Parish pump Lewes - September 5, 2014


BOWLS: Barcombe Bowling Club Competition Finals were played last weekend. The weather was good which allowed all the games to be played in ideal conditions. Saturday games: President Shield Pairs: Derek Stewart and Mick Cragg beat Shaun Smith and Maurice Heather. Ceicle Ridley Memorial Cup 100up: Colin Mouland beat Jean Uridge. Nobby Heasman Cup Mixed Pairs: Colin Mouland and Jean Uridge beat Derek Stewart and Penny Hunnisett. Sunday games: Coronation Handicap Cup Singles: Mick Cragg beat Colin Mouland. Bunney Cup Two Wood: Colin Mouland beat John Simpson. Lillian Lee Cup Ladies Singles: Jas Osmond beat Penny Hunnisett. Foresters Cup Men’s Singles: Shaun Smith beat Coulin Mouland. The winners of the Anniversary Cup were Tony Smith and Fred Baldwin. Club presiden, Murial Pyne, presented the trophies.

CRICKET: ESCL Div 2 Ringmer v Barcombe. Ringmer 213-9 in 50 overs: Joe Wheatley 2-58 Josh Wheatley 2-77. Barcombe 95 all out in 26.2 overs: Will Marler 36 Josh Wheatley 20. Ringmer (30 points) beat Barcombe (9 points) by 118 runs.


CRICKET at Sheffield Park tomorrow, Saturday, starts at 11.30am and is a match between the Pineapples and the Seagullians. On Sunday at 1pm the Armadillos play the Primrose Hill Elephants, a team borne out of pure and simple envy at all the fun the kids at Primrose Hill CC were having. All are welcome.

ST PETER’S Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and an All Age Family Service with baptism at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. Thank you to all who supported the Five Bells Chailey’s Got Talent event which raised more than £400 for the Church Restoration Fund. St Peter’s Church Choir were the winners of the competition, closely followed by Phizz Day and her poems.

FREE CHURCH services on Sunday are at 10.30am with John Goodway and 6.15pm with Giles Woodcraft. Tea, coffee and biscuits served after the service. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

VOLUNTEERS at Bluebell Railway: A Find Out More Day takes place on Sunday at the classroom at Sheffield Park Station. Meet there at 10.30am and the day should end around 4.20pm. For more information call 01825 720800.

EARLY OPENING: Sheffield Park Garden will open early so photography enthusiasts can capture views of the garden and lakes with the morning mists rising. Access is from 8am for that perfect shot on Thursdays in September.

SWISH CLOTHES SWAP PARTY: Ladies are invited to this party at the Free Church on Friday September 12 from 8pm to 10pm. Tickets cost £3 and include tea/coffee and cake. How the Party works, you are asked to deliver at least five items of clothing, all in good condition, (including shoes, bags and hats) to 6 Kilnwood Lane, South Chailey in the week before the event; except Thursday (September 11) when you can take them to the Free Church between 6pm and 9pm. All items will be on display and free at the Party, except higher quality/designer items to be sold for a donation to Tearfund. For tickets call Ann on 01444 471600 or Janet on 07855 120896.

AUTUMN SHOW organised by the horticultural society is at the village hall on Saturday September 13. The 94 classes are detailed in a show schedule which can be obtained from Linda Keet-Harris on 01825 723817. There is a most interesting Special Class which is very easy to enter if you have apple trees. All you need to do is take a carrier bag of apples and a bottle to the village hall between 10am and 1pm on the day of the Show and for a donation your apples will be pressed. A prize will be given, in the afternoon, for the best tasting juice. Enter this or any of the other 93 classes detailed in the schedule.

THE BALNEATH BASH, a music and beer extravaganza, organised by the Bonfire Society, takes place at Balneath Manor, on Saturday September 13 from 5pm. There will be a variety of real ales and ciders, Michael Salmon and a live band, a Pop-Up’ Paella Stall from 7.30pm selling chicken and chorizo paella and vegetarian paella. Tickets are £5 per person (food and drink not included). Tickets from, at the Horns Lodge or on 07870509339.

