Parish Pump Lewes - September 7, 2012


BOWLS: Finals weekend, Saturday and Sunday September 1 and 2. The finals of the club competitions were held in dry but overcast sky’s. Saturday, Bunney Cup, two wood: Jas Osmond beat John Blackmore 21-15. Forester’s Cup, men’s singles: Shaun Smith beat Henry Bunney 21-10. Lilian Lee Cup, ladies singles: Ann Hills beat Jean Uridge. 22-17. Jack Bodle Triples: John Osmond, Penny Hunnisett and John Blackmore beat Derek Stewart, Jean Uridge and Mark Smith 21-14. Anniversary Cup was played as pairs by the four members not in other finals: Gus Smith and Maurice Heather beat Les Line and John Simpson 28-8. Sunday, President’s drawn pairs: Jason Harris and John Blackmore beat Shaun Smith and Mark Smith, 25-16. Cecil Ridley Memorial Cup, 100 up: John Osmond beat John Blackmore 103- 87. Nobby Heasman mixed pairs: John Osmond and Ann Hills beat Jas Osmond and Mark Smith 23-22. Coronation Cup Singles Handicap: Shaun Smith beat Derek Stewart 28-14. Trophies were presented by club president, Miss Muriel Pyne. Many thanks to organisers and splendid refreshments.

CRICKET: ESCL Division One. 20 overs game. Willingdon 128-7 dec in 20 overs: Allan Trower 2-10. Barcombe 129-5 in 16.5 overs: Paul Coppard 59 no, Matthew D Tucker 27. Keith Savage 19 no. Barcombe won by five wickets. Barcombe 27 points Willingdon 6 points.


SUMMER SHOW, organised by the horticultural society, is tomorrow, Saturday, at the village hall. There is sure to be a wonderful display of exhibits and all are welcome to visit the show from 2.30pm. There will be refreshments, including home-made cakes.

UNDER 8s ACADEMY for boys and girls starts on Sunday at 9.30am at Chailey Sports Ground. The training will be run by Adrian Howell (UEFA B qualified). If you haven’t been along before, do go along, have a go and see what you think. Contact if you would like more information.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a friendly at Hammerwood on Sunday starting at 1pm.

MUSEUM: Windmill and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday (National Heritage Day) from 3pm to 5pm, entrance is free. For more information call John Smith on 01825 723519.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825 722586. Free Church services on Sunday are a family service at 10.30am with Mark Robinson and 6.15pm with Giles Woodcraft. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

MAP: Residents who were not able to collect their copy of the Diamond Jubilee map last month are invited to do so during September (your voucher is valid until September 30). Maps will be available (in exchange for a completed voucher) at the Reading Room from 4pm to 7pm Mondays September 10, 17 and 24 and The Free Church between 10am and midday on Fridays September 14, 21 and 28. The last chance will be at the windmill between 3pm and 5pm on Sunday September 30.

TR GROUP: South Downs TR Group and Aston Martin Owners Club both meet at The Five Bells on Tuesday. The Aston Martin Club meet starts at 7.30pm and the TR Group from 8pm.

VILLAGE INFORMATION Point session will be at the Free Church Hall, in conjunction with the Coffee Stop, on Friday September 14 between 10am and midday.

JUMBLE SALE organised by the bonfire society is at the village hall on Saturday September 22 at 11am. 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 call 01273 400632. 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 November 10 and the Christmas party for the senior citizens of the village on December 1.

