Parish pump Lewes - September 28, 2012


HARVEST FESTIVAL on Sunday, at 11am in St Mary’s Church. A celebration and thanksgiving for this year’s harvest. Along with local farmers, we would encourage you to bring an offering of produce from your garden or allotment or even something you made yourself. These offerings will be given to a local charity.

BOWLING: Wednesday, away to Lindfield: Henry Bunney 18 R Harding 14, David Newman 28 R. Green 11, Les Line 4 Ken Eldred 36, John Osmond 15 W Atkins 21, Jas Osmond 13 Dorothy Keogh 16. Club lost 78-98. Saturday, home to Vicarage: Jas Osmond 12 Les Bamics 21, Les Line 9 Mike Collie 22, Penny Hunnisett 15 John ward 12, John Osmond 21 Dennis Walker 19. Club lost 57-74. End of the season is upon us, (pending a match on Wednesday, away to Portslade). Been up and down, mostly down, a lot of games off due to the weather but we soldier on. Always looking for new members of course; phone Jas on 01273 400806 for information.

BARCOMBE PLAYERS will perform a Parisian piece on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 11, 12 and 13. A gentle comedy entitled We’ll Always Have Paris by Jill Hyem. The play centres on three women of a certain age who gravitate to Paris. There’s Nancy, a retired headmistress determined to throw off the shackles. Anna, recently widowed after years of nursing a sick husband and Raquel, a divorcee in search of eternal youth and a new toyboy. This is a feel-good play with laughter and tears, romance and friendship and is touchingly about the advantages and pitfalls of growing old. The play will be performed in the village hall at 7.45pm each evening, with a bar and raffle. Tickets are available from Barcombe Stores. Please come along and enjoy a lovely evening of theatre right on your doorstep.

FOOTBALL: Mid Sussex League Div Two, Hydraquip 3 Barcombe 0: Barcombe 4 (M Lloyd 2, K Black, H Major) East Grinstead Town III 1. Div 10: Scaynes Hill 0 Barcombe II 2 (T Cane, J Das); Barcombe II 3 ( L Cheesman, J Roberts, M Waters) BHA Disability 2.


PISTON HEADS Breakfast Meet, with hot dogs and bacon rolls available, is at the Five Bells on Sunday from 10am to midday and anything with an engine is most welcome. For more information call Robin on 0182572 2259.

CRICKET sees Chailey in the last friendly game of the season on Sunday against Southwick Wanderers, who play at Plumpton College.

WINDMILL and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday, for the last time this year, from 3pm to 5pm. You will be able to get your copy of the illustrated map of the village, commissioned by the parish council, in exchange for the voucher which was in the August issue of Chailey News.

CHURCH SERVICES: Friends of St Peter’s Church Festival takes place tomorrow, Saturday, and at 3.30pm there will be a talk, a short service and tea at the Rectory. On Sunday the services will be Holy Communion at 8am and Sung Eucharist at 10am. Volunteers are needed to join the church cleaning rota, which can be done alone or in pairs but the more people on the rota the less often your turn comes round. At the moment it is once every six to seven weeks. Also volunteers are sought to go on the refreshment rota for the 10am service. Once again, the more people on the rota the less often each has to do it, at the moment it is once a month. Please speak to Teresa on 01825 722586 if you are willing to help with cleaning or refreshments. Free Church services on Sunday are a harvest service at 10.30am with David Muzzell and at 6.15pm with Sam Carter. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the services.

OPEN MORNINGS for prospective parents at Chailey School are on Monday and Thursday between 9am and 11am. Call 01273 890407 for more information.

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.

WI meet at the village hall on Tuesday at 7.45pm for their annual meeting. At the meeting the executive committee will present the committee’s annual report, the financial statement and members will elect a new president and committee members. The annual meeting is also an opportunity to raise and pass resolutions; there will be a lot of interesting discussion and guests and prospective members will, as always, be most welcome.

LOTUS CORTINA CLUB meet at the Five Bells on Thursday. More details are available on 01825 722259.

LIVE MUSIC is at the Five Bells on Friday October 5 at 8.30pm with the Whiskey Beats. This is an authentic sounding blues band playing both original and contemporary blues songs along with an infectious mix of blues classics by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, BB King, Albert Collins, Freddie King, Albert King and many more.

