Parish Pump Lewes - September 14, 2012


GARDEN CLUB: Dr Richard Black is coming to speak to us on the subject Wildlife in Winter: feathers, fur and frost on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. New members and visitors are welcome.

SPRING CLEAN: Last Saturday morning more than 40 volunteers arrived to give the new village hall a spring clean before the winter months set in. Windows and tables cleaned, chairs taken outside and washed down, paintwork and cupboards cleaned inside and out. Whilst outside hedges were cut back, verges cleared of weeds, gravel cleared and grass cut. Wooden posts were erected in front of the entrance as a safety barrier. The WI, besides cleaning all the kitchen appliances, kept the workers provided with refreshments. It was a hot day and very thirsty work so very welcome indeed. A big thank you to all who gave up their time to make the morning a great success.

BRASS FUSION, one of the South’s most entertaining music ensembles, is in concert at Barcombe Village Hall on Sunday October 21 at 2.30pm. The group plays an enjoyable mix of Latin, swing, blues and classical favourites. Admission, on the door, is £5. Refreshments available.

JUNIOR FISHING day tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am in Cornwells Reservoir. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Info Jackie 400110.

KNOWLANDS WOOD: We manage the wood and adjoining farmland as a nature reserve. We welcome visitors but please respect the purpose. To enjoy the butterflies or to see the deer or do some birdwatching, leave the dog behind and come with binoculars and camera. (Nick and Harriet Lear).

FOOTBALL: A Night at the Races 7.30pm on Saturday September 29 at the Royal Oak. Admission £3, includes programme, race card and refreshments. A fun night with substantial prizes and surprises to which everyone is invited. Tickets from the Royal Oak, Kieran Austin, Pete Black, Gareth Clarke or Matt Lloyd. Enquiries 0784 1108291.

BOWLS NEWS: September 5 home to Deanland: Les Line 10 Frank Page 23, John Blackmore 12 Dennis Ganbrell 18, Gus Smith 15 A Thurnbell 12, John Osmond 21 Vic Cheeseman 12. Deanland won 65 to 58. Away to Uckfield: David Newman 19 Brenda Stanley 16, John Osmond 16 Hilary ? 18, Henry Bunney 12 Paul Mcglaglan 29, Jas Osmond 16 Lyn Soper 23. Uckfield won 86 to 63. Sat September 8, Bill Porter Trophy home to Barcombe Short Mat Bowls Club: Jas Osmond 19 Les Line 15, John Osmond 15 Lindsay Burfield 26, Derek Stewart 9 Ian Burfield 17, Shaun Smith 27 John Mitchell 9. Club won this inaugural memorial cup, 70 to 67.


BOWLING CLUB: (Short Mat) has just restarted and would welcome any newcomers who would be interested in joining the club. They meet on Tuesday and Friday evenings, from 7.20pm until 9.45pm, in the hall at Chailey School. To find out more just go along and give it a try or if you prefer you can ring Jean on 01273891215 or Peter on 01825722660 to find out more.

CRICKET: The last league game of 2012 witnessed a win over East Grinstead III and that with other results meant that Chailey finished third, only 11 points behind the promotion places. Having been promoted from Division Three last season it was a brilliant performance. Everyone has played well this season but particular mention goes to Jeremy Blick with the top batting average 37.67, Nick Heater with the best bowling economy and Danny Andrews the most catches. Sunday (friendly) games continue until the end of September and this week’s game is against Newick, at the sportsground, just off the A272, starting at 1pm. This is the last home game of the season, supporters will be made most welcome and refreshments are available.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am with guest speaker Martin Kalule who will give a presentation on his village of Buganga and his work there. Please do go along and support this wonderful young man. There will be a retiring collection which will go towards the Buganga Project. To those in the congregation who would like to have a go at using puppets a training day is being held on Saturday November 10 in the church. The day will be run by a couple from Onewayuk from 9.30am to 4pm. Refreshments will be available and a packed is lunch needed. The price for Chailey folk (12 places) is £8.50 and for others £13.50 (booked in advance) or £17.50 on the day. This will be fun and an opportunity for everyone to have a go with puppets and enact scripts. To book your place contact Teresa on 01825 722586 as soon as possible. Café Church is at the village hall on Sunday from 9am, there will be free tea coffee, squash, croissants and pastries and from 9.30am to 10.15am activities for all ages. Also Traidcraft items will be on sale. At 6.15pm there will be a service with John Goodway at the Free Church, South Chailey. For more information call 01444 471600.

