Parish pump Lewes - October 31, 2014


TALK: Tales from the War Memorial, 7.30pm today, Friday, in the village hall. 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


THANK YOU from Debbie Freeland to all who supported and sponsored her when she walked from Newhaven Fort to Seaford Head and back recently. Thanks in particular go to Greg, the landlord at the Kings Head, for his £100 donation. Debbie raised, with your help, £1,025 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

MEN FROM CHAILEY, Cooksbridge, Barcombe and further afield are commemorated on Barcombe’s war memorial. You may well have a family connection; if so the talk by Ian Hilder this evening (Friday) at 7.30pm, at Barcombe village hall, may be of interest as it will include reference to some of the families honoured, by the war memorial in both World Wars. Tickets are £5 and a place can be booked by calling Ian Hilder on 01273 400604.

MEN’S BREAKFAST is at the Free Church tomorrow, Saturday, at 8.30am for 9am. The talk will be by Ian Richards, a retired race walker, who represented the United Kingdom at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. The breakfast is free but donations are most welcome.

ST PETER’S CHURCH services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and a family service with Pete’s Puppets at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Julian Rebera, and at 6.15pm with David Muzzell. 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.

PLANNING and Environs Committee of the parish council meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE meet at the village hall on Tuesday at 7.45pm and the speaker will be Peter Willson on the subject of The Great American Songbook. Visitors and prospective members will be made most welcome. There is a nominal £2 charge which includes home-made refreshments.

KIDS TRAVEL FOR A QUID at the Bluebell Railway on Saturday and Sunday November 8 and 9, Just call 01825 720800 to purchase tickets

YOUTH GROUP will be float building and taking part in the Chailey Bonfire Society procession on Saturday November 8. If you are aged 10 to 15 years and would like to be part of this contact Gemma Kybert on 07843410895 to find out more details.

ARCHAEOLOGY and Local History Walk organised by the Commons Society is on Saturday November 8 starting from Pound Common car park at 10am. The leader will be Linda Ball and the walk will last two hours. For more details call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

BONFIRE NIGHT PARADE is on Saturday November 8 and the evening is designed as a family event and themed towards children. A torch lit procession will comprise steam engines, vintage vehicles and themed floats and start at 6pm from Chailey School (Mill Lane) and proceed along the A275 stopping at the Horns Lodge for refreshments and then on to the War Memorial on the green in front of St Peter’s Church to pay respect. After this it will return to the firework site, the field off the A275, opposite Markstakes, where the St George’s Day event took place. There is still a chance to enter a float or walking procession. Two awards are presented every year for the best float and costume in the procession. If you would like to be part of this procession please contact Trevor Smith on 01273 891008 to find out more.

EVENING OF PRAYER, readings and song to commemorate the First World War is at Sheffield Park on Tuesday November 11 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.The cost is £15 per person, which includes a buffet. Booking on 01825 790302 is essential.

ARMISTICE DAY WALK is on Tuesday November 11 with Ian Seccombe, starts at 9.30am from the War Memorial, Chailey Green. The walk will visit Markstakes Common, via Roeheath, to look at the wartime tree carvings.

SEEING IS BELIEVING, an Open Morning for prospective parents/carers, locally and from further afield, takes place at Chailey Heritage School from 9.45am to 1.15pm on Thursday November 13. The morning will include a welcome from Simon Yates, the headteacher, a tour of the site and mini talks from Chailey Heritage Clinical Services therapists. These will be followed by a light lunch and a chance for parents/carers to ask questions.

ROCK N’ ROLL PARTY: Join a rock and roll party night and to help celebrate 60 years of the National Trust at Sheffield Park and Garden on Saturday November 15 from 7pm to 10pm. Tickets cost £35 per head, which includes a buffet and dancing to the Sharkfin Soup Band. Booking is required on 01825 790302.

SCOTTISH BARN DANCE in support of the St Peter’s Church re-ordering fund is at the village hall on Saturday November 15 at 7pm. Dress code is something tartan and flat shoes. Tickets are £10 which includes soft drinks, ploughman’s and a pudding; you will need to take your own wine and glasses. Tickets are available from Teresa Wenban on 01825 722586.

