SOUTHEASE CHURCH: If you are planning a country walk in the next couple of weeks, I suggest you take in Southease Church as part of it, as it will have thousands of snowdrops out and will be a picture. Don’t forget either that the Youth Hostel at Itford Farm does good food in its restaurant, open to all.
OUR PUB: The Abergavenny also does a roaring trade at weekends and it is always advisable to book for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please also, use the pub car park and don’t block up the street. Not only does it annoy people living on The Street, it is also so narrow that it is dangerous and you may also lose your wing mirror or get a scratch on your car from the large traffic that needs to deliver to the farms etc.
SOUTHEASE EVENTS: Monday May 1, Spring Plant Fair; June 3 and 4, Open Gardens.
WI: On Tuesday February 21 Rodmell and Southease WI begins the year with a demonstration by excellent cook Joan Jones, Sizzling Samosas. Visitors welcome at 8.pm. The WI always welcomes new members.
COFFEE CLUB: On Wednesday February 22 the ever-popular Coffee Club will meet in the village hall from 11am. All welcome, donation 50p.
AGM: Tuesday February 28, Rodmell Horticultural Society’s AGM at 7.30pm in the village hall. This year’s guest speaker is Rodmell resident Zara Luxford, Director of Sheffield Park. All welcome and the evening is free.
GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEME: Rodmell Good Neighbour Scheme is taking off gradually. I have used it several times and have other reasons to use it in the future. Anything to make life easier is worth it.
PARKING: Since writing about the ‘Clarkson’ parking problems, I have had people phone me to tell me that car parks also suffer from people who go around them, stealing wing mirrors, hubcaps, badges to order, for people who do not want to pay garage fees. What sort of society are we becoming? I remember going to the Theatre Royal with friends and going back to his car (a Porsche). He found someone had drilled his lock out. This was some years ago, but these things till go on. Be warned, always check the big supermarkets time limit for parking. I was recently issued with a parking fee of £20 but fought it and now don’t have to pay. The time limits have come down which a lot of people don’t realise.
RODMELL SCHOOL: How sad that after 160 years, Rodmell will soon have no school. It’s a very sad situation considering how hard the governors pupils and parents and village people have worked and they have put up such a fight for it. It would make a wonderful community centre as much money has been spent on it over the years. I feel especially sorry for Robert Webber who went to the school, and has spent time and money building a special garden area for the children, and was no doubt hoping his own children would be able to spend their time there until they went to senior school.
WATCHING TV: As Mike spends all his days watching TV, and I try to sit and watch it with him when I can, we’ve developed various sayings, one being ‘weather girl dress’ or ‘BBC dress’ or counting how many are expecting babies. There are many lovely looking girls on TV, but why I wonder do they wear dresses so tight that they crease to death? If a little more material were put into some of the lovely dresses (or they were up a size) they would look so much better. Carol the weather girl does not seem to have this problem and always looks wonderful. Perhaps she knows the meaning of haute couture. The fashion for having people in open studios distracts one from what the interview is saying, as people are wandering around behind them in full view. I have a friend whose wife caught him out at the tennis because he took his girlfriend to Wimbledon and they appeared on TV. Imagine seeing your husband/boyfriend on TV behind the interviewer chatting up another woman. Dangerous liaison.
FUEL BILLS: So fuel bills are going up yet again. When I first purchased a gas container for our heater, it was £7. They are now nearly £40 fir a 15jg blue calor gas. When you are old or disabled and have to keep warm, it can be so expensive especially if you live in a village with no gas supply as we don along this valley, I have a series of heaters, wood burners, gas and electric as I can’t let Mike get cold. It must be hard for some.
LATE NEWS: Friday February 3, late news. The little black spaniel running around in this area and on the C7 found its way home at 5pm to Southease.
TIM SHARP: Still has his garage at Kingston and will be there for a while yet. This is a very popular garage/workshop for all the villages in this area and Tim is very well liked. He will let people know when he is to move.
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