Parish pump Lewes - September 19, 2014


THE FLOWER FESTIVAL raised a splendid £1,370. Congratulations to all those involved.

WHIST DRIVE at Bishopstone Parish Hall tomorrow, Saturday, starting at7.30pm. Admission £2.50 including refreshments. This event is suitable for all abilities and is in aid of the Parish Hall.

TIDE MILLS community beach clean at 10am on Sunday. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. The beach clean usually lasts two hours.


JUMBLE SALE to raise much needed funds for the Bonfire Society is at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 11am. There will be good as new, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated and can be brought to the hall on the day from 9am or on Friday night from 7pm. To make arrangements for collection call Trevor on 891008.

LIKE TO KNOW MORE about Chailey Heritage Foundation? Then do go along to their stall at the Uckfield Fire Station Charity Fun Day tomorrow, Saturday.

ST PETER’S CHURCH services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Harvest Service at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. Owing to the commencement of the building and re-ordering programme there will be no access to the church from Monday mornings until Friday evenings. Weekend accessibility will be as usual.

CAFÉ CHURCH is at the village hall this Sunday at 9.30am with Erik Cornellise. At 6.15pm there will be a service with Giles Woodcraft at the Free Church. For more information call 01444 471600.

OPEN MORNING for prospective parents at Chailey School is on Tuesday between 9am and 11am. Call 01273 890407 for more information.

THE CLUB is open every Wednesday at Futures@Chailey Heritage from 6pm to 8pm and is aimed at 16 to 25 year olds with either physical or learning disabilities; although friends without disability are always welcome. The Club has fantastic facilities for those with disabilities and offers a variety of activities that give the opportunity to learn new skills, build confidence, socialise as well as having fun and making new friends. There will be movie nights, creative arts, cooking and discos. Entrance to The Club is £5 a session, which includes light refreshments. For more information call 01273 723 723 or visit

OPEN MIC NIGHT: Take your chance to get up and sing at the Open Mic Night at the Five Bells on Thursday. On Friday September 26 Paul Richards will be playing the Spanish guitar to accompany a Tapas Evening. More details are available on 01825 722259.

YOUTH GROUP meet at the village hall on Friday September 26 from 7.30pm to 9pm; when the Women’s Institute will be helping make jam tarts and gingerbread men. The group always welcome new members (aged 10 to 15 years) and anyone who would like to see what they do at their meetings (which include activities such as table tennis, pool, air hockey, football table and a tuck shop) will be made most welcome. For more information contact Gemma Kybert on 07843410895.

50TH ANNIVERSARY of Chailey Commons Society is being celebrated with an exhibition at the village hall on Saturday September 27 from 11am to 4pm. There will be arts and artefacts; an exhibition of Chailey Commons in paintings, drawings, photographs, old maps and more. Plus free refreshments all day. For those who join the Society on the day they will be given their first year’s membership free.

VACANCIES FOR VOLUNTEERS: The Bluebell Railway. The first post is that of a Filming Facilities Manager who will act as the primary conduit with film/TV production companies. To manage, at a strategic level, the work necessary to ensure efficient and safe delivery of location facilities. This job will entail the negotiation of the overall contract, including liaison at the early stages to establish the producer’s requirements. The post will report to, and work with, the Operations Manager. Work undertaken for this type of customer is often charged on to the producer and while this is a volunteer post some remuneration may be available on an ad hoc basis. The second post is a Film Liaison Officer (FLO) who is responsible for the day-to-day delivery of agreed filming location contracts and will form the daily conduit of communication with producers at a given location. The post is safety-critical because the job holder will deliver the contract at a tactical level, utilising an efficient and safe approach. At this stage the intention is to appoint one primary post holder, although each contract requires at least one FLO per location so this recruitment process will establish a pool of potential officers. This post reports to the Filming Facilities Manager, under the overall charge of the Operations Manager. Again, work undertaken for this type of customer is often charged on to the producer and while this is a volunteer post some remuneration may be available on an ad hoc basis. Contact Lisa Boyle (01825 724884) in the Finance and Administration Office for an application form. Closing date for applications is September 30.

