Parish Pump Lewes – September 27, 2013


AUTUMN BALL: 7.30pm - late Saturday 5th October at Barcombe Village Hall. Playing for dancing and your entertainment professional swing band ‘Seymour’s Jump’. Buffet supper, licensed bar and raffle with fantastic prizes. Tickets £25 available from Caz Austen on 01273 401740, Turners Electrical and Barcombe Stores. Posh frocks and ties. Limited numbers. All profits to St Peter’s and St James’.

BOWLING RESULTS: Wednesday, 18th, away to Lindfield. Jas Osmond 10, Peter Gasgall; Derek Stewart10, Dave Glossop 36; Shaun Smith 19, Sue Patterson 17; John Osmond 13, Ken Anderson 19. Barcombe 52, Lindfield 90. Saturday, 21st, away to Vicarage (Brighton). Les Line 14, Barry Putman 21; Jas Osmond 9, Peter Decoy 16; John Blackmore 10, Dave Morgan 29; Derek Stewart 13, Dennis Watson 22. Barcombe 46, Vicarage 88. Last game to come on Saturday, weather permitting.


THANKS to all who made the Beer and Music Festival such a success. To those of you who didn’t attend you missed a superb afternoon and evening with excellent music from John McDevitt, Lady M & the Mr Men, Josh Mills, Newick Folk, The Halo Project, The Whisky Beats and The Highlights along with a hog roast and beer tent. A lot of hard work went in preparing for the day, manning the day and clearing up so a big thank you goes to everyone at Chailey Bonfire Society for organising such a wonderful event.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services this Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Pete’s Pantry to raise funds for the improvements to church facilities will be held after next Sunday’s (October 6) 10am service. Homemade cakes, pies, buns, jam, marmalade, pate, chutney, seasonal gifts and garden produce will be on sale and donations of goods will be much appreciated including any excess garden produce. Please contact Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586 if you wish to make donations. Free Church services this Sunday are at 10.30am with Peter Markby and 6.15pm with Julian Rebera.

WINDMILL and Museum will be open on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. The entry fee is £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 10 to16 years. From the A272/A275 North Chailey crossroads, take A272 west for 400 yards. The mill is up a turning on right. For more information call John Smith 01825 723519.

OPEN MORNINGS: Children and parents are warmly invited to Open Mornings at Chailey School, Mill Lane, South Chailey, from Monday to Thursday. Tours start at 9am, 9.15am, 10am, 10.15am and 10.45am. No appointment is necessary but to find out more call 01273 890407.

PARISH COUNCIL: Planning and Environs Committee of the parish council meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

THE WI meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm in the village hall for the annual meeting when the committee and officers will be elected. It is also a chance to show appreciation for the previous year’s committee hard work and it is hoped as many members as possible will attend. Prospective members and guests are always welcome, for whom a nominal charge of £2 is made. For more information call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

COFFEE MORNING organised by St Peter and St James Hospice Newick and Chailey Support Group is on Friday October 4 from 10am to midday at Cinder Paddocks by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Bravery. There will be home-made biscuits, a bring and buy stall, produce stall and raffle, along with the chance to buy Hospice Christmas Cards. For more details call Phyllis Bravery on 01825 723706.

SHORT MAT BOWLS: The short mat bowling club are looking for new people to join. Experience is not essential as training can be given. It is a very sociable club that meets twice a week (Tuesday and Friday evenings) from 7.15pm until 9.45pm in Chailey School hall. If you wish to know more call 01273 891215.

YOGA CLASSES at the village hall have changed the day of the class to a Tuesday. New students are invited to join and all levels are very welcome, including complete beginners. The cost is £6 per class; wear loose, comfortable clothing and take a mat or blanket with you. To learn more phone Suzi Tait on 01825 767797.

CAN YOU HELP? The Bluebell Railway Museum has recently been loaned the nameplate from the River Class locomotive River Dart. The nameplate will soon be on display, and as is usual with their artefacts they would like to include a picture of the locomotive. The problem is they cannot find one. If anyone has or knows of a picture could they please e-mail it to so it can be included.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: Open Day at the village hall on Saturday October 5 to discuss the plan where the public will be consulted.

Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday, in St Peter’s Church Hall from 10.30am in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief. There will be a raffle. Organised by Roland and Brenda Gough 01273 486510. Please do support.

HARVEST: Reminder that the Harvest Festival at St Peter’s Church is on Sunday October 6, Holy communion 8am and a special Family Service at 10.30am. The Harvest Supper is in the church hall on Friday October 11, 7pm. Tickets are limited to 40 so please contact Judith as soon as possible to secure your place on 01273 474356.


FIREWORKS: We were startled last Friday by a huge bang which heralded the beginning of a firework display at the university. I wish I’d known in advance, I would have gone out to get a better look. The party was the grand finale to a week of events for the freshers who have just started at Sussex, where they have had the highest intake of new students ever! We have reached the time of year when one can hear fireworks almost every week until November 5 and beyond. I wonder whether it is the same all over the country or whether it is our proximity to Lewes that means we have more firework enthusiasts?

BIRDS: The birds in our garden are certainly trying to fatten themselves up for winter if their consumption of the nuts we put out is anything to go by. The feeders are cleaned out in a few hours and then they sit or flit about waiting for more. We have two small plastic trays full of water in our yard and the other day there was a party of four blue tits in one and five in the other - all having an energetic bath. The biggest bird in the village, Queenie the peahen, has been faithfully sitting on a batch of eggs for most of the summer. Her kindly guardian angels decided to remove the eggs as Queenie was looking more and more stressed and she will now hopefully return to her usual routine and start roosting up a tree again instead of being vulnerable to attack from a fox on the ground. The plan now is to fatten her up so she can face the winter. Her favourite foods are sunflower seeds and grapes!

ART: The countdown to the next local art event has started. Tomorrow (Saturday) the Chiddingly open artists’ studios fling open their doors to the public. I am lucky enough to be exhibiting my work in Annabel Cottage and am going to be tied up at weekends for the next couple of weeks. It is nice knowing that someone else is doing all the organising!

POND: I was by the village pond recently and a man asked me what had happened to the pond. He was astounded at how low the water level had become. I realised he was right and the level has dropped enormously since this time a year ago. The ground in our garden does not seem to be that dry but I suppose it will take a lot more than a few showers to fill up the pond.

ART MARKET: We are having a Christmas Art Market again this year on November 30 and December 1. We had some very talented people last year and enjoyed the two days immensely, as well as raising a goodly sum for the church. If you are an artist or maker and are interested in booking a stand please contact me.

Glynde & Beddingham

THE TREVOR ARMS: It may seem that summer has only just slipped away, but The Trevor Arms, as always, are keen to raise our spirits and are pleased to have their delicious Christmas menu available for viewing on their website and in the pub. To avoid disappointment please do book early by calling 01273 858208.

COMMUNITY SWIMMING POOL: Sadly, the time has finally come to close the pool for the winter months. Many many thanks to the committee and volunteers who have worked so hard to maintain this much-loved facility and to everyone who joined again this year.

NEW ARRIVALS: If you have recently arrived in Glynde or Beddingham and are still trying to get your bearings, did you know that there is a Welcome Pack produced by the village and specifically designed for you? A small group of volunteers have collected together as much essential information as they could find and come up with an attractive, informative pack that gives an overview of the services, facilities, clubs and events going on in the village. To receive your free copy, please either ask Debbie and David in the shop or phone Helen on 07816749516.

HAPPY BIRTHADY: Many happy returns to Philip Brewer who celebrated his 60th birthday this week. Thank you to Jane Piper and everyone who made the day so memorable for this much loved and longstanding member of our community with a wonderful lunch at The Green Man in Ringmer.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Recently seven members enjoyed a leisurely Wednesday walk from Woodmancote near Henfield to Small Dole and back. From St Peter’s Church Woodmancote we followed paths parallel to the A281 in a westerly direction towards Henfield. On this stretch we saw many bushes of blackberries ready for picking, fields of potatoes in the process of being harvested, and a small stretch of grape vines ripening on the edge of a south facing field. On the outskirts of Henfield at a splendid development of what we assumed were retirement apartments and homes we headed south.

