Parish Pump, Lewes - October 5


BARCOMBE PLAYERS: On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 11, 12 and 13, Barcombe Players will be performing a gentle comedy entitled We’ll Always Have Paris by Jill Hyem in the village hall at 7.45pm each evening, with a bar and raffle. Tickets are available from Barcombe Stores costing £7 for adults and £4 for children and also senior citizens on Thursday evening. Please come along and enjoy a lovely evening of theatre right on your doorstep.

FLOWER SHOW: Despite the difficult growing season and a couple of critical weddings, the flower show again managed to produce a good display of vegetables, flowers and cookery, while the children’s section was well supported with 41 painted pebbles. We welcomed several new exhibitors, and hope they enjoyed the day and will continue to show in the future. Fine weather brought visitors out in the afternoon for tea and gossip after the summer break. We would love to see more photographs, especially from youngsters and why not give it some thought for the Spring Show and get snapping those wintry scenes? Following the event we were able to donate £100 to the village hall’s table fund. Our thanks go the judges, to all those who helped on the day and to those who very kindly sponsor the Show and special thanks to those who support us by entering. Full results will be in next month’s Barcombe News.

SNOOKER: The new season brought a surprise win for the club, winning away at Uckfield A 3-2. Games: James Stewart 54 Steve Roberts 48, Tony Deakin 30 S Virgo 57, Harry Stewart 48 D Edwards 41, Jack Schaufler 37 Sam Mitchell 81 and Simon Fox having a walk over. A fine start lads, this week at home to Seaford C.

FOOTBALL: Saturday, September 29, Edgar German Challenge Cup First round. Barcombe 3 ( B Gardner, M Lloyd, C Shoult), Furnace Green Galaxy II 0. Mid Sussex Division Ten, Barcombe II 5 ( L Cheeseman, M Cordwell, T Rumary, D Sutton) Scaynes Hill II 1.


SATURDAY PRAYERS start this week at St Peter’s Church from 8.30am to 9.30am when the Revd John Maskell. John will there at this time every Saturday and everyone is invited to join him in prayers for the people, the church and its way forward. John would also like to start a bible study group shortly would you be interested? Please let John know on 01825 722286 if you are, with details of your availability.

NEARLY NEW SALE: Baby and children’s Nearly New Sale, of clothes, equipment, toys and books, is at the village hall from 1pm to 2.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Admission is 50p. For more details call Ali Harris on 01273 890745.

WHIST DRIVE, organised by Chailey Branch of The Women’s British Legion, in aid of the Poppy Appeal, is tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm at the village hall. The cost is £3 for an evening’s entertainment and a plate supper. If you would like more information call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Harvest Family Service with Pete’s Puppets at 10am. Harvest Supper is on Sunday October 14 at 5.30pm in the village hall. It will be a buffet style supper at £6 per head. For number purposes, please sign the sheet at the back of church if you are attending. If you are able to provide a dessert please note that down too. There will also be a raffle for which donations of prizes would be appreciated. This is always a successful, fun evening with delicious food so sign up early so as not to be disappointed as places are limited. For more details or to arrange transport to services call Teresa Wenban on 01825 722586. Free Church services on Sunday are a family service at 10.30am with Julian Rebera and at 6.15pm with Gordon Hamilton. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

DRIVE CAREFULLY as I understand from a notice just before the junction of Plumpton Road and North Common Road that as from Monday there will be livestock on Pound Common and Romany Ridge Common, as part of the grazing scheme.

CAR BADGE QUIZ is the South Downs TR Group Club Night at the Five Bells on Tuesday starting at 8pm. For more information visit

GRANDPARENT’S GROUP is a new fortnightly drop in session of play with your grandchildren under 5 years old at the Chailey Children’s Centre, on Chailey School site, every first and third Wednesday from 9.30am to 11.30am. There is no charge, to learn more about the session call 01273 336940.

INFORMATION POINT session is at the Free Church Hall in conjunction with the Coffee Stop on Friday October 12 between 10am and midday.

CHAILEY HERITAGE School is always pleased to welcome volunteers and would especially love to hear from anybody who can help with administration duties throughout the school. If you have some spare time and would like to help please get in touch with Jane Cook, the voluntary services co-ordinator on 01825 724444 ext 144 or email Your enquiry will be dealt with in a friendly informal manner, in confidence and without commitment on either side.

