ST MARY’S SUPPORTERS CLUB: Bingo tonight, Friday, starting 8.30pm with cash prizes and raffle and again on Friday October 23. Put the date in your diary. All welcome.

RESIDENTS MEETING IN BRIEF: Bonfire Extravaganza on Nevill Green. Early plans for an event with a royal theme to coincide with the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations. (11 June 2016). In the past many local organisations have been involved including Starfish. The plan would be to have stalls, Tug-of-War, crown throwing, Morris dancers, food and drink etc between noon and 4.30pm. From 6pm there would be live music with local musicians and bands, hog roast, firework display and possibly a beacon lighting ceremony. Peter Earl is also hoping to have a special tea party for residents who are 90 years plus. He is looking for ideas and can be contacted through NJBS. Les Langston gave an update on St Mary’s Social Centre. In July the Trustees and supporters met with Lewes District Council (LDC) and the developers. They did not have any plans and appeared very unprofessional, were very surprised and unprepared about what was going on at the centre. The Trustees acknowledge the hall needs to be replaced as it is old and requires modernisation. There is a move to devolve the centre from LDC to the Town Council. It would be purchased by the TC but the trustees would put forward the money. The Community orchard is doing well and the organiser, Gaynor Hartnell has plans to expand the planting. Volunteers in Hawkenbury Way are needed to help keep it going. Lisa Gallington is waiting for a license from East Sussex County Council to plant three cherry trees on the land outside the shops. Ruth O’ Keeffe said that Lewes Little Gardens already had a license to plant there. Neighbourhood Plan: The next round of public consultations are taking place on October 8 from 1pm to 10pm and October 9 from 9.30am to 1pm at the Town Hall. It is a consultation to draw up different themes and strands on housing, development etc representing the aspirations of the people of Lewes for their town. 60 percent of the people must vote for it in order to trigger a greater contribution from developers. There is another consultation on November 19 and 20 at the same times. It is a drop-in event. Double yellow lines are to be painted at the junction of Windover and North Way to ease the way for the bus.

CHRIST CHURCH: Last Sunday we held our Harvest Festival service led by Rev John Gordon. Those present bought gifts of non perishable food which has been donated to the Lewes Food Banks. After the service there was a Harvest Lunch of Shepherd’s Pie followed by Fruit Crumble. Worship on Sunday at 10.30 am will be led by Ms Carmen Davies and at 6.30pm Rev John Gordon will be leading the service. On Wednesday our Craft Groups will be meeting from 9.30am and 7.30pm and new members are always welcome.

GARDENING CLUB: St Mary’s Gardening Club are meeting Monday at St Mary’s Social Centre at 7.45pm when we will be hearing Mark Saunders speak about the head gardener’s year. He is in charge of the gardens at Fittleworth in West Sussex and speaks very entertainingly about his work. The competition is an item of handicraft. There are refreshments as well as a book stall and raffle. Visitors are very welcome (£1).

HELP REQUIRED: This notice came via the Nevill residents Association can anyone help I wonder if anyone could help with some information regarding my grandfather, Thomas Bradfield. He ran/owned the Nevill Riding Stables sometime in the 30’s/40’s. He died in 1947. He was a popular figure in Lewes being involved with the hunt and frequented the White Hart. My mother was born in St Swithun’s Terrace in 1921. Any information would be much appreciated and I can be contacted on the above email address. Thank you.

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