AGM: Sadly I missed Rodmell Horticultural Society’s AGM as I had a guest staying. The guest speaker was Rodmell resident Zara Luxford, Director of Sheffield Park. After a quick round up of RHS events during the year, including hearing which village groups received donations from the RHS as a result of your support of their events, plans for 2017 were discussed. Memberships were also renewed. Hopefully I will be informed of the plans for the future.
PANCAKE DAY: I’m sure everyone will have enjoyed making and eating pancakes on February 28, which was Shrove Tuesday. Ash Wednesday was of course on March 1.
CHURCH SERVICES: I have been asked to include the following information about church services: March 5, Holy Service of Holy Communion, 11am; March 12, Family Service, 11am; March 26, Mothering Sunday, when mothers receive a posy, so please will all children bring their mothers for this short family service.
I shall miss visiting my mum and buying her flowers. Since the age of 11, I used to go into Brighton and buy her, and my grandmother, flowers from a shop in Bond Street, using some of my pocket money. Then it carried on when I started work and was then thus, until mum died in October 2016. Even when I was going on holiday, I left money for her to get flowers of her choice so she never went without. I love flowers and have them all over the house.
WI: Rodmell and Southease WI began the year with a wonderful cookery demonstration by Rodmell’s own Mary Berry, Joan Jones. The village all smelt divine, and we couldn’t wait to get our teeth into all the wonderful sizzling samosas that Joan prepared and cooked, in front of our eyes, so proficiently. They were absolutely yummy.
TV PROGRAMME: The programme on BBC 4 showing Peter Owen-Jones, Vicar of Firle (known as the wacky vicar) walking the South Downs Way, was such a lovely programme and I’ve had quite a few of my B&B bookings tell me, they loved it and can’t wait to do it themselves, and several say they would love to go to one of his services. Personally, I think people are getting a bit fed up with programmes showing violence, rape and constant swearing, and really appreciate something that makes them feel happy.
CINEMA: I was taken to Uckfield Cinema recently to see the film Lion. I can really say it’s a feel-good film. Uckfield Cinema is so nice, free parking outside, in a large car park, and a lovely restaurant opposite that serves delicious food and coffee. As I’ve said before, I can’t believe how much people eat in the cinema and also how much rubbish they leave behind. I felt really sorry for the staff that had to clear it up between performances.
PHEASANTS: We are being visited by a lot of pheasants lately and they are quite tame. They come to the back door, where they know I feed any regular troop of assorted birds. My B&B’s are fascinated at me banging the bird food tin and seeing birds suddenly appear from nowhere for their breakfast.
PROPERTIES FOR SALE: There are a number of properties for sale in Rodmell at the moment, and one small cottage sold really quickly.
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