Parish pump Lewes - September 26, 2014


COMPANY EVENT: Aspects Beauty, who are based in South Chailey, celebrated another success recently with a great charity event which included games, food, music, tombola and an amazing raffle which alone contributed £1,500 to the total amount, £2878, raised on the day. The grounds of Balneath Manor were transformed into a village fête for the day and Commercial Director Jon Dunn welcomed guests which included friends, colleagues, families and suppliers past and present. This event was part of Aspects 25 Beautiful Years programme of events and their give-back initiative which has been raising funds for local community groups such as St Peter and St James Hospice, Chailey Heritage Foundation, Friends of St Peter’s Church, Chailey Bonfire Society and Friends of Chailey St Peter’s Primary School.

THE BONFIRE SOCIETY are pleased to report that the Balneath Bash was a great success and everyone who attended had fun. Thanks go to all the helpers as without you this event would not have been possible. Also a huge thanks goes to the society’s president, Jim Jackson, and Aspects Beauty for allowing the society to hold the event in their marquee. Also special mentions and thanks go to Michael Salmon, who delighted everyone with his Jazz, The Reservoir Frogs for stepping in at the last moment and Matt Thomas of Holmbridge Farm who helped on the catering side.

THE AUTUMN SHOW organised by the horticultural society, at the village hall, saw a very high standard of exhibits. The hall looked magnificent, with an array of colour, and was a credit to all the talented and hardworking gardeners and cooks in the village. Pleasingly there were a good number exhibitors, apart from the flower arranging and children’s classes. It is hoped that there will be more exhibitors in those classes in 2015. In the afternoon the hall was full of visitors admiring the exhibits and enjoying homemade refreshments. The cups were awarded as follows: The British Caledonian Cup (vegetables) Peter Estcourt; Hickwells Cup (best vegetable exhibit) Jackie Pateman; Bowling Cup (flowers) Linda Blaker; Weller Cup (dahlias) Duncan Clark; Sam Briggs Memorial Cup (most points over the three 2014 shows) Linda Blaker; Chris Bone Memorial Cup (wine and cordials) Annelies Schlup; Cooper Cup (cookery and handicrafts) Tina Mitchell; TSB Cup (best floral exhibit) Maureen Durrant; Village Cup (classes under 7 years) Eddie Finch; Chailey Cup (classes for ages 8 to 11 years) Edward Parker; Bosun Cup (best in children’s classes over the three 2014 shows) Eddie Finch. In addition Drivepoint Construction Limited kindly sponsored prizes for the best floral exhibit which was won by Duncan Clark and the best cookery exhibit was won by Liz Swain.

THE YOUTH GROUP meet at the village hall this evening, Friday, from 7.30pm to 9pm. The Group always welcome new members (aged 10 to 15 years). For more information contact Gemma Kybert on 07843410895.

50th ANNIVERSARY of Chailey Commons Society is being celebrated with an exhibition at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 4pm. There will be 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.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church, Sunday, Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Holy Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Brian Lanstone, to include communion, and 6.15pm with Giles Woodcarft to include communion. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

MUSEUM: The Windmill and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. The mill houses a rural life museum which includes photographs giving an interesting insight into the history of Chailey over the past one hundred years. The entry fee is £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 10 to 16 years. For more information call John Smith on 01825 723519.

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday October 3 at the Coffee Stop, Free Church. The parish clerk will be there from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have. Our local officer Police Community Support Officer, Steven Knowles, will also be there so do go along and raise any concerns you may have. At the same time you can enjoy the lovely refreshments on offer at the Coffee Stop which include free freshly brewed coffee, tea, chocolate and a choice of eats.

VINTAGE BUS DAY is on Sunday October 5 when there will be a number of free vintage bus routes operating to and from the Bluebell Railway. These include steam train to East Grinstead and then take another vintage bus to the Ashdown Forest for a walk at this picturesque beauty spot. More details are available and the Customer Service Team on 01825 720800.

