The cost of the session and the certificate is £30 per person. For more information and to book a place call 01825 720800 or email

GREAT BRITISH WALKS a mapped trail is available at Sheffield Park until October 24.The walk will take you through the garden, explaining the colourful stories and characters that make Sheffield Park and Garden such a special place.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

DECORATING St Peter’s Church for the Harvest Festival is tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.30am. There are so many lovely colours around this year and a profusion of berries which will go to making the church look beautiful for this most lovely of seasons.

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

ST JOHN WITHOUT: For those who know their local history, St John Without is in the parish of Hamsey. In my time as district councillor I represented the Hamsey Ward which at the time consisted of Offham, Cooksbridge, Hamsey, St John Without and East Chiltington. Then the polling areas changed and Hamsey is now Hamsey and Barcombe Ward and my poling area is St John Without, East Chiltington, Plumpton and Streat, but St John Without still remains in the parish of Hamsey. I recently found a letter dated September 1991 from the late John Houghton who was an historian and head read my column where someone had asked me if Courthouse was a judge’s house and he wanted to put the record straight. His interesting letter is as follows: There really is no great problem about Courthouse. It is nice that a technically accurate, if out of date, term remains in use. I hope you will keep it so. A Manor House is one where the Lord of the Manor dwelt and he or more likely his steward kept his Manor Court. A Court House is the house where a Lord of the Manor, living somewhere else, had his steward hold the Manor Court. I think the Manor was that at Allington (with its many sub-divisions) the ownership of which is about as confused as one is likely to come across, but I think that the Dukes of Norfolk and then the Earls of Dorset were the owners. Who could certainly be classed as living elsewhere and sending their stewards to sort things out. What gets me is the modern habit of calling a house the Manor (incidentally, it is to the manner born not to the Manor born). I live next to Swanborough Manor, which until not long ago was always Swanborough Farm, Owned in the later years by the De la Warr (West) family, it could properly have been called Swanborough Court Farm,. A Manor is a set of interlocking rights and responsibilities over land and the occupiers, it is really nothing to do with a house. The proper term for legitimate, is Manor House, not manor. The whole area is littered with manors which were never anything of the sort. Of the greatest interest to me is the continued existence as the civil parish of St John Without, once a parish in its own right until 1894. Historians have taken little interest in it, but there is a deal of history there still to be set down. It is on the edge of the area on which I am working, but I will reach it one day, if there are enough left. He finishes off with PS: it is only fair to warn you that, wearing another hat, I am secretary (a paid hack who does what my masters tell me to do) of the Sussex heritage Trust and we last met over the enquiry about the barn at Hamsey Church.

EAST CHILTINGTON: At the recent parish council meeting Cllr Sarah Osborne reported that she was chasing highways to get repairs to potholes in Beechwood Lane/Wickham Lane and Novington Lane. She also reported on the impending bus service cuts and told the council she was on the Scrutiny Committee and they will be responding on the bus cuts. She also reported that Cllr Shepherd is the County Cllr for the area but does not reply to requests to attend ECPC meetings, Cllr Osborne asked him for his view and was told residents should take a taxi or move. Cllr Fleming asked if there was any update regarding the 49 sites, which include Hollycroft Field, that LDC have put out to tender. There will be confidential briefing, details of which should be available when the papers go to a cabinet at the end of this month. ESCC said they have no record of the request for Flood Markers. The clerk will forward details. It was noted that the planning application for a retirement village on land at Gradwell End, Chailey has gone to appeal. There will be a fruit pressing day tomorrow, Saturday. The parish conference is to take place on Wednesday October 22. Two Cllrs may attend. The Springett and Campion Trust has two applications to consider for a grant in 2015. They have produced an online advert which goes to 16 to 24 year olds in a 10 mile radius of Plumpton. Council had not received any comments from residents affected by cuts to the community meals service and would not make any comment on the proposed changes. The clerk will write to County Cllr Jim Shepherd to express the council’s concern that he neither attended a meeting about the proposed bus cuts, or replied to the invite and that he supports the bus cuts when the majority of residents do not. The discussions on the community use of East Chiltington church are continuing to move forward. Council noted that a request to comment on the LDC plan for business rate relief had arrived after the agenda had been published and asked the clerk to request an extension. The next meeting of ECPC will be on Thursday, November 6, in the village hall at 7pm.

LOST CAT: Has anyone lost a cat in this area as a large short haired white cat has been living around the farm since Sunday September 14. It has distinctive markings with a black tipped tail and ears and a black large marking on tis back. At the moment it seems to be living on voles and probably field mice etc. Although it is coming close to the house, if it spots me in the window or opening the patio door it is very nervous and runs off. I wonder if someone could have dumped it as it was on the day of the Tour of Britain Cycle Ride when there was a lot of traffic parked and passing along the B2116.