We passed many isolated dwellings benefitting from fine views of the South Downs before arriving at our mid-way point at Small Dole. At the post office we headed east on a lane for half a mile or so before heading north. At the boundary of Woods Mill we took a long break to eat our picnics and enjoy the peace and quiet and views all round. Unfortunately we must have been close to a wasps nest as we were attacked by many inquisitive wasps checking what were eating. Luckily a lot of hand waving and presumably disappointed with our choice of food they left us alone after a while.

Our walk continued on mostly good footpaths with half a dozen stiles to negotiate. A tricky part was being forced to walk in the road at Horns Lane as no suitable alternative could be found. With the leader and back marker wearing high visibility jackets we walked in single file at the side of the road grateful to motorists who slowed down and pulled over for us. We arrive back at Woodmancote Church safe and sound having taken about three and a half hours on this enjoyable six mile walk that was originally published by the Argus. The walk was led by Dave. Next Walk - first walk of our new programme and will be at High Hurstwood on Tuesday, 1st October. Meet at top North Street car Park for a 09.30 start Our new programmes are available at the Tourist Office or the Walking Shop.


SCHOOL: individual photos of children were taken on Tuesday, much earlier in the term this year. This is to spread the different costs of events leading up to Christmas more widely across the Autumn term. The “Coins Along the Corridor,” fundraising event will also move from October to February, both in the hope that this will help to ease financial pressures on parents and carers. The first Parent’s Forum of the year was held on Thursday 26th. Parents and carers were invited to meet with the headteacher now that term is fully underway. This term’s meeting will focus on childrens’ experiences of transition to the new school year, end of day arrangements and reporting on pupil’s progress. Next week, on 3rd October, parents and carers are invited to join their children for a session of ‘guided reading’ in the classroom. They will see how the school teaches reading and will be able to take part in some of the activities and games teachers use to support children as they learn this vital skill. Also this week, the school has advertised for a new caretaker. The post is for 22 hours a week and is mornings only. Anybody who would like further information should contact the school office. In the coming week, parents and carers will be invited to comment on an exciting proposal by a number of Lewes schools, to work in close partnership with each other, which could help schools to improve achievement. This could include sharing resources and collaborative teaching - and also the possible sharing of some of the costs for services which the local authority is now required to put out to tender and which each school now buys in separately.

PARISH CHURCH: last Saturday the church hosted a Quiet Day, organised by Churches Together in the Lewes Area (what used to be the council of churches). It was designed to contribute to the process of bringing Christian denominations together to focus on what they share rather than what separates them. Members present included Roman Catholics from St Pancras, Baptists from Eastgate, a Chaplain from the University of Sussex, Quakers, Christ Church (URC and Methodists) and Anglicans from a range of Lewes churches. Members spent time in quiet together, in sharing thoughts and exploring what might be acceptable and unacceptable in church and in prayer. It was a very positive experience, showing quite clearly that there is little of real importance that separates the main Christian traditions when people talk together about it. On Sunday morning, the music was led by a band combining musicians from South Malling and from Southover. This is a new service pattern for every fourth Sunday in the month. Revd Jeremy Bamber led the worship, with Revd Helen Garratt preaching an excellent sermon on St Paul’s call to live decently, what should be avoided and what virtues should be embraced. Next week, the church will celebrate the Feast Day of its Patron, St Michael the Archangel. Around 686, Caedwalla, King of the West Saxons, granted land at Malling for a monastery which later documents indicate was dedicated to St Michael. He appears in the Bible Book as the leader of God’s victorious armies which overthrew Satan in the last battle. The choice of St Michael was almost certainly due to the struggle with local pagans in Celtic and Saxon Sussex. There are a number of ancient churches dedicated to St Michael, in Sussex, especially in the Ouse Valley. The service, Holy Communion, begins at 9.30. All are welcome.