PARISH MAGAZINE, there are three rounds for which replacement distributors are sought. The routes that need to be covered are South Chailey, the Bevern Bridge area (25 magazines) which takes about 25 minutes and Shepherds Way (37 magazines) which take about half an hour. Also the houses around North Common (20 magazines) which takes about an hour and is a very pleasant walk. You don’t have to live on the route or even go to church to deliver them. If you can’t pick the magazines up from the church arrangements can be made for them to be delivered to you. If you are able to help with this call Chris Jones on 01444 831244.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

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

DON’T FORGET: The Roving Crows will be performing at the village hall on Saturday, September 27, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 or £8 for senior citizens or students. There will be a full bar. For more information or to book tickets contact Karen Dodd on 07816 063385 or email

NEWSLETTER: Lewes Town and rural N Watch Association. One or two reports to mention. In recent months the police have received contact from residents within Lewes district who have reported concerns about door-to-door sales people and doorstep scams. The police are working daily with local council and partner agencies to raise awareness around these issues, to support our communities and encourage the reporting of suspicious activity. One scheme which has proved to be both popular and successful in Seaford is designated No Cold Calling area set up after public consultation. Following the success of the scheme in Seaford, other areas have also elected for No Cold Calling zones to be set up. As there have been several incidents reported from this parish, perhaps a resident or the parish council will contact PCSO Sally-Ann Reed to suggest the scheme for our area.

JAG FUNDING: Property continues to be stolen and it is often difficult to trace, as often serial numbers are not recorded. Having visible property marking not only helps property owners be identified but also acts as a deterrent to would-be thieves as the items are made unique by the marking. The Lewes NWA have been provided with kit suitable for marking moveable property. If anyone in the parish would like to have their property marked please contact Gordon Bull on 01273 480153 or email

REMINDER that as from October 1 you will need to dial the area code as well as the number in the 01273 area. Remember to also update your saved telephone numbers.


EXHIBITION: The Heritage Exhibition displayed in St Laurence for five days over last weekend was interesting to read and lovely to look at with all the old copies of photographs taken from postcards. There were many stories and yet still more untold, men who had worked, mainly on the land, and had gone to fight in the First World War. One picture showed a group of young men, and a visitor, who came to see the exhibition, was so delighted to recognise her own father. There has been a tremendous amount of research undertaken by Sheila Massey and Sue Barnes who copied the photos for display from John Burt’s collection. An amazing effort and very much appreciated by those who came to visit.

LADIES GROUP: Francis Lacey Scott came to talk about the last stage of his Santiago de Compastello walk. Sadly I missed the talk, but to those of whom I have spoken with, all have said how interesting and entertaining Francis made the evening. I was walking myself in Kent, a little less glamourous than Francis’, but I had the most fantastic weather and loved every day.

LORRIES: For the last two weeks huge lorries have been trundling up to Mary Farm delivering, we understand, reconstituted environmental waste for distribution on the land. Thankfully the smell is not as bad as it was last year, but the lorries and equipment that followed to do the work were quite a shock to a very small lane.

PLOUGHING MATCH: Too early for this report, but we are looking forward to a ploughing match in Falmer on Wednesday, and apparently there will be some shire horses, whether they will be taking part in the ploughing, we will have to wait and see.

PARISH COUNCIL: Again, too early for this column, on Tuesday there will be a parish council meeting, and I am hoping to find out more about the planning application made for change of use to one of the barns at Court Farm from agricultural use to an Auction Site.

GREAT SADNESS: It was with great sadness to hear of the death of Marilyn Huxham, whose funeral took place on Monday in Henfield, where she lived. Marilyn and Eric Huxham lived in Falmer village for many years, and we send the family our sincere condolences.


COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall, 10am to noon. Tea, coffee, cakes, tombola, bonfire pictures, merchandise. Also available will be Bruce Wadey’s Book on the definitive History of South Street Bonfire Society priced at £6.50 along with the South Street Bonfire Society 2014 Bonfire Programme at £2.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Sunday was a beautifully warm and sunny day and 20 members of the group walked a circular route from the village of Fletching through Newick via Sharpsbridge. The route took us across fields, some of which were high with corn (on the cob!) in some places reaching about 7ft high, and could be mistaken for an African jungle. Fortunately all the paths were very well trodden so there was no risk on getting lost. The route then took us along a high meandering path along the River Ouse eventually crossing a stile into a field, which led us up to Newick Churchyard. From there we walked into Newick Village and enjoyed a pleasant and welcome break. Suitably refreshed we carried on back across the A272 and through a small housing estate to rejoin fields leading across a fairly new bridge then back into fields before emerging out onto a lane behind Sheffield Park and walking the half a mile back to Fletching Village. We all especially appreciated this lovely late summer’s day. The next walk will be a short stroll at Laughton 2.5 miles. Meet at 10.30am at top North Street car park. Our new season’s programme is available at the Tourist Office, The Outdoor Shop or online at

