Parish Pump Lewes - September 6, 2013


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AUTUMN BALL: 7.30pm till late Saturday October 5 at the 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 Hospice.

BOWLS NEWS: Newhaven and District Evening League. The league fixtures are now complete so here are our stats. Played 14, won five, drawn one, lost eight; 45 points gives us seventh place. Not very inspiring but it is a tough call. Club Finals. Saturday and Sunday: Foresters Cup (Men’s Singles): Shaun Smith 21 beat Jason Harris 9. Lillian Lee Cup (Ladies Singles): Jas Osmond 21 beat Jean Uridge18. Nobby Heasman Mixed Pairs: Jas Osmond and Mark Smith lost to John Osmond and Ann Hills 24. Presidents Shield Pairs: John Osmond and Shaun Smith 26 beat John Simpson and Penny Hunnisett 11. Coronation Handicap: Mark Smith 23 beat Penny Hunnisett 16. Bunney Two Wood: Jas beat Penny 105 to 55. Anniversary Cup: Derek Stewart and Les Coppard won against Mick Cragg and Fred Baldwin 16 to 15. President Muriel Pyne presented the trophies to the winners and thanked everyone for an enjoyable weekend. Many thanks to Penny for organising the event and the members who attended.

CRICKET RESULTS August 31 ESCL Div 2, Barcombe v Lewes St Michaels: Barcombe 83 all out in 25.4 overs. (Allan Trower 29, Callum Skinner 21). Lewes St Michaels 84-2 in 15.1 overs. Lewes St Michaels 30 points beat Barcombe two points by 8 wkts. ESCL Div 8 St Peters III v Barcombe II: Barcombe 178 all out in 46.4 overs. (John O`Brien 84, Tom Evans 30). St Peters 96 all out in 25.1 overs. (Tom Evans 5-22, John O`Brien 4-32). Barcombe 30 points beat St Peters 10 points by 82 runs.

JUNIOR FISHING DAY tomorrow, ,Saturday, at10am at Cornwell’s Reservoir. Same as usual, contact Jackie on 400110.


AUTUMN SHOW: The horticultural society Autumn Show is at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, and exhibits can be viewed from 2pm, with prize giving at 4pm. There are 94 classes so there will be a great variety of exhibits to view. Refreshments will be available, including homemade cakes. To learn more call Linda Keet-Harris on 01825 723817.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and a Family Service with Pete’s Puppets at 10am. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Mark Robinson and 6.15pm with Giles Woodcraft.

FOOTBALL: Chailey and Newick Colts FC has confirmed, following the successful taster session in July, the launch of the Junior Academy for boys and girls aged between five and eight years old. The Academy will run on Saturday mornings from 9.30am to 10.30am, at the Sports Ground in North Chailey just off the A272. The academy is co-ordinated by Karl Luckhurst and supported by the coaches from across the club. New players will be made most welcome at a training session. The older teams have been preparing for the new season and the teams (U10, U11, U12, U14 and U16) are always keen to see new players join, so why not go along to a training session or simply speak to one of the coaches and see how the club feels. If there isn’t an age group that fits right now (U13 and U15) you could always play for the next age up. Contact details for all the coaches can be found at

TR GOUP: South Downs TR Group meet at the Five Bells on Tuesday from 8pm and anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars will be made most welcome.

TICKETS are still available for the Live Music Festival at the Sports Field, North Chailey, on Saturday September 14 from 2pm to midnight. There will be two outdoor stages and music for all ages, plus a beer tent, hog roast and entertainment for children in the afternoon. For more information and to buy tickets visit

JUMBLE SALE organised by the Bonfire Society is on Saturday September 21 at 11am at the village hall. There will be good as new, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated either on the day or to arrange collection email Please use this opportunity to have a clear out and donate items to the society and so help them raise much needed funds for the display they are planning for Saturday November 9 and the Christmas party for the senior citizens of the village on Saturday December 7.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s, Holy Communion 8am, Sunday Club 10.15am in the church hall, Parish Communion 10.30am.

