Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

REMINDER: Tomorrow, Saturday, coffee morning in St Peter’s Church Hall from 10.30am to noon. In aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief.

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.

THEN THERE WERE THREE: We always get lovely rainbows here, but last week I witnessed something I have never seen before. Although it was not raining here, I could see that it was over Ashdown Forest as I can see for miles with the lovely view on the north side of the road. Suddenly the most beautiful rainbow appeared which arched all the way over our field and way up over Mount Harry. As I watched another materialised by the side of the first, and a bit further away behind the two, a third rainbow became visible. Over the years I have taken photographs but I was not quick enough this time. It was the most wonderful sight.

QUITE WELL: That was the answer my granddaughter gave her father when asked how she had done with her GCSE’s. Imagine his surprise when a friend rang and told him she was mentioned in the Mid Sussex Times as one of the school’s top performers who had achieved one A grade and 13 A Plus grades. Well done Megan, we are extremely proud of you.

POPPY COLLECTIONS: After 30 years of collecting for the royal British Legion, John Whitley, a long standing parish resident, has decided to retire from doing the poppy round in Hamsey. He will be a hard act to follow but if anyone can now take over the round, it will be much appreciated. It involves a walk around Hamsey on a Saturday morning in early November. Please contact Caroline Featherstone on 01273 477151 or

PLANNING: Lewes District Council and the National park Authority have made the following decisions. 11 Malthouse Way, Cooksbridge: Single storey rear extension, first floor side extension and garage conversion. Granted. Boundary Hall, Wickham Lane, Cooksbridge: Replacement single storey extension to south elevation, fenestration alterations and removal of projecting window. Granted. 8 and 9 Offham Cottage and 10 The Fish Gate, The Street, Offham: Flood protection works. Granted. Former Hamsey Brickworks, South Road, South Common: Outline planning application – redevelopment of industrial estate. Granted. The parish council are continuing to press for a pavement form this site to give access to Hamsey School and station.

VILLAGE HALL: Regula events at the village hall in Beechwood Lane: Monday mornings, Tai Chi Chaun, the Short Yang Form and Qi Gong exercises. Monday mornings Yoga with Robin, Monday evenings dance classes. Tuesday morning, Yoga with Lisa, Tuesday evening, choir practice. New members welcome. Wednesday morning, Katie’s Keep Fit class, Wednesday evening, Yoga with Paul, Wednesday evening Acro Yoga with Lula. Thursday morning, Yoga with Lisa, Friday morning Katie’s Keep Fit class. Information on these classes from Jenni 07762 118985.

CHURCH HALL: Regular events at St Peter’s Church Hall are: Wednesday evening, Pilates at 7.30pm, Thursday morning toddler Tues 10am. Information on these from Judith 01273 474356.

CROCHET CLASSES: Lucy Jane says: At the pop up café to raise funds for Naples the conversation turned to crochet and how some of the ladies would like to improve their crochet skills. She is pleased to announce that she has started crochet workshops at Abigail’s Drapery. Classes are for all abilities. Commission bespoke pieces are also available. For dates and times call Abigail on 01273 472211.

BRADNESS GALLERY: Tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, two day course on painting abstracts with Emma Burnett 01273 400606 or Friday, September 25 10am to 1pm World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer support. All money raised will go to Macmillan plus 25 per cent of any gallery sales on prints, cards, notelets and notebooks.

HAMSEY FESTIVAL: Although it is well over now, I have had a few calls asking me who won prizes in the competitions and as I do know that some of those who enter their precious exhibits like to know how well they have done. Although a bit belated, congratulations go to the winner of the Hamsey Past photo competition, Jodi Crispin who won a meal for two with wine at ~The Rainbow Inn. The winner of the Hamsey Now photo competition was Marion Hughes who won a meal for two and wine at the Blacksmiths Arms. Not to be outdone was long standing Cooksbridge resident, Phyllis Burchett with her delicious chutney which pops up at many fundraising events. Their names were in fact mentioned in the Hamsey Newsletter, but perhaps they had not spotted it as it was quite a big August issue.

PARISH COUNCIL: When East Chiltington PC met on September 3 there were six parish councillors in attendance plus 21 members of the public, Maria Caulfield MP and PCSO Stephen Knowles. Chairman, Stephen Israel welcomed their MP and gave an overview of the concerns of the PC in regard to LDCs proposals for the Hollycroft Field. Maria felt that LDC plans were causing concern for a number of communities and felt that whilst affordable housing is needed, it should not be housing at any cost. She felt LDC should be working alongside the affected communities and not imposing decisions on them. Maria had met with LDC Chief Executive, Jenny Rowlands, to express her concern. The PC asked her if there was any possibility that the Hollycroft Field might be dropped from the sites list. Maria said she would be happy to ask Jenny Rowlands. The PC asked her what she might be able to do to help the parish and her answer was, she would be happy to work alongside them. The PC question was asked whether, because the chief Executive was answerable to the elected councillors, Maris would be able to have an influence with Conservative Cllrs. She responded that whilst the current council leader supports the plans, not all cabinet members do and it is not a party political item. She noted that Cllr Ruth O’Keefe has a petition asking for a special meeting to get the scheme reconsidered and she supports that and thinks the council will want to meet to discuss the whole proposal. However, some of the decisions were made back in 2012 and may be hard to overturn. The meeting continued mostly with discussion about the Hollycroft Field. I think that this is such a bone of contention that it will be taking up a lot of the parish council’s time for the foreseeable future.