Rodmell & Southease

ARTWAVE: The village is getting ready for the Artwave Festival 2015. Villagers are showing their talents in the village hall over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday August 30 and Monday August 31, 11am to 5pm. There will be teas and cake for sale from the WI 3.30pm to 5pm and I think there may be a village produce stall.

FRUIT: Having picked all my blackcurrants and given them to my friend Hendra, along with some plums, for jam making, I am now blackberry picking. The blackberries are very good this year and there is an apple glut, so blackberry and apple pies, crumbles etc will no doubt be the order of the day. My raspberries don’t do at all well because I grow them in the wrong place and they don’t get enough water. I will have to move them for next year.

I can remember as a child going raspberrying at Devil’s Dyke, Brighton with my mother and grandmother. We used to get on the bus whit large wicker baskets and the bus conductor’s used to laugh and say that we would never fill them. The smiles were wiped off their faces when we got the bus home with laden baskets of red and yellow berries to make jam with. I don’t know if there are still raspberry canes up there. It was one of the places where golden raspberries grew in profusion. Another place we went to was a place called Sweet Hill, but I can’t remember where it was. I notice that a lot of people are picking the sweet little yellow plums that grow alongside the road on the way to Ditchling. I believe its fellow Parish Pump writer Mavis Clark’s land. The Plums are also all over the rod, a very prolific year.

TRAFFIC SURVEY: The C7 is to have another traffic survey in Rodmell which will take place in September. Speed is still a big issue. We are also having issues with speed and bad driving in Mill Lane and The Street, Rodmell which recently a motorist spooked a horse resulting in a nasty accident. Many villagers would like a 20mph. ESCC did survey The Street in 2011 and found average speeds to be 16mph. Villagers know who the main culprits are as names come up time and time again. Ladies and gentlemen, if you drive sports cars, take your foot off the accelerator a little and drive more carefully.

WHAT’S ON: to see what is going on in and around Rodmell, check Rodmell village website www.rodmell.net. It has had a radical facelift thanks to Tim Rabjohns and Catriona Grant (RodmellVillage@hotmail.co.uk) is the place to update information on local businesses

REUNION: I recently went to the Wivelsfield Reunion at the Cock Inn pub. We had a very good illustrated talk, A Moment in Time: Census Dress – how our ancestors dressed at the time of each Census, a talk by Jayne Shrimpton, professional dress historian, portrait specialist and photo detective. It was fascinating. I have some very old photographs I would like to give to Jayne but as there was no telephone number on her literature (I do wish people would put telephone numbers down as we don’t all use computers), I can’t get in touch to give them to her. Maybe a reader can help me on this. We had a lovely buffet lunch at the Cock Inn, enjoyed by all.

VISIT: On Saturday I made my first visit to Rushy Hill Caravan Park, Peacehaven where my friend Juliet now lives and was giving a party. She has the most wonderful views from her lounge. However, I didn’t think much of the drive up there, the road is awful. We all had a great time – thanks Juliet. Juliet is well known in Rodmell because she was a carer who looked after quite a few of our ailing elderly residents. She now has a permanent job in Brighton.

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