Parish pump Newhaven - July 5 2013


THE 300 CLUB: This month will meet at Deans Place Hotel on Tuesday 9 at 8 pm. Another chance for a drink and chat and to witness the draw - and perhaps win £50.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK: The house to house collection in Alfriston, Litlington/Lullington and West Dean together with a church collection in West Dean, the Beating the Bounds sponsored walk and the simple lunch raised an excellent £2,922. Of course these events never ‘just happen’. Rachel Hampshire organised the sponsored walk, Jane Alvey and the team made the lunch and Herbie and Jill Eacott counted the money and of course there was also a band of house to house collectors too. Laurie Walker, the Christian Aid co-ordinator, expressed his gratitude to everyone who contributed. Christian Aid’s work is to help alleviate poverty, hunger and disease in developing country.

WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY: Opened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane to very good reviews. Alfriston has two connections with this production. Paul Pyant, a Lewes resident who has close ties with the village, is the Lighting Designer on the show and Howard Eaton (who created the iconic five glowing rings at the opening ceremony of last year’s Olympic Games) has helped the Alfriston Players pantomime for the past few years and has been booked again for 2014. Paul and Howard’s input into Willy Wonka has been praised in the reviews.


SUMMER FETE: Stallholder’s final planning meeting will be on Saturday July 6, 12.30-2pm, hosted by Jane Lucy at 18 Hawth Hill. Light lunch provided!

BEACH WALK: Celebrating the British Ecological Society’s Centenary and setting off from the Martello museum at 2.30pm, Saturday July 6 (weather permitting). The event is FREE and all welcome but wear appropriate shoes and sun protection plus bring any interesting items for a display table.

CHRISTIAN AID: A record £520.82 was raised for Christian Aid at Wendy Simpson’s Cream Teas in the Parish Hall. The exceptional morning and evening tides last week revealed acres of sandy beach and some bubbly springs at Tide Mills, enjoyed by dog walkers and lug-worm collectors amongst other visitors.


FLOWER FESTIVAL: Last weekend saw the highlight of the Falmer village calendar, the Flower Festival. The weather was kind to us and the sun shone all day on Saturday. Sunday started bright before a chilly sea mist blew in and I had to start hanging onto the clothes rails on my stall to stop them blowing over. However this did not damp visitors’ response to the wonderful displays of flowers in the church. Everyone I spoke to was full of admiration. We had a lot of visitors and the indomitable team of people in the kitchen, led by Jill Burt, worked tirelessly keeping people fed and watered. This year’s plant stall was a delight to behold too and extremely popular with everyone. The winners of the Flower competition were: in first place Angela Walker with her arrangement depicting the water pump with ducks, second place was taken by Beryl Brown with her creation showing a fire in the grate and in third place was Angela Stannard with the arrangement Any Old Iron. Angela Stannard also did the beautiful arrangements on the font and elsewhere in the church assisted by Rosemarie Warton. The totals raised by the event haven’t been totted up yet but we will let you know.

CAUSE FOR CONCERN?: I see there was a worrying report in a local paper recently about Sussex University’s plans for a £220 million programme of works to take place over 5 years. According to the report the plans include doing away with the existing car parks and having “stacked” car parks on the edge of the campus. I hope this does not mean the edge next to the village. It seems incredible to me the university is planning this expenditure as not long ago they were in serious financial difficulties and losing staff. I have yet to see the plans so it may not be as alarming as it sounds.

HOLIDAY FUN: On a brighter note, the University of Sussex is offering a number of holiday sports camps for youngsters throughout the holiday period. Basketball, judo, squash, tennis, cricket, trampoline, circus skills and other sports will be available. Have a look at the website for more details

YOUNG BIRDS: There are a lot of newly fledged birds around at the moment. I was filling my bird feeders the other day when I was joined by six tiny little blue tits peeping away to each other and all staying in a tight group. They settled on the feeder right next to me and started nibbling the seed not paying any attention to my presence. Rosemarie tells me she came across two young woodpeckers on the ground while walking in the woods and they did not attempt to fly away either. The adult was in the tree so maybe the young felt they were safe. I hope they learn to be a little more streetwise soon or they will come to grief.

MORE BIRDS: We have more goslings and ducklings on the pond and we are keeping our fingers crossed they make it to adulthood. The first brood of goslings have fared very well but the ducklings that were seen some weeks ago seem to have disappeared, I hope these new ones do better.

