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Pauline Cherry

Rodmell and Southease

MAGNOLIAS: Our village has been a riot of colour over the last few weeks and the magnificent magnolias have really esteemed themselves this year and have been exceptional. Magnolias seem to do very well in this village. For my 60th birthday I was given a magnolia tree by Marie-Monique and Roger Huss who at the time were my neighbours in Barn House. Twenty-six years later I have a lovely tree which has a profusion of blossom in the spring, when its wonderful waxy white flowers brighten up my old orchard.

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MICHAEL ISITT: On March 21, it was the funeral of Rodmell resident Michael Isitt at Rodmell Church at 2.30pm. I arrived at 2pm and found the church packed to bursting and standing room only, if you could find a space. There must have been at least 200 people there, which goes to show just how much Michael was loved and respected by all who had known him in his very varied life. It was amazing to hear from the family about all the places they had lived and travelled to. Michael will be much missed riding his bike to and from Lewes and around the area. I have a vision of ‘Mike the Bike’ as we called him, like ET riding the sky in the moonlight. I think he would be amused to hear that. We are all thinking of his devoted wife Christine and family at this time.

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LEWES: If you are going into Lewes on a Sunday morning, especially between 11am and noon, I would advise you not to go along Southover, as it is a nightmare. I have had to get to the station to pick people up two weekends in a row. One was the weekend of Sunday March 17 when Lewes Women’s Football Team were playing Millwall. I have never seen such chaos in this area, not helped by all the station buses ferrying people around because of rail problems and buses and cars dropping supporters off. Well done girls for such a great result, even if chaos did reign for a short time. Another problem is the parking along Southover on a Sunday caused by people parking to go to church plus visitors going to Anne of Cleves House on coaches, which need to drop them off. Southover Church has always, as far as I can remember, had a healthy congregation, but do they all come from areas where they have to use their cars? Don’t people walk to church any more? It must be hell at weekends for people that live in this area and have to cope with the pollution levels that this problem causes. I feel sorry for them.

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WINDY WEATHER: I don’t know if you the readers feel as I do about these high winds we are having. I’m getting increasingly cross at the expense of having to keep having fencing repaired and repairing other damage that occurs. These winds also seem to come just as the daffodils and magnolias are coming into their best flowering mode.

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NURSING HOMES: Over the years, I’ve had to deal with finding nursing and care homes for my parents and Mike and deal with all the problems it brings. It is very, very stressful. When you are well past retirement age, all you want is a peaceful life and security. But everything to do with dealing with the best care you can find for loved ones involves so much and dealing with finances is a real problem, since most care homes charge anything from £700 to £1,000 a person per week and nursing homes are even more expensive. The procedure for dealing with all this is not easy and I really don’t know how people without the know-how cope with it all. You get mountains of paperwork, have to make many phone calls and can be frightened to death by hard up authorities into selling your property. I was recently given details of Charging for Residential Accommodation Guide 2011 (www.dh.gov.uk ). A person named Paul Lewis first wrote an article for Saga Magazine in 1994. He pointed out no-one has to sell their home to pay their residential care fees if they are determined not to do so. If you are in such a position, I suggest you try e-mailing Paul Lewis on paul@paullewis.co.uk to find his articles. I cannot give details to you, as it is ©Paul Lewis 2010. Further information – First Stop 0800 377 7070 or www.firststopcareadvice.org.uk

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BIRTHDAY PARTY: On Sunday I was invited to my friend Berni’s birthday party at Gars Chinese Restaurant in Brighton. Now I’m not a person that goes to Brighton centre, as I hate the parking systems and prices and driving around Brighton. I was actually born in Brighton and lived there for 21 years, but rarely go there now. I decided to park the car in Newhaven, where I crossed the road, got straight on a bus and arrived at the restaurant in good time. The whole journey took me under an hour and cost me nothing as I used my bus card. I was however given a lift back in a taxi by kind villagers who had a space to spare in their taxi. It was a big birthday for Berni, but as usual she looked stunning and as one male guest said ‘has a pair of legs to die for.’ I won’t say how old she is (I value friendship) but you could easily knock 30 years off her actual age. How does she do it? I was sad when she left Rodmell to move to Brighton to live nearer her family, as Barn House was my second home and Berni was a fabulous friend as well as my neighbour. The whole party set up by her boys and family was a great success and they are to be congratulated. I think there were about 70 guests and it was lovely to catch up with everyone.