THE MONDAY Afternoon Club meet in the church hall at 2pm on Monday. Go along if you would like to have a fun afternoon and play bingo, but also enjoy a delicious home made tea and chat. Lifts are available by ringing either Judith on 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

REMINDER: Saturday September 14 is the annual Sussex Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride between 9am and 6pm. If you would like to take part contact the rector as soon as possible for a sponsorship form. If you would like to help by joining the list of stewards to man the church during the day you can sign the rota in the church porch. Half the proceeds of the sponsorship goes to SHCT, the other half to St Peter’s Church.

STRANGE GOINGS ON: I received a call recently about the strange happening in Novington Lane. I have been told that each morning a tatty, rusty white vehicle goes up the lane towards East Chiltington at about 5.30am and then comes up again to go out onto the B2116. Last week when it came up the lane again it pulled up outside of a property and a male got out, went just inside the property, took two full bin liners from one of the wheelie bins and put them in his vehicle. Some time later the LDC refuse collection arrived and was told by the property owner what had happened earlier. The man who was collecting said the bags that had been taken would be sold on. I must be missing something as why would anyone want to nick two bags of household waste to sell? What next.

WASPS: There are masses of wasps still around and we have had two nests to deal with. They are flying around all over the place and I have to be careful when I go near the old apple tree in the drive as where the apples are falling there are swarms of wasps.

NOISY RAVES: Although I have been lucky and not heard it, I have been informed by some that they have been kept awake until the morning for the past three weekends. So far nobody has found out where the noise is coming from, although one said it was from the direction of East Chiltington or Plumpton.

WILDLIFE: I never cease to wonder at the amount of wildlife around here. Recently when I went to look over the road and check the sheep I saw a lovely sight again, a family of weasels crossing the busy B2116 to get to the other side. Here in the garden the stoat is also hanging around, probably waiting for its next victim which could be one of the young moorhens that have hatched this year.


PARKING: From September 1 there will be no unrestricted parking places left in Falmer. The last 100m stretch in Ridge Road can now only be used for four hours at a time. This will affect many people who work in the University and leave their cars in Falmer for the day. I hope that the wardens will understand that on the first day of the restriction, car owners who have had no warning that this was being implemented, may well have missed the new signs, especially if they were in a hurry to get to work.

FIRST CONCERT of the new season will take place tomorrow, Saturday, at 5.30pm in St Laurence Church, performers are two young men playing violin and viola. Entrance is free, with welcome donations for the church. 

THE SUMMER this year has been glorious, and we have had so many sightings of butterflies and birds. Just stepping out of my back door mid morning I heard the sound of the buzzard and there he was circling high above the fields. At the same time I was delighted to see a small blue butterfly on the blue lobelia. Later on the same morning I marvelled at a perfect web spun in the middle of the flower border with a big fat light tan spider in the middle, its legs were nearly orange in colour; all this in a matter of 30 minutes.


RIDE AND STRIDE: The annual Ride and Stride sponsored event around Sussex churches takes place on Saturday, September 14, between 9am and 6pm. You can cycle or walk to raise money via sponsorship, half of which goes to Kingston Church and the other half to the Sussex Historic Churches Trust. All participants are very welcome and if you would like to join in, do telephone Nick or Jan Darby (01273 473776) to ask for a leaflet and more information. Kingston Church, like many other churches in Sussex, will be manned by volunteers to welcome and serve refreshments to visiting cyclists or walkers.

BARBECUE: Come along and enjoy a lunch time barbecue on Sunday, September 15, from 12.30pm. This relaxing and informal lunch will be held on St Pancras Green, using the Pavilion as a base. Food will be provided and cooked for you: burgers, sausages, veggies, salads and desserts. There will also be a cash bar, serving Harvey’s beer, wine and soft drinks. Bring your own chairs, table or rug, and cutlery (paper plates and bowls and plastic glasses will be provided). Plenty of safe open spaces on the Green for children to run wild and also for rounders. Tickets at £7.50 for adults and £2.50 for children are available from Brenda Neller (01273 472720), Jacky Knapp (01273 471248), Brian Simmons (01273 474303) or Jennie Yates (01273 473264). Net proceeds to Kingston Church.


