Village News around Lewes


BARN DANCE: Charity Barn Dance for Bevern View on Friday June 19 at Barcombe Village Hall.

Tickets £18 including ploughman’s supper. Call 01273 400752 or email

Please note advance sales only, no tickets on the night.

STOOLBALL: The team played Wivelsfield Green and Buxted whilst I was on holiday and won both matches. Our third match was away to Ringmer and this too was won. Ringmer 99 Barcombe 128. Angharad Hills 6 for 41, Janet Hughes 61 runs.

Chiddingly have joined the Mid Division this year and we are looking forward to the extra games.

BOWLS CLUB: This is an update on the season so far. Since the open afternoon and first roll up in April we have four new members signed up and one or two others who are thinking about joining.

The opening match played on April 27 against the Isle of Thorns and was won by Barcombe 76-56.

Nine games have been played in May with the following results: The Crouch (Seaford) 84 Barcombe 56, Ringmer 67 Barcombe 54, Barcombe 63 Portslade 52, Wealden 98 Barcombe 49, Newick 75 Barcombe 56, Deanland 56 Barcombe 70, Barcombe 67 Saltdean 67, Barcombe 87 Crowborough Wolfe 45, Barcombe 7 St Annes (Hove) 49.

The weather has been mixed with cool/cold weather for the earlier matches and brighter and warmer weather for the last few matches which no doubt has helped to show an improvement with our results.

The green is playing well which is down to our new green keeper Ryan Garnham. Club competitions are about to start with the Finals Day at the end of August.

There is still time for new members to join us are practice roll up sessions are on Monday evenings from 6pm until 7.30pm.

Do come along and find out more about bowling.


CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, sees Chailey in a league game away to Balcombe starting at 1.30pm. On Sunday there is a game against East Dean and Friston starting at 2pm. Prospective players and supporters will be made most welcome. To find out more call Peter on 07709 946880.

SHEFFIELD PARK: Cricket at Sheffield Park Garden tomorrow, Saturday, starts at 2pm. The Armadillos, whose home games are played at the Park, will play The Dotties; the senior XI from the Griffin Inn, Fletching. All are welcome to watch the game and relax in the magnificent surroundings, with a picnic maybe.

ST PETER’S CHURCH: Services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and an all age family service with Pete’s Puppets at 10am. If you are considering becoming a puppeteer then this is a chance to see them in action and meet the puppeteers, who can show you the puppets after the service and answer any questions you may have. Arrangements can also be made for you to have an informal go at puppeteering, which is a fun thing to do. To find out more about puppeteering or to arrange transport to the services call Teresa on 01825 722586.

FREE CHURCH: The Free Church at South Chailey, has services this Sunday with Cavan Wood at 10.30am and with Julian Rebera at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be served after all the services.

LAST CHANCE TO SPONSOR: This is the last chance to sponsor those raising funds for much needed refurbishment of the pavilion at the sports ground, North Chailey. They are taking part in a challenging Mud Monsters Run at East Grinstead on Sunday (June 7). Sponsorship will be much appreciated at or by calling Gary on 07824 565707.

CONCERT: There is a concert by Chailey School is at St Peter’s Church at 7pm on Friday June 12.

WALK: Walk along the River Ouse on Saturday June 13 with Jim Smith, who will explain the river and its history; meet members of the Commons Society, to car share, at the Sports Club car park (TQ389210) at 1.30pm. For more information call Linda Kent on 01444 440622.

OPEN GARDEN: Holford Manor, North Chailey will be open on Sunday June 14 from 2pm to 5pm in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice. This five acre garden is packed with interest and colour and includes a pond and paddocks with lambs. In addition there will be refreshments and plant and honey stalls. Admission is £3, with children free.

