Parish Pump - March 16 2012

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THIS is the latest Parish Pump news from the Sussex Express.

Each week we provide a round-up of local news from the villages.


Barcombe Garden Club: Len Stebbings will be speaking on the subject “Plants for Free: propagation and seed sowing” on Saturday 17th March at 2.30pm. Please notice that this meeting is taking place in St. Francis. Visitors and new members welcome.

TABLE TOP SALE On April 28 there will be a Nearly New table top sale of baby andchildren’s clothing, toys and equipment at Chailey Parish Hall. The sale will run from 1pm - 2.30pm and tables are available at £10 each. For more info or to book a table please ring Susan on 01273 890745.

Snooker results Monday, February 27 away to Seaford “Con C”. James Stewart 56, Dan Eagles 39; Harry Stewart 33, T. Briggs 59;

Derek Stewart 45, Shaun Humphrey 50;  Peter Stewart 53, G. Thorpe 26;  Simon Fox 53, D. Voakes 56.  Club lost 2-3.

Monday, March 5, Home to LWMC “B”. Harry Stewart 46, Tom Limbrick 32;  Jack Schafler (New Player) 43, D. Yarrow 36,  James Stewart 40, Steve Whitethorn 59; Derek Stewart 69, Bill Roberts 37;  Simon Fox 48, Gus Bayrum 56. Club won 3-2.  Well done Jack and welcome, nice to have another young person with us. Oh yes, Derek won his first frame for two years.

Ballroom & Latin American dancing beginners class, Wednesday 11th April 7.30-8.30pm, £6 each. Barcombe Village Hall. Fully qualified ISTD instructors. Partner not essential. To book email or call 07901962163.

A Very British Tea Dance Sunday April 22. Tea dance from 3-5pm, with a tuition option 2-3pm. Tuition only £6, tea dance only £5 (includes tea and cake). Combined ticket £8 (includes tea and cake). At Barcombe Village Hall. To book your place email or call 07901962163


THANKS to all who helped with the Astronomy in the Pub night, particularly Astronomy 4 Everyone, HantsAstro and East Sussex Astronomical Society. The event was a great success with 350 people of all ages visiting the Horns Lodge during the course of the night. The talks inside the pub were well received and due to clear skies visitors were able to see the ISS, Venus, Jupiter and the Galilean Moons, the Pleiades, the Great Orion Nebula, and Mars. Those who stayed till midnight also saw Saturn rising.

SHORT MAT BOWLS played away to Laughton last week and unfortunately lost all games. In the triples Laughton’s D Seaman 13 and B Frater 13 beat Chailey’s Betty Turk 9 and B Jerram 9 and in the pairs Laughton’s P Seaman 23 and J Akehurst 19 beat Chailey’s George Durrant 9 and Davy Newman 8.

JUMBLE SALE at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at midday in aid of Chailey Cricket Club. Donations of jumble much appreciated on the day or collection can be arranged by calling 01273 890777.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Family Service at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Chris Jones on 01444 831244 or Sarah Tillard on 01273 890350. Free Church service this Sunday is a Family Service at 10.30am and tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

THE PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday March 20 at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

LIVE MUSIC will be at The Five Bells on Friday March 23 with Last Orders, an Irish Folk Band.

SPRING SHOW: The horticultural society Spring Show is at the village hall on Saturday March 24. There are classes for flowers, including daffodils, narcissi, polyanthus, wallflowers and hyacinths, for novices and more experienced exhibitors. If you have any of these flowers in your garden do take them to the hall between 8am and 10.30am and members of the society will be on hand to assist with presentation for the show if you wish. There are also classes for vegetables, flower arranging, handicrafts, art, photography and cookery, as well as classes for children. To obtain a show schedule call Nina Bourne on 01273 401994.

TABLE TOP SALE of nearly new baby and children’s clothing, toys and equipment is at the village hall on Saturday April 28 from 1pm to 2.30pm. Tables are available at £10 each. For more information or to book a table please ring Susan on 01273 890745.

PLAYERS IN THE PARK will be giving Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor a modern take, setting the fast flowing hilarious action in the 1920s. There will also be a jazz and ragtime score specially written for the play by Simon Bonsor. Open air performances of the production will be at Wivelsden Farm, North Common Road at 7.30pm on Wednesday to Saturday, June 13 to 16, and Wednesday to Saturday, June 20 to 23. All seating is reserved and covered and there is ample free parking. Gates open at 5pm and pre-production picnics will be most welcome. Visit to book tickets.