CARRIAGES UNDER CANVAS outside Horsted Keynes station. Would you like to see them preserved in readiness for restoration? To help to see the carriages protected from the weather the Bluebell Railways Cash For Cover Appeal is raising money to construct the first part of a building known as Operation Undercover 4. The aim is to raise supports and a roof to cover four roads and up to 20 carriages. The estimated cost is £350,000. Generous benefactors have promised matching funding for the first £125,000 donated to this project, but only if the donations are made by mid-November so Double Donations Dash 125 will run until November 15. Please give online at

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

POPPY COLLECTION: The poppy collectors for this are started their rounds on Saturday October 25. The door to door sellers will be calling on residents and will have their identity labels on display. They are the only legitimate collectors that residents should buy from. Poppies can also be bought from The Rainbow Inn, The Chalk Pit Inn, Offham Garage, the Blacksmiths Arms and Hamsey School have a box.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Peter’s Offham, 8am Holy Communion, 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall, 10.30am Parish Communion followed by coffee in the hall.

SAD NEWS: I received a call to tell me of the death of John Willett, who many people will remember as he grew up in Bishopstone where the family farmed for years. He was also Derek’s cousin, the connection being that John’s mother, Cecile Willett, and Derek’s mother, Audrey Clark, were twin sisters. I have lovely old photographs of Derek and John when they were small boys either playing with boats or out riding. John and his wife Joan and their two sons along with John’s other moved to Somerset some years ago, but John still had strong ties with Bishopstone where he still retained some land and property until a few years ago. Over the years he came back quite often to his old home and had many friends in the area who he stayed with on his trips to Sussex. When his mother came with him to see her sister I would chauffeur her around to visit her old friends and have very many happy memories of her coming to our home to play the piano before she had to leave. John bred different species of deer and was well known for his wildlife films. A few years ago I bought my son a video about farming on the downs but had no idea where it was filmed, but to our surprise and delight it was all about the Willett’s farm and with John as the narrator. In November there will be a thanksgiving service in Wellington, Somerset.

STRANGE: It was getting on for 9pm and pitch dark on Wednesday October 22. My little office overlooks the bridleway and when I went to get a book, for some reason I pulled back the curtain to look out and had a shock. On our private road coming towards the bridleway were lots of lights which at first I thought were police cars as the lights appeared to be blue. Along they came one after another, not one but 30. It did look as if they were going into our field from where I was watching. I rang my son to find out if he had seen what was going on. By the time he called back they had then gone out onto the B2116. He told me they were cyclists who had all come in through the main gates which he had to tell them to shut. Some had actually gone into the bridleway which in the dark looked as if they were in the adjacent field. During the summer we do sometimes get the odd walker or lone cyclist going up or coming down the track when it is getting dusk. One summer we got a researcher from Sussex University who came when it was dusk and was carrying quite a lot of equipment. Being curious we asked what he was doing. It was fascinating as he was going to record the nightingales which he knew were here. We were lucky to see him again and were able to listen to the recordings. Never have we had 30 cyclists coming through. It is bad enough for cyclists using this very busy road during daylight hours so they must be taking their lives in their hands using it at that time of night when it is so dark.

KNOCKED OUT: Over the years I have had several casualties when birds have flown into the windows, but this year has seen less until yesterday when I heard a loud bang and found a sweet little goldfinch had hit the patio door. It was still warm and breathing which meant there was a chance that I could revive it. I rushed and got my bird first aid box and massaged the tiny bird with cotton wool, stood the box near the Aga to keep it warm and within an hour it was ready to fly off again. Very rewarding.


GRAND JUMBLE SALE tomorrow, Saturday, 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.


COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church hall, 10am till noon. Free admission. Membership, cakes, tea/coffee, tombola, merchandise, bonfire programme.

TABLE TOP SALE: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a table top sale at Cliffe Church Hall on Saturday November 8. Tables are available at a cost of £8 booked in advance 9.30am till 12.30pm. Contact Tina on 01273 478479.