JUBILEE MAP Framing for the Diamond Jubilee commemorative map, commissioned by the parish council, is available at Chailey Heritage Enterprise Centre (CHEC) for £40 plus VAT. This covers a plain wooden frame without a mount. If you would like to take up this offer telephone 01825 724376 or visit the CHEC on the Chailey Heritage site between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

BLUEBELL RAILWAY have confirmed, subject to there being no major challenges in the final stages of work, that UK Railtours will be running the first through train from London Victoria to the Bluebell Railway on 28 March 2013 (a few days after the planned opening of the extension). In recognition of the tremendous support which GB Railfreight have given to the extension project, removing about 90,000 tons of rubbish on their waste by rail trains, one of their Class 66 locos (which will be hauling the train) will be specially named at Horsted Keynes, to mark the completion of the mammoth task and the arrival of the first train from London for half a century.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

HARVEST DECORATIONS: If you would like to help make St Peter’s Church look beautiful for Harvest Festival pop along tomorrow, Saturday, morning from 10am. Gifts of flowers, foliage, fruit and vegetables will be much appreciated.

HARVEST SERVICES: At St Peter’s Church on Sunday Holy Communion at 8am, Family Service 10.30am. During the service the children will take up their Harvest gifts which will be distributed around the parish. On Monday Hamsey CP School will be holding their Harvest Festival Service in St Peter’s Church and Harvest gifts from the schoolchildren will be added to those from the church to make up the parish boxes.

VOLUNTEER NEEDED to deliver the newsletters published by Hamsey Parish Council. If you are prepared to help contact Jenni Tomey HPC Clerk on 01273 890621.

TRAILER THEFTS: A theft of two trailers in the North Chailey area has been reported. The first is an Ifor Williams 16ft Flatbed with four axles. The second trailer is a Wessex 8ft tipping trailer twin axle. If you should be offered one of these stolen trailers by a dodgy caller contact Sussex Police at once on 999 with details and quote Serial No 1399 of 24/9/12.

PARENTS and Toddlers every Friday from 9am to 11am in Hamsey School Hall (term time only). Contact school office on 01273 400370 for more information.

BUMPS AND BABIES drop-in for mums, babies and toddlers every Tuesday from 10am to noon in the village hall, Beechwood Lane.

SINGING MASTER CLASS alternate Thursdays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in St Peter’s Church Hall. Contact Jenny Money on 01273 483424.

ASH TREES: It is reported that imports of ash trees, ‘must be banned to halt disaster like Dutch Elm disease’. An outbreak similar to this could strike the country’s native ash trees if action is not taken to stop a destructive fungus spreading from Europe, conservationists have warned. The Woodland Trust is calling for a mandatory ban on the import of ash trees from outside the UK to stop Chalara dieback of ash becoming established. Without a compulsory ban on imports, ash dieback could become the new Dutch Elm disease, causing widespread destruction of one of the country’s most common native broadleaf trees, the trust says. The Chalara fraxinea fungus has wiped out 90 percent of ash trees in Denmark in seven years and is becoming widespread throughout central Europe. These trees make up around 30 percent of the UK’s wooded landscape and are good for biodiversity and are traditionally used for making furniture and tools, as well as creating quality firewood and barbecue charcoal. Having read that I have wondered why we need imports of ash trees as they seem to spring up all over the place and grow rapidly where you don’t want them to. Apparently young trees with the fungus have been found in six nurseries and four planting sites in England and Scotland this year. It is alarming to learn that many of our tree diseases have originated from imported species and in some cases, for example Phytophthora ramorum which is wiping out larch trees, is a battle that is already in full swing.

RESCUED: Whilst I was sitting eating lunch in the kitchen I spotted a movement in the corner of the pond on the patio. I thought that it was a large toad trying to get out, but on closer inspection I could see that it was a tiny bird flapping about frantically trying to escape from the water. There was no way I could let it drown and rushed to get the pond net which is rather large for fishing out a fledgeling. When I placed the tiny little bird on the patio it looked like it had given up the struggle for life. As I have saved so many baby moorhens over the years and many other birds that have sometimes knocked themselves out by flying into a window, I fetched my old shoebox yet again and tried the warm up method and some massage which worked wonders for the little blackbird. After gently rubbing it dry it resembled a tiny ball of fluff but started to move around in the box. After a little drink it became very active and when I next removed the lid completely flew out and around the kitchen with me after it. Having caught it I placed it on the patio step and away it flew. It just shows that one should never give up, even in the most desperate of situations.


