Parish Pump Lewes - September 13, 2013


OPEN HOUSES: Lewes Eco Open Houses is running its fourth annual event showcasing homes that inspire with ideas for green living and cutting energy bills. This year, 16 eco-friendly homes will open their doors to the public, nine for the first time. Lewes homes will open on September 14 and 15, and Barcombe, Ditchling and surrounding villages will open on September 21 and 22. Three homes are in the Barcombe area, Knowlands Farm, Upper Wellingham Barn, and Sewells Gatehouse. The inspiring homes on show range from renovated Victorian cottages to 1960s conversions and stunning architect designed new-build properties. Properties in the villages and countryside feature exciting off grid measures such as air, ground and water source heat pumps, as well as being examples of good eco building. All have drastically cut their electricity, gas and water bills as well as carbon emissions. Details of addresses and opening hours are on our new dedicated website, The homes are free to visit and all are welcome.

GARDEN CLUB: Liz from Goldcliff Nursery is coming to speak to us on the subject A Beginner’s Guide to Fruit Growing on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. Visitors and new members welcome.

A NIGHT AT THE RACES, 7.30pm, Saturday September 21 at The Royal Oak. A fun party night of eight horse races, with prizes, raffle and buffet supper all for £3. Tickets for this popular event are available from The Royal Oak, Kane Black 07706304807, Tom Rumary 07808666230, Matt Lloyd 07841108291 or any member of the football club.

PILATES on Tuesdays: Come and try a session at our mixed pilates class, which takes place on Tuesdays between 9.30am and 10.30am in the village hall. The cost is £4 or less per session.

CRICKET RESULTS: September 7, ESCL Div 2, Robertsbridge v Barcombe: Barcombe 187 all out in42.3 overs (Matt Tucker 81 Keith Savage 22). Robertsbridge 189-2 in 35.2 overs. Robertsbridge 30 points beat Barcombe 9 points bt 8 wkts. ESCL Div 8, Barcombe II v Burwash Weald: Match cancelled due to wet wicket 9 points each.

BOWLING NEWS: September 3, away to Uckfield: Henry Bunney 18 P McLellan 18, Les Line 7 D Carr 22, Jas Osmond 7 P Daly 26, John Osmond 20 T Butcher 9. Club lost 52 to 75. September 4, home to Deanland: Les Coppard 14 G Dunstall 23, Derek Stewart 17 Vic Cheeseman12, John Blackmore 19 Dennis Gambrell 18, John Osmond 11 G Hammett 24. Club lost 61 to 77.

AUTUMN SHOW: Barcombe Flower and Produce Autumn Show; in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm to 4pm. Refreshments, raffle, children’s section, photography and art competition. Auction of produce at 3.30pm.


LIVE MUSIC FESTIVAL is at the Sports Field, North Chailey tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to midnight. There will be two outdoor stages and music for all ages, plus a beer tent, hog roast and entertainment for children in the afternoon. Tickets £10 on the day, with under 10s free with a paying adult.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Peter’s Church on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825 722586. The Revd John Maskell will not be in church on Saturdays for a couple of weeks as he is recovering from an ankle operation. Best wishes John for a good recovery. Café Church is at the village hall on Sunday and from 9am there will be free tea coffee, squash, croissants and pastries and 9.30am onwards activities for all ages. At 6.15pm there will be a service with David Muzzell at the Free Church, South Chailey. For more information call 01444 471600.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a friendly at Newick on Sunday starting at 1pm.

MUSEUM: Windmill and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday (National Heritage Day) from 3pm to 5pm. The mill houses a rural life museum which gives an interesting insight into the history of Chailey over the past 100 years. Copies of the Diamond Jubilee Map will also be on sale at £2 each. The entry fee is £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 10 to16 years.

PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday September 17 at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and make representations.

FULLER’S FOLLIES is the subject of a talk by Geoff Hutchinson, historian and author of Fuller of Sussex, organised by the Commons Society at the village hall on Thursday at 7.30pm. The talk and Geoff’s book is about Mad Jack Fuller, born over 250 years ago, who is most famous for the follies he built at Brightling, East Sussex, where he lived. Guests and prospective members will be welcome, for more information call 01444 831098.

PCSO: Issues or concerns you would like to discuss with our local community officer? On Thursday September 19 from 7.30pm to 8pm there will be the chance to meet PCSO Steven Knowles outside the Sports Pavilion, North Chailey.

