ST MARY’S CHURCH: Bring your bear to church this Sunday: The 9.45am all-age service is a celebration of our life-long friendships with our teddy bears as well as the crucial work of Family Support Work in Sussex. Do come and bring (or borrow) a bear, it promises to be a lot of fun whatever your age. The 6.30pm service will be a Sung Eucharist. Mothers Union Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon in the church and church room. Admission £1 to include coffee and biscuits. Bring and buy, cakes, produce, raffle and children’s activities. The Bible for Us Today continues this Monday in the Church Room. The Number 5 Bell is coming back on Thursday, the process of lifting it back in place will take two to three hours from 8.30am. The work starts with a crucial blessing of the bell and the workmanship.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday July 22, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Barrie Smith and Alan Grindley; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

RINGMER WI: The July Meeting heard about the work of ALSAR from June Elstead, who was accompanied by two colleagues and three dogs. She explained how they were trained to work with the police to find people who have gone missing. There was a display of Ringmer’s entries to the South of England Show which were much admired and members were then encouraged to enter Ringmer’s own horticultural show, which many did and carried off some prizes. Anne Stamper showed some silk painting she had done at a Saturday workshop at the WI Headquarters. Carole Rawson co-ordinated the WI’s cake stall at the Village Hall Fair which raised a good profit, and Barbara Fordham and helpers organized a lovely strawberry tea for members and friends in her pretty garden. There is no formal meeting in August, members will meet at Barcombe to play skittles instead. The meeting on September 1 will be a special one to celebrate the WIs centenary, the first WI in Britain having being formed on 16 September 1915.

PRODUCE SHOW: The Horticultural and Home Produce Society’s decision to hold only one show this year was vindicated by last Saturday’s excellent turnout. A sunny day helped to ensure that there were a steady influx of visitors all afternoon. The show itself benefitted from the fact that we were able to attract 63 exhibitors, 25 of whom were new members. There were 366 exhibits with all classes being well supported. The judges had a few problems judging some of the classes due to the high number of entrants. Twenty one in the flower arranging, 77 in the cookery and preserves, 16 in the painting and 76 in photography. The 18 trophies awarded in this show were shared more equally amongst the members, nine of them were won by new members. One of whose number excelled; Carol Blakiston was awarded the prestigious RHS Banksian Medal for the most points gained in the show. All in all it was a very successful show.

First prize winners. Flowers: Roses, large flowered, E Bowler; specimen rose, G Fowlie; roses, clustered flower, G Fowlie; miniature roses, G Fowlie; scented rose, J Payne; carnations/pinks, P Wieczorek; pansies/violas, E Bowler; calendula, C Blakiston; tagetes, J Phillips; penstemons, E Hawkins; dahlias, J and B Fordham; shrub foliage, J Jackson; flowering plant, P Longhurst; foliage plant, V Humphrey; sweet peas, A Davis; perennial flowers, P Longhurst; annual flowers, C Blakiston; any other flower, A Davis; bowl mixed flowers, P Longhurst; vase of flowers, C Blakiston; flowering tree/shrub, M Constable; cactus/succulent, Blakiston; fuchsia, J Badcock.

Fruit: Redcurrants, gooseberries, raspberries, collection of fruit, any other fruit, B Cairns; blackcurrants, S Race; rhubarb, E Hawkins; strawberries, P Wieczorek.

Vegetables: Potatoes, white, J Badcock; potatoes, others, D Matthews; dwarf/climbing beans, B Cairns; broad beans, P Wieczorek; runner beans, B Cairns; peas, J Race; carrots, M Mockford; beetroot, M Mockford; onions (three classes), E Jupp; garlic, D Matthews; cabbage, P Wieczoerk; lettuce, J Race; tomatoes, D Matthews; tomatoes (cherry), M Mockford; mixed herbs (culinary), E Hawkins; mixed herbs (non-culinary) E Jupp; courgettes (green), P Wieczorek; courgettes, M Mockford; cucumber, D Matthews; any other vegetable, S Race; collection of vegs (large), P Wieczorek; collection of vegs (small), Townsend.

Flower Arranging: Summer Magic, J Batley; Lazy Days of Summer, J Hunt; Pretty in Pink, J Batley; Rosy Glow, V Wren; Basket of Delight, C Eager.

Cookery and Preserves: Sydney fruit cake, A Davis; three baps, S James; six cheese straws, R Peters; Bakewell tart, S Tibbenham; three chocolate brownies, S James; five sweet biscuits, R Peters jar soft fruit jam, G Cloke; jar chutney, M Mockford; jar lemon curd, J Phillips; jar marmalade, J Race; six eggs, G Cloke.

Handicrafts and Hobbies: Painting, A Local Scene, J Evett; painting, Seasons, J Evett; knitted/crocheted toy, S James; stitched pin cushion, S James; greetings card, J Kendall.

Photography: Top of the World, J Morriss; Farming and Country Life, J Morriss; Ancient Buildings, M Constable.
Trophies. Meredith Rose Bowl, most points in roses, G Fowlie; Ruby Anniversary Trophy, most points in flower section, C Blakiston; Elsie Relf Trophy, best flower, E Watson; Carey Cup, most points in fruit section, B Cairns; Wootton Cup, most points in veg section, P Wieczorek; Onion Cup, most points in onion classes, E Jupp; Goldcliff Cup, best horticultural exhibit, J Race; Mary Williams Trophy, most points in flower arranging, J Batley and V Wren; C&M Brown Trophy, best junior flower arrangement, C Eager; Norman Stacy Rose Bowl, novice class flower arranging, V Wren; Wyevale Trophy, most points in cooker and preserves, R Peters and S James; John Barker Trophy, best exhibit in hobbies section, J Evett; QEII Golden Jubilee Salver, most points in photos section, J Morriss; Fuller Cup, best photo by U3A member, M Constable; Presidents Trophy, most points in whole show, P Wieczorek; Audrey Bellamy Cup, best eco-friendly garden, V Humphrey; Plashett Cup, most attractive garden in novices, V Humphrey; Tom Pattenden Cup, best veg garden/allotment, P Wieczorek.

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