COMMUNITY GRANTS: At its meeting held on July17 the parish council agreed grants to 16 local organisations for amounts ranging from £50 to £1,000. The groups supported included Chailey Millenium Group, Friends of St Peters Church, Chailey Horticultural Society, Chailey and Newick Painting Group, Chailey Evening WI, Bluebell Railway, Chailey Bonfire Society, Chailey and Newick Colts Football, Chailey Cricket Club, Chailey Sports Club, Chailey Youth Group and Chailey Rainbow Guides and Brownies. A full list of the grants approved will be posted on the Council’s notice boards and on the Council’s community website

ST PETER and St James Hospice is currently seeking art/craft volunteers (particularly on Monday afternoons), tea/coffee servers to be called on a bank basis, ward helpers to assist the nursing staff in delivering lunches to patients, Friday and weekend bed makers, gardeners to join their friendly team (on Friday mornings in particular) and maintenance/DIY helpers (one half day a week). Also donkey volunteer(s), preferably with equine experience although training will be given, to muck out, feed and groom two donkeys on Sunday afternoons. If you have a passion for fashion committed volunteers are needed for the Simply Fashion shop in Uckfield. Do you recognise items of quality? Active volunteers with an eye for top class glass and quality china are needed at the Hospice site, along with volunteers to help sort, select and steam top quality clothing and accessories. In addition a pianist with time to play for patients on an occasional basis would be much appreciated. The Hospice could not continue to offer their vital services without the commitment and the wide range of talents and abilities that volunteers bring to the hospice. If you have time to spare either on a regular or less regular basis, why not think about becoming involved in one of these rewarding roles. To learn more their Volunteer Services Co-ordinator will be pleased to hear from you on 01444 470812. You can be sure of a warm welcome.


Offham & Hamsey

RIDE AND STRIDE: The Sussex Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride takes place tomorrow, Saturday, between 9am and 6pm. Those who wish to take part either as walkers or cyclists should contact Pamela Conlon on 01273 890336 for sponsorship forms and further details. Stewards are also needed to man the church from 9am to 6pm at St Peter’s Church (broken down into hourly slots) on the day both welcoming and signing the forms of participants as they visit the church. Half the proceeds of the sponsorship goes to SHCT, the other half to the individuals own church. There is a rota in the church porch.

TODDLER TUNES: After a short summer break the weekly meetings resume on Thursday September 20, from 10am to 11am, in St Peter’s Church Hall. All under 5s welcome. Singing, dancing, toys. Cost £3 per child (£5 for two), to include drinks and biscuits.

ADVANCE NOTICE: The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is to be held in St Peter’s Church Hall on Friday September 28 form 10.30am to noon. This is being held for the Macmillan Cancer Support which does so much to help families affected by cancer. This is a chance, along with the rest of the country, to raise money for this tremendous cause. Roland and Brenda Gough are organising the Offham response. Go along and take your family and friends to enjoy yummy cakes, delicious coffee and a good opportunity to chat, while raising money for the most worthwhile charity. Did you know that it costs £25 an hour for a Macmillan Nurse to support a family affected by cancer?

CONCERT: The Lee Graham Quartet (light classical, Gilbert and Sullivan) will be giving another of their excellent concerts in aid of the nursery school in the Gambia which St Peter’s Church supports, to take place on Sunday September 30 at 3pm in Offham Church. Tickets will be available. Details later.

HAMSEY: St Peter’s Church, Hamsey now has a carefully restored weather vane. The weather vane had disappeared, blown down in a gale, and the pole that had supported it was at a precarious angle on top of the tower. The restoration work was carried out in memory of Bill and Rene Ankerson of Great Cottery, Hamsey. They both loved this beautiful little Norman church and were always concerned that its upkeep should be maintained. To this end they organised summer-time concerts throughout the 1980s and 90s, providing lighting with generators (as the church has no electricity), stunning flower arrangements and wine in the interval. The Chamber Music was of a very high standard and many local people will be sure to remember looking forward to the concerts each season. The funds raised helped the general upkeep of this ancient and much loved church that stands on its hill surrounded by the waters of the River Ouse. Restoring the weather vane would have been the kind of project the Ankerson’s would have loved, so it is an appropriate memorial to this generous and popular Hamsey couple. After some searching, pieces of the vane were found in the grass to the north of the church. The blacksmith Tom Tyhurst from Glynde carried out the restoration work which must have been a challenging and difficult task. From the ground it is now possible to see the vane clearly with the date 1848 and the initials of HS & WL, Henry Shiffner and William Lambe who were churchwardens at the time and may have been responsible for the existing tower roof. On Saturday August 4, three generations of Bill and Rene’s family met together to admire the vane and to put in place a memorial plaque. They joined together in happy memories of the parents, grandparents and great grandparents. The Ankersons.