MUSIC: The Concert tomorrow (Saturday) promises to be excellent. James Shenton will be playing a range of music from classical to folk. James has experience that spans playing with some of the best classical orchestras to being a part of the renowned Balanescu Quartet and more recently the bluegrass band Hatful of Rain. The concert starts at 5.30pm at St Laurence Church and is just one of a monthly cycle of musical events. Every month organiser Sue Mileham arranges for the best musicians to come and play for us. If you would like to keep up with forthcoming concerts go to www.achurchnearyou/falmer-st-laurence or have a look at our Falmer Concerts page on Facebook.

ART: As Rosemarie mentioned last week the concert will follow a slide show and talk on modern and contemporary Christian inspired art, at 4pm in the village hall. Following on from the success of the exhibitions in the hall and the church that we have been holding for six years, we are planning a specifically Christian inspired exhibition to take place next Easter. Artists interested in showing are particularly welcome to the slide show where we will discuss details. Any artists who are interested in the show but unable to come to the slide show please contact me at the number on this page.

NEW TERM: I managed to miss the freshers fireworks display as I was busy in the kitchen. I could hear the explosions going on but unfortunately couldn’t get to the window. I am not sure we would have been able to see it anyway. Friends who live on the south side of Falmer and one who lives down the road towards Brighton said they had a good view. In spite of not filling all their places this year, Sussex University now has a staggering total student population of 13000. No wonder it seems like a busy city centre down there, heaving with youngsters from all over the world. The university used to have something like 2000 students.

BIRDS: I recently bought some new bird seed, a nice mixture with sunflower seeds. The birds in our garden had not been very interested in the food I have been putting out recently, which looked a bit like breakfast muesli with powdery oaty bits in it. Within half an hour of putting the new stuff out, there was the spotted woodpecker and the nuthatch, the greenfinches and the coal tits. At least we don’t have that many seagulls in our garden, although they do come down and take bread from the lawn if we put it out. Pauline Cherry from Rodmell commented on seeing housemartins in the nest last week, and we have had them still in the nests here in Falmer up until quite recently. I think they did well this year, in spite of the terrible weather, I just hope the young are strong enough to make their long migration.


PARISH COUNCIL: The clerk advises that little of the article about the Pavilion is accurate. Readers are invited to consult the public record in the KPC website ( – Parish Council Minutes and Parish Council Reports, or to contact the clerk. (Clerk to KPC).


NT LEWES CENTRE: On October 11 there will be a meeting at Priory School, Mountfield Road at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Roger McKenna who will be talking about Surviving in Soho. Non members welcome £3.

HISTORY GROUP: Our next meeting will be at 7.30pm on Monday, when Joanna Wilkins will speak on Anne of Cleves and her house in Lewes. Anne of Cleves House is now a Sussex Archaeological Society museum, and one of the town’s landmarks. It is a remarkable house in its own right, quite apart from its association with its best known owner, the fourth of Henry VIII’s six queens. Joanna is an Education Officer with the SAS and will be telling us both about the house itself and the queen who owned it. The venue is the King’s Church Building, Brooks Road. As usual all will be welcome.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Last weekend 20 members took part in a weekend holiday at Stratton near Cirencester, in the Cotswolds, and were blessed with a fine hotel, originally the mansion of a leading wool merchant, as well as fine weather for each of their walks. Their first walk was from the Cotswold Water Park centre and took in parts of Cerney Wick and South Cerney as well as a number of the lakes formed from former mineral workings around which there is now much affluent housing. The second walk took them by bus from Stratton to Rencomb where they saw parts of the public school there before walking back down the Churn valley to Stratton through the delightful villages of North Cerney and Baunton. Their last walk was in the River Frome valley from Sapperton through Dorvel and Siccaridge woods down a steep hill to the former Thames and Severn canal. This was followed firstly towards Frampton Mansell before returning eastwards to Daneway Bridge and the mouth of the two and a half mile long Sapperton canal tunnel. A brisk climb then ensued to return to Sapperton village. Each walk was arranged so that members could then enjoy some of the many tourist attractions in the area on their own before returning to the hotel. This aspect was particularly enjoyed by the members some of whom were new participants in a Footpaths Group holiday.

The next walk is on Sunday, Alfriston and Wilmington. Meet at top North Street car park at 9.30am for a prompt start.

