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BIRDS: The birds are beginning to build their nests so it would seem. I watched a blackbird carry off beaks full of dead leaves and other potential lining material last week. He was heading for an ivy covered stump with good camouflage.

I always enjoy listening to the rooks that nest near the University of Sussex sports centre.

They are very noisy at this time of year building their chaotic nests, which look as though someone just threw an armful of twigs into a tree.

The other birds that have been very prolific this year are the buzzards.

I saw no fewer than four circling over the sports fields and twice I have seen them being mobbed and attacked by seagulls and crows.

CONCERT: We have a treat of a concert tomorrow, Saturday. Duck Soup are performing for us again.

We will be treated to English folk music, with a dash of the Music Hall, a dollop of groove and a soupcon of surreality.

Featuring Dan Quinn voice, melodeon, Adam Bushell marimba, mandolin, triangle, saw, phonofiddle and Ian Kearey bass guitar, 12-string dobro, mandolin, tipple. Wonderful stuff, I bought one of their CD’s last time and it while away the time on long journeys delightfully.

The concert starts at 5.30pm, parking is easy and drinks will be available.

EASTER EXHIBITION: I am hard at work trying to complete my work for our Easter Art exhibition at St Laurence.

The show will launch at our Easter vigil service on Easter Saturday, so I have enough time (I hope) to finish the work.

The theme this year is Sacred Space which I think will produce some very interesting responses from our artists and poets.

If you are interested in contributing poetry or artwork please contact me on the number at the bottom of the page.

PCC: The Annual Parochial Church Council meeting will take place on April 2 at 11.30am in the village hall.

All those on the parish electoral register are welcome to attend and catch up on what the church has been working at over the last year. Those on the church electoral register are also welcome.

COMING UP: The programme of events organised by St Laurence to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the present building carries on. Coming up in April, a lecture at University of Sussex Meeting House: Geology, Landscape and Local History of Falmer given by Dr Geoff Mead and a concert: Jazz Group, Work in Progress.

For full details of all the events have a look at the website www.stanmerwithfalmer.com

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