BOOK: The rector’s wife, Judith Bastide, tells me that sales of her book Follow These Writers in Sussex, having been going very well during the summer. You have probably seen them on sale locally as well as in the Lewes Tourist Office and branches of Waterstones. It has also become an e-book so can be downloaded to your Kindle. Judith has now completed a follow-up book, Follow These Writers In Kent, which should be on sale in the autumn just in time for Christmas shopping as she says they will make lovely presents.

NETTLES: I have sometimes despaired when having got rid of one clump of nettles, another seems to appear very quickly as if by magic, but after reading several articles about them I have given up and leave them alone. The latest article I read hopefully will make people think before they destroy them and other weeds amid the reports of the scarcity of butterflies and birds. Nettles are the only food for some of our most attractive butterflies (peacock, tortoiseshell and red admiral) as are thistles for painted ladies. Larvae of red admiral are invisible on the nettles, hidden in tents which they construct from leaves. Not all nettles or thistles harbour them, but if you destroy the nettles, there is a good chance you are destroying many butterflies. Also, migrant birds such as the cuckoo, nightjar, swallows and warblers need huge numbers of insects, both to breed here and before their migration. Much of our wildlife depends on footpaths, verges, hedgerows and gardens and as reported should not be sacrificed to tidiness. A lovely picture accompanies the piece I have just read and is of a quantity of redundant red telephone boxes nestled among the stinging nettles and are awaiting sale at Fyfield in Essex. I shall in future think carefully about the wildlife before yanking out these stingers which are obviously doing more good than harm.


EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP: Our 10 week autumn session starts on Tuesday September 25, at Westmeston Village Hall (on B2116), from 11am to 3pm. Parking available at the hall. Members bring a sandwich lunch with them. Tea and coffee are provided morning and afternoon. Half day sessions can be arranged if required. The aim of the group is to promote original work. Design and Stitch are explored in both contemporary and traditional styles. Beginners are welcome as are those with some experience and others who have not stitched for years, also those who would like to move on from cross stitch. Get inspiration from working with others in a friendly atmosphere. If you would like to come and see the class in action before deciding to join you are welcome to do so.


LAST CHANCE to enjoy the Art and Soul at Falmer this weekend, I think Sue and colleagues have produced an outstanding exhibition, and if you haven’t visited Falmer this is your last chance, and do not forget the concert at 5.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, in St Laurence Church. I heard that these young performers, visit their venues and choose the music to suit the mood of the building, and as they say this will be a short concert of meditative pieces.

CONCERT: A second concert will be held on Saturday September 15 at 5.30pm in St Laurence Church. Sussex Flutes will be performing Telemann, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Bizet and Clarke well known music in a different context. How fortunate we are to have such wonderful performances in Falmer.

EXHIBIT: Sue has also produced an extremely interesting exhibit of Falmer history notes, photographs of weddings past and buildings. See it in the church.

HOLIDAYS: The end of the school holidays is upon us, and at the weekend a few families took the opportunity to camp out at Sleepy Hollow. We were invited for tea and cake on Saturday, and really enjoyed the atmosphere, lots of children running around, little ones, big ones, all looking out for one another, and looking forward to their pizza supper and early bed (I bet), the parents were looking forward to roasted lamb’s leg cooked on the barbecue. I couldn’t help thinking what fun they were all having for little expense.

GARDENS: I enjoy gardens and on Sunday, with a friend, visited Sussex Prairies in Henfield. I have never seen such a wonderful display of interesting and colourful plants.

 Glynde & Beddingham

THE PARISH COUNCIL have a current vacancy for a councillor to be co-opted. Anyone interested or who would like to have more information, should contact the parish clerk, Barbara Knight, on 01273 858261.


