PLAY STREETS: Applications are invited from residents who want to transform their street into an occasional Play Street, allowing children to play freely with friends for a few hours without the worry of any passing traffic. Parents and neighbours can apply for a single temporary road closure or several at one time, and will need to demonstrate that at least 60 percent of residents and businesses affected by the closure are in agreement with it. The road can be closed for up to three daylight hours, any day of the week. Councillor Tony Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Customers and Partners, said: ‘Older people often bemoan the days of old when all the local children would play in the streets after school and during the school holidays. One of the reasons why children don’t play in this way as much as they did is the greater volume of traffic. The Play Street scheme takes that problem out of the equation. I’m hoping lots of mums and dads will get in touch using the easy to use online application and we’ll see numerous roads temporarily closed to allow our youngsters some quality time to play.’ The online application form, which should be completed eight weeks before the planned play-time, can be found at www.lewes.gov.uk/playstreets For more information contact Judy Mackerras on 01273 484351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DOG OWNERS: Walking up South Way this week, I was surprised to find three lots of dog waste in three different areas on the pavement. In this day and age surely people now recognise the need to clean up after their dogs. I can think of no reason why you should not bag it and put in the waste bins that are posted at the start of a downs walking area. Maybe you only walk the pavements with your pets, in which case pick it up and drop it into your own bin or risk being reported by a member of the public and being fined up to £1,000. If you are responsible enough to own a dog, you are responsible enough to clean up after them. Keep Nevill clean.
CHRIST CHURCH : Our Tots session, for pre-school children and carers, returns after the half-term break today from 9.30am to 11.30am today, Friday. On Sunday morning we have another Messy Church session which this time is on the theme of The Transfiguration, when Jesus was revealed in glory to his closest disciples on a mountain top. The session will begin at 9am with a breakfast of cereals, bacon butties and toast. We will then have craft activities followed by a short service on our theme for the day. Messy Church will finish around 10am, so families have plenty of time for other Sunday activities later in the day. All are welcome. Looking ahead, Lent will begin on Ash Wednesday (this year on March 1). During Lent, there will be two study courses available, one at St Anne’s Church on Tuesday mornings (beginning on March 7 at 10.30am) and one on Thursday evenings at Christ Church (beginning on March 9 at 7.30pm) Again, all are welcome for study and discussion.
ST MARY’S SUPPORTERS CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, night we have a tribute to Robbie Williams, Take That and Gary Barlow by MACCA, starting at 8.30pm. Non members welcome £1. Bingo next Friday. View our website for upcoming events: stmaryssupportersclub.co.uk
LEWES NEVILLE WI: The WI gathered on Wednesday February 15 to hear Susan Margolis talk about her daughter Hannah’s experiences in Israel as a member of the Israeli army. A typical awkward teenager in North London she went on a tour of Israel and on returning to England decided to go back and join the army. After four years she has now left to marry a fellow soldier. Susan spoke entertainingly about Hannah’s experiences. This was a change from the published topic, Being a Nanny in Israel, which had inspired the competition which was to bring a baby photo of oneself. We had fun guessing who the photographs were of; it was not that easy. The WI is busy with several trips planned, a monthly lunch club, craft group and walking group so there is much to look forward to. Our speaker on March 15 is Ben Cross who will speaking about British Alstroemeria and the UK cut flower industry. Our competition will be a jug of spring flowers.
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