KNIT AND NATTER: Love knitting and chatting or would like to learn to knit then you will be most welcome at the Free Church on Tuesday June 16 at 7.30pm. Take your current project or if you are just learning wool, needles and tips will be provided. For more details call 01273 890114.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meet at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Tuesday June 16 at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

NIGHTJAR WALK: This is on Tuesday June 16 starts at 8.45pm at Romany Ridge car park. Join Commons Society members and hear the male nightjars churring on the Commons. The walk will finish in the dark so take a torch.

TODDLER GROUP: The Grandparents Toddler Group meets on Wednesday June 17 between 9.30am and 11.30am at the Chailey Children’s Centre. The group has the use of a wonderfully equipped room and a safe outside area full of things to do. This is a great chance to meet other grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren. For more information call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

LUNCH AND TEAS: Lunch and Teas in St Peter’s Church take place on Thursday, June 18 from 12.30pm, there will be lunches and on Sunday June 21 afternoon teas from 3pm to 5pm. Both are open to everyone.

COACH OUTING: To Broad Water Warren Reserve is on Saturday June 20 departing the Sports Club Car Park, at 9.30am and returning about 4pm. A picnic lunch will be needed and there will be a stop for tea at Barnsgate Manor. The outing is being organised by the Commons Society and the approximate cost is £15. To book call Linda Kent on 01444 440622.

FATHER’S DAY: (June 21) at Sheffield Park there will be a barbecue lunch in the tearoom garden. There will be a selection of beers and ciders on offer provided by local microbrewery 360° Brewing. Access to the tearoom is via the car park.

MODEL RAILWAY WEEKEND: This is being held at the Bluebell Railway on Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28. There will be exhibitions at each of the stations.

JAZZ ON THE GREEN: This is on the green in front of St Peter’s Church on Sunday June 28. Could you assist with a stall? There will be games, cakes, a raffle, bottle tombola, books, bric-a-brac and plants. If you have a bottle, an unwanted gift or chocolates that could be for the raffle or tombola or books, bric-a-brac and plants for the stalls they too would be much appreciated. Please let David Barnes know on 01825 722574, and arrangements can be made for collection, please also let David know if you are able to assist in any way

VOLUNTEER WALK LEADERS: The Conservation Volunteers are recruiting walk leaders for new healthy walks in North Chailey, South Chailey and Newick. Healthy Walks are part of the nationwide Walking for Health project, which aims to make people healthier and happier by offering free short led walks. A free walk leader training day will be held on Monday June 29 at Newick Community Centre from 9.30am to 4pm. No previous experience is required just a friendly nature and the availability to lead one of the new healthy walks on a regular basis. The minimum commitment would be to lead a walk once per month. For more info about volunteering as a walk leader or to book a place contact Paula Hubens on 07740 899559 or at

THANK YOU: Thanks to Peter and Brenda Martin for the glorious afternoon they arranged when they opened their beautiful garden, at Northfields, North Chailey. The magnificent sum of £904.24 was raised for St Peter’s Church funds.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday at St Peter’s Church, 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall, Parish Communion 10.30am followed by coffee in the hall.

HAMSEY CHURCH: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 6pm Evensong.

PARISH MEETING: At the East Chiltington annual parish meeting there were 10 members of the public present. Report from PCSO Knowles said all crime figures are now available on He had a printed copy but the figures included Plumpton, Chailey and St John Without as well as East Chiltington. There had been some burglaries in the area as well as shed break-ins and theft of garden equipment. One phone scam involves pretending to be police and asking for bank details, some victims have lost large sums. There has been anti-social behaviour in and around Hollycroft and police are now making regular patrols. Cllr Israel reported on the year’s events which included the use of East Chiltington Church. So far there have been successful musical, film and theatre events with a big thank you going to Rev Broster and the churchwardens for making the community usage possible. The church, with a little help from the parish council, received a few hundred pounds from the Zero Heroes fund towards replacing the pews and stackable chairs.