APPLE PRESSING:Undoubtedly this year’s apple crop has been a huge disappointment. The country’s harvest of English apples is estimated to be down as much as 76 percent with many trees carrying no fruit at all and Lewes has clearly suffered too. At the Market Tower, last Saturday, apple pressings were down 80 percent overall on the previous year. However some trees out there are still laden with fruit because four were each able to walk away with eight litres of delicious, freshly pressed apple juice. The Apple Press returns to the Market Tower tomorrow, Saturday, and so, if you have that fruit or know where to find it, hopefully you’ll bring those apples to the apple press in the Market Tower between 10am and 4pm and press what will undoubtedly be a rare and very special treat for you and your family this year, freshly pressed English apple juice.


SCHOOL NEWS: The first meeting of South Malling School’s outdoor learning group including parents, governors and staff, met last week and drew up an exciting Action Plan to further develop the school grounds. The school will be looking for volunteers to dig and plant hedges and welcome help as they contemplate setting up an Anderson Shelter on the playing field. Unfortunately, children have been stuck inside a little too often in recent weeks because of rain. Neither staff nor children look forward to wet playtimes and lunch breaks. This year the school has invested in more lunch time support so that children can enjoy their breaks whatever the weather. Following a successful funding bid last year, four table tennis tables have been delivered so the school can set up its own table tennis club and learn how to play this fast and exciting game. Listen for the sound of ping pong balls across Malling as the children get into gear. Today, Friday, the school will be supporting Samuel’s Children’s Charity by wearing yellow for the day. This Lewes charity was set up to support families affected by childhood cancer. You can find out more about the charity which helps local children and parents and supports projects in hospitals like the Royal Marsden by visiting their website:, don’t forget that Monday is the Friends AGM. Anyone from the community who has a link to the school is welcome.

LAST SUNDAY Dominic Lyons of Old Malling Way jumped out of a plane and parachuted back to earth, some two and a half miles straight down. He did this to raise money for Clic Sargent, another charity for children afflicted with cancer. Starting from Headcorn Aerodrome in Kent, guided by an instructor with whom he shared the parachute as they both dropped together, Dominic with an unimpeded view of the Kent countryside rushing towards him. He describes an adrenaline rush at the moment of falling from the plane and an exhilarating sense of nothing around him but a few clouds. As they floated towards the earth, the instructor guided him in and took the pressure of the first bump on his own ankles. The landing, he said, was soft and gentle. A photographer had jumped with them, going first and amazingly, taking pictures of their fall, which can be seen on Dominic’s facebook page. His first feeling was relief, he’d done it. Now, still, he can close his eyes and remember the fall in every little detail. He has raised £400 so far but there is still sponsorship money to collect in. Doulla Economia from South Street Chip Shop also jumped for Clic Sargent on that day. They should both be proud of themselves. I wouldn’t dare.

COMMUNITY CENTRE Hall users, don’t forget that there is a meeting in the refurbished meeting room on Thursday at 7.30pm. Other details about activities in the centre can be found on their website:

PARISH CHURCH: Last Sunday was the first time that the church has marked the national Back to Church Sunday, and it was with delight and some relief that the congregation welcomed a couple of old friends, one bringing her grandson. It was a friendly and happy service. The Vicar, Revd Al Pickering told the congregation that their recent launch of a fund to refurbish the tower to make it more fit for the growing children’s work, had got off to a good start. More of this next week. In the evening, members of the congregation joined many others at St Anne’s to say goodbye to Revd Phillip Hamilton Manon who celebrated his last Evensong at St Anne’s. We wish him good health and a long and happy retirement.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall 12.15pm to 12.45pm; Chalvington post-box 1.55pm to 2.15pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2.20pm to 2.45pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm.


NEVILL BONFIRE: Membership will be available at St Marys Church Hall, Highdown Road on Friday October 12, 3pm to 9pm. There will be an exhibition of the history of the society and a selection of the society’s merchandise and costumes to buy. More information on membership can be found on our website at

CHRIST CHURCH: The opening meeting of the 2012-13 session of the Christ Church Thinktank was held on September 26. Charles Zammit, a surgeon with the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust, gave a presentation on Screening for Disease with special reference to breast cancer. Afterwards, appreciative members of the audience joined in discussion. Morning Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be our Harvest Festival Service and this will be led by Robert Hinchcliffe. Evening Worship at 6.30pm will be led by Dr Tony Law. Next Friday we have our monthly Friendship Lunch between noon and 1.15pm and a warm welcome awaits anyone who would like to join us.