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday September 2, 7th Ladder: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, James and Sally Budgen; 3, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone. Thursday September 4 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Margaret Buddery and Peter Waters; 2, Di Johnstone and Peter Kennedy; 3, Sheila Cripps and Elizabeth Roger. Thursday September 11 Teams: 1, Peter Cattermole and Nigel Osmer, Susan Louis and Adela Thomas; 2, Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell, Margie Parris and Mavis Druce. New members and visitors welcome, contact 01273 473026.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Our new Alpha course starts on Thursday October 2, an opportunity to explore the basics of the Christian faith. An ideal course to discuss the big questions of life in an informal and relaxed setting. For details please contact the rector, Steve Daughtery, on 472018. Our community choir, Lewes Sings Gospel, took part in the BBC’s Songs of Praise gospel choir of the year competition back in July. The two rounds will be broadcast on Sunday September 28 and Sunday October 5. Both programmes will be shown on the big screen in church during the afternoon and early evening of October 5, with the recorded programme first followed by the live one, after which the choir will give a short performance. On Sunday October 12 we will be holding two Fairtrade cake sales in aid of Tearfund’s No Child Taken campaign which aims to prevent 100,000 vulnerable children being trafficked (see Bakers in the congregation will try to use as many Fairtrade ingredients as possible. The sales will follow the 10am and 11.15am services (so starting a little after 11am in the church and a little after 12.15pm in the church hall). Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service including communion, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service including communion, with singers and band.

LEWES PASSION PLAY 2015: Launch meeting Saturday September 27 at 10am in King’s Church, Brooks Road. An opportunity to find out more and become involved in this exciting project. Contact, call/text 07926 486567 or visit

WESTGATE WI: On Wednesday September 10, Betty Houghton came to talk to us about her time working at Bletchley Park. It was a huge place with some 10,000 people working there and the site covered 23 acres, Betty worked there for two years. Obviously, as we all know, the work carried out at Bletchley Park was top secret and these secrets have only been released to the public in recent years. Betty’s aspect of work was to decipher the messages obtained from the Germans, her job being called Clear German, in order to block whatever plans the Germans had to invade our British Isles. The hut she lived in with the other girls, was where the enigma Colossus machine was and the work these girls did was very intense during their shifts of 9am until 4pm; 4pm until midnight or midnight to 9am and sometimes one only had a short break between shifts and others a much longer one, hence they were all extremely tired most of the time, making the obtaining and translating of the German messages harder than when one is less tired and hence we appreciated the fact that their work was maintained to a very high standard all the time. Betty was at boarding school in Eastbourne, aged 14, when war broke out and she was duly sent home to Chiddingly. She applied to the WAAF in Eastbourne but was unsuccessful so applied to the WRENS with success and hence ended up at Bletchley Park. Whatever job any person held at Bletchley Park this was never divulged to anyone else either at Bletchley Park or outside. There were several departments ie Italian, Japanese, etc. and, of course, very intelligent personnel worked there. Most of the female staff were from the armed forces but the male staff were mainly straight from university. The Colossus machine was developed by Turin but built by Head Electrical Engineer, Tommy Flowers. Betty, like many others, had to do fire watching duty but she used to go into the office and sleep! In all an interesting and insightful talk about this very secret establishment. Our next meeting is on Wednesday October 8 in St Thomas’ Church Hall, Cliffe High Street and our speaker is Cliff Dargonne giving us a talk on Climbing in Antartica. Do come and join us, we are a very friendly group and welcome everyone; you may visit us three times before deciding whether or not you would like to become a member. (Dee Barr).


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: The first group of new Reception Children made a great start to their school life. There were very few tears (mainly the parents) and lots of eager smiles as they enjoyed their first days as the new Red Rabbits. The school field was transformed last Saturday night as the Friends of South Malling (PTA) held their first overnight camp. They enjoyed a barbecue, bar and storytelling under the stars. Year 2 have had a particularly busy week, enjoying a Victorian Day as part of their Learning Journey on the life of a child in Victorian times, and then a trip to SM Church as part of their learning about Christianity. All the extra curricular activities started this week. An even wider range of activities is on offer this year and includes a morning multi skills sports session to get children going before they start school.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH has an open invitation for parishioners and friends to come into the church and see the refurbishments that have taken place during the summer. There will be activities and information between 4.30pm and 6.30pm, tomorrow, Saturday, finishing with a glass of wine or juice for the children. Other refreshments will be available and Revd Jeremy Bamber, the associate Vicar, will answer questions and talk briefly about the church’s history. Everyone is welcome. Last week, following the Family Service in the morning, little Scarlett Rose Gibbons was baptised in a service during the afternoon which combined with a party for her large family and other parishioners there to support and welcome her into the church. This week, the Sunday Service will be Holy Communion at 9.30am led by the Associate Vicar. The sermon will be preached by Ken Bridger.

