Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Peter’s Church, 8am Holy Communion, 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall, 10.30am Parish Communion followed by coffee in the hall.

REMINDER: Fleur De Paris Concert, Friday November 27 in St peter’s Church Hall at 7pm. Tickets £10- available from the Rectory (01273 474356) and all profits will go to the Offham Church Repair Fund. Back by popular demand after a sell-out in the church hall in March and as last time, there will be free drinks to anyone in French costume.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE: Saturday December 12 in St Thomas Hall, Cliffe High Street. If you have items for collection either call the stallholders mentioned in my column recently, or the organiser Chris Glover on 01273 400981.

B2116 ROAD: I have had so many reports recently about the hazards that face motorists using the B2116 Plumpton to Ditchling road, with the increase in traffic and all the extra coaches that now use the road. One regular road user thought their time had come when they were confronted with one of the coaches well over onto their side of the road, which was a very scary moment. Living here I realise just how much the traffic has increased. There have been many occasions over the years when I have stood in the middle of the road to slow traffic down when we were moving sheep to the other side. I would not attempt it now as it needs at least three people to help and even then there are a lot of idiots who refuse to slow down, even when they see livestock in the road. The last time sheep were on the road was about two years ago. They managed to get down here after they had escaped from Watershoot and belonged to Plumpton College. As they were near to the farm the police thought they were mine and helped someone put them in our field as the traffic was piling up on the road. I went to look and received a torrent of abuse from a motorist who was getting impatient, although I told him they were not mine he ranted and raved and told me in no uncertain terms that if I did not move my sheep he would just drive into them. Ever since that incident I always dread hearing traffic piling up in the road and totally sympathise with all those who are finding the road dangerous.

PARISH COUNCIL: Hamsey Parish Council met yesterday and agenda items included an update on clearance of pavement from Cooksbridge to Lewes. Approval of financial costs involved in the devolution of the Malthouse play area. Planning matters, field adjacent to Hamsey Manor, The Drove, Offham LW/15/0718 increase the roof heights of the stables, tack room field shelter and hay and lambing barn to 50cm. Decisions taken by LDC and SDNP. Land at Cosydene, Cooksbridge Road, Cooksbridge. Erection of detached dwelling. Granted. Erection of a fabric canopy to cover the area in between the Offham Filling Station and the shop. Granted. Sunnyside, Resting Oak Hill, Cooksbridge. Removal of bay window and porch to south east (front) elevation and erection of porch and lean to and double fronted bay windows and replacement sash windows to first floor. Granted.

The Village Hall Trustees are looking for a new secretary. The youth shelter needs to be replaced. Grants are being applied for. Trustees are looking at possible improvements to play equipment to include some items to suit very young children.

Hamsey Parish Council has provided a generous grant to support the Station Partnership’s campaign for a better train service. The partnership have asked GTR to provide a grant to cover the cost of further enhancements to the gardens and facilities at Cooksbridge station.

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