Rodmell and Southease

WI: On Tuesday Rodmell and Southease WI have another well-known speaker, Kevin Gordon, talking on Sussex Graves and Gravestones. Visitors always welcome at 8pm in the village hall. Our WI is close to celebrating its 100th birthday.

TALK: On Saturday March 19 we have another popular speaker, Ian Everest, giving two talks: Tales from the Riverbank and A Sussex Farm during the 1950’s. As this talk was sold out last time, this is another chance for those interested in farming history of this area and the River Ouse. Ian is a great speaker and I can assure you that you will not be bored. He is a font of knowledge. Tickets are £7.50 to include a glass of wine and nibbles, from Christine Isitt 475943, David Smart 478151 or Anne Roberts 473643.

EASTER SERVICES: Sunday March 20, Palm Sunday Service at 11am. Good Friday, March 25, services at Kingston 11am and Iford 6pm. Easter Day, March 27, 11am parish Communion for all at St Petr’s Church, Rodmell. There will also be an early Communion Service at 6.30am on Itford Hill, meet at Southease Church at 6.30am. This was a very special service last year. There will be limited transport up the hill for those that need it. Bacon butties, tea and coffee at the Youth Hostel after the service, but please let David de Mallet Morgan know (01323 897977).

COFFEE MORNING: On Wednesday March 30 there will be a coffee morning in the village hall at 11am. All welcome.

ADVANCE DATES: Saturday April 2, Rodmell Spring Show in the village hall; Saturday April 9, churchyard clear up from 9am; Saturday April 9, a cheese and wine evening hosted by Jenny and Marcus Brown, 7pm. Tickets £10. Open Gardens are on June 12 from noon to 5pm. Rodmell Summer show is to take place again this year on Saturday August 20. Artwave in Rodmell, August 27 to 29. The RHS is organising a trip to Sissinghurst on Tuesday June 14.

CARE FOR THE CARERS: This group have been a great help to me over the past year. They meet at Ringmer Village Hall from 10am to noon, so if you are feeling alone and in need of support in your caring role, please come along and join us. It is the first Tuesday of every month. We all think a lot of Kat Mathews who is a gem of a support worker and runs the group. These groups and the lovely people who run them are going to be more and more needed as the older population increases.

CYCLE PATH: Many people have asked me to mention the amount of cyclists who are not using the special cycle paths that have been built at great expense. A lot of hours of campaigning and negotiation have gone into getting them, at the request of many people who cycle, so why aren’t they using them? It’s lovely to see the families that use them at weekends, especially in the Kingston area, so some appreciate them. I wonder what would happen if cars attempted to use them? Irate cyclists I suspect. I remember many years ago driving back from London in a snow storm and wondering why I had a relatively easy drive, I had driven on the cycle path that at one time went alongside the A23 (I don’t think it was called that then, just the London to Brighton road). Another problem with cyclists that has also been mentioned several times to me, is the fact that cyclists are riding down Friars Walk, a one way system. It’s a bit off putting for drivers, especially those new to the area, to have a cyclist driving at you from the wrong direction on a one way system.

QUIZ: The quiz in our pub on March 3 was great. We all had a very happy time and thoroughly enjoyed all the food provided. Our team came second, as we let ourselves down badly on the last two sheets, after romping ahead on the others. Many thanks to the organisers for making it such a great evening. We must have made a good amount for the local hospice.

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