VOLUNTEERS are sought to help maintain the tidiness of St Peter’s churchyard on a regular basis. Ideally a rota could be set up; with volunteers taking turns so that the task does not become too onerous. If you are able to offer some time to help keep the churchyard tidy, please call one of the churchwardens Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586.

VACANCY at the Bluebell Railway. The Preservation Standards Committee has a vacancy for a uniform, badge, and button enthusiast to produce a simple design manual that can reference the various uniforms used by the railway companies that operated the Bluebell Line prior to the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society namely LB&SCR, Southern Railway and British Railways (Southern Region). For more information and to apply, contact Chris Saunders at

STORAGE OF DOCUMENTS: The parish council is obliged to retain the minutes of its meetings indefinitely. After six years the minutes are archived at the East Sussex County Record Office. If you are interested in local history or tracing your ancestors; the Record Office holds a wealth of local information just visit Other council documents have to be stored for six years and re-locating the parish office to Scaynes Hill Village Centre has enabled the council to begin to log and archive the information it holds. It is also planned to digitally map the council’s assets which will help in retrieving and sharing information more quickly. For more details or access to any documents call Vera Grainger on 01444 831453.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

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

PERFECT AFTERNOON: There was an air of excitement, especially for the young man who was on crutches, when we were waiting here on the B2116 for the Tour of Britain cycle race to pass the farm, and what a splendid sight it was. Quite a lot of people had gathered to watch and a motor cyclist arrived on the verge by the farm and told me that he had watched the cyclists pass through Uckfield and had decided to come here to watch as it was a wonderful place to get a good view. The young man on crutches had a chair so that he could get the best view from the edge of the verge and could use his phone close up to get a shot of Sir Bradley Wiggins. When the 120 cyclists came into view the look on the youngsters face said it all as he caught sight of his hero. The motor cyclist and some of the spectators were waving their Union Jacks as the first of the 32 police outriders came into view and were thrilled to bits when he waved back and hooted. My son did video the race and when he played it back for me it was incredible the sight of all the spectators standing by the Half Moon. We even saw Harold Rowling standing by his property in Underhill Lane, Westmeston as the cyclists made their way towards Ditchling Beacon. We would not have missed it for the world and as many who had been watching said, we will probably never see anything like it again in our lifetime.

COFFEE MORNING on Friday October 3 in St Peter’s Church Hall at 10.30am in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief. Please do support. Details from Brenda Gough 01273 486510.

HARVEST FESTIVAL at St Peter’s Church is on Sunday October 5 at 10.30am which will be a Family Service. The church will be decorated on the Saturday morning before.

HARVEST SUPPER is slightly later on Friday October 17 in the church hall. Tickets will be available soon. £9 for a delicious meal. Details later.

AFTERNOON CLUB: The Monday Afternoon Club meet again on October 13 in St Peter’s Church Hall at 2pm. It will be tea and chat. Lifts available by ringing either Judith on 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

LITTER BUGS: Some time ago Mark Hayward from SDNP came in to give me some South Downs National Park leaflets. A guide for dog walkers. He fixed a container to put them in on the gate at the bottom of the bridleway and left me some more to replenish if they all went. Unfortunately some people have taken them out, but then torn them up and, for want of a better word, just chucked them all over the grass by the gate. As I can’t stand litter I clear up the litter myself but find it hard to comprehend why anyone needs to litter up the countryside.

PCSO REPORT: When East Chiltington Parish Council met recently, PCSO Steven Knowles was unable to attend but sent his crime report. He reports that there has been an increase in the number of reported burglaries across the district during the last two months. The properties targeted seem to be empty from the occupants away on holiday. The items stolen seem to be jewellery or electronic equipment. Some suspects were recently arrested on suspicion of burglary however, they are still receiving calls relating to burglaries and warn people to be vigilant. It is recommended that any resident who leave their property unattended or to go on holiday take measures to protect their home. Crime prevention advice is always available to those who would like it by contacting your local officer. Contact details or 07787 6857708 or 101 ext 563018. If you are reporting an incident all calls should go through the police switchboard. Non-emergency 101, emergency 999.


