EASTBOURNE AIRSHOW: Val and I went to the air show Saturday which we had not been to for years. It did appear that the world and his wife had decided to go as well. It was an extremely entertaining day, the weather was brilliant and the show was fantastic.

LOCAL BUSES: According to the Sussex Express last Friday our local buses are going to be restored to every half hour to service Malling, Landport, Nevill and Winterbourne. The Compass buses will apparently be subsidised by Lewes District Council and will be run as a pilot scheme from September 14. Let’s make sure we use these buses regularly or we might lose them again.

LANDPORT BOTTOM: Here are one or two extracts from the minutes of Landport Bottom held on August 10 by Dan, the County Ranger. Dog fouling can only be regarded as anti-social and therefore only a polite notice can be installed on gates. As current notices have been removed or damaged, a more permanent sign has been designed. Dog waste bin contents are being collected twice weekly. However, now that the sheep have moved into the main field, dog walkers move from the pond field and therefore deposit less waste in the Firle Crescent bin. Although the use of Landport Bottom has increased since the installation of the two dog waste bins, it was felt that this was sufficient provision, provided they were emptied sufficiently. Asked whether dog waste could be deposited in ordinary waste bins, it was confirmed that the bins needed to be of a closed design. There was a future plan for all types of waste bins to follow this design, thereby allowing the possibility for dog waste usage. Sheep worrying by a whippet-type dog has been witnessed. Anyone seeing such an incident should take a photo if possible. The Police can be contacted via the 101 or 999 numbers. It was suggested that the lack of scrub cover for the sheep during extreme weather conditions, was causing them distress. Plumpton College gave an assurance that there was no welfare issue in this regard. There are other sites where sheep graze without cover, for example Mount Caburn. A suitable contractor is being sought to cut the small field and clear it of Ragwort. Scything was suggested but as each flower needs to be picked up, this would not be practical. The butterfly season is nearing its end and there are other areas where the wildlife can move to. The Ragwort needs to be disposed of, but cannot be taken to the council tip. There is a possibility that it could be incinerated.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be for all ages and will be led by Rev Geoffrey Whitfield. Next Friday from 10.30am we will be holding our Messy Church with the theme of Jesus Calming the Storm. There will be craft activities and a short act of worship followed by lunch. This event it open to all ages.

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