SKY DIVE: Dominic Lyons, of Old Malling Way, described his second Parachute Jump to raise money for Clic Sargent, the children’s cancer charity. On Sunday morning (15th September) with three members of staff from South Street Fish and Chip Shop: Doulla, Vassoula and Aimee, he went Headcorn Aerodrome in Kent. It was a gorgeous, sunny morning but rain and gale-force wind was forecast. They were welcomed by the Clic Sargent representative and briefed by parachute instructors, who checked they had understood and signed them off. Fortunately they were then allocated morning jump slots. Each met the instructor who would jump with them and went through another briefing with before boarding the plane. Onboard, they were each attached to their instructor, who made final checks, before they were ready to jump. The plane reached jump height after 20 minutes. (It took 5 minutes to get back down once they were out of the plane.) Dominic was the last to jump. He says he fell for about 45 seconds at 120mph and then the parachute deployed. He and his instructor floated slowly towards the ground, manoeuvered round the airfield, and dropped neatly in the designated area. They were then driven back to the para club house and awarded certificates from Clic Sargent and the Aero Club. Between them they have raised £1700 - £1800 so far. If you would like to see a video of his fall, go to Dominic Lyons Facebook. It is on his timeline. If you would like to make a donation, this can be done at (search for Dominic Lyons).

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.


MY BLOG: We had a great time with our friends Sue and Derek in their Motor Home. We visited Liverpool, Blackpool, Lincoln and Sandringham. The weather was mixed but we had a few lovely sunny days too. The most impressive place for me was Liverpool, reminiscent of the 60s music with the Liverpool sound, namely The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers and yes singing Ferry across the Mersey whilst on the Mersey Ferry. Both cathedrals are also very impressive.

If Elaine Booth’s daughter is reading this column could she get in touch as I’ve lost her contact details. Alan Brown brought me a picture of the old St Mary’s football team which was shown on September 6. He names them as follows: back row Ted Hobby, Paul Bolton, Peter Seymore, Alan who is captain. Roby Shepherd, AJ Brown, David Parsons, Bert Capelin manager and front row is: David Manser, Max Piper, Bobby Smith, Philip Weir and Terry Powell. The mascot is Tony Brown (who sadly passed away several years ago). If anyone wants to get in touch with some memories of Nevill for PP I would love to hear from you.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Our Wallandsfest camping festival, organised by Friends of Wallands on the school fields, took place last weekend and a wonderful time was had by all. Parents and children alike joined in the circus skills workshops, took part in a huge tug of war, enjoyed all sorts of craft activities and even sent postcards to each others’ tents through the Wallandsfest post office. The children really enjoyed the treasure hunt and twilight stories by candle light. We had live music throughout Saturday afternoon, culminating in a concert from our very own Wallands band, Soul Assembly. Lewes astronomers came along with their telescopes and people warmed themselves by the bonfire. For some children, still running around in their pyjamas on a sunny Sunday morning, the highlight was the water bomb catapulting across the length of the playing field! Photos can be seen on the Friends of Wallands Facebook page. Really super memories – many thanks to everyone who made this special community event possible. Free School Meals- If you think your child could be entitled to free school meals please apply even if they rarely have school meals, as it can generate more money for the school and discounts for you for residential trips. Forms available from Maddy in the school office. Grant Applications - We are in the early stages of making a bid for a grant for the arts and have limited experience in this field. If any parents have the skill set required to provide some guidance and are prepared to volunteer some time, it would be very much appreciated; please contact Jo Taylor on 07842085246.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10 .30 am will be led by Mr David Sweet. During the service our Sunday Club for children will be meeting and there will be tea, coffee and biscuits after the service. The church was beautifully decorated with flowers and produce for our Harvest Service last Sunday morning, we received a generous amount of non perishable goods for the De Montfort food bank in Lewes. After the service we were served with a harvest lunch of either lasagne or shepherds pie. A warm welcome awaits at you at Christ Church.


SCARPFOOT PARISH: Do not forget this evening (Friday) sees the launch of the revised edition of Scarpfoot Parish – Plumpton 1830-1860, namely a history of Victorian Plumpton. It takes place in the village hall at 7.15pm and will include an illustrated talk by Geoff Mead. Refreshments will be provided and you are reminded that the new edition contains over 40 photographs from around the turn of the century. The new front cover has been painted by Jeanie Muddle.

FANCY A COFFEE? If so, pop down to All Saints’ church annexe tomorrow (Saturday) between 10am and 2pm when there will be one of those very convivial and popular coffee mornings in aid of church funds. Absolutely everyone will be welcome and there will be stalls, raffle etc., to add to the enjoyment of the social occasion.