YOUTH GROUP meet at the village hall on Friday September 20 from 7.30pm to 8.45pm for The Great Chailey Bake Off. There will also be a range of other activities available throughout the evening such as table tennis, pool, air hockey, football table and tuck shop. Entry is £1. All young people aged 10 to 16 years who live in or around the Chailey area are always welcome.

JUMBLE SALE: Last week I gave an email contact for the collection of jumble for the bonfire society sale on Saturday September 21. I now have a telephone contact 01273 891008. All donations of jumble will be much appreciated and arrangements for collection can easily be made by calling this number.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

SHCT: Tomorrow, Saturday, Ride and Stride from 9am to 6pm. A group from Offham will be walking round Lewes churches during the day in aid of the Sussex Historic Churches Trust. At St Peter’s Church, where stewards will be on duty during the day, refreshments will be available all day for those taking part in the sponsored event.

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

THE PARISH COUNCIL meet on Thursday in the village hall at 7.30pm. Residents have a chance at the start of the meeting to ask questions and air their views.

CORRECTION: Last week I mentioned the concert which was to be held in St Peter’s Church at the end of the month. Unfortunately this is now cancelled as Tony Shephard, who organises these concerts to raise money for the nursery school in the Gambia, has been unwell. Ever the optimist Tony can always see two steps ahead and tells me his group of singers that have generously given the concerts, had already started rehearsing new items but have told him not to worry as they will give a concert at another time. The nursery school have recently phoned Tony so the little tots could sing get well to him over the phone, but he tells me he was not quite sure of what they made of Changing The Guard At Buckingham Palace, but it was lovely to hear from them. Dear Tony, I am not going to sing to you over the phone as you may have a shock and I want you to get better and not worse. It goes without saying that I join all your friends and the children at the school in the Gambia to wish you a speedy recovery.

SWALLOWS: Brian Walter came out to check on the swallows again before they all depart for warmer climes during the winter months. There were a lot more than I thought as little groups seemed to arrive at different times, but Brian has managed to ring several babies. I have loved every minute of watching them in the early evenings during the past month as they fly around and over the house like performing acrobats dipping and wheeling and soaring overhead and listening to their chatter as it gets dusk has been a great pleasure, but it is sad to think any time now they will take off again and fly thousands of miles to get back to their winter quarters.


SWEET MUSIC: We were privileged to hear two wonderful musicians at the very start of their careers here in Falmer last Saturday. The Halvorsen Duo (Gilbert Wasserman violin and Elliot Corner viola) gave a spellbinding programme, including Bach, Mozart and a solo viola piece composed by Elliot Corner himself. Both young men are just starting to study at the Royal College of Music. The concert climaxed with the Halvorsen Passacaglia (on a theme by Handel), otherwise known as the impossible duo. The music was fast and furious and Gilbert accidentally knocked his music off the stand, they continued without missing a beat then Elliot deliberately tossed his own score to the floor and the pair of them finished the piece, which had grown to a tremendous crescendo. Terrific showmanship and terrific musicianship. A really great start to the new season of concerts. We have a great line-up going up to December, next up on October 19 So you think you know English Song? A journey through the 20th century with music from well- known and lesser known English composers.

DISCORD: A less welcome music sensation was provided by a rave going on all Saturday night last weekend. The relentless bass beat pounded away from 11pm to 8am all over the village.

ART AND SOUL: Well, the Art and Soul show is over for another year, and we have had some really complimentary comments again. The word variety and inspiring crop up again and again in the visitors book. We were really lucky with the weather this year, we only had one wash-out day and that clashed with a football match anyway. Now we can relax for a little while before we start planning the Easter Christian-inspired exhibition for 2014.

SWEET HARVEST: What a terrific amount of fruit we have on our trees this year and it is so sweet. I made an apple and blackberry crumble at the weekend and having put the sliced cooking apples and blackberries in the dish, I started putting the crumble topping on, forgetting to add any sugar. I warned my husband that it might be sour so we had the sugar at the ready but it wasn’t needed, the fruit was sweet enough on its own. The branches of our quince tree are weighed down with fruit and the blackberries have been wonderful.