HISTORY GROUP: On Monday, 7pm (note new time), at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road, Lewes History Group talk on Unearthing Roman History - New Discoveries in the Ringmer Area. At the end of the first season for the Culver Archaeological Project, David Millum takes the Lewes History Group back to the Ouse of the Romano-British era, when Britain’s rivers played the transport role taken today by our motorways. He will talk about what has been revealed to date including the Roman villa near Barcombe church, a vast bathhouse nearby (far bigger than the village alone) and elements of the local road system, plus the latest discoveries from this summer’s dig at a mysterious new settlement in Ringmer, near Barcombe Mills. All welcome. Small entry charge on the door.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: It was August Bank Holiday when 23 of us gathered at the car park of the delightful, historic, secluded village of Fletching for the start of the walk. It was a beautiful warm sunny Bank Holiday Monday morning, with barely a cloud in the sky and just a gentle breeze. The 4.5 mile circular walk took us on a gently undulating route along farm tracks and quiet country lanes, across fields and meadows, through wooded paths and open countryside. We walked past a few farms and some isolated cottages but civilisation seemed a gratifyingly distant concept. The countryside was looking very beautiful with that slightly faded aspect of late summer, more seed heads than flowers in bloom, the sun noticeably lower in the sky and, despite the heat, faint glimmers of autumn, blackberries ripening, fungi appearing in the grass and pheasants scurrying in all directions. We took our short refreshment break in a field under an enormous spreading oak tree that provided shade for those who needed to cool down, while sun-worshippers could continue to deepen their tan. Apart from the fresh air, exercise and conviviality, our walks are also an opportunity to do some birding for those so inclined. Birdsong and bird activity in general are at a low level at this time of year but, in addition to those scurrying pheasants, a buzzard was spotted high overhead and right at the end of our walk, a most unusual spectacle a flock of 20 to 30 house martins that skimmed at tremendous speed through the air, landing momentarily on a branch of a dead tree before taking off and swirling around and returning to their perch. Perhaps they were foregathering for their migratory flight southwards? The very last part of our walk took us through the lovely old churchyard of Fletching’s ancient parish church (dating back to the 12th century), providing a tranquil, contemplative ending to what everyone seemed to agree had been a most enjoyable walk through a quintessentially English landscape. The walk was led by Vivien. The next walk is on Wednesday September 18, Woodmancote. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

OPEN HOUSE: Eclectic Avenue, Lewes Artwave Open House. 51 Christie Avenue, Ringmer BN8 5JT 01273 812280. Fifteen artists and crafts-people. Free parking, free entry, refreshments, open house and garden. Open tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday 11am to 6pm.


SCHOOL NEWS: Although staff returned officially on Tuesday for in-service training, there has been quite a buzz around during the previous week with teachers coming in and out meeting colleagues and making preparations for the coming year. In her first newsletter, the head, Jo O’Donaghue, has told parents she has a ‘great sense of privilege as she welcomed children to their new classes on the first day.’ Among the new things mentioned earlier this summer, parents and carers of nursery children have found a sheltered area outside the nursery to keep them out of the sun and the rain. Nursery children also now have an extended outdoor area for bike riding and investigative play. Popular caretaker, Bill Ball, who has been at the school for 22 years, after thinking about retirement for a while last year, left his post at the end of the summer holidays. The head has praised his enormous commitment to the children and the school and wished him the very best of health and happiness for the future, in which the very many who know him will join. There will be a collection for him, which he has asked to be donated to Samuel’s Children’s Charity and the purchase of an item of interest for the reception class garden. With lots of children and three new teachers joining the staff, and many challenges and opportunities ahead, the school is settling down for an even better and even more successful year for South Malling children. We wish them a very happy and successful year.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH”s growing congregation entered their building last Sunday to delight in a transformation brought about by the oil paintings of Brenda Bryce and Sandy Lasham, exhibiting for ArtWave. It did mean, however, that the opportunity to linger and chat after the service was curtailed by a mad dash to clear the floor and turn the church back into a spacious art gallery for the final day of the two week exhibition to which they had committed themselves. By Monday evening of this week the paintings were down, the chairs back in place and the church ready for this coming Sunday’s Family Service at 9.30am. Everyone is welcome. The service is always great fun, and will be led by the church’s children’s team with Revd Steve Daughtery leading the teaching.

