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Pauline Cherry

Rodmell and Southease

DECORATIONS: On Friday January 4, I took down my Christmas cards and decorations. I’m now thinking ahead to spring especially as all the bulbs are well up in the garden and some are about to flower. 2018 was not a good year for me so I’m glad it’s gone and I’m now hoping 2019 will be better.

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CHRISTMAS: I hope all readers had a Happy Christmas and enjoyed their New Year celebrations. It was a strange Christmas for me, as Mike and I have always spent Christmas here at Sunnyside, and after 50 years together this year, he was at Parris Lawn Nursing Home for Christmas, so I went to have Christmas lunch there. Readers will probably laugh when I tell them that I went to so many Christmas meals before Christmas, that come the actual day, I only wanted cheese and biscuits. I don’t know what the chef thought of me, but I was quite content. I don’t actually eat much meat, don’t like mince pies or Christmas pudding, so as a person of simple taste, it suited me fine. Boxing Day, I went into Lewes to see the hunt gallop up the hill, which is quite a spectacular sight, had a short walk then came home to do lunch for friends who were coming. I really miss the simplicity of the Christmas time I spent as a child, which seemed much more genuine then, and not geared up to expensive gifts etc. I actually feel very lucky to have lovely memories of days gone by.

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Please note: there was an error in our Parish Magazine about the time of Rodmell’s Carol Service, which was down as 6.00pm, when it is in fact 4.00pm on December 23rd.

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HI-VIZ: I do wish people walking or cycling along the C7 would wear those yellow hi-viz jackets, especially when it’s dusk or dark. I had a frightening experience one evening last week. I was driving from Lewes to Rodmell at dusk and there was a family walking on the wrong side of the road, between Wyevale and Swanborough, without torches or hi-viz jackets. One adult had a dark jacket on, as had one child. Fortunately, the other child had a jacket which was blue and my lights picked it up. A few feet ahead a woman was walking in the road dressed completely in black and had it not been for my lights reflecting off her boots, I may well have hit her. When dusk went to dark, which happens very quickly and bright lights coming towards you partially blind you for a moment, imagine what might have happened. Please wear light clothes and walk facing oncoming traffic if you don’t want to be yet another country road casualty. We have had a spate of accidents on the C7 of late, let’s not have any more.

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VISITORS: There has been a lull in B&Bs for a while, but people are now booking for 2019. I have bookings for August 2019, so some people are looking far ahead. As I’ve said before, I have interesting conversations at breakfast with my clients and get asked many questions about the area. One of the subjects recently was about the beggars in Lewes and people ask isn’t there a refuge they can go to rather than leave all their belongings strewn around the streets and have the pigeons pecking over left crumbs. I have to say I don’t know. What a lot of people have remarked on is that they all seem to have up-to-date mobile phones which, let’s face it, are not cheap to buy or pay fees on. As there have been programmes on TV and write-ups in the media recently about people who aren’t actually homeless, but use begging as a way of life, people are getting suspicious. Unfortunately this will affect people in genuine trouble and let’s face it, I wouldn’t like to sit on a wet draughty corner waiting for some benevolent person to drop a few coins in a cap, would you?

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IT WAS GOOD: To have Rodmell Round Up No 99 delivered this week. Many people have really missed it, as it’s a good way to catch up on village news and find out who has moved into the village, into which residence. I am always having tradespeople and delivery services asking me where people live when I’m working in the garden and nine times out of ten I can’t tell them these days, as people move in and out of the village so often. Gone are the days when people ‘stayed put’ for years and everybody new who everyone was.

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TALK: On Saturday November 10, Ian Everest gave us an excellent evening’s entertainment with his talk and film show on An Evening of Farming and Local Nostalgia. As usual it was well attended, but there were a few spaces, possibly due to the awful weather and the Remembrance Service on TV from the Royal Albert Hall, which I love to watch but managed to catch the last bit. I am always surprised that more village people don’t go to these talks because they are so good and so informative. It’s always a good opportunity for local farmers to get together and catch up. Ian always mentions my mother, who was so proud to have done her bit in the Women’s Land Army and, as she died on 31 October 2016, the fact that he mentioned her and she was on film meant so much to me, so thanks to Ian. Every time I go to Ian’s talks I learn a bit more about our area. For those that don’t go, you don’t know what you are missing. I took a friend from Lewes and he really enjoyed the evening.