CYCLE PATH: Work should have begun this week on a new cycle path from Falmer to Woodingdean. The path will lead up from next to the churchyard extension where the existing footpath is. This is good news for cyclists, the Falmer to Woodingdean road is narrow and very heavily used. Negotiating it on a bicycle must be nerve-wracking and dangerous. Unfortunately the footpath will have to be closed until the work is finished in mid- September.

NEWMARKET HILL: Amongst the visitors to the Flower Festival were David Cuthbertson and his mother who are researching the history of her home as a baby, Newmarket Farm. The Farm was requisitioned by the army and subsequently destroyed. David and his mother are now undertaking digs up on the old site and would be delighted if anyone has any memories or other information they could share about the site.


IT’S A DON’T forget weekend in Glynde and Beddingham. It’s going to be very busy over the next few days. The Love Supreme Jazz festival kicks off on Friday night at Glynde Place and continues all weekend with Brian Ferry playing on Saturday night and Jools Holland on Sunday evening. The Memorial Parade holds its fundraising boot sale on the recreation ground on Saturday from noon until 3pm and The Trevor Arms is running a full weekend of 60s fun and frolics with guest beers, guest DJs and live bands. There will be a scooter ride and prizes for the nicest ride.

A BIG THANK YOU to those that supported the Wipe Your Tears race night last week at The Trevor Arms, with special thanks to race sponsors Robert the Bruce, The Trevor Arms and CB Winter and sons. Over £200 is on its way to the charity.

LITTLE COTTAGE TEA ROOMS: We are all delighted and excited the Little Cottage Tea Rooms have reopened this week. Light lunches, tea, coffee, wine and beer will be served from Wednesdays through till Sundays from noon until 4pm both inside and also in the beautiful garden overlooking the cricket pitch. Debbie and David are holding a taster evening on Thursday July 25 exclusively for residents with a view to helping them develop the product range and extend the tea room menu. If you live in the village and would like to try the selection of tasty food and drink, please book in advance by phoning 01273 858215. The website is


ST MARY’S: This is the sixth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), A Rush of Reason, 10.30am All Age Special with crèche, A Postcard from Corinth, 6.30pm Evening Prayer, The Law and the Gospel.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Penny Hart Davis. At the same venue, there is a Clairvoyant Evening on Friday July 12 with Ivan Lee starting at 7.30pm until 9pm.

NEW INDOOR MARKET: Every Monday from 10am to 2pm at the Corn Exchange Function Room. Stalls include jams and pickles, baby/dolls knitwear. Homemade sweets and pastries, cakes. Wonderful selection of plants, homemade bird tables, birdseed, greetings cards, handmade jewellery, handmade soaps, pottery and other gifts. No tombola, jumble or bric-a-brac. Stalls sell only quality homemade local goods. Tables are £3. Local charities are supported quarterly. Contact Maggie 01323 840345.

OPEN CHURCH: It would seem from the evidence of early wills that the church has retained its original dedication to St Mary the Virgin. Except possibly for a portion of the north wall, nothing remains of the church of 1200. However, the present building is of the perpendicular style and probably dates from 1425-50. Even this has been altered considerably over the years. The tower is square, some 70 feet in height, built in blocks of sandstone alternating with squares of knapped flints, topped with battlements and a pinnacle at each corner, bearing weather vanes. The main vane rising from the tower bears the date 1801 and the initials W H and W K are those of William Hilder and William King, the churchwardens at the time. The church is equally interesting on the inside, go along and discover more about this wonderful building. St Mary’s parish church is open for visitors to come in and have a browse on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout June to August from noon to 2pm. There are free refreshments, children’s colouring sheets and activity trail. Volunteers are in attendance to answer any questions. Please note that due to other events, the church will not be open between August 6 and 8 and also August 27 to 29 inclusive.

ROSIE’S REGISTER: This local charity has been nominated as one of the three good causes at the Hailsham branch of Waitrose, throughout July. Please give Rosie’s Register your support and thanks are offered to whoever nominated them. They are particularly looking to use any money they receive to get some more temporary housing in the way of kennels for those cats awaiting accommodation in the shelters. Rosie’s Register is run completely voluntarily. You can also help Rosie physically if you have any spare time or financially. Drivers are always needed as Rosie cannot drive. People to help with the admin. Could you help with fostering? They are always grateful to receive your unused cat baskets. There are lots of other ways you can help. Contact Rosie on 01825 873067, email or visit

ORGAN CLUB: On Wednesday the very talented young organist Ian House will be performing. All meetings are at the Pavilion on the second Wednesday of each month. Non-members are most welcome at all meetings, which start at 7.30pm, with doors open at 7pm. For more info on any show phone Charles Clegg on 01323 762411, or go to and go to the Hailsham Organ Club page.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW: Hailsham Horticultural Society Early Summer Show is on Saturday July 13 from 2pm to 5pm at the Summerheath Hall. Admission members 25p, non-members 50p. This society welcomes new members at The Charles Hunt Centre on the third Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Contact John on 01323 441120.