ARTWAVE: Malling is still a little off the beaten track for Artwave, despite the very influential role which the Dairy Studio plays for many local artists. Nevertheless, apart from the very first Saturday when it poured down all day, many visitors came to the three venues, sometimes walking over Wiley’s Bridge, some in cars, and responded generously and enthusiastically to what they saw. The fact that the three locations were working together and recommending visitors to each other added to the pleasure of the event, and many people commented on the beauty of the settings, as well as the high quality of the art on display. It has been a very good two weeks for ArtWave in Malling.

TENANTS AND RESIDENTS Association. Saturday August 31 was a beautiful day for the first Community Day which the association has held. There were a good range of exhibitors but too few visitors for the day to do what was intended. Nevertheless, the Mayor, Councillor Ruth O’Keeffe came and opened the exhibition and learned how to make a badge on the badge making machine, and the committee learned a number of things about how to bring exhibitors together, as well as the fact that it can be done. A lot more publicity is needed, however, and perhaps the recently formed group might have been satisfied with the very real success of the Food Bank before beginning too early to deal with the more complicated task of bringing the Malling Community together to face up to difficult issues, like the discontent of bored young people, public safety, litter and other matters of concern to the local community. The exhibition ended at mid day. It had been a lovely day to spend a morning on the recreation ground, and the event ended with generosity and good spirits. The association wishes to thank all the exhibitors and the organisations which have been so supportive.

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.


MY BLOG: Two stand-out items for me this week in Sussex Express. A picture of Eric Gill, a goalkeeper for Brighton from way back. I played goalkeeper for my school and several other clubs, St Mary’s being one of them, and I used to model myself on Eric. The other article was a reference to a clip round the ear in a PP item. I got a clip around the ear for not touching my school cap to someone my dad and myself knew who was walking up Middle Way. Those were the days when you were respectful of your elders and certainly wouldn’t dream of swearing at them or you would get the belt too. Cannot believe summer is almost over and the children are returning to school. Bet they think it was all too short and sweet.

ST MARY’S SUPPORTERS CLUB: A very good evening was held last Friday with a band called The Walton Street Band. Apparently they were excellent and hope to have them again. Tonight (Friday) is Bingo night so eyes down for cash prizes and a raffle with some very good prizes to be won. Go along and support the club and have a friendly get together over a very reasonably priced glass of wine or a pint. Starts approximately 8.30pm.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev John Gordon and will include Holy Communion. After the service we are planning on a church walk. Next Friday our Tots Group starts again from 9.30am to 11.30am and we look forward to welcoming back our regular attendees and perhaps welcome some new children and carers. £1 for the morning which covers refreshments for the tots and also their carer. This week we have been cleaning all the toys and sorting out the storage cupboards so we are ready for the new term. We had a very enjoyable Messy Church event at the end of August with over 30 people turning up. After a morning of activities based around Bible Seasides, there was a short act of worship and then a shared lunch.

SUMMER SHOW: St Mary’s Gardening Club’s Summer Show tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. There will be flower and vegetable displays, photographs, handicrafts and a children’s section. Have a cup of tea, buy a plant, a book or a cake. Are you lucky? Take part in games and the raffle. A fun afternoon out. You could enter one of the classes as well.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Bonfire Society will be holding a jumble sale at the Ringmer Village Hall on Saturday September 14. We will be collecting jumble on the Nevill Estate after 6pm on Friday September 13.

