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Rodmell and Southease

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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Ringmer news


ST MARY’S: On Sunday we continue to celebrate the Christmas Season with 8am Holy Communion, 10am Eucharist and at 6.30pm a service at St Mary’s with members of the Baptist Church as we jointly mark the week of prayer for Christian Unity. On Monday, the prayer group meets at 9am in the Lady Chapel. In the evening a short meeting for any stall holders involved in the Christmas Fair has been arranged at 7.30pm in the church room. On Friday January 25, the MU have arranged a bring and share lunch for members in the church room. It should be a lovely time of fun and fellowship as we start a new Triennial in the MU calendar.

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Seaford news


COMEDY SEAFORD: At The View, Seaford Head Golf Course, Southdown Road tonight, Friday, from 7pm for 8pm start hosted by Julie Jepson. Tickets are available on the door or in advance at Seaford Tourist Information Centre, 37 Church Street.

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Kingston news


KINGSTON WI: Resolution Meeting January 3. As Vicki Scott had offered her resignation as President, Sue Wylde and Carol Taplin chaired the meeting. Due to the early date in January many members had offered their apologies so consequently it was a very small meeting. Carol Taplin reported on the healthy state of the finances and informed that £42 membership was now due. Kingston Activities. Walk January 14, meet at the end of The Street at 9.30am. Organised by Janice Barber. Pilates every Tuesday at 2pm. Craft Group every Friday 2pm from. Mary Cattermole reported that Camilla was making good progress after her cataract treatment. There was a brief break before the resolutions after which Beverley said a few words about the resignation of Vicki.

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Piddinghoe news


THAT’S HALL FOR NOW, FOLKS: Our village hall is one of the few assets left to Piddinghoe which, over the years, has seen the disappearance of a corner shop, a post office, a pub etc. Now we really hope to retain what is left of our community facilities and it would seem the church and the village hall are fundamental to this. There are some clear-thinking people who believe the hall needs to be extended to make it more attractive to residents and thus making it more viably utilised. Other equally clear-thinking people believe, conversely, that this might be a waste of time, energy and money. Who is right? It is hard to tell but improvements might be more difficult to achieve than some believe. We are still waiting for a reply from something called Rampion about a grant application which was made by our parish council quite a while ago now. Meanwhile it appears that progress on a risk assessment for the building needs an update, with the Chairman of the Management Committee advising that the electrics could do with a safety survey and a PAT test for removable appliances. An asbestos survey might also be required, which sounds a little bit scary when you consider all the bad vibes associated with asbestos, but this is felt to be unlikely. Who decides on this ? Meanwhile it has been noted by the PPC that village hall utility costs, heating and lighting and those sort of things, presumably, are very high and need close examination, to which end a meeting between the PPC and Village Hall Committee has been proposed by the former.

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Malling news


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: As we start 2019, lots of us will be making New Year resolutions many of which will centre around improving ourselves, our health and our lifestyles. At South Malling we are no exception! As you may know, all state schools receive a pot of funding to promote healthy and active lifestyles in children. This is given on the back of Government concern about increasing rates of childhood obesity and associated illnesses and concern about young people’s mental health and wellbeing, as well as recognition that children are generally less active now than in the past. We are continuing to use this money to support our children in learning about healthy lifestyle choices and to develop and increase the amount of sport and PE provision in school. In September, after training the staff, we introduced an exciting new PE curriculum to increase physical activity. We have also seen how outdoor learning has a huge benefit on our children’s physical and emotional wellbeing, so we are really keen to develop this provision through our wonderful Space to Learn, Space to Grow project. But we still need extra funds to complete it. Please vote for us. Tesco customers vote in-store for a local project, using the blue token given to them at the checkout. You will receive one blue token per transaction (please ask for a token if you are not given one). Then pop your token in the South Malling voting box. Thank you.

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Telscombe news


THE DEANS SENIOR TEA CLUB: Meet every Tuesday from 10.30am to 12. 30pm in the Civic Centre. Come along for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat! It’s free, but donations are always welcome.

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Ninfield & Hooe news

Ninfield and Hooe

WRITER’S BLOCK: I just don’t know how to start. Or even, where to begin. Sometimes the spark is not quite bright enough all lucid, mental flow comes to an abrupt halt and it’s only the middle of January, oh dear, methinks I need a bit of a brain boost...after all, the little grey cells are not getting any younger, 40/18 on Sunday and no, I still can’t say the actual number. Anyway, while I’m waiting for inspiration to strike, let’s get on with the list of items for the next few weeks, they’re a bit few and far between, but all lovingly labelled and awaiting your attention.

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Plumpton news


HAMSEY WALK: With the Footpath Society (five to six miles) takes place on Sunday January 27 and starts at 1.30pm at Phoenix Car Park, Lewes (Map Ref: 420 103). For more details call Sandy Washer on 01273 477336.

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Nevill news


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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Hellingly & Horsebridge news

Hellingly & Horsebridge

VEGAN WEDDING SHOWCASE: If you are vegan, on Sunday at Blackstock Estate, Grove Hill, from 10am to 3pm there is a Wedding Showcase just for you. Entry is free and you will be able to meet the wedding team, explore the venue and grounds as well as sample wedding food. Veganism is about more than just diet so, at this wedding showcase there will be a whole host of suppliers who specialize in vegan-friendly goods and services. Please book early to avoid disappointment on 01323 848006.

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Lewes news


COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding the first Coffee Morning of the year tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall from 10am till noon. There will be cakes , preserves, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, tombola and merchandise. Everybody welcome. Admission is free.

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Fletching news


CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Parish Communion. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

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Falmer news


POST CHRISTMAS: The post Christmas and new year period is always a bit dreary. I usually feel very fat and unhealthy, the weather is usually awful and there is not much happening. This year I am going to cheer up and look forward with a positive attitude (and go on a diet).

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Bishopstone news


PLANNING MEETING: A short Planning Meeting, for anyone who can help in any way with St Andrew’s Church Fete, is on Sunday at 11.30am in the church.

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Peacehaven news


FOOD BANK: The Mayor of Peacehaven is supporting the SCDA food bank which serves clients from Peacehaven and neighbouring towns. Peacehaven Town Council has set up a donation basket in the foyer of Community House.

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Waldron news


WALDRON COUNTRY MARKET: Roy Wilkinson has decided to step down as chairman of the Country Market after many years of faithful service. Graeme Mackenzie, who was the treasurer has stepped up to become the new chairman but that means there is a vacancy for treasurer. Graeme says that it’s not an onerous job, (the market happens only one morning a month) and he would love to hear from anyone who feels they could do it. Contact him on 01435 866419 to find out more. Waldron Country Market, Graeme says, is one of only a couple in the UK who are growing, so you would be joining a thriving and popular market.

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Hailsham news


RED RIDING HOOD: The Hailsham Pantomime runs daily from January 23 to 27. Little Red Riding Hood is packed full of howling laughs for all the family. There may still be some tickets left, don’t miss out. Book at Hailsham Pavilion, by phone 01323 841414 or online at

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