BRIDGE CLUB: Thursday October 9, Thursday Teams: 1, Adela Thomas and Susan Louis; 2, Peter Cattermole and Jonathan Hyde; 3, Ron and Margaret Buddery. Tuesday October 14, Tuesday Teams: 1, Richard Burnett and Diane Johnstone; 2, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Peter and Irene Gannon. Thursday October 16, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Kennedy and Nancy Wiginton; 2, Simon Kirkwood and Peter Cattermole; 3, Ann Wykeham and George Hearn. Tuesday October 21, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Jerry Emery and Roy Skan; 2, Meic Goodyear and Mickie Lodge; 3, Michael Keeping and Edith Jeffery. Thursday October 23, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Nigel Osmer and Peter Gannon; 2, Peter Kennedy and Peter Waters; 3, Rosemary Land and Nancy Wiginton. New players welcome. Contact the secretary on 01273-475877.

GHOST WALK: Guided Ghost Walk of Lewes, November 12 starting 7.30pm outside the Town Hall. Prices are £7 adults and £3.50 under 14s. Contact 07740 828215 or

FOOTPATHS GROUP: We have this year enjoyed several walks in the Plumpton area and have found the walks leaflets to be found in the village shop very useful and informative. Clare led a different walk at Plumpton on October 21 and 13 people joined her. In perfect walking weather she started the walk down East View Fields before crossing the railway line and then into fields with very friendly ponies. After crossing more fields Streat Lane was reached. Before turning into a lane by the church, Streat Place, was much admired. This magnificent building was built by Walter Dobell in the early 17th century. The walk continued in the direction of the Mid-Sussex Golf course until following paths back to Plumpton. The walk ended in Riddens Lane, a short distance from the Fountain Pub which is where we had lunch before catching the bus back to Lewes. The next walk is on Wednesday, Wivelsfield Green, a 4.5miles walk. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Operation Christmas Child takes place each year to give shoe-boxes of goodies to disadvantaged children overseas who might otherwise not receive any present at all for Christmas. If you would like to fill a shoe-box and don’t have one at home you can get one from Clarks shoe shop on Cliffe High Street, as they are kindly setting some aside. Leaflets at the back of the church give full information on the items needed (new toys, school supplies, etc). Details are also at: Southover Church is a collection point for filled boxes, which should be brought to the church before or after any service on Sunday 23 November. We are running two free movie nights for men of all ages, whether inside or outside the church, at the church hall in St James’ Street. On Saturday November 8, The Dark Knight (Batman) starts at 7pm. On Saturday November 29, Gravity starts at 7.30pm. On both occasions we will adjourn to the pub afterwards. No need to book, just turn up. Don’t forget the Fairtrade Fayre in the church on Saturday November 22, 12.30pm to 4pm, for cards and gifts. Food stalls will provide lunch/afternoon snacks. Diary date: Saturday January 10, Lewes Sings Gospel winter concert. Come and hear the BBC champions. Booking opens November 8 on Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am family service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal family service in the church hall; 3.30pm Taizé contemplative service, with singers; 6.30pm informal evening communion service, with singers and band. Please do join us.


SOUTH MALLING CHURCH enjoyed their Breakfast Service last Sunday. After a very successful year of managing the churchyard in a wildlife friendly way, with the considerable help of Michael Blencoe of Sussex Wildlife Trust and local resident, Chris Burt, a large amount of hay had accumulated. This was the result of allowing the grass to grow long so that wild flowers could flourish, then scything it instead of cutting it more frequently and losing the flowers. Last week, a local firm, Greens, removed the hay to be turned into compost, leaving small heaps for hibernating wildlife. This coming Sunday there will be a Service of Holy Communion at 9.30am led by Revd Jeremy Bamber, the Associate Vicar, with Ken Bridger speaking about the Kingdom of God, an appropriate topic for the festival of All Saints which fell on the November 1.

