Parish Pump Newhaven - August 2, 2013

Village news
Village news


A REMINDER: Charleston Manor gardens and medieval barn will be open on August 4 to raise funds for All Saints Church, West Dean. The fete begins at 2pm to 5.30pm. There will be the usual stalls selling plants, books, bric-a-brac and homemade cakes and scones. Teas can be enjoyed on the lawns to the music of the Heathfield Silver band. Entry is £3, (children free) parking is free. Sorry but no dogs.

MUCH ADO ABOUT BOOKS have invited Stephen Britt along to demonstrate the most up to date manifestation of printing technology around, a 3D printer. Inventor Stephen will be showing off his device at the shop from 1.30pm to 3pm on August 18. No reservation is needed. The device looks rather like a thick bicycle pedal and offers assistance to leg muscles when peddling. A video about it may be found on Much Ado’s website. The 3D printer Stephen will be showing exudes a special plastic, printing forms according to plans embedded in the computer. The printer will be working Upstairs at Much Ado.

DEANS PLACE celebrated five years under the management of James Dopson last Sunday with a tea party fund raiser for the Chestnut Tree children’s hospice. The amount raised to date is a splendid £670. The weather was forecast to be possibly torrential rain and thunderstorms which was scaled down to showers by Sunday morning and in reality was a slight sprinkling of rain which did nothing to stop the animated chatting on the hotel lawns.


THE VILLAGE HALL was the target for vandals over last weekend, damage to the parking lights costing a four figure sum to replace. The committee will assess the need for replacement. Any information people have could be of help to the PCSO.

WALKING GROUP: Our next walk is a two hour walk led by John Smith around the Fairwarp area of Ashdown Forest. Meet at 2.30pm on Sunday at Lampool Lodge, Maresfield. The first drive on the right off the Lampool roundabout (B2026 exit).

BOWLING: Saturday, July 27 away to Balcombe: Despite the dreadful forecast we played the full 18 ends. Jas Osmond 14 D Dean 19, John Blackmore 17 Adam Galbraith 16, Les Line 16 B Jacques 13, Derek Stewart 19 Peter Green 12. Club won 66-60.

STOOLBALL: One more league match to go before the top four from each division qualify to compete at Seaford on Sunday, and I am delighted to say that, so far, out of 13 matches we have only lost one, so we will definitely be going. Our last match being played at Ditchling on July 30. This week we played Ringmer at home. Barcombe 130 (Angharad Hills 53 runs, Angharad Hills 5 wickets for 35, Paula Peters 4-31). Ringmer 66. We also played away to Wivelsfield Green. Wivelsfield 146. Barcombe 164 (Janet Hughes 51 runs, Angharad Hills 50 runs), bit of a nail-biter but very enjoyable.


THE SUMMER FETE and Dog Show will be held tomorrow, Saturday, on the village green. Grand opening by the Mayor of Seaford at noon. Entry forms for the dog show (classes for all shapes, sizes and ages) are available now at Linda’s Stores, Bishopstone Station, and on the day in the show ring.

DRIFTWOOD Open Garden, Marine Drive tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, 11am to 5pm, as part of the Macmillan Coastal Garden Scheme. Refreshments including afternoon tea will be available.

BIRDS: When you think the birds have finally flown, a strange noise in the chimney revealed an exhausted kestrel parent had fallen in. It safely hopped out of the open Aga flu in the kitchen and was happily reunited with the family on the roof. With the departure of the kestrels, a couple of green woodpeckers have come to feed on the elm and recently cut lawn, hopefully reducing the chewing insect population. What with the village fete on Saturday and museum fund-raising day on Sunday, it promises to be a hectic weekend locally, must be the start of the summer holidays.

east hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Three dates for your diary: Saturday August 10, a visit to Newhaven Fort. Meeting at the entrance from 10.30am for guided tour at 11am. After lunch we can please ourselves and either explore the fort further, or can go on to the Tide Mills nature reserve, subject of a recent fascinating talk. Entrance, including tour is just £4. Sunday August 11, monthly footpath walk. We will be starting from The King’s Head at North Chailey (mini roundabout on A272) at 2pm and should be back at about 4pm to 4.30pm. Dogs on leads please. Friday August 16, guided tour of Crouch’s Farm, East Hoathly. Ann and Jeremy Courtney have invited the society for an early evening visit to see round the farm, including newly born calves. We will be meeting at the farm at 6pm for the tour followed by tea and coffee, and finishing with a visit to the pub. Everyone is very welcome, members, prospective members and friends. Please let Chris or Jenny know if you plan to go to any or all of the events 872830

THOMAS TURNER: Sunday 8 August 1756 ‘…Just before churchtime my mother and brother and Mr Beard and his wife came in, and they with myself and nephew went to church…They all dined at our house on two roasted ducks (or our own breed), a piece of bacon, a leg of mutton, cauliflowers and carrots, with a current pond pudding boiled…’


WEATHER WARNINGS: We have been issued with many weather warnings in the past couple of weeks, telling us that there would be downpours equal to a month’s worth of rain in a couple of hours and (at the time of writing) these dire warnings have thankfully not been necessary here in Falmer. Speaking to people just the other side of the Downs it seems that they have had far more stormy weather and rain than we have. The gentle showers that we had last Saturday were just enough to give all the plants a nice wetting and bring my cuttings on nicely.

WATER: The lack of water has been hard for some birds and animals. The blackbirds in our garden (and there are many) have starting making raids on the tomatoes we are growing and getting the juice out of the fruits. Other animals can be even more destructive. Rosemarie told me recently that badgers have dug up a bumble bee nest in her garden for several years running. The next day we discovered that a wasp’s nest had been dug up in our garden. This must have been a badger, trying to get at the grubs.

ART AND SOUL: Plans are progressing for our August exhibition Art and Soul. Unbelievably this will be our seventh year of showing artwork in the village hall and St Laurence Church. This year’s line-up promises to be an exciting one with new artists and old favourites. Check out our Art and Soul at Falmer facebook page for more information or look at the Lewes Artwave website.

FOOTBALL: The new football season has started and if you are coming and going to or from Falmer there will be stewards at the entrances to the village on match days. If you are attending an event in the village the stewards will have been told about it and will happily let you in. Traffic problems seem to have settled since the stadium first opened and there should not be too much of a hold-up on match days if you are coming to the village; just allow yourself a little extra time. Traffic problems may have eased but I do wish they wouldn’t use the tannoy at 5am in the morning.

PATRONAL FESTIVAL: We are celebrating Falmer church’s patron saint’s day on Saturday August 10 at noon at St Laurence Church. The preacher will be Fr David Biggs from the Chapel Royal in Brighton. The Eucharist service will be followed by a bring and share buffet lunch. All are very welcome to this special service.

Glynde & Beddingham

STOOLBALL: The Glynde Butterflies Stoolball Team have been invited to play in the August evening league. This is a fun or friendly league and a chance for the village team to play established league teams. The Butterflies will play Adastra (Hassocks) on Tuesday, away; Plumpton on August 13, home; Barcombe on August 20, home; and Ditchling on a date still to be arranged. All games start at 6.30pm sharp.

SWIMMING POOL: An amazing morning was had by youngsters in the Glynde and Beddingham Pool. Children from as young as 8 years old were inspired to take scuba diving skills to another level. The one-to-one instruction was second to none and we are so grateful to Sue and her team from Newhaven for giving us this chance to enjoy another dimension of the water. The cakes were, of course, exemplary (especially the date and orange) and a thoroughly enjoyable morning was had by all until the freak thunderstorm set in at 2pm. Hey ho.

STOP SPRESS: There is no yoga at the reading room. Many apologies for this misinformation in last week’s parish pump. However, if anyone does have any fixtures or information on forthcoming events at the reading room, please do update either the parish newsletter or the parish pump.