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SOUTHEASE CHURCH: It was a lovely church service at Southease Church on Sunday February 24. There was a good number of people there, on a beautiful warm sunny day, and the churchyard was a mass of white snowdrops, plus some early crocuses were also out.

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REGULAR VISITOR: I have a client who regularly comes to stay so that she can go to Seaford Little Theatre. I went with her on Monday February 11 to see Who’s Who. It’s a very clever a very clever Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall farce. Now I am not a lover of farces, as my concentration levels are not that good, but I did so admire Alan Lade, Jon Terry, Andrea Lowe and Tanya Baxter for remembering all their lines and acting admirably. It must have been so hard to remember. My client has already booked for coming to see future shows. She lives in London where she often goes to what is on there in the city, so for her to make efforts to come to little Seaford to Seaford’s Little Theatre is surely a feather in the cap for those that put on these productions. Their next production is The Thrill of Love, May 10 to 18. Box Office: Redgold Opticians, 32 Broad Street, Seaford BN25 1ND.

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QUIZ: I now have more details about the quiz at our pub. The quiz is to support St Peter and St James Hospice, which I think you will all agree is a very good thing as they need as much support as they can get. It will be held at the Abergavenny Arms, Rodmell on Wednesday March 13 at 7pm. There will be a two-course buffet supper and a raffle. The price, to include the supper, will be £12 per head. Tickets are available from Maureen Ford on 01273 474980 or maureenford 1943@btinternet.com.

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ROBIN HOOD: Robin Hood, the pantomime put on by Rodmell Stage Company, was yet again a successful event. I went to the matinee with a couple of friends on Sunday. So many of my friends from outside the village love coming to village events as they love the atmosphere. It always amazes me that some of the performers really come out of their shells once they get onto a stage. Thanks go to all the performers and behind the scenes, people such as Andy Stewart Musical Director, Lighting Martin Burnaby-Davies, Costumes Sarah Jay, Lesley Prosser and Kim Mercer, Continuity Sarah Jay, Bar Jon Cleall and Carol Ashplant., Cast refreshments (very important) Pauline Burnaby-Davies and Raffle Lesley Prosser, Front of House team Sarah Last, Liz Mellor, Kim Mercer, Lesley Prosser, Fiona Roberts. Robin Hood was written and directed by Paul Mellor, who also played Nurse Noelle. Without all these people the production would not take place, which is why I’ve written about them this year.

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PACKAGING: Having received my National Trust Magazine and book for 2019 this week, I was really pleased to find the packaging was 100 percent compostable and contained potato starch. The WI Magazine is also using this packaging, so why don’t more people use it?

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JANUARY: I am always pleased when January is over. I find it a very depressing month, and also a very expensive time of the year for me as all sorts of bills come piling in. Talking to friends, it seems they feel the same, but at least we are on our way to better things and the lovely snowdrops in my garden gladden my heart, as do the daffodils bursting into bud. I can’t wait for the B&B season to start and I’m also looking forward to spending hours in my garden as I find it very therapeutic.

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GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEME: Our village has a very good Good Neighbour Scheme. It helps people a lot and has taken over 100 calls for assistance and had held its second AGM in October. I have used it several times and it makes me feel very secure knowing that I can get help on endless issues by making a phone call. People can be very secular in villages and keep themselves to themselves as the saying goes, but we all need help at times and one should not be afraid, or too proud, to ask for it. Who knows it may save your life, or your sanity, to make that phone call in times of need, so give it a go. People do care and give up their time for you, so please support them and let them help support you. Use it or lose it.

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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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