HISTORY GROUP: Our next meeting will be at 7.30pm on Monday at the King’s Church Building, Brooks Road (opposite Homebase). There will be presentation of work in progress from our Lewes Streets project. We hope to include three short talks about three very different Lewes Streets, where the work is at different stages of development. These are Toronto Terrace, Station Street (formerly known as St Mary’s Lane) and Eastport Lane in Southover. Coffee and biscuits will be available prior to the meeting.

U3A OPEN DAY: The U3A is a self-help charity for those not in full-time employment. It provides at low cost, opportunities for educational, creative and leisure activity as well as the chance to meet people in a friendly environment. The many activities include art, badminton, languages, current affairs, book discussion, jazz, literature, science, play reading, theatre visits and bridge; there are many others. Annual membership is £10 (£18 for a couple). Fees for each course are between £5 and £10 depending on length; groups meeting in members’ houses are free. Open Day is on Wednesday from 10am to noon in the Corn Exchange, Lewes Town Hall (Fisher Street entrance). Come along, have a look and see what is on offer.

BRIDGE: Tuesday August 14, Butler Pairs: 1, Paul Allen and Roy Skan; 2, Meic Goodyear and Peter Gannon; 3, Nancy Wiginton and Clare Nankivell. August 21: 1, Richard Pearson and Roy Skan, Simon Fishburn and Paul Allen; 3, Meic Goodyear and Mickie Lodge. Thursday August 16, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Alan Disney and Frank Hibbert; 2, Peter Cattermole and Adela Thomas; 3, Nancy Wiginton and Clare Nankivell. August 23: 1, Ann Wykeham and George Hearn; 2, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan; 3, Pam Brook and Babs Sears, Gerry Malley and Nigel Osmer. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evening and Thursday afternoon. Contact numb 01273 473026.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Wednesday last, 15 walkers enjoyed a five and a half mile circular walk which took us from Chailey to Plumpton Green and back. It was perfect walking weather warm and sunny with a gentle breeze, without the recent stifling heat, nor the soggy, muddy conditions earlier in the season. We walked through farms, across fields, alongside streams, much of the time in open countryside but also shaded and wooded areas, and through the delightful village of Plumpton Green. It is easy terrain with no steep ascents or descents though compensated for by the numerous stiles to be negotiated (stiles of all styles normal, ladder, sleeper). For our 10-minute refreshment stop, we sat in the sunshine by a brook in a field of sheep at Hattons Green, a bucolic scene. Then on across more fields to Plumpton Green where, resisting the lure of the Fountain Inn and the Winning Post, we embarked down North Barnes Lane on our homeward track, with glorious views of the Downs on our right. Apart from enjoying the fresh air, exercise and landscape, our walks always offer lots of interest for the naturalist. Although there is little birdsong at this time of the year, flora and fauna are in abundance. We saw many butterflies, mainly gatekeepers, hedge browns, various whites and a beautiful speckled wood that obligingly posed for its photograph. Bright yellow ragwort, willow herb, teasels and many types of grasses enlivened the floral landscape, while the ripening berries are starting to add colour to the hedgerows and remind us that autumn is just around the corner. Our most unusual wildlife encounter occurred in one of the fields as we were approaching South Chailey, when two alpacas meandered over to us, seemingly to check us out. We arrived back at the Horns Lodge Inn in plenty of time for a leisurely drink before catching the bus back to Lewes. All in all, a most enjoyable outing which was led by Vivien.

The next walk is on Wednesday September 19. An all-day walk at Broad Oak/Heathfield. Meet at 9.30am at top North Street car park and bring a picnic.


SOUTH MALLING CHURCH is preparing for Back to Church Sunday, on September 30. This is a national initiative encouraging churches to reach out to those who have drifted away from church and invite them back to a special service designed to make them feel at home.

If you are interested, don’t wait for a formal invitation. You will be welcome at any time and especially on September 30. Services are at 9.30am and last about an hour. Tomorrow, Saturday, the church is taking part in the annual Ride and Stride event, with most other parish churches in East and West Sussex.

