NEIGHBOURS: Sadly Margaret Fisk from the cul-de-sac in East Way and a resident of Nevill for very many years, died quite suddenly in hospital. Her funeral is today, Friday. RIP Margaret.
TOILET TALK: After my comment the other week about the state of the Western Road toilet, I reported it to our Independent Councillor Ruth O’Keeffe who responded in the way she usually does, with action. When I went to see it a few weeks later, it looked and smelt clean.
TROUBLED TIMES: I know about an elderly man on the estate left lying at the bottom of his stairs for over three hours, waiting to be picked up after his wife phoned for assistance. Having only experienced positive help and support myself in the past, I thought the NHS in this area was not too bad. How times have changed. This man went on to experience a stroke a few days later but on a positive note, after a spell in hospital, he has been transferred to Meadow Lodge where he is receiving wonderful care and physiotherapy support to get him back home.
CHRIST CHURCH: We have another Tots session for pre-school children and their carers today (Friday) from 9.30am to 11.30am. This Sunday is Mothering Sunday. We have a Messy Church at 9am so bring Mum along for a breakfast of cereals, bacon butties, toast and tea or coffee, followed by craft activities and a short service of worship. It will be finished by 10am so you can continue spoiling Mum with other things for the rest of the day. There will also be a short, traditional service for Mothering Sunday at 10.30am. Flower posies will be distributed at both services, which will be led by our Minister, Rev John Gordon. The Lent Study courses continue at St Anne’s on Tuesday at 11am and at Christ Church on Thursday at 7.30pm. After lots of hard work, we are pleased to announce that the Fitzjohn’s Food Bank will be starting at Christ Church on Monday April 10, supplying food to local people in need every Monday afternoon from 2pm onwards. Clients will be accepted by referral from GPs, Health Visitors, Social services. CAB , LDC Housing and schools. For more information, contact Helen Chiasson on 07718 222624.
NEVILL RESIDENTS’: A meeting will be held on Monday at 8pmin St. Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Rd. Items on the agenda include updates on the parking problems on the Wallands and Nevill Road; the new play-area equipment, a role-play boat, funded by Tesco’s Grant; and the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan. The meeting is for all Nevill residents and it’s neighbours.
LEWES NEVILLE WI: Met on Wednesday March 15 at St Mary’s Church Hall. Our speaker for the evening was Ben Cross from Crosslands Flower Nursery who talked to us about British Alstroemerias and the Cut Flower Industry. At his nursery he grows alstroemerias which he sells through flower shops. The shocking news is that the percentage of flowers sold in the UK which are grown here is 3 percent, most being imported from Europe and South America. It is a very cut-throat business. He showed how the flowers were grown in huge glasshouses. They are not hard to grow and are very environmentally friendly as they require minimum heating, the plants last a long time before needing to be replaced and of course they do not have to travel long distances to get to us. He spoke very passionately about his work. He had brought along bunches of flowers which we were able to buy at the end of his talk which all went very quickly! The competition was a jug of spring flowers which was won by Monica Botting. The previous week we visited the Town Hall and were taken on a tour by the Mayor Graham Mayhew. We learned about the history of the building and about the pictures on the walls. We descended into the bowels of the building where the ballot boxes are stored among other things.There is a fascinating collection of memorabilia of the two wars in one corner which belongs to Mick who works there. We finished up in the council chamber where we got to handle the mayoral bling including the chain of office and the mace and enjoyed tea and biscuits. Many thanks to Mayor Mayhew and Lee and Fiona for a very interesting visit. Next month we are looking forward to a visit from Andrew Bone and Truffles from Sussex Caring Pets. The competition will be Flower of the Month.
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