The PC works with, and is formally represented on The East Chiltington Trust (TECT). A small area of woodland has been created at the north end of the TECT field. Over 200 trees were planted by local volunteers and are now growing strongly. Also a small area of the field is at present being developed into an allotment space. Plots will be available to anyone living in the parish who wishes to grow fruit and vegetables. A successful and enjoyable fund raising quiz was held by TECT at the Jolly Sportsman.

Residents may have noticed the new flood markers which were the result of regular lobbying by the PC over many years. Sadly no local consultation took place before the markers were put in place and they were sited in the wrong place. The PC, along with Andy Manville, met up with ESCC Highways in order to show them where the markers should be correctly placed. This should be happening in the near future.

AGM: At the Annual General Meeting of East Chiltington Parish Council, which followed the annual parish meeting, Cllr Israel was re-elected chairman until May 2016 with Cllr Harrison vice chairman. The repositioning of Mill/Honeypot road signs is to be taken up by newly elected Cllr Julia tingle with LDC. The fence across a path to stop dogs was discussed. ESCC says there is no legal right of access for dogs. The tied shut gate will be investigated.

Council considered grants to Plumpton and EC Youth Group. A grant of £150 was agreed but asked the clerk to find out what age group it catered for and to ask that it promoted more for EC youth. A donation of £150 was proposed and seconded for the Springett and Campion Trust and £150 for Plumpton and EC News towards printing costs. Council noted the introduction of the new transparency code for smaller councils which will involve the clerk in considerably more work. Cllr Israel will enquire about using the church as a polling station.

An application for funding of £5,000 towards allotment costs has been made to the South Downs National Park Authority. TECT estimate it will colt around £9,000 to create the allotments. They have pledged £1,500 and £900 has been received from the Zero Heroes fund. The planning and environment committee for the year will be Cllr Harrison (chairman), Cllrs Israel, Fleming and Tingle. Plumpton PC have invited two Cllrs to the official opening of the Sun Close affordable housing scheme. Cllrs Tingle and Fleming will attend. Residents have complained about dog mess on the Hollycroft field.

HOLLYCROFT LAND: Chief Executive, Jenny Rowlands LDC, has replied to a letter and said she was disappointed that the press had released information on the development of a portfolio of sites in the district. LDC are working with a property partner and expect to finalise negotiations soon. Only after that point will they discuss arrangements, broad proposals/thinking and timescales with the parish council. ECPC are not happy with the response and agreed to write again since it was now over three months since LDC signed with a property partner. Possible development of land owned by Eton Estates to be an agenda item for July.

Council will discuss the day and venue for future PC meetings in July. The next parish council meeting will be Thursday July 9 at 7pm in the village hall, Beechwood Lane.

SHEEP WORRYING: I was horrified to hear on the local news about the sheep being killed on Ashdown Forest and more upset to hear that a Labrador dog had been shot. It is not the dogs fault, but lack of training and irresponsible owners who let their dogs roam without supervision. Even over the Bank Holiday weekend I saw people going through the bridleway and just letting their dogs off to run loose, even though we usually have sheep in our fields on either side of the bridleway. Having been on the end of sheep worrying here on the farm, I feel angry to think that a dog has been shot, probably through negligence on the owner’s part.


JUMBLE SALE: Huge Summer Jumble Sale to be held on Saturday June 20 in Laughton Parish Hall. Doors open 10.30am. Refreshments available. Jumble still wanted. For more information ring 01323 811385.


LEWES HISTORY GROUP: The group meet on Monday, 7pm for 7.30pm, at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. A Day, a Year, a Lifetime for a Monk at Lewes Priory. Graham Mayhew will give a fascinating insight into the lives of the monks of St Pancras Priory based on his research for a recent book. Taking the life of one mid-15th century Lewes monk as an example, Graham will describe the monks’ daily routine, their festivals and special occasions that marked the passing of each year, and the principal stages of a monk’s career. All welcome. Free refreshments. £2 members/ £3 for non-members.