BUSY WEEKEND: We are looking forward to a busy and interesting weekend. Tomorrow, Saturday, at 11am St Laurence Church will be holding its first Pet Service with the Blessing of animals on this day the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi. It is hoped that there will be lots of animals and all animals are welcome, with their owners.

CONCERT: Tomorrow, Saturday, evening at 5.30pm there will be a concert entitled Clare’s Journey: Terence Deadman’s settings of the poetry of John Clare (the peasant poet): Stefan Homstrom baritone, Kevin Starns tenor, Jane Richards mezzo-soprano, Tim Nail piano, choir directed by Shirley Linford. This sounds to be a very interesting programme, admission is free with retiring collection.

HARVEST FESTIVAL: Sunday will be Harvest Festival for St Laurence church, followed by a harvest lunch in the parish hall, £5 for two courses, with any profit being given to charity.

CHURCH NEWS: It is an exciting time for the church, which has received a substantial grant to build a toilet, which will be really beneficial to everyone especially all those groups that use the church for rehearsing, and of course the concert audiences.

IT WAS A DELIGHT to hear of the birth of a son Edward John to Becky and Darren. Congratulations to them and to the grandparents, who are delighted to have their first grandchild.


CHURCH NEWS: A big thank you to Reverend David Gutsell for leading such a lovely Harvest Thanksgiving service last week and for playing the organ so beautifully. On Sunday October at 10.30am there will be a Dedication Festival and Animal Welfare service, led by The Rev Colin Pritchard.


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday September 16 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Meic Goodyear and Mickie Lodge; 3, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone. Thursday September 18 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Nigel Osmer and Adela Thomas; 2, Ruth Maxwell and Rozanne Menkick; 3, Alan Disney and Peter Cattermole. Tuesday September 23 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Jonathan Hyde; 2, Rita Hartnell and Nanette Tarling; 3, Paul Allen and Edith Jeffery. Thursday September 25 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Martyn and Terry Walwark, Jenifer Wilson and Peter Cattermole; 2, Alan Disney and Susan Louis, June Posey and Lynne Tunley. New members and visitors welcome, contact 01273 473026.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Members recently enjoyed a short holiday in the Mendips. We stayed at the village of Loxton, near Axbridge in Somerset. On the way there, Lytes Cary Manor, a NT medieval manor house property was visited. As well as a beautiful walk in the Mendip Hills we enjoyed walking from Wells and Glastonbury. We had the opportunity of visiting the breathtakingly beautiful Wells Cathedral and the alternative town of Glastonbury where most of us managed to climb The Tor and enjoy the panoramic views from the top. The walks were led by Bath and West Country Walks. The next walk is on Tuesday. This will be one of our shorter strolls and we will meet at 10.30am at top North Street car park for a walk at Laughton. New walkers are always welcome.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: On Sunday tune to watch our community choir, Lewes Sings Gospel, taking part in the second round of BBC’s Songs of Praise gospel choir of the year competition, 5.15pm on Sunday. The results are announced on this week’s show. If you’ve missed out on being baptised, why not contact the rector Steve Daughtery on 472018 asap as we are having special adult baptism services on Sunday October 12 at 10am and 6.30pm. Also on October 12 we will be holding Fairtrade cake sales in aid of Tearfund’s No Child Taken campaign which aims to prevent 100,000 vulnerable children being trafficked (see Bakers in the congregation will use as many Fairtrade ingredients as possible. The sales will follow the 10am and 11.15am services (so starting a little after 11am in the church and a little after 12.15pm in the church hall). Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am Harvest Festival family service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal Harvest Festival family service in the church hall. The 6.30pm service has been cancelled this week in order to show the Gospel competition.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: The first parents forum for the term was held on Monday. The Head says, ‘It is really useful to hear the views of parents and carers and helps to make our school a better place’. Parents were invited to an e-safety coffee morning on Tuesday. E-safety is an increasingly difficult and complex topic so the school hosted an information morning to help parents make sure their children remain safe when using technology and particularly social media. Some groups of children have been out and about this week: a few of the able mathematicians represented the school at a county maths challenge, Year 5’s visited Fishbourne Roman Palace as part of their learning journey and the chicken monitors went to Raystede to find out more about how to keep and look after our chickens.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: This Sunday there is a service of Holy Communion at 9.30am. The service will be followed by a meeting for church members to consider the next steps in the process of uniting with St John sub Castro and Southover (known as the Trinity project). Revd Jeremy Bamber, the associate Vicar, wants everyone to be involved in deciding where church people in Malling see their role in the wider picture of the church in Lewes and also in developing the right kind of services for their parish and congregation in partnership with Southover and Pells.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall noon to 12.30pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2pm to 2.25pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm.