MEN’S BREAKFAST is at the Free Church on Saturday October 13 at 8.30am for 9am, the talk and breakfast are free but donations most welcome. For catering purposes please call 01444 471600 to advise that you will be attending.

NEW YORK MARATHON on November 4, is being run by Andrew Murray and Michaela Drew to raise funds for Futures@ChaileyHeritage, a transition service for young adults aged 19 to 25 years with complex disabilities and health needs. To sponsor Andrew and Michaela visit

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

HARVEST SUPPER: I think that there may be some tickets still available for the supper on Friday October 5 at St Peter’s Church Hall at 7pm. You must ring Judith on 01273 474356 if you would like to go.

CONCERT on Sunday for Tony’s Gambian Nursery School in St Peter’s Church at 3pm. Pay at the door.

MONDAY AFTERNOON Club will meet on Monday, October 8, in St Peter’s Church Hall at 2pm. Members are in for a treat as they will be hearing part two of Brian Walter’s talk on Bird Watching. Brian is a volunteer for the Ornithology Trust who during the summer I have the pleasure of seeing regularly when he comes out to ring the young swallows here at the farm. I have also had the pleasure of hearing his talks and seeing some lovely slides when we invited him to talk at the former Westmeston and Streat Flower Show. Well worth going along to hear this talk.

BREWERY TOUR: Organised by St Peter’s Church there will be a tour of Harvey’s Brewery on Wednesday October 10, at 6.30pm. Details and tickets from Judith Bastide 01273 474356.

FLY TIPPING: I have received a report that a quantity of old tyres have now been dumped in a field quite near to where the fly tipping took place well over a year ago behind Hamsey School. I have been in touch with the land agent to report the latest fly tip and asking when the long standing problem of the other rubbish is going to be solved and cleared.

THE PARISH COUNCIL met on September 13 when the long standing vacancy on the council was discussed. Resident of Cooksbridge, Kate McBrown, had made an approach to the council and was welcomed to the meeting. The chairman proposed inviting Mrs McBrown to join the council, seconded by Cllr Mike Dodd and agreed by Cllr Rose Armstrong. The clerk will now advertise another vacancy. Contact the clerk if you are interested in becoming a parish councillor. An update on a card recycling site was given and Cllr McBrown thought the existing garage site in Chandlers Mead would have the capacity for this. Cllr Dodd will follow this up with LDC. The clerk has registered parish council interest in a grant to improve signage in Offham but as yet, has had no further information from ESCC regarding the amount available. The council discussed the need for a safe footway to the village hall in Beechwood Lane, Cllr Armstrong reported on a meeting with Michael Bell, chairman of the hall trustees, Kevin Froude and County Cllr St Pierre. A quote of £70,000 for the work had been received from ESCC Highways. Clerk was asked to find out ownership of the verge area and to ask ESCC for any survey data. Details of costs involved with a long term loan to PC and Trustees, agenda next meeting. Next meeting will be on Thursday November 8.

LOVELY SIGHT: I have now discovered what the flock of tiny birds are on the buddleia bushes where they congregate on the dead heads. I was lucky as one came and perched on the honeysuckle near to my kitchen window. When I first spotted them I thought they were young greenfinches but realised they were much too small. Looking in my bird book I was thrilled to find that they were young goldcrests which must have bred here. They are one of the smallest birds in Britain apart from the wren. The male and female adult birds have different markings on their heads, but the young ones could easily be mistaken for greenfinches apart from their tiny size.

MYSTERY SOLVED: For years I have been puzzled by one of the signatures in the Courthouse visitors book which Derek’s mother started in the early 1930s. It is on a sheet of Courthouse Farm writing paper with sketches of two horses’ heads in pencil, signed and dated 1934. Had I read the newspaper articles that Derek’s father has pasted on to a previous page, I would have discovered long ago that it is a big slice of history as the signature is that of a Duke of Veragua who must have visited here to see the Arab horses. Although I have not finished reading all of the newspaper cuttings, one relates to the death of Cristobal Colon, Duke of Veragua (descendant of the great Christopher Columbus) and his brother the Duque de la Vega, shot at Fuencarral. I shall have to read more as it seems to be a most interesting story.