SUPPORT GROUP: The next meeting of the Lewes Hard of Hearing Support Group will be held on Monday June 15, from 10.30am to noon at Age Concern, House of Friendship, 208 High Street. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other hard of hearing people and to make new friends in a relaxed and welcoming environment and to learn from their personal experience of living with hearing loss. It’s also an ideal opportunity to learn some useful communication skills that will help to reduce the feeling of isolation. Free refreshments and raffle. All welcome so put a note in your diary. For more information please contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre on 01323 722505.

TALK: Uckfield and Lewes Decorative and Fine Arts Society meet on Wednesday at 2.30pm, Uckfield Civic Centre. The talk is The Dollar Princesses: American Women who married into the European Aristocracy and whose wealth helped preserve houses and Estates by Linda Sebba. New members and guests welcome. For further information please go to

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Those who looked at the weather and stayed put last Sunday, missed a very good walk. Yes the gale-force westerly wind did stop us in our tracks on occasions as we walked from the Meridian Monument, commemorating King George V, along the cliffs at Peacehaven, but it was a warm wind. Yes it was raining, but it was very light and petered out by the time we got to Telscombe. The rest of the eight mile walk along the Greenwich Meridian Trail from Peacehaven to Lewes was merely breezy. Our coffee break was taken sitting outside the YHA hostel at Telscombe and our picnic was consumed in the snug confines of the porch of Iford church. The views were nothing to write home about, thanks to the low cloud, but when we arrived back at Lewes train station, from whence we had departed some five hours earlier, the seven of us, led by Hilda and Graham, had enjoyed a thoroughly bracing day.

The next walk is tomorrow, Saturday. 7.09am train to Glynde and breakfast at the YHA at Southease. Meet at Lewes railway station in good time for the 7.09am train to Glynde.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: This Sunday, after each morning service our Rwanda youth team will sell cakes to raise funds for their visit there this summer to help with local projects. Also on Sunday, the Schools’ Gospel Concert will take place at Brighton Dome at 4.30pm. Joining choirs from seven local schools will be the award-winning Lewes Sings Gospel (adult) Choir and a guest solo artist. The MC is ex-Blue Peter presenter Simon Thomas. Tickets: (£10 adults, £5 concessions/children). Did you know that we run Linkup, an informal social group for women of 50 years and over? Younger women are welcome, as are those with no connection to the church. The programme contains a range of activities, outings and speakers. Meetings are on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, 2.30pm to 4.30pm, in the Chapter House of Southover Church. On June 11 Ann Thomas will talk about her time in Russia; on June 25 Serena Smith will talk about the Lewes Passion Play and her role as Director; on July 9 Julia Rudebeck will explain how the contact centre started; on July 23 there will be an outing to the Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre (limited numbers, pre-booking essential). For further information and a copy of the programme email or just come along to the Chapter House. A nominal charge of £1 per meeting covers basic expenses and tea. Anyone aged 5 to 11 years is welcome to join Trinity churches’ Summer holiday club adventure with Robin Hood and The Outlaws of Tanglethorn Forest involving games, drama, craft, music and fun from July 28 to 31, 9.30am to 1.15pm in Southover Church. £12 per child or £30 for three or more children living at the same address. Book at or for more information email Services this Sunday: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am family service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal family service (church hall); 3.30pm traditional evening service. Please do join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY GROUP: Forum meeting, next steps for the Passion Play. Sunday June 14, 3pm to 5pm, Eastgate Baptist Church. This will be an opportunity to give feedback; discuss practicalities and legalities; and plan the way forward. All are very welcome. If you are not able to attend but have comments you would like to put forward, please let us know by email:

Camera CLub: The Lewes Camera Club is now on it’s Summer Holiday until Monday 14 September. In the meantime, our members have some set subjects to photograph for competitions in the coming season.