THEFTS: Pedal cycle thefts have taken place in the Lewes district in recent weeks from gardens and other storage facilities. Also other equipment including tools have been taken. PCSO Stephen Knowles is happy to security mark cycles, scooters and other items including garden tools and machinery and to book an appointment for this call Stephen on 07787685708.

KNITTING MACHINE is needed by the bonfire society as they would like to knit some proper bonfire jumpers. If you have a knitting machine that you no longer use the society would much appreciate the use of it. Please call Trevor Smith on 01273 891008 if you are able to assist.

BAND: Bluebell Railway Band is a non-marching military band with a full complement of woodwind as well as brass. This enables them to play a wide variety of music including arrangements of the classics, jazz, show music, pop and rock tunes, and of course traditional marches. Any wind players of reasonable standard who would like to play in the band should ring David Holland on 01342 822427 for details.



& Hamsey

JUMBLE SALE On Saturday, March 24 at the Village Hall, Beechwood Lane, Cooksbridge at 2pm. Contact Anita Walker on 01273 472595 if you can help with sorting jumble on Friday 23. Anita would be pleased to hear from you and better still if you are willing to help on the day. If you need anything collected please give her a call.

TODDLER TUNES Every Thursday in St Peter’s Church Hall, Offham at 10pm. Call Judith on 01273 474356 for more information.

SINGING MASTER CLASS Next session in St Peter’s Church Hall on Thursday, March 22 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Details from Jenny Money on 01273 493424.

REMINDER Mothering Sunday service on Sunday, March 18 at 10.30am followed by brunch in the church hall at 11.45.

CHOIR ANTHEMS FOR EASTER The sacred text ‘Ave Verum Corpus’ (hail true body) was written in the 14th century by Pope Innocent, and it is part of a sequence in honour of the Blessed Sacrament. On Palm Sunday, April 1, St Peter’s Church Choir will sing Edward Elgar’s setting – which is an early composition (1887) and was written for his choir at St George’s Church, Worcester. On Easter Sunday, April 8, the choir will sing Mozart’s ‘Ave Verum’, Composed in June 1791 – in contrast to the Elgar piece. It is one of his last compositions. The Rector says that both anthems are reflective in mood and hopes that they will enhance the worship on the two significant Sundays.

SERVICES FOR EASTER At St Peter’s Church, Offham the Easter services are as follows – April 1, Palm Sunday – Holy Communion 8am, Sunday Club (in Rectory) 1015am and parish Communion with Palm Procession (with donkey) 10.30am.

MAUNDY THURSDAY (April 15) Sung Eucharist Of The Last Supper 8pm.

GOOD FRIDAY (April 6) Good Friday service (The Liturgy) 10am.

EASTER DAY (April 8) 8am Holy Communion. Sunday Club (in Rectory) 10.15am.

Family Communion at 10.30am followed by Easter Egg Hunt in

the church grounds.

RAIL LINES TO BE REVIVED According to a report in the daily Telegraph, Rail routes that were shut under the Beeching Axe could be reopened under an overhaul of the industry. Work is already underway on reopening a line between Bicester in Oxfordshire and Bletchley in Buckinghamshire and wait for it! It reports other potential candidates include the Lewes to Uckfield route. It says that ministers hope that plans announced recently to cut the industry’s running costs would make reopening lines more affordable.

AMAZING In December when I was looking for Christmas

presents I came across a CD entitled A Downland Farm – in the fifties – which I thought my son would like as it looked interesting. I had a quick look at the pictures on the front but did not read the back before wrapping it up. Mark has only recently found time to play it, and told me how wonderful it is and how we should have recognised where the farm was on the Downs by the pictures. It is Manor Farm at Bishopstone which was farmed by the Willett family for many years. John Willett is Derek’s cousin and John’s mother Cecile Willett was the twin sister of Audrey Clark, Derek’s mother. The Courthouse albums have photographs of the two families with photos of Derek and John in their childhood. The film was shot during the years of change by John, first as the farmer’s son, fresh from agricultural college, and then as a farmer in his own right when he took over the farm from his father, Lionel. The films and his memories of Manor Farm have been combined to give a unique record of a time gone by in a beautiful part of the country. When the farm was sold John and his family moved to Somerset where they still live. He was a very clever wildlife photographer and gave many wildlife talks around the country. He is now in his eighties. He used to call in to see us on his visits to Bishopstone to stay with friends. It is a stunning film and I am so glad that I found it especially as it has a family connection.