Glynde & Beddingham

AUTUMN FAIR: In aid of the Lewes and District Group of East Sussex Disability Association in the marquee at Glyndebourne on Tuesday from 10am to 4pm. Visit the stalls and the Glyndebourne shop, have lunch in the Mildmay Restaurant, stroll round the grounds. Entry £4.


COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at the Royal British Legion Club, Morris Road (Cliffe). Cakes, preserves, tombola and more. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society. There will also be a Centenary Exhibition on show at Cliffe Hall (behind the church) 10am to 3pm. Old photographs, costumes, banners and many more items will be on show. A film will be shown throughout the day.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday August 20 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter and Irene Gannon; 2, Mike Keeping and Matthew Read; 3, Martin and Sylvia Hall. Thursday August 22 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Ronald and Margaret Buddery; 2, Peter Gannon and Peter Waters; 3, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson. Tuesday August 27 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Janet Cattermole and Di Johstone; 2, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 3, Meic Goodyear and Simon Fishburn. Thursday August 29 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Ronald and Margaret Buddery; 2, Alan Disney and Peter Waters; 3, Pauline Brown and Rita Hartnell.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO: We are excited to be part of the National Heritage Open Days Scheme tomorrow, Saturday, with the church open from 9am to 6pm. The church will be open to visitors all day with many stalwart cyclists and walkers expected in aid of the scheme. There will be recitals by organist Susan Bain on one of the most lovely church organs in the country. She will be playing at noon and 4pm, and guided tours of the church and churchyard at 11am and 2.30pm, an opportunity to see some of the treasures brought from the original 11th century church on the site, including a Saxon door arch, probably the oldest Christian relic in Lewes. Also, in the churchyard there is the striking Memorial, recently restored, to the Finnish prisoners from the Crimean War; this is of international importance. Refreshments will be available. Also that day at South Malling Church, from 10am to 3.30pm is an opportunity to reflect, pray and share thinking together. On Sunday there will be an 11am Morning Worship at St John with Rev Dick Field and preacher Tony Idle.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The continuing good weather no doubt helped to ensure 15 walkers turned out for our last mid-week walk from South Chailey to Lewes, with the option of a shorter walk to Isfield. Heading east, we soon passed Balneath Manor before following paths across the pleasant and undemanding countryside of the Ouse Valley. From Mount Pleasant the route turned north along Dallas Lane and on reaching the banks of the River Ouse we turned south towards White Bridge where the half-day walkers were to leave in order to catch a bus at Isfield. The recent demolition of the bridge put paid to that plan, but the forced detour down to the Anchor Inn did not prevent those leaving the group from catching the scheduled bus back to Lewes with time to spare. The all-day walkers pressed on, following the route of The Ouse Valley Way all the way back to Lewes. Of note was the heady scent of many clumps of Himalayan Balsam which frequently impinged on our olfactory organs and the field of thistles where their soft, fluffy seeds were being blown far and wide in the their millions. Hilda and Graham were the leaders. The next walk is on Wednesday. Woodmancote. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.


SCHOOL NEWS: After a successful start to the new academic year, the school is rapidly settling down. An exciting range of clubs has been slotting into place during this week and next; amongst them, football, gardening, guitar, choir and drama. The school welcomes them back and is very grateful to the groups and individuals who provide them. School Council elections also begin this week - part of the important process of including the children’s own voice in the way the school is organised and governed - and teaching children to take responsibility for themselves and each other. The theme for assemblies this term is Be Ambitious. This fits into a pattern of moral issues which will be considered during the year, including Be a Team Player, in Term 2. So you can see that ambition is not about self assertion, it is about self respect and each child wanting to be the very best that they can be, reaching for the stars as the school’s motto puts it. The school council is an important element of showing children how they can be ambitious for themselves, their friends and their school. In a new development, parents are being invited to join their children for some lessons, starting with Guided Reading in October and Maths in January.

WINDMILL NURSERY started back this week. Given the weather at the start of the week, they will have been thankful for the new shelter. Nevertheless, children have also had a chance to enjoy their new outdoor development area.