TOUR OF BRITAIN Stage 7 of the route passes through Chailey on Saturday September 13 so do go along and see the Olympic Champion and Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins hoping to defend his Tour of Britain title against a field of over 100 other riders, including popular British sprinter Mark Cavendish. Tour organisers estimate the race will pass through Haywards Heath at around 12.25pm, the exact time of arrival will, obviously, depend on the speed of the race. The riders then head along the A272 and pass through Chailey, on to Uckfield and Brighton for the finish of the stage. There will be rolling road closures in operation along the race route which will mean there will be delays on the roads of between 25 and 40 minutes. For more information visit

RIDE AND STRIDE on Saturday September 13 is a sponsored event, for all ages; there is no fixed route so encouraging people to arrange their own course to take in churches and chapels in Sussex they haven’t visited before. The money raised will be shared between the Sussex Historic Churches Trust and the church or chapel nominated by the participant. Anyone can ride or walk where they choose, and may start and finish at any church, visiting as many or as few as they like. The Revd John Miller-Maskell will be manning St Peter’s Church between 9am and 5pm to offer refreshments to any visitors, riders, cyclists or walkers who call in as part of their route and would be grateful for anyone who can offer an hour to assist with this. Please let John know on 01825 722286.

IRONMAN WALES Andrew Murray has secured a place in this extremely challenging event on Sunday September 14 and has chosen to raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation. Andrew has already taken part in several events to raise much needed funds for the Foundation and they are very grateful to him for his continued support. If you would like to support Andrew please donate on his JustGiving page at

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Holy Communion 8am in Hamsey Church. St Peter’s Church, Sunday School, 10.15am in the church hall, parish Communion 10.30am followed by coffee in the hall. Evensong is in Hamsey Church at 6pm.

SAD NEWS to hear of the death of Phyllis Hudson, of Cooksbridge, at the age of 93. Phyllis was the wife of Bill who only recently celebrated his 96th birthday in St Peter’s Church Hall. The funeral service took place at St Peter’s Church on Tuesday August 26, followed by cremation. It is especially sad as Phyllis had been in a nursing home for some time and following Bill’s celebration he had a fall and is now in a nursing home but was able to attend the funeral. Thoughts are with their daughter Anne and her family.

COOKSBRIDGE: The Malthouse, which was for years used as the village hall and the polling station, has now finally been given planning permission to convert the building into a single dwelling house and annexe, with a detached garage/summerhouse and an associated car parking area.

CYCLE RACE: The Tour of Britain Cycle Race is on Saturday September 13 en route from Lewes to Brighton. The first of the 120 cyclists are due to pass through Offham at about 2.55pm. They then turn left after Offham Garage onto Ditchling Road, the B2116, then to Westmeston where they will turn into Underhill Lane and then up to Ditchling Beacon. There will be 32 police motorcycle outriders to control traffic with rolling road closures of approximately 15 minutes duration.

FUNDRAISERS: Anna Archer, co-chair of the Hamsey School Fundraisers, has reported on the activities of the group during the year. They had their first clay oven pizza and camping night, which was a great success, and fun evening when they raised about £450 for the school. They are hoping to arrange another one before the end of the year or early spring. A couple of the mums and their children managed to raise over £80 for the school by organising a boot fair which was also a great success. A lot of time went into organising for the Hamsey Festival in July which included a swing dancing class, bake off, dog show, crafts for the kids, photography competition, massage, puppet show, storytelling, sporting events, circus skills, music workshops, dressing up, face painting and fabulous food. Year 6 were planning to run their own stalls for the school summer fair and for sports day in July, there was the very popular scones with cream and jam and tea to support the budding athletes.

GARDENS: The two Open Garden afternoons at Offham House in April and June in aid of the National Gardens Society yellow Book charities raised a fantastic amount of money. The April event raised £9,919.80 and in June another £3,678.20 was raised which added up to £6,598 and the afternoons were enjoyed by over 700 visitors to the gardens.

GREAT HAMSEY BAKE-OFF at the Hamsey Festival was another great success. Overseen by Emma Hopkins. The judges were Kathy Wren and Ruth Biggs. There were three categories: age 4 to 9 years was won by Iona Luecker for her summer fruit marble cake, Tallulah Kent for her brownies and Megan for her raspberry muffins. Second place Clara Luecker for her chocolate cupcakes. Third place went to Milo Harrison for his apple and maple cake and Luella Humphrey for her Hamsey Festival chocolate cake. Age16 years plus: first place went to Natalie Welfare for her dairy-free strawberry surprise. Second place went to Louise Houghton for her almond and orange mascarpone cake. Third place went to Andrea Campbell for her cupcakes.