SHEFFIELD PARK and its gardens is the illustrated talk by Andy Jesson, Head Gardener, on the gardens under his care on Thursday at 7.30pm at the village hall. The talk has been organised by the Commons Society and all are welcome to attend. For more information call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

CLEAR-UP of St Peters churchyard is planned for Saturday September 22 from 10am to about 4pm and all help will be gratefully received. The day will involve strimming, clearing saplings and ivy and other tidying up jobs. There will be a free ploughmans lunch for all those who come along to help. Please sign up on the sheet in church or let Teresa know on 01825 722586 if you can help.

OPEN EVENING for prospective parents at Chailey School, a comprehensive secondary school catering for about 750 pupils, takes place on Thursday September 27 from 7pm to 9pm. There will also be Open Mornings on Monday October 1 and Thursday October 4 between 9am and 11am. For more information call 01273 890407.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CORRECTION: Last week I reported that tickets would be available for the concert for the Gambia Nursery School, but having spoken to Tony Shephard he has told me that this year entrance money will be taken at the door.

WHOOPS: The Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators could be forgiven for thinking it was an April Fools prank as having recently delivered the September Lewes Town and Rural N Watch Association Newsletter, we all received another batch on Saturday with a farewell message from the district commander wishing us all a happy, healthy and safe Christmas, dated December 2011. We have of course all had a good laugh. No names mentioned but one thought they had got to go and deliver another lot until I told them to look at the date and the picture of the very seasonal holly leaf that adored the message. Someone will get their knuckles rapped.

COOKERY COURSE Thursday at the village hall, Beechwood Lane, 11.55am. Look at the Hamsey website for details, the Hamsey News or the notice boards around the parish.

ADVANCE NOTICE: Harvest Supper, Friday October 5 at 7pm. Following the success of last year, St Peter’s Church will again be holding a traditional Harvest Supper in the church hall. Tickets are limited to 40 so please contact Judith Bastide as soon as possible to secure your place on 474356. The menu will be home made soup, ham, jacket potatoes and salad, home made apple pie and coffee. Cost £9 (£5 children) to include a glass of wine or soft drink.

LITTER LOUTS: I recently came across an old 1930s book entitled The Wayfarer’s Book, and having recently written about litter being dumped at various locations around the parish, I found the following notice which was to be seen near Otford in Kent which reads as follows: Resemble not the slimy snails. That with their filth record their trails. Let it be said where you have been. You leave the face of nature clean. Maybe a few of those placed in some prominent positions around the parish may well stop people in their tracks.

BUTTERFLIES: During this spell of wonderful weather I have seen so many lovely butterflies, the reason being that I have an abundance of buddleia bushes, most of them self seeded over the years, which are now quite large and have had wonderful blooms this year. These have attracted a wide variety of butterflies and on one a humming bird hawk moth. At the weekend I spotted an orange tipped butterfly which I have not seen for some years, and the chalkhill blue along with some really beautiful red admirals, several fritillary’s some small tortoiseshells and just when I had not got the camera near at hand, there was a wonderful peacock butterfly on the white buddleia bush. Although I have been dead heading where I can reach, I have now stopped as a few evenings ago I spotted a whole lot of tiny birds which were obviously getting the seeds or insects from the dead heads. I never realised until I read a piece in this old wayfarer’s book that buddleias originate from China where they are known as the Purple Buddle Bush, buddleia amplissima, or summer lilac. Having seen a new red variety my aim is to find one to add to the lovely array of purples and whites that I have already.

BIRDS: Having seen all the wonderful butterflies recently I have spotted some different birds joining the nut feeders which include a beautiful pair of nuthatches which I have never seen here before. My granddaughter spent most of the weekend sitting in a hide in my garden with her camera as she wanted to get pictures of the fox and the birds, especially the nuthatches and lesser spotted woodpeckers. Unfortunately a fox did not appear but she managed to get some good shots of birds. I told her she would need to stay until it was dusk or get up very early in the morning if she wanted to see a badger or a fox. Better than sitting at a computer for hours.

NETTLES: I also found in this fascinating little wayfarers book a piece about stinging nettles and what an interesting plant it was, but it was the following that caught my eye: Tender-handed stroke a nettle, and it stings you for your pains; Grasp it like a man of mettle, and as soft as silk remains.


CONCERT: At 7.30pm on Sunday September 23 the Fayrfax Singers and Orchestra will return to St John sub Castro Church for their annual choral concert. This year they are to present an all-Buckner programme, with six of his famous motets accompanied by brass and organ, and the mighty (if seldom performed) Mass in F minor, for four soloists, choir and large orchestra. The concert will be conducted by Nick Milner-Gulland, and the stellar quartet of soloists will be Helen-Jane Howells, Clarissa Meek, David Rendall and Ed Hawkins. Tickets (£12) are available from 01273 480189, or online at or at the door.

