Dripping Yarns with David Arnold – what a draw at the Rook Inn

AS promised we held the Lewes FC Supporters Club Grand Christmas Draw in the Rook Inn on Sunday following an Under-18s game between Lewes and Burgess Hill.

With Club Chairman Steve ‘Ibbo’ Ibbitson called up to run the line, we thought it would be just reward for this Lewes legend to pull the first ticket out of the hat, especially as it was his birthday that very same day.

Having first imbibed a reviving pint, Steve duly obliged and drew the ticket of Mrs Betty Hare of Lambert Place, Lewes, who won herself the top prize of £500 cash.

Ethel Treagus and Derrick Parris then proceeded to draw the tickets of the other nine winners.

The £100 Christmas hamper was won by ‘Alfie’ of St Leonards Place, Eastbourne. Signed limited edition prints of paintings by local artist Bob Mayston were won by Dave Lamb and Heather Rogers. A signed copy of my book Seventy Years On went to Glyn Williams in Telscombe Cliffs.

A pair of unique football-themed cufflinks were won by Polegate resident Graham Purdye.

Polegate produced another winner in ‘Roly’ when his ticket was drawn, his prize being a bottle of whisky.

Another bottle of whisky was won by local roofing specialist, Richard Soan, who also had the distinction of buying the last tickets to be sold just moments before we made the draw. Richard was at the Dripping Pan to support his son, Pat, who scored the first goal for Burgess Hill in their 3-1 County Cup win.


Two bottles of red and white wine were won by Stephen Manning and a handsome Sheaffer fountain pen went to Roger Palmer.

Many thanks to everyone who bought tickets and helped us raise just over £1,750 for the club.

I was pleased to see Dave “Come Dine With Me” Lamb amongst the draw winners. He is a great supporter of Lewes FC. This season he has sponsored the away kit of both Michael Malcolm and Ian Draycott. He also kindly donated his distinctive deadpan “Dine-style” vocal services to “Support & Save: The Movie”, a very funny five-minute film promoting the shops, pubs and eateries offering discounts to LFC shareholders.

You can access it via the club website www.lewesfc.com

By coincidence, Come Dine With Me repeats have recently been screened on Saturday afternoons and on several occasions I’ve seen Dave walking through the Rook Inn whilst the show has been actually playing on the clubhouse telly.I noticed he never stopped to watch!

I reckon Dave’s youngest fan is my grand-daughter, Jessica Lily Mouland. Turned one just last week, Jessica loves the CBeebies TV channel.

One of her favourite programmes is Big Barn Farm and I was amused to learn that Dave was the narrator of the second series.


Next time we get Jessica down to the Dripping Pan we’ll have to introduce her to the man behind the voice.

Dave’s Grand Draw prize print depicts the famous Grace Spitfire. This aircraft is credited with shooting down the first German warplane to be destroyed on D-Day, June 6 1944.

Post-war the Spitfire was converted into a two-seater.

These days it is flown at air shows by intrepid lady pilot Carolyn Grace.

I used to engage Carolyn to fly her Spitfire at the Summer Magic Proms I organised for some years at Borde Hill Garden near Haywards Heath.

She would always put on a fantastic flying display set to stirring music.

After landing at Shoreham Airport we would whisk Carolyn by car up to Borde Hill to receive a tremendous ovation from a delighted crowd.

The aircraft being a two-seater means that Carolyn can take passengers, but such flights come at quite a price as it is incredibly expensive to maintain a Spitfire in tip-top flying condition.

However, I have a friend who has flown with Carolyn and found it to be an awesome experience. If Dave is interested I could certainly make the introduction. It might even make a TV show... maybe titled “Come Fly With Me”?


PS. Pictured above is Bob’s painting, and opposite page is Dave Lamb in action. Finally, I would like to wish all of our readers a very happy Christmas. See you at Hastings Utd!