MALLING PARISH CHURCH: The congregation enjoyed last week’s Family Service. In an interactive, partly dramatised, presentation in which a father lit a birthday cake for his child, and the churchwarden kissed his wife in public, the difference between their own description of what they were doing and that of the ‘guest scientist’ proved very different though equally valid. For example, in the opening sketch, a young girl played the Harry Potter theme tune on a violin because she liked it and other children would also like it. The scientist explained that everyone had just experienced a particular frequency of vibration of airwaves generated by the rubbing of animal hairs and parts against each other. Amongst lots of non-plussed adults, a four year old child recognised the tune, said it was his favourite and that it was ‘scary’. ‘There are two kinds of answers, said Rev Daughtery, one tells us why and the other, how’. The Church answers the Why? question; Science the How? This Saturday, Malling Church will be open all day to welcome visitors especially those riding and striding in aid of the Sussex Historical Churches Trust. On Sunday, there will be a service of Holy Communion at 9.30am. All are welcome.

SKY DIVE: On Sunday, intrepid Malling resident and fundraiser, Dominic Lyons will be making his second parachute jump in aid of Clic Sargent, at Headcorn Aerodrome in Kent. We wish him the very best of luck. Next week I hope to report on how he got on and how you might add your sponsorship.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 10.40am to 11.10am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 11.30am to noon; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.40pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2pm to 2.30pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 2.45pm to 3.15pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.40pm to 4pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.30am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.30am to 11am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.15am to 11.35pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 11.45am to 12.10pm; South Rough, Newick 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Oldaker, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm.


CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, our Tots group meets for the first time this term between 9.30am and 11.30am. £1 per family which includes refreshments. We are looking forward to welcoming back those who come to this group and also to welcome any new children and carers who would like to join us. Tomorrow, Saturday, our church will be open from 9am for the Ride and Stride event. Do take the opportunity if you are taking part to have a look at our embroideries in the church. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by David Coleman and at 6.30pm by Rev John Gordon. On Wednesday our Little Fishes Group will meet and the theme will be Harvest. This is a group for pre school children and their carers which meets from 9.30am to 11am. There is plenty of time for play and craft activities and then a bible based story. £1 per family.

SUMMER SHOW: St Mary’s Gardening Club held its annual Summer Show at the St Mary’s Social Centre on Saturday September 7. The weather was kind to us this year and the hall looked very colourful with a splendid display of flowers, fruit and vegetables not to mention flower arrangements and delicious cookery items. The show is open to all and is not restricted to members only. People can enter as few or as many classes as they wish. There is a spirit of friendly competition and those who take part enjoy seeing what others have grown and discussing their experiences. We were pleased to welcome the Mayor, Councillor Ruth O’Keeffe who very kindly gave out the trophies to this year’s winners. The Elphicks Cup was won by Mick Taylor who also took home the Turf Culture Cup as well as the Gold Certificate for Best Trug of Vegetables. Christine Gibson was the well deserving winner of the Perpetual Challenge Cup as well as the Ladies Cup, the St Mary’s Arrangement Shield and the Peter and Joan Russell Memorial Bowl. The Walter Cookery Cup went to Anne Brown and the French Cup to Vicki Trenhaile. Certificates for Best Vegetable and Best Fruit went to Mick Taylor, and Best Flower to Pat Mitchell. Mick Taylor received the Charlie Earl Cup for his amazing giant onions. The Banksian Medal from the RHS went to relative newcomer, John Geall. The winner of the Best Flower Arrangement certificate was Pat Elliott. The Children’s Cup under 8 years went to Ellie Jupp. Winners of individual classes are as follows: potatoes (red), John Geall; potatoes (white), J Geall; potatoes (salad), Malcolm French; runner beans, J Geall; beetroot, Stephen French; chilli peppers, S French; carrots, Mick Taylor; tomatoes, Christine Gibson; cherry tomatoes, Elizabeth Tingley; shallots under one inch, J Geall; shallots (medium), J Geall; onions (sets), M Taylor; onions (from seed), M Taylor; courgettes, J Geall; any other vegetable, E Tingley; squashes, Cyril Bates; three herbs, C Gibson; trug of vegetables, M Taylor; plate of vegetables, C Gibson; plate of salad, Vicki Trenhaile. Apples (desset), M Taylor; apples (cooking), J Allen; pears, Sheila Kay; berry fruit, J Geall; any other fruit, V Trenhaile. Rose, C Gibson; dahlia (cactus), Monica Botting; dahlia pom, M Taylor; dahlia, any other, Pat Mitchell; dahlia (specimen), R Sells; chrysanthemum, Brenda Greenaway; chrysanthemum, spray, R Sells; vase of any other flower, P Mitchell; asters, R Sells; begonias, B Greenaway; marigolds, B Greenaway; stem or spray of flowers, C Gibson; geranium, P Mitchell; flowering pot plant, Anne Brown; non flowering pot plant, B Greenaway; cacti, B Greenaway; fuchsia, P Mitchell. Soft fruit jam, R Sells; stone fruit jam, S Kay; mixed fruit jam, R Sells; fruit jelly, V Trenhaile; gingerbread, A Brown; frangipane tart, A Brown; chocolate cake, E Tingley; squashed fly biscuits, C Gibson; cheese and onion pasty, A Brown. Photo, A Tree, C Gibson; photo, The British Weather, R Sells; an item of handicraft, G Taylor. Children under 8 years, photo: Ellie Jupp; drawing of an insect, E Jupp. Petite arrangement, R Sells; green arrangement, Pat Elliott; arrangement The Seaside, C Gibson; arrangement in a tankard, Christopher Gibson; arrangement of berries and grasses, C Gibson; arrangement of flowers and foliage from garden, C Gibson. Largest onion, M Taylor; heaviest potato, J Geall; largest tomato, C Gibson; longest runner bean, M Taylor.


