HOW DEPRESSING: I find it quite depressing to write here about things there should not be any need to highlight, the first one being the shrubs that were planted for our pleasure. They were stolen from the green in Highdown Road. The second was damage to the Nevill Community Allotment Its fairly unusual to experience or witness anything untoward on the Nevill and I am surprised this has happened. It makes me agree with Social Services and other authorities, that parents should be more aware of where their children are and what they are up to, because I’m assuming its vandalism by youngsters due to boredom. Anyone witnessing any vandalism please report it to the Community Police on Lewes 470101. The other depressing thing last week was when I went into our one and only Post Office in town. They only had one person serving on the counter for the whole of Lewes and one person working in the money office at 11.30am on a Thursday with the queue heading out the door. I stood in line for thirty five minutes. To add insult to injury I then read that Post Office Counters are being handed over to WH Smith, who seem to have a complete disregard of other peoples time because it’s ‘do it yourself’ in their shop. Happy days.
GRIT BIN: The grit bin for Highdown Road arrived at the end of last week. It has been placed on the north side this time. Neville Residents would like to plant some bulbs again. The grant for the last lot of shrubs was completely wasted due to them being stolen. Thanks go to Nevill Residents Association; Daphne in particular for pursuing this through to its conclusion.
CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, we have our last Christ Church Tots session before Christmas for pre-school children and their carers from 9.30am to 11.30am. The charge is only £1 per family and there will be plenty of Christmas activities this week. Our Sunday morning service at 10.30am will be led by Rev Jan Morley. All are welcome at both Tots and our Sunday service. Working with our friends at St Anne’s Church, our popular open-air Carols on the Green at Nevill Green will be on Sunday afternoon at 2pm. It will be led by Canon Richard Moatt of St Anne’s. The singing will be accompanied by Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band. Mince pies and warm fruit juice will be provided. We are hoping for better weather than last year. Looking ahead to Christmas week, there is a Messy Church on Friday December 21 at 10.30am with crafts, worship and lunch and then a special Christingle service on Sunday December 23. There will be Christingle making at 10am followed by the service at 10.30am followed by minced pies. On Christmas Day, there will be a Family Service beginning at 10am. Come and enjoy the real spirit of Christmas at Christ Church.
LEWES COMMUNITY ALLOTMENT: Had some damage done to the tool shed and other areas. Youths have been seen on site and talked to but unfortunately they are not very responsive to this, except in a strong verbal way. Parents, again please be aware. We need storage space to keep tools for working with groups of people with learning disabilities who attend two weekly sessions, and also a members session. There is nothing of value on site, tools are second hand, but essential for sessions. It would be very helpful if people could report any unsupervised suspicious activity to the community police on 101 or 01273 470101. For more information about the project email firstname.lastname@example.org or see commoncause.org.uk
ST ANNE’S CHURCH: Tonight, Friday, 7pm till 8 30pm Carols and mince pies in the Church Hall Highdown Road. On Monday in St Anne’s Church starting at 7pm there is a Civic/Parish Carol Service.