THE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION met last Monday October 27 at Reed Court, Boughey Place. This is becoming their regular meeting place thanks to the hospitality of Reed Court residents who often attend the meetings and contribute from their point of view. On the agenda was the election of a new secretary and a plan for a table Top Sale on November 23. Parking, a perennial issue for the people of Malling, was once more an issue for discussion. Further details will be available next week.

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.


NEVILL ACCOMPLISHMENT: The following is a write-up from our Nevill artist Gavin: I have some great news and wanted to tell you that the New York based charity Visual AIDS are using my artworks to front their upcoming Postcards From The Edge show. This exhibition takes place at different galleries throughout New York, USA and exhibit hundreds of 4” X 6” postcard sized paintings, helping those suffering with HIV or AIDS. Last year, I submitted a painting titled Inspection featuring a little man wearing a gas mask, looking at a woman’s fish-netted foot and this was purchased, within the first hour of the show opening, by the American artist Roger Emmett Braimon. This painting has been selected to front this show, which you can see at the top of the Visual AIDS website at

NEVILLE WI: Our last meeting on October 15 was our AGM which we started in style by singing Jerusalem. After voting in the president and committee members we finished the evening with some enjoyable panel games. Our next meeting will be held on November 19, the speaker will be Bob Cairns on the subject of postcards.

NEVILL NEWSLETTER: Volunteers are still required for the 37 houses on the even side of South Way and 12 in Downs Close. If Interested please email me:

ST MARY’S SUPPORTERS CLUB: Friday November 7 is Bingo night, starting at 8.30pm with cash prizes and a raffle.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: On Wednesday evening, 19 Yr6 children took part in Shakespeare Schools Festival at Roedean Theatre. Mr Foster, Mrs Joseph, Ms Taylor and the children have been working together since July to learn their lines, create their characters and the atmosphere of their play, ready for their performance of The Tempest. On Wednesday night it all came together; the directing, atmospheric lighting and sound effects created by Mr Foster all came to fruition and the children did themselves proud producing a memorable, understandable and enjoyable performance. A huge well done to everyone who was involved. A gallery of professional photos of the performance can be found on Friday November 21, Quiz, raffle, fish and chips, bar and prizes. In the main hall, teams of eight max, £4 entry per adult. Includes a free drink (fish and chips extra) 7.30pm start, adults only to this event. Last week two teams represented Wallands at the Southover Netball tournament. with 11 teams competing. For both of our teams this was their first opportunity to play competitively. They got off to a good start with each scoring a large number of goals, which stood them in very good stead as the afternoon wore on. The children demonstrated very good play but a very heavy downpour stopped the tournament. Wallands high goal scoring rewarded them with the B team finishing second and the A team bringing the cup home. Congratulations. Well done to all of the children who have participated; we have received lovely feedback regarding your behaviour and attitudes. South Malling invited us to participate in a friendly table tennis tournament on Monday. Five of our players were able to attend and had a great afternoon in their first competitive situation, four made it through to the quarter finals, three to the semis and Tom Thompson made it through to the final and won. Lovely sportsmanship demonstrated by all of the team. Well done to Tom and all of the children. Thank you to all the parents who have provided transport and support for us this past week.

GARDENING CLUB: November meeting will be on Monday at 7.45pm at St Mary’s Social Centre, Christie Road. The speaker is James Masters, the head gardener at Standen House. He will talk about the exciting work he and his team have been doing as they try to restore the gardens to their former glory. It should be a fascinating evening. This month’s competition is for a carved pumpkin.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, is our Messy Church from 10.30am to 1pm. Craft activities, sketches and lunch for all ages. No need to book, just turn up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Valerie Colgate with Sunday club for children. At 6.30pm our evening worship will include choral music to celebrate All Saints and All Souls and will be sung by the church choir.


BONFIRE SOCIETY: Yes it’s that time of year when the bonfire society hold their big celebrations tomorrow, Saturday. It commences with breakfast from 9am in the village hall. To book this please telephone 723233 or 723372, there will be cakes and savouries plus bonfire merchandise and tombola. To find out when and where the procession will be you can purchase a bonfire programme from any of the shops. The programme is very interesting showing you lots of pictures of previous celebrations and giving you all the details you will need to enjoy this year’s event.