BOWLS CLUB fixtures are tomorrow, Saturday, St Francis away, Sunday, Adastra home. Both of these games will commence at 2.30pm. Tuesday, Henfield away, 2pm start.The above games are the last outdoor matches for this summer.

CRICKET: The cricket club are playing on Sunday against Chailey at 1pm.

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday at St Mary’s are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Informal Morning Service at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please telephone in advance 722582.

BADMINTON: The badminton club are looking for new members, first session free on Tuesday evenings at 7.45pm in the village hall. Players of all standards welcome, from beginners to league level. They are a very friendly club with many social activities throughout the year. Why not pop along with some friends and see if badminton is a game you would enjoy playing, you will receive a warm welcome. Further details from 01825 723299 or 769502.

TALK: Newick Horticultural Society talk in the village hall on Thursday at 8pm. Speaker Tom Hart Dyke will be talking about Tom’s Horticulturally Endowed Updates. They will also be holding another popular quiz evening on Friday September 27 in the village hall.

TAI CHI will be coming to Newick Village Hall on Tuesday mornings at the end of September, sessions £5 with experienced teacher. For further details telephone 01825 723002.


HARVEST LUNCH: There will be a Harvest Lunch at South Novington (formerly Hackmans), Plumpton Lane tomorrow (Saturday) in aid of East Chiltington church and the Harvest Appeal. There will be stalls, raffle, auction and bar and it will run from 12.30 until 3pm. Tickets cost £10 for adults, £5 for five to ten year olds and under fives get in free. Available from the village store, the Rectory or Antonia Price.

FLOWER POWER: Tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pm in the village hall the horticultural society will hold its Autumn Show when there are bound to be some brilliant exhibits on show including flowers, plants, vegetables, cookery, handicrafts, flower arrangements, homemade wines from the experienced, novices and children. On top of that there will be a cake stall, refreshments, tombola and doubtless some interesting stalls. There will be an auction of produce at the end.

MORE FLOWERS: On Wednesday the flower club will host a demonstration by Angela Merryfield and entitled Flowers and Music. It will take place in the village hall at 7.30pm and non-members are welcome to go along.

HEALTHY EXERCISE: If you fancy a little then join the Footpath Society on Sunday when members meet as County Hall car park in Lewes (TQ409 099) in readiness for a four and a half mile walk via Spital Road, Houndean Bottom and then a circular trail round Lewes Racecourse. If more details are needed ring 01273 477336.

TRAIN TRACKS: On Saturday next week (September 21) there will be a model railway show in the village hall between 10.30am and 4.30pm. There will be layouts to admire and sales of modern and vintage rolling stock, equipment etc. Refreshments will be available. Admission adults £2, children £1, family ticket £4 and concessionary rates. More information available on 01273 890191.

RACING THRILLS: Punters should note the horseracing season starts again at Plumpton on Sunday, September 22 when it will be Family Day with racing at 2.30pm. It is usually a great family day out with something for everyone in addition to some great races involving top runners and riders. The meeting will also offer an opportunity to see the improvements carried out at the course during the summer.

