HISTORY STUDY GROUP: This month’s talk tonight (Friday) at 7.45pm in the village hall is the latest in our series on the histories of Ringmer’s roads and lanes. Tonight we have a lane that is significantly older than any of its houses. Now firmly incorporated into Ringmer village it was a country lane joining the separate settlement of Rushey Green to the eastern end of Ringmer Green. The Harrisons Lane team of John Bleach, John and Anna Kay and Rosemary Page will be explaining how and when this transition came about.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: This weekend sees the Rev Beth Woodgate’s first Sunday as vicar of this parish. Sunday Services continue in their usual pattern with 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Eucharist and 6.30pm Evensong. The bellringers will be attempting a peal (3hrs) from 3pm on Sunday as a welcome to Beth. Seven of the eight bells will be ringing as the cracked bell is about to be removed for repair. The final fundraising event for the cracked bell fund takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday June 27, an evening of music and meringues, concert by the Sussex Police Choir. Admission free with a retiring collection.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday June 10, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Deirdre Booth and Lesley Durrant; 2, Pam Brook and John Weston; 3, Nancy Wigginton and Roy Skan. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

WI: This is a time for celebration in WI circles. Three members, Joan Jones, Carol Blakiston and Anne Stamper, attended the Buckingham Palace Garden Party to celebrate the Centenary of the WI in Britain; Anne, as a past national officer, was presented to the Duchess of Cornwall. Two days later Anne was also present at the Royal Albert Hall when the Queen addressed the meeting. The following week three of Ringmer’s entries in the WI displays at the South of England Show won awards: Susan James gained the first prize rosette with her Wartime Teatime cake which had to include a root vegetable; she used carrot and apple. The board game made by Irene Jupp, helped by Elizabeth Hawkins, Barbara Fordham and Christine Hatch, and the pen and ink drawing of a Christmas rose by Anne Stamper both won Highly Commended certificates.

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