LADIES GROUP: Members brought along books that they had enjoyed and were happy to pass on to others. Next month we are having a talk about a holiday in Africa and Brazil, illustrated by photographs.

CONCERT: St Laurence’s next concert in on Saturday October 6 at 5.30pm violin and piano to include Bach’s Sonata in A minor for solo violin, piano solos by Shenton and traditional Irish fiddle music.

TALK: Also on October 6 at 4pm at the village hall there will be a slide show and talk on modern and contemporary Christian inspired art. This is planned partly as an introduction to an exhibition of Christian inspired art in St Laurence next Easter. Come to both events, they sound very interesting.

TRAFFIC COUNT: Last Thursday, when the traffic was at its busiest, a traffic count was being made. There were many people in yellow jackets and cameras erected in various positions focussing on the interchange of the slip road and roundabouts. I wonder if we will ever be told their findings.

MARATHON: On Sunday, our new Minister the Rev Colin Lawlor, will be taking part in the Berlin marathon, we are calling him the Running Rev. Reading in last week’s Express about a David Bradford also preparing to run in the Berlin marathon, Colin says, he doubts he will see the other Sussex runner it is the biggest marathon in the world. Good luck to both of them, and we wish them well. We shall also be cheering for my son who takes part in the half marathon in Bristol on Sunday.


MADE IN LEWES, Grown in Lewes, Eaten and Drunk in Lewes. OctoberFeast aims to encourage more of us to celebrate local, seasonal and sustainable food at the Market Tower, noon today, Friday, and running for 10 days, through to Sunday October 7. Apples will be celebrated with more pressings of local fruit in the Market Tower from 10am to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, and next Saturday, October 6. Tomorrow, Saturday, enjoy fresh apple juice for just 50 pence a litre. On Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm, a wall of knitted apples will appear at the House of Friendship, School Hill when local children and adults are invited to Apple Feast, a challenge to peel the longest apple peel, try their hand at apple bobbing, identify local Sussex apples, or simply to listen to storytellers while tasting apples. Numbers must be limited so do please buy your tickets at the Tourist Office. OctoberFeast brings much more, including special lunches and dinners, wine, beer and cheese tastings, a local hog roast, workshops, a taste of Tudor, a foodie film night, a celebration of George Orwell’s writings on food and drink and a Harvest Festival. Truly next week aims to be a festival of food and drink to match everyone’s taste and it’s all local and seasonal. What’s more, if the knitted apples caught your eye, watch out for some more creative window dressing about food in Cliffe, could be film, text, disembodied voices. Whatever, you can be sure it’ll be another entertaining surprise from OctoberFeast. Details of all but the surprise events can be found in the Lewes OctoberFeast programme which is available free from the Tourist Office and on the web-site

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday September 11 Butler Pairs: 1, Richard Burnett and Di Johnstone; 2, Mike Keeping and Janet Cattermole; 3, Peter and Irene Gannon. September 18 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Meic Goodyear and Mickie Lodge; 3, Richard Pearson and Roy Skan. Thursday September 13 Cross Imps: 1, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole; 2, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan; 3, Alan Disney and Susan Louis. September 20 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Janet Cattermole; 2, Tony Redshaw and Liz Thornton; 3, Gerry Malley and Frank Hibbert. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoon. Contact number 01273 473026.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On September 19 nine of us, led by Graham Heap, set off from Broad Oak, near Heathfield, on a glorious sunny day for a thoroughly enjoyable walk in the lovely Wealden countryside to the north of the village. Soon there were views across a broad valley to Mayfield before we slowly dropped down to walk beside the stream at the bottom of that valley. The sweet, sickly scent of the Japanese Knotweed along the banks hung in the air. The walk was punctuated by a fair number of stiles, notable for their variety of construction and differing states of repair, or disrepair in some cases. Walking rarely gets better than this. However, on our planned walk last Sunday, we were not so fortunate. It proved to be the first really wet day for some time, a delight for gardeners but not for walkers. Nevertheless, five brave members donned waterproof gear and set off for Blackcap via Spital Road and the bridleway past the Racecourse. On the way we noticed the new signs pointing out the link route to the South Downs Way. At Blackcap we paused briefly for refreshment, sharing the shelter of the trees with several cows who were similarly attempting to escape the increasingly wet conditions. Setting off once more, we soon joined the South Downs Way itself and continued along it to descend onto the A27 at Housedean Farm. The intention had been for some to walk on in the afternoon and return to Lewes from a southerly direction. However, as we were by now feeling cold as well as damp, there was a unanimous decision to make the journey by bus instead. This walk was led by Graham and Jill.

