Rodmell & Southease

2016: To all readers a Happy New Year. Let’s hope 2016 will be a more peaceful year and that many good things will come about.

CHRISTMAS: I used to really love Christmas, but as the years pass, I have to admit that I have, for want of a better expression ‘gone off it’. I know one should look to the future and not back at the past but Christmas at one time was so magical and exciting. People made gifts and decorations and let’s face it, looked forward to the lovely food for the special time. Now you can eat Christmas food all year round if you want to. Gifts were thought out and given with grace, not because you felt you had to spend a lot of money to impress. My Christmas cards came down on January 1 and were checked for new addresses and messages before going for recycling. In all we had 140 and it made me think, do I really know so many people and did I send that many? At least I could hang them along the beams and enjoy their beauty and colour and it keeps the post office in work and gives people jobs, unlike the Christmas messages sent out so coldly on computers.

FLOODS: We all feel for those poor people who were flooded out over Christmas. Could there be anything worse than being wet, cold and losing one’s home and possessions. Thank goodness for all the good people such as the services and good neighbours who gave their all to help out. The British seem to exceed themselves when such disasters strike and it brings out the best in everyone.

NATURE: Nature as we all should learn, always has the upper hand and any interference with the natural balance of nature causes problems for us and we have to learn how to cope with them. We have a magnolia tree in the orchard out in flower, the flowering currant bushes are out and daffodils and primroses have been out for weeks and now the snowdrops are flowering. The floods must be devastating for farmers who have the loss of livestock and planted fields to deal with and the knock-on effect will probably cause problems for us all in the future.

CAROL SINGING: I did not go carol singing around the village this year as the weather was so awful and being in full time carer, I can’t go down with colds or flu so need to take precautions. However I hear there were quite a few hardy souls who went out singing, so well done. I did however go to Southease Candlelit Carol Service on Christmas Eve and as usual it was packed and lovely. I didn’t make it to the Christmas Day Service in Rodmell Church but my house guest did and she said it was packed.

WI: On January 19 Rodmell and Southease WI have a very interesting talk on Secrets of Brighton Pavilion in the village hall. Visitors welcome at 8pm. I will be very interested in this as my friend’s father, who is 103 on February 1, was a part time caretaker there for years and as children we occasionally went with him, not that we should have done I suspect. We had great fun exploring.

GREAT NEWS: Rodmell Panto returns this year on Friday January 22 in the village hall and is quoted as being Snow White and Quite a Few Dwarfs. See village notice board for details. I look forward to these pantomimes and missed it last year.

BUSES: As we don’t have an evening bus service, a lot of people as they get older, can’t make it to functions in Lewes, so things put on in the village are important to them and much enjoyed.

CINEMA: It would be lovely to have a cinema club, as many other villages, such as Piddinghoe and Ditchling, to name but two, have.

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