Parish pump Lewes - October 4, 2013


CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and a Family Pet Service at 10am. After this service there will be Pete’s Pantry, a sale of cakes, preserves and local produce. Everyone is welcome to join in the service and Pete’s Pantry. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services this Sunday are at 10.30am with Mark Ventham and at 6.15pm with Jane Grist. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

TR GROUP: South Downs TR Group meet at the Five Bells on Tuesday from 8pm, anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars will be made most welcome.

ISSUES or concerns that you would like to discuss with our local community officer? On Thursday from 7.30pm to 8pm our local PCSO Steven Knowles is hosting a meet me in person outside St Peters Primary School. This is your chance to meet him and to address any questions or concerns you may have in your local areas. All are welcome.

TOURS: Will your son or daughter be starting school in September 2014? If so guided tours of St Peter’s Primary School are available from the headteacher, Munch Morrow. To arrange a visit call Laura Allori, the school secretary, on 01825 722939.

CAFE: Home-made cakes, scones, soups, freshly prepared baguettes and sandwiches, and much more can be found at a café on your doorstep. GK’s Café, is just off the A272 at Futures@Chailey Heritage, Haywards Heath Road, North Chailey, and has parking. The cafe is open to everyone from 9am to 3pm and you can be sure to receive a warm welcome. For more information call 01825 723723.

TORCH LIT PROCESSION, with floats, starts about 6pm on Saturday November 9 from Chailey School (Mill Lane) and proceeds along the A275 stopping at the Horns Lodge for refreshments and then continues to the village hall. Two awards are presented every year, by the bonfire society, for best float and costume in the procession. Would you, your club or society like to be part of this procession with either a float or walking group? If so please contact Trevor Smith on 01273 891008 to find out more.

CHRISTMAS CARDS can be ordered now from the Friends of Chailey Heritage whose remit is to grant funding, where available, which will directly help the children and young people who attend any part of the Heritage. Each year the children at the Heritage are assisted to compose a Christmas card which the Friends print. This year’s card is a collage designed (with assistance) by Mathew aged 8 years using his fingerprints. The card can be seen on the Friends page at, where an order form is also available to download. Alternatively call Ann Jones, Chair of the Friends, on 07510 511300 to place an order.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

HARVEST FESTIVAL at St Peter’s Church on Sunday. Holy Communion 8am and a special Family Service 10.30am. During the family service children take up Harvest gifts. The distributors of harvest boxes have told the Rector that health and safety regulations would suggest that tins are better. The Rector feels that real fruit etc is more evocative and perhaps the answer is a bit of both. The church will be decorated for Harvest tomorrow, Saturday from 10am. Gifts of flowers, greenery, fruit and vegetables will be most welcome and as much help as possible please. The Harvest Supper is on Friday October 11 in the church hall at 7pm. Tickets are limited to 40. Please contact Judith on 01273 474356 as soon as possible to secure your place.

N WATCH: I have received the September issue of the Lewes Town and Rural Neighbourhood Watch Association Newsletter and amongst the news items it was good to see an Innovation Award has been presented to the Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Search Teams in recognition of their outstanding achievement, accomplishments and commitment to N Watch and Home Watch. Presented by the National Neighbourhood Watch Network Awards.

DIESEL THEFTS: There continues to be a spate of thefts of diesel from cars and lorries, and although commercial properties are targeted, since each lorry contains much more fuel than a car, cars are also vulnerable. You might wish to consider fitting an anti-siphon cap. You can find them online or at your local garage. There has also been a spate of cars being broken into. People leave sat-navs, laptops and other valuables on display which is asking for trouble. Others fail to lock their cars or their garages. Don’t invite thieves into your car. Lock it and take all your valuables with you or put them in the boot out of sight and always lock your garage.