FANCY A WALK? Then just meet up with the Footpath Society tomorrow (Saturday) at 10am at Hassocks Station where parking fees will be payable. Then there will be an easy walk covering five miles passing Oldham Mill and with the opportunity to take lunch at the end, if desired. More details available on 01273 891701.

AMDRAM: Plumpton Players will be staging Alan Ayckbourn’s Drowning on Dry Land in the village hall from Thursday until Saturday with performances starting at 8pm. It is described as an acerbic comedy exploring celebrity. Tickets cost £7 from the village shop, via 01273 890206 or 890952 or maybe at the door. There will be a bar and doors open at 7.15pm.

SCARECROW SUCCESS: The competition organised by Rosie Vaughan produced 15 great entries and the judges had a difficult task selecting the winners who were:- Under 9s Thomas and Rosie Ward. Runner-up Oliver Cottenham. 9-18s Ben Harvey. Runners up Basil and William grandchildren of Jean Eagle. Judges’ special prize Toby and Elliott Wrides. Adults Ivan and Rosalie Sinclair-Smith. Runners up David Richards and Marion Jenner. Judges’ special prize Kate Gold. Judges’ overall special prize Sue Nash. If the judges had had their way everyone would have been a prizewinner.

SCARECROW AUCTION: Sue Nash’s top prizewinning pair of dwarf scarecrows are to be used to raise more funds for the church and are being put in a silent auction. They will be placed on display in the village shop and you will have until October 15 to place your bids. I have to say that they are far too cute to frighten anyone, but are very appealing and should attract a lot of bids.

VILLAGE ACTION PLAN: At Monday’s AGM it was announced that most of the aims that resulted from the initial village survey have been achieved, although some are still ongoing. The role of VAP does, however, still have a meaning and in particular it can be used as a conduit to receive, investigate and mount new community initiatives. Several people, including the Nicholsons, stood down from the committee and the new one elected comprises Catherine Jackson, Oliver St John, Mac Gardiner, Ruth Segal. Raymond Young and me. Carole Nicholson was thanked for all her hard work as secretary from the outset.

AUTUMN SHOW: Results from yet another successful Horticultural Society Show.