PLAN AHEAD: The tennis club will hold one of its popular Quiz Nights in the village hall during the evening of Saturday, October 19 and bookings are being taken now. Tickets cost £9 to include snacks, a chilli and a dessert. If you cannot make up a team do not worry as there will be others in the same position and you can be paired up. To book or find out more ring 01273 890002.

RUGBY SET-BACK: Plumpton RFC hosted Hellingly at the weekend, losing 42-0. The Plumpton side is known for its slow start to the season, reliant on players whose jobs do not allow them to play early season games. With 14 players it was always going to be a tough task against a well drilled and physical Hellingly side. Plumpton however battled from minute one to minute 81 and made it hard for Hellingly, particularly at the ruck and breakdown. Hellingly however looked a form side and will be tough opposition for most sides this season, a strong mix of strength and pace. Four tries either side of half time, with only one conversion gave the win to Hellingly. New Plumpton Captain Rob Blake however takes strong heart from the display of his new side. ‘We suffered a similar result to Hellingly this time last season but came back to beat them in the reverse fixture later in the season. As the squad gets back up to strength we will start working our way up the league, beating higher placed sides, as we do every season and look again for a top half finish, which is well within us in this competitive league’. This weekend Plumpton hosts Horley with kick-off at 3pm.


JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society are holding this sale in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. If you have any jumble to donate please take it to the hall as near to noon tomorrow as possible.

CONCERT IN ST MARY’S given by some very talented young musicians in aid of Homelink, one of the church’s charities, in the church on Sunday, at 3pm. There is no entrance fee but there will be a collection at the end in aid of Homelink.

MOTHERS’ UNION: At its next meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Church Room the speaker will be a member of East Sussex Fire and Rescue. This meeting is open to all.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on September 4 was: 1, Jenny Charman and Michael Slot; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Liz and Tim Owen. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall. Contact number 814220.

JUMBLE SALE 2: This is being held in the village hall on Saturday, September 21, at 2pm. Please bring any jumble you wish to donate to the Hall between 10am and 11am on the Saturday.

BARN DANCE/HOG ROAST: Ringmer Primary Home School Association will once again be holding this popular event at Gote Farm on Saturday, September 21, from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Do try to get along and enjoy a dosey-doe to the music of Gill Howell and the Sussex Rampions in Suzanne and Will Craig’s lovely old barn. You will be able to enjoy a hog roast and barbecue supplied by May’s Farm Cart with stuffing and apple sauce very kindly donated by the Green Man. Admission only £5 adults, £2 school aged children (food will be extra on the night). Tickets available from Angela on 01273 813860 or from the school office on 01273 812463.

BOWLS CLUB: Results for matches played last week were: Ringmer v Newick 65-62 and Ringmer v West Hoathly 89-45. A drawn inter-club triples was played on Sunday and the winners were-B. Haffenden, J Jarvis and P Tulloch.