SCAMS: The Friday-ad wants to make you aware of some scams that are circulating, and try to help prevent you from being caught out whilst buying and selling. Firstly, they will never ask you to email them your password. If you receive an email requesting your password that looks like it was sent by Friday-ad it is likely to be a scam, do not do it. They also never send emails to their customers using Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail etc. If you receive a message via any of these ignore it. There are websites that look a lot like Friday-ad but they are just set up to phish for your contact details or bank details. If ever your are unsure just contact Friday-ad. Lastly they do not work in conjunction with any third parties for payments, so if you receive an email linking to a PayPal, eBay or similar you should take extra precautions.

SECURITY AND SAFETY in the Community is being held by N Watch Association on Saturday October 12 in Malling Community Centre from 10am to 2pm. Go along and you will have the opportunity to speak to experts on a wide range of security items to make your home safe, as well as advice from professionals such as East Sussex Fire and Rescue and Sussex Police.

COUNTRYFILE: I was really pleased to see the issue of dog worrying given coverage on the programme last Sunday. It was heartbreaking to see the farmer who had lost sheep and the pictures of the lambs that had been attacked. Even though we have NFU notices up to ask people to keep their dogs on leads when they come through the farm to get to the bridleway, there are those who just loose them off as they come through the entrance and let them run into my garden and leave their deposits before letting them run loose in the bridleway where we usually have livestock on either side. Often it is irresponsible owners and not the dogs fault when sheep worrying occurs.


PARKING: I had to go out for the day on Saturday and realised as soon as I saw the number of cars in Mill Street that I wouldn’t be able to park in front of the house when I got back. Sure enough when I returned in the early evening every space was occupied by someone attending the Shakedown Festival in Stanmer Park. The website strangely advised people arriving by train to walk all the way down to Churchill Square and catch a bus out to Falmer, instead of telling them to catch the next available train, I am not surprised they chose to bring their cars. The festival described itself as a ‘non parking’ event and warned people not to park in the Marina car parks or in the vicinity of Falmer Station as there would be stewards looking out for this and their cars would be clamped. Unfortunately they had completely ignored Falmer, and the map that showed the location marked car parks on the university campus. The university had manned gates that were turning drivers away who were then coming straight down Mill Street and parking. Our sleep was disturbed for what seemed like most of the night by people returning to their cars and driving away after having a conversation at full volume. The rubbish in the street on Sunday morning was appalling and one man who had parked right outside our house was asleep in the back of his car. I hear that the event may not take place next year, I sincerely hope not.

VANDAL: A mysterious vandal has been at work in our back garden. We had a row of solar powered lights along the edge of the lawn and we discovered over the weekend that every one of them had been knocked over and some broken with the lamp pushed into the hedge. This seemed like a strangely specific kind of attack. Why just break the lights? We decided that the damage must have been done by one of the night visiting animals we get in the garden. We have had regular visits from badgers over the summer and a lot of fox droppings have appeared lately so I’m hoping it was one or the other.

HARVEST FESTIVAL: On Sunday we will be celebrating Harvest Festival at St Laurence. The church should have a good show of home-grown produce considering the summer we have had. Donations of produce will be auctioned off after the service. The service starts at 10am and all are very welcome.

CONCERTS: Not long now before the first of the Autumn season of concerts at St Laurence. So you think you know English Song? is at 5.30pm on Saturday October 19. Soprano Sue Mileham and pianist Kevin Allen, promise us a trip through the 20th century looking at well-known composers (Quilter and Warlock) and their lesser- known counterparts (William Lloyd Webber, Peterkin and Dring). The concert is free with a retiring collection.

FINALLY, all good wishes to my co-Parish Pumper Rosemarie, for a speedy recovery from her operation.

Glynde & Beddingham

MISSING: On September 7 two female Jack Russells went missing from Pigeon House in Glynde. Their names are Molly and Maisy, they are tri-coloured and have not had their tales docked. If anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts we would be very grateful if they could contact the estate office on 01273 858224.

MEMORIAL PARADE: There will be a quiz and curry night today, Friday, at Glynde social club to raise funds for the remembrance parade. Tickets are £6.50 each and available on 01273 858969 or 858416.