COACH TRIP: Join Lower Dicker Garden Centre for an exceptional day out to Loseley House and Gardens, Guildford on Wednesday July 17. If you would like to find out more, visit Lower Dicker Garden Centre or its website at

BOOT FAIR: Following the success of their last car boot sale, Tesco car park will be full of stalls on Sunday July 14 again after the store closes and from 4.30pm to 8.30pm. Cars are only £5 and vans are £7. Entry is 50p. Pop into the store to book your pitch.

FREE WORKSHOP: Photographing and Digitising Your Artwork is on Thursday from 11am to 2pm at The Old Chapel, 1 Carriers Path. If you would like to find out more contact (01323) 849524.

AUTHOR EVENT: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society (HOPS) were delighted to welcome international best selling crime thriller novelist, Peter James to a full house at Hailsham Pavilion where he gave a very interesting and informative talk. Focussing on his best seller series of books featuring Roy Grace, set in Brighton, Peter gave some very interesting and humorous insights into the research that he does for each novel. He answered an array of questions from the audience and announced his first Roy Grace Novel Dead Simple is being turned into a movie. He is currently joint writing the screenplay and filming is due to start in spring 2014. Hopefully we will see it at the Pavilion when it is released in 2015. He confirmed his ribs are recovering well after a high-speed motor racing accident in May and spent time with his fans, autographing copies of his latest novel and posing for photographs. Just to add a bit of authenticity to the evening Peter’s departure was delayed by a real life bomb scare in Hailsham which fortunately turned out to be a false alarm. The total raised on the night was approximately £1,600 and was shared between HOPS and The Whitehawk Inn charity that Peter supports and is also one of their Patrons.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

BUS STOPS: Two bus stops on Anglesey Avenue have been out of use for some time and temporary ones located a couple of hundred metres away. This was necessary because the shelters did not suit the site lines. Work has now been started on relaying the base and new smaller shelters, which will still provide protection from prevailing weather are soon to be erected. This work is at no expense to Hailsham Town Council as the cost is being covered by the developers and the shelters that have been removed are being recycled and sited elsewhere in Hailsham.

NEW FOOTPATH: A new footpath has now been laid at Gleneagles Drive, opposite St Andrews Close near Hempstead Lane. New turf has been laid and new fencing erected. This has been paid for by the developers, Bloor Homes.

PARISH COUNCIL: The Annual Parish Meeting was attended by 36 people and support for a Neighbourhood Plan was registered. The Strategic Sites local plan and the draft Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule were open for consultation periods both ending on July 29. Wealden Council would shortly agree a Dog Fouling Order, which would apply throughout the district with power to level on the spot fines. Regarding the Neighbourhood Plan, the council considered the 19 responses to the questionnaire and agreed to seek an informal meeting with those who had offered assistance. The council noted the site visit to Hellingly Country Park and Roebuck Park in June with Claire Macintyre of Wealden Planning at which bollard lighting had been discussed. This was only to be acceptable if lighting was approved by an ecologist. The use of picket fencing on Roebuck Park was not permitted and one such installation was to be removed. On the subject of noticeboards, the Council agreed to allocate £5k from reserves to replace all of the existing noticeboards and provide a new noticeboard at Roebuck Park. Specific designs would be decided by the planning committee. The chairman reported on the recent meeting with Claire Macintyre at which there had been discussion on recouping some of the cost of the Community Hall from developers of new sites on the parish. Claire had subsequently asked for costs of the re-designed hall so that she could pursue the possibility with applicants. The council agreed subject to ratification at the next council meeting. The village hall committee was asked to consider the re-design as a matter of urgency. Revised costings could be requested from the Roebuck Park developer. Other matters raised were Community Hall re-design, slight re-siting and redesign of the sports pavilion and storage. No parking of cricket club vehicles, suggesting the use of electric buggies. The chairman had also met with County Highways officials to discuss the possible re-routing of the A271 which was said to be unlikely. If you require any further information concerning any of the items discussed please contact the parish clerk on 01323 484210, e-mail: or visit