TWO THINGS you never knew your mobile phone could do in times of emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check this out: The Emergency Number worldwide for mobiles is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your network and there is an emergency, dial112and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number can be dialled even if the keypad is locked. Try it. Have you locked your keys in the car? Does your car have remote keyless entry? Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their mobile phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other ‘remote’ for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the boot). Try it.

NEWS ITEMS: We are very pleased to receive your items for PP but it would be good to receive some feedback from your events afterwards. I’m sure our residents would be interested to know if your event was successful, if you would do it again etc.

BIRDS: Reading the recent articles on seagulls (or gulls as we should now call them apparently) got my wife thinking. She sits in our lounge in the evenings watching them on the house roof opposite, making a mess and scaring off all the little garden birds which made her wonder if that is why our garden birds were not around so much at the moment. She misses them. Also as previously printed, the gulls are extremely noisy and not just at 4pm in the mornings but sometimes all night long when the weather is bad on the coast, waking her up and keeping her awake. Some people speak about the rights of these birds but what about human rights to live in a clean environment and get a goods night sleep?

LAWNS:Does anyone know what animal or bird would be digging holes in our lawn? It happens every year around this time after dark. In the morning when we look out the window there are lots of holes about two inches round by about an inch in depth with grass and soil scattered everywhere.

ELECTORAL ROLL: Following my article last week on the Electoral Roll I have been to Lewes House and asked for our name to be removed from the edited version and the receptionist did it there and then in a couple of minutes. Easy.

BONFIRE: In the lead up to their 2012 celebrations Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society will be building the Tableau and Effigy at their yard every Tuesday and Thursday from 6.30pm and Sundays from 10am to 2pm. We really want members to get involved with the preparations and there are always jobs for all ages and abilities. If you would like to come down on one of those days all you need to do is turn up. Alternatively you can give their captain of tableau, Luke Brown, a ring on 07731362811 for more information. They hope to see you soon. NJBS’ Yard is located at the end of Ham Lane, near the council’s refuge site. This is where they conduct the majority of their preparations.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, morning from 10am to 11am.

BEETLE DRIVE: Just to remind you of the Beetle Drive tomorrow, Saturday, in the Barn Centre from 4pm to 6pm in aid of Family Support Work. Tickets £5, to include tea. Further details from 01825 722328.

RUGBY CLUB fixtures this weekend are: First XV are away to Lewes II. According to the information that I have there is no fixture, knowing how keen the second XV are to play rugby, I feel sure they will be playing at home tomorrow, Saturday.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday Services at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Harvest Festival at 10.30am. Seeing that our farmers and growers have had such a difficult year due to the wet weather they have had to experience, we should be very thankful for the good quality of local food we can purchase.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting on Thursday, at 2.30pm in the Community Centre. The speaker is Christopher Whittick, senior archivist for East Sussex County Records Office. His subject is Storing The Past For The Future. Christopher studied law but eschewed barristering in favour of archives. At Oxford he was president of the Archaeological Society, his particular interest is the study of buildings. For further information please telephone 01825 722154 or 722650.


HARVEST FESTIVAL at St John sub Castro Church will be on Sunday at 11am with Worship For All, followed by a bring and share lunch. All of Lewes are invited, please come. Holy Communion will be at 6.30pm. Last Sunday was most appropriately Return To Church Sunday as we returned from our enforced stay at the church hall to a newly repaired church where we welcomed newcomers to our service. Would anybody like to help decorate the church for Harvest Festival by bringing flowers or food gifts after 9am tomorrow, Saturday? Most of the food will go to the Brighton City Mission and will be distributed to the needy. Also tomorrow, Saturday, for walkers, St Johns and our sister church, Malling have a walk at 10.15am from Church Lane Malling to Barcombe, with lunch at the Royal Oak, then return.


FILM NIGHT: There will be another Film Night in the village hall on Friday October 12, 7pm for 7.30pm. The film is An Affair to Remember. Admission £3 on the door.


JUMBLE NEWS: Last weekend’s jumble sale raised £800 for the New Pavilion Committee and Gill Gamble and her team of helpers are being greatly praised. The next sale will be on Saturday of next week (October 13) and organised by the Village Hall Management Committee. As usual it will take place in the village hall with daggers drawn at 2pm for the off. There will be refreshments, cakes, tombola and if you have jumble to donate, please take it along to the hall during the morning.