VILLAGE STORES AND TEA ROOM: Debbie and David are planning a Christmas Craft Fair in the tea room, so if you live in the village and would like the opportunity of selling your handmade crafts, please speak to Debbie in the shop. There are no charges involved, all they ask is that you make a small donation to the memorial parade. They are also looking for people to sing Christmas carols during the fair, so please do step forward if you would like to be involved.


DON’T FORGET the Jumble Sale in Laughton Parish Hall tomorrow, Saturday. Doors open 10.30am. Refreshments available. More information 01323 811385.


SENIORS’ FORUM: Lewes District Seniors’ Forum invites members and friends to our Older People’s Day celebrations. An afternoon of light entertainment (a miscellany of songs, music, poetry and prose) on Wednesday from 2pm to 4.30pm at St Thomas a Becket Community Hall, Cliffe High Street.

NT LEWES CENTRE: On October 10 there will be a meeting at Priory School, Mountfield Road at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Dr Sally White who will be talking about Sussex Piers – disappointed bridges or palaces of delight. No n members welcome £3.

A SOUTHDOWN FARM IN THE FIFTIES: Ian Everest will be showing his remarkable film, recorded in the 1950s, of the annual cycle of activities on a local farm throughout the farming year. The film illustrates just how much farming has changed during many of our lifetimes. This event, sponsored by the Lewes District branch of CPRE Sussex, will take place at the King’s Church Building, Brooks Road at 7.30 pm on Wednesday. All are welcome and there is no entry charge. Light refreshments will be available.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO Harvest Festival service on Sunday will be at 11am with Rev David Farey preaching, followed by a bring and share lunch in church to which all are invited. The retiring collection is in aid of the Chichester Diocese’s Harvest Appeal, Equipping the Saints, for the five West African dioceses with whom the Diocese is partnered Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cameroon. The money raised will provide training for ministers of the Gospel (ordained or lay) that will equip them to resource others too. Now for some news: last Saturday, September 28, was a re-dedication of the Finnish War Memorial in our churchyard in the presence of the Ambassadors of Finland and Russia. This was followed by speeches and a very happy reception where wine and good food flowed. The other news is from Michael Blencowe, Community Wildlife Officer, Sussex Wildlife Trust. He said ‘Over the past year I have been supporting local volunteers with their plans to create a small haven for wildlife and a beautiful place for reflection in a corner of St John’s Churchyard. In 2013 we let the area grow wild so we can find out what plants and animals occur there naturally. We will be holding our next meeting at 11am on Saturday October 12 (meet in the churchyard. Anyone interested and would like to know more, please come along and join us.’ Finally, a hearing aid has been found on the floor of the church. It’s labelled Demalogic and is being kept safely in the hope that someone will report it lost.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The climb out of Lewes by the old racecourse to Blackcap is very steady. There was some sort of do on, where they were serving champagne, when we passed the stables. We later learnt that it was a promotion for the Susie Smith Stables who are based there. We briefly joined the South Downs Way before dropping down, on a chalky track, to pass the site of the Medieval Village of Balmer. A short section of the track was wet and extremely slippery. Two mountain bikers and one walker succumbed to the effects of gravity when they lost traction, with a very muddy outcome. At Housedean two of the group chose the half-day option and caught the bus back to Lewes. The remaining five climbed up to join Juggs Road which we followed back into Lewes. The views, as ever, were wide and wonderful. Hilda and Graham led the walk. The next walk is on Sunday at Cowden. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start and bring a picnic. Walk will finish at 3pm.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL will have held the first of their open lessons on Thursday. They invited parents and carers to come and see how they teach different subjects. This term their focus is on reading. Parents had a taster of the daily guided reading sessions and were able to join in the many activities their children enjoy. The school hopes that this will help them to support their children at home and understand how the school approaches the teaching of reading. On Wednesday, the Emerald Elephants and Jade Jaguars enjoyed an interesting and informative day at Fishbourne Roman Palace. They took part in many workshops including mosaic making and will be using their experiences back in class as part of their Learning Journey about the Romans. Today (Friday) everyone has been invited to wear yellow and make a donation to the Samuel’s Children’s Charity. They look forward to raising a record amount for this very worthwhile charity that supports families of children with cancer. The school has advertised for a new caretaker. The post is for 22 hours a week and is for mornings only. There have already been responses but there is still time for further applications and anybody who would like more information should contact the school office. This week, parents have received a letter informing them that the school is proposing to enter a partnership with six other Lewes schools: Priory, Western Road, Southover, Pells, Iford and Kingston and Rodmell, as part of a Federation Trust. This will not affect admission procedures or children’s choice at 11. After a long period of discussion, the schools are clear about what this would involve and the advantages for young people in Lewes. Each of the schools has now begun an information and consultation period with its parents and carers and other interested parties. There will be a meeting for South Malling’s parents and carers on Thursday at 6pm when the Head and Governors will set out their reasons for supporting this proposal, answer questions and respond to comments. There will be a further period for questions and comment before a decision is made later this year.