GLYNDE COTTAGE TEA ROOMS: Many thanks to Debbie and David for opening their gardens to the good and deserving of Glynde and Beddingham who enjoyed a mouthwatering spread of locally grown, produced and farmed produce. Delicately coated scotch eggs, fragrant elderflower cordial, Flint Owl Bread and locally reared meat can be ordered from the shop on a regular basis. We are overjoyed to be able announce that the shop is now extending its opening hours. We can now all pop in to appreciate the local produce from 8am til 6pm weekdays and 8am til 4pm weekends. If you need anything out of these hours, please do call them.

SMALL’S SMALLS: It with regret that we have to report the disappearance of various items of clothing within the village. Andrew’s smalls were seen fluttering gaily opposite the forge between the hours of 9am and noon last Sunday morning. Disconcertingly they were no longer in evidence by 6pm. Unfortunately, this does not appear to be an isolated event. If anyone has information that might be of help in putting a stop to these thefts, please speak to Andrew directly at the pub.

A WELL KEPT SECRET: Taff and Milly would like to thank all friends and family for attending their surprise 25th wedding anniversary at Glynde Church, where their vows were renewed by the Rev Peter Owen Jones. It was a very happy occasion and many thanks too to the Green Man in Ringmer for hosting the get-together afterwards.

FLOWER SHOW: We’re absolutely delighted to announce that our guest of honour is the new Chair of Lewes District Council, Cllr Michael Chartier, who will be opening our 145th event as well as judging the Children’s Fancy Dress Parade. The produce and flower display auction will be run by the dynamic Anglican clergyman Revd Peter Charles Owen-Jones and Andrew Kay, the well regarded professional food critic, writer and creative director of Latest Magazines in Brighton, will be joining our homemade food and wine judges panel. There will also be a fantastic top range of raffle prizes which include Glyndebourne raffle tickets, kindly donated by Gus Christie plus tickets to Plumpton Racecourse and Charleston House and Garden, a signed copy of Not Dead Yet by award winning author, Peter James and vouchers for Darcey Sussex Boutiques, Bill’s, Flint Owl Bakery, Trevor Arms, Newhaven Paradise Park, driving lessons from Inspire School of Motoring, Lewes Garden Centre, and more. All of the above is to aid our fundraising efforts for community support groups, which include the Glynde and Beddingham Memorial Parade, Glynde Community Pool and Social Club, The Teenage Cancer Trust, plus local parish churches and Firle C of E Primary School.

CHURCH SERVICES: Matins in Glynde at 10.15am and Evening Prayer in Firle at 6pm both conducted by the Rev Peter Owen-Jones.

VILLAGE STORES: From Wednesday, Debbie and David are offering a knit and natter morning from 10am until noon. Do come along to catch up on village life, eat delicious cake and share knitting patterns and tips. Please call Debbie on 858215 if you can make it.


CAR BOOT SALE tomorrow, Saturday, at Maurice Thornton Playing Fields, Orion Close from 1pm to 3pm. Free entry. For more information call Emma on 07403 462138. Cars only £5 (from 12.30pm). No large vans or food vendors.

ST MARY’S: This is the tenth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), A Forgiven Sinner, 10.30am All Age Special with crèche, A Postcard from Paul. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, Two Mothers, Two Sons.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a Corinthian church service at Primrose Hall from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Rev Paul Green.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday there is a five miles Bo-Peep circular from the top, undulating and steep in places. This is led by Larry and Elaine on 01323 849680. If you prefer a short walk with Michael and Linda (01323) 845479, the strollers group will be enjoying summer time at Newhaven nature reserve. If you would like to go on either of these walks please ring the walk leaders for details.

ANNUAL GOLF DAY: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society will be holding the annual Golf Day at Willingdon Golf Club on August 30. Contact Tom Chapman on 01323 842758 now for details and entry forms. Teams of four, £30 per player, includes 18 holes of golf, lunch and prizes. If you cannot play, why not sponsor a hole for £50.

MEDIEVAL SCARECROW FESTIVAL: Make your own scarecrow with a medieval theme. Entry into the competition is free and there is a prize for each category of best child, best group (clubs, schools etc), personal, business, best use of recycled materials. For more information and to download an entry form visit Hailsham Town Council’s website or pop in and see them. Look for the scarecrow in local shops and get an entry form there. Hailsham Town Council can be contacted on (01323) 841702.