These are ‘Wheels’, ‘Architecture’, ‘Space’ and ‘Abstract’. So get photographing and we look forward to meeting members new and old when we next meet at St Mary’s Supporters Club in Lewes


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: The Head says it is hard to believe that we are fast approaching the end of the school year and it is already Term 6. There are lots of events to look forward to this term. Here are a few of them. Sports Day: all the children are mixed across the school into teams (red, blue, yellow, green). Last year the red team won the event. Who will it be in 2015? Everyone is looking forward to this exciting, nail biting and fun event on Tuesday June 23 (weather permitting). Year 1 children will undertake a national test of their Phonic skills this term. They will be asked to read 20 unknown words and 20 nonsense words using their phonic skills. Once again the school is holding their popular Music for a Summer Evening, event at South Malling Church on Thursday at 6pm. This is an opportunity for friends and well wishers to come and hear the amazing musical talents of many South Malling the children. Finally, there is a Celebration Event. As part of the Globetrotters project this term, this event will be celebrating different traditions and cultures from around the world with music, song and dance on the field on Thursday July 16 at 6pm. The school hope that parents/carers will join them, bringing a picnic. The Friends will be running a bar on the night.

TRINITY, SOUTH MALLING: It was interesting last week to see how the refurbishing of St John sub Castro is coming along as South Malling joined the people of St John’s for communion in their building. Revd Dick Field spoke about the need to respect the church building, and showed from the Old Testament what a significant part the Temple played for the Jews and for Jesus. In the end, however it is only a building, albeit an impressive and sacred one. When Jesus talked about building a church, he was speaking about a group of people, whom he was calling to go out into the world to tell his story and help the world to understand what it meant. The church is both buildings and people. The job, which both have, is to tell the story of Jesus and what it means for us now. This Sunday the service is Holy Communion and Revd Jeremy Bamber will be talking about Christ’s call to the disciples. The service begins at 9.30am and all are welcome.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Today, Friday: Weald View, Barcombe 9.55am-10.25am; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 10.35am-11.05am; opposite Post Office, Firle 11.30am-noon; Selmeston Village Hall 12.10pm-12.40pm. Wednesday: South Rough, Newick 9.45am-10.20am; Wivelsfield Green 10.45am-11.30am; Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 11.40am-12.25pm; Plumpton Village Hall 1.45pm-2.15pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 2.40pm-3.10pm; Laughton School 3.55pm-4.35pm.


ST MARY’S SPORTS DAY: This is on June 27, 10am on Nevill Green. Children from all over Lewes can compete up to Year 8 in one of the longest sports competitions in Lewes run by an amateur organisation in a very professional manor. Entry forms must be in by June 12. If you haven’t had one through your letter box, you can pick one up from Nevill newsagents or from your school reception.

SAVE ST MARY’S: Well, it has been confirmed that St Mary’s is still being considered for sale. I quote statements printed in the Sussex Express last week, ‘We know our local population well and are able to respond to their needs’. Were the District Council actually listening when four thousand signatures were presented to them stating this was a much loved and well used facility, used by many clubs as well as individuals and run in a very professional way. Another statement says ‘there is a shortage of social housing in the district with a total of 2,000 households on the waiting list’. Why does this mean that thousands of other people lose a much needed social centre which enhances people’s health, well-being and education? All those people will have nowhere else to go, thereby losing this valuable social aspect of their lives which helps to keep us all independent healthy and interactive with our peers. Yes there is a social housing problem but how can the council think that by solving one social problem and creating another, is the answer? They say they will rebuild a social centre in the middle of the housing complex which will probably be totally inadequate and won’t meet the needs of the many who currently use it.

NEVILL ARTIST: Gavin Thorpe is going to be a part of this year’s Artist United Show at the Foundry Gallery in North Street, taking place between Friday to Sunday, June 26 to 28, with a preview show on the evening of Thursday June 25, exhibiting the following paintings Walking The Floor Over You, Them, These or Those and Footfall. All of these paintings will all be for sale at the show.