DOG SHOW: The Hamsey Festival Dog Show, which according to many is the highlight of the festival and attracts owners from a wide area, had a surprise celebrity host, Crella de Vil, better known as Sally Miller, who with the wag of a finger kept law and order among the Hamsey canines. She was ably assisted by Maisie Curran. Winners of the six categories were: Most Attractive Dog: 1 Krumpusz owned by Emese Mrakova; 2 Agamemnon owned by Corinne Clift; 3 Jack owned by Rita Broughton; 4 Tipp owned by Sam St Pierre. Best Pup: Agamemnon owned by Corinne Clift; 2 William owned by Bernice Ings; 3 Teddy owned by Charlotte Baldwin; 4 Luna owned by Stan Norris. Best Old Dog: 1 Casey owned by Julie Walrond; 2 Sunny owned by Rita Broughton; 3 Jack owned by Rita Broughton. Best Trick: 1 Lucky owned by Tony Woodley; 2 Krumpusz owned by Emese Mrakova; 3 Cora owned by Summer Wren. Dog the Judge Would Most Like to Take Home: 1 Juno owned by Hannah Staples; 2 Cora owned by Summer Wren; 3 Ralphie owned by Lucy. The Mystery Prize: Bennie owned by Joseph Friedsson.

PHOTOGRAPHY COMP: Under 9 years, Betty Griffiths; 10 to 15 years, Maisie Curran; 16 years plus, Kevin Froude.

MUSIC FOOD DRINKS: At the festival Starfish generously gave their time for another year and provided the sound system for the day’s events. There was a fantastic variety of food which catered for all tastes. Erica from Moveable Feasts, Mama Bhumi’s Indian Vegetarian Pakora, Peter the fish and chip man and the fabulous teas and cakes provided by Judith Bastide and her team of master bakers from St Peter’s Church. The Hamsey School Fundraisers provided the bar which was well stocked with Pimms, Harveys, wines and beers. Katie Griffiths, Jane Taylor and other school parents worked tirelessly to keep everyone refreshed. Entries for the Hidden Hamsey photograph competition were displayed in the hall for people to puzzle over, organised by Tamsyn d’Arienzo.


ART AND SOUL: The exhibition in the church and Parish Hall has been a resounding success and if you would like to see and hear more log on to the following link. Sue Barnes and her colleagues are to be congratulated for this great exhibition: art-and-soul-of-falmer-on-display-at- new-exhibition/ News reached even further afield due to the net. We had a phone call from my daughter who lives in Derby, asking ‘what’s that boot doing in the pond?’ We had no idea what she was talking about, and very intrigued, set off to investigate. There in the pond is a sculptured half a leg and foot set on a base and tethered in the middle of the pond. It moves gently in the water and looks quite amazing. When we arrived the young seagulls were exploring this new object, one was perched on the top of the leg, another on the toes and others on the base, it would have made a good picture, like the picture taken of it arriving perched on the car roof, it must have caused some amazed looks as it travelled.

EVERYTHING seemed to be happening in Falmer on that day. In the morning working on my allotment, I could hear music playing across the A27, and when we visited in the afternoon, there was a great buzz of energy and people in the gateway leading to the Court. It was the one day Biennial Arts Festival called WTF 2014, a contemporary arts festival to bring together performance, music and visual art in the grounds of Falmer Court. It was organised by Chloe Hoare, Kassia Zermon and Jules Arthur in association Beatabet. They had invited people to explore the gardens of Falmer Court, look inside the caravan and car, listen out for unexpected sounds, have a peek inside the front door, sit down underneath the umbrellas and to keep eyes peeled for roaming performances. Does it all sound fun? It certainly felt like it, there was a funky, fun feeling atmosphere.

HERITAGE OPEN DAY at St Laurence, Falmer, September 11 to 14 from 11am to 5pm. The exhibition will be centred around the church’s memorial to the men who died in the First World War, and we will be able to look at the kind of work those people did and the kind of lives they lived in this rural community at the beginning of the 20th century. There will be photographs of the time and memories and stories about these men. An enormous amount of research has been carried out by Sheila Massey and should be interesting to see. For more information visit

POST COLLECTIONS: there is an announcement on the village post box saying from September 15 collections will not be made before 9am Monday to Friday and not before 7.30am on Saturdays. Which to my reckoning to rely on post being delivered as early as possible, means we should post letters in the evening, or make sure we are earlier enough in the mornings to catch the day’s collection.


