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VIVA NEVILL: Every now and again I can’t think of anything interesting to write about but this week I have to thank Viva Lewes for giving me inspiration. They have a write up of Boxing Day Tea 1914 in which there is a reference to the covered object in the back ground which is probably Rodin’s statue of The Kiss. The rumour has it that the headmistress of the local girls school was worried that this brilliant sculpture was going to raise the passions of the troops billeted in and around Lewes and therefore wanted the statue covered. There is no research to suggest this is true, although this same headmistress was the driving force behind the building of the Nevill Estate. So thank you Kate Fowler Tutt for your vision and passion, as without it who knows where we would be today.

CHRIST CHURCH: After November’s special events to mark the 200th anniversary of the foundation of one of our predecessor churches, the Tabernacle, we are now moving into the Advent season. Christ Church Tots will be meeting today (Friday) from 9.30am to 11.30am for another programme of activities for pre-school children and their carers. Sunday morning worship at 10.30am will be led by Ms Carmen Davies. Looking ahead, we have the popular Carols on the Green at Nevill Green on Sunday December 11 at 2.30pm with our friends from St Anne’s Church and LGB Brass Band. As ever, there will also be mince pies and drinks. Last week the 200th anniversary meetings at Christ Church continued with a well-attended meeting of the ThinkTank on Wednesday November 23. Dr Brenda and Professor Norman Vance talked about Non-Conformity in Lewes. They showed how the Tabernacle, the church that was formerly based in the Precinct, evolved through the Congregational Church, the United Reformed Church, into the present Christ Church; and how the ministers and congregation contributed over 200 years to education, overseas mission, relations with other churches and social and political changes in Lewes and the country as a whole.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: This week children in Year 6 took over lessons or helped adults with jobs around the school. Jonnie and Clemmie have worked alongside me to write the next few articles included in this newsletter, many thanks for all their ideas and hard work. Children have helped Maddy in the office by dealing with all the class registers in the morning or afternoon. Some children have taught lessons including cooking and ‘nibble maths’, this is where you have a biscuit and use it to learn about measuring and fractions and the best bit is that you get to eat the biscuit. It has been a lot of fun and Year 6 have gained a lot from doing it, as they took on a great deal of responsibility and worked hard to get everything right. A number of Year 5 and Year 6 children took part in different events for Indoor Athletics, including the obstacle relay, throwing events and vertical jump. Whoever wins the indoor athletics goes on to represent Lewes District at East Sussex area competition. School Council have decided to support Shelter charity for Christmas. They decided it would be a great idea to have a reverse Advent calendar. The idea is that instead of getting a picture or chocolate each day in Advent, people give something each day. So we are asking for food donations for the Food Bank at Landport. Donations can be anything from pasta and rice to biscuits and cereal or any other non-perishable food such as tins of meat, fish and vegetables or tea, coffee and sugar. Toiletries or baby food are also welcome. There will be a big Christmas-wrapped open box for people to put food into in the reception area and it will run from Thursday December 1 to Friday December 16, to represent the 12 days of Christmas. On Friday December 9, children (and adults) will be able to bring their slippers to school and wear them inside the school building, and make a donation towards Shelter. Last year 100,000 children in Britain were homeless, and every penny raised will support Shelter to make sure children have a safe place to call home. The Wallands community made another brilliant contribution to this Children in Need charity with our children demonstrating extraordinary kindness (donating their flapjack money). We celebrated with a special assembly and the grand total was an impressive £417.80.

LANDPORT BOTTOM: Minutes in Brief of Landport Bottom. Seats: The rules about the types of benches and their installation will be looked at further when the council ownership, the revised management policy are confirmed. There is an any bin policy for the disposal of dog waste. Paved footpath by the allotments: Dan confirmed that the clearance was the responsibility of the Racecourse Management Committee. Dan Oakley, the Dark Skies Officer, for the National Park is the contact for the bright lights on the old race. Wildflowers: a cut and collection had been made in the Pond Field, and cutting was also taking place in the Small and Tumuli fields. The cost of the operation is £3,950, and this year over 21 tonnes of cut has been removed; the collection will be composted. The growth will be restricted by increasing the numbers of grazing sheep through the winter, up until April. Dan is trying to find a farmer who will buy future wildflower cut for silage. A sustainable method of disposal would help generate money for other work. Councillor Susan Murray has since consulted with the town clerk about the Bridgewal Diversion and they have agreed that it would be better to invite the applicant and/or his agent to a meeting of the Town Council planning committee, which would be considering the bridleway diversion at its next meeting as a statutory consultee. The planning committee met on November 29 and the next meeting is February 13.

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