SHOW RESULTS: The last RBL Horticultural and Home Produce Society show of the year was held in the village halls last Saturday, September 7. There were over 200 entries from 25 exhibitors in the 80 classes and a fine selection of flowers, fruit and vegetables were on display. In the cookery and preserves section there was ample evidence of the talents of Ringmer cooks. Forty Winks and Boats were the classes in the photographic section and the excellent quality of the entries caused the judge a few headaches. Again Paul Wieczorek was a prolific prize winner gaining 19 first, four second and three third prizes. Consequently he was awarded five trophies: Major Harold Watts Salver, Onion Cup, Courthope Cup, Arthur Peters Cup and the Sam Haffenden Trophy which is awarded for the best exhibit in the show. There were many visitors to the show throughout the afternoon and it is hoped that what they saw will encourage them to participate in next year’s shows. Other first prize winners: Flowers: dahlias, cactus, R Barton; specimen rose, G Fowlie; roses, large flowered, G Fowlie; roses, cluster flowered, G Fowlie, hydrangea, P Ball; perennial flowers, P Ball; any other flowers, G Fowlie; bowl of mixed flowers, J Lyon; flowering plant, E Bowler; foliage plant, V Duckett. Fruit: apples, dessert, J Jackson; apples, cooking, J Jackson, plums, R Peters; blackberries L and W Pratt; raspberries, L and W Pratt; grapes (indoor), J Payne; grapes (outdoor), B Cairns. Vegetables: Beetroot, round, L and W Pratt; tomatoes, cherry, J Badcock; tomatoes, J Payne; squash, R Barton; marrows, P Ball; runner beans, M Jackson; shallots, exhibition, P Ball; shallots, pickling, P Ball; cucumber, P Ball; longest runner bean, P Ball; collection of vegetables, R Barton; flower/fruit/vegetable, J Payne; bunch herbs, culinary, G Fowlie. Flower arranging: Five a Day, H Hobbs; Remember, Remember, J Miller; Clowning Around, V Duckett. Cookery and Preserves: apple and apricot cake, J Miller; Devonshire splits, S Tibbenham; cheese and tomato quiche, R Peters; individual mackerel pate, J Miller; fruit crumble, V Duckett; Viennese fingers, J Miller; jar chutney, V Duckett; jar fruit jelly, R Peters; jar stone fruit jam, R Barton; jar mincemeat, R Barton; jar lemon curd, V Duckett; jar mint jelly, V Duckett; jar pickled vegetables, R Barton; eggs, R Peters. Photographs: Forty Winks, B Cairns; Boats, E Bowler. Other trophy winners: Fuller Cup, most points in flower section, G Fowlie; Carey Cup, most points in fruit section, J Payne; C&M Brown Trophy, most points in flower arranging, J Miller; Mills Trophy, most points in cookery section, R Peters; QEII Golden Jubilee Salver, most points in photographic section, M Berry; Banksian Medal, most points in horticultural section over three shows, P Ball.

Rodmell & Southease

SUMMER: Well rain has come at last and let’s face it we did need it. At least the children had good weather for their summer holidays. This must have saved parents a fortune because sunshine means being able to partake of free things, like picnics, biking, swimming, walking etc all of which are good for you and get children outside, away from TV and electronic gadgets. I’ve seen so many families out walking and cycling this year and it’s a wonderful sight seeing so many happy people.

CRICKET: Rodmell Cricket Club has its end of season cricket match on Sunday. It’s a village match and end of season barbecue. I’m sure they will all enjoy themselves.

TOMORROW, Saturday, is the sponsored bike ride in aid of Sussex Churches Trust. A great many churches throughout Sussex, including Rodmell, will be open and manned by volunteers to welcome cyclists and walkers. It is an interesting and fun event and gives one a chance to see inside some lovely churches.

MUSIC: Also tomorrow, Saturday, Simon D’Souza is back at the Abergavenny Arms, 8pm, with Souzaphonic for another great night of jazz. It’s also Pizza Night, great homemade pizzas at £5.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Service of Matins at Rodmell Church following the old prayer book, keeping us in touch with generations of Rodmell residents who would have used this service.

WI: On Tuesday Rodmell and Southease WI are looking forward to Helen Wettern showing us her Magic Lantern Slides, all taken in this area about 100 years ago. Visitors welcome at 8pm in the village hall.

QUIZ: Saturday September 28, Quiz and Fish and Chip Supper, back by popular request. Tickets £10, to include fish and chips plus a dessert, from Lindy and David Smart (478151). Teams of eight max, bring your drinks, cutlery and plates.

THE BOOK GROUP meets on Monday September 28 in the pub. See

THE COFFEE CLUB meets again on Wednesday September 25, 11am to 12.30pm in the village hall. All welcome.

WHEN I VISIT mum in her care home at Ringmer I often get there when they have their reminiscence discussion time. It is always very interesting, and you can learn a lot about social history from people that have lived in some cases over 100 years. For instance, people like my mother were never paid any money by the government for having had children, their men were at war in many cases and these women just had to get on with life and exist as best they could. Many were also expected to help with the war effort by working on the land, in factories and for charities as well as tending to their family’s needs. I have the greatest respect for my mother and those like her who came through it all. After the war when the men came back, work of course had to go to them, and when the Dole came about you were given two chances to go for a job, if you did not take one of them you did not get paid. How things have changed. Some for the better, some not. The discussions they have about tradespeople and people that sold their wares around the street are also interesting.

CHILLI DAY: The date of Southease Chilli Day has changed again, it is now on Sunday September 29.

THEY SAY things happen in threes. Recently I burnt my arm on the iron, then put my hand in a hornets nest whilst picking up a ball, which gave me fingers looking like sausages, then fell over and bruised myself badly and hurt my ribs.