Rodmell and Southease

CHRISTMAS: The school holidays are in full swing now, but the TV is full of adverts for the new terms school clothes and has been even before the schools broke up. It’s the same for Christmas. I have already had two 2016 calendars and several packs of charity Christmas cards sent to me. The first lot about two weeks ago, it really is too early to think of Christmas. I find I now dread Christmas as its true meaning has gone for most people and it is now just rampant commercialism and greed.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: Regarding the fact that a lot of parents are getting hot under the collar about being fined for taking their children on holiday in term time you can see both sides of the story, especially when it can cost almost three times as much in the peak season. When I was at school (many moons ago) my parents had to write to the headmistress just to get permission to take me out of school for one week as my father’s holiday leave had to be taken at a certain time. Permission had to be granted at least six months ahead so that teachers could prepare me for the lessons I would miss and it would be hard for me to catch up. As I spent a lot of time at Stanmore Hospital, London area, as a child, I missed a lot of schooling, even though lessons were given at the hospital. I remember upon coming back and having to take exams I got 12 out of 100 in French and was made to stand up in class and be ridiculed by the French mistress who did not seem to appreciate that it was the first term of French lessons and I’d been hospitalised. In later years when I lived in Woodingdean where she also lived, she left her wheelie carrier for shopping outside a shot with a loaf of French bread in it. My beagle peed up it. I call that poetic justice. A lot of school work can be missed in a week as I recall, so there are two sides to the coin.

SUMMER SHOW: For those who will greatly missed our famous summer show which is not to be this year, fear not as there is to be a joint summer/autumn show on Saturday, September 12 in the village hall, which now has a super new kitchen.

ARTWAVE: Rodmell Community Artwave in the village hall, The Street takes place on Sunday and Monday, from 11am to 5pm. This year the residents of Rodmell and Northease are getting together to exhibit paintings, felt making, stone carving, photography and more. Rodmell WI are offering afternoon refreshments with lovely tea and cakes. I will be taking part and also helping with teas and would love to me any Parish Pump readers if they decide to come along.

WASPS: There are plenty of blackberries around this year and also plenty of wasps. I hear a bakery in a nearby village had to close because it was besieged by wasps and was becoming a dangerous place to be.

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