FRESH YOUNGSTERS: The new students at University of Sussex celebrated the end of Freshers’ week with a firework display last week. We could see the fireworks from our upstairs window and they looked pretty spectacular. The week started with a rave in Stanmer Park and the noise could clearly be heard in Falmer. Actor Kristian Nairn, better known as gentle giant Hodor in Game of Thrones, was the star attraction. I understand that residents were given a number to ring if they had complaints about the noise, but we never received that information.

ANIMAL BLESSING: We are going to be having our first Blessing of Animals service at St Laurence on October 4 at 11am. Everyone is welcome to bring their animal for a blessing, and we are already expecting at least one horse. That weekend is going to be a busy one as we have the first of the new season of concerts also on Saturday at 5.30pm and our Harvest Festival service on the Sunday. More details of these events next week.

I HAVE NOT been out and about in the village much recently so I am very grateful for the following reports from Rosemarie:

PARISH COUNCIL: The meeting opened discussing matters concerning the Amex Stadium:

Firstly the confusion that arose after the Rod Steward Concert, when the audience attending could not find the way to catch buses or trains. Secondly parking for home matches had been reduced due to the field known as Bennett’s field cannot for the moment be used due to negotiations regarding the cost of rent. East Sussex Council are still working with Highways for a solution to traffic build up at the roundabouts. Village maintenance, it was reported that Peter Leniham had tidied the roundabouts, and workmen were seen measuring the pavement exiting Mill Street where kerb stones have been dislodged. It was also mentioned that, during dark nights, the end of the pavement in Park Street, near to the footbridge, cannot be seen and at least one villager had fallen and injured themselves, the council agreed to look into finding a solution. Planning applications: A plan has been submitted to change of use for one of the barns on Court Farm from agricultural to an Auction Venue. Keith Miles, who had submitted the application, attended the meeting and said that the auctions would take place 20 times a year, that is two a month, dealing in collectables. Concerns were raised over parking and Mr Miles said that he envisaged approximately 30 cars to attend and would park nearby to the barn. The council members said that they had no objection to the plan as outlined. A second application had been received for a side extension to 47 Middle Street and no objections were raised at the meeting for this plan.

PLOUGHING MATCH: There was real festive mood last Wednesday when over 50 competitors took part in this competition. It was well organised, and was great to watch, especially the working horses. There were many trade stands, with refreshments on sale for everyone’s taste. The enjoyment was everywhere, not only adults, but well behaved dogs and children, 50 from Kingston and Iford Primary School came to partake in the educational tent, and seemed to be having a great time. On display in the barn were flowers, vegetables and cakes, and at the end of the afternoon some of these were auctioned. The weather could not have been more perfect and to sit in the shade of a tree with refreshments, watching everything go by could not have been better. It was looking back in time, we know that farming is really no longer like this as we have seen in the past two months moving through the village, the giant tractors and machinery.


GARDEN SOCIETY: At the meeting of Lewes and District Garden Society, Alan Rae of Ladybird of Plant Care will be speaking about biological pest and disease control for the serious gardener, looking at ways of controlling pests and diseases without having to resort to chemicals. Wednesday, 7.30pm for 7.45pm at Cliffe Church Hall. All welcome. £3 for non-members.

DECORATIVE TREASURES, Brocante Antique Market, Bric-a-brac at the Foundry Gallery, North Street tomorrow, Saturday, 6am to 2pm. Clear out and sell all that clutter or grab a bargain. Inside stall or space £12. To book 07752557335/01273486595 email