CAR OWNERS please ensure that you vehicle is not parked on the routes of the processions and when the bonfire collecting tins are rattled around, don’t shy away please give generously. All the money collected each year goes entirely to local good causes. Enjoy our evening, keep safe.

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family Service at 10.30am. Next Sunday, November 9 will be Remembrance Day Service at 10.30am. Lifts are available if booked in advance please telephone 722582.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting on Thursday November 13 in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Dr Stuart Anderson, consultant neuropsychologist. Stuart’s talk will be about The Brain on The Road and will demonstrate how the brain changes impact on ability to drive and what you can do to combat brain changes in advancing years. The brain changes in taxis drivers learning The Knowledge. A brilliant subject.

SUPPER QUIZ: St Mary’s Church Annual Supper Quiz on Wednesday November 19 in the Primary School. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets are for teams of six people, price £60 per team to include supper. Please book your place by telephone 723750 or 721266. Please try and support this quiz evening.

MOTOWN EVENING: Newick and Chailey Support Group for St Peter and St James Hospice will hold their fourth Motown Evening in the village hall on Friday November 21 from 7pm until midnight. Soul Diva is a great singer and together with a three course meal the evening will be a great fun time. This is a very popular event so make sure you book your place. Tables of eight or 12 people can be booked in advance, individual bookings are most welcome. Tickets £25 each telephone 01825 722583 or


SPORT OF KINGS: There will be racing at Plumpton again on Monday when it will be At the Races Raceday. An odd title, but there is sure to be some quality racing in pleasant surroundings. Thanks to the clocks being turned back an hour the first race will kick off at 12.50pm. As always there will be plenty to occupy punters between races including solid and liquid sustenance.

LOCAL WALK: On Wednesday the Footpath Society has a planned circular walk of Plumpton starting at 10.30am and covering about four and a half miles plus one after stopping for a pub lunch. If you need to know more, simply ring 01273 890450 and all will be revealed. All are welcome to join this friendly band of hikers.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Latest news is that letters have been sent out to prospective tenants/shared owners of the homes nearing completion in the development off North Barnes Lane, to be called Sun Close. Interviews and viewings are being arranged and hopefully the suspense being endured by local folk and those with strong local connections will soon be over. This development was designed to benefit local people and, despite a few hiccups, it looks as though that object will shortly be achieved thanks to co-operation and goodwill between the Parish Council, Lewes District Council and Hastoe Housing Association. The improvements to the entrance to North Barnes Lane have been delayed because of technical legal issues, but those improvements form part of the conditions of the planning consent so will be resolved. The parish council has no role in the actual selection of occupiers, but indications so far point to the honouring of conditions that the homes will be allocated to local people or those with strong local connections. Rents and prices are to reflect a 20 per cent discount on market values but some have argued that the discounted rates are still too high. It should be remembered that market values in Plumpton are high when compared with other nearby locations and this could be linked to the easy main line rail connections. Think about it.

CRIME TIME: By all accounts, the switch from BST to GMT and the darker evenings leads to an increase in burglaries. This year, Sussex Police are combining with neighbouring police forces in an endeavour to combat the parasites who are too lazy to work and endeavour to make a living by robbing decent people of their hard earned assets. There are so many descriptions bandied about but a burglar is nothing short of a common thief and thus a straightforward criminal. The result of suffering a burglary is often traumatic as it does not just involve theft, but the intrusion into people’s homes, their castles, their personal space. The police urge that members of the public be on the alert for suspicious behaviour, such as people lurking about and not to hesitate to report such sightings or suspicions by ringing 101. If a suspected break-in is witnessed then the number to ring is, of course, 999. If you really believe that something may be amiss do not hesitate to ring. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

RUMMAGERS BE READY: The next village jumble sale will be held in the village hall on Saturday next week, when the Flower Club will be in charge. As always, scrum down will be at 2pm and bargains are bound to be plentiful.


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. Placed on the altar for the service, were symbols and emblems ranging from a St John’s Ambulance kit bag to an iPad representing the Youth Group. 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 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.

