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TOILET TALK: I had occasion to use the public toilets in Western Road last Thursday morning. Only the disabled one is in use and it was an utter disgrace. Not only did it stink to high heaven, the toilet and the sink looked as if they had not been cleaned for a month. On the door was a notice with a telephone number but I was in a rush to catch a bus, so I didn’t make a note of the number but I will make a point to look next time I’m passing and report it. This looks really bad to any visitors who have need to use it and is highly embarrassing for our town.

LIGHTS OUT: How amazing that the traffic lights on the Kingston roundabout have not been working for over a week now and even more amazing is that, as far as I know, there have been no accidents during that time. In this day and age, why is it taking so long to repair them? It must be hell during rush hour.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society will be holding a Jumble Sale at Ringmer Village Hall at 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. There will be a collection in your area today, Friday, from 6pm so please leave any clothes, books, bric-a-brac etc outside but as usual we cannot collect any large or electrical items.

CHRIST CHURCH: There is a lot happening at Christ Church this week. Today (Friday) we have another Christ Church Tots session from 9.30am to 11.30am for pre-school children and their carers. Tomorrow, Saturday, Churches Together in the Lewes Area (CTLA) have a Lent Study Day down the road at St Pancras Church. Our Sunday service this week is led by our Minister, Rev John Gordon and begins at 10.30am. All are welcome. After the service there is a church walk, where we are hoping for signs of spring weather. During the week our Lent Study Courses continue on Tuesday at 11am at St Anne’s Church and Thursday at 7.30pm at Christ Church. Looking ahead, we have another Thinktank session on Wednesday March 22, where David Streeter will speak on Why conservation is important.

ST MARY’S SUPPORTERS CLUB: Quiz tonight, Friday, starting 8pm, all welcome. On March 17 there will be Bingo and on March 18 there will be a Shadows Tribut Band.

ST MARY’S GARDENING CLUB: We had a very enjoyable meeting on Monday March 6. Our speaker was Mark Saunders, head gardener at Fittleworth House, West Sussex who is also a passionate photographer and spoke to us on Gardens to Inspire, about photographing gardens in particular. He showed us the various cameras he uses from his very portable phone camera through a compact camera, SLR cameras including one with a massive lens that looked more like a weapon. He said that the key was to be prepared: have your camera with you, with battery charged and a clear memory card if necessary, to capture the moment. It was a very interesting talk with some amazing pictures and we all went away inspired to take more and better photos. At refreshment time, Mary Newnham offered us some cakes that are in our Spring Show to tempt and encourage us to take part. The parsnip, walnut and orange cake is so yummy you don’t need the excuse of a show and it is very easy to make too, Mary says.

We are preparing for the Spring Show on Saturday April 1 at the St Mary’s Social Centre from 2pm to 4.30pm. There are lots of classes for spring flowers, cookery, flower arrangements, photography as well as children’s classes. It is open to all, not just members. For a free schedule call Christine Gibson on 07960 186736.

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