YOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS YOU: The Nevill Estate Residents Association AGM is on May 20. The Association will be in its twentieth year, which is a long time for a Residents Group and it is in need of some new blood. People who have been involved since the beginning feel the time has come to stand down. So to maintain the running of it we need a chairman and a co-ordinator for the news letter, which is put together twice a year. There will also be an urgent need for a treasurer. It would be great to start the twentieth year with a new team at the helm. It doesn’t take up much of your time so please come and volunteer.
CHRIST CHURCH: Christ Church Tots meet again today, Friday, with a session for pre-school children and their carers from 9.30am to 11.30am. Tomorrow, Saturday, the Churches Together in Lewes have arranged a Lent event at Christ Church. Anna Glenton, Anglican chaplain at HM Prison Lewes, will facilitate a morning of reflection and discussion on Freedom for the Prisoners (Luke 4:18). All are welcome at this event which runs from 10.30am to 1pm. On Sunday morning our service at 10.30am will be led by Rev Dr Richard Goldring. This is Mothering Sunday so we have a very special welcome for all Mums (and their children and grandchildren) at this service. On March 20 an audience of over fifty people heard a presentation by Professor Avril Loveless, a trustee of the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group, to a Think Tank meeting. She showed the effects of Government policy on immigration on the lives of those who are detained and argued that listening and talking to people can provide them with hope in a hostile and uncaring world.
MOTOR ROAD: At the residents meeting last Monday, there was a bit of an argument about the clearing of the scrub land running up through the middle of the two roads. I went up to have a look and thought it made quite a significant difference. In fact, at the risk of upsetting some people, I thought it was an improvement and if the wild flower group had some spare seeds, I thought it would look great to scatter some on this land, which would certainly encourage butterfly’s and bees and would enhance it greatly until it gets overgrown again.
ST MARY’S GARDENING CLUB: Don’t forget our Spring Show is taking place next Saturday April 6 and we are looking forward to a splendid display of spring flowers, cookery, crafts and flower arrangements not to mention entries by the Rainbows and the Cottage Pre-School. There will be a raffle, tombola, cake, plant and bookstall. This is taking place at the St Mary’s Social Centre, Main Hall from 2pm to 4.30pm and everyone is welcome. Entry is 50p for adults and free for children. You can enjoy a refreshing cup of tea and delicious home made cake, the best bargain in Lewes.
JUMBLE SALES: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society are holding a sale at Ringmer Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday. They will collect jumble during this evening, Friday, from 6pm. Please leave by the gate/drive with the leaflet attached. No large items please. Doors open at 2pm. The next sale will be April 13 at 6th Lewes Scout Hut in Ham Lane, Lewes but there will be no collections as they have a good stock that has been collected over the past year. Doors open at 2pm.
LEWES NEVILLE WI: At our March meeting, the Lewes Neville WI were entertained enormously by our speaker, Paul Green who spoke about the Brighton Argus newspaper. After a life in banking he went to work for the Argus and he took us through its history through the events that have taken place during its time in existence. He challenged us to remember these times and we were a lot better about things that have happened more recently like the hurricane and the flood. Interestingly the Argus was the first to report the ascent of Sir Edmund Hillary on Mount Everest.
It was great fun and we enjoyed his talk very much. Our cups of tea or coffee afterwards were accompanied by delicious shortbread made by Gail Duplock. The competition, Flower of the Month, was won by Stella Stephens with a very pretty pink camellia. Next month our speaker will be Richard Dixon and his talk is A Life In Verse.
The competition is six decorated Easter biscuits. We meet at St Mary’s Church Hall on Highdown Road at 7.30pm on the third Wednesday of the month. We welcome potential new members and you can attend a meeting or two before deciding to join.