ART AND MUSIC: A concert evening exploring links between visual art and music, 8pm Sept 21 at Wellngham Barn, Wellingham Lane BN8 5SW by kind permission of Mr Ian Askew. The Shola Cantorum of St Pancras, Lewes, Monteverdi, Botticelli Palestrina, Fra Angelico, Josquin. In aid f the parish of St Pancras in particular the fund for Choral and Organ Scholarships. Tickets £10 (£5 concessions) to include a glass of fizz afterwards available from 01273 473309 or via or from the Presbytery, St Pancras Church.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday August 28 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Jill Higham and Sheila Cripps; 2, Peter Gannon and Meic Goodyear; 3, Richard Burnett and Janet Cattermole. September 4: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Peter Cattermole and Richard Pearson; 3, Ann Wykeham and Susan Louis. Thursday August 30: 1, Alan Disney and Susan Louis; 2, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole; 3, Meic Goodyear and Janet Cattermole, Ron and Margaret Buddery. September 6: 1, Babs Sears and Pam Brook; 2, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 3, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

TABLE TOP SALE in aid of St John’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, in Cliffe Church Hall, behind St Thomas’ Church, 9.30am to 1.30pm. Cakes and jams, books, glass, CD’s, cards of Lewes, bric-a-brac and more. Refreshments available all morning. Admission free, all welcome.

THE OPEN ECO HOUSES on Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23, show ways to save energy and money by learning from what a wide variety of other householders have done. On Landport, an ordinary semi has reduced its energy use drastically, cutting its carbon emissions by 70 percent. The owner prioritised the most cost effective measures such as thick insulation, and the latest addition has been a large array of solar electric panels, by means of a loan from Parity Trust. These provide free power during the day with the excess sold to the grid. Other houses include an architect-designed new house on Cuilfail and two Victorian terraced houses, in South Street and St Swithun’s Terrace. These have all achieved reductions of 80 to 90 percent in their emissions, with huge savings on bills. There are many ingenious and cheap ways to make improvements, even in the conservation area. In all, 10 houses in and around Lewes are opening their doors during the weekend. For more detailed information including opening times, there are free brochures at the library, Tourist Information Centre and many shops and other places. Or visit The brochures also have details of free insulation available to any householder who applies before October 31.

OVESCO ENERGY FAIRF or solar generation, insulation, wood stoves, ground source heat pumps and more, visit the OVESCO Energy Fair in Cliffe Precinct tomorrow, Saturday. Find out more about what could be applied in your home or business, and there’s fun for kids of all ages on the famous bike generator.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our two recent walks have explored the areas around Firle and Bishopstone. On Bank Holiday Monday, 18 of us set off from Firle Village car park and walked through Firle Estate park and on up to the Old Coach Road. After a mile, we turned off to start the steep ascent up to Firle Beacon. The wild flowers were particularly lovely on this downland- a mixture of blues and purples with bright yellow providing a contrast. Sadly, there weren’t many bees or butterflies to be seen. Once at the top, we had a well-earned refreshment break before carrying on along the South Downs Way from where we had magnificent views all around. We then walked down a chalky path back into Firle Village stopping off at the two venues that were open for Artwave. A smaller group of us then had an excellent lunch at the Ram Inn.

We went by train to Bishopstone for our last walk and then followed an easy, mainly flat route over fields and shady wooded paths towards Denton and Newhaven. After crossing the busy A259 we took a coffee break in the Ouse Estuary Nature Reserve. After crossing the railway we walked through the ruins of Tide Mills to reach the beach and continued back to Bishopstone where we enjoyed a picnic on the beach before returning to Lewes by train.

The next walk is an all-day walk on Wednesday, Broad Oak, Heathfield. Meet at top North Street car park at 9.30am with a picnic.

PRE-BONFIRE MEETING: Southover Bonfire Society members and new members pre-bonfire meeting, Southover Church Hall, St James Street on Tuesday, 7pm to 10pm. Pop in any time and take this opportunity to meet committee members and Pioneer Chiefs to discuss roles, duties and plans for November 5. Discover why and where we march and where to get your costumes for the march or just take this chance to get to know your committee better and to learn how you can enjoy and contribute your time, energies and ideas to your bonfire society.

REHEARSALS: The East Sussex Community Choir will commence rehearsals on Monday at 7.30pm at the Performing Arts Centre, Sussex Downs College. We welcome all new members, whether you have some choral experience or you have never sung in a choir. Don’t worry if you can’t read music, our aim is to sing, perform and have fun.


