ST MARY’S SUPPORTERS CLUB: Bingo will be on Friday April 8 and 22. Eyes down at 8.30pm with cash prices and a raffle.

SPORTS DAY HISTORY: Some recordings are showing that the sports day was moved to the Nevill Green in 1949, but I was three years old then and have a memory of my sister taking part on Sheepfair, so I am doing a bit more research on the year, as my feeling is that the move was early 50’s. The sports were held on the last Saturday in June and the first Saturday in July in the afternoons. All memories welcome. I discovered Andrew Breeze was a blacksmith at Amberley Heritage Site, probably retired now; his sister sadly passed away.

RESIDENTS MEETING: Jill Blackwell replaced Penny Olloson and explained how the Good Neighbours scheme could work. She works for Action in Rural Sussex which covers Lewes Town as well as villages. These are the formalisation of what usually happens in communities but there are socially isolated people who get overlooked who could benefit from befriending. The scheme requires a group of people happy to co-ordinate it. It could be taken on by a pre-existing organisation eg Nevill Resident Association. It would require a bank account, public liability insurance. A group of people happy to initiate the scheme could start with a questionnaire to see the extent of interest in the project. Volunteers would need to be DBS checked. The Trustees of St Mary’s Social Centre have put together a report following the collapse of the threat to the centre. However there is still a threat in March 2022 when the lease comes to an end. There are three possibilities: buy the site but difficult to know its value; devolve the site to Lewes Town Council or renew the lease. Doing nothing is not an option. While the fate of the centre has been in limbo, it has not been possible to carry out any repairs or improvements to the hall and club.On the positive side there have been new members and organisations joining the centre. The Pre-school has had a good Ofsted report. Ruth O’Keeffe and Alan Chapman met with Ben Overton, the County Council Highways Safety Officer to discuss the possibility of a pedestrian crossing on Nevill Road as the poor visibility driving north and the speed of traffic make it hazardous for pedestrians crossing the road. A traffic island which would help people cross and moderate speed is a possibility but it would have to be paid for by the residents association although match funding is available. The cost would be between £15,000 and £20,000.There continues to be a problem with the planting of trees outside the shops as a license is difficult to obtain and the re-positioning of the bench is problematical as well. However the good news is that permission has been granted for the bid for five trees to be planted to provide shade in the green and the playground, and two benches. The work to extend the facilities on the playground has started. Tessa Russell has obtained funding from Tesco from its levy on plastic bags. The sum of £8000 will be used to construct a Trim Trail around the edge of the recreation ground. There was some concern that it would take up too much space and make football games and the sports day difficult. The problem of horses using the twitten linking the Motor Road and Highdown Road was raised again. There have been confrontations between individuals and riders with the latter being verbally abusive. There has been a reply from the senior traffic officer regarding the installation of a barrier for which there is not a suitable location meeting current standards. What is needed is signage at the top and bottom of the twitten clarifying that it is a footpath and not suitable for horses. Next meeting and AGM, Monday May 16.

ST MARY’S GARDENING CLUB: The Spring Show is taking place at the St Mary’s Social Centre, Christie Road tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 4.30pm. There will be exhibits of spring flowers, vegetables, cookery, craft, and flower arrangements as well as children’s classes. A great raffle, bottle and Easter egg tombola, stalls selling books, cakes and plants not to mention a cup of tea and delicious cakes at very reasonable prices make this an event not to be missed. Join us, we are looking forward to seeing you.

CHRIST CHURCH: Next Friday (April 8) we have our Messy Church from 10.30am to 1pm. The theme will be the story of the Two Tiny Coins. There will be various craft tables, a short act of celebration and then a lunch. This event is free and for all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Douglas Scott and Sunday Club for children will be running during the service. On Wednesday we have our two craft sessions. The first one is at 9.30am to 11.30am and the second at 7.30pm to 9.30pm. You only need to pay for materials, so if you want to join in, just come along to one of the sessions.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society are holding a jumble sale tomorrow, Saturday in Ringmer Village Hall from 2pm. We will be collecting jumble on the Nevill Estate after 6pm today, Friday.

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