RIDE AND STRIDE: The annual Ride and Stride sponsored event (helping to preserve Sussex churches) takes place on Saturday, September 13, between 9am and 6pm. You can cycle, walk or run to raise money via sponsorship, half of which goes to your chosen church and the other half to the Sussex Historic Churches Trust. Anybody can join in and all participants would be very welcome (see leaflets in Kingston Church and/or telephone Nick or Jan Darby 473776). Volunteers are needed to man our church during the day in one hour slots, to provide a welcome to the visiting cyclists, walkers or runners. If you can help sign up in Kingston Church.

LUNCH in the Sussex Countryside. Enjoy a buffet lunch in the garden of Juggs Corner, Juggs Road (the home of Ivan and Jenni Yates) on Sunday, September 14, 12.30pm for 1pm. At this fund raising event for Kingston Church, you will be able to enjoy lunch in glorious surroundings. Tickets at £15 from Brenda Neller (472720), Brian Simmons (474303) or Jennie Yates (473264). There is no charge for children. You will need a picnic, but get a free dessert and be able to enjoy an entertainer. There will be a cash bar with the first drink free. Free parking in a nearby field.


LEWES HISTORY GROUP meeting on Monday, 7pm for 7.30pm, at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. Dripping Yarns, the story of a Lewes sporting icon. The origins of the Dripping Pan in Mountfield Road are a mystery. A favourite theory is it was once a medieval salt pan linked to the nearby Priory. Since 1885 it has been home to Lewes Football Club. Sussex Express columnist David Arnold paints a portrait in words and pictures of the Dripping Pan and some of the people and events that give it a unique place in Lewes history. All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: A group of 20 walkers assembled at North Street car park for the Bank Holiday weekend Sunday’s walk to Glynde and back. We set off down the hill and along Cliffe High Street to the bottom of Chapel Hill. This steep ascent soon found us at the Golf Club at the top of the hill ready to start our trail across the Downs. We took the path skirting the golf club for a short distance, then turned off onto the gently descending track to Oxteddle Bottom. We stopped to admire some rather rare and modest orchids (autumn ladies tresses), as well as the spectacular round-headed rampion, a feature of this area. Caburn Bottom joins Oxteddle Bottom by the dew pond and this is where we stopped for a short break, enjoying the views of the Herdwick sheep scattered across the hillside. We then started the long gradual climb up to the track linking Ringmer to Mount Caburn. It was all downhill from here, in the best possible sense, to reach Glynde by the village post office, and after a short walk through this delightful village, our lunch destination, the Trevor Arms. After an hour’s break, enjoying refreshments in the warm sunshine of the pub garden, we set off back to Lewes. We took a different route this time, walking back through the village and picking up the track opposite Glynde Place up to the Ringmer/Caburn track. Turning right, we walked along the ridge of the Downs with views of Lewes in the far distance, branching off left at Saxon Down to the kissing gate marking the entry to the Southerham Nature Reserve. Then it was a matter of following the path that leads back to the Club House at the top of Chapel Hill. And then that steep descent. he walk was led by Vivien. The next walk is on Sunday, Fletching. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Last Sunday we said au revoir to David Garratt, our associate vicar, enjoying an inspiring and amusing sermon from him followed by a picnic and lots of cake. This Sunday from 11.30am we will have coffee outside to celebrate our eco-congregation award, with presentation of the plaque. Please do come and enjoy our beautiful church grounds. Families are especially welcome. Then at the 3.30pm service we will celebrate our former rector Peter Markby’s 50 years as an ordained minister, 25 of which were here in Southover. Everyone is warmly invited to join us for the service, followed by tea and yet more cake. On the subject of food, Marcus Taylor has raised another £150 to help the work of our two church members working with orphans in Ukraine, through sales of his Southover preserves. Our new Alpha course starts on Thursday October 2. An opportunity to explore the basics of the Christian faith. An ideal course to discuss the big questions of life in an informal and relaxed setting. Please contact our rector, Steve Daughtery, on 472018. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am family service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal family service in the church hall; 3.30pm service celebrating the ministry of Peter Markby, with communion; 6.30pm informal evening communion service with singers and band. On Saturday September 13 everyone is welcome at the Lewes area churches’ breakfast, 8.15am for 8.30am in the White Hart hotel, an opportunity to listen to a fascinating talk from Alex Ntung who lived on the border with Rwanda at the time of the 1994 genocide. Please reserve a place by emailing (£9 cooked breakfast, £7 unwaged or continental breakfast). Also on September 13 the church will be open from 9am to 5pm for the Historic Churches’ Trust Annual Ride and Stride event and from 1pm to 4pm there will be tours of the Gundrada chapel, which houses the magnificent tomb of the founder of the Priory of St Pancras, as part of the Priory Trust’s Heritage open day events.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday August 19 Duplicate Pairs: 1 Mike Keeping and Peter Waters; 2 Meic Goodyear and Mickie Lodge; 3 Sally and James Budgen. Thursday August 21 Duplicate Pairs: 1 Alan Disney and Peter Cattermole; 2 Ann Wykeham and George Hearn; 3 Tony Redshaw and Liz Thornton. Tuesday August 26 Duplicate Pairs: 1 Martin Hall and Peter Gannon; 2 Peter Cattermole and Richard Burnett; 3 Mike Keeping and Jonathan Hyde. Thursday August 28 Duplicate Pairs: 1 Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan; 2 Peter Kennedy and Alison Dunbar-Dempsey; 3 Meic Goodyear and Simon Fishburn. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 473026.