FLOWERS How lovely it is to see in the gardens what a little bit of sun will bring forth. At the weekend, I found a patch of the pretty dark blue violets on the front lawn which come up every year, and on the bridleway there are the first milkmaids as we used to call them with their dainty pale mauve blooms. One of my favourite spring flowers is the tiny celandines which are now springing up in the drive and one of the poems that I love by William Wordsworth says it all. Pansies, lilies, kingcups, daisies; let them live upon their praisies; Long as there’s a sun that sets, Primroses will have their glory; Long as there are violets; They will have a place in story; There’s a flower that shall be mine, ‘Tis the little celandine. Even Tennyson, writing in old age on the ‘The Progress of Spring’, noted when – Out once more in varnish’d glory shine thy stars of Celandine. Sadly a lot of wild are fast vanishing including the latter that used to carpet all the verges.


Birds. What an exquisite photograph in last week’s Sussex Express of our Falmer barn owl. Sadly, it may be that he has moved on already, pushed out by jackdaws wishing to take up residence in the same spot. Jackdaws nested in the space last year and seem to be determined to do so again this year. We are disappointed but it’s nice to have the jackdaws even if they aren’t quite as exotic as a barn owl. On the theme of birds we had a record number of sightings of the sparrowhawk last week. Our feeders are being well used by all sorts of small birds. Particularly brilliant are the yellowhammers. Last Friday I was watching them from the window when a sparrowhawk swooped through the tree that the feeders are hung in. He didn’t catch anything but went and sat in another tree some way off before doing another sweep a few moments later. Again he failed to catch anything but went away to bide his time in the tree, at which point a magpie turned up and started to harry the hawk by flying at him. This eventually drove him away. The same day we had a buzzard perched on the fence surrounding the university playing fields scouting for rabbits. I hope he catches some, as our garden (as well as the playing fields) is overrun with them. Maybe he’d like to catch some squirrels as well.

Concerts. The next concert in our Spring/Summer season “Sweet Solos and Delightful Duets” takes place at St Laurence Church tomorrow Saturday 17th March at 5:30pm. The performers will be Natalie Leeder and Felicity Scott Martin accompanied by James Lloyd-Thomas. The programme is wide ranging and includes music from Purcell, Mozart and Britten. I am looking forward to it, I think these young singers will be excellent, Entrance is free and drinks will be available. There will be a retiring collection

On Wednesday 21st March at 7:45pm there will be a Spring Concert by Brighton Festival Youth Choir directed by Esther Jones with Glen Capra on piano. Featuring choral classics, folksong settings and uplifting spirituals sung by the choir, as well as solos by individual members. Again Entrance is free with a retiring collection. Both these concerts will last approximately 45 minutes.

Lent. Easter seems to be fast approaching and we are well into Lent so we are beginning to plan for our St Laurence Easter Garden. We have made an Easter Garden outside the Church for the last few years and it has been getting bigger and better each time. Last year a group of us met up and planted the garden, fortifying ourselves with home-made cake and tea. We plan to do the same this year. We are hoping people will come along on Sunday 1st April (Palm Sunday) at 11.30 and join us. Any gifts of spring flowers or compost will be gratefully received. I managed to get some half price primroses last week, so keep your eyes peeled for bargains.

Glynde & Beddingham

QUIZ NIGHT. As part of the swimming pool’s fundraising programme the Trevor Arms have generously allowed us to hold a Quiz Night there on Thursday March 29, at 7.30pm. Entry will be £3 per person with a maximum of four people on a team. Even more generously the Trevor have given us a first prize for the winners of a meal for four at the Trevor Arms and there will also be a raffle. Please try to attend and bring your friends along to make up a team. Even if you are not a pub quiz type it should be a good social evening with a beneficial outcome for the pool.