Herstmonceux & Wartling

SQUEEZE: As the team met to plan the June Squeeze Breakfast, someone had just had a kitchen installed. The earpieces of cardboard wrapping were ideal for under-lining the chosen theme from Psalm 18. A prayer tower was built from two pieces of packing. A paint brush and artistic licence turned them into stone walls, joined by a longer piece on which battlements were drawn. On the day, we were warned not to move the chairs because they were holding up the walls. We all feel the need for a place of safety, said the younger Mrs Ford (Pastor Jim was on holiday), and would like to take it with us wherever we go. Since God is everywhere, when we entrust our lives to him, he lives within us, and we are always safe. Other safety-related activities included colouring an enormous fortress on a rocky island, and making shields with our own-design coat of arms. Finally we crossed the hall in pairs, carrying our shields, in a giant snakes and ladders game. Using strips of discarded wallpaper marked in squares, and throwing an inflated dice, we all finished up in the prayer tower for a group photograph, shown on our website, The next Squeeze Breakfast falls on Sunday in the village hall from 10am until noon. There is no charge.


HISTORY GROUP: On Monday, 7.30pm at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road, Lewes History Group talk on William de Warenne, the Man Behind Lewes Castle. Lewes Castle dominates our skyline, but who was the man behind it? Joanna Wilkins will talk to the Lewes History Group about William de Warenne, his life from younger son with few prospects to William the Conqueror’s right-hand man; the changing world around him in the 11th century; and how he came to be England’s third richest man in the last 1000 years (according to The Times’ Millenium Rich List) owning five castles and land in 13 counties. All welcome. Small entry charge on the door.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday July 7th at 11am our ‘Worship for All’ service will be led by Rev. Dick Field who will also lead the 6.30 Holy Communion service. That afternoon at 3.30pm there will be Songs of Praise at Southover Church. The Sussex Police choir is making a welcome return to St John’s tomorrow (Saturday) at 7.30pm. All profits from the retiring collection will go to St John’s Restoration Fund, as the Choir is generously giving the concert free of charge.


JUNIOR TENNIS: Coaching for 14 and under, Newhaven Tennis Club, Court Farm Road, 5.30-6.15pm every Monday to 9th September, free to members. Mini Tennis 5.05pm (11am in summer holidays) every Tuesday for 5-9 year-olds. A small charge per session. Both sessions with Club Coach Jared Leach, other sessions available. Tel 01273 515162 for details or email or check the Club website http://www.newhaventennisclub.

PARENT FORUM: Friendly informal group, children under five welcome Denton Island Community Centre, Denton Island today, Friday July 5, 1-2.30pm. Go along and have your say about what you would like to see happening in your area. No need to book, just turn up. For more details telephone Ronnie on 01273 517250 or email

RNLI: Summer fete tomorrow Saturday July 6, 1-4pm at Huggetts Green, West Quay. The lifeboat house will be open, excellent fun for all the family. Bouncy castle and childrens activities. Displays throughout the afternoon. Hog roast and food stalls, beer tent, raffle. Free entry.

LIFEBOAT DISPLAY: Sunday July 7. subject to operational activities Newhaven Lifeboat and the Coastguard helicopter will give a display off Seaford beach at 11am.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: Michaela Wynn-Jones will give a talk to members on Floral Codes, the language of flowers 2.15pm South Heighton village hall on Monday July 8.

GUEST HOUSE STORYTELLERS: Event in aid of RNLI. Special evening at Newhaven Lifeboat House on Tuesday July 9th Snow White, Blood Red, Fairy tales for adults Tuesday July 9 with Guest Professional Storyteller Jamie Crawford at Newhaven Lifeboat Station 7.30pm. Optional Italian Supper at 7pm. Tickets, Supper £4, stories £5. Book in advance at Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven. People are invited to book a slot to tell a story, maximum 10 minutes by emailing Fairy tales were not originally written for children and deal with some of the darkest and lightest, lowest and highest impulses and behaviours that we humans are capable.

MERIDIAN FORUM: Meeting Wednesday July 10 10am-noon Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven. Are you worried about your memory and thinking the worst? Speakers from the Alzheimers Society will attend this meeting and talk to people and answer questions. Open to all.