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Fifteen members enjoyed a Tuesday morning walk at North Chailey recently. We helped the environment by leaving our cars at home and taking the 121 bus from Lewes to North Chailey. Having safely crossed the A272 we entered Chailey Common and took well trodden paths in a general northerly direction to emerge near the new housing estate at New Heritage. After some lane walking we took a rough track beside Mascalls Farm, crossed fields keeping an eye on the cows lazing in the sun and heard the whistle of a train on the Bluebell Railway not far away. The footpath took us through the massive Wowo campsite on Wapsbourne Farm. It was full of tents and visitors when the leader checked out the walk earlier but now fairly quiet as the children have gone back to school. As we left Wowo we debated the age of a fine manor house deciding it must be Elizabethan and made a fuss of two friendly donkeys who were eager to talk. Being about the half way point we stopped beside a wood for drinks and a chat. After skirting the edge of several fields and negotiating a couple of very difficult styles we hit Blackbrook lane for more lane walking and several shouts of ‘car coming’. Eventually a welcome footpath took us into the woods and on to the Common. We stopped for a while to search for wildlife at a pond and further on to view the windmill at old Heritage. Back at the A272 the group split with some heading to the Kings Head for a quick drink while the others took a 15 minute final loop on the Common with most of us meeting up for the 1pm bus back to Lewes.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Our new Alpha course starts on Thursday, an opportunity to explore the basics of the Christian faith and discuss the big questions of life in an informal, relaxed setting. Please contact the rector Steve Daughtery on 472018. Also starting on Thursday is the new term of Lewes Goes Strictly, with sessions on Thursday evenings in the church until November 20. Learn the basics of the waltz, cha-cha-cha, tango and jive under expert tuition from East Sussex Dance. Sessions are relaxed and informal, for any skill level from novice to expert. Both couples and individuals are welcome. £35 per person. Reserve your place by going to If you’ve missed out on being baptised, why not contact the rector asap (details above) as we are having a special adult baptism service on Sunday October 12 at 6.30pm. Our community choir, Lewes Sings Gospel, took part in the BBC’s Songs of Praise gospel choir of the year competition in July. The two rounds will be broadcast on Sunday and October 5. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service, with singers and band.

LEWES PASSION PLAY 2015: Launch meeting tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am in King’s Church, Brooks Road. Contact, call/text 07926 486567 or visit

BAGS-OF-BOOKS: We have Chris Riddell coming to Bags-of-Books on Wednesday at 4pm. He will be reading from his new book Goth Girl and the fete worse than death. Preparations for the Ghastly-Gorm Garden Party and bake-off are under way. Celebrity cooks are arriving at the hall for the big event and, true to form, Maltravers, the indoor gamekeeper, is acting suspiciously. Chris Riddell will be reading and book signing. Tickets are £3 per child and it is a book in advance event. Tickets from Bags-of-Books on 479320.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL will be hosting a Macmillan, Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning today, Friday, from 9am in the school hall. There will be some games, guess the number of 100s and 1000s on the cake and spot the double shot. Both are £2 to play. The school is also hoping for a guest appearance from Mrs Starnes and her choir. This week the school council will be elected. Children have been busy preparing their speeches. Results will be eagerly awaited next week. The Governors have appointed a new clerk to carry out the many admin duties necessary. Friday Teas began last week with six pupils from Year 6 having tea and cake with the headteacher and discussing how the school was running. Each class will get a turn to have a Friday tea during the term.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: Open Afternoon last Saturday was very enjoyable. Activities included a treasure hunt around the churchyard at the beginning followed by Kite-making. It ended with a multifaceted quiz with refreshments and a glass of wine or two for those so inclined. The refurbished church does look good! This coming Sunday there is a more informal service of Morning Praise, with music provided by a group.

ALLOTMENT SHOW: Once again, Malling people did well in this show last Sunday. It was fun as usual, albeit quieter with possibly fewer entrants, probably due to its being a little later. Dave Champion of Old Malling Way and Earwig Corner allotments did well with first in berry fruits (blackberries), beetroot (plate of four) and minced fruit jam (rhubarb and ginger); second for carrots, the flowering pot plant, the trug and white baking potatoes and third for red potatoes and plate of shallots. Grayzella Rye of the Meadows and Queens Road Allotments had second for eating apples, mixed fruit jam and sweetcorn, third for cooking apples, red potatoes and mixed bouquet and second for best kept allotment. A young lad, Rowan Pearson of Queen’s Road, who helps his parents on their Queen’s Road allotment, won first for his home made cakes and first for his very beautiful and unusual Swan Gourd. Mahess Jeeawock of Godfrey Close and Queens Road Allotments won first for best kept allotment and a number of other prizes including 1st for his peas and runner beans. Many thanks to Lynne Jeeawock who wrote this allotment report for me, since I wasn’t able to attend this year’s show.

