Bodle Street Green

MARQUEE SERVICE: On Sunday morning at 11am local churches join together in the marquee, at Rushlake Green, for a united family service and warmly invite you to join with us. A bring-your-own picnic is held afterwards and rounders played. There will be no morning services at Bodle Street, Warbleton, and Dallington parish churches or at Heathfield Chapel, the latter has an evening service at 6.30pm led by Ray Bodkin.

PARISH COUNCIL: The roll-out of Superfast Broadband was a subject under discussion at the July meeting. As I understand it, the re-arrangement of the exchange for supply to Bodle Street will not be complete until Dec. Technical issues have slowed up progress across the parish. The fire brigade headquarters have been sold and the headquarters are now sharing the Police HQ at Lewes. With the budget cuts there is concern whether all of the 24 fire stations will survive.

Cllr Rupert Simmons (ESCC) reported that £30m had to be saved this year from the county budget, which will mean cuts, as there is no ‘fat on the bone’ left. ESCC is working with Surrey on joint procurement projects to achieve savings. Thanks were expressed for the recent road improvements, particularly Marklye Lane. One can only hope that this will extend to Colliers Green. Mind you, owners of the hedges down that lane need to cut back their hedges; that would make a dramatic improvement to road safety, as is the case with a number of roads in the parish. Cllr Ray Tratt is currently working on funding for replacement or repair of fingerposts at Cowden Hall Lane, Dog Corner and Prinkle Lane. Cllr Sue Ralph and Bryan Gibson reported that the recent jumble sale raised £400 for the Bodle Street Village Hall extension fund, which now stands at £18,000.

Councillors have August off, so the next meeting is at 7pm on September 17 at Bodle Street Village Hall.

FLOWER SHOW: The annual flower show takes place on Saturday August 8 in the village hall. Schedules are available from the White Horse Inn and shops in Windmill Hill and Herstmonceux.

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