SCHOOL got off to a good start last week after a lovely Welcome Assembly where each class introduced themselves and their teachers through actions or rhymes based on their class names (eg Year 6 are called Purple Penguins). There was a special welcome for two new teachers: Ms Hadley and Ms O’Neill (teaching years 3/4 and 4) who begin the year with the very best wishes of the whole school. There have been favourable comments on the Hall floor, newly sanded in the holidays and the school looks forward to a group of new first years coming in for the first time this Thursday. The South Malling Wanderers, doubtless inspired by our wonderful summer of sport, have already begun to use the field for training. They are keen to have more players from the local community, so under 11s who might be interested should contact Lisa Ashwood on 07723924825. You will be very welcome. The Head has given me a sneak preview of the the first Newsletter of the year to go to parents and Alan Velecky, the Chair of Governors (and a Malling parent) talks about building on last year’s successes, confident that the school has, ‘a lively and committed group of parents’ and ‘a fabulous bunch of children who are ready and keen to learn. What a gold medal winning combination.’

COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: Last Saturday’s 1940s night was wonderful and enjoyed by everyone who attended, including new people in the area. People had a chance to learn The Stroll and more experienced dancers to show off their moves and expertise for those watching on the sidelines. A really good sign is that people now want more such events. The management committee are keen to get ideas about what people would like. You can use Twitter@mallinCA or Facebook Malling Community Organisation via the website or ring the Chairman, Liz Alsobrook on 01273 478301. The Centre is always keen to hear from anyone with ideas about how to provide worthwhile facilities and activities for our community. In this respect, you may have seen a Planning Notice about Change of Use for the old Bridge View Social Club. East Sussex County Council, with Lewes Town Council and The Community Association are considering a proposal to develop a children’s centre here to support local families, a much needed facility. You might not want to hear this yet, but plans are afoot to hold another Christmas Fair in response to requests after the success of last year. Details later.

PARISH CHURCH: A good number of walkers and cyclists found their way to the Parish Church last weekend as part of the Ride and Stride pilgrimage in aid of the Sussex Historical Churches Trust. It was a beautiful day, and the sun shone especially brightly on the wedding of Emma Ward and Roy Barrey. Cyclists were side-lined for this very special and happy occasion. Guests in wedding wear, including grey morning suits for the men and a lovely, traditional white wedding dress with veil for the bride, obviously enjoyed themselves singing All things bright and beautiful, which they were. It was altogether a brilliant day for a wedding. Tomorrow, Saturday, morning people will be in working in the churchyard, tidying it and preparing for autumn and winter. Anyone with spare time available between 9am and noon is welcome to come and help. Sunday’s service this week is Morning Prayer and begins at 9.30am. All are welcome.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Village Hall, Ditchling 10.35am to 10.55am; Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 11.15am to 11.45am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.45pm; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.50pm to 1.20pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2.25pm to 2.50pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 3pm to 3.40pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.50pm to 4.20pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.15am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.45am to 11.15am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.45am to 12.05pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 12.15pm to 12.40pm; South Rough, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm; Oldaker, Newick 2.25pm to 2.55pm.


OLYMPIC PARK: We had a fantastic time at the Olympic Park Wednesday. The atmosphere was electric, the organisation of everything was really impressive and Olympic stadium was outstanding. The courage and spirit of these young athletes was so inspiring and very humbling. I hope the summer Olympics stay in the memories of everyone when it comes to next year’s Sports Day on Nevill Green. Remember it’s for all children in the qualifying age brackets.

LAST WEEK the Sussex Express featured and article about hedges and grass verges. It stated the local council was responsible for cutting back hedges of council tenants but not private tenants which is fair enough but it then went onto say they had given the grass verges an extra cut this year. I assume this to mean the grass banks alongside the pavements also as they have just done them again, but has anyone noticed how they leave all the weeds so they only actually cut half the bank. Then each time they cut the banks again, the weeds have spread even more and they actually cut less and less of the banks and then they end up as weed banks instead of lovely grass one. What’s that all about? Do the workmen not know the difference between a flower and a weed?

SUMMER SHOW: The St Mary’s Gardening Club held its annual Summer Show at the St Mary’s Social Centre on Saturday September 1. With the bad weather this summer taking its toll we were delighted that there was a very creditable display of vegetables, fruit and flowers as well as some very good cookery and flower arranging exhibits. The show is open to all and is not restricted to members only and people can enter as few or as many classes as they wish. The show secretary would like to thank everybody who helped to make the show a success especially those who served tea and cake to us all. We were pleased to welcome the Mayor, Councillor Michael Chartier and his wife Monica Chartier 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 Banksian Medal. Well done, Christine. The Peter and Joan Russell Memorial Bowl was won by Edith Hall, the Walter Cookery Cup by Monica Botting and the French Cup by Vicki Trenhaile. Certificates for Best Vegetable went to Anne Brown, Best Fruit to John Geall and Best Flower to Christine Gibson and the overall winner was Anne Brown who received the Charlie Earl Cup for her beautiful cherry tomatoes. The winner of the best flower arrangement certificate was Pat Elliott. The Children’s Cup under 8 years went to Ellie Jupp and the over 8 years cup to William Kay.