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: It was lovely to see so many new mums/dads/carers and children at our Tots Group last Friday. We also had a visit from Sarah, the play leader, who brought along some different activities for the children. We are meeting today between 9.30am and 11.30am. £1 per family. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev John Gordon and we will be welcoming the family and friends of the baby being baptised during the service. Following worship we will have a congregational meeting which will be followed by a church lunch.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Wallandsfest, a great weekend was had by all, huge thanks to everyone who came, worked and played and made it such a success. Anyone who would still like to order a souvenir t-shirt, please complete the form and put in an envelope with a cheque to Friends of Wallands in the Wallandsfest box on Maddy’s desk as soon as possible. On Saturday September 13 Wallands Chess Club member Jonathan Britnell (Year 5) won his first individual chess trophy. With five wins and a draw from six games Jonathan finished ahead of a field of 36 players in the Under 11 Minor section of the annual Crowborough Grand Prix. He now goes on to compete in the Under 11 Major section of future tournaments, alongside the county’s best under 11 year old players.

NEVILL SHARES will be holding an apple pressing on Sunday October 5 from noon

till 5pm at 1a Middle Way, BN7 1NH. Please bring any apples you still have to be pressed into lovely apple juice and enjoy a cup of tea and cake at the same time. Containers will be provided and cost 25p each but bring your own if you wish.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open from 10am till 11am today, Friday, in the village hall. Locally grown vegetables, flowers and plants are available, plus cakes and many other savoury items. Make sure you arrive early, so not to be disappointed. You can also enjoy a cup of coffee or tea.

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. Next Sunday is Harvest Festival Service at 10.30am, this will be the Rev Peter Francis’s last service before retiring. Enjoy your retirement.

QUIZ: Newick Horticultural Society are holding a Quiz Evening today, Friday, in the village hall. Tickets are £8 available from 01825 723658 or 724295, this includes a ploughman’s supper. The bar will be open. All you have to do is find eight people to make up your team. Quiz evenings are great fun, so why not pick up the phone and reserve your tickets.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will be holding their monthly meeting in the Sports Pavilion on Tuesday from 7.15pm. The public are allowed to ask question at the beginning of the meeting.

CINEMA: On Sunday Newick Cinema will be showing the film Grand Budapest Hotel. Tickets are £6, this includes some lovely tasty refreshments. The St Peter’s and St James Newick support Group are preparing your interval treats. The village hall will be open from 7pm and the film will commence at 7.30pm. There is also a licenced bar. Tickets are available on the door or you can email also you may telephone 01825 723392.

DIARY DATES: Newick Afternoon Club’s next meeting will be on Thursday October 9 in the Community Centre. The speaker will be Richard Fenning the subject being How risky is the World We Live In? The bonfire society will be holding a Music Quiz evening in the village hall on Saturday October 11. Further details next week.


EVENT: Older People’s Day, Piddinghoe Village Hall, Wednesday 2pm to 4pm. A talk by Ian Everest entitled Farming in 1950s, with reference to Manor Farm, Bishopstone. It is free but helpful if you ring Kate Davies 01273 516207 to aid catering arrangements.

TOUR OF BRITAIN: Saturday September 13, crowds gathered on the C7 at Piddinghoe in eager anticipation of a historic event, the Tour of Britain. After what seemed a long wait, motorbikes roared up the road ahead of the leading cyclists. What seemed like hundreds more bikes preceded the main body of the cyclists. It was very exciting and reminiscent of the Isle of Man TT races. One looks forward to how the photographs will turn out.


ENJOY A COFFEE: Tomorrow (Saturday) will herald another of those very popular coffee mornings organised by the local churches. It will take place in All Saints’ church annexe between 11am and 1pm and there will be a cake stall, tombola, tea, coffee, homemade soup and doubtless other stalls. Everyone will be warmly welcomed.