FILM SOCIETY: Tickets are on sale at the Hillcrest Centre for the next Newhaven Film Society showing on Saturday July 20. Tickets are £4.50 for Son of Rambo a heart-warming nostalgic comedy about two boys with a big video camera and even bigger ambitions. Café opens at 6.30pm, film starts at 6.30pm.


CHRISTIANITY EXPLORED: This is a free course being run at the Friendship Centre, Mayfield Avenue located behind the Evangelical Church. It starts on July 19 through to September 6 each Friday 6pm to 9pm. All are welcome to this free event and also a light meal. For more information visit”>

MERIDIAN FORUM: There is a meeting for members of the Meridian Mature Citizens Forum at the Hillcrest Centre on July 10 from 10am to noon. Are you worried about your memory? Thinking the worst? Then come to listen to Gina and Carol from the Alzheimer’s Society who will offer information, reassurance and answer your questions. The meeting is open to all with a coffee at 10am but please call Kate on 01273 516207 to confirm you are coming.

SUMMER FETE: The Cliff Court Residential Home, 70 Promenade are holding a summer fête on July 13 starting at 2pm. It would be encouraging for the residents if some local people would look in.

BURGLARY: Although thefts are falling in our town the police would like to remind everybody that with the arrival of summer doors and windows are often left open. The best way to beat this crime is to prevent it. So if you leave a room or go out ensure that all doors and windows are locked. Many burglaries are not planned but are opportunistic. Don’t let it happen to you.

RACE NIGHT: This is always a popular event and one was scheduled for Friday August 2. If this is in your diary please note that it has been postponed until March 7, 2014.

BINGO: There is a games session on Friday July 12 in the main hall, Community House starting at 7pm sharp. Eight games for £4 plus a flyer and a snowball game. There will be free refreshments during the interval.

CINEMA: The July film in the Community House is the Great Gatsby. It will be shown on Saturday July 27 starting at 7.30pm. Tickets at £5 each are available from the information office.

COFFEE MORNINGS: INAA, the local advice unit, will be in the Meridian Centre Community House today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes from 8.30am until noon. Next week on Tuesday Harlequin Studios will be in the refreshment kiosk. On Thursday the Peacehaven Players are behind the counter. While next Friday July 12 sees the return of Mencap serving teas and coffees.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the the Rainbow Nursery and is in the Main Hall Community House from 8.30am until midday. Next week’s market will be organised by the Peacehaven Evangelical Church. To book a table contact them on 01273 587352.

COUNCIL MEETING:There is a meeting of the planning and highways committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. During the first 15 minutes of the meeting residents may ask questions. Find out what is going on in your town.

THE DONKEY DERBY: This annual event will take place on The Dell, South Coast Road on the afternoon of July 14. Always good fun and sometimes there is an opportunity for children to ride a donkey in the race provided they meet certain criteria.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: It is not always easy to get to council committee meetings held on Tuesdays. However there will be a surgery on Saturday July 13 from 10am to11am to talk with a councillor on relevant matters affecting the town. This is a drop-in surgery so no prior appointment is necessary.


MARKET: Willingdon Community Market will be holding their Summer Market tomorrow, Saturday. If you would like to take part please contact Wendy after 5pm on 07776424685.

SUMMER FAIR at the Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 11.30am to 3pm. Table sale, tables at £8 each. To book contact Wendy Rogers on 484631 or email Games for children, fancy dress age groups are: Preschool, Fairy Tale Character; 6 to 8 years, TV character; 9 to 14 years, costumes made with recycled materials. Bouncy castle, Morris Men, miniature railway.

THE COFFEE MORNING: At the Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, is hosted by Polegate Gardners’ Society. All welcome in the lounge from 10am until noon.

ANNUAL FETE: Polegate Windmill, Park Croft on Sunday July 14, where the windmill will be dressed in bunting, and the mill plat will sport gazebo’s and a variety of games will be in abundance. Bric-a-brac, book stalls and a plant stall, strawberry cream teas, all this with a background of music and song. Open from 2pm to 5pm.


THANK YOU: For all your kind words following my decision to ‘retire’ from the parish pump which I have been doing for a number of years. A special thanks to the Seaford Tourist Office who are so helpful to everyone in the town. I am handing over to Michael Brown who can be contacted at or by dropping him a line at 29 Hillside Avenue, Seaford BN25 3LA. I am sure the pump is in good hands.

GET ACTIVE: There is a further taster session at the Downs Leisure Centre at 5.30pm tonight where you can try out a variety of activities for just 50p. Call Helen on 01323 516032 for further details.