ALLOTMENT HOLDERS are planning what they will be displaying on Sunday for the Lewes Allotment Show at the Corn Exchange. Judging is from 11am to 2pm. Best wishes to all competitors for a good show and excellent results.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall noon to 12.30pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2pm to 2.25pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm.


CONTACT DETAILS: Please note my email address is: as I note some people are still using my old email address and as a consequence they are failing to deliver.

HERITAGE, CYCLING AND RACECOURSE: We toured a few heritage buildings but not as many as we would have liked as some of them had underestimated the amount of people visiting, which was good for them but not for us. We ran out of time so we look forward to doing more next year. The cylists arrived with impressive speed and in the blink of an eye were gone again. It seemed only a few minutes later they were at the finishing line. There also seemed to be a good turnout for the Racecourse celebrations which had various stalls and events and a fantastic display of vintage vehicles, although a few of them were having difficulty getting up Nevill Road.

ARTWAVE: The following is an excerpt from Nevill resident Gavin Thorpe from his exhibition at The Paddock studios: In total nearly 1,000 people visited the studios and when I invigilated the exhibition on Sunday afternoon, I met 144 people that had come from all around the UK. Some had even come from Germany and France. I picked up a number of commissions from several people and also received some great feedback and comments, such as ‘brilliantly painted and what a great idea’, ‘Magnifique’ and ‘they’re excellent and very very different’. What a result, well done Gavin.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday will be led by Rev Dr John Neal at 10.30am and evening worship with Holy Communion at 6.30pm will be led by Rev John Gordon. On Wednesday our ThinkTank will be meeting with Elizabeth Kennedy leading a session entitled Christians in Russia and the Republics from 1960. This will be starting at 7.30pm and is open to all.

NEVILL RESIDENTS MEETING: A reminder this will be held on Monday in St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Rd at 8pm. Cllr Ruth O’Keeffe will report on the latest developments of the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan and the success of the recent Open Day.


QUIZ NIGHT: Newick Horticultural Society will be holding a Quiz Night in the village hall on Friday September 26, from 8pm, tickets are £8, this includes a ploughman’s supper (with bar), tables of eight people. To book your table please email or telephone 01825 723295. This is always a great evening, so why not get together with your friends and book a table.

NEWICK CINEMA will be showing the film The Grand Budapest Hotel in the village hall on Sunday September 28. Doors open 7pm, film starts at 7.30pm. Starring in this film is Ralf Fiennes, F Willem Abraham, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton and Tom Wilkinson, the story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune - all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. Tickets are £8, you can book by emailing or telephone 01825 723392. Licensed bar. There will be an interval for refreshments.

THE PARISH COUNCIL monthly meeting will be on Tuesday September 30 in the Sports Pavilion at 7.15pm.


MORE BARGAINS: Tomorrow (Saturday) the PPTFA will hold a jumble sale in the village hall with bully-off at 2pm. As always at Plumpton’s superior sales there will be cakes, tombola and refreshments available that will permit relaxation after the rummaging and time to gloat over the bargains that you amass. If you have jumble to donate, please take it to the hall during the morning of the sale or ring 07896 695111 to arrange collection.

FAMILY FUN DAY: That is the title of the first meeting of the new season at Plumpton Racecourse on Sunday. Apart from top quality horseracing there will be entertainment to satisfy everyone. There will be free pony rides, funfair, face painting, rock climbing wall, Sussex Peggers display, retraining of racehorses demonstration and quite a lot more. So there will be plenty to do during races to make sure boredom does not set in. Of course, there will also be plenty of catering outlets providing everything from snacks to fine dining. If you prefer there is the opportunity to picnic in the centre of the course. Admission starts at £10 with accompanied under 18s gaining free admission. Always a good day at the races. Gates open at 11.30am and the first race kicks off at 2.30pm.