HAVE A REST: The Footpath Society’s walk planned for tomorrow (Saturday) has been postponed until next week.

MEN’S DAY: That will be the theme at the tennis club on Sunday and will feature a doubles tournament that is open to pairs from local clubs. Do go along whether you play or not as there is bound to be some entertaining tennis, as well as it being a good social event. Non-members will be welcomed.

PLUMPTONFEST: Have you kept next Saturday evening free? Hopefully so, as it will be a grand occasion in the village hall when many local people will demonstrate their musical talents for the entertainment of all. In fact there will be 18 varied acts featuring 50 performers. It will kick off at 7.30pm and tickets will cost £7. The bar will be open, too. This annual event has never failed to provide great entertainment.

AUTUMN SHOW RESULTS: The horticultural society’s show produced the following winners. National Vegetable Society Medal, Ken Beard. RHS Certificates: Best Fruit Evelyn Botterill; Best Flower, Best Vegetable Ken Beard; Best Cookery Sue Akers. Homecraft Challenge Trophy (cookery), Win Banks; President’s Challenge Cup (children), Amelie Pilfold; Joan Harrison Floral Art Challenge Trophy, Sue Akers; Tom Clarke Memorial Challenge Trophy 1987 (pot plant), Ken Beard; Beard Challenge Cup (homemade wine), Mick Bird; Jack Smith Memorial Trophy (fuchsia), Carole Nicholson. Chairman’s (1972) Challenge Trophy (flowers and vegetables), Birch (1951) Challenge Trophy (chrysanthemums); Committee1979 Challenge Cup (vegetables) Ken Beard. Eric Hartrison Challenge Trophy (flowers and vegetables); Amateur Collection Cup 1994 (three kinds vegetables); Les Cottingham Memorial Trophy (vegetables), Malcolm Beard. Westgate Family Challenge Trophy 1981 (preserve and fruit), Win Banks. Pauline Robey Challenge Trophy (handicraft collage), Mary Nurse. Junior Classes: One potato and three different vegetables, Amelie Pilfold. Pot/trough of plants, Jack Davies. Novice Classes: Three tomatoes, six runner beans, six tomatoes, Frank Botterill. Amateurs: Vase spray chrysanthemums, three small decorative dahlias, three other dahlias, flowering pot plant, 10 Cherry Tomatoes; Three Carrots; Three Round Beetroot; Three Cooking Apples and Twelve soft fruits, Malcolm Beard; three stems Michaelmas Daises, Carole Nicholson; last rose of summer, Dorothy Caselton; 12 shallots, three onions, five coloured potatoes, nine exhibition shallots, Win Banks; five white potatoes, five onions, Reg Lanaway; three dessert apples, Evelyn Botterill. Open: Vase single spray chrysanthemums, vase double spray chrysanthemums, foliage pot plant, three stems Michaelmas Daisies, five small decorative dahlias, five pompon dahlias, vase mixed hardy herbaceous perennials, one other variety of flower, 10 cherry tomatoes, six tomatoes, five coloured potatoes, five white potatoes, three leeks, three onions over 8ozs, three courgettes, Ken Beard; flowering pot plant, flowering fuchsia, pot orchid, three stems flowering shrub(s), three stems foliage shrub(s), three sweet peppers, pair squashes, Carole Nicholson; one pot cactus, nine runner beans, longest runner bean, three round beetroot, mini collection four vegetables, any other vegetable, three cooking apples, 12 soft fruits, Malcolm Beard; one large dahlia, Dave Colgate; one specimen rose, Dorothy Caselton; five onions under 8ozs, Reg Lanaway; 12 exhibition shallots, pair marrows, two sweetcorn, Clifford Tidy; three pears, Mick Bird; three dessert apples, Evelyn Botterill. Floral Art: Arrangement in a Tankard (men only), Alan Pilfold; arrangement The Magic of Winter, table arrangement for Bonfire Night, Sue Akers; miniature arrangement, Win Banks. Juniors: Under 5 years: Leaf Collage, two decorated bought biscuits, animal made from vegetables, Amelie Pilfold. 5 to 7 years: Potato Print picture, Jonathan Purdy; three peppermint creams, Emily Purdy. 8 to 11 years: Three chocolate crispy cakes, a woodland cottage, Amber Botterill; scarecrow, Natasha Purdy. Cookery: Jar plum jam, Margaret Westgate; jar chutney, three pieces chocolate tiffin, Sue Akers; pizza, Linda Pilfold; cherry and coconut cake, Karen Beard; two puff pastry turnovers, sponge fruit flan, three bread rolls, Win Banks; three cheese scones (men only,) Alan Pilfold. Handicrafts: Christmas card, Natasha Stonestreet; patchwork cushion cover, Linda Pilfold; article made from wood, Kyron Baker; small decorated herbal cushion, pair knitted gloves, Sue Nash. Homemade Wine: Bottle of liqueur, Marion Bird; bottle white wine from flowers, bottle red or white wine from fruit, bottle rose wine, Mick Bird; bottle of wine other than from fruit or flowers, Win Banks.


