Cooksbridge, Offham and Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Peter’s Church, 8am Holy Communion, 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall, 10.30am Parish Communion followed by coffee in the hall.

HAMSEY CHURCH: On Sunday August 2 it will be the penultimate Evensong of the Summer Services held in the church. There will be Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 6pm.

BRADNESS GALLERY: Saturday and Sunday, August 1 and 2, two day course with Janet Bolton, Creating Fabric Pictures. Janet has published many books and teaches worldwide including in Japan and the V and A. To book a place contact Emma or Michael on 01273 400606.

CONCERT: Sunday August 2 in East Chiltington Church where you can enjoy Lindsay Lou and the Fatbellys from the USA. Lovely Americana Bluegrass act. Adults £8, concessions £6. Tickets on the door or £6 for early booking locals. 8pm start.

RESIDENTS GROUP: Have held their inaugural meeting to discuss residents’ concerns about the proposed development of Hollycroft. There has already been a lot of activity regarding the issue with people writing letters. Producing a petition and format for seeking views and a leaflet has been drafted. All those concerned with the development plans should contact the parish clerk, Jenni Toomey, on 01273 890621 or wwww.eastchiltington.net for further information on how you can help.

HOLLYCROFT UPDATE: Members of East Chiltington Parish Council met with representatives of Lewes District Council and Josh Arghiros from Karis Developments on July 7. At the meeting it was revealed that the plans for the Hollycorft site suggests 36, largely terraced, houses. This is the view of LDC and Karis to help meet a district wide and local need for housing (local according to LDC being EC, Plumpton, Chailey and the surrounding rural area). At present there are three people from EC on the council list for social housing. The parish council were told that the Hollycroft development is not intended to be for social housing (council rented housing) but would rather be for affordable housing, which is defined as being let at 80 percent of market rent, with a possibility of some shared ownership. LDC and Josh Arghiros stressed that these were only their initial thoughts and that they would be influenced by the input of resident during a consultation process on numbers, tenure and design. However, they are only prepared to conduct consultation via drop in surgeries in advance of a formal planning application. (LDC refused to undertake a village wide survey of what the parishioners of East Chitington want). The first of the drop in surgeries was to be held on Tuesday July 21 at EC Church. The PC were told that LDC is likely to submit a planning application for the site in the summer of 2016. The planning authority for this will be the South Downs National park Authority.

BURSARY AWARD: Springett and Campion Education Trust, also known as the Westmeston and East Chiltington Educational Charity offers a bursary award of up to £1000 to a student living in either of the two parishes who is proceeding to, or is already taking, a course of further higher education. As directed by the Trust Deed, the student must be aged 25 years or under at the date of the commencement of the award. It should be noted that he Trust has extended its reach to include, for the first time, the Further education sector. This means applications are eligible from students who are undertaking post 16 education (eg A-levels, International Baccalaureate, Higher National Diplomas, Foundation learning, apprenticeships, training courses) as well as post 18 learning that takes place at universities, colleges and institutions. Details of the bursary, which is usually a single competitive award and an application form can be obtained from the secretary of the Trust: Professor Phil Ashworth, 2 Perry Cottages, The Ridge, Streat BN6 8RT email phil_ashworth@btinternet.com. Completed forms must be received by October 1.

LOVELY IDEA: A former member of the Royal Artillery Reserves is walking a coastal path, planting a sunflower for every one of the 616 British servicemen and women who were severely wounded during the Afghanistan conflict. Jane McGill, who was injured during training for the Royal Artillery Gold Cup, is setting out on a non-stop trek in aid of Horseback UK which helps to rehabilitate soldiers with the help of horses (01339 880487 www.horseback.org.uk. She started last weekend and will stop every mile or so to plant a sunflower, which symbolises hope and life as it keeps its face to the sun www.just-giving.com/sunflowersfor-soldiers. Having read the above I thought apart from being a very brave lady who is thinking not just of herself but all the 616 servicemen and women who were injured. The planting of the sunflowers will bring a lot of joy to many others when they finally bloom.

CHURCH REPAIRS: having written on several occasions about the precarious state of the roof at Hamsey Church, it was interesting to read that a church in Herefordshire has received a £40,000 grant from the National Churches Trust www.nationalchurchestrust.org for urgent repairs. It is one of the listed churches which is on the Buildings at Risk register and is one of the 36 places of worship in the UK to benefit from a £607,000 handout from the Trust. Where does this leave Hamsey in the pecking order?

ROBIN REDBREAST: I was pleased to see that the robin had come top of the avian poll last month, but despite this it seems that the government have no plans to give it official national bird status. The robin family has increased this year with lots of nests around here. I watched a most amusing sight recently when a baby robin was doing battle with a worm which was a little too large for such a tiny bird and was doing its best to wriggle free. The worm seemed to win the fight to live another day.

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