The next walk is on Tuesday, The Weald Around Newick. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

GARDEN SOCIETY: Gareth Manning is the current Chairman of the Institute of Horticulture South East and will talk about The Gardens of Kyoto. Learn about the myths and legends, flora and fauna of this stunning area as Gareth relates his adventures and experiences from his 2009 trip. Wednesday 7.30pm for 7.45 pm at St Thomas’s Church Hall, Cliffe. £3 for non-members.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL has now settled down to hard work as autumn sets in. Children are well into their class topics. This term the whole school is studying different periods in history. Some classes are using our local area to help bring history alive. Year 4 will visit Anne of Cleve’s House as part of their Tudors topic and Year 5 will be going to Fishbourne to find out about the Romans. The school would welcome any input from local people or groups with information or resources linked to the Victorians, World War II, Ancient Egyptians or Toys of the Past. By the end of the term, they are aiming to have set up a timeline and school museum for parents and the local community. Watch this space for further details. Year 6 have been pond dipping in the new pond. They have found all sorts of creatures and a growing eco system to support them. Each class has been set a challenge using the wildlife areas. By the end of the week just passed, children’s findings will have been shared with the whole school in an assembly. As noted below, some of the side roads are having footpaths resurfaced. Parents and children will need to be extra careful. The school hopes that neighbours and parents won’t suffer too much disruption and that children will be especially careful and remain safe.

FOOTPATH Resurfacing on the Martlets and Hereward Way starts October 15 and lasts four weeks. East Sussex highways will be working between 7am and 5pm on these two roads. During this period the two roads will be closed to through traffic and there will be diversion notices directing where to go. Work will be carried out in different stages so instructions will change. Please follow the signs. On-street parking and access to vehicles will also be affected. Residents directly affected will have been given details of the extent of the work. Anyone unsure of the effect of this should contact East Sussex Highways on 0345 60 80 193 or email

THE COMMUNITY CENTRE wishes its users to know that the centre will remain open during this period. Anyone who is unsure about this should contact organisers of the various user groups for details. Organisers should also note that there is a meeting for representatives of groups that use the Centre on October 11 at 7.30pm in the Meeting Room. Further details on the website

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH celebrated its patron saint, St Michael, last week in a joint communion service with St John sub Castro, with whom they share their vicar. The service programme sheet explained that in Anglo Saxon times, when the church was first established, the original monks had probably turned to St Michael in their struggle with hostile pagan groups surrounding them. The Bible calls Michael the leader of the angels who defeated Satan and hurled him out of heaven. Ten of the ancient churches in East Sussex are dedicated to St Michael with half of these in the Ouse Valley. This coming Sunday is Back to Church Sunday, when people who used to be churchgoers but have drifted away are invited back to a special service designed to make them particularly welcome. This is an ideal time for those who have thought from time to time that they would like to reconnect to try it out. The Service starts at 9.30 in South Malling Church. St John’s expect to be back in their own church on Sunday, after some essential repairs. Their Back to Church service is at 11am.

Mobile Library

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


SOCIAL CENTRE: What a complete shock to read about St Mary’s Social Centre. How can our councillors even be thinking along those lines. When our Prime Minster came to power, one of his ideas to get the country going, was the big society. We have got this very successful community organisation, which has been doing well for years. Is this the start of things to come? The year so far has been so up beat with the Jubilee and Olympics so I suppose something had to come along and spoil the mood. Never trust a politician whatever his party.

