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David Sale

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ST MARY’S SUPPORTERS CLUB: Get your thinking caps on for our Quiz tonight, Friday. Teams of up to six at £2 per person starting at 8pm. Everyone welcome. Award winning singer Jack Allsobrook will be performing his one man show tomorrow, Saturday, at 8.30pm covering songs through the ages. Non members welcome £2 entrance fee. Bingo Friday February 22, cash prizes and raffle. Eyes down at 8.30pm. Everyone welcome. Why not take a look at our website, stmaryssupportersclub.co.uk to see what events are being held and how to make a booking or become a member.

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LOCALLY GROWN: A lot of you will remember life before we became members of the Common Market. When I was a boy, Mum would send me to the local shops to the butcher/greengrocer to buy vegetables or salad. Depending on what season it was, was dependent on what we could buy. If it was out of season, it wouldn’t be available and that was a way of life, which made the fresh food we did buy, much tastier and fresher than it is today, which is available all year round. So what’s with all the talk of it being complete mayhem when we leave the EU. We managed before, so surely we will manage again. The headlines in the paper are moving the Queen and Duke out of the Palace when riots start. What’s the world coming to? I am preparing to move down to the coast to see if I can board a lorry to get to France or Belgium.

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RIVERSIDE CLUB: The club got off to a great start this year with the majority renewing their membership again for 2019 and some new faces joining. If you are one of the few 2018 members who are wanting to renew but haven’t done it yet, please do so as soon as possible, as we have nearly reached our limit for seating and fire regulations etc. This weeks entertainment is Aerial Photos.

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PANTO: Cinderella was yet another excellent production for St Mary’s Social Centre. From the eldest to the youngest it was lively and funny throughout. A friend of ours, who is involved with amateur dramatics herself, said it was one of the best she had seen. Well done to everyone involved. A lot of hard work resulted in a great week.

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INCOMPETENCE: I wonder how we are going to get out of the £11million law suite that has been levied on our council for the incompetence of our leader of a few years back, for the fiasco of the 49 targeted sites for building houses. If I remember correctly it was a Mr Page from Peacehaven. Where is he now?

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SAD NEWS: We heard the sad news of Jackie Bishop who has died. She was a good friend to many on the Nevill and worked hard to help upgrade the church hall in Highdown Road. She will be sorely missed and our thoughts are with her daughters and family. RIP Jackie.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR: To all my contributors and to the odd one or two of you who like to read the odd comment that I make from time to time. This year will find us all in trouble with the withdrawal of us Brits leaving the EU. I will make no further comment. It would also appear that the drones over Gatwick were an illusion, as the powers that be have been unable to find people responsible. Another cover up I feel.

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Reflections: Time to reflect on what’s happened this year. There doesn’t appear to be any changes on the estates, except parking gets worse and the poor bus drivers need the patience of a saint. We are still awaiting the development of the North Quarter and the finalising of the new Styles housing development. The GP surgeries are preparing for the future “Hub” within the North Quarter but I’m beginning to think it might not be in my time! The Depot is a fantastic bonus to the town and is well attended both as a cinema and a social venue. I think the approach to the leaving of the E.U. has changed but I will not use the word that has dominated the headlines for months and will no doubt continue to do so for many more yet. Just beware if you are booking a”do it yourself” and not a package holiday within the EU after March, there might be new regulations such as legal paperwork in addition to your passport to be aware of. Local news is good news generally, so keep me informed of any Nevill News and we wish all our readers and contributors a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

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HOW DEPRESSING: I find it quite depressing to write here about things there should not be any need to highlight, the first one being the shrubs that were planted for our pleasure. They were stolen from the green in Highdown Road. The second was damage to the Nevill Community Allotment Its fairly unusual to experience or witness anything untoward on the Nevill and I am surprised this has happened. It makes me agree with Social Services and other authorities, that parents should be more aware of where their children are and what they are up to, because I’m assuming its vandalism by youngsters due to boredom. Anyone witnessing any vandalism please report it to the Community Police on Lewes 470101. The other depressing thing last week was when I went into our one and only Post Office in town. They only had one person serving on the counter for the whole of Lewes and one person working in the money office at 11.30am on a Thursday with the queue heading out the door. I stood in line for thirty five minutes. To add insult to injury I then read that Post Office Counters are being handed over to WH Smith, who seem to have a complete disregard of other peoples time because it’s ‘do it yourself’ in their shop. Happy days.

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CHRIST CHURCH: Today (Friday) we have another Christ Church Tots session for pre-school children and their carers from 9.30am to 11.30am. The charge is only £1 per family. We are now into Advent when we prepare for the coming of Jesus. Our Sunday morning service this week at 10.30am will be led by Rev Michael Davies and will include Holy Communion. All are welcome at both Tots and our Sunday service. We have now set our Christmas programme at Christ Church There is a Messy Church on Friday December 21 at 10.30am with crafts, worship and lunch and then a special Christingle service on Sunday December 23. There will be Christingle making at 10am and the service at 10.30am followed by minced pies. On Christmas Day there will be a Family Service beginning at 10am. Never mind all the tinsel and manic shopping, come and experience the real meaning of Christmas at our church. Peace and goodwill to all.