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday February 21, 2nd Champ Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Peter Gannon; 2, Richard Burnett and Janet Cattermole; 3, Robin Parris and Meic Goodyear. February 28: 1, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 2, Brian Loasby and Roy Skan; 3, Peter and Irene Gannon. Thursday February 23, 2nd Champ Pairs: 1, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole; 2, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 3, Alan Disney and Adela Thomas. March 1: 1, Nancy Wiginton and Rosemary Land; 2, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 3, Elizabeth Rodger and Sheila Cripps. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

MASSIVE JUMBLE SALE at Wallands School, Gundreda Road tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm to 4pm organised by the PTA. Lots of bargains and delicious refreshments. Free parking. Jumble donations welcomed at school reception.

ECO OPEN HOUSE: on Sunday March 25 (10am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm) you might like to walk or bike along to a Victorian cottage in Cliffe where the owner has some realistic ideas for reducing your household carbon footprint without making your life too uncomfortable. Jill’s house is part of the SuperHomes network (, ordinary houses where the owners have worked hard on keeping their household bills and energy use down with good insulation, solar power and so on, and are ready to talk to visitors about it. The front garden is worth hearing about too, it’s been turned into an allotment under the Landshare scheme, where someone else grows vegetables on unused bits of land. Wille Cottages are on the site of the first and less-discussed of the two catastrophic avalanches that hit Cliffe over Christmas 1836: the saw-mill here, owned by Charles Wille, was destroyed. The open day is at 8 Wille Cottages, South St, down towards the suitably-named Snowdrop; Jill offers to give free tea/coffee within reason to people arriving on bicycles.

Lewes Footpaths Group. This walk was very much a walk of two parts. We started by walking along River Lane in Alfriston to join the towpath of the delightful meandering River Cuckmere passing the Parish Church, ‘the Cathedral of the Downs’, and continuing on for a further mile and a half where a short break was enjoyed in the lee of High and Over. We then partly ascended the hill to cross the Alfriston Road, taking a contoured path via Cradle Hill to Camp Hill. Turning north we descended into a valley with a long climb out to the top where the walkers took lunch in glorious sunshine with many fine views, including Seaford Head, to appreciate. Returning to Alfriston, we emerged opposite Deans Place then passing through the western side of the village to complete the walk in North Road.

Next Walk Wednesday March 21, Crowborough to Eridge station. Meet at Lewes bus station to catch the 9.50 No. 29 bus to Uckfield and bring a picnic.

Mobile Library

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

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

RNLI. One of Newhaven Lifeboat’s most popular fund-raising events is being held tomorrow (Saturday) in the Hillcrest Centre, Fort Road, Newhaven from 10am-12.noon. The Book Sale is where you can pick up some real bargains, both fiction and non-fiction so go along and support this worthy cause.

MAPPING THE FUTURE is a project being presented by members of the Coastal Futures Group in Shakespeare Hall,Fort Road, Newhaven tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am-12 noon. People are invited to come along and study two maps each casting light on the future faces of Seaford Bay, Newhaven and the Ouse Valley. The first map shows predicted changes to the local coastline by 2150 and the second map shows potential routes for shared cycling and walking routes between Newhaven and Lewes via the Ouse Valley and the villages. This is displayed by the Ouse Valley Cycle Network which is a ,local group supported by the South Downs National Park Authority. The maps, ideas and plans can be seen and discussed by all members at the meeting. To reserve a place at the meeting or for more information contact Jan Marshall on 01273 612236 or email You can also click on to the following websites or

NEWHAVEN YACHT CLUB is holding a Nautical Evening with a meal tomorrow (Saturday) at 7pm in Riverside Hall, West Quay, Newhaven.

ST PATRICK’S DAY is tomorrow (Saturday) March 17 and most of the pubs in Newhaven will be celebrating in style. The Ark has an Irish Band playing, Newhaven Social Club is celebrating the Patron Saint of Ireland and so is The Hope Inn, by the beach.

CONSERVATION TRUST. Newhaven Conservation Trust is hosting an illustrated talk by Peter Bailey MBE assisted by Maurice Balcombe on Tuesday March 20th in the Hillcrest Centre, Hillcrest Road at 7.30pm. The talk will be about The Lost Gems of Newhaven and entrance is by donation. There will also be a raffle to raise funds for the Trust.

