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Pauline Cherry

Rodmell and Southease

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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HEAVY RAIN: Well the day that the rains came down certainly came at last, and I got soaked on Friday August 10, but was I unhappy, not at all I relished it. At last the grass is turning green again and the flowers are lifting their heads to capture the moisture.

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a favourite place of mine. I have friends there and often meet up with them in the lovely conservatory at the Hydro Hotel for lunch or tea. It has the most lovely view over its gardens and out to sea. This week, however, I was at Eastbourne in the evening when my cousins and I went to the 1812 Fireworks and Proms Concert. We are, and always have been, a very musical family and my cousin Martin was playing in the concert with the East Sussex Concert Band. It was such a beautiful evening and the venue (the Eastbourne Band Stand) was packed. It was lovely to see a group of young mums with small children, some in push-chairs, enjoying the music in one corner. The children were so good, no crying, and they seemed enthralled. The mums went before the noisy firework display, which was probably a wise move. It was a spectacular evening and much enjoyed by all.

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THE FLYING FISH: For a couple of weeks now, I have forgotten to write about The Flying Fish pub in Denton, where my group of Ladies that Lunch go on a regular basis now. Viki and husband, Sean, have taken it over and have the very popular French chef, Christophe Coevoet, back. Christophe was very popular when he was last there, and I and friends used to go to the French nights which, I’m pleased to say, are back on the menu and happen on the last Thursday every month. Viki used to work in our Abergavenny Arms pub, then at The Juggs in Kingston. Viki and Sean also live locally and were married in Rodmell. The food at The Flying Fish is French and English and specialises in seafood, my favourite.

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BAD LUCK: I know it’s an old tradition to say ‘bad luck comes in threes’, and for me it always happens this way. Last week, within three days, my car had problems and had to be repaired, my phone had to be replaced and the hot water system had to have repairs. I am now much the poorer but thankful that I can at least pay for all to be done, where many people would struggle. I have to thank my parents for my upbringing, as I was always told to keep money behind you for that rainy day. I just hope I get a financial break now.

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SPORT: Well it’s been quite a week with the football (I’m not saying anything), the tennis with the long match between the giants and Serena Williams, the amazing Amazon of a woman, who has made her comeback after all the recent traumas of having a baby and ill health. She must be such a positive and determined person. The heat must have been hard to cope with for all concerned with Wimbledon and the spectators. Many years ago, my friend Colonel Guy Westmacott had a box at Wimbledon, and on many occasions I was invited to use it but I never did. My friends thought I was crazy to turn down such an offer, but as I’m not really sport-minded, it meant nothing to me.

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