Rodmell and Southease

Rodmell & Southease news
Rodmell & Southease news

LOVELY WEATHER: What lovely weather we’ve been having. It was so hot one day, that I had to get some of my plants out of the greenhouse to another more sheltered area, else they would have got baked. I also found it too hot and had to vacate to a cooler area, not bad for March.

SOUTHEASE: I went to Southease Church on Sunday and the snowdrops have done their display and now it’s the turn of the daffodils and primroses. I love Southease it’s so pretty, unspoilt and tranquil. Let’s hope it can stay in its time lock a little longer before it goes the way of other villages and grows bigger and more brash.

VILLAGE SCHOOL: It’s so sad to think of our village school closing after 160 years of educating village children. When I came to Rodmell, it had a post office, a shop, a pub (which we still have), a pottery, a craft shop a forge, more buses, the Deans’ Guest House, a farm down the village and the Jarrett’s smaller farm up the village. The Jarretts also did a round with their van selling farm produce and Pat’s famous cakes. Of course, there was also the WI and various other things like the horticultural society (both of which we still have) and I think we had something called the Monday Club. I’ve probably forgotten a few things as well, but no doubt someone will remind me.

SHOREHAM FORT: On Thursday, I visited Michelham Priory for the annual leaflet displays by the various tourism businesses in the area, such as gardens, B&Bs, cottage holidays, trains, farms, castles etc. I could go on and on, as there are so many places to visit and stay at. I was most interested to find leaflets and a display about Shoreham Fort. Evidently Shoreham Fort, also known as Kingston or Shoreham Redoubt, was built in reaction to the threat of Emperor Napoleon III invading British shores. Lord Palmerston, Prime Minister commissioned the design of new coastal defences. Before these designs were approved, prototypes were built: Littlehampton, 1854; Shoreham, 1857; and Newhaven Lunette, 1859. Littlehampton Fort had design faults, so, when Shoreham Fort was built, corrective measures were incorporated to enable it to defend the realm with increased efficiency and also protect the men within its walls. After Shoreham Fort was built the rest of the Palmerston Forts were built around the UK. These later became known as the Palmerston Follies, because they never fired a shot in anger. It has evidently now been confirmed a spy came to Shoreham Fort, saw the design, knew of the others being built and advised Napoleon III not to attack England. The Fort is found at the very eastern end of Shoreham Beach on a shingle spit. It is an interesting place to take children in the school holiday with regular events from volunteer days, military history weekends and an annual remembrance tea light service. By car from the A259, turn on to Shoreham Beach and follow the brown tourist signs, until you come to ‘Fort Haven’ on your right. The car park adjacent to the fort charges a small fee. Alternatively, there is a Compass Bus service that runs Monday to Saturday. The number 19 bus runs from the High Street to the Fort. Shoreham Beach has very happy memories for me as from the age of 4, I used to go shrimping there with my parents. My father made me my own little shrimp net.

CLAIMS: Listening to all the PPI adverts on TV, I wonder how long it will be before we hear, have you paid over the odds for items over the years because you don’t/can’t use a computer? phone UCS (Unfair Computer Sales) the best of it will probably be, go online to claim. I do know of several people who have had quite a lot of money back using PPI but as yet I have not applied, maybe I should.

HOSPITAL: I had to go to the Royal Sussex hospital recently for checks on my heart. I have to say, I was treated very well by Harry and Dr James and we had quite a laugh together. I have no complaints, the service was top notch.

COFFEE CLUB: Wednesday, Coffee Club in Rodmell Village Hall from 11am. A popular, chatty monthly event to which all are welcome.

PUB QUIZ: On Wednesday evening there is also a charity Pub Quiz at the Abergavenny Arms, Rodmell. 7pm start, price £10 to include a two-course buffet supper. This is to support St Peter and St James Hospice. Tickets from Maureen Ford (01273 474980) or

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