POTTERY WORKSHOP: There is a pottery workshop on Wednesday from 10am to noon with Helen Lavinia Moore at Dippy Doodahs tearoom at 52 High Street. There are courses to follow on making pasta necklaces and bracelets, make beautiful charm bracelets, more pottery and cones with Helen and painting ceramics. All courses must be booked and paid for in advance. Ring 01323 843014.

MURDER MYSTERY: As the famous detective Hercule Poirot used his little grey cells to solve a murder, so can you. On Saturday August 10 from 7.30pm to 8pm start at Summerheath Hall there will be plenty of red herrings and clues for all to enjoy when the Hailsham Lions present a Murder Mystery performed by the highly entertaining Catsfield Players. When the Hailsham Lions last presented a murder mystery evening, tickets were sold out quickly. Due to their popularity, the Catsfield Players are very much in demand and the Lions are delighted to have secured them for the evening. Bring your own food and drink. Tickets are £5 per person in advance from Joy 01323 840382 or Yvonne 01323 845715. The evening is in aid of the Sussex Air Ambulance and other local charities. Do not risk being disappointed. Book now.

KNIT AND NATTER: Ladies (and one man) who knit meet at the Hailsham Memorial Institute and have now reached a grand total of 20 blankets for charity with several more in the pipeline. In addition to this they have produced many children’s vests, booties and mittens all in association with Computers for Charity. Formed in March of this year by four like minded ladies, club numbers have now risen to twelve including one enthusiastic male member. The Knit and Natter club meets every Monday afternoon at the Hailsham Memorial Institute from 2pm to 4pm. Novice, experienced knitters and non-members of all ages welcome. Refreshments available.

INFLATABLES FUN DAY: Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday there is a fun inflatables event on Western Road cricket and recreation ground from 11am to 5pm.

BONFIRE SOCIETY: If you would like to find out more about the bonfire society and consider becoming a member then go along to one of their meetings held on the first Monday of the month at Hailsham Memorial Institute at 8pm. All welcome.

HAILSHAM’S GOT TALENT: The Ropemaker Theatre Company are looking for speciality and variety acts, jugglers, magicians, actors, singers, comedians, acrobats, snake charmers and, well, you get the message, to appear at a an evening of entertainment that is not only for the community but by the community. This will be in the style of The Goode Olde Days which some of us remember. Some acts have already been booked, but there is plenty of room for more. Auditions will be during September, so if anyone is interested, or knows anybody who can do a turn, don’t hesitate to contact John Wilders on 07973 473321 or hook up via, or leave a message on the company’s Facebook page.

U3A: Members have enjoyed strolling around Arlington Reservoir this month, a visit to the Old Vicarage at Firle, the harrowing opera Tosca, a field trip to Hailsham Country Park, a tour of Old Town Hastings, a walk with their pooches at Butchershole Bottom, a trip to see Gotta Sing Gotta Dance at the Devonshire Park and are practising their recorder and painting skills. There is something to suit everyone at U3A Hailsham. If you would like to be a part of the organisation or any of its groups call Sue in the first instance on (01323) 840797.


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday July 9 Teams: 1, Matt Read, Di Johnstone, Jill Higham and Pauline Brown. July 16 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Meic Goodyear and Mickie Lodge. July 23: 1, Irene Gannon and Rosemary Land; 2, Rita Hartnell and Pat Elliott; 3, Peter Gannon and Jonathan Hyde. Thursday July 18: 1, Alan Disney and Hugh Griffiths; 2, Nigel Osmer and Susan Louis; 3, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan. July 25: 1, Susan Louis and Francine Talbot-Limbrey; 2, Peter Cattermole and Paul Allen; 3, Ann Wykeham and George Hearn. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our recent walk involved taking the train to Amberley, walking to Arundel and returning by train from there to Lewes. Amberley Station is actually situated at Houghton Bridge and within yards of the station entrance we had started on a riverbank walk to the footbridge erected some years ago to facilitate a safer crossing of the River Arun than Houghton Bridge itself had given. We then proceeded through the delightful village of Houghton, noting the many thatched roofed houses there, before going southwards on a riverside path that had many exposed tree roots to a point where a gate led us into Arundel Park. The climb up the hill of about 500 feet with stops en route to admire the view across the Arun valley was accomplished without any difficulty and once we had reached the top we stopped for lunch at the edge of a tree belt that provided shade from the heat of the day but also afforded excellent views both east and west. Our route then took us downhill in Arundel Park until we came to Swanbourne Lake where a stop was made for refreshments before we walked the final mile to the railway station. Robert organised this interesting day with the help of public transport. The next walk will be an evening walk at East Hoathly. Meet at top North Street car park at 5.30pm on Wednesday.