Winners of individual classes are as follows: Potatoes (red), Vicki Trenhaile; potatoes (white), John Geall; potatoes (salad), J Geall; runner beans, Christine Gibson; beetroot, Mick Taylor; chilli peppers, Stephen French; carrots, M Taylor; tomatoes, M Taylor; cherry tomatoes, Anne Brown; shallots under 1”, J Geall; shallots (medium), M Taylor; onions (sets), Cyril Bates; onions (from seed), M Taylor; courgettes, C Gibson; any other vegetable, V Trenhaile; 3 herbs, C Gibson; trug of vegetables, M Taylor. Bird Trophy, Rosemary Sells and great granddaughter Ellie Jupp; plate of salad, M Taylor; apples (desset), M Taylor; apples (cooking), M Taylor; berry fruit, J Geall; any other fruit, M Taylor; rose, Edith Hall; dahlia (cactus), R Sells; dahlia (decorative), R Sells; dahlia (specimen), Christopher Gibson; chrysanthemum, Brenda Greenaway; vase of any other flower, Pat Mitchell; asters, C Gibson; begonias, B Greenaway; marigolds, C Gibson; penstemons, C Gibson; stem or spray of flowers, E Hall; geranium, P Mitchell; flowering pot plant, V Trenhaile; non flowering pot plant, B Greenaway; cacti, B Greenaway; fuschia, P Mitchell; soft fruit jam, R Sells; stone fruit jam, Monica Botting; mixed fruit jam, V Trenhaile; fruit jelly, R Sells; fruit cake, M Botting; Anzac biscuits, A Brown; apple pie, M Botting; savoury tartlets, M Botting; date slices, M Botting; photo An English Country Lane, P Mitchell; photo Still Life, V Trenhaile; an item of handicraft, A Soudain; children under 8 years photo, Ellie Jupp; edible necklace:,E Jupp; children over 8 years photo, Willliam Kay; fork biscuits, Daniel Kay; petite arrangement, P Elliott; arrangement Going for Gold, M Botting; arrangement of nursery rhyme, P Elliott; arrangement in a tankard, Christopher Gibson; arrangement of berries and grasses, C Gibson; arrangement of flowers and foliage from garden, A Brown; largest onion, M Taylor; heaviest potato, V Trenhaile; largest tomato, C Gibson; longest runnr bean, M Taylor.

ECO HOUSE weekend on Nevill three houses are opening their doors on Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23, 11am to 1pm and again 2pm to 4pm as part of the Lewes Open Eco House Weekend. Sparrow House is the well-known (and award-winning) architect-designed new house on Windover Crescent, built with natural materials including local wood and fitting well into its small plot. The others are both 1930s houses. 45 South Way is a semi, being gradually refurbished by its owners. So far, they have installed both solar hot water and solar electric panels, and insulated the cavity walls and the loft with the aid of the grants still available until the end of October. There is a wood-burning stove in the centre of the house to distribute the heat throughout the house. Carbon emissions have already been cut by 77 percent, and more changes are planned, including secondary glazing on the Crittall windows. 1A Middle Way is a detached bungalow which has been modernised and renovated over two years, with maximum insulation incorporated at the same time. There are solar electric panels, a wood-burning stove and a vegetable garden fed by five water butts and emissions have been cut. Free brochures are available at Nevill shops, the library, Tourist Information Centre and many other places in town. Or visit They also have details of free insulation available to any householder who applies before 31st October.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, after the first meeting of Christ Church Tots this term between 9.30am and 11.30am we are holding our monthly Friendship Lunch. Do pop along for a ploughman’s lunch with us. Morning worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Stuart Dew and Evening Worship at 6.30pm will be led by Rev Geoffrey Whitfield and will include Holy Communion. On Wednesday between 9.30am and 11am our Little Fishes Group for pre school children and their carers will be meeting, please drop in if you are interested in attending.


BOWLS: The bowls club are playing away tomorrow, Saturday, against St Francis. On Sunday they will be playing at home against Asastra. Both games will commence at 2.30pm. The club have a busy week ahead, on Tuesday they play Henfield away and on Wednesday they are playing at home against St Anne’s Well. Both games start at 2pm. On Friday a very special game, Fish and Chip Drive, commencing at 2.30pm. This will be the end of the outdoor season.

THE CRICKETERS have a short journey to Chailey on Sunday. This match will commence at 1pm.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s on Sunday are Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am, and at 10.30am there will be Informal Morning Worship. Lifts to church must be booked in advance on 01825 722582.

SUPPER QUIZ: This year the annual Supper Quiz, raising funds for the church, will be held on Friday September 21 at 7pm in Newick Primary School hall. Tickets are £10 each, to include super. Each team to comprise of six people. Please take your own drink along.

