A SHOCK: I had quite a shock this week when I went to Rottingdean and actually found time to walk around it. I have belonged to the Rottingdean Club for many years and took a neighbour of mine out to lunch there, as it is a very nice place to go. After leaving the club, I needed to get some shopping, so we walked along the High Street to the very good greengrocers, which fortunately is still in business, which is more than other shops are. Rottingdean was always a favourite place of mine as it was full of quaint teashops, galleries and antique shops etc. I was shocked to find so many shops have closed down and the famous Olde Cottage Tea Rooms was up for sale. The area was quiet where it used to be bustling, and St Aubyns School, where many of my friends’ children went, stands like a silent sentinel alone, empty and chained up. The swimming pool along the undercliff walk, where I spent many happy hours as a teenager, went years ago, but it’s still pleasant to sit by the sea there. I do hope, come the tourist season, Rottingdean will buck up and rise like a phoenix from the ashes to delight the people who visit there in droves in the summer months. I wonder, is it the business taxes that are bringing places like this down?
POTHOLES: The potholes along the C7 are all being repaired at the moment, which will no doubt please motorists and cyclists who have had to have their wits about them to miss doing damage to their vehicles and to themselves.
SOUTHEASE: I see from Adrian Orchard’s write-up in our Parish Magazine, that the roof of Southease Church is to be rebuilt and will be a complicated operation, that will mean our being unable to use the church for some time. Southease is my favourite church, as it’s very simple with the most wonderful atmosphere and of course, it has its lovely round tower, which is unusual in this area. Piddinghoe Church also has a round tower, but is more ornate and dark, whilst Southease Church lets in the sunlight and the birds are always singing around it, giving it a lovely country feel. Adrian is famous for his chili plants and is busy planting up at the moment.
COFFEE MORNING: Wednesday April 26, Coffee Morning in the village hall from 11am.
SCRAPBOOKS: Saturday April 29, there will be another chance to see the Rodmell Scrapbooks in the village hall from 10am till 2pm. There will be a small charge of £2 in aid of the village hall. Please contact Christine for more information (01273 475943).
PLEASE NOTE: Hourly charges for use of the village hall will rise to £7.50 for residents and £12 for non-residents from April.
REPORT: Hopefully I will be able to give a report on our Annual Parish Assembly in next week’s Parish Pump and also the Rodmell Spring Show.
QUIZ EVENING: The Quiz evening on Wednesday March 29 in our pub was a great success and all proceeds went to St Peter and St James Hospice. Many thanks to all who made it a wonderful evening, especially Jon and Lucie who run our pub. Our team, Sunnyside Up, started off really well but ended up coming third. A good time was had by all. Thanks to Maureen Ford for organising the evening. We have another Quiz Night coming up at the same venue in aid of the Southease Church Roof Repair Fund. The date is Saturday May 6, 7.30pm to 10pm. Tickets are £10 with a two-course supper and tables are for six people. To get tickets, phone Jill Harrison 01273 514174 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Susie Kyriakides 01273 512108 or email@example.com.
CONVERSATION: I was speaking to a fellow PP writer this week, and the conversation covered a few things, one being that she does not allow her grandchildren to use phones or any other such items at the dinner table, but encourages family conversation. Sadly, I hear from many people that families no longer communicate enough, and have lost the art of conversation.
B&BS: We have lost a few B&Bs in the area recently, which is causing problems for people walking the South Downs Way. People who phone me are also telling me that many B&Bs are charging too much, more than some hotels and are also not good about people who only want to stay one night. When I read in the papers that the man who caused the tragedy in London recently stayed at the Preston Park Hotel, which is in a good area of Brighton, and their rooms were £40 per person per night, I can see why people are complaining about B&B prices. I have no idea what this hotel is like now, but for many years in the past I used to meet friends for morning coffee there and it was always upmarket and spotless, with lovely staff and plenty of parking.
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