THE RESIDENTS’ Association meeting will be held on Monday September 23 in St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road at 8pm. There will be a presentation by Tina Deubert, a talk on Healthy Eating. Also, Nevill Bus Route Change, consulting Nevill residents about the proposal to change the bus route in part of our area. Come to the meeting to find out more about it and give your opinion on the effects of the changes if carried out. The meeting is open to all residents, you are all members. Please come along.


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

ANNUAL SHOW: The horticulture society will be holding their annual Show and Family Fun Dog Show on the Village Green from 2pm tomorrow, Saturday, admission £1.50 for adults, children free. There will be displays of vegetables, fruit, flowers, floral arrangements, cookery, handicraft, and most importantly the junior section. There will be refreshments, raffle, prize giving will commence at 4.15pm. This event is a true village occasion, if you have recently moved to Newick, you must pop along and see for yourselves the splendid leeks, carrots etc, and some of the most beautiful flower arranging, and the junior section is always fantastic and meet some very interesting Newick people. The Dog Show is great fun. Fingers crossed that the lovely dry sunny days will last for many more weeks to come.

THE BOWLS CLUB will be playing at home against Balcombe tomorrow, Saturday, at 2.30pm. On Sunday they will be playing away against Mackie and on Wednesday they are playing at home against Hampden Park.

THE CRICKET CLUB should be playing their final league games according to their fixture card. The Sunday game is against Envy at home, 1pm start.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s are 8am Holy Communion, followed at 10.30am with Holy Communion (CW).

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be in the Community Centre at 2.30pm on Thursday when the speaker will be Annette Shelford, her subject Graphic Books – My Passion. Annette is an outstanding speaker, so stand by to be fascinated. Everyone welcome. For further details telephone 01825 722154 or 722650.

MURDER MYSTERY: Newick Amateur Dramatic Society will be holding a Murder Mystery Evening in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday. The play is The Curse of the Willoughby Diamond. Tickets £25 to include a three course meal. Doors open at 7.15pm for 8pm start. A bottle only bar will also be available. Sounds like a great Saturday evening so why not book your tickets from 01825 722493 or email Marie carriages at midnight.

EVENTS: September is commencing with some great events, enjoy.


BARGAIN TIME: Tomorrow (Saturday) there will be a jumble sale in the village hall with scrum down at 2pm. This time it is being organised by the Playing Field Committee with sights on raising funds for the new play area. There will also be cakes, refreshments and tombola to add to the excitement. If you have jumble or even cakes to donate please take them along to the hall on the morning of the sale.

SUNDAY SCHOOL: Youngsters will be welcome to All Saints’ church annexe on Sunday at 10.30am.

PARISH COUNCIL: Plumpton Parish Council meets in the committee room at the village hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Open to the public.

BATTLE OF LEWES: Plans are being made to mark the Battle of Lewes during May next year. Plumpton Village Action Plan has initiated a group to get things going in conjunction with Plumpton Ancient and Modern. There will be a meeting in the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm and anyone interested in taking part or becoming involved in some way is invited to attend with absolutely no obligation.

SEASIDE REVISITED: The WI will meet in the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm when the speaker will be Ian Gledhill and his topic Oh, I do like to be beside the Seaside. Visitors are always welcome.

THIEVES ABOUT: The police are warning that there has been a spate of thefts of Landrovers and parts from others. This alert affects rural areas, where there are plenty of the beasts and it is noted that the Defender range seems to be particularly vulnerable. In addition, a local house was recently targeted, for a second time, with equipment stolen from an outbuilding. The thieves seemingly approached overland from the direction of Streat and in so doing cut a fence that resulted in a sheep escaping.

COFFEE TIME: Be sure to wander up to Byre Cottage (near the Old Brickworks) on Thursday to join in at the Coffee Morning organised by the village support group for St Peter and St James Hospice. It starts at 10.30am. Enjoy a coffee, some cake, have a go in the raffle and enjoy the company, whilst supporting a very worthy local cause. If you need a lift simply ring 01273 891281 or 891256 and a carriage will be despatched for you.

