Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

THANK YOU: Now that we seem to be back to normal following the Christmas period, I would like to thank everyone for the lovely cards that I received and kind messages about the parish column which was very much appreciated.

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

VILLAGE HALL: Regular events for 2016. Early Monday mornings Tai Chi Chuan. The Short Yang Form and Qui Gong exercises. Monday mornings, Yoga with Robin; Monday evenings, Dance classes. Tuesday mornings, Yoga with Paul; late Tuesday mornings, Yoga with Lisa; Tuesday evenings, choir practice. New members always welcome. Wednesday mornings, Keep Fit with Katie; Wednesday evenings, Yoga with Paul; Wednesday evenings, Acro Yoga with Lula. Thursday mornings, Keep Fit with Katie. Sunday mornings, 9am to noon Slow Sunday Mornings with Amber Ward. A nurturing morning of Yoga, breathing practices and meditation. Suitable for everyone £20. To book contact Amber 07795 170803 or 01273 801594 email St Peter’s Church Hall, Wednesday evenings, Pilates 7.30pm Thursday mornings, 10am Toddler Tunes.

PARISH COUNCIL: When East Chiltington PC met recenlty there were several items to be discussed including updates on planning applications, the Hollycroft Field etc. Planning matters: North Hall, Novington Lane. Demolition of part of existing property, and construction of new ground floor extensions, new roof, internal alterations and external landscaping. Granted by LDC. Curent application SDNP/15/05709/HOUS Stantons Farm, Chapel Lane. Retrospective application for the change of use from first floor garage storage to holiday let. Parish council support. Updates will be given to the following: Community use of EC Church, Cllr Israel; LDC’s proposals for the Hollycroft Field and the PC response to the proposals eg request, local, green spaces, village green application. Any update on production of a Local lLandscape Character Assessment. To note any report from Steve Knowles the PCSO; the production of a neighbourhood plan, Cllr Harrison; road speeds around the parish, Cllr Tingle; development proposals by Eton Estates; any response to the draft LDC Council Plan; boundary signs/village gateways in Honeypot Lane, Cllr Tingle. Items for noting or inclusion on a future agenda: To note that there were more incidents of cars lost in floodwater under the railway bridge in Novington Lane at the start of the year. To note that Cllrs Webber and Fleming, the parish clerk Jenni Toomey and two residents, cleared mud from the bus stop area in front of the post box Novington/Highbridge Lanes and laid a hard surface.

BRADNESS GALLERY: Sunday February 28, Judy McClelland will be holding a one day course on Growing Cut Flowers for the House. Cost £85. To book contact Michael or Emma on 01273 400606. They like to do their best to accommodate anyone who has special requirements so please speak to them in order that they can plan ahead and make the visit enjoyable. They have wheelchair ramp to access the tea room. Parking is available on the gravel drive. Group visits please phone or email The gallery is open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from 11am to 5.30pm throughout the year except January. The gallery lies one and a half miles from the village of Barcombe on the Spithurst Road heading towards Newick. There is free parking outside the gallery.

MONDAY CLUB: The next meeting of the Monday Afternoon Club will be held in St Peter’s Church Hall on February 8 when the speaker will be talking about Owls. The meeting ends with tea with delicious homemade cakes.

CPRE: I have just read an amusing letter in a magazine headed What Does Winnie-the-Pooh do to Protect Rural England? The writer who says ‘you rightly mention that it will be the 90th birthday of Winnie-the-Pooh to celebrate 2016, but I am surprised that reference was not made to the fact that 2016 will also see the 90th anniversary of the founding of the CPRE, an organisation that has done so much for rural England.’ I do agree with the writer but I also love Winnie-the-Pooh.

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