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ST ANNE’S CHURCH: At St Anne’s Church on Monday December 17 at 7pm there will be a Civic/Parish Carol Service. On Christmas Eve the Crib Service will be at 5.30pm for children and families and Midnight Mass will be at 11pm. Holy Communion on Christmas Day will be at 8am and again at 10am with carols.

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SAD OLD LEWES: As I walked down the town Sunday for the war memorial service, I was surprised at he amount of people around Hawkenbury Way. It was a cross country event taking place and as I walked towards the public convenience in the Western Road, there was a large queue of men and women waiting to use the one and only toilet which is a disabled one. What a sad state of affairs for the County Town of Lewes.

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BONFIRE BEEF: I know I should not mention this, but in this day and age why has everybody got to be woken up at 6am by a maroon going off. I have been told it’s tradition. Well lets start a new tradition and wake the Bonfire Boys and Girls with their phones or what ever digital device they have and let the rest off us wake up naturally. Yes I know, I’m the Bah Humbug.

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PARKING AGAIN: What is going on with car parking in Lewes? We tried both Market Street and behind the Friars Walk car parks one afternoon and no coins were accepted in the machines. Pay by mobile. As we were going to The Depot cinema, we had not taken a mobile phone (yes, some of us do travel without them sometimes and we don’t usually take the car either) and therefore couldn’t pay. Notably both car parks were half empty. By this time we were running late and found a roadside parking space in Friars Walk. Very fortunate we thought, until we returned to the car to find a parking fine. Yes we had paid for a ticket but apparently there was restricted parking there that day and the temporary notice wasn’t very prominent. Are the powers that be trying to ruin this town? They are going the right way about it. I was disgusted to read about the poor couple who were fined for stopping by Laura Ashley shop for a few seconds. More and more people are telling me they go to Uckfield these days or Ringmer where the parking is free and shopping is a more relaxed experience. Very sad for our town.

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MODERN WORLD: I have a problem understanding this modern world. The latest hype is man sized tissues. Why is it a gender issue? Are we no longer to be known as men and women? Are women offended by a man sized tissue? Large or small, man or woman, surely you just go and buy whatever size tissues and not make a song and dance about it because it said man size.

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ARE YOU HAPPY?: I do not know who was consulted when the question was asked, ‘How happy are you to live in Lewes’, but it turns out we are the most unhappy people in the country. Personally, I think its a lot of Tommy Rot. Now there’s an expression you don’t hear these days. Only very recently I heard Lewes was one of the best places to live. I would like to know just how much research this entailed and exactly how much of our money is poured into these pointless stupid exercises?

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CHRIST CHURCH: If you are a carer with a pre-school child, we have another Christ Church Tots session today, Friday, morning from 9.30am to 11.30am. The cost is £1 per session per family. Our Sunday morning worship at 10.30am is led by Gwyneth Watkinson and includes Holy Communion. There is another meeting of the Think Tank next Wednesday at 7.30pm. Our speaker will be Dr Sarah Pitt of Brighton University who will be talking about Antibiotics and how to use them wisely in an age when bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotic treatments. The session will include time for questions and discussion.

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HIGHS AND LOWS: An ex-resident of Nevill and sister to Sue Tillman, Keith Benson received a Lifetime Recognition Award for his 44 years as Lighting Manager at Glyndebourne Opera House. The Bensons lived in Cross Way for many years. Congratulations Keith, it is well deserved. I note from an article last week about car parks, it seems payment is by mobile phone, so once again, life for the elderly and the hard of hearing is made more difficult (or impossible to park) than it need be. It’s also once again ‘stealing’ from the public as it incurs a fee of 20p for the privilege too. The man who wrote last weeks article left without shopping in Lewes. How many more people will do this and not shop here? We should take note that Uckfield have free parking and Newhaven are introducing it too. Can our local businesses afford to lose customers because our councils are too short sighted?

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NEW GAS PIPES: Apart from the road upheavals, the actual works replacing the gas meters and renewing the pipes was very efficiently co-ordinated. We now have a new gas meter and pipe, which entailed a hole being dug in the garden and some of our driveway being taken up and (to our horror), our lounge carpet and floorboards also. All of this was done very professionally and with the utmost care, as all of it was put back very professionally and you wouldn’t be able to tell any of it had happened. The new gas meter is now outside and our old one gone to make a bit more storage space in our cupboard under the stairs. What an excellent result.

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SURPRISE SURPRISE: We were completely surprised on the evening of our Golden Wedding Anniversary as our daughter had arranged a party at the John Harvey Tavern and we had absolutely no idea. The secret was well kept for nearly a year. Thank you for your enquiries about my thumb which is progressing well.

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