COFFEE MORNING: Make your morning matter. Join us today (Friday) and be part of the world’s biggest coffee morning in support of Macmillan Cancer Care. Ringmer Football Club 11am to 1pm. See you there The Fat Club.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are in Sussex Senior Cup action away to Rustington, kick off 3pm at Jubilee Avenue Rec. The seconds are at home in a Reserve Section Premier League match versus Hassocks, also with a 3pm kick off at the Caburn ground. On Sunday the Under 18’s travel to Little Common for a league fixture, 11am kick off, while the Veterans get their season under way with a home game versus Rottingdean Veterans in the Fred Pretty Cup with an 11am kick off at the Caburn. On Wednesday the firsts are in cup action again away to Horsham YMCA in the RUR Cup, 7.30pm kick off.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: On Sunday September 14 the Reverend Canon Will Pratt retired after 14 years as Vicar of Ringmer. Over 240 people attended the morning service where tributes were paid by the churchwardens and others and presentations made. The church will be going through the process of appointing a new Vicar, in the meantime the services will continue as usual and be taken by visiting clergy. The services on Sunday are: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist, 6.30pm Taizé Service. This will be another of the occasional special services in a candle lit church. Using music based on that used at Taizé, accompanied by a small group of musicians, this is a time for quiet contemplation and all are invited.

FLOWER CLUB: There will be a flower arranging demonstration by Gill Homer entitled Bright Ideas at 2 pm on Wednesday in the village hall. The competition for members who wish to enter is Seed Pod Beauty. Visitors will be very welcome (£4 to include refreshments).

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday September 17, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; Joint 2, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

COFFEE MORNING: This year DELTA’s Coffee Morning is on Saturday, October 4, in the village hall between 10am and noon. There will be a tombola, raffle and cake stall as well as coffee, tea and biscuits. Everyone welcome.

EVENING WI: At the last WI meeting Jay Kendall not only chaired the meeting (as President Norma Phillips was away), but she was the speaker talking about Wool, starting with the fleece and then showing all the stages through to a final product, knitted or woven or felted. She brought plenty of samples and encouraged everyone to handle and enjoy the different feel of the various kinds of wool. The next meeting is on Tuesday October 7 at 7.30pm in the village hall when the speakers will be Eleanor and David Robins with a talk about Cheese. They have a vast knowledge of local Sussex Cheeses. The autumn programme of activities including visits, craft group, walks, and theatre visits is now being planned and further details will be given at the meeting. Guests and new members are welcomed.

TABLE TOP SALE: Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form will be holding a Table Top Sale in the main school hall on Saturday October 18 between 10am and noon, set up from 9am. If you would like to pre-book a table at £6 please contact Ruth Whitlock on her direct line at the college, 01273 815473 or e-mail Refreshments and free parking.

HISTORY SYUDY GROUP: The topic for our September meeting this evening (Friday) will be the history of the road that runs across Ringmer Green and is today called North Road. One look at the houses and cottages that line its southern side tells you that it has been there quite a while, but what is it for? The talk will be delivered by a team of speakers, most of whom are current North Road residents.