CHRIST CHURCH: On September 24 a well-attended meeting of the Thinktank, which included people from at least six churches in the town, heard an interesting and moving talk by Elizabeth Kennedy about people she had met in the republics of the former Soviet Union. Helping people to understand other societies and the pressure they are under, is an important part of the church’s work. We recently had a cake sale after Sunday worship and raised £116.50 for Embrace the Middle East, our overseas charity of the year. This means that we have now raised over £2,000 which is our target to enable Embrace to buy a new used car for its work in the area from Bethlehem to Jericho. Last Sunday saw a packed church for the baptism of Isabelle. After the service Isabelle’s family and friends joined us for coffee and biscuits. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev Sheila Foreman and at 6.30pm we welcome Rev Amanda Roper who is making her first visit to our church.

NEVILL SHARES will be holding an apple pressing on Sunday from noon till 5pm at 1a Middle Way, BN7 1NH. Please bring any apples you have to be pressed into lovely apple juice and enjoy a cup of tea and cake at the same time. Containers will be provided and these cost 25p each but bring your own if you want to. It doesn’t matter how few apples you have because you get much more juice than you might expect. There will be extra apple juice available to take away as well.

LEWES NEVILLE WI: We were entertained at our last meeting by John Cave with comedy songs interspersed with jokes and poems and had a wonderful evening with lots of laughs. The walking group met on September 24 at Firle for a good walk with breath taking views. There will be a felt workshop on Wednesday October 22 at St Mary’s Church Hall at 7pm. Our AGM will be on October 15 which is the date for our next meeting.

ST MARY’S GARDENING CLUB’S next meeting will be at St Mary’s Social Centre at 7.45pm on October 6. The speaker will be Hilary Newman with a talk entitled Winter Gardens. Part of the talk will be, how to take a chance with more tender plants, in view of the milder winters we are experiencing. Our competition this month is An Autumn Display of Leaves, Berries etc. Do come and join, non-members are especially welcome.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: As a school we are supporting Samuel’s Children’s local charity, which provides help for families of children suffering from childhood cancers. We are asking all staff and children to wear something yellow on Friday October 10 and donate £1. More information can be found on: If you’re thinking of having a clear out please remember we are holding a collection on October 24 for ‘Phil’ the Bag. This is a textile recycling scheme that we use. Our donations of material, clothing, belts, bags, shoes, hats and towels are weighed and the school receives funds for every kilo donated. The scheme’s main aim is to increase textile and clothing recycling to reduce landfill. At least 75 percent of textiles we throw away are recyclable. However, we only recycle around 25 percent and textiles still make up 12 percent of landfill sites. Unfortunately the company does not accept curtains, pillows, duvets, sleeping bags, tent canvas or school uniform with logos/badges on. The bags will be in your child’s school bag in the next few weeks and will need to be placed at the front of the school first thing on the morning of October 24 (in the allocated space).


OLDER PEOPLE’S DAY today (Friday) will be celebrated by the Annual Lifestyle Show at the Hillcrest Centre, between 11am and 3pm. There will be information stalls plus free taster sessions of extend gentle exercise, line dancing, zumba, curling. No need to book, just turn up. On Friday October 10 the Hillcrest Film Society will be showing the 1955 classic film The Lady Killers starring Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom at 2pm in the Hillcrest Centre. This was the last of the famous Ealing Comedies. Tea and cake is included in the price of the ticket. Pay on the day but as space is limited book in advance by calling 01273 515764, emailing or text Ladykillers to 07766601834.

TABLE SALE on Sunday at Mencap, Riverside Hall, West Quay. Open to the public 9am to 1pm. Tables are £7, to book telephone Karen on 07538 421232.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Stewart Angell is giving an illustrated talk to members of Newhaven Historical Society on The Secret Resistance on Tuesday at 7.30pm at the Hillcrest Centre. Non members welcome for an admission fee of £2.

RNLI: Newhaven Lifeboat Station is hosting an evening of music on Saturday October 11 at 7.30pm featuring the Mulekickers, local acoustic guitarists. Bring your own drink, refreshments are available for a donation. To book telephone Graham on 01273 515964.