SOUTH MALLING Parish Church met with St John sub Castro last Sunday while Artwave was continuing at the church. Since children were returning to their two Church of England Primary Schools (Pells and South Malling) this week the service of Morning Worship centred on a brief update on the two schools by two governors, followed by prayers for children, staff and governors at each school. School staff in the congregation expressed their pleasure in being able to attend a service that focussed on the return to school and needs of local schools. This coming Sunday there will be a service of Holy Communion led by the Associate Vicar, Revd Jeremy Bamber.

ARTWAVE in Malling continues at 2 Old Malling Farmhouse from noon to 5pm tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, the last week of the festival, though this is not advertised in the Artwave brochure. Both other venues ended their exhibitions last Sunday (though part of the Dairy Studio close by may also remain open). Attendance during the second weekend was not so busy as the Bank Holiday weekend, but it continued to be high and, overall, over a third more visitors attended than last year and more paintings were sold. Organisers believe this is partly because the three venues have presented themselves as a joint venture with joint advertising, the Malling Trail. At Malling Church, quite a number of visitors have said though they live in Lewes, they have never been into the small church with its ancient origins as an Anglo Saxon Benedictine monastery. It was probably first built where Old Malling Farm is now sited, so the trail has a good and long history. Surprisingly, the busiest day for all three venues was Bank Holiday Monday, despite its constant, heavy rain.

Mobile Library

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


CHRIST CHURCH: Over 50 people enjoyed our Messy Church event last Friday. There were a variety of activities including decorating foam spectacles, making fish mosaics and dipping marshmallows into chocolate and hundreds and thousands. These activities were all based on the theme of Bible Seaside. After a short worship session there was a lunch of home-made pizza, yoghurt and fruit. Our next Messy Church will be on October 31. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev Michael Davies and at 6.30pm by Rev John Gordon. Our Tots Group will be meeting again from September 12.

LANDPORT BOTTOM: The next meeting of Friends of Landport Bottom is on Monday at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road. We would be grateful for 50p to cover hiring the hall.

NEVILLE WI: On Wednesday August 20 Neville WI welcomed Ruth Fitch from Waitrose, who told us about the locally sourced food the store keeps, which we could taste. We also enjoyed tasting two local wines.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: Lewes Heritage Open Days are September 11 from 9am until 3pm, Saturday September 13 from 9am until 6pm to record sponsored Ride and Stride fund-raising visitors (in aid of Sussex Historic Churches Trust). See also The Tour of Britain cyclists whiz along Western Road en route to Ditchling Beacon in the early afternoon. The churchyard wall is an ideal place to watch this event for a grandstand view.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, in the village hall, 10am to 11am.