PLANNING AHEAD: Next Saturday the church will hold a coffee morning in All Saints’ church annexe at 11am. There will, of course, be refreshments and some interesting stalls as well as the chance to socialise, have a chat, catch up on gossip and maybe make some new friends.

AND FURTHER AHEAD: The tennis club will be holding one of its ever popular quizzes on Saturday, October 11 at 7pm in the village hall. So start planning now to have an enjoyable evening out with friends. Tickets will cost £10 per person to include supper. Tables will be for eight, but if you cannot muster a full team fear not, as you can be matched up with others. To book ring Maria on 01273 890002, 07748 958971 or

SAVE THOSE APPLES: Courtesy of the Village Action Plan there will be an opportunity to turn surplus apples (and pears) into delicious juice on October 11 and November 8. It’s a free event and can save wasting delicious fruit. Store the fruits carefully and avoid bruising or rot to get the best results. You might also like to amass a supply of containers in which to store the prize. I am told that for many this year provided a bumper crop but alas my tree produced but three apples this year after a record yield last year.

PRETTY STATION: The Plumpton Station Partnership does a fine job in keeping our much used village station an attractive place to travel to and from. In order to keep up the good work it needs sponsorship to pay for the plants in the seven large planters that it maintains. The cost per planter works out at £40 each. Sponsorship can come from generous admirers of the scheme or from businesses and they can receive acknowledgement on the individual planters for the duration of the planting. If interested, please contact David Richards on 01273 890267 or 07946 241319 or

WI: Members decided they would like to go out for a Christmas lunch this year and menus are being obtained. On September 16 there was an open house afternoon at Crawley Down and members were reminded of our theatre trip in November. John Davey was our speaker this month and told us about the mystery of the Piltdown Man, inviting us to guess whodunnit. Next month is our AGM on Wednesday October 8 at 7.30pm when we shall also be having a cheese tasting. Visitors are always welcome. (Marilyn Nye).

CARE CLUB: Members have enjoyed various activities during the summer. A group of us visited the Raystede Animal Centre in May and a coach outing to Worthing in July. In addition to the excellent monthly Sunday lunches we enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch in August put on by our hardworking committee. September saw us off to Snowhill Garden Centre at New Chapel where we enjoyed looking round their fancy goods department as well as the colourful plants. The next outing will be a shopping trip to Tunbridge Wells at the beginning of October, soon to be followed by the AGM in November. December will see us looking forward to a Christmas tea and, ten days later, a traditional Christmas lunch. Senior citizens are welcome to join us for all three activities. The committee would also appreciate help, especially for the Sunday lunches. Details from Ann Chapman on 01273 890048. (Moira King).


JUMBLE SALE tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm in the village hall. If you have jumble for the sale, please bring it to the hall between 10am and 11am on the morning of the sale.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are away to Arundel in a SCFL Div 1 fixture. Meanwhile the Reserves are at home to Mile Oak Reserves in a league fixture with a 3pm kick-off at the Caburn. On Sunday the Under 18s are at home in a league fixture versus Eastbourne Utd with an 11am kick-off at the Caburn. On Tuesday the first team are at home to St Francis Rangers in a SCFL Div1 fixture and kick-off time is 7.45pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist, 6.30pm Evensong.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday September 3, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Joan Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams; Joint 2, Valerie and Peter King, Jenny Charman and Alan Grindley. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

DRESSMAKING COURSE: Beginners Dressmaking Course, five weeks from Wednesday. Learn basic techniques and make a simple skirt. For more information phone Sarah 01273 812844.

BOWLS CLUB: Ringmer v St Frances 98-48; Motcombe Gardens v Ringmer 68-76; West Hoalthy v Ringmer 35-76; Brighton v Ringmer 72-74; Haywards Heath v Ringmer 60-69; Ringmer v Humberside, a club in Sussex on holiday and they went home happy they beat us 102-73.

