Rodmell and Southease

MILK: Mark, our cheerful milkman, is hoping to get a franchise from Dairy Crest for our area and is hoping to build up a good round for himself. So, if you would like milk and the very good offers on milk and more you can get in touch with him on 07856 794676. I see in our June Rodmell Round-up that Christine has mentioned only get in touch with Mark in the morning or evening as he catches up with sleep in the afternoon. I have milk, fruit juice and shopping such as eggs, toilet rolls, biscuits, various juices, cheese and many other items delivered to my door b Mark and there are some every good offers. I had Americans stay here and they were very impressed that we still have a local milkman and that our milk still gets delivered in bottles. Sometimes it takes visitors to this country to open our eyes to what we have in this wonderful country of ours.

MOVING: Speaking to one of my friends from University of Sussex days on the phone this week, we were discussing making a move when you are older. The wife of another Prof had decided to move when he died because the house was too big and she was lonely and depressed as her children lived away and friends were no longer here. Having moved to a new area into a flat, she says she now has the same problem as it’s not always easy to make new friends in new areas when you are a senior citizen. These moves need careful thought and we all need to make decisions like these as we get older. I’m sure there are many people in villages who would love to downsize form large houses but don’t want to leave their villages and friends and neighbours. I would hate to leave Rodmell.

HOUSING: On the subject of housing when I moved to Rodmell, there was a lovely system in the village where, a dear old couple had a static caravan in their garden and when a young couple from the village married, they often moved into this, then the next step was into a flat in this couples house.

This gave them a chance to save for a house or wait for a place in a village council house or tied property and so it was a sort of little chair to enable them to move on and better themselves. As a child I was always encouraged to save for the future and I am forever grateful to my parents for making sure I did, even though from an early age it people gave me gifts of money for birthday or Christmas I had to give half to my mother to put into my bank account. When I married we were able to buy a house at 21, which I could not have done without saving the deposit.

LITTER: Seeing a picture in the newspaper of a couple sitting amongst the piles of rubbish, left by people eat Glastonbury made me think, why was there so much? Weren’t there enough bins or was it just laziness on behalf of the revellers?

How much did this lot cost to clear up? We definitely need more publicity about litter on TV, radio and in the media in general, as it’s costing us a fortune.

TEA: On Friday June 26 I took 24 of my friends and relations to tea at Lewes Garden Centre. Proceeds from each tea (50p) went to Marie Curie Cancer Care. We had the most wonderful time and my friends have all been phoning or sending cards to say thank you as they enjoyed it so much. The tea was delicious and the staff so kind and obliging. I intend to do it again next year.

THANK YOU: Thanks to friends, PP readers and relations for all my wonderful cards and gifts on my birthday on June 17.

ACCIDENTS: I hear we have had more accidents on the C7 in the past week. Do take care when using this road, it’s very bendy.

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