Rodmell and Southease

SCRAPBOOKS: For those interested in Rodmell’s history, don’t forget we have another display of the village scrapbooks in the village hall today, Friday from 4pm to 8pm. The last display was so popular we just had to have another one.

ACCIDENT: Yet another accident on the C7 at Northease Corner on the evening of Sunday June 7. It was a three car smash and the air ambulance had to come to take the seriously injured to the royal Sussex County Hospital.

CYCLISTS: At weekends we are getting more and more cyclists using this road and it’s good that more people are cycling, but, it can be a nightmare situation when they bunch up and then a lot of cars get held up behind them. You can bet there is always one impatient motorist who will risk life and limb of themselves and others just to get somewhere a few minutes quicker. Tolerance and a bit of thought from both sides may help prevent tragedies. When I was at the University of Sussex some of my friends who used the C7 coming from Denton or Seaford are used to say to me about the hazard of farm traffic using the C7. My reply was it’s a farming area and they need to use this road for their living, there is another road the other side of the river (A26) built to take traffic away from the C7, why don’t you use it?

FOUND: I’m pleased to hear that the three men who assaulted a man at the Ark Pub have been found. So many people who use this pub were shocked at this incident and wish all who were upset, who live and work there, well.

GARDENS: The gardens are rampant at the moment and need a lot of work, such as weeding and cutting back, which is not always easy to do as birds and their young are everywhere. The night air is filled with perfume from the many fragrant shrubs and flowers I have planted and many of my visitors have remarked on it.

WALKERS: As usual I am getting panic phone calls from walkers doing the south Downs Way who have not booked accommodation ahead and have nowhere to stay for the night as the Youth Hostel at Itford is always full and most village B&Bs are full. The Youth Hostel at Alfriston is no longer there so accommodation for walkers is becoming more scarce.

PARKING: I note in the letters page someone recently wrote about the number of vans, cars etc parked along the Kingston Road near the rugby ground and cycle path. I too have noticed the amount but I do feel sorry for the tradespeople who are working in the houses opposite because where else can they park? The entrances to many of the houses along this stretch are very narrow drives and you can’t expect tradespeople to carry heavy building items for any distance and after all they do have a job to do. I’m sure they park as best they can and by-the-way, are there complaints about the amount of traffic parked almost everywhere when there is a rugby match on?

MANNERS: I suspect many parents get rather worried when their offspring decide to take a gap year and go to remote areas abroad, where they need to swat up ion local customs to avoid getting into the sort of problems that have just arisen in Malaysia. When I first used to travel abroad (well over 60 years ago) the British were respected and admired for their manners, not so now I fear. I have been ashamed of some of the behaviour in places like Spain and Greece by British tourists, and I know many of my friends feel the same. Manners cost nothing, so let’s see more of them.

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