Rodmell & Southease

ARTWAVE: The Artwave, or should I say Rodmell Community Artwave, which took place in our village hall on August 30 and 31 was a great success. I think people were rather surprised at how much talent our village has. I know for a fact that a lot more talented people are around, but did not take part. Perhaps they will next time. There was confusion when someone put posters showing art work up in the village, when it was not advertised in the Artwave book, thus causing much confusion with drivers, many of whom were looking for Pear Tree Cottage which was part of Artwave. At one time this nearly caused a motorist to have an accident.

ACCIDENTS: We have had a spate of accidents recently on the C7 and the speed some people e go I’m not surprised. When I’m working on my front garden, especially on a Saturday, it’s amazing how many residents who live up Mill Lane get tooted at by impatient motorists simply because they have to wait in the road to turn right up Mill Lane. At least the coaches are not going down the village so much these days, ignoring the sign, Not Suitable for Coaches, and I rarely get them parking across my driveway now as they park in the lay-bys’, thank goodness.

STUDENTS: It’s time for students going to the universities to be sorting out their accommodation. We often hear about awful landlords charging exorbitant rents but let’s look at the other side of the coin. My cousin and some friends decided to buy several very small terraced houses, up North, when their children were at university, to let to their children and friends to have reasonable accommodation. They were all done up and equipped and when the children finished Uni, were sold at a profit. Now those youngsters kept everything in order, so feeling benevolent the same mums decided to help young students out in the Brighton and Hove area. Not only did the students completely mess up the accommodation, they did not pay what was a reasonable rent and had to be evicted. When my cousin went to clean up she found the freezer and fridge full of expensive food and shoe boxes with price tags of £40 upwards on shoes they had bought but no, they couldn’t afford to pay the rent. It took these mums days to clean and clear and get repairs done and they sold the house vowing not to let again. The profit only just covered the repairs.

SPIDERS: The big spiders are moving in now it’s getting colder. Their mating instinct is hotting up and they are looking for mates. Can you imagine the excitement of the waiting females? ‘Here they come girls, the yearly orgy followed by meals on legs.’ In case you don’t know folks, once mated the female eats the male for protein unless he can move quicker than she can. Can you imagine if we humans did this – best not think about it.

PHEASANTS: It will soon be time for the miss ‘miss the pheasants’ on the C7 as the shooting season has started. There is a lot of opposition to a planning application to use a building on the South Downs as a shooting lodge to host shooting parties throughout the season on a six day a week basis. My father many years ago, set up shooting parties and I was brought up with guns always in my vicinity. The amount of money people pay nowadays to shoot for the day is tremendous and it’s no wonder hard pressed farmers are turning to other ways to make money, but this valley does seem to have more than its fair share of shooting going on and the C7 is dangerous enough without flustered pheasants all over the road.

BUSES: The people who use the 130 bus service, which runs once a day from Rodmell to Brighton should know that it will be withdrawn unless subsidies can be found. The good news is that there is to be a small, but useful improvement made to the 123 bus service which runs between Lewes and Newhaven.

DIARY DATES: Tomorrow, Saturday is the sponsored bike ride and also Rodmell’s late Summer Show in the village hall, 2.30pm to 4.40pm. Harvest Festivals are on Sunday September 27 at 11am in Southease Church, and Sunday October 11 at 11am in Rodmell Church. On September 15 Rodmell WI will be holding their celebration to mark the centenary of the founding of the Women’s Institute.

ADVANCE NOTICE: Friday, October 9, the popular Harvest Supper will be in the village hall.

JUMBLE SALE: A Jumble sale in aid of much needed village hall funds will take place on Saturday October 17.

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