Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey news
Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey news

FRIENDS OF HAMSEY CHURCH: Don’t forget tomorrow, Saturday, the Friends of Hamsey Church are holding an open afternoon at the church from 3pm to 7pm. This will include live music, exhibition, tours of the church and some evening music, which will include chants from Michael Kennedy’s group at 6pm. There will be something for everyone, so do drop in and enjoy a very interesting afternoon. Not forgetting tea and cakes.

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.

HAMSEY CHURCH: Sunday will be the second concert of the Chamber Music Festival, performed by the Musicians of All Saints at 6pm. Tickets are £10, £7 (concessions) and children are free. Wine and soft drinks are available before the concert and during the interval.

PARISH COUNCIL: At the annual Hamsey Parish Council meeting all seven councillors were present. Cllr Ian Ginn was elected chairman and Cllr Tamsyn D’Arienzo vice chairman. Report from Don McBeth to consider the benefits of subscribing to SSALC. Cllr Ginn explained that he felt the parish council were not being supported in their aims by SSALC or LDALC and that in his view, it was not worth paying to subscribe. Don McBeth said the subscription covered membership of both SSALC (Surrey and Sussex Association of Local Councils) and NALCO (National Association of Local Councils). He said a newsletter was produced each month and there was a useful website. Training courses are a little cheaper for members. He felt the service provided good value for money and gave access to legal advice if needed. Cllr Mike Dodd said the 24 parish councils in the Lewes District area should be stronger if they worked together, but he felt that was not happening. The council felt they would like to contact other parish councils to explain their concerns and Cllr D’Arienzo and Cllr Ginn agreed to take this on.

Regarding the planning application for a fish farm on land south of Chiltington House in Chiltington Lane. It mentions that the lane is a continuation of Beechwood Lane, but for those who know the lanes well they have pointed out that although the lanes do connect up, Beechwood Lane finishes at the low bridge just past Beechwood House. Cllr Dodd and Cllr D’Arienzo attended a meeting with the owners of McBeans Orchid Nursery and had been shown their plans for having some artisan units on the site selling local produce, cider, coffee etc. A clearway has been marked at the bus stop to prevent cars from blocking the area. Cllr Ginn will provide a number, to go on the website, for people to report cars that block the pavement. A white line and notices are there to warn drivers not to block the area. Cllr Baughan said proposals for safety improvements to level crossing in the Drove, Hamsey should be available this month. He also reported that another review on the re-opening of the Lewes-Uckfield line is imminent. Cll Baughan agreed to expand on the earlier objection made by the PC to the proposals regarding the electoral review and would circulate it for approval by June 16. There will be another litter pick on July 9. Conversations are ongoing with LDC regarding waste and recycling. Improvements in parish council communications were discussed and Cllr Suttie presented proposals. Council agreed that an updated site provided by Upperbridge at a cost of approx. £350 was their preferred choice. A parish facebook page will also be considered.

At the time of the meeting a volunteer was being sought to deliver the newsletter to 17 properties on the edge of the parish. Cllr Ginn offered to deliver to properties in Beechwood Lane. Daniel Winn, the Lewes District Council Tree Officer, was to give a talk on June 9 but the date clashed with other meetings. A new date will be organised. The next meeting of the PC is on Thursday July 14 and one of the agenda items will be Speedwatch.

WHEN WE WERE VERY YOUNG: I was so pleased to read that Her Majesty the Queen had the book which I have loved since I was a small girl, which was given to me by my grandmother. Although my copy is only 88 years old and the 17th edition, it brings back very happy memories. It had belonged to a much loved uncle of mine as the inscription written on one of the front pages is as follows: With mummies and Michaels love to Nannie. Michael was the youngest of my grandmothers children and when in his 20’s joined the Navy when I was still at school. On a school trip to visit HMS Victory I was walking up the gangplank and I heard someone calling my name. I knew at once that it could only be him as he called me by my nickname, which was piggy. According to another uncle I looked like a little pink piglet when I was born. His ship had just docked and he was on his way home on leave and I could not wait to get back home to see him and hear about all the places he had been to. When he left the Navy he sadly emigrated to Canada, but before he left he gave me a book that had been given to him by the local Rector at Buxted who lived opposite my grandmother, Canon McDermott, the book was The Life of King George the Fifth which I always loved looking at. He settled in the Yukon and became great friends with some of the Canadian Mounted Police but sadly, when out fishing, had a boating accident and lost one of his legs. On his last visit home all seemed to be well but then we had a telegram to say that his house caught fire and because of his incapacity he was not able to get out, although one of his friends from the Mounties had tried to rescue him, it was too late. I treasure both of the books that I have mentioned as they hold a very special place in my heart of a very much loved uncle.

BUTTERFLY: Last week, when I was sorting the recycling items down the bottom of the drive, I notices a very tiny bright red thing fluttering about near me. On closer inspection it looked like a minute butterfly. It was bright red with black but was not much bigger than my thumb nail, which I managed to get it to settle on. Having nothing nearby to catch it in, it fluttered off but kept coming back to settle near my feet before fluttering away towards one of the fields. It was exquisite, so tiny but so beautiful. Someone has suggested that it could have been a Cinibar moth which likes ragwort, and yes there are probably a few bits of ragwort around that have to be pulled by hand. Whatever it was it was a joy to behold and I hope that I may see another one.

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