National Vegetable Society Medal Malcolm Beard. RHS Certificates. Best Fruit and Best Vegetable Malcolm Beard. Best Flower Ken Beard. Best Cookery Karen Beard. Homecraft Challenge Trophy (cookery) Karen Moore. President’s Challenge Cup (children) Emily Purdy. Joan Harrison Floral Art Challenge Trophy Diane Ellis. Tom Clarke Memorial Challenge Trophy (1987) (pot plant) Ken Beard. Beard Challenge Cup (wine) Win Banks. Chairman’s (1972) Challenge Trophy Ken Beard. Eric Harrison Challenge Trophy; Amateur Collection Cup 1994; Committee 1979 Challenge Cup and Les Cottingham Memorial Trophu Malcolm Beard. Strollings Trophy 1997 Diane Ellis. Junior Classes: Pot or trough of Plants Joseph Murphy. Novice Classes: Three tomatoes; Six runner Beans and Mini collection of vegetables Mark Pilfold. Amateurs: Three dahlias (medium decorative) and Three dessert apples Clifford Tidy. Three dahlias (other types) and Three stems Michaelmas daisies Carole Nicholson. Last rose of summer Susie Martin. Flowering pot plant Judith Miller. Ten cherry tomatoes; Three cooking apples and Twelve soft fruits Tim Parmenter. Nine runner beans; Three onions (over 8 ozs); Five white potatoes; Five onions (under 8 ozs); Three carrots; Three round beetroot; Six tomatoes and Mini collection of vegetables Malcolm Beard. Five coloured potatoes Reg Lanaway. Open (trade excluded). Vase single spray chrysanthemums; Vase double chrysanthemums; Foliage pot plant; Five small decorative dahlias; Five pompon dahlias; Vase mixed hardy herbaceous perennials; Five white potatoes; Longest runner bean; Three leeks; Three onions over 8 ozs; Three courgettes; Three sweet peppers and Mini collection of four distinct vegetables Ken Beard. Flowering pot plant Carol Hemsley. Three stems Michaelmas daises; Three dahlias; One other variety of flower and Three stems shrub foliage Carole Nicholson. Five HT roses and One specimen rose Eileen Simmonds, Three stems flowering shrubs Frank Botterill. Largest pumpkin Richard Watson. Ten cherry tomatoes Mark Pilfold. Six tomatoes and Pair cucumbers Richard Wells. Five coloured potatoes Reg Lanaway. Five onions under 8 ozs; Three carrots; Three round beetroot; Pair of squashes; Twelve pickling shallots; Any other vegetable and Twelve soft fruits Malcolm Beard. Pair marrows and Two sweet corn Clifford Tidy. Vase four culinary herbs Susie Martin. Three pears; Three cooking apples and Three dessert apples Mick Bird. Any other fruit Evelyn Botterill. Floral Art: Seedpot Beauty arrangement Diane Ellis. Table arrangement for Harvest Supper; Foliage arrangement in candlestick and Arrangement on cakestand Gill Wells. Miniature arrangement Win Banks. Petite arrangement autumn colours Susie Martin. Junior Competitions: Under 5s Paper plate with decorated stickers and Flowers in a mug Amelie Pilfold. Drawing of fireworks Jonathan Purdy. 5-7 Years. Halloween picture; Three iced biscuits and Vegetable animal Emily Purdy. 8-11 Years. Three scary cupcakes and Christmas card Natasha Purdy. Cookery. Jar mincemeat and Three muffins Win Banks. Jar chutney Malcolm Beard. Two stuffed courgette halves Linda Pilfold. Date and walnut loaf and Three savoury scones Karen Beard. Pineapple upside down sponge and Six eggs Karen Moore. Three chocolate brownies (under 18s) Carenza Smith. Cheese and onion flan (men) Alan Pilfold. Handicrafts. Bookmark and Knitted hat Gina Fergusson-Cooke. Harvest picture Carol Hemsley. Wooden article Frank Botterill. Christmas card (under 18s) Carenza Smith. Homemade Wines. Liqueur Mick Bird. White wine from flowers; White or red wine from fruit and Rose wine Win Banks. Wine from ingredients other than fruit or flowers Reg Lanaway.


HISTORY STUDY GROUP: This evening in the Village Hall commencing at 7.45 p.m. John Manley, who was for several years chief executive of the Sussex Archaeological Society will provide an illustrated interoduction to the archaeology of the recently formed South Downs National Park.

NEARLY NEW SALE: Ringmer Primary School HSA are holding this event tomorrow Saturday, 28th from 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Primary School for clothes, books, toys, etc on sale for ages 4 - 13. If you are intereasted in becoming a seller please contact There will be a £1 admission charge for buyers. Do go along and get yourself a bargain.

RINGMER COMMUNITY ORCHARD: Tomorrow, Saturday, 28th between 11.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. RCO is holding its Annual Harvest Day with the Grand opening of the new Apple Store, raised bed and paths. The Orchard is situated at Broyle Place Farm, Laughton Road, Ringmer and you can obtain more information from Katharine Finnigan on 07887828249.

FOOTBALL CLUB: This weekend both the 1st and 2nd teams have away fixtures. The 1st Team are away to Hassocks again on Saturday and this fixture is an SCFL Div. 1 league match with a 3.00 p.m. kick off time at the Beacons. The 2nd Team have a Vernon Wentworth Cup fixture away to Hair Razors, please check the website for kick off time and venue. However, there is still some football at The Caburn this weekend. On Friday evening AFC Ringmer 1st Team play Copthorne in the Mid Sussex FL Championship with a 7.45 p.m. kick off and on Saturday afternoon the AFC 2nd Team take on Burgess Hill Albion III in the first round of the Parsons Challenge Cup with a 3pm kick off time at the time of going to press. As always please check with the Club or the website as fixtures are liable to change at short notice. On Sunday the Veterans start their campaign with an away fixture at Lingfield with an 11.00 a.m. kick off time. Many thanks to everyone who supported the Brian Smith/Duncan Ralph memorial match which was won by the Ringmer Veterans side 8 goals to 4. A final reminder, it is the Ringmer Football Club’s Annual General Meeting on Monday, 30th September 7.30pm for a prompt 8pm start and all members are invited to attend.