BADGE NIGHT: This year Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society’s Badge Night is at St Mary’s Social Centre today, Friday, between 7pm and 9pm. Membership will also be available at St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road on Friday October 12, 3pm to 9pm. At both these events there will be an exhibition of the history of the society and a selection of the Society’s merchandise and costumes to buy. During September membership will also be available in the Lewes Precinct on Saturday mornings. Look out for our gleaming new green and white gazebo. More information on membership can be found on our website at

REGISTER TO VOTE: When you register to vote with your local authority your name is placed on the Electoral Roll, but what you may not be aware of is that there are two versions; the full Electoral Roll and the edited version. It is only the edited version that is publicly available and therefore can be accessed by the public and marketing agencies, increasing the visibility and circulation of your details, and putting you at higher risk of ID theft. To limit who can access the circulation of your details, we suggest you remove your details from the edited Electoral Roll by contacting your local authority. Do not worry, you will still be fully registered to vote and listed on the credit agencies’ lists but your details will not be public. You can also limit the circulation of your details by registering with the Mailing Preference Service, who work on behalf of consumers to ensure that direct marketing companies do not send unsolicited mail to anyone registered on their lists. For more information, visit

CHRIST CHURCH: Morning Worship at 10.30am on Sunday will be led by Rev Geoffrey Gordon. A warm welcome awaits you.

GARDENING CLUB: St Mary’s Gardening Club’s October meeting will be on Monday at 7.45pm at St Mary’s Social Centre. Martin Pett will give a talk on African Plants Adaptation to this country. Despite the wet summer we do know that global warming is going to affect us all so come and hear how we can use plants that are not native species in our gardens.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH will have a Harvest Family Service on Sunday, October 7, at 10am. Any tins or packet foods will be very welcome as we like to send gifts to Family Support Work at Hurstpierpoint, a Diocesan based charity which helps young families in crisis through outreach workers based throughout the county. Please come and give generously.


COUNTRY MARKET: Newick Country Market are hosting the Macmillan Cancer Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning today, Friday, from 10am till 11am in the village hall. All donations will help pay for Macmillan time, to help people affected by cancer. All the normal produce and craft stall will be there, make sure that you go along early as they sell out quickly.

QUIZ NIGHT: Just to remind you that the horticultural society are holding a Quiz Night in the village hall this evening, Friday. Please telephone 01825 724 295 for tickets costing £7.50; this includes a ploughman’s supper.

RUGBY: The rugby club have two games this weekend, the first XV are playing at home against Rye, and the second XV travel to Cinque Ports.

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday at St Mary’s Church are at 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by Holy Communion Morning service (BCP) at 10.30am.

BETTLE DRIVE on Saturday October 6 from 4pm to 6pm in St Mary’s Church Barn Centre. Tickets £5 (12 years and under £2.50). Why not pop along and enjoy a fun competition for all ages tea is included for information and tickets telephone 01825 722328 (this is being organised by the Diocesan Family Support work).

DIARY DATE: Thursday October 11 the Newick Afternoon Club’s next meeting. Further details later.

THE WEATHER on Saturday was a beautiful September day. According to the weather forecast this evening we are in for a wet and windy few days, no doubt many leaves will be falling from the trees, have you noticed how quickly they have been changing colour? Autumn is here.


JUMBLE TIME AGAIN: Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be another sale in the village hall with scrum down at 2pm. This time organised by the Playing Field Committee to raise funds for a new pavilion, it will feature cakes, refreshments and tombola. If you wish to donate any jumble please take it to the hall during the morning of the sale.

FREE INSULATION: A reminder that free cavity wall and loft insulation is still being offered through Lewes District Council. This is a genuine offer and not to be confused with those unsolicited phone calls frequently received from unknown companies. Ring the council direct on 01273 484330 to find out more.

MOBILE OFFICE: Do not forget that ESCC’s mobile office still visits the village hall car park on Mondays between 2pm and 3.30pm. On offer are free basic computer lessons teaching how to use the beasts, access the internet, deal with emails, plus free scanning and printing. Advice is also on hand about libraries and other council services. You are never too old to learn about this modern technology and it can open up a whole new means of communication, facilities and interests, so go along and find out more from the helpful folk waiting to show you that the perceived mysteries really are not so mysterious after all. Young people are, of course, also welcome and it is free to all.

NEW WALK DATE: The Footpath Society walk scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday) has been switched to Sunday. I only found out after I had written last week’s column. Meet at 2 Strawlands, Plumpton Green (TQ365 169) at 2pm for a four to five mile walk round the village, culminating in tea at Strawlands. More information, if needed, on 01273 890450.

