Rodmell and Southease

Rodmell & Southease news
Rodmell & Southease news

FLOWERS: The weather has certainly turned colder but the spring flowers are bursting out in blossom. I have snowdrops and daffodils out, and even noticed when I was weeding my strawberries have some flowers out. It’s lovely to see daffodils on my windowsills in vases and the hyacinths coming up rapidly in their pots. They will soon be filling the rooms with their lovely fragrance.

PARKING FINE: Regarding my parking fine at Aldi. I have to report that my friend, Juliet, dealt with it on her computer and it has now been cancelled as I kept my bill as proof of using the shop, who I understand were happy to contact Parking Eye and get the charge cancelled. However, I have since had yet another letter from Parking Eye stating that I now have to pay £70 instead of £40 as I’ve passed the pay date for £40. What I would like to alert readers to is the fact that I tried phoning on the payment telephone number and was told that my reference number given on the sheet/letter was not in order, so as I could not pay on my card on the phone I was in a difficult position, this is why my friend did it all on her computer for me and negotiated with Aldi to have it cancelled. I am wondering how many other people have paid when they could not negotiate by phone. For elderly people having to go through all these procedures is quite a frightening experience. Life with technology may be fine for the young, but it’s hell for the oldies. Has the Government accounted for the increase in Alzheimer’s and other debilitating problems that the old have to deal with? I think not.

GOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD SCHEME: Fortunately Rodmell has started up Rodmell Good Neighbourhood Scheme. This will enable people of all ages to get help when needed and if some who need help will swallow their pride, it will be a great asset and people will be able to stay in their village homes without having to move away to care homes etc. I use the scheme and find it very helpful so I suggest you give it a try. If you don’t use it you lose it and that would be a great shame and a disappointment to all those dedicated people who have dedicated themselves to it. As a suggestion, I love the theatre and cinema and would like to go more often. We could get people like me together as a group and use the scheme to help us get to and from venues, especially at night as many do not do night driving anymore so are isolated from getting to film shows etc in other villages. It would also support these villages with their functions. As life gets more complicated we need to look out for things like this and the kind people who set them up.

ACCIDENTS: Reports on morning radio show that there are so many accidents reported, especially between Lewes and Polegate and in the university areas. As the weather has been rather treacherous recently, we all have to take more care on our roads. In some of the thick fogs, heavy rain and snow many people still do not put their lights on. Do they not realise that they can’t be seen? As the C7 is busier than ever now, with all the coaches ferrying people from station to station, all who use it have to be more patient and more caring. There are many people getting fed up with tailgaters who are now aiming to get in car cameras as proof of bad driving.

SNOW: Children in this area must have been disappointed not to have woken up to a world covered in snow. No doubt sis and toboggans were at the ready and school was not on the agenda. As Canada, where I have many friends and relations, is getting what they consider more than their fair share of snow, you never know we may not have seen the last of it.

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