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BONFIRE EVENTS: Our local pub, the Abergavenny Arms, did us proud on Bonfire Night by putting on a bonfire event which included indoor fireworks (no bangs) sparklers, marshmallows toasted on the fire and an assortment of old fashioned sweets for free. There was a menu of burgers and later in the evening those more adventurous people went up Mill Lane and were given mulled wine and nibbles, also supplied by the pub, whilst they watched the fireworks over Lewes from the top of the hill. Many thanks to Jon and Lucie and their lovely staff. I have to say, it was one of the quietest Bonfire Nights for years, as usually we hear the big bangs here and they shake our old houses even this far away. This year I think the wind took the noise in another direction, as even when I went into he garden I couldn’t hear much.

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TRAFFIC: So Ringmer is suffering from the amount of traffic going through the village. We, in Rodmell and surrounding villages along the C7, have had dreadful problems for years. We too get really large HGV vehicles using the C7 as a rat run, and mornings between 7am and 9am are horrendous, as are evenings when traffic between 3pm and 6pm can be backed up to Southease, and sometimes even Lewes. I’ve lived on this road for 50 years and it’s progressively got worse since we have the traffic from two universities, school runs and traffic from Lewes and industrial areas coming through to Newhaven. Very rarely are they keeping to the 30mph limit and as this is a narrow winding road with many dangerous entrances and edits on it, our parish council have been fighting for years for more safety measures. Looking at it from an honest point of view, isn’t it us, the drivers, who should be taking more care? Do those of us who drive through Ringmer keep to 30mph and do drivers who come from Ringmer stick to 30mph along this road? Confusion probably arises from 50mph between villages, maybe we all have to concentrate a bit more and not tailgate which is a big problem stated by many who live on the C7.

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WINTER: Well, the cold weather has hit us at last and quite a shock it was too. Last weekend people were sunbathing, this weekend it was winter woollies time. On the subject of wool, I was delighted to see on TV that wool is again on the up and not before time, as it is a lovely, natural material, unlike those awful man-made fibres that are now causing us so many problems. I have jumpers made from wool that are over 40 years old. They have been unpicked and re-knitted into more modern styles over the years, as my mother was a recycler before that word became popular, and loved knitting. She was also very good at it. Do readers remember Bri-Nylon? Awful stuff wasn’t it?

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AUTUMN: The good weather goes on and on, and isn’t it lovely? I love the autumn when it’s like this and took great pleasure in taking my Japanese friend Kayoko and friend Ian to Sheffield Park on Thursday to view the autumn colours. It was so busy there that we had to walk from the extra car park in a field, so be prepared if you are thinking of going in the next few weeks. Although it was as usual very beautiful, the colours haven’t really changed a lot yet, but I’m sure in the next couple of weeks it will look superb. My friends loved coming down from London for the day, having lunch at The Juggs at Kingston and seeing Lewes and the surrounding areas.

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HARVEST SUPPER: Rodmell had its wonderful Harvest Supper on Friday October 12 in our village hall, which was wonderfully decorated for the celebration of Harvest. The hall was packed, the food as usual was delicious and the whole atmosphere was happy. Thank you so much to the people who put so much effort into this occasion. It was very much enjoyed.

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WHAT’S GOING ON: Finding a list of all that goes on in our village, I decided to write out a list, to inform people who perhaps never look at the noticeboards or come to meetings and might possibly read the Parish Pump.