SUNDAY SERVICES: The services at St. Mary’s Church on Sunday, 29th are - 8am. Holy Communion, 9.45am. Family Eucharist and 6.30pm Taize Service.

FLOWER CLUB: At the meeting in the Village Hall on Wednesday, 2nd October at 2pm. Sue Broadbridge will be giving a talk entitled ‘Gardens of a Golden Afternoon’. Visitors welcome: £4 to include tea and biscuits.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on the 18th September was - 1. Deirdre Booth & Simon Webster, 2. Frank Hibbert & George Montgomery and 3. Jenny Charman & Michael Slot. The Club next meets on Wednesday, 2nd October at 7.30pm in the St. Mary’s Room of the Village Hall. Contact 814220.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING AND TEA: This is being celebratrsd by St Mary’s on Sunday, 6th October with a new venture a Havest Tea. Come and visit the church in the afternoon, look at the harvest decorations and the exhibition in the church room about some of the charities supported by St. Marys. There will also be a display by the children of the Primary School and tea and cake will be served.

TABLE TOP SALE: This is being held at Ringmer Community College & Sixth Form on Saturday, 12th October and if you would like to book a table at a cost of £5 do get in touch with Ruth Whitlock, LRC Manager on 01273 812220 ext. 253.

FLUTES AND FRIENDS CONCERT: On Sunday, 13th October at 3pm in St Mary’s Church Anne Hodgson and her students and flute playing friends are giving a concert of a variety of music for flutes and piano. Everyone is most welcome to attend and join the performers for tea, coffee and cakes after the performance. There is no entry charge but there will be a retiring collection in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, as Anne is doing a Cycle India Challenge in aid of the Hospital in February. You can also contribute online

Rodmell & Southease

SADLY I didn’t make it to the Autumn Fair at Glyndebourne this year as I was waiting for a friend to arrive from Wales. For those who I know read the column, it is Ann Lyons, daughter of Ben Lyons, who for years was a technician in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Sussex. Ann and husband Leigh now live in a large old farmhouse in Norton, Powys. I am still in touch with many friends from university days which is great.

IT’s the time of year for spiders to scuttle across the floor in the evenings and crane flies to float around any bright light. I’m not keen on either, but at long last have learnt to live with them. Evidently pheasants and partridges love crane flies, so one of the shooting party who stayed here recently told me. High winds have cause havoc with the fruit trees in the orchard and there are apples and pears on the ground everywhere. There is a glut of fruit everywhere so people who are finding the cost of living hard can find plenty outside of people’s houses all over the county for free. Blackberries are in abundance in the hedgerows everywhere so are a good source of Vitamin C for winter months if picked and frozen.

COOKING: For those on a budget look at what you are throwing away. I glanced through my grandmothers cookery book which is well over 100 years old and people in those days wasted nothing. For instance, cabbage or broccoli stalks cut up small and boiled or steamed with any other available vegetables were used to make vegetable pancakes, rolled up, laid in a shallow dish and covered with a good cheese sauce and backed in the oven, delicious and only cost pennies. The same mixture would also be used with pasta or in pies.

WI: The slide evening for the WI on Tuesday September 17 was a great success. The Magic Lantern slides were over 100 years old and were so interesting. Many were of old Lewes and the surrounding areas. There were also some of the oxen that were used around this area, which I’m sure my friend Ian Everest would appreciate as he does very good talks on the use of oxen on farms. Our thanks to Helen Wettern and David Smart for an entertaining evening which was very well supported. WI next meeting is on Tuesday October 15 which is the annual meeting for members with hostesses Joan Jones and Madeleine Harvey.

Work has started on the latest traffic calming measures and the men were working in the cold and the rain putting the first wooden post in. In the meantime traffic was still flying past at tremendous speed, rarely at 30mph. Having lived in the village for well over 40 years I still think what ever you do, drivers will still be driving too fast. I now drive towards Newhaven and turn around down the Gap as trying to get out of my entrance, on the corner, to go towards Lewes is lethal as the traffic is upon you before you know it.