It is partly a huge local pilgrimage around the county’s religious heritage, and partly a fund raising exercise to raise money for the Sussex Historic Churches Trust, which makes grants for the upkeep of ancient churches. It does mean that the church is open except for a wedding between 2pm to 4pm so, if you haven’t ever seen inside, Saturday is a good day to pop down to the end of Church Lane and have a look. Next week’s service is Communion at 9.30am.

PRIMARY SCHOOL pupils began their new school year on Thursday, looking very smart and ready for work in their new school uniforms. The extensive building work over the holidays is safely completed, including a new gas fuelled boiler, so that heating is expected to be quite secure this winter and will certainly be cheaper. A section of the roof has also been refelted and Rydon Homes, building new houses on the neighbouring Crossways site, have helped out magnificently by building raised beds for the school garden. The school is looking forward to welcoming their next cohort of reception children. They have a full class coming in and have been oversubscribed this year.

COMMUNITY CENTRE: At the community centre, a group of volunteers (basically the management committee) have been working hard to redecorate the entrance hallway and corridor to the Dressing Rooms this weekend. It is now looking really good, though there is still a bit of work to do. At the end of last month, the committee spoke with the local authority liaison group. The town council is to undertake a feasibility study, following work already reported here and the county council and Community Association are working positively together for really beneficial solutions. More of this later. Don’t forget the 1940s Music Night tomorrow, Saturday. Come and enjoy yourselves. There will be a licensed bar 7pm to 11pm. Tickets £5 in advance from Malling Stores and Lewes Town Hall or £7 at the door. Proceeds go towards the further development of the Centre. Check out the website

ARTWAVE: This weekend is your last chance to see Artwave in Malling. Dairy Studio opened its doors last Saturday and it is well worth a visit. There is a smaller studio, with a very accomplished range of painting and drawing by Sylvia Hassell, and very good paintings and drawings by Pauline Crook with her fabric designs of real quality. In the larger, long gallery, Susie Monnington is exhibiting a series of paintings of two young girls engaged in various sports: tennis, bathing, diving and also hanging out and texting. The artist used limited colour, which seemed to give the paintings a particular intensity, especially where she had used red. She says she is making the paint do the work and it does. The effect is enhanced by the large, white room in which they are exhibited, bringing an additional sense of stillness. With 2 Old Malling Farmhouse close by and Sussex Art Collective at 19 Mill Road, which I wrote about last week, it has been a good year for Artwave in Malling. All three are open this weekend, noon to 5pm. Don’t miss them.

Mobile Library 

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall 12.15pm to 12.45pm; Chalvington post-box 1.55pm to 2.15pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2.20pm to 2.45pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm.


I MUST APOLOGISE to contributors for not notifying you that we were away for the bank holiday weekend in Kent so you might have missed getting your articles printed. We visited Chartwell house and garden both of which were stunning. The grounds were vast and the house very interesting as you would expect with Churchill’s history. We then went to Ightham Mote spanning centuries with a Grade 1 listed Dog House. It has a fabulous billiard table and room and there was also a sculpture exhibition by Guy Portelli of Dragon’s Den fame. On the way home we visited Sissinghurst Castle, which is another great place, so we had a very enjoyable weekend.

CUCKOO: My wife is sure she heard a cuckoo yesterday morning. The nights are drawing in and the mornings have a typical September nip so autumn is on it’s way but weirdly on our magnolia tree there is a magnolia in bloom.

WE ARE OFF to the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday to watch athletics, which we are really excited about. Really looking forward to the experience of just being there and hope to see as much as we can. Will write it up for next week.

SPORTS DAYS: St Mary’s Sports days past. I have to do a bit more research but have a correction by brother in law Barry who thought he was piped on the line in the cross country by Sammy Hammond but thinks now it was Brian Beck, the older brother of Neil.