THE BOWLS CLUB play at Balcombe tomorrow, Saturday, 2.30pm start. On Sunday they are away to Mackie at 2pm. On Wednesday they play Hampden Park at home and on Friday September 12 will enjoy a visit from Alexandra (Bath) Tourists. Both at 2.30pm.

THE CRICKET CLUB will play the last league games this weekend. The first XI will be playing Ditchling at home, the second XI will travel to Bexhill III, the third XI also travel in the same direction to Sidley III and the fourth XI play on the Temple grove Ground against Tunbridge Wells Borderers III. Matches at 12.30pm.

THE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY hold the Annual Show plus Fun Dog Show on the Village Green from 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. Admission £1.50. Lots of great vegetables and flowers will be on show, also a lovely children’s area.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church will be Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family service at 10.30am. The preacher will be Chris Lear. If you need a lift telephone in advance 722582.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB meet on Thursday in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. The speaker is Baroness Cumberlege talking about Life in the Lords. For further details call 01825 722154 or 722650.

MURDER MYSTERY: Newick Amateur Dramatic Society hold a Murder Mystery evening on Saturday September 13 in the village hall. Doors open from 7.15pm for 8pm Death by Radio. Tickets are £25 including a three course meal and the bar will be open. To book your tickets and find out the choice of menu telephone 01825 722493 or email Carriages at midnight.

THE TOUR OF BRITAIN Cycle Race Stage 7 will pass through Newick on Saturday September 13 on its journey between Camberley and Brighton. The lead cars are expected to arrive around 12.44pm. There will be a rolling road closure along the route, this will mean a delay between 25 to 40 minutes. See the website


JUMBLE TIME AGAIN: Tomorrow (Saturday) there will be another jumble sale in the village hall with bully off at 2pm. This time it is in aid of the new sports pavilion and there will, naturally, be tombola and refreshments.

90 YEARS TODAY: Happy birthday wishes go to Hilda Avery who celebrates her 90th birthday today (Friday).

AFFORDABLE HOMES: The affordable homes under construction off North Barnes Lane, in what will be known as Sun Close, are being advertised by Lewes District Council on and applications from interested persons need to be lodged by September 12. Current residents of Plumpton and those with strong local connections who do not live within Lewes District are eligible to apply to Lewes District Council, despite the recent changes to the council’s criteria. There will be 14 flats and houses, two of which will be available for shared ownership and the remainder will be let at rents set at 80 per cent of market rents. Full details will be on the website or from Lewes District Council’s Housing Department.

PARISH COUNCIL: Plumpton councillors meet in the village hall on Tuesday at 7.45pm.

BUSY STORK: Two parish councillors are in high spirits, both having become grandparents again. Sue Akers’ daughter Kathryn had a boy named Arthur Frank who weighed in at a healthy 8lbs 7ozs and my daughter, Helena, produced a daughter, Maisie Jane, who tipped the scales at 8lbs 11ozs after being delayed on her journey into the world.

MYSTERY EVENING? The WI meets on Wednesday in the village hall at 7.30pm. The subject of the evening’s talk is to be A Sussex Whodunnit. Visitors are always welcome.

FRUIT, VEG, FLOWERS ETC: The horticultural society will stage its Autumn Show on Saturday of next week in the village hall from 2pm. If you have produced something good in your garden and would like to enter it in the show ion one of the wide variety of classes simply ring 01273 890572 to get the details. Non members are welcome to join in and there are classes for cookery, wines, handicrafts and more.

TIMES GONE BY: Did anyone notice a recent picture from the past in the Sussex Express of an unknown shepherd? How many realised it was none other than the late Stan Martin of Warningore Farm in East Chiltington? His two sons George and Joe, now sadly departed, continued to run the farm and it is now in the capable hands of the subsequent two generations.

BUS SERVICES: The proposed drastic cuts to village bus services are, I hope, being challenged by as many as possible. I declare an interest insofar as I have felt unable to drive for the past two years because of my eyesight problems and either have to rely on family, friends, our village Voluntary Driver Scheme or buses to get anywhere. To plan a trip even into Haywards Heath or Lewes is a nightmare and as for Brighton, well imagine a double nightmare. Not only are existing services totally inadequate but there is absolutely no co-ordination between the various services. It is small wonder bus services are underused and the roads clogged with cars. However, the implications of cuts particularly for those who live in rural areas are disastrous. The most vulnerable including the aged, infirm, disabled and the poor are once again the targets for cuts. The people most at risk and less likely to be able to fight back. Please also bear in mind alongside the cuts there is a proposal to increase bus fares by around 30 per cent. Who will be able to afford to use what few buses remain on the roads? At times it appears Plumpton residents will be unable to leave the village by bus other than on two days a week and will pay 30 per cent extra for the privilege.