DUST THOSE BRAINS: The tennis club will hold its annual quiz evening on Saturday next week (October 13) in the village hall starting at 7pm. Absolutely everyone is invited to join in the fun. Tables of eight will be the order of the evening, but if you cannot muster that number there will be no problem as you will be teamed up with others in the same situation. Ticket price is £9 per person which includes entry in the quiz, snacks, chilli and a dessert, but be sure to take your own cutlery and crockery although glasses will be provided and there will be a licensed bar. It is always a good night out, so book in now. Ring 01273 890002 or email You do not even have to be interested in tennis to take part.

LEVEL CROSSING: Network Rail’s desire to replace our Victorian crossing gates with modern barriers that many consider also pose great danger, has hit the headlines again. Residents should rest assured that the parish council has been constantly monitoring the situation since the last public meeting when much outrage was vented over the proposal.

ANCIENT PERSIA: New branch of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) will present a lecture by Christopher Bradley on the subject in Plumpton village hall on Tuesday at 2.15pm. He is a guide book writer and photographer and has worked as a guide and as a cameraman and TV producer for National Graphic, BBC and Channel 4. For non-members the entry fee is £5 at the door to include tea and biscuits at the end. These lectures are extremely popular and you can find out more about the society by ringing 01825 723250.

PARISH COUNCIL: Plumpton Parish Council will meet in the village hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm. The meeting is open to the public.

WI AGM: On Wednesday Plumpton WI will hold its annual general meeting in the village hall at 7.30pm.

ACTION PLAN: At last week’s meeting of the Village Action Plan group Tom Hawthorne stood down from the chairmanship and the steering group. He had held the position from the very beginning.

WALK ON FIRE: On Friday October 12 there will be a chance to walk on fire or glass at the Plough pub all to raise funds for St Peter and St James Hospice. If you fancy testing your feet on glass turn up at 4.30pm for a training session with the event starting at 5.30pm. If it’s the warmth of fire that appeals more, training for that will commence at 6.30pm for training ready for the off at 8.30pm. Entry for either event costs £15 with a pledge to raise £100 in sponsorship. Find out more contact or ring her on 01444 471598. If you are not up for the challenge, why not go along and watch and just support the event and, of course, the work of our local hospice.

GRANDPARENTS’ GROUP: ESCC is running drop-in sessions for grandparents with their under 5 year old grandchildren. They take place in Chailey Children’s Centre, Mill Lane, (on the Chailey School site) on the first and third Wednesdays of the month between 9.30am and 11.30am. It is free of charge and all are welcome. More information is available on 01273 336940 or just drop in and see what is on offer.


HARVEST FESTIVAL will be celebrated at St Mary’s on Sunday, with a Family Eucharist at 9.45am. In the evening after the 6.30pm Sung Eucharist service there will be a bring and share Harvest Supper in the Church Room.

ST MARY’S MEN’S CLUB: At its meeting on Tuesday, at 7.30pm in the Church Room, Ian Coates-Stephens will be showing pictures of the restoration work done over a four year period to his old Norlington Lane cottage. Visitors welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on September 26 was: 1, Gill and Tony Spaven; 2, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 3, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster. The club’s next meeting is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall.

BRIDGE TOURNAMENT being held at Kingston Village Hall on Friday, October 12, commencing at 2pm in aid of the Pestalozzi International Village Trust; registered charity 1098422. Tickets £7.50 per person can be obtained from Alan on 01273 473226, Beryl on 01273 480094 or Diana on 01273 472295.

TRAVELLING TRENDS: On Friday, October 19, there will be a fantastic fashion sale of high street clothes at hugely discounted prices at Ringmer Primary School. The doors open at 7pm. There will be a short fashion show starting at 7.30pm following which you can choose from a wide selection of bargain in season clothes to try on and buy. No ordering all available on the night. Tickets are just £5 (to include first drink) or £6 on the door. Tickets available from Clare on 813425 or at the school office on 812463. All proceeds to Ringmer Primary Home School Association Registered Charity No 1102025.