FOLK: Seaford Folk Club will be back on September 13 but if you can’t wait that long pop along the the Baptist Church in Belgrave Road tonight at 7.30pm for an evening of folk and gospel songs with ‘Band of Brothers’ . There will be refreshments in the interval. There is no charge but there will be a retiring collection on behalf of the Community Church in Albania.

TRIATHLON: Some of the roads around the seafront will be closed tomorrow morning as the South Coast Triathlon sets off from the Martello Fields at 9am. It is always worth watching the race, the swimming, cycling and running, and also the award ceremonies. This is a great event which brings visitors and revenue to the town.

GUIDED TOUR: Please come along to my historic guided tour of Seaford tomorrow. Even people who have lived in town for many years seem to enjoy the tour. I depart from the Tourist Information Office at 10.30 and the tour takes about an hour and a half. Tickets (£5) are available on the day.

SHAVE A PIRATE: Seaford Bonfire Society are holding a sponsored shave in Broad Street tomorrow at 12.30. Sponsorship forms available from a number of venues in town including the Retro Market and Phoenix Beauty Salon in Sutton Road. Come and watched the whiskers disappear from your favourite pirate!

ST PETER’S: The Flower Festival at St Peter’s Church will be well worth a visit this weekend. Not only will the church be full of beautiful flowers celebrating the life of St Peter, there will also be historic displays about Blatchington Court School and the graves in the churchyard which has recently been recorded.


SUMMER FAIR: Ringmer Primary School Association hold their annual Summer Fair tonight from 6pm-8pm. Plenty of fun for all the family together with a Grand Raffle.

FOOTBALL CLUB: The teams are back in training for the new season with the first team under new coach Jason Hopkinson. Grant Olive and Nobby Dartnall continue to manage the Reserves again this season. Pre-season friendlies start at the end of the month and work on the pitch and ground is ongoing throughout the period and many thanks to all concerned who are “mucking in”. On the social side, next Saturday evening (13) at 7.30pm the Supporters Club are running the Summer eggheads style team quiz in the bar of the Caburn Pavilion.Entry for teams of four is just £5.

JUMBLE SALE: The Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Socity are holding this in the Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. If you have any jumble take it as near to noon as possible.

OPEN GARDENS: More than 12 gardens in Ringmer will be open on Saturday 6 and Sunday July 7 between 2pm-5 pm each day. Tea will be served in two gardens. There will also be a sale of plants and paintings. Tickets price £5 (free for accompanied under 16s) can be purchased from the village hall car park from 1pm-4pm on Saturday and Sunday. A map of the garden locations will be provided. This event is being organised by Ringmer Support Group in aid of St Peter & St James Hospice.

PRAISE PICNIC CELEBRATION: Ringmer Baptist Church hold this event on the Village Green on Sunday. There will be a Songs of Praise Service from 4pm with a free buffet tea from 5.15pm. More information: 01825-750283.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on June 26 was: 1. Michael Slot & John Weston, 2. Sandra Dudley-Williams & Joan Evett and 3. Liz & Tim Owen. The Club next meets on Wednesday 10 in the Village Hall at 7.30pm. Contact number 01273 814220.

QUIZ NIGHT: The Stoolball Club holds this in the Cricket Club Bar on Friday 12 commencing at 7.30pm. Teams of 4 with food and raffle provided.

COACH TRIP TO KEW: Wednesday August 7. Ringmer U3A coach trip to Kew. The coach will depart from Ringmer at 8am and return about 6pm. Tickets for a seat on the coach are only £11 each. For details go to or ring 01273 813010.


COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am at Telscombe Civic Centre. This is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town and district or county councillor. Please make the most of this chance to meet your councillor. No appointment is necessary, just drop in.

MP’s SURGERY: Simon Kirby MP will be holding an advice surgery at the Civic Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am. You will need to make an appointment to see him and this can be done by one of the following means: Phone 01273 589178, email

YOUNG PEOPLE’S Film Show and Games Morning. Tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon the town council will be hosting a film show and games morning for young people at the Civic Centre. There will be films, table tennis and pool. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Entry is free, and refreshments will be available to purchase. This is held on the first Saturday of the month, to coincide with the councillors’ surgery and coffee morning.

COFFEE MORNING: Telscombe Residents Association will be holding a coffee morning from 10am to 11am tomorrow, Saturday, to coincide with the councillors’ surgery and young people’s event. 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.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee on Monday at 7.30 pm in room 1 at 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 meetings 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