LANDPORT BOTTOM MEETING: Extracts from last meeting of interest to the many dog walkers, social walkers and bikers. Dog waste bins: The possibility of installing a further dog waste bin had been discussed at the previous meeting. However, it was confirmed that as the land is about to be devolved to the Lewes Town Council, decisions regarding policy and management will be taken by them. The management of the habitat will continue to be controlled by the Lewes District Council. Designated area for walkers: A notice has been put up at the Gallops to discourage people from crossing onto the Gallops. There will also be a notice at Gate 18 indicating Left horses, Right people.

Dogs worrying sheep: if this is witnessed should Plumpton College or the Police be telephoned? If a dog is seen chasing sheep, the Police should be contacted immediately via 101 or 999 if there is an attack. One attendee said that a particular dog had regularly been seen chasing the sheep. Advice is that a record should be kept of such incidents in order to gain evidence and this information should be brought along to the next meeting, when it could be co-ordinated and passed on to the Police. The term keeping dogs under control can be interpreted in various ways and is not clear cut. Skylark notices: There will be a notice asking people to keep to the paths on the land and avoid the long grass. A survey of Skylarks reveals that they are in the process of nesting. The season runs from the end of March until August.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Stuart Dew and at 6.30pm by Rev John Gordon. Sunday Club for children will be meeting during the morning service. Last Friday nearly 50 people of all ages attended Messy Church. The craft activities were based around the theme of Pentecost and involved writing in different languages, making catapults and hats. Lunch was a tomato pasta dish with participants decorating their own cup cakes for dessert. The next Messy Church will be on August 28 after our holiday club in July. At a well-attended meeting of the Thinktank on May 27, Alex Kirby stimulated a lively discussion on What price the media we deserve? He drew on his wide experience as a BBC journalist and presenter, gave insight into the pressures on those working in the media, and showed how readers and listeners can avoid being misled. The next Thinktank meeting will be on June 24, when Professor Robert Harwood will talk on Climate Change.


COUNTRY MARKET: Newick Country Market will be open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am till 11am. There are locally grown vegetables, in good supply now, plus home baked cakes, savoury items, also fresh eggs, preserves, locally produced cheeses and charcuterie. There is also a good selection of greeting cards, knitted items paintings and animal portraits. Orders can be taken, just speak to one of the stall holders. Make sure you arrive early so not to be disappointed, you can enjoy a cuppa and a chat with friends.

CRICKET: Newick Cricket fixtures this weekend are; First XI are playing at home against Battle, the second XI will be making a journey to Herstmonceux to play their first team, the third XI will be traveling to Burwash Weald, according to the fixture card there is no fixture for the fourth XI, hopefully they have arranged a friendly game. All the league games commence at 1.30pm.

On Sunday a friendly fixture will be played on the Temple Grove Ground against Sussex Martlets at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: Service this weekend at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion followed by Family Service at 10.30am. This is the Church’s Mission Gift Day for families in need in Columbia, there will also be a Choral Evensong at 6.30pm. Lifts are available if booked in advance by telephoning 722582.

AFTERNOON CLUB: Newick Afternoon Club will be meeting on Thursday in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Jed Jones, his subject A Magical Mystery Tour. Jed will be looking at some of the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, plus the Ecuadorian rainforest and the wonder that is Machu Picchu. Sounds like a very interesting afternoon. For further details telephone 01825 722154 or 722650.

MEETING: Newick Horticultural Society will also meet on Thursday evening in the village hall at 8pm when Heather McNiven will be talking on All About Bees. Heather will be bring both an empty and an observation hive for you to view. A donation will be made by the society to the Air Ambulance for Heather’s talk. This is a great charity so why not pop along to this meeting and enjoy a busy bee evening. Entrance is £2.50 for members and £3 for visitors.

TASTER DAY: Newick Bowls Club will be holding their second Taster Day on Saturday June 13, from 10am till 5pm. Why not go along and see what they have to offer and try your hand a bowls. Visitors are always welcome to drop in and meet some of the bowls players. A good time is Monday and Friday morning from 9.45am or Thursday evenings at 5.45pm. You can always check out the website or there is also is a very informative notice board of all the activities in Marbels Road.