ON SUNDAY St John sub Castro morning services kick off at 11am with worship for all led by Rev Dick Field, followed in the evening at 6.30pm by Holy Communion. We invite everyone to join us, especially if for the first time. Last Sunday we said farewell to Glen Hocken, our Honorary Curate who will be greatly missed at St John’s, also by colleagues and residents at Lewes Prison and those at St Peter and St James hospice where he was a regular visitor. We wish him and his family every happiness in his new appointment. Saturday August 10, Down Town Lewes at 1pm. Meet at St John’s and will end at St Michaels in Malling. We’ll be joined by Andrea Gilpin of the national churchyard conservation charity Caring For God’s Acre. A free event but booking is essential so please e mail

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

PHOTO EXHIBITION: There will be a photographic exhibition at the Newhaven Museum next to Paradise Park tomorrow (Saturday) at 11am featuring Studio Tempo and the two sisters who have taught dancing in Newhaven for the past 60 years. Jean and Margaret Cantell have taught every style of dance from ballroom to Latin, disco to line dancing and they have appeared on TV programmes like Blue Peter and Come Dancing. They are hoping lots of former pupils,adults and children will come along to the museum to meet up again and share some of their memories. Anyone with photos of their dancing are asked to bring them along so they can be copied and added to the exhibition which will be opened by a special dancing display outside the museum. Admission will be free throughout the day.

DWEEBZ FEST: Newhaven Fort tomorrow (Saturday) 10am to 10pm.Charity VW show, family fun and music in the evening. Tickets £7 for adults, £4.50 to children and £20 for a family. Available in advance from Newhaven Fort (01273) 517622.

STAMP FAIR at Denton and Mount Pleasant Social Centre 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

PLANNING MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s Planning and Development Committee will meet at Meeching Hall, Fort Road on Tuesday at 7.30pm to discuss the latest applications. This will be followed by a Public Environment and Open Spaces Meeting.

MARKET: Newhaven’s new-look market will be officially launched by Newhaven Chamber of Commerce on Saturday August 10 following the grant of £10,000 they received from the Mary Portas Scheme to build up the twice-weekly market. They are looking for new companies and individuals who are interested in selling or displaying at the weekly market. There has already been interest from new stallholders who will be offering fresh fish, bread, cakes, flowers, coffee, cheese and a wide variety of live entertainment. If you are interested in taking a stall call the market co-ordinator Gillian Smith on 01273 517544 or email office

THE GARDENING SOCIETY is holding its annual show at Meeching Hall on Saturday August 10. Doors open 2pm until 4pm. Free entry although donations are welcome. The members will be putting on a display of vegetables, fruit, flowers and potted plants, flower arrangements, domestic items including jams, pickles, cakes and savouries, handicrafts and photography. Various stalls include tombola, raffle, plants and books. Refreshments will be available with homemade cakes.

CHARITY BASH at the Engineer, Railway Road on Saturday August 10 in aid of Help For Heroes 2pm to 11pm. Barbecue, hog roast, face painting, coconut shy, tombola, raffle, Bambino Bop Dancers. Live music all day from Badger Attack, VOX, Kangaroo Juice, The Firm and more. £3 entry, accompanied under 14 year olds free. All proceeds go to the charity.

DIEPPE RAID: The Commemoration of the 71st Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid takes place on Sunday August 11. The parade will line up on Denton Island at 2.30pm before leaving at 2.40pm to march to the Canadian Memorial via North Way and Bridge Street. The service takes place at 3pm followed by wreath laying and the parade marches back to Denton Island at 3.30pm.