HILLCREST FILM SOCIETY begins their new autumn season with Stephen Frears’ brilliant film Philomena on Saturday October 18. It stars Dame Judy Dench as Philomena who is desperate to find her son. She is helped by a journalist played by Steve Coogan. The film is based on a true story and is an excellent choice to start the new season. Tickets are £4.50and are available from the reception at the Hillcrest Centre from Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4pm. The society’s AGM will take place prior to the film at 6.45pm so the Hillcrest Café will open earlier than usual on film nights at 6pm. The film begins at 7.30pm.


THE COUNTRY MARKET be open as usual from 10am till 11am today, Friday, morning in the village hall. A great selection of home made cakes, savoury items, plus plants, flowers, cards and knitted garments, so why not pop along to the village hall and see for yourself what goodies that are available and enjoy a cuppa.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am (BCP0, followed by a Family Services with Baptisms at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please telephone in advance 722 582.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be holding their next monthly meeting in the Community Centre on Thursday at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Richard Fenning and his subject is How Risky is The World We Live In, with open warfare in the Middle East, turmoil in the Ukraine and the chance of terrorist attacks in Britain now. Richard is a Newick resident and a person who assesses these risks worldwide. This will be a most interesting afternoon.

MUSIC QUIZ: Newick Bonfire Society will be holding another Music Quiz evening on Saturday, October 11, in the village hall. Doors open at 7.30pm, quiz will commence at 8pm. Tickets are £8 per head including light refreshments, the bar will also be open. So here is your great opportunity to see just how musical you really are, this event is always very popular, so make sure you book your tickets in advance by telephoning 01825 722418. Newick Bonfire will take place on Saturday November 1.

TREFOIL GUILD: Lewes Windmill District Trefoil Guild will be holding a meeting on Wednesday October 15 at 7pm in the Church Barn Centre. The speaker will be Brian Walters and he be talking about Sussex Wildlife. Tickets are £5, to include a ploughman’s supper. You need to book your tickets by Thursday. Please either telephone 01825 723171 or email There will be a raffle and all the proceeds will be donated to St Peter and St James Hospice.

COFFEE MORNING: Newick and Chailey Support Group St Peter and St James Hospice are holding a coffee morning on Thursday October 16 from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Ketches, Church Road. will be several stalls bring and buy, Hospice Christmas cards, Captain Tortue ladies French clothes, plus fruit and vegetables also greetings cards and a raffle. Please try and support this event.


FEAST OF MUSIC: I presume that is what Plumptonfest promises in the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) evening. An array of mainly local musical talent should be there to entertain you much like at Glastonbury, but without the rain and mud and with the cosy benefits of inside loos and a bar. Assuming it’s not already a sell-out tickets will be available on the door at £7, or pop into the village shop to secure yours in advance.

SUNDAY SCHOOL: This will be held in All Saints’ church annexe on Sunday at 10.30am and all youngsters will be warmly welcomed.

COASTAL WALK PLUS: The Footpath Society will be off again on Sunday with an easy going walk of five miles across Pevensey Levels. Gather at the pay car park by Pevensey Castle (TQ646 048) at 10am. There will be an opportunity for lunch half way round at Chilley Farm or at a pub in Pevensey. Ring 01273 891701 if you need to know more. Then on Wednesday these hardened walkers will be off on adventure to London. Get to Plumpton railway station in time to catch the 9.27am train to London Bridge and on arrival hop on the Tube to North Greenwich. Then there will be a short walk to Emirates Airline with a return trip over the Thames. This will be followed by a Thameside walk to Greenwich and the Cutty Sark and other maritime museums with a return by Tube to London Bridge. Judging by the announcement following about train services, a bus journey also seems likely.

ALERT FOR JUMBLERS: There will be a sale in the village hall next Saturday at 2pm, so sharpen your elbows and prepare for the fray, or the thrill of the chase whichever way you look at it.

ANOTHER KNOT TIED: Another of the village’s eligible bachelors is no longer available. Glyn Wells gave up his freedom on Saturday when he wed Laura. On a serious note, may they have a long and happy life together. Laura, if you want to buy your beloved a really good Christmas present may I suggest it be a cricket bat, assuming you will allow him to carry on playing. In all the years I have known Glyn he seems to have gone on the field with a bat borrowed from a friend.

TRAINS DISRUPTED: Train services between Three Bridges, Brighton and Lewes will suffer weekend disruption on October 4 and 5, 11 and 12, 18 and 19, November 15 and 16. In fact they will not run and will be replaced by interlinking bus services. Be prepared if you plan to travel by train.

FANCY SOME COMPANY? If so the Pop-in Parlour held on Tuesdays in All Saint’s church annexe from 11am is open again after the summer recess. If you fancy the opportunity for a chat over a cuppa, or even a lunchtime snack or bowl of homemade soup do pop-in. You will be assured of a warm welcome and you may easily make some new friends.