FLOWER CLUB: There will be a practice morning for members starting at 10am in the village hall on Wednesday. The AGM will be held at 2pm when we review the past year. Visitors are welcome to come to the AGM when they will hear about our plans for next year and to join us for afternoon tea provided by the committee (£4).

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday October 22, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, John Weston and John Walker; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

OPEN PUBLIC MEETING: Why not come along to the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am to hear Maria Caulfield speak and answer any questions you may have. Maria is the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for the Lewes Constituency in the 2015 General Election. This meeting is open to all. Tea/coffee will be served.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The AGM of the society will be held in the village hall at 7.30pm on Friday November 7. All members are urgently required to attend this meeting as important decisions have to be made as to the future of the society. Following the formal business of the evening there will be an illustrated talk on Borde Hill Gardens, Haywards Heath, by Andrewjohn Clarke. New members will be assured of a warm welcome.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Remembrance. The parade and service will take place on Sunday November 9. Those taking part in the parade are asked to assemble in the car park behind the shops at 10.30am. All service or ex-service men and women are invited to join the parade, as are all the youth organisations. The ceremony at the war memorial will commence at 10.55am, followed by a service in church. Please join us. You will be most welcome.

COUNTRY MARKET: Please remember that the Country Market takes place every Tuesday from 10am to 11am in the village hall, where you can buy a variety of home cooked goods, both sweet and savoury, including ready meals and soup. There is a choice of preserves including local honey, free range eggs and Sussex cheeses, as well as attractive craft items and handmade greeting cards. We also sell plants, fruit and vegetables which are in season and authentic Indian food is usually available. Orders can now be taken for Christmas and hampers can be made up to any sum that you specify. Please do come and see what is on offer and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee which is always available.

FLUTES & FRIENDS: Many thanks to the many people who came to support the recent Flutes and Friends concert in St Mary’s on October 18. A total of £150 was raised for St Peter and St James Hospice, and £30 for St Mary’s. The performers played a range of solos and ensembles beautifully and everyone enjoyed tea and cakes and a chat afterwards. A particularly big thank you to Shirley, Pauline, Barbara, Loft and John for all their help.

Rodmell & Southease

AUTUMN: It’s really starting to feel like autumn now and the trees around the countryside are turning glorious colours. Once the spiders retreat, I love the autumn. One of my childhood memories is the smell of damp leaves in the woods on an autumn morning and the sun making the cobwebs sparkle amongst the trees, plus the rustle of small creatures in the leaves. Early in the morning it was magical.

OUT AND ABOUT: As a child on school holidays and at weekends, a group of us would be up and out around 8am or 9am, get stale cakes from the bakers (free from the day before) and we would not be home until around 5pm or 6pm having had a great day out in the fresh air, unlike many children these days who do not have this freedom. My grandmother would also supply us with bottles of home made lemonade and plenty of fruit but woe betide us if we did not bring our rubbish home with us to put in the dustbin. It’s good to see so many people out and about with their children, walking or on bikes, at least they are not looking at electronic devices for hours on end. I often wonder how much money is spent on electricity to keep these things all going. No wonder people are hard up.

FARMING NOSTALGIA: an evening of Farming Nostalgia, Saturday November 8 in the village hall. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Sussex During the First World War Old Sussex Shepherds, their lives and times, speaker Ian Everest. Tickets £7.50 each to include wine and nibbles during the interval are available from martin Brickell 01273 858628 and David Smart 01273 478151. In aid of Rodmell and Southease Churches.

YHA: I am amazed to find that there are still many people, including locals, who do not know we have a marvellous new YHA at Itford for people walking the South Downs Way. I often walk down there for a cup of coffee and a cake.

NHS: I heard something from one of the ladies at my gym which lifted my heart. She was driving her child to school with his friends and it came over the radio about the state of the NHS. Now these children were I believe eight years old and they asked her why pop stars and footballers were paid so much money but nurses and care workers weren’t when they were doing such important jobs. From ‘out of the mouths of babes’, comes to mind. Perhaps there is hope for the future.