COFFEE MORNING: Make your morning matter. Join us and be part of the world’s biggest coffee morning in support of Macmillan Cancer Care. Chat to friends old and new over a coffee and cake and help fight cancer too. Ringmer Football Club Friday September 26, 11am to 1pm. See you there The Fat Club.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW: Ringmer Horticultural and Home Produce Society held their last show of the year in the village halls on September 6. The number of entries was on a par with last year but what the show lacked in quantity was more than compensated for by the quality of the exhibits. There were impressive displays in the flower arranging section and there was ample evidence of the talents of Ringmer cooks in the cookery and preserve section. Again Paul Wieczorek, greenfingers of Ringmer, was the most successful exhibitor winning 21 firsts, six seconds and one third prizes. He collected four of the trophies awarded at this show and also won the Banksian Medal (awarded by the RHS) for the exhibitor gaining most points in the horticultural sections over the three shows this year. 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 winners were: Flowers: Dahlias, cactus, A Davis; dahlias, other types, J Browning; specimen rose, A Davis; roses, large flowered, G Fowlie; roses, cluster flowered, G Fowlie; hydrangea, A Davis, zinnias, J Payne; perennial flowers, J Browning; any other flowers, J Browning; bowl of mixed flowers, J Badcock; flowering plant, J Vaughan; foliage plant, J Browning. Fruit: Apples, dessert, J Payne; apples, cooking, J Payne; pears, G Fowlie; raspberries, B Cairns; grapes, indoor, J Payne; apple, larges, J Payne. Vegetables: Tomatoes, cherry, J Badcock; tomatoes, P Ball; runner beans, P Ball; six shallots, exhibition, W Hirsh; cucumber, J Badcock; heaviest marrow, J Vaughan; longest runner bean, P Ball; bunch herbs, culinary, E Hawkins. Flower Arrangement: Our Village Green, J Hunt; Autumn Highlights, J Hunt. Cookery and preserves: Carrot cake, H Hobbs; cottage loaf, R Peters; fruit jam, J Miller; mixed salad starter, V Duckett; Queen of Puddings, J Miller; chocolate eclairs, H Hobbs; jar chutney, V Duckett; jar fruit jelly, C Browning; jar stone fruit jam, E Hawkins; jar lemon curd, L Owen; jar mint jelly, E Hawkins; jar pickled vegetables, K Millbank; six eggs, J Browning. Photographs: My Friend, H Hobbs; Festival, E Vaughan. Other trophy winners: Fuller Cup, most points in flower section, A Davis; Carey Cup, most points in fruit section, B Cairns; C and M Brown Trophy, most points in flower arranging section, J Hunt; Mills Trophy, most points in cookery section, R Peters; Sam Haffenden Trophy, best exhibit in horticultural section, J Payne; QEII Golden Jubilee Salver, most points in photographic classes, J Badcock.

NEARLY NEW SALE: Ringmer Primary School HSA are holding a Nearly New Sale on Saturday 1October 18, 10.30am until noon, for ages four to 13 years, with clothes, books, toys etc. If you are interested in becoming a seller please contact There will be £1 admission fee for buyers. Come and grab yourself a bargain.

Rodmell & Southease

SOUTHEASE is a tiny hamlet, which has now become rather well known of late, because of the new YHA at Southease and Itford. Its little station is becoming very popular for hikers and people wishing to see Monk’s House and Rodmell. The YH is actually at Itford, over the railway crossing and alongside the A26.There are gentle walks on the flat to the river and along Egrets Way, the new cycle way. The scenery is lovely and it’s ideal for dog walkers, nature enthusiasts and bird watchers.

CHILLI FAYRE: Sadly Southease is not holding its Chilli Fayre on the green this year but it will be selling local chilli products at Lewes Chilli Fayre tomorrow, Saturday, at The Paddock, Paddock Road, from noon to 6pm. It will feature A Streat Bar Named Desire, chilli beers and chilli cocktails, street food, from mellow mild to ultra hot, something for everyone, Fruitful DJ’s playing super hot Afro, Latin and Reggae sounds. Let’s hope they have good weather.

THE TOUR OF BRITAIN bike ride came through Rodmell at around 2.45pm on Saturday and true to form, our pub made the best of the event by putting up bunting and welcoming all to meet outside and cheer the riders on. It all happened so quickly and there was a good turnout of villagers, bewildered Monk’s House visitors (many being tourists who did not know what was going on) and bike riders doing the sponsored bike ride for Historic Churches Trust, who were clapped and cheered good humouredly, by the waiting crowds. Chris Wettern, our local farmer, also got a huge cheer as he drove his tractor along the C7 and down into the village. There were many police motorcyclists and police cars who also had good humoured remarks and cheers thrown at them.

DIARY DATES: A walk to Harvey’s Cross, about six miles with two hills and will take about two hours. Meet at 10am at the top of Mill Lane and phone Christine Isitt to let her know you would like to come on 475943. Saturday October 4 a Jumble Sale in the village hall in aid of village hall funds. Please keep all your jumble and let Christine Isitt (475943) or Brenda Dartnell (470847) know and they will collect it. Last chance this year for a good turnout.