WEATHER: I hope you all enjoyed the lovely sunny weather we had during the first week of September. Autumn is gradually creeping upon us, dark evenings and mornings, with a lot of mist around and the spiders working overtime making lovely designs with their webs. By the time you read this column the weather will be back to normal, wet and cooler, but just around the corner will be the beautiful autumn colours.


SHOWTIME: Tomorrow (Saturday) will herald the Horticultural Society’s Autumn Show in the village hall at 2pm. Blooms, vegetables, plants, flower arrangements, cookery, handicrafts, wines and more will be on display for the delight of all. The colours and variety of exhibits are always a joy to behold, so just pop along, take it all in and possibly get some gardening tips. Naturally there will be cakes, refreshments, tombola and probably some stalls to add to it all.

EXERCISE GALORE: The Footpath Society will assemble at Phoenix car park, Lewes TQ421 103) on Sunday at 1.30pm ready to set off on a walk covering five to six miles taking in Chapel Hill and the golf course, then on to Mount Caburn with the return via Mill Road. There will be some steep climbs involved, so not a trek for the feint hearted. Ring 01273 477336 if you want to know more.

SUNDAY SCHOOL: Plumpton and East Chiltington Sunday School will be open in All Saints’ church annexe on Sunday at 10.30am. All children will be warmly welcomed.

ANYONE FOR TENNIS? On Sunday it will be finals day at Plumpton Tennis Club with the first match kicking off at 10am. If you are not playing but have an interest in the game you will be most welcome to go along and join in the festivities of the day. It should prove a peasant social occasion for players and spectators alike. The club will be staging one of its ever popular quiz nights on October 13 that will also include supper. If you want to find out more simply ring 01273 890002 and ask to speak to the Pest. If you do so, it will prove that at least one person reads this column and may even get you a ringside seat.

NO MERGER: Last week some people asked why I had not written a column. In fact I had, but the heading Plumpton was in very small type, thus making it easy to assume that my words were part of the Newick column. Let me confess that this was probably down to me as I submitted a late entry that the production team obligingly fitted in, but in the shuffling around it seems the heading Plumpton got reduced in size. Our village is not about to merge with Newick and Piers Morgan will vouch for the fact that I would move heaven and earth to resist such a proposal, particularly as we play a much higher standard of cricket here.

MORE FLOWERS: On Wednesday the Flower Club will hold a meeting with a demonstration entitled Strictly Flowers. Non members will be welcomed. It will all happen in the village hall at 7.30pm.

OPEN ECO HOUSE: On 22 and 23 September a number of eco houses in the Lewes area will be open for folk to view and 2 Holly Cottages, St Helena Lane, Plumpton will be one of them. Now this is not one of those ultra modern inventions, but a home built in 1864 that sports solid walls and features leaky windows. However the owners have found ingenious ways to reduce energy use and considerably cut carbon emissions. The efforts include secondary double glazing, dry lining, solar electric panels and a ground source heat pump. If you would like to find out more just pop along between 11am and 1pm or 2pm and 4pm on either day. More of the event is contained in free brochures at the local store or on

JUMBLE OLYMPICS: The thrills of the Olympics and Paralympics may be over but the thrill of the chase returns to Plumpton on Saturday next week (September 22) when Plumpton resumes its role as the international centre for the best in jumble sales. This time it will be a sale organised by the Plumpton Support Group for St Peter and St James Hospice and will feature top quality jumble, teas, cakes, tombola and all the trimmings. Go along to enjoy this post summer bonanza, pick up some quality bargains, support your local hospice, then relax over a cuppa, have a chat and gloat over your pickings. If you have some items to donate for sale, please take them along to the hall during the morning of the day of the sale.

A GREAT SUPPER: The Harvest Supper staged by the Friends of Plumpton College last weekend was a great success. There were 74 diners who enjoyed a superior meal based on local produce with the added bonus that funds were raised for the college charitable foundation. The organisers are grateful to all who helped make it a success through attendance or support in other ways.


STOOLBALL: The club are having their end of season Quiz Night tonight, Friday, in the cricket club bar commencing at 7.30pm. Teams of four people. Food and raffle. All welcome.

JUMBLE SALE in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. Please bring any jumble you wish to donate to the hall between 10am and 11am tomorrow morning.

FOOTBALL: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are back in cup action. Their second round FA Vase match against Littlehampton Town kicks off at The Caburn Ground at 3pm. The second team also have a cup match as they play Cuckfield FC Away in the second round of the Mid Sussex Charity Cup. On Tuesday the first team return to league action with an away fixture at AFC Uckfield with kick off at The Oaks being at 7.45pm. On Friday, September 21, the second team have a reserve section premier league match away to Crowborough and kick off at The Beacon is 7.45pm. Finally on the football front, the Veterans ease themselves gently into the new season with a friendly match on Sunday, 11am kick off at The Caburn Ground. Away from football tickets are now on sale for the Comedy Night at the club on Saturday, September 29, just go to or pop into the club. Finally a reminder for members that the annual general meeting takes place on Monday at The Caburn Pavilion at 7.30pm for an 8pm prompt start.