FOOTBALL CLUB: Tonight, Friday, the second team travel to Saltdean Utd for a reserve section premier league match with a 7.30pm kick off. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are in FA Vase action when they host the Saltdean first team at The Caburn Ground with a 3pm kick off time. On Sunday, the under 18s get their season underway with a tough home fixture versus Peacehaven and Telscombe with an 11am kick off at The Caburn, then on Thursday they play another league fixture versus Hailsham, also at home, with a 7.45pm kick off. Currently, the firsts have no mid week fixture as Tuesday is reserved should Saturday’s FA Vase game require a replay. However, they may be allocated a Peter Bentley Cup fixture at short notice so please see local press or the club’s website for up to date fixture information.

HORTICULTURE: The Autumn Show is in the village halls tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 4.30pm when many of the prize winning exhibits will be auctioned for society funds.

ECLECTIC AVENUE: Lewes Artwave Festival Open House. This is the last weekend of Julie Turner’s open house. There will be 15 talented individuals showcasing their wares. Come and feast your eyes, then your tastebuds, as we will be serving delicious homemade cakes and hot and cold drinks. As well as the house, the garden and Julie’s workshop will be open, so just come and chill out with us at 51 Christie Avenue, Ringmer, BN8 5JT. Open tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, 11am to 6pm each day 01273 812280.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: Tomorrow (Saturday) there will be a Downland walk home from Cliffe Corner. Starting at Cliffe Corner we will be heading up Chapel Hill and across the Downs. Chapel Hill’s previous name was East Street, Cliffe, and it was the main road to take when leaving Cliffe for Ringmer, Glynde or Eastbourne. We will meet at Cliffe Corner at 2.15pm. There is a number 28 bus that leaves Broyle Close at 1.50pm, stops at the Old Post Office about 1.55pm and reaches the bus stop just before the Tesco roundabout just after 2pm.

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

SINGALONG: We have started again after the summer break. Join us any Wednesday, 2.30pm to 4pm at £1 a session in the church room at the parish church. We sing songs from the musicals, old traditional songs, etc. If you have a favourite, bring it along.

BELLRINGING: On Wednesday at 6pm, there will be a peal attempt (5040 changes) of about three hours at St Mary’s to mark Will’s retirement and to wish him and Linda well. The bell ringers have much appreciated Will’s constant support and he will be greatly missed.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday August 27, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1 Pam Brook and John Weston; 2 Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3 Barrie Smith and Alan Grindley. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

SILVER SURFERS: Are you over 50 years old and would like help with using your computer? At Ringmer Community College we run informal sessions where a young person works alongside you to improve and develop your skills at your own pace. We are looking to hold the next session at the end of September or beginning of October on a Saturday morning between 10am and noon, if we get enough interest. The cost is £5 to include coffee and biscuits. Phone Ruth Whitlock on 01273 815473 during school hours if you are interested.

Rodmell & Southease

BIKE RIDE: We already have the yellow notices up about The Big Bike ride this month. I’m amazed at how many people are cycling, walking and back packing these days. All these healthy hobbies are keeping the new Youth Hostel at Itford and the pubs along the way very busy. It’s been a great season and October is still becoming popular for bookings as many people wait for when the children go back to school.

HISTORY DAY: I went to Wivelsfield’s History Day run by Ian Everest and helpers. We had a lovely day with lunch at The Cock, a talk by Dr Geoffrey Mead, a landscape and studies lecturer, on Sussex Literary Landscapes and a visit to Jenners, a remarkable old house dated around 1600. Sadly my cousin Michael Baldock died recently in Scotland so we are another down from the Baldocks of Wivelsfield. The family goes back here over many years. Michael and his brother Brian were in Chailey Heritage for many years as children, as they had a genetic condition. They were there the same time as Ian Dury and appear in the book about this remarkable hospital and rehabilitation centre. I understand Ian gave the staff a right run-around escaping in his wheelchair etc.