DISCO TIME: Honeybees Preschool is organising another of its popular Back to School Discos on Saturday, September 28 in the village hall at 7.30pm. School uniform will be the dress code, but it will be adults only and, I gather, the headmaster will be there, presumably to ensure that discipline is maintained. Champagne Supernova will play hits from the 70s and 80s. Tickets will cost £7 at the door but can be snapped up at the bargain price of £5 in advance from the village store or

RUGBY WIN: Plumpton RFC travelled to Edenbridge RFC at the weekend for its trial game and came away the victor by 31-28. Edenbridge put out a strong and well drilled side, which made for an exciting game, the lead changing hands on more than four occasions. Two tries from Man-of-the-Match Dan Franks and Steve Blake, who also created a penalty, plus three conversions by new captain Robert Blake sealed the win. Robert was happy with his first win of the season, having made a number of changes to his side, particularly in the forwards. Plumpton will host Hellingly RFC tomorrow, Saturday, 3pm at the Racecourse. Any players, new or old looking to take up rugby with the best one team club in the county can contact Robert Blake on 07854 9920789 or visit the website

IT’S OFF: The VAP Business Breakfast that was planned for Wednesday of this week had to be cancelled because of lack of support. Timing may have been bad as the holiday season was hardly over.


NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: After over two years’ gestation, the Ringmer Neighbourhood Plan has now been published, and is open for consultation from today, Friday, to Friday October 18. The plan, called Ringmer to 2030, is available on the parish council website ( Printed copies are available in the parish office, Ringmer Village Hall or Ringmer Library. If found sound and approved in a referendum scheduled for next spring, the plan will guide Ringmer planning decisions for the next 20 years.

FOOTBALL CLUB: This weekend sees plenty of football at The Caburn Ground. Tonight, Friday, the second team are at home versus Mile Oak in the Reserve Section Premier with a scheduled 7.45pm kick off. Please note that kick off time may be brought forward so that players can watch most of the England game so please check press or website for details. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are in SCFL Div 1 action versus Rye United with a 3pm kick off. On Sunday morning the Youth Team are away versus Seaford Town in the league with an 11am kick off. In the clubhouse today, Friday, the crucial England v Moldova match will be shown live on the big TV screen and the equally important England v Ukraine match will be shown live on Tuesday evening in the bar. On the social side, on Friday September 20 there is an 80s themed Disco Night, with 80s music, clothes, food and cocktails. The ladies and men’s darts teams and the pool team are all now back in action after the summer break and all teams will always welcome new players. Finally, the Ringmer FC Annual General Meeting will be on Monday September 30, and all members are invited to attend, it’s your club so come and have your say.

AUTUMN SHOW: The RBL Ringmer Horticultural and Home Produce Society Autumn Show will take place in the village halls tomorrow, Saturday. Opening time is 2pm and the show closes at 4.30pm when many of the prize winning exhibits will be auctioned for society funds.

ART EXHIBITION: To celebrate the Patronal Festival, St Mary’s Art Club are holding an exhibition in the church room tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4.30pm and on Sunday from 2pm to 4.30pm. Do try to get along to this exhibition to see the work of some very talented people and possibly purchase one or more of their paintings.

PATRONAL FESTIVAL LUNCH: St Mary’s Church celebrates its Patronal Festival on Sunday and a lunch will be held in the village hall at 1pm. If you would like to attend please give Shirley a ring on 812417 as it helps with catering. As usual there is no charge but donations to St Mary’s Disaster Fund will be gratefully received.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP are to visit Anne of Cleves House, Lewes, on Sunday at 2.30pm. The entry charge for this visit is £4.90 for an adult or £4.50 for a senior or a student. Admittance for members of the Sussex Archaeological Society is free, while English Heritage members are admitted for half price.

ST MARY’S MEN’S CLUB AGM will take place on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Church Room and will be followed by a PowerPoint presentation in pictures by the Revd Sally Epps of her visit to Nyahururu, Kenya. Visitors welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on August 28 was: 1, Pam Brook and John Weston; 2, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact number 814220.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society is holding a jumble sale in the village hall on Saturday, September 14, commencing at 2pm. If you have jumble to donate could you please deliver it to the hall on the morning of the sale as near to noon as possible.