PATCHWORK AND QUILTING: Don’t forget that tomorrow (Saturday) Doughty’s East Sussex Roadshow will be visiting the village hall between 10am and 2.30pm offering a wide range of materials at bargain prices. Admission is a mere £1 and refreshments will be available to allow relaxation after the bargain-hunt. Organised by the village support group for St Peter and St James Hospice.

FANCY A WALK?: The Footpath Society will assemble at Chantry Post, Storrington, off the A283 at top of Chantry Lane (TQ087 120) at 10.30am tomorrow (Saturday) ready for a circular walk of the area of between five and six miles. More information available on 01825 722649.

MORE BARGAINS: The next Jumble Sale will be in the village hall on Saturday, June 13 at 2pm. It will be in aid of local church funds.

HOUSING SHOCK: Late last week Lewes District Council unveiled its secret landholdings that will be sold off and used to satisfy the land it requires to show that there is an adequate landbank to cope with housing demands over the next five years. Unbeknown and declared to Plumpton Parish Council this includes what looks to be two sites in Plumpton Green, the precise size and capability of which were not immediately recognisable. The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will, I am sure, be investigating the situation in an endeavour to ensure that the sites fit in with the housing allocation being imposed upon the village under the provisions of the Core Strategy. Bearing in mind that Plumpton has been co-operating closely with Lewes District Council in connection with the Neighbourhood Plan it does seem, at first glance, that such co-operation was not reciprocated. My personal and unofficial reaction I must point out. Our neighbours in East Chiltington have been told that their recreation ground at the end of Hollycroft is to disappear for housing development. It will be difficult for Plumpton to cope with the increased housebuilding with its delicate infrastructure, but it is even more difficult to imagine how our neighbours will manage with their total lack of proper roads and transport service. Successive Governments have insisted that we need to build new homes and the south seems to be expected to bear the brunt of the exercise, despite an apparent surplus of homes in the north. Quality of life does not appear to enter into the equation. We in the south-east seem to be singled out for an even larger population explosion and we simply don’t want it and cannot cope with it. Whoever needs all these additional homes should be told to use the new highspeed train services that take them north of London, even beyond Watford. That’s not a racist, sexist, political, religious, sectarian or any other ist, ism or arian comment, just one of commonsense. In another breath we are being told that the view from the South Downs must not be spoiled by development that takes place within view. In other words, build ‘em like crazy but don’t let them be visible from the Downs. In my humble view the sight of the Downs is something to behold and it is far more important to prevent building or development of any type on those slopes than anywhere else. Any architect or engineer who can design invisible homes should make a killing! Perhaps we should be looking at homes with a predominantly south facing elevation with no windows but which have coverings of artificial grass on both the roof and south elevation. The occasional artificial daisy might be permitted, but no dandelions, ‘cos they’re weeds. Somewhat on the extreme side maybe, but think about it.

PARKING: Comments continue to flow in to me about inconsiderate and dangerous parking on the village thoroughfare as well as the side roads. Some argue that vehicles should be parked on just one side of the road whilst others proclaim that parking on alternative sides slows down those who insist on speeding. My personal and, I hope, balanced view is that both sides have a valid argument. Parking on one side can assist the speedsters, particularly if there is a long line of parked vehicles that provides no passing places. Parking on alternate sides can slow down traffic but if no passing places are available in that format then problems will still occur. The answer lies in common sense and courtesy. In other words ‘Use your loaf’ and engage your brain when you park and think of the consequences. There are also allegations of cars being left parked at the roadside for excessive periods and this adds to the problem. Parking opposite driveways also poses horrendous problems, as I know only too well, but my conclusion is that, unfortunately, folk only care about themselves and will park anywhere they can and to hell with anyone else. It’s all down to people and their attitudes. The same applies elsewhere on the roads. Junctions by the Half Moon, at the Plough, Beresford Lane and St Helena Lane see countless unrecorded crashes (they are not accidents). Why is this? In my view and that of the police and highways authority it is at the very least down to bad and totally inconsiderate driving. If people drove sensibly any perceived dangers would dramatically recede. Until they do crashes will continue and until they result in more blood on the roads and even, God forbid, fatalities, the authorities will do nothing. Coming from Offham, if you go round the bend approaching Plumpton Lane and the Half Moon at the indicated 20mph there will be no danger. Ignore the warning at your peril and you will probably also punish an innocent abroad. If you fail to kill or maim someone in the process neither the Police nor Highways will take any action so it will remain open season. Pheasants and Peasants beware. 
There are more vehicles on the roads than they can cope with safely, so it must be up to road users to cast aside their selfish wants and to drive within the capabilities of the inadequate system. 
There is no real alternative.