ALLOTMENT SHOW 2013. The Allotment Show held on September 22 in the Town Hall was even more popular this year with many more entries. Malling Area did particularly well. From Queens Road Allotments, Graciala Rye won the best bouquet with Mahess Jeeawock gaining first prize for the most unusual vegetable (a Margose, a bitter vegetable which normally grows in a warm, humid climate). Dave Champion from Earwig Corner Allotment had a big smile on his face after winning a first for his pot plant, with two seconds and two third prizes for a good range of others. In fact everyone who entered from Earwig Corner won at least a first prize. Once again, everyone agreed it was a good show: warm, friendly and uplifting. Well done to the organizers and exhibitors.

PARISH CHURCH: Tomorrow (Saturday) there will be a working party in South Malling churchyard, beginning to prepare for winter. A particular focus will be rescuing some of the graves which have become overgrown and clearing ivy from graves and walls to reduce damage. However, there is lots more to do and if it rains volunteers will find work inside. The working party will be there between 9am and 1pm and everyone is welcome to help. Shears, secateurs and gardening gloves will be useful. The service on Sunday will be Holy Communion at 9.30am. All are welcome.

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.


MY BLOG: It was great to get some feedback regarding the comments made last week from Alan Brown. Brenda Burchell (nee Hobby) remembers St Mary’s football team Brenda Burchell (Hobby) remembers being dragged to the match by her farther Ted Hobby. Ted worked full time for Lewes Ambulance Service and was a volunteer for St. Johns ambulance. He was the sponge man as they were called in the fifty’s. She remembers him making two holes in a hot water bottle and filling it with water, as in those days footballers were men who only needed a dash of cold water to the back of the neck on a sponge, then get up and play on. She also remembers Alan playing on with concussion and scoring the winning goal.

ST MARY’S SUPPORTERS CLUB: Bingo tonight (Friday) with cash prizes and raffle. Eyes down at 8.30pm with £100 Snowball if won in 56 numbers or less. Jumble Sale on Saturday October 12 starting at 2pm. Quiz Night Saturday October 12 plus raffle starting at 8pm. Everyone welcome to these events.

CHRIST CHURCH: At Tots this morning the children will be completing the craft activity that they started last week. Last Friday they decorated plastic cups and today they will be filling them with compost and a crocus bulb. As a lot of our older children have now gone to nursery and school we have places available if you would like to join us. £1 per session per family. 9.30am to 11.30am. We start with play time and then during the morning we have refreshments for both the children and carers. Just before going home time we have singing and story time. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev Michael Davies and at 6.30pm by Rev Geoffrey Whitfield. At the Thinktank meeting on September 25 Lewes jeweller John Clark described his recent visits to Rwanda to see microfinance projects that enable people to set up small businesses. Funds for these have been raised through Rotary in Lewes and through an ongoing project initiated by Southover Church.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: This week we were delighted to receive news of our success in gaining Rights Respecting Schools Level 2 status from UNICEF, the first school in East Sussex to reach the highest level of this award. The Rights Respecting ethos underpins everything we do at Wallands, and creates a climate in which all children can learn and achieve in all areas of life. It has taken four years, so huge thanks and congratulations to you all. We are still looking for additional coaches to help run our netball club, in particular the younger group. If you know of anyone who might be able to help even if it’s on a different day to Tuesday, please contact Mrs Taylor 078742085246. We are bringing The Outdoors Project to school, which is an amazing outdoor all weather club that will bring a real spirit of the outdoors to Wallands. Bush craft, shelter building, twine making and so much more. Look out for the letters in your child’s bookbag or ask your child’s teacher.