DEFIBRILLATOR: The Village Action Plan (VAP) is looking to provide a second defibrillator to be located at the railway station in close proximity also to the playing field. There are substantial funds available for the project but more cash is needed. If you have an old mobile phone, please take it along to the village shop as it can be used to raise funds towards the second piece of apparatus. The VAP held its AGM on Monday and some 24 residents were present. The new Steering Committee is to look at future activities and possibly a name change.

AUTUMN SHOW: The results of the Horticultural Society’s Autumn Show were as follows. National Vegetable Society Medal Ken Beard; RHS Certificates Best Fruit and Best Flower Richard Hilson; Best Vegetable Ken Beard; Best Cookery Linda Pilfold; Homecraft Challenge Trophy and Amateur Collection Cup 1994 Malcolm Beard; President’s Challenge Cup (children) Amelie Pilfold and Emily Purdy; John Harrison Floral Art Challenge Trophy Gill Wells; Tom Clarke Memorial Challenge Trophy 1987, Chairman’s (1972) Challenge Trophy, Committee1979 Challenge Cup and Les Cottingham Memorial Trophy Ken Beard; Beard Challenge Cup and Westgate Family Challenge Trophy (1981) Win Banks; Eric Harrison Challenge Trophy and Ellis Challenge Cup Richard Hilson; Strollings Trophy 1997 Diane Ellis.

Junior Classes (under 16) One onion Matt Watson. Novice Classes: Three tomatoes Jo Taylor. Amateurs: Vase spray chrysanthemums, five white potatoes, three carrots, three round beetroot, nine exhibition shallots, mini collection four kinds of vegetables and 12 soft fruits, Malcolm Beard; three dahlias decorative/cactus, three dahlias pompon, nine runner beans, five coloured potatoes and six tomatoes, Roy Harriott; three other ahlias, flowering pot plant, 10 cherry tomatoes, three essert Aapples and three cooking apples, Carole Nicholson; three stems Michaelmas Daisies, Jo Taylor; last rose of summer, Ken Beard; 12 pickling shallots and three onions over 8ozs, Win Banks; five onions under 8ozs, Reg Lanaway. Open (trade excluded): Vase single chrysanthemums, foliage pot plant, five small dahlias, vase mixed hardy herbaceous perennials, 10 cherry tomatoes, five coloured potatoes, five white potatoes, nine French beans, three leeks, three round beetroot, vase and any other vegetable, Ken Beard; one flowering pot plant, three stems Michaelmas Daisies, three stems flowering shrub(s), three stems foliage shrubs, five onions under 8ozs, three cooking apples and three dessert apples, Carole Nicholson; one cactus, Clifford Avery; one succulent, Richard Watson; one large dahlia and three medium dahlias, David Colgate; five pompon dahlias, three other dahlias, 12 exhibition shallots, mini collection four vegetables and 12 soft fruits, Richard Hilson; nine runner beans, three courgettes, pair squashes and largest pumpkin, Ian Cooper; six tomatoes, Roy Harriott; longest runner bean, pair cucumbers, 12 pickling shallots and three sweet peppers, Malcolm Beard; three onions over 8ozs, Win Banks; vase four culinary herbs, Susie Martin.

Floral Art: Christmas Cheer, Bottom of the Garden and petite arrangement, Autumn Glow, Susie Martin; Chrysanthemum, Gill Wells; foliage arrangement, Mary Beard; miniature arrangement, Win Banks.

Junior Competitions: Under Five Years: Button necklace, Jonathan Purdy; decorated paper cup and saucer of flowers, Amelie Pilfold. 5 to 7 years: Picture of Father Christmas and three shortbread biscuits, Emily Purdy; animal made from egg box, Jessica Massingale.11 to15 years: Chocolate sponge, Carenza Smith.

Cookery: Jar of jelly, Win Banks; jar sliced beetroot and two halves of a stuffed pepper, Mary Beard; Victoria sponge, Linda Pilfold; three shortcrust mince pies, Margaret Westgate; three savoury biscuits, plum crumble and three chocolate chip cookies (men only), Malcolm Beard; six eggs, Carole Nicholson.