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FILM CLUB: Today, Friday, Rodmell Film Club will be showing The Square. It is said to be a fascinating, shocking, hilarious and uncomfortable mirror into the society we live in. Sounds almost like my Parish Pump at times. Do come and support these film evenings, as people work hard to put them on for us. All screenings start at 7.30pm and entry is £3 per person. Drinks, ice cream and popcorn are usually available. It is advisable to bring a cushion as the village hall seats are rather hard. Also bring a torch to see your home after, as we don’t have street lights.

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HIKER: I had a very damp hiker appear at my door on Saturday evening. He had been sensible and booked to come to me, unlike many who turn up at my door expecting me to always have a vacancy, and then panic because B&Bs on the South Downs Way in this area don’t actually appear to be many. My hiker had invested in what was supposed to be the best gear for wet weather, but the torrential rain had managed to seep through his jacket and soak him. After walking from Ditchling to me, he was very relieved to get here. Like all my walkers, he really liked our pub and the food was good.

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PROBLEMS: Having a good many problems to deal with regarding Mike’s Nursing Home, I am becoming very frustrated at how difficult it is to get hold of any authorities to help me deal with the problems. Every time I ring a helpline number, a local authority or such people, I get a lot of spiel about going online which I can’t do so then I have to hold onto the phone for, in some cases, an hour, which is not good when I need to get on with other things including my business. I am hearing so many people complaining about how difficult it is to get hold of any of the services/authorities if you don’t have a computer or super phone and they are not all OAPs like me. So many people are saying how life is so difficult these days, and they hate it. I and a lot of my friends are so grateful that despite being born in the war, or around that era. We had happy childhoods, good manners, easy to pay bills (because they were simple to understand) and we were brought up to be decent, law-abiding people by parents who cared, despite rationing, shortage of jobs and in many cases bad housing, which they coped with admirably. Feeding and clothing your children came before having the luxuries of life and people were proud and independent. My mother, like many, did not get any allowance for me, as I was an only child and she coped.

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THROWAWAY SOCIETY: I viewed with horror on Sunday the news on TV about the amount of discarded tents and rubbish left behind at various festivals around the country. We really are a throwaway society, aren’t we? Surely it would help if, after their performances, the stars and celebrities that people come to see would appeal for people to clear their rubbish and take it home with them. They, let’s face it, are making a good living from entertaining people, so why not give something back, which costs nothing just a few moments’ speech to appeal to the fans. Who knows, it may have a good effect. I’m sounding a old and goody goody now, but when I was young, my friends and I were indoctrinated by our parents to appreciate people and possessions and if we went out for a picnic, we had to bring our rubbish home with us. Is it so hard in these modern times to do these simple acts?

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THE C7: Is becoming more and more busy, especially since buses are being used more to ferry people to and from Lewes and Seaford because of the rail problems. An amazing number of HGVs are also using the C7 and they thunder along the arrow, winding road at incredible speeds, like most motorists who are not keeping to the 30mph limit through the villages. I do wonder if there were pollution checks done, what the results would be. County Councillor Sarah Osborne is campaigning for large commercial vehicles and HGVs to be forced to use special sat nav systems. Evidently there are sat nav routes with height and weight restrictions which could make it easy for them to avoid the minor roads. In the many years I have lived on this road, I always thought there were restrictions on large vehicles. I heard on the radio recently that a new road and a bridge to take traffic away from these areas was in the pipeline but have seen nothing in the local press.

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TICKS: Are becoming a pest this year, probably because of the weather. I have heard people saying that their dogs and cats have had more on them this year than they can remember in past years and I was talking to friends of mine from the Czech Republic, who live in country areas with deer in their gardens, who said they needed to check their children and animals regularly for these pests. Evidently, one little girl had five on her at one time, one being in her ear, very painful. These pests can carry Lyme’s Disease, which in some cases can be fatal, so if you have worked in forests or areas of heather, do check your animals frequently. The vets have special little gadgets to remove ticks. I am like a walking McDonalds to mosquitoes, and despite covering myself in repellent and covering up, especially in the garden at dusk, the little pests still get to places that are tender and feast on me.

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