CHRIST CHURCH: Tomorrow (Saturday) we have a very busy day at Christ Church to which we invite anyone to attend. Between 10am and 2pm the church will be open for the Heritage Open Day and we will have a stall with information about the church window in the apse, the church embroidery and also some old photographs of the Tabernacle. Between 10am and 4pm there will be a display of Prison Art as part of Artwave. Finally the church will be serving refreshments to people who have been walking and cycling round Lewes and neighbouring areas who have been taken part in the Ride and Stride for Sussex Historic Churches Trust. Sunday at 10.30am morning worship will include Holy Communion and will be led by Rev John Gordon this will be followed by a church walk. Between 2pm and 4pm there will be another opportunity to see the Artwave Prison Art. Next Friday, September 14, the Tots Group meets for its first session of the term between 9.30am and 11.30am and this will be followed by the Friendship Lunch between noon and 1.15pm.


COUNTRY MARKET 10am to 11am in the village hall today, Friday. Tomorrow, Saturday, they will be holding the first monthly market in the Community Centre from 9am till mid-day, so pop along to either venue at see what a good selection of vegetables, flowers, baked food are available. You can also enjoy a cup of coffee and a natter.

THE BOWLS CLUB are visiting Balcombe tomorrow, Saturday, and on Sunday they are away to Mackie. On Wednesday they are playing at home against Hampden Park.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI are away to Linden Park. This is a friendly match, play will start at 1pm. On Sunday they will be playing at home against Lewes Priory at 1.30pm.

CHEESE AND WINE: Don’t forget the Cheese and Wine in the Barn Centre from 7pm to 9pm tomorrow, Saturday. Tickets are available from 01825 722512.

REMINDER: The Murder Mystery Evening is at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 8pm. Tickets £22.50 to include a splendid three course meal. To obtain tickets and check the menu please telephone 01825 722493 or 722359. You are in for a very exciting evening.

BOULES: Newick Twining Association are holding a Boules Tournament on Sunday afternoon from 2pm at The Crown. No need to book, just pop along and join in the fun.

THE SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion(BCP) at 8am and at 10.30am Morning service with Holy Communion (cw). If a lift to church is required please ring in advance 01825 722582.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB are visiting Cockhaise Organic Farm at Lindfield on Thursday. Daniel Burdett will be speaking on the Philosophy and Practice of Organic Farming. Please arrive at the farm by 2.30pm. For further details telephone 01825 722154 or 722650.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: On Thursday evening the horticultural society will be meeting in the village hall at 8pm. The speaker will be Colin Jones and his subject is The Flowers That Bloom in Spring. Colin is retired film editor from the BBC, he has been a gardener, photograph and traveller all his life and has frequently lectured on both Saga and P&O Cruises.


HARVEST SUPPER: This is the last call for the Harvest Supper at Plumpton College tomorrow (Saturday). Enjoy a meal of produce from the college and taste its wines. Canapes and drinks will be served on arrival (on the college lawns if weather permits) all for £25. Ring Sue Martin on 01273 892051 or email to book in. There will be a charity auction conducted by TV auctioneer Simon Langton. Organised by the Friends of Plumpton College to raise funds for the college’s charitable trust.

SORRY FOLKS: I have noticed that a few typos have crept into this column recently. This is probably because my eyesight has not yet returned to normal following surgery. I will try to be more vigilant but, in the meantime, do have fun trying to fathom out what I meant to write.

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

OPEN GARDENS: The gardens at Great Ote Hall, Janes Lane, Wivelsfield will be open on Sunday between 2pm and 5pm There will be a number of stalls and cream teas will be available. Admission £2 per person with proceeds going to St Peter and St James Hospice. Following this there will be a Songs of Praise session at 6pm with refreshments available before and afterwards. The celebration of favourite hymns will be conducted by Gordon Banks, the diocesan evangelist with guest preacher the Rev’d Peter Markby.

TIDE MILLS: The WI meets on Wednesday in the village hall at 7.30pm. Guest speaker will be Kevin Gordon on the subject of Tide Mills. Visitors welcome, as always.