CRICKET: Last week Ringmer lost to Heathfield Park in the semi-final. Heathfield scored 249 and Ringmer replied with 230. On Sunday it is the last match of the season against Unicorns on The Green starting at 1pm.

MOTHERS’ UNION: At its meeting on Tuesday in the Church Room at 7.30pm the speaker will be the Revd Peter Clark who will be talking about his Secular Chaplaincy work. This should be a most interesting meeting and it is hoped for a good attendance.

MEET YOUR PCSO: On Wednesday, at the weekly Coffee Break in the Rogers Room of the village hall PCSO Gareth Freeston will be attending for people to speak to him in person. Gareth is our local Police Community Support Officer. Any time you want to contact Gareth he can be contacted at Lewes Police Station by telephoning 101, ext 40526 or by mobile on 07787685709 whilst on duty.

SINGALONG Group re-commences on Wednesday in the Church Room. It is held every Wednesday (except the second Wednesday of each month) from 2.30pm to 4pm. Everyone welcome so if you enjoy singing do go along.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on September 5: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Jenny Charman and Michael Slot; 3, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

DELTA COFFEE MORNING on Saturday September 22 in the village hall between 10am and noon. There will be a tombola, raffle and cake stall. Everyone welcome.

BARN DANCE, Hog Roast and Barbecue at Gote Fram on Saturday September 22 from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Admission is only £5 for adults and £1 for school age children (children must be accompanied by an adult). Do try to get along to dance to Gill Howell and her band Spirit of the Dance. The hog has been kindly donated by May’s Farm Cart and will be cooked under the watchful of eyes of Matt and Glenn of the Green Man and William Murray. The Ringmer Primary HSA would like to thank, Suzanne and Will, Maxine and Ivan, Matt and Glenn, William and Qik toilets for their generous donations of time and resources. Don’t miss out on this wonderful evening. For tickets please phone 813860/812463 or collect from the school where they will be on sale every school day.

CONCERT: On Sunday, September 23, at 3pm in St. Mary’s Church the Zaffre Duo (Anne Hodgson on flute and Sally Course on harp) invite you to a tea time feast of music through the centuries. There are no tickets but a retiring collection in aid of St. Mary’s and Myeloma. Tea and cakes will be served in the Church Room after the concert. It is hoped there will be a good audience to support this event and children are very welcome.

PLASTIC BOTTLES: Ringmer Primary School is building a greenhouse using recycled plastic bottles. This is almost the final part of its Eco-School Action Project for the prestigious Green Flag award. If you can collect any bottles (clear, two litre only) in the next few weeks and bring them to the school that would be a great help. About 1000 are needed altogether. Also, they would like to say they have a special notice board at the entrance to the school which can be used by anyone in Ringmer to advertise eco and sustainable community information. Notices should be sent to the school office. Further information from Michael Hobdon on 07875110058.

HORITCULTURAL SHOW: RBL Horticultural and Home Produce society held their last show of the year in the village halls last Saturday, September 8. Due to the vagaries of the weather this year the number of entries was fewer than previous years, but there was still a fine display of flowers, fruit and vegetables. In the cookery and preserves section there was ample evidence of the talents of Ringmer cooks. Market or Bazaar and Three of a Kind were the classes in the photographic section and there were numerous excellent entries. The awards this year were dominated by just two exhibitors, Paul Wieczorek and Moira Meredith. Paul won 17 first, 12 second and three third prizes and Moira 15 first, five second and four third prizes. Consequently they were awarded the following trophies: Paul – Harold Watts Salver, Courthope Cup, Arthur Peters Cup. Moira – Fuller Cup and they shared the Onion Cup. The Banksian Medal (awarded by the RHS) was won by Moira. Other winners were. Flowers: One specimen rose, G Fowlie; roses, large flowered, E Bowler; roses, cluster flowered, G Fowlie; hydrangea, G Fowlie; any other flowers, G Fowlie; bowl mixed flowers, J Lyon; flowering plant, J Miller; foliage plant, V Duckett; fuchsia, B Cairns.

Fruit: Apples, dessert, J Payne; apples, cooking, J Payne; pears, G Fowlie; plums, G Fowlie; grapes (indoor), J Payne; grapes (outdoor), B Cairns; apple (largest circumference), J Payne.

Vegetables: Leeks, V Duckett; shallots (exhibition), P Ball; shallots (pickling), P Ball, heaviest marrow, P Ball; collection of vegetables, P Ball; any other vegetable, D Matthews; bunch of herbs, E Robins.