SURPLUS APPLES? If you have any, the Village Action Plan apple press will be in action again on Saturday, October 11 at the village hall. Take you apples or pears along to have them converted into delicious juice at no cost, but take your own containers. Avoid bruised fruit and definitely leave behind anything that is rotten.

SPOTTED A HARE? These elusive creatures are constantly being monitored by Plumpton Wildlife and Habitat Group. If you see one, please let the group know via its website at

TEST THE BRAINPOWER: The tennis club will hold another of its highly popular quiz nights on Saturday next week in the village hall at 7pm. If you fancy joining in for some fun and good company, tickets cost £10 to include nibbles, a chilli and a dessert, but you must take your own plates and cutlery, although glasses will be provided. Ring 01273 890002 to book a place. Do not worry if you cannot field a team as you can be linked up with others to form one.

WANNA BE A SCOUT? If so, Plumpton Scouts are currently recruiting boys and girls aged 10 ½ to 14 years. If interested, go along to the Scout HQ in North Barnes Lane on a Thursday evening between 7pm and 9pm or contact Sian on 07736 250794 or


COFFEE MORNING: This year DELTA’s Coffee Morning will be tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall between 10am and noon. There will be a tombola, raffle and cake stall as well as coffee, tea and biscuits. Everyone welcome.

SILVER SURFERS will be taking place at Ringmer Community College tomorrow (Saturday) between 10am and midday. If you haven’t already booked a place please phone Ruth Whitlock at the college on 01273 812220 ext 253 before midday on Friday.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: The Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday when the church will be suitably decorated, including contributions from the children. Tea and cakes will be on offer during the afternoon in the church room so do come and join the tea party and see the Harvest displays. At the Family Service at 9.45am gifts of food can be brought which will be divided between Family Support Work and Fareshare in Brighton and Hove. The collections at the morning and evening services will be for the Royal Agricultural and Benevolent Institute and the East Sussex Farmers’ Union Benevolent Fund.

LEWES DISTRICT ART CLUB, which was formed in 1994, is a group of 15 people who come from various parts of Lewes District to meet together weekly in Ringmer Village Hall from 2pm to 4pm on Tuesday afternoons. Our programme is designed to give us an opportunity to learn from each other but also, a couple of times a term, we invite artists to come to give demonstrations or run workshops. We would welcome new members, our first meeting for the autumn is on Tuesday. If you are interested to learn more contact the chair, Angela Howard 01273 813097.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday September 24, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster; Joint 2, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery, Pam Brook and John Weston. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

BOWLS CLUB: The last results of the season: Seaford v Ringmer 54-68: Ringmer v Frant 60-60; Ringmer v West Hoathly 50-69; Mayfield v Ringmer 53-99.

NEARLY NEW SALE: Tiddlers and Toddlers Nearly New Sale Saturday October 11 in the village hall, 10.30am to noon. Children’s clothes and equipment age 0 to 5 years. Everything you need when having, raising or minding a little one. Tea and cakes also available. Please come along and support our little group. Entrance £1 per family.

Rodmell & Southease

A JUMBLE SALE will be held in Rodmell Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday. Doors open at 2pm with a 30p entry. This is the last jumble sale of the year and there will be plenty of jumble plus tea available. All welcome. Time to have a good clear out in time for Christmas. The shops, garden centres, are now getting ready for the festive season. Christmas cards were for sale in some from August, a little early don’t you think?

THE GOOD WEATHER is bringing out the crane flies and I’ve seen some lovely butterflies, especially the smaller species. When I go out in the garden at dusk or early morning there are those huge golden and orange slugs everywhere and cobwebs with the stripy garden spiders on them. We need more hedgehogs and toads to eat the slugs, which I dislike intensely, especially when they come in the back door and leave their silvery slime trail across the carpet, urgh.

SPIDERS of all shapes and sizes are everywhere this year. I do suffer from arachnophobia, but now I’ve no one to deal with them, I have to put fear aside and catch them with a glass and a postcard and rush to the furthest point of the garden to release them. I seem to sense them being in a room. Have other readers noticed, that once you see them, they freeze or play dead, until you go to capture them then off they whizz. I did hear on a radio programme that people that sleep with their mouths open have been known to swallow them. I know a friend of mine who kept a glass of water next to her bed needed a drink in the middle of the night and found one in her mouth, she now drinks her water from a bottle and keeps the lid on.

HARVEST SUPPER takes place on Friday October 10. This is a lovely evening.

ROADWORKS are everywhere at the moment. It does try people’s patience but it’s no good getting het-up, they have to be done.

APOLOGIES to those people who rang me regarding no Parish Pump published last week.