THAT DISCO: The adult only Back to School Disco takes place on Saturday next week (September 15) in the village hall at 8pm. The dress is school uniform and Champagne Supernova will play hits from the 70s and 80s. It is all in aid of Honeybees Preschool and tickets cost £5 if bought in advance from the village shop or otherwise £8 at the door. There will be a bar and hot-dogs will be on sale. There will also be an auction with holidays, golf, football tickets, fine wine, beauty treatments and lots more up for grabs. The event is billed as being for adults only, the dress is school uniform and, I am told, the headmaster will be there.

READY FOR THE OFF: Racing starts again at Plumpton on Sunday, September 23. It will be the Best of Sussex Raceday and a real family affair with attractions for all ages. The Children’s Trust Mascot Champion Hurdle will be run at 1.15pm featuring 20 or more mascots and there will be face painting, a funfair, a visit from Plumpton College’s shire horses, trade stands, Sussex themed entertainments and a mounted Skill-at-Arms display plus, of course, exciting racing. Prize money on the day is being boosted by £30,000 by Betfair so that should attract plenty of quality runners. Book the date now. Take a picnic if the weather is fine and it should be by then as the school holidays are now over. If not there will be plenty of food and drink available to purchase at the course.

ANOTHER THIEF: On Monday a resident in Plumpton Green was sitting in his home working when, unbeknown to him, a thief entered the house through an unlocked door and stole his wallet that he had left on the kitchen table. Cash, credit and ID cards, driving licence all gone. This sort of thing never happens in our village many will say, but it does and has. Be vigilant, there are some very nasty people around.


FLOWER FESTIVAL and Art Exhibition. Ringmer Church will be a feast of colour this weekend for this festival and art exhibition so do try to get along to view not only the flower arrangements but also the art exhibition being held in the Church Room. The opening times are as follows: Today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4.30pm and on Sunday from 11.30am to 4.30pm. Proceeds from the festival will be donated to St Peter and St James Hospice and the Village Hall Extension Appeal. Refreshments will be available.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW: The 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.

FOOTBALL: The first team are back in league action tomorrow, Saturday, following their excellent 7-1 win in the FA Vase against Shoreham FC last weekend. They travel to Horsham YMCA for the league fixture and kick off at Horsham is at 3pm. Meanwhile the second team are at home in the reserve section premier league to Dorking Wanderers, also with a 3pm kick off at the Caburn. On Tuesday evening, the re-arranged fixture following the floodlight failure last week versus Rye Utd is due to take place. Kick off will be at 7.45pm but this fixture is provisional at present and is dependent upon the problem with the bottom floodlight being resolved. In the bar the Moldova v England game will be shown on the big screen TVs tonight as will the mid week game England v Ukraine. Members please note that the annual general meeting will take place on Monday September 17, 7.30pm for an 8pm prompt start.

LUNCH: The Patronal Festival Lunch will take place in the village hall on Sunday commencing at 1pm. If you would like to attend please let Shirley (812417) or Thelma (812822) know as it does help with the catering. As usual there will be no charge for the meal but donations will be gratefully received.

ST MARY’S MEN’S CLUB: The AGM of this club takes place in the Church Room on Tuesday, after which Brian Wignall will be talking on Hang Gliding. Visitors welcome at this meeting.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on August 22 was: 1, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Gill and Tony Spaven. The results for August 29 were: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, George Montgomery and Nigel Osmer. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall.

JUMBLE SALE: Do remember that this is taking place in the village hall at 2pm on Saturday September 15. Any jumble you wish to donate should be taken to the hall between 10am and 11am that morning.

SINGALONG: This singing group re-starts on Wednesday, September 19. Everyone is welcome. It meets on Wednesdays from 2.30pm to 4pm (except the second Wednesday of each month). If you enjoy singing do think about going along to join in this very friendly group.