GET MOVING. Adult Exercise Sessions are being held on Thursdays at 6pm in Shakespeare Hall, Fort Road, Newhaven. The sessions cover a variety of activities and cost 50p a session. For more information and to book a place contact Sally on 01273 612539.

GUEST HOUSE STORYTELLERS are already selling tickets for their April event. It is a rare opportunity to hear International Storyteller Rou Gal-or telling wise and funny stories both from traditional sources and his own remarkable and inspiring life entitled Talking to the Stars. His stories take place on Tuesday April 10th, Hillcrest Café opens at 7pm,stories begin at 7.30pm. Advance tickets cost £6 from the Hillcrest Café.

MAYOR’S QUIZ. A date for your diary, Town Mayor Councillor Steve Saunders is holding a Quiz Night on Friday April 20th in Meeching Hall, Fort Road, Newhaven 7 for 7.30pm. More details nearer the time.


Mothering Sunday on March 18 will be marked at St Anne’s Church with gifts of flowers for mothers and others at both the 8am and 10am Communion services. This once extra special day in the middle of Lent allowed girls ‘in service’ time off to visit their families. Advance notice is given that there will be no morning services at 8 or at 10am on Sunday March 25. At 4pm at St Anne’s, representatives of churches in Lewes and Seaford Deanery will meet to say farewell to Bishop John of Chichester when he will preside at the Eucharist. 

Christ Church:  A good number of people enjoyed the Friendship Lunch last Friday and the weather was much kinder to us than it was in February when the lunch had to be cancelled because of the cold weather. Sunday is Mothering Sunday and our worship at 10.30 am will be led by Mr Geoffrey Carol.  Evening Worship at 6.30pm will include Holy Communion and will be led by our minister, Rev John Gordon. On Wednesday we have another meeting of our Little Fishes Group from 9.30am to 11am.  The theme will be Easter and there will be a story, songs and craft activities based upon the Easter Story. This group is for Tots and their carers.

The Neighbourhood Police Panel meeting will be held on Monday, March 26, at 7pm in St. Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road. If local residents have any concerns such as anti-social behaviour, traffic problems on the Nevill, etc, please come along to meet our local PCSOs. They will welcome your input and observations. 

The Nevill Residents’ meeting will follow at 8pm. There will be a presentation by Barry Luck from Southern Water on the ‘Adoption of Private Sewers’ and how it could affect properties on the Nevill. John Chaloner also from SW & Tim Bartlett from LDC will also attend to answer related queries. This will be of interest to all householders. Also on the agenda will be: Grit bins – information and guidance on usage to be included in the next newsletter, Landport Bottom – consultation report,  Planning for the Diamond Jubilee Extravaganza on Bank Holiday Monday June 4, the Garden Trail and the Neighbourhood Police Panel.

Dog Blog: I have had three very embarrassing moments lately which I hoped had gone unnoticed but evidently not judging by the hysterical laughter from my family each time. Firstly, a week ago I got very excited when I heard my bowl being filled at an unexpected time and as I gathered speed towards it across the slippery kitchen floor I couldn’t seem to stop in time to avoid sliding into the fridge. Humiliating. Then at the weekend when I was playing hide and seek with the rabbits in the Chalk Pit, one of them tricked me by running over the edge of a steep slope. Apparently seeing me screech to a halt like a cartoon dog but not in time to stop myself from toppling over the edge and nosedive into a bush was hilarious. Mmmmm. The final straw was on Sunday at the Railway Land when I rushed across the field to look for ducks on the stream and due to a momentary lapse of concentration I lost my balance at the edge and nearly toppled in. I don’t think anyone saw me but it was a close shave. I definitely need some new brakes.

Sunshine: What a lovely surprise to have a beautiful day of warm sunshine today, Monday. At school on our normally draughty playground we peeled off our many layers of warm clothes and within half an hour we were all red faced – whether that be the heat or sunburn only time will tell! 


The Country Market will be open on Friday morning from 10 till 11am in the Village Hall. There is a good selection of cakes, savouries, preserves and ready meals, plus cards, and hopefully some spring flowers .You can always pop along and enjoy a cuppa.

Horticultral Society. Tomorrow (Saturday) morning the Horticultural Society will be holding a coffee morning in the Community Centre from 9.30 till 11.30am, a great opportunity for you to renew your membership. Details of forthcoming outings will be on display and tickets will be on sale.