CONCERT IN ST MARY’S: On Sunday, September 15, at 3pm a group of talented young musicians are putting on a concert in aid of the church’s charity. This music will be mostly Bach-Brandenburgh Concerto No 6, double violin concerto, Chaconne with some arrangements of folk pieces to finish. Freya Creech, the talented young violinist from Lewes, will be leading the concert, as her contribution to local music making before returning to Salzburg for the last year of her music degree. No entrance fee but there will be a collection at the end in aid of Homelink.

BOWLS CLUB: The results of the matches played last week were: Ringmer v Cross-in-Hand 59-61, Ringmer v Horam 62-65 and Ringmer v Southwick Park 77-65. The club’s Finals Day was held last Saturday and the winners were: Pairs, P Escott and P Lloyd; Senior Cup, R Berry; Novice Cup, M Sargent; Two Wood, P Escott; Club Champion, S Barton; Ladies Cup, P Escott; Men’s Cup, R Berry. Thanks to all those members who came along to support the players on the day which was also blessed with good weather. Last Sunday the annual Captain v President match was held and this year the President won.

SILVER SURFER CLASS: Advance notice that there will be a Silver Surfer class at Ringmer Community College on Saturday, September 21, between 10am and noon in the college library. For more information or to book a place please contact Ruth Whitlock, Learning Resource Centre Manager on 01273 812220, ext 253 or e-mail

Rodmell & Southease

WEDDING: Another lovely weekend, and Jon and Lucie’s wedding day was the perfect day for a country wedding with blue skies and a gentle breeze. There were some wonderful outfits worn by guests and Jon and Lucie made the perfect couple looking very glam and happy in their wedding outfits. Various villagers went to the church to see them exit as a married couple and there was even Ellie with her horse sporting a flower on its bridle. The pub sounded like a huge beehive with the buzz of many happy guests in conversation. Bunting had been made by various village ladies and there was a wonderful wedding cake made by Kim, of Kims Cakes, of Southease. The wedding floral decorations were lovely. The evening event was not as loud as I expected and I did not hear the wedding guests that were staying with me come home, so hopefully there were no complaints from those nearby. May you have many happy years together Jon and Lucie.

FRUIT: There is a glut of fruit this year, unlike last year when there was hardly any. I am putting apples outside my drive for the regulars that come by every year to pick them up, and any windfalls are left in bags for those with animals who may appreciate them, such as sheep. They are all free so please help yourself if you pass by and as the apple tree in the front garden is loaded I am more than happy for people to come and pick the apples themselves, but please ring me on 01273 476876 or come to the house to ask first and bring your own bags. As I don’t spray them they do tend to have insects in them but they are fine for making apple pies, jams and chutneys. I hate waste and love to think of people finding a use for them. There are some great blackberries around the countryside for those that love making blackberry jelly or blackberry and apple pies. For a lovely day out why not take a picnic into the countryside and stock up the freezer with a free amount of vitamin C for the winter.

CHURCH SERVICES: There is a family service in Rodmell Church on Sunday at 11am with hymns and readings, sometimes by children, followed by coffee and biscuits.

AUTUMN FAIR in aid of the Lewes and District Group of East Sussex Disability Association (Reg Charity No 104207) in the marquee at Glyndebourne on Tuesday September 17, 10am to 4pm. Come and visit the stalls and the Glyndebourne shop, have lunch in the Mildmay Restaurant, stroll around the gardens, something for everyone. Plenty of free parking. Entry £4.

JAZZ: On Saturday September 14 Simon D’Souza is back at the Abergavenny Arms, 8pm, with Souzaphonic for another great night of jazz standards and original compositions.

RIDE AND STRIDE: Also on Saturday September 14 it’s the sponsored bike ride and walk in aid of Sussex Churches Trust. A great many churches, including Rodmell, will all be open and manned by volunteers to welcome cyclists and walkers. Could you volunteer to sit in our church for an hour during the day? If so contact Christine or Michael Isitt on 01273 475943.