CINEMA: There will be a showing of Hitchcock in the main hall, Community House tomorrow, Saturday. It starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available from the information office at £5 each.

ANNUAL SHOW: Remember to visit the Peacehaven Horticultural Society’s annual show in the Community Hall on Saturday August 10. Non members are allowed to exhibit items such as flowers or vegetables, painting, handicrafts etc. To enter you must buy a schedule from the information office costing just 50p and complete a simple entry form which has to be handed in by Wednesday. It is easy, friendly and good fun. Entries by local residents are always welcome.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The Royal British Legion will be in the Meridian Centre Community House today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes from 8.30am until noon. Next week sees a couple of our local churches behind the counter serving the refreshments. On Thursday it will be the Peacehaven Catholic Church followed on Friday August 9 by the Evangelical Church.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Meridian Athletic Football Club and is in the Main Hall Community House from 8.30am until midday. There will be no market next week since the Annual Show as mentioned above will be occupying the hall. The next market will be organised by the Lioness Club on Saturday August 17. To book a table contact them on 01273 513015.

COUNCIL MEETING:There is a meeting on Tuesday of the planning and highways committee in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. Residents are welcome to attend and may ask questions during the first 15 minutes. There will be no further council meetings during the holiday month of August until the planning and highways committee reconvene on September 6.

AUTUMN: It will not be long before the next season is upon us. If your club or organisation is arranging some events during the coming months do drop me a line using my email address and I will be happy to share the details with the rest of our local residents. You can’t beat a bit of good publicity.


TICKETS are on sale at Archer & Partners, 48 High Street for Polegate Drama presentation of two Murder Mystery evenings, which will take place today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday. Both start at 7.30pm. Bring your own food and drink. Tickets £8 or £15 for both nights.

POLEGATE DRAMA are sorry to hear of the death of Marion Nicholls, who for many years was our musical director. She played for countless pantomimes and music halls and was always a joy to work with.

POLEGATE SINGERS would welcome more new singers. We meet on Wednesday evenings in the Activity Room, at Polegate Community Centre at 7pm. We also welcome our new pianist Hazel. We look forward to learning more songs from the shows and musicals.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, held in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Wine and Social Club. All welcome from 10am until noon. More info from Alf Harris on 485134.

CONGRATULATIONS to Bruce and Linda Margrett for celebrating their 70th birthday, we all had a very good time at your recent birthday party, with entertainment provided by The Vintage Cats. Delightful singing in the forties style by this trio, who can be found on A sumptuous spread of sandwiches, cakes, scones etc provided by your large family. Thanks go to the Margrett family for organising this. Also thanks to the young lady who danced to the songs which gave we further entertainment. Thanks for the invitation.


EXHIBITION: Lewes Art Club’s Annual Exhibition can still be seen at the House of Friendship from 10.30am to 4.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday. Entry is free and refreshments will be available.

COFFEE MORNING: This is the major fundraising event organised by Ringmer Mothers’ Union and will be held tomorrow, Saturday, in the Vicarage garden, by kind invitation of Will and Linda (if wet in the Church Room). There will be all the usual stalls and it is hoped that the event will be well supported.

CONGRATULATIONS: It is my pleasure on behalf of Ringmer residents to offer warmest congratulations and best wishes for a very Happy Birthday to Ida Powell who celebrates her 100th birthday on Sunday. Well done Ida and may you enjoy a very happy day.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: A visit will take place on Sunday to Bridge Farm, Barcombe Mills to find out what has been learned from this exciting new site where excavations have been taking place since early July. This visit has been arranged by David Millum and Rob Wallace. Meet in the car park at Barcombe Mills at 2.15pm. Car sharing advised if at all possible.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on July 24 was: 1, Pam Brook and John Weston; 2, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The club next meets on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. Contact number 814220.

RINGMER U3A Enrolment Morning is being held in the Symons (Old) Village Hall on Wednesday, August 14, from 10am to noon. Ringmer U3A offers a large variety of subject groups at very low cost, which can be enjoyed with other members usually in group leaders’ homes. Everyone is welcome to the Enrolment Morning. Do try to come along and find out what is on offer as well as meeting the group leaders attending.