The Spring Show will be on Saturday March 24 in the Village Hall at 2.30pm.

RUGBY: In the afternoon of Saturday March 24 both ruby teams will be playing the first xv against Holbrook away, the 2nd XV are also playing away against Burgess Hill 2nd XV.

SKITTLES In the evening the Bonfire society are running a Skittles/ Pub Games Tournament in the Village Hall from 7pm. Teams of 4. Tickets £7 includes light refreshments, the bar will be open plus a raffle. To book tickets please please telephone 01 825 723 699 . This sound like a fun evening. Please try and support these local events.

CHURCH Services this Sunday (fourth Sunday of Lent) are 8am Holy Communion followed by Mothering Sunday service at 10.30am. Everyone welcome, lifts to church are available if you telephone 01 825 722 582.

Community Club On Monday March 19 the AGM will take place of the Newick Community Club in the Community Centre at 7.30pm. There will be a vacancy on the committee for a secretary. New committee members are always welcome, so if you are interested in helping to run the Community Centre please go along to this meeting.

Newick Green WI will be celebrating its 50tth anniverary on Thursday March 22 in the Community Centre at 7.45pm, when they hope that the County Chairman Shirley Kirby and WI Advisor Grace Isted will join their party For further information contact 01 825 722 907. Congratulations Newick Green WI.

Last Saturday was a very lovely sunny afternoon, Newick 2nd XV rugby team have taken an unassailable lead in the Sussex Division 3 East by thumping Seaford 2nd by 88 points (score Newick 88 points Seaford 0) The win was underpinned by Newick’s complete dominance in the scrum and some fantastic handling by their backs, and ensures their promotion next season.

Well done Newick Rugby 2nd XV.


ANOTHER WALK: The Footpath Society will be meeting at Firle car park (TQ468 075) nat 2pm on Saturday before setting of on a 4 ¼ mile walk to the Ram Inn, Place Farm, Firle Bostal, South Downs Way, St Peter’s church and Firle. All are welcome and more detail available on 01273 472409. Then on Friday next week members will be off to the Gallery Restaurant, Brighton and Hove City College for their 40th anniversary lunch at 12noon. Coach leaves the village hall car park at 11am.

SUNDAY SCHOOL: This will take place again at All Saints’ church annexe on Sunday at 10.30am.

SHOW STOPPERS: That is the title of the demonstration to be given by Gill Saddler at Wednesday’s meeting of the Flower Club in the village hall at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome on payment of a £2 entrance fee. Please note that this is a change to the published programme.

PARISH COUNCIL: East Chiltington Parish Council will hold its next meeting in Beechwood Hall, Cooksbridge on Thursday at 7pm. Members of the public welcome.

SPRING BARGAINS: Prepare for the jumble sale on Saturday next week in aid of village Jubilee celebrations. It will be in the village hall at 2pm and there will, of course, be refreshments available after the fracas so that you can relax, gloat over your bargains or just have a chat. Donations of jumble can be taken to the hall on the morning of the sale.

FAMILY BINGO: Do not forget the family bingo night on Saturday next week, run as usual by the PTA. It takes place in the village hall between 6.30 and 8.30pm. Entry £2 for adults and £1 for children. They promise some eggciting prizes, a licensed bar, hot nachos and other bar snacks. Book in advance on 01273 890301. Proceeds of the evening to benefit the local school.

EASTER RACING: It should be a great weekend at Plumpton over the Easter weekend with racing on both the Sunday and Monday. More details to follow but note the occasion now. Always a good family afternoon out as well as one for the devotee punters.

SPRING SHOW: If you are planning on entering an exhibit or two in the HorticulturaL Society’s Spring Show, there is not long to go as it will be held in the village hall on Saturday, March 31. There are plenty of classes to choose from with some special ones for the children. Anyone can enter. Ring 01273 890572 for full details. If you just enjoy admiring blooms, vegetables, floral arrangements, cookery and handcrafts just book the date in your diaries now. Of course, there is every chance to pick up gardening tips at the same time.

Rodmell & Southease

SUNDAY is Mothering Sunday and there is a special service at 11am for children and their families and, as usual, there will be small posies of flowers for children (of whatever age) to give to their mothers. My mother used to like coming to this service, but at the grand old age of 92, can no longer make it. When you think of it mothers like mine had a pretty hard time of it, with husband at war, rationing, not much medical help, no benefits, and they could not work because they had to look after their children as best they could with no men around, because they were off fighting for our freedom. The only free items my mother got for me were orange juice and milk and perhaps cod liver oil. They had to be tough.

