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NORTHUMBERLAND: We have been away for two weeks in the lovely area of Northumberland staying in a beautiful cottage on a sheep farm just outside of Hexham. It was great to return to the tranquility of the place each day. The weather the first week was brilliantly warm and sunny which allowed us to do a trip to the Farne Islands which was a really good day out. A misconception of mine is that I thought it was ‘grim up north’, but of course it isn’t.

ST MARY’S GARDENING CLUB: Are meeting Monday at 7.45pm at St Mary’s Social Centre. David James from Allwoods will be speaking on From Peles to Pinks. His nursery is famous for its pinks and pelargoniums and he will be telling us about its history as well as giving a demonstration on how to take cuttings and propagate them and there will be a selection of plants for sale. It looks set to be another inspiring and enjoyable meeting. The competition will be: tulips, three of a kind and any other bulb except daffodils, three of a kind.

ST MARY’S SUPPORTERS CLUB: Bingo is tonight, Friday, eyes down at 8.30pm. Cash prizes and raffle. Everyone welcome. There will be a quiz night on Saturday May 14 at 8pm. Lots of fun for all the family with teams of four or less. There will be a ploughman’s supper available and a raffle, so get your thinking caps on and come and join us for a fun filled evening. Tickets £5 each for the ploughman’s, to be bought in advance from St Mary’s Supporters Club or just turn up on the night and enjoy the quiz for £2 per person and help raise money for the upkeep of the supporters club.

NEVILL SPORTS HISTORY: Carrying on with the potted history of Sports day. In 1983 Richard Thain and his wife Shirley took over as chairman and coordinator and sports days are now held on the last Saturday in June all day. I was looking on Lewes Past and saw a picture of Kevin Gale as a young man kneeling with a trophy in his garden of North Way so I contacted him. He lives in Canada and replied as follows: The trophy is the 4 x 4 relay trophy by the team made up of Darren, Richard Ross, myself and Alan Earwicker. We had all been together at Wallands junior school and I think this was a first year at the Lewes Priory which was maybe 1972. This sporting event was the backbone and foundation for the many years and decades gone by. Just goes to show what a small world it is.

CHRIST CHURCH: At the meeting of the thinktank on April 27, Judith Field made a presentation entitled Does Equality Law matter? She explained the origins of Equality Law, and the differences is has made to our way of living. Members of the audience were able to provide a range of examples that showed the continuing need for Equality Law in contemporary society. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will include Holy Communion and will be led by Stuart Dew. Following this, we will be holding our Annual Congregational Meeting with lunch. At 2pm we are off on our monthly church walk

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Following six frenzied months of qualifying events which took him into Nottingham, Leeds, London, Sandhurst, Swindon and Reading, Jonathan Britnell (Year 6) was one of 42 children to make into the National Junior Chess Squad Trial in Liverpool last weekend to compete for limited places in the England youth chess team. With three wins, two draws and one loss from six intense games, Jonathan achieved a score of four out of six, placing him in the top ten finishers and earning his place in the England squad. He’s been invited to play for his country in September and will travel to Flanders with his new team mates for the away fixture. Meanwhile the Sussex U9 team finished in an excellent third place in the national finals in Nottingham over the same weekend. Solomon Mitchell (Year 4) played on board two for Sussex and won two of his three games.

PARENT GOVERNOR: Would you like to become more involved with the strategic development of the school? There is currently a vacancy for Parent Governor on the Wallands Governing Body. For more information, please email: Clerk to the Governors, Emma Chaplin, echaplin@wallandscp.e-sussex.sch.uk, or pick up an information pack at the SchoolOffice.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: The next lunch time Recital is Thursday May 26, Brighton Chamber Ensemble 1.10pm lasting 40 minutes. Refreshments are available before and after recitals.

LANDPORT BOTTOM: The next meeting of Friends of Landport Bottom is on Monday, usual time and place, 7.30pm to 9pm at St Mary’s Church Hall in Highdown Road. If you have any items of interest please go along to the meeting. It will include the ongoing issue of horses illegally using the Highdown Road twitten, as well as parking where the Motor Road joins the A275. Brain Pugh has commented that horses were using this footpath on Tuesday April 26 and says he understands this is a footpath and not a bridleway, which they should not be using. They can and do use the path from Hill Road to Gundreda Road which is a bridleway.

NEVILL RESIDENTS’: The AGM will be held on Monday May 16 in St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Rd at 8pm. After the chair’s report and the election of officers and tenants’ rep, Jackie Bishop from St Anne’s Church will outline the renovations and alterations to St Mary’s Church Hall planned to start this summer and PCSO Julie McNirlan will describe how the PCSOs’ role will change after re¬organisation and how it will affect us. Also, for discussion, the Trim Trail. Fitness and fun is not just for the young. Come and air any other views about issues that concern you.

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