NEVILL SHARES are having an apple pressing day. Sunday October 13 at 1a Middle Way between noon and 5pm. If you have apples you would like to turn into juice bring along your apples plus some clean bottles if you have some. Containers will also be available at cost price. If you have a surplus you would like to donate or can help out on the day, please contact Tony on 07740163590.

NEVILL BONFIRE Membership afternoon/evening at St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road on Friday October 11 from 3pm to 8.30pm. Existing members can renew their membership or new members can join. Membership forms/details are available on the society’s website Alternatively you can contact Sarah Earl at 7 East Street, 01273 472621.


SUNDAY SERVICES at St. Mary’s Church this weekend are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Harvest Festival Service at 10.30am. A lunch will take place at noon, please take a plate of food to be shared. If you require a lift please book in advance by telephoning 722582. This summer has seen great crops of soft fruit,apples, plums and lots of excellent summer vegetables, so many things to be thankful for.

NEWICK BROWNIES are hoping to increase their numbers and would be very pleased to see young girls from the age of 7 years to join them. They meet on Monday at the Barn Centre from 5pm to 6.30pm. For further details please telephone 01825 723906.

COFFEE MORNING: Newick and Chailey Support Group for St Peter’s and St James Hospice will be holding a coffee morning at Cinder Paddocks,Cinder Hill today, Friday. There will be a bring and buy and produce stalls a raffle and many other attractions, and Christmas cards.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting on Thursday in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. A fascinating talk by Rear Admiral John Lang DL RN (retd) he was a commander of nuclear submarines, on retirement became Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents and has written a book on the Loss of the Titanic. This will be a most interesting afternoon, so why not pop along and hear the story told by the author.

BADGE NIGHT: Newick Bonfire Society will be meeting in The Crown at 8pm on Friday October 11, this is for their Badge Night and Programme Launch, plus the bonfire merchandise, in Preparation for Bonfire Night on November 2.


PELLS SCHOOL: The Bike It breakfast on Friday last week was a great success. Over 50 children and parents met at 8am in the school playground to celebrate the beginning of bike related activities at Pells, with opportunities to do a Bikeability award and learn new skills at a lunchtime cycle maintenance club. Thanks to Lucy from Bike It for supporting this initiative. Outdoor learning continues to be a favourite part of the week for all children. This term there has been lots of weeding, planting spring bulbs, picking plums for plum crumble and looking at the array of creepy crawlies in the garden. All of our children have been learning about the Battle of Lewes as part of our whole school learning journey Let Battle Commence. Last week we went to Lewes Priory to find out more about the battle. The children took part in a range of activities to give them a greater insight into life at the time of the battle. We will be hosting a Battle of Lewes Heritage day on 23rd October. Children will dress up and parents, carers and governor are invited to join in with the learning for the morning.


COWBOYS: You’ve heard of Cowboy Builders? The latest menace, Cowboy Gardeners. Recently, a World War 2 Veteran in Piddinghoe was so conned. He was asked, out of the blue, for £95 for cutting his hedge. He paid up. He hasn’t got a hedge. Please advise all vulnerable people in your area of this latest prey on the elderly.

FREE EVENT: On a brighter note, Meridian Mature Citizens Forum is inviting everyone to a free event in Piddinghoe Village Hall, Monday from 2pm to 4pm. Subject Bringing Village Archives To Life. This will give advice on how to preserve records that bring the past alive and preserve them for future generations. The event is free and teas and cake are available. Due to limited space, please contact Kate Davies on 01273 516207 or email


APPLE JUICE: If you have a surplus supply of apples simply pop along to the village green on Sunday between noon and 4pm and get them converted into juice for your own consumption at no charge. The VAP is holding its annual apple pressing session, but do remember to take along some suitable containers. The crop for many will have been good this year, so do make sure they are put to good use and not simply left to rot.