Rodmell & Southease

SADLY I had two funerals to go to on Friday July 26. Henry Ernest ‘Dennis’ McDavitt, a family friend for many years and close friend of my fathers, died on July 7, 2013. He was a well known Falmer character with a great sense of humour, and kindness, who had farmed in the village all his life (19 November 1924 – 7 July 2013). He had sadly seen his beloved Falmer torn apart over the years, having had to give up land for the University of Sussex and the football stadium, as well as having seen a road gouge itself through his beloved and beautiful village splitting it in half. Despite all this upheaval he took a very philosophical view of his life and made the best of it always being cheerful and outgoing. My parents remembered him meeting his wife Betty and they were happily married for I think 65 years. Dennis had only recently moved up into Falmer Village to be nearer his beloved farm and animals. I have very fond memories of the time I spent with the family as a child when Falmer was a picturesque and unspoilt village with a beautiful air of tranquillity about it. How times change.

RODMELL seems to be a hive of industry these days with the pub doing really well and Monks House becoming even more popular with the tourists. Our five B&Bs all seem to be full most of the time as well, which is good for the hidden downland village.

SUMMER SHOW: We have our Summer Show on the sports field on Saturday August 17, at the lower end of the village (BN7 3HF) down past the Abergavenny Arms, just follow the signs. This rural extravaganza will start at 2pm and is a great occasion. For the third year running there will be a display of classic, vintage and interesting cars, on the sports field. Owners of the above mentioned types of cars are invited to bring their vehicles along at about 1.45pm. Entry to the show will be free to occupants of cars on display. Members of the public can vote for their favourites in various categories, which are not to be taken too seriously according to Martin, but there will be some prizes. For further information contact Martin Burnaby-Davies on 07710 672208. Do come to our show with your friends and family and have lots of fun.

RAIN: The small amount of rain we’ve had has refreshed the garden but we needed more. I was out shopping when the first rain fell, and enjoyed the small ice like daggers of rain on my very hot skin, so refreshing.

FRUIT: The weekend was a time for blackcurrant picking in our orchard area. There are certainly a lot this year, and our apple trees are also well loaded. I feel an apple picking picnic will be forthcoming in September.


SUMMER FUN: Telscombe Town Council has contributed towards Wave Leisure’s Integrated Summer Holiday Programme for the Peacehaven, Telscombe and East Saltdean area. This programme will provide free or low cost activities encouraging play, physical activity and health and wellbeing. It will operate across the school holidays until September 3. The summer activities programme can be downloaded from the Wave Leisure website. The town council is also providing free use of the Civic Centre and its parks/playspaces for some of the activities. Civic Centre: Tuesday, table tennis, 2pm to 3.30pm for age 5 to 16 yrs £2; Thursday, Everybody Zumba, 2pm to 3pm all ages, £2 per adult, £1 per child, £5 per family. Robert Kingan playspace, East Saltdean: Tuesday, children’s gym, 1pm to 2pm for under 5’s, free. Chatsworth Park: Thursday, multi sports,11.30am to 1pm, 5 to 16yrs (football, rounders, touch rugby, key skills, baseball and much more) £2 drop in session.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY will be held at the Civic Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am. This is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town councillor. There is usually a district or county councillor present too. No appointment is necessary.

COFFEE MORNING: Telscombe Residents Association will be holding a coffee morning from 10am to 11am tomorrow, Saturday, to coincide with the councillors’ surgery. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues. All Telscombe residents are welcome. They look forward to seeing you there.

SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a meeting of the local Breast Cancer Support Group on Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm in Telscombe Civic Centre. The group’s aim is to give social support to anyone with breast cancer, or anyone with concerns about it friends, relatives or those awaiting diagnosis. The meetings are friendly and relaxed with tea, coffee and delicious cakes. They have a qualified therapist providing reflexology or hand massage. If you prefer to have a one-to-one chat, or for more information, please ring Pat Dunkley on 01273 582952 or 07760 300467. .