ST MARY’S CHURCH: Services this Sunday: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Service, 6.30pm Evensong. Tomorrow (Saturday) 10am to noon in the Parish Room it’s Saturday Club, especially for primary school children where parents drop off for a morning of crafts, stories and games.

OPEN GARDENS: This is the first of two weekends of Open Gardens in aid of St Peter and James Hospice. Tomorrow, Saturday, you will find gardens open in the east of thevillage. On Sunday they will be open in the village centre. The following weekend the gardens will be open in the centre on Saturday and in the east on Sunday. Admission, which includes a map showing which gardens are open, is £5 which covers all 4 days that the gardens will be open. Tickets available from the Wednesday Coffee Break in the village hall and from Tracy in the Toning Lounge.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday May 27, the result of the duplicate pairs

played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Lesley Durrant and Deidre Booth; 3, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

COFFEE MORNING: John and Jenny Payne’s Coffee Morning this year, at Sunrise, Laughton Road, will be on Saturday June 13, from 10am ‘til noon. Admission £1 to

include coffee and biscuits (accompanied children free, and very welcome). There will be the usual raffle and bring-and-buy, and proceeds will go to The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. If you require transport, please phone us on 01273 8 12501.

CIRCUS MESSY CHURCH: Come and join the fun at Ringmer Baptist Church’s Circus Messy Church on Sunday June 14, 2.30pm to 5pm (tea is provided) in the village hall. A church for adults and children to enjoy together. It’s all age, it’s fun. It’s a creative time to explore a Christian Circus theme, through getting messy; a celebration time which might involve a story, song, games and a meal together. For more info ring Sharon on 07985 800011.

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FLOWER FESTIVAL: The flower festival and art exhibition at St Peter’s Church on May 23 and 24 was a very successful event. The sheep that Jenny Brown made for one of the displays was much admired and the flowers looked lovely. There was a good selection of paintings and I believe quite a few were sold. Teas in the school did a good trade, with the usual hard working and enthusiastic group of people catering with lovely home-made cakes and a good cuppa.

WALKERS: The torrential rain and the future weather forecast has put some walkers off walking the South Downs Way. I’ve had a few cancellations from walkers this weekend. Last weekend I had a girl walking from London to Brighton non-stop and she ended up not being able to walk the last seven miles as her feet were in a dreadful state. Her brother had to go get her and ended up carrying her into the house in tears of disappointment because she was doing it for a hospice and felt she had failed. Reading other columns, I noticed that several mentioned seeing people doing this walk.

LUNCHES: I meet a group of ladies every Friday lunchtime and we go to different venues on our Ladies That Lunch Day. Last week we tried the new Seaford Golf Club restaurant on a day when it was hailing, raining and blowing a gale. It was warm and welcoming inside and the food is good value and the staff are very pleasant. Yet another place on our list.

NEW PROJECTS: Newhaven appears, at last, to be getting itself together, with all the new projects getting started. I wonder if that’s why so many houses are selling there. Perhaps it will be the place of the future. It seems that in the next few years Lewes and Newhaven will have lots going on and many changes will be happening.