TRAFFIC: I have just heard on the radio that the police are catching many people driving through Lewes pedestrian precinct at Cliffe. Why do they do it when it’s clearly marked? I am also always seeing cyclists going the wrong way along Lansdown Place and Friars Walk when I walk along there to the printers. Do they think they are also beyond the law? There would be uproar if car drivers did it. Some even ride side by side talking to each other.

FARMERS: I feel so sorry for the farmers whose lambs are being born deformed. It must be heartbreaking having nurtured their flocks only to find they are having to put down so many new born lambs.

TECHNOLOGY: The exploding sun spots are keeping the scientists busy at the moment. The natural law of things will, I feel, always keep us mere mortals in check one way or another. If all the electronic systems were put out, can you imagine. I have been doing a sort of survey when I’m with groups of people about how many have computers, mobile phones etc and as a small example at a table of six people of varying ages only two used a computer or mobile phone. A person booking B&B with me was very surprised when I said I did not have a computer. She was from Alberta in Canada and found it very amusing, stating that she would write me a letter and send it snail mail and would very much look forward to getting a reply by snail mail as it would be a treat. So many of the people that stay here tell me they are really envious that I manage to run my life and business successfully without technology. I don’t find it a problem at all, in fact it’s quite a peaceful and tranquil existence. Next time you are at a party or with a group of friends do a check on how many have computers. The results may surprise you.

COLD CALLERS are becoming a real nuisance to us all in this area, and it’s not funny when they phone older people like my mum late at night, and then when she has struggled to the phone she picks it up and nobody answers.


Fashion Show Local fashion store M & Co in Broad Street have organised a fund-raising fashion show tonight, in support of Seaford Mayor and her chosen charity Waves – the local support group who do so much to help Seaford families. This is one of the Mad March Marathon range of fund-raising events the Mayor is promoting. The fun starts at 7pm and models will include some Waves volunteers. Tickets are just £5 and are obtainable from M & Co, from 37 Church Street (Tourist Information / Town Council Office) and from Pat Case on 01323 890643.

Folk Club Tonight is another of the popular “Singers and Musicians” nights at the Folk Club.Pop along and enjoy the monthly ‘do it ourselves night’, either to perform or to listen. 8pm at the Royal British Legion in Claremont Road.

Conservative Surgery

Seaford Conservative Councillors are holding a drop-in surgery tomorrow at 37 Church Street between 9.30 and 11am. No appointment is necessary – just pop in and they will be pleased to help.

Charity Lunch The Inner Wheel Club of Seaford is holding a Soup, Ploughman’s and Pud Lunch tomorrow (Saturday) at St. Leonards Church Hall from 12 noon until 1.30pm. There will be a Raffle. Tickets are £6 which can be bought at the door. Proceeds will go to Inner Wheel Charities.

Children’s Workshop

St Peter’s Church is hosting a Children’s Workshop at the Church Hall in Belgrave Road tomorrow from 2 to 4pm. To book a place at this fun event for children call 01323 893172

Quiz & Stew The Austin A30/A35 Sussex Car Club are holding a quiz at the 60+ Club, adjacent to the Downs leisure Centre, Sutton Road tomorrow from 7pm. Tickets are £5 which will include a supper of Irish Stew (after all it is St Patrick’s Day). All ticket income will go towards Coastwatch in Newhaven. For tickets contact Pauline on 01323 895216


Meeting Cancelled – The Planning & Highways Committee meeting for Telscombe Council scheduled for Monday 19th March has been cancelled due to lack of business.

Council meeting – there will be a Council meeting on Wednesday 21st March 2012 at 7.30 pm in Telscombe Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can ask questions during a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda for the meeting will be put on Council notice boards a few days before the meeting and will usually also be available on the Council’s website at

Windfarm Proposals – A reminder of the public exhibition regarding the Rampion Offshore Windfarm proposals on Wednesday 21 March, 12-8pm at Community House, The Anzac Room, Meridian Centre, Peacehaven, BN10 8BB. Don’t miss your opportunity to view the proposals and make your comments.