FALMER POND: Falmer pond has always attracted various visiting birds: Canada geese, cormorants, we even had a mandarin duck one year. The latest visitor is an Egyptian goose. He has a beautiful pale yellow neck, bright red legs and a rather fetching black eye stripe. I have no idea where he can have come from, but he seems to be happy enjoying the Falmer grass for the time being.

CONCERT: We have a fabulous treat of a concert for you tomorrow, Saturday. Yvonne Patrick soprano, Robert Chavner countertenor and John Bruzon piano will be performing music ranging from Purcell to Andrew Lloyd Webber. Yvonne has sung in some very prestigious places, including Glyndebourne and Garsington, she has also worked with Opera North and the Welsh National Opera. Robert Chavner was also a professional opera singer before taking Holy Orders. Pianist John Bruzon has earned high praise for his playing ‘Beautifully poetic and controlled lyricism bespoke the highly trained and inspired musician’. The concert will start at 5.30pm. Entrance is free with a retiring collection. Drinks will be available and there is easy parking around the pond, you might even catch a glimpse of the Egyptian Goose.

PROPOSED HOTEL: Council officers have recommended against granting permission for the proposed hotel at the Amex stadium. The main objection is the design and appearance. A final decision by Brighton and Hove City Council’s planning committee will have been made this week.

THE CHURCH: Work on the church is progressing, however, as with any building project, things seem to get worse and worse before they get better. It is getting very difficult to find anything as everything is packed away in boxes to keep it clean and safe. We are really looking forward to having our modern vestry which, with luck may be completed by now.

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