PARISH COUNCIL: Plumpton Parish Council meets in the village hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Representatives from Network Rail are scheduled to attend to answer some questions that they asked be submitted in advance about their plans for our level crossing. The meeting is open to the public.

JUMBLE TIME COMETH: The village hall management committee will hold a sale on Saturday of next week (October 12) in the village hall at 2pm. Get in training, sharpen the elbows and be sure that your eyesight is keen.

GRANTS AVAILABLE: The parish council has a limited amount of cash available to make grants to local groups or societies to help with specific projects or to further their aims to benefit the community. Details are available from the parish clerk, Jean Stewart 01273 891416 or email

LOCAL HISTORY: The new illustrated edition of the classic book about Victorian Plumpton, Scarpfoot Parish: Plumpton 1830-1880, was launched on Friday last at the village hall. Locals and University of Sussex alumni were greeted with a complimentary glass of wine before being seated at café-style tables to hear a lively illustrated talk by Dr Geoff Meads, one of the original researchers of the book. Professor Brian Short then treated the gathered history enthusiasts to his reminiscences of being the tutor on the original research project before laying down a challenge to those gathered to continue where his group had left off and look at the period from 1880-1913. Scarpfoot Parish opens a unique window into a bygone age in Sussex; from the time when Plumpton Green was the manorial common scattered with a few isolated farmsteads, to the coming of the railway, brickyards, pubs, shops and modern houses. It shows the decline of the ancient parish centre at the scarpfoot epitomised by the use of Plumpton Place as tenements for agricultural workers. Packed with fascinating facts this volume is not only essential reading for anyone interested in the history of Plumpton, but is an invaluable reference for anyone with an interest in the changes that occurred to rural Sussex during the 19th century. The book is available at £10 from the village shop or by calling at Grebe, Station Road, Plumpton Green, BN7 3BT (please add £2.50 p&p if ordering by post).

FREE TASTER COURSES: They are available to school students at Plumpton College and some out-Centres during half term, from Monday October 28 to Thursday October 31. The taster days are designed to give pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 an insight into the wide variety of courses available at the college. Contact Plumpton College for more details and an application form, 01273 890454.

STYLISH WIN: Plumpton RFC put on an impressive second half display to beat Littlehampton away 42-10. Tries from Dan Franks, Grant Restieaux (two), Rhys Beale, Charlie Lewis and Brodie Forest plus two penalties and three conversions by Captain Rob Blake. Plumpton travelled with a strong squad but with some late withdrawls had to make changes before kick-off. From the off they tore into Littlehampton, who also boasted a strong side. Plumpton were rewarded with a penalty, converted by Rob Blake within a minute. Littlehampton however were quick to respond, coming straight back and to score a try but Plumpton are made of stern resolve and within minutes retook the lead with a well worked series of play that finished with Fly Half Beale scoring under the posts. A further try by Kiwi Grant Restieaux, followed by an unconverted try by Littlehampton led to a 17-10 half time lead for Plumpton. The second half however was a different game altogether. Plumpton made some changes, bringing on new signing, the Cornish Bull Rory Loftus into the back row and flying winger Oliver Shaw, who along with fellow student, “Collosus” Charlie Lewis added a different attacking dimension to Plumpton’s play. Within the space of 15 minutes of the 2nd half Plumpton had scored three tries, including from Charlie Lewis, who maintains his 100% try scoring record for the club, Brodie Forest who crashed over the line to score a fantatic individual try and Dan Franks, who ran in a long range try after a turnover by Rhys Beale, Dan being made joint man-of-the-match with the abrasive number 8 Steve Blake, who we wish well after having to leave the field late in the game following a heroic last gasp try saving tackle. Plumpton overwhelmed Littlehampton with their forwards power plays. A final try by Grant Restieaux, after a gap was opened up by dynamic scrum half Lewis Beale, led to a convincing 42-10 win. This weekend Plumpton travel to Midhurst, ko 3pm.