Handicrafts: Christmas Card and knitted scarf, Gina Fergusson-Cooke.

Homemade Wine: Bottle of liqueur, Mick Bird; bottle white wine from flowers, bottle of fruit wine, bottle rose wine and bottle wine from natural ingredients other than fruit or flowers, Win Banks.


HISTORY STUDY GROUP: At its meeting tonight, Friday, at 7.45pm in the village hall Helen Reeves and her co-facilitator Angela Shrimpton will be speaking about the East Sussex County Asylum near Hellingly, in its later years known as Hellingly Hospital, which was the main provider of in-patient mental health care in our county for most of the 20th century. It operated on a vast scale, with a remarkable set of buildings, and cared for many thousands of patients from all across the county. It was a real community, with most of the facilities of a small town, including its own electric railway. For a decade after its closure its buildings stood forlorn, becoming an eclectic tourist attraction. Badly vandalised, most have now been demolished, to be replaced by a large new housing estate Ringmer resident Dr David Rice of The Elms was the hospital’s Medical Superintendent for over 20 years.

SILVER SURFER CLASSES will recommence tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and noon at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form. If you are over 50 and are interested in learning about using a computer, the college runs these information sessions where a young person works alongside an older person to improve and develop their skills at their own pace. For further information or to book a place please contact Ruth Whitlock, Learning Resource Centre Manager on 01273 812220 ext 253 during school hours. There is no charge for these classes.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, both the first and second teams have away fixtures. The firsts travel to Lancing for an SCFL Division One fixture with kick off at Culver Road at 3pm, and the seconds go a bit further up the coast to Pagham for their SCFA Intermediate Cup fixture, also with a 3pm kick off. There is some football at The Caburn this weekend when the Veterans get their defence of the Fred Pretty Cup underway with a home fixture against Hartfield on Sunday morning, kick off 11am. Entry is free. On Tuesday the first team have another away fixture when they travel to East Grinstead for a League fixture kicking off at 7.45pm. At the social club tomorrow, Saturday, evening there is the return of the popular Comedy Night hosted by Eden Rivers. Start time is 8pm and tickets priced £7 will be available on the night.

CONCERT: Brenda Perchard presents Showbiz Time, an evening of entertainment for St Peter and St James tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall at 7.30pm. Tickets £8 to include refreshments. There will also be a raffle. This will be Brenda’s last big concert so she would welcome your support. Tickets available from Brenda on 812246 or from Middletons shop in the precinct.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on September 19 was: 1, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 2, Valerie and Peter King; 3, Marguerita and Dick Clark. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall commencing at 7.30pm.

CRAFT FAIR: Do try to get along to this fair being held in the village hall on Saturday, October 6, from 10am to 12.30pm. Free entry and refreshments available. Money raised will be used to buy a defibrillator for use in the village hall. For further information please contact Susan James on or phone 813375.

BRIDGE TOURNAMENT: This might be of interest to all keen Bridge players in Ringmer. This tournament is being held at Kingston Village Hall on Friday, October 12, commencing at 2pm in aid of the Pestalozzi International Village Trust. Admission £7.50 per person. Tea and refreshments available and there will be a raffle. For tickets please contact Alan on 473226, Beryl on 480094 or Diana on 472295.

HARVEST FESTIVAL will be celebrated at St Mary’s on Sunday, October 7. The gifts of food will be divided between Family Support Work and Fareshare in Brighton and Hove. Collections at the service will as usual go to the Royal Agricultural and Benevolent Institute and the East Sussex Farmers’ Union Benevolent Fund. The bring and share harvest supper will be held in the Church Room in the evening at 7.45pm.

ALLOTMENTS: Your opportunity for a Good Life beckons as there are several vacant plots currently available. Plots are very inexpensive to rent (currently £8 a year for a small plot and up to £24 for a full sized one) contact Chris Elphick the parish clerk by email or on 01273813242 to arrange a viewing and get inspired.

VOLUNTEERS: With the enthusiastic help of new volunteers this group has been clearing vegetation form Ringmer footpaths. The weather has given the group extra difficulty this year with the nettles, grass and brambles growing quicker than their clearing efforts. Please advise Dave Warner on 813654 if you find difficulty in using a path.