ALLOTMENTS: Your opportunity to grow your own fruit and vegetables beckons as there are several vacant plots available at the allotments managed by the parish council at the electricity sub-Station on the Lewes Road. Arrangements are also being made to extend the area which will produce many more, possibly as soon as this autumn. Plots are very inexpensive to rent (currently £8 a year for a small plot up to £24 for a full sized one) contact Chris Elphick the Clerk to Ringmer Parish Council be e-mail or phone 01273-813242 to arrange a viewing and get inspired.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, the 1st XI are playing on The Green in a semi-final of the Parker Building Supplies Plate Competition against Heathfield Park. The game starts at 1pm and is a 40 over game. Your support will be very welcome. On Friday September 14 the stoolball club will be holding a Quiz Night in the cricket club bar starting at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

Rodmell & Southease

SCHOOLS start again this week. Let’s hope those attending school for the first time enjoy the experience and those that are starting new schools and universities will settle in quickly. It’s always an expensive time for parents with all the buying of new school uniforms and accessories etc. Just be thankful for the supermarkets that do very reasonable items to make up uniforms. In my school days you had to go to special shops and pay an absolute fortune.

As far as I can remember we did not always like our school uniforms (especially the hats) but at least we were all put on the same level and did not have the problem of who had the most expensive labels in their clothes or the right sort of trainers, a nightmare situation for poor struggling parents whose children feel hard done by if they can’t keep up with their friends. Perhaps people who are snobbish about labels could remember the sweat-shops some of them originate from.

THINKING GROUP: I notice from our church parish magazine that the Thinking Group starts again Sept 10 to 16. Perhaps a Thinking Group could be stared not only on faith but how we think about the world in general and it’s people. The words faith and religion quite often put people off attending talks.

CHILLI DAY: On September 29 Southease has its Chilli Day, which is great fun. I am never adventurous enough to try the really hot chilli’s but I know many are. I’m told you can even get chilli ice cream but I don’t know if this will be on sale at Southease.

SADLY I noticed that some non-caring person has dumped a load of which looks like builder’s rubbish at the start of the footpath to the river off the C7 between Southease and Piddinghoe. Let’s hope the council sleuths can find clues in it, and fine them. We don’t need our beautiful countryside desecrated by non caring idiots.

JUMBLE SALE on Saturday September 22, 2pm in Rodmell Village Hall in aid of much needed church funds. Have a good turn-out before Christmas as it’s the last jumble sale of the year.

QUIZ: On Saturday September 22 we have our very popular quiz and fish and chips night, 7pm for 7.30pm start in the village hall. More on this nearer the time.

IT WAS INTERESTING to see Berkeley Castle on the BBC1 programme Britain’s Hidden Heritage on Sunday night as it has family connections. I learnt quite a few things from the programme that I did not know. The connections go way back to Roger de Berkeley (d. 1093) and Alice de Berkeley who married Maurise Fitzharding, son of Robert Fitzharding, first Baron.

Looking back through the family history we have Joan de Ferreurs daughter of the Earl of Derby, Margaret Mortimer daughter of Earl of March, Elizabeth daughter of Lord le Despenser, Elizabeth daughter of sir John Bluet, Isabel Mowbry daughter of Duke of Norfolk, all ladies who married into the Berkeley family. I would be interested to hear from anyone doing family history who is connected, as would my cousins, one of whom has recently written a book about the family. She is Deborah Berkeley and lives in Nova Scotia, Canada.

She is still delving into our history and has found out many interesting facts. Rowland Berkeley who married Catherine Heywood bought Spetchley Park, Worc, and the family still own it, but unfortunately,

Cotheridge Court also in Worcester, was sold off, and is now private dwellings for wealthy people, as the family could not afford the upkeep as is happening in many cases. Hylands in Chelmsford, built for my great great great grandmothers uncle Sir John Comyns is now owned by Chelsmford Borough Council and is available for the public to use for various functions.

So many of the old stately homes have seen a sad end so it is nice to have programmes like Britain’s Hidden Heritage.

I have some very old photograph albums showing Berkeley Castle and the interiors of other houses owned by the family. They must be well over 100 years old and are in remarkable condition.