Flower Arrangements: Ripple Effect, J Fowlie; Go Green, A Keeping; Last Pickings, V Duckett.

Cookery and Preserves: Marmalade cake, S James; granary rolls, R Peters; mince pies, R Peters; mushroom pate, S Tibbenham; Eve’s Pudding, S James; Melting Moments, J Miller; jar chutney, V Duckett; jar fruit jelly, S James; jar stonefruit jam, S James; jar mincemeat, S James; jar lemon curd, V Duckett; jar mint jelly, V Duckett, six eggs, H Hobbs.

Photos: Market or Bazaar, M Berry; Three of a Kind, E Bowler.

Other trophy winners: Carey Cup, most points in fruit section, B Cairns; C&M Brown Trophy, most points in flower arranging, J Fowlie; Mills Trophy, most points in cookery and preserve section, S James; Sam Haffenden Trophy, S Payne; QEII Golden Jubilee Salver, most points in photographic class, M Berry.

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HARVEST SUPPER: Tickets are now available for the Harvest Supper in the village hall, on Friday October 5 at 7.15pm. Price £8. Phone 475756 for your reservation. This is always a lovely evening with tasty food and a great atmosphere. Tickets go quickly so be warned to avoid disappointment.

IT IS NICE to be asked if I want tickets to the next Leaky Buckets rave at Iford. I could not go last time but hope to make it with two friends this time. It is a private affair by invitation and pre-booked tickets and profit will be donated to Max’s chosen charity, Circles Network Lewes Saturday Club (a friendship and short break group of adults with learning difficulties).

FRENCH STICK: It was with some surprise I found a French Stick loaf on my garden today, Monday. It must have been a fox, or a rally big bird that dropped it, and when I picked it up several of those revolting large yellow slugs had been making a meal of it. There seem to be so many of them about this year.

THANK YOU: May I say a big thank you to Greg, of Kingston, who so kindly rescued two of my B&Bs who had got lost on the south Downs Way, in the dark, came down at Kingston, knocked on Greg’s door and told him where they needed to get to and could be call a taxi for them. He did better than that, he drove them over to me. A really good Samaritan to Aussie Adam and his 12 year old son Lucas. Thanks Greg. Evidently he knew me via the Parish Pump, the power of the press yet again.

VISIT: I had a really nice day out on Wednesday September 5 when I went with my cousin June to Tidebrook Manor near Wadhurst which I’m told was at one time the home of Reginald Bosanquet the news reader. It was in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care which I support. We had lovely coffee and cakes and a tour of the beautiful gardens which have spectacular views. It is tucked well out of the way along a tiny lane and was quite hard to find, but worth the effort.

TELSCOMBE: I intended to go to Telscombe Village this weekend, as they had a lot going on there, but as my gardener was on holiday in France, I needed to do quite a lot of clearing up around the garden whilst the weather was good so in the end did not find the time. I’m sure it went well as it was the most lovely weekend.

HEDGE LAYING: It was lovely to see a group of men at Iford obviously doing a hedge laying competition on Saturday. The hedge along the main road looks superb. It’s an old craft but is still popular. I had our hedge done some years ago.

WEBSITE: For any reader who want to keep up with what is on in Rodmell you can find out by checking, the Rodmell website.

I’M BUSY at the moment re-planting all my pots of bulbs for the spring. As I was lazy in not putting tags in them last year I don’t always know what bulbs they are. I’m OK knowing crocus, daffodils tulips etc but there are some I’m not sure of, so they will be pot luck pots.

CLEARING UP: I quite like the clearing up jobs of autumn and we’ve certainly been having some lovely weather. The goats stable has had a good clear out with the result of a nice heap of manure for the spring and I raked up and bagged eight large bags of hay off the field for the winter for him. I hope to do more next weekend. Apples and pears are scarce this year but blackberries are in abundance so I spent some time picking those on Sunday. Rodmell Wood Club has worked hard in our field this summer to cut up and bag wood, which I hear will be delivered soon so we can be prepared for what the winter will throw at us.

CHIMNEY SWEEP: I had the chimney for the wood-burner swept last week. The sweep had quite a few to do in Rodmell and turned up an hour late because he’d forgotten where I was in the queue. It now costs £54 to have the sweep. A bit different from the old days. This one did a good job and spent around an hour working on ours getting a lot of soot down. Gardeners used to love soot for their gardens. I wonder is it still used a lot?

TILES: Having had part of the roof repaired lately (not before time) I now have a pile of old tiles to get rid of. If anyone is doing a renovation job on their house and has the patience to pick them up and clean them off they are welcome to come and get them. Please phone first (early mornings or evenings are best) 01273 476876.