SOUTHERN BLESSINGS: I hope you all had a good Christmas and we can look forward to a happy, healthy New Year. The weather has not been brilliant, but we can count our blessings that we have not been flooded as they have in the North of England. Our thoughts are with them, especially those who have lost all their treasured belongings. On a lighter note, St Mary’s pantomime is starting, so good luck to them for a full house every night, and Booo to the council for wanting to build houses in this very popular venue.

CIVIC DUTIES: With all the controversy surrounding the mayor and deputy mayor, involving comments they have publicly made, which supposedly have the backing of Lewes people, I have a question. Why is it that if you are a councillor, it seems you can automatically become mayor, by presumably being voted in by other councillors? Why don’t the Lewes people have a say in who becomes mayor? I have been searching the LDC website to find these answers, but it appears to be a very grey area and not one I can find a simple answer to. If someone can give me a straightforward answer please email me.

POT HOLES: The very large pot holes at the bottom of Middle Way were thankfully filled in just before Christmas. It was an accident waiting to happen. If you need to inform the council of any pot holes on the estate, you can report them on Fix my Street website, not Fox my street as misprinted by the paper in my last report.

NEWSAGENTS: It seemed very strange to me that the paper shop suddenly closed before Christmas for a refurbishment, with no prior warning that I could see. Let’s hope they haven’t lost their customers, although I am seriously thinking of going elsewhere. I only have papers delivered Fridays and Saturdays and they are constantly either getting the delivery wrong, or not being delivered at all.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, our Tots Group is starting again after the Christmas break and we look forward to seeing our regulars plus any newcomers. We start at 9.30am and finish at 11.30am and it is only £1 for a session which includes refreshments. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will include Holy Communion and will be led by Rev John Gordon. Sunday Club for children will be held during the service.

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