COFFEE MORNING: Delta’s Coffee Morning takes place tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall from 10am to noon. There will be a tombola, raffle and cake stall. Everyone welcome. Apologies about the incorrect date being given in the September Parish Magazine and in a previous edition of the Pump.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are at home to table-topping East Preston and hope to repeat their impressive win of last Saturday against second placed Hassocks. Kick off time at The Caburn for this league fixture is 3pm. The second team are away to St Francis Rangers in the Reserve Section Premier, also with a 3pm kick off. On Sunday the youth team are at home to Newhaven with an 11am kick off. At the time of going to press there are no mid-week games scheduled but fixtures can change so please check local press for details. On the social side the darts (men’s and ladies), pool, cribbage and short mat bowls are all back in action and always welcome new players. Just check with the club for more details.

HARVEST SEVICES: On Sunday Harvest Thanksgiving is celebrated at St Mary’s and the services are: Holy Communion 8am; Family Service 9.45am; and Evensong 6.30pm. From 2.30pm to 4.30pm you are invited to come along to the church to look at the harvest decorations and to see an exhibition about some of the charities the church supports. There will also be a display made by the children of the primary school which should be well worth viewing. Tea and cake will be served.

ST MARY’S MEN’S CLUB: Ian Loughborough’s regiment was sent to the Falklands in 1982. At 7.30pm in the Church Room on Tuesday Ian will be giving a picture presentation of his personal account. Visitors welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on September 25 was: 1, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 2, Sandra Dudley-Williams and John Evett; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The club next meets on Wednesday in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall. Contact Number 814220.

BOWLS CLUB: The end of season match results are as follows: Ringmer v Gildredge Park 109-62, Ringmer v Newhaven 63-13, Ringmer v Vicarage 57-56, Ringmer v Peacehaven 54-77, Ringmer v Portslade 79-37, Ringmer v Wadhurst 34-52 and Ringmer v Frant 64-60.

Rodmell & Southease

CHILLI DAY: Southease was lucky to have reasonable weather for its annual Chilli Day, and although I could not get to it, much to my disappointment, I’m sure it was a great success. I’m hoping that Adrian Orchard will be able to keep me up to date on how it went, then I can put it in next weeks column.

RODMELL VILLAGE Produce and Craft Stall, which took place on Wednesday’s and Friday’s throughout the summer, did really well and was a great success, thanks to all of those involved in supplying it and running it. Let’s hope it happens again next year.

THE ROADWORKS which took place along the C7 throughout our village recently really slowed the traffic down. Let’s hope the wooden posts alongside the road which have been put in have the same effect. It was difficult for me to get in and out of my driveway whilst it was all going on, but the men working on it were really helpful in seeing me out and I would like to thank them.

THE MEETING of Lewes Town and Country B&Bs took place at Isfield Village Hall recently and was very well attended. I am the only member in this village and had my annual inspection last week, which I passed I’m pleased to say. People are still phoning for B&B, many at the last minute, so I and the other B&Bs in the village have to pass them on to other villages and towns as usually we are all full up. Since the area became a National Park it’s manic for accommodation, and I hear the new youth hostel at Itford is doing well.

ABSEIL: On September 21 Marcus Brown, our curate, abseiled over Peacehaven Heights, 160ft, to support a fundraising event for the church at Denton. He will admit that the scariest part was going over the edge, but once that was conquered it was like walking down the cliff face. Lots of photos were taken to prove he did it, although he says the worst part was the 200 steps back up to the top. Well done Marcus.

JUMBLE SALE tomorrow, Saturday, in aid of church funds, in the village hall.

THANK YOU: I keep forgetting to thank the lady from Seaford who wrote to me about starlings. The starlings seem to have moved from the countryside to the seaside as she has seen plenty. Thank you also to readers for their kind letters and phone calls on a certain issue of late and their support.