TABLE TOP SALE: Advance notice that Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form will be holding a Table Top Sale and Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, November 24, between 10am and 1pm. Table top pitches are available at £5 if pre-booked. It is regretted that individual food stalls cannot be accepted. For more information or to book a table please contact Ruth Whitlock, Learning Resource Centre Manager on 01273 812220 ext 253 during school hours or e-mail

RINGMER LINK Good Neighbour Scheme, which helps people out in an emergency, was set up in 1977 by Dr David Rice and Lucy Stone who were then the scheme’s first Co-ordinators. Joy Jackson took over form Dr Rice and Flor Grindley took over some years later from Lucy Stone. However, Joy and Flor are retiring as Co-ordinators and unless two people can be recruited to take over from them it looks as if the whole scheme will fold. If anyone might be interested in finding out more about the scheme and what being a co-ordinator entails please phone Flor Grindley on 01273 812933 or e-mail her on In many ways it would be a pity if the scheme disbanded as it has helped many people either with transport to and from Hospitals, Dr surgeries or with shopping and other small household and gardening tasks.

APPLE JUICING at Ringmer Community Orchard, Broyle Place Farm on Sunday from 11am to 3pm. Bring a picnic to enjoy among the 70 heritage fruit trees and make some delicious juice to take home. For details on all our Octoberfeast events visit

Rodmell & Southease

THERE WAS so much on in and around Rodmell at the weekend, I never made it to most of the functions as it was a week of doctor and hospital appointments and other family matters. Hopefully the Friday night at our pub celebrations went off well and the quiz and fish and chip supper was it’s usual success.

CHILLI FESTIVAL: I managed to troll down to Southease on Sunday only to find I’d got the wrong day for the Chilli Festival, which was on Saturday. I do apologise if readers of PP did the same thing as I’d put it in as Sunday instead of Saturday, the grey matter got a bit addled this week.

OUR PUB: I’m hoping to give you more news about our local in the future. I’m waiting for details to be given to me so watch this space.

WALKING: If you enjoy walking and have not acquired the interesting little brochure, Lewes Walks, Towns and Downs, I suggest you pop into Lewes Tourist Information and pick one up. It gives details of walks around Lewes and routes to and from the South Downs Way.

HARVEST SUPPER: It’s our annual Harvest Supper today, Friday, and I’m really looking forward to it as it’s a lovely occasion. I do hope the audience gives our speaker full attention, as having done some public speaking in the past, I know how difficult it can be.

I AM READING Love Letters, Leonard Woolf and Trekkie Parsons 1941-1968 edited by Judith Adamson. It’s so nice to read the sweet and gentle correspondence between two people who were in no doubt soul mates and had such great love for each other. Trekkie had a husband Ian and for a person who was a feisty, principled feminist, who never wanted a husband, found she had in a way two at once and coped adequately with the situation which worked very smoothly for 25 years. As the book says (an inventive and honest solution for a woman who loved two men in different ways at the same time).

MONKS HOUSE new opening times seem to have been a success as there have been many more visitors this year.

CYCLISTS: More and more cyclists seem to be doing the cycle route from London to Paris. We have had quite a few stay here this year. It will be lovely when the cycle route along the valley from Lewes to Newhaven is completed. I feel quite envious of the young and their ability to travel all over the place and hope they all make the most of it. I in my youth, and later years, did travel a lot, but looking back I wish I’d walked a lot more and learnt to cycle. My family were adamant that as a child I would not ride a bike but would go straight into having a car when I was old enough. My father considered bikes a dangerous hazard, I remember him getting very angry when he found a friend teaching me to ride her bike. In those days, unlike today, you did not go against your parents wishes. Having done a lot of horse riding and ice skating I would have said these sports were more dangerous, I also did rock climbing.

AUTUMN: Well autumn is upon us and the crane-flies have at last appeared. I have not yet had ladybirds congregating in the window frames but no doubt they will soon appear as will the spiders and wood-mice.

VISITORS: I had a lovely little family stay for a night last week. They only came from Lewes but a friend had paid for a nights B&B with me because they are avid readers of PP and it was an unusual gift for a special occasion. Maybe I’ll have to think about gift vouchers.

WOOD: Rodmell Wood Scheme are working hard in the rain today (Monday) to clear the bags of wood in the field and deliver them. It’s my turn with the help of Jerry and Rob (my gardener and handy man) to move all my lot into the shed next weekend. Without the help of Rob for many years I don’t know how I would have coped and I’m extremely grateful to have such a good friend. Although life can give you so many knocks and ups and downs there are always those who are like gold-dust around to help.