THANKS: Many thanks to all those who supported the Flute and Harp concert by the Zaffre Duo at St Mary’s on Sunday. There was a good turnout on a very wet and windy day, and the audience and performers enjoyed tea and cakes after the concert. Well over £200 was raised towards St Mary’s and Myeloma UK.

LEWES DISTRICT Seniors’ Forum will be holding a special coffee morning at the Ringmer Village Hall on November 12 starting at 10am. The event will be open to all with free coffee, tea and biscuits. There will also be a raffle with exceptional prizes. Come and join us; we want to hear your views and to keep you up to date, raise issues and problems relating to people aged 50+ in the Lewes District which we can forward to the powers that be. As a special treat, come and have your joints soothed over a cup of coffee. Jane Larson is a qualified aroma massage therapist and if you give her a foot, hand, head, shoulder or back, she will give you a free demonstration and sample massage while you are relaxing over your morning beverage and will be happy to answer any questions. This event forms part of the Forum’s contribution towards the National Older People’s Day 2012 celebration. If you would like help with transport or more information, please contact Jean Gaston-Parry on 01273 603576 or David Glen on 07930 951 564.

Rodmell & Southease

CHILLI DAY: Sunday will be hot as it’s Chilli Day at Southease. No doubt growers are hoping their plants are going to be bursting with fruit so they can make their jams, relishes and other products. There will be some exceptional fruits from the aptly named Trinidad Scorpion Butch T, what a name? Others are Naga Viper and Habanero 7 Pot with several other less formidable varieties. I wonder how many people will be encouraged to try these really hot ones, at their peril. I know for sure it won’t be me. I like hot and spicy foods but not too hot. Let’s hope the weather will be kind this weekend as I know this is a very special day which is becoming more and more famous every year with chilli lovers.

THE JUMBLE SALE in the village hall on Saturday had some good bargains I noticed, when I took my paltry bag of throw outs down on Saturday morning. I’m sure it must have had its usual success. As I’m trying to clear-out and not gather in these days, I keep away from jumble and antique sales. Fortunately I don’t have a garage to clutter up and both lofts of the cottages are totally clear, plus the few cupboards we have are fairly clear of rubbish, but there always seems to be the odd drawer to clear out. Winter is clear-out and clear-up time.

QUIZ: Tomorrow, Saturday, there is the very popular Quiz and Fish and Chips Night, 7pm for 7.30pm in the village hall. Rev Geoff is the quiz master. Teams of eight. Tickets £10 from Lindy Smart (478151) or Jenny Brown (473939). in aid of church funds.

HARVEST SUPPER: October 5 the annual Harvest Supper, 7pm for 7.30pm start. Another very popular village event. Tickets £8 from Joan Polglass (475756), which will include an excellent cold buffet supper, apple pie, glass of wine and a speaker.

APPLES: I don’t somehow think there will be many apples to crush this year. I have a few more than I first thought, but nowhere near as many as there usually are, when the orchard is in full crop.

BIRDS: When walking along Friars Walk one day last week I could hear a racket of bird noise. When I looked up I saw a nest with six little heads poking out from under the eaves of a house and realised it was either swallows or martins and the parents were frantically flying too and fro to feed their hungry brood. As my eyes aren’t as good as they were I could not be sure. I would have thought it was a little late for a brood to be in the nest in September.

STAGE: I do hope St Mary’s Social Centre does not get taken over for housing. I have been to some excellent pantos there and you can tell that it is very much loved by the community. I am looking forward to seeing my god-daughter’s daughter in Bugsy Malone, Lewes Operatic Society’s latest production. She is playing the part of Tallula and it’s her first big part. Her aunt and uncle and her cousins have been with the society for many years and her grandmother used to help with teas until she died, plus grandfather lends various items of farming equipment for musicals such as Oklahoma, so it’s a real family affair.

HEDGEHOG: I am so pleased that a hedgehog has now taken up residence again, and is giving pleasure to our visitors when they return form their evening meals. He or she trundles along just outside the back door and is not a bit afraid of us. I love these little creatures and don’t know how people can be cruel to them. Some Australian visitors were absolutely delighted to see a hedgehog, it was a bonus in their stay so they said. There seem to be a lot of Australian visitors around at the moment.