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Roadworks – C7 Lewes to Newhaven road closed for 2 nights from Monday 14 April
East Sussex Highways will be repairing sections of the C7 road starting on Monday 14 April for two nights between 7pm and 6am. During this time the C7 will be closed overnight (7pm-6am) to through traffic in both directions from Wellgreen Lane to Valley Road. Diversions will be in operation at this time.
For those of us living within the roadworks area, please approach the works with care and consideration, and respect the workers’ safety and space.
East Sussex Highways say: "We know this work will cause you disruption and we apologise for the inconvenience. We will do our best to give you access to your home or business. Please talk to a member of the site staff about gaining access. Thank you for your patience and co-operation while we carry out these roadworks."
If there is rain at the time of these roadworks, then this work will be delayed. We will keep you updated of any changes.
Changes to buses serving Rodmell during Spring & Summer 2014
Bus and Community Transport operators in our part of Sussex are making changes to a number of bus routes for Spring 2014. Among the changes, there will be a new seasonal Sunday & Bank Holiday bus Service 123: Lewes–Kingston–Iford–Rodmell–Piddinghoe–Newhaven. This will be a two-hourly service from 18 April to 7 September, operated by Compass Travel.
On Fridays from 4 April to 24 October, Brighton & Hove Community Transport service 130 (running between Rodmell and Brighton) will be improved. A new return journey will depart from Brighton Old Steine at 10.30am that additionally serves Monk’s House in Rodmell. The bus will return from Monk’s House at 4.50pm.
Rodmell Horticultural Society's Spring Show
Our show secretary, Madeleine Harvey, writes:
Rodmell village hall lit up on Saturday April 5th with a wonderful display of flowers. The warm spring weather this year was in sharp contrast to the cold March of last year. Although the early miniatures and all-yellow narcissi were not much in evidence, later varieties provided a fine assortment of yellows, whites and oranges. Many were delicately scented. The double-flowered and bunch flowered classes were particularly popular, together with the vase of ten mixed narcissi. There were also strong displays of flowering shrubs and pot plants. The ‘best bloom’ class attracted eight entries and David Evans won Best in Show for his prize narcissus. The flower-arranging class was for a display in a kitchen utensil, which encouraged some ingenious and graceful arrangements.
To read more of Madeleine's report, see Groups & Activities.
The next event organised by Rodmell Horticultural Society will be the Seedling Sale/Swap on Saturday 10 May 2014, 2-4pm, in the Village Hall. This is a great opportunity to sell or swap your surplus seedlings with all the green-fingered gardeners in Rodmell - and enjoy having tea & cakes in the Village Hall while you stock up your garden for the summer.
Rodmell Parish Council minutes
The Minutes from the RPC meeting held on Monday 3 March are now available for all to read - see Groups & Activities.
Rodmell Parish Assembly 2014 - Correct date for meeting
Please note that this year's Rodmell Parish Assembly meeting will be held on Friday 16 May, 7.30pm, in Rodmell Village Hall (and not on 9 May as mentioned by mistake in the recent Rodmell Roundup). Full details for this annual meeting will be published and circulated round all homes in the parish, prior to the meeting on 16 May.
Monk's House car park - update
28 Feb'14: The long awaited extension to the Monk's House car park began on Monday 27 January. The main construction work is now done and more information will follow when available.
Donations to Village Organisations
2 January 2014, Paul Denerley writes:
Following the Concert given by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and her rising opera stars on 16 December, the total ticket money (£1,785) has been distributed in equal amounts to:
* The Rodmell Parent & Toddler Group
* The 1st Rodmell & Northease Cub Group
* The Rodmell Coffee Club, and to
* St Peter's Church for kindly hosting the magical evening.
Carol Singing in Rodmell
20 December: Pauline Burnaby-Davies writes
Many thanks to all who turned out for Carol Singing this week, and to those who generously donated both money and snacks! With a good turn out from the singers, despite heavy rain on Thursday for the upper part of Rodmell, we raised £265 for Demelza Children's Hospice. I know they will be very grateful.
Dame Kiri te Kanawa - concert in Rodmell Church
19 December 2013, Paul Denerley writes:
One crisp Autumn morning, whilst walking on the Downs, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa asked me whether I thought that the villagers of Rodmell would be interested if she presented a concert featuring herself and some young opera singers, in aid of Village funds. There could only be one answer...
Paul's full report for this wonderful evening can be read on the NoticeBoard
Monk's House car park
September: The archaeologists working on the site of the extension for the car park for Monk's House have now finished their excavations. To read about the work by the archaeologists, see Notice Board.
Work on extending Monk's House car park is expected to start soon, and should take at least 6 weeks. For more information, please contact Alli Pritchard, Property Manager at Monk's House on 01273 474 760.
See also the Minutes from the Rodmell Parish Council meeting held on 1 July 2013 in Groups & Activities.
Rodmell to Southease - Egrets Way
Natural England has announced funding of £117,000 from the Paths for Communities scheme for construction of a new bridleway running alongside the River Ouse linking the villages of Rodmell and Southease - another link in the chain of The Egrets Way. To read all about this, see Links with Rodmell.
Problem dogs on The Drove
Rodmell Parish Council continues to try to find a solution to this problem (see Minutes of Parish Council Meetings Groups & Activities).
Please could everyone who experiences any problems going past the smallholding - such as feeling intimidated or having their dog attacked - inform the Clerk to the Parish Council (see Groups & Activities for contact details), so that she can keep a record. This will help with future resolutions of this problem.
Rodmell Parish Council: Minutes of previous meetings
The dates of RPC meetings, plus Minutes & Agendas, can be seen in Groups & Activities
WHAT'S ON this month in RODMELL ?
Services in St Peter's Church, Rodmell
For details of all the church services in St Peter's this month, see About Rodmell and in the Parish Magazine (copies available in Church).
Village Hall bookings
For information about booking Rodmell village hall, and to see the list of bookings made for this month, see Diary & Events
Abergavenny Arms pub
Our local pub is now run by Lucie and Jon, and they welcome everyone to our village pub for their exciting programme of great food, special offers, live music, and lots of activities - see About Rodmell for details.
To book a table, phone 01273 472 416, or see About Rodmell and www.abergavennyarms.com
Monk's House & garden
Monk’s House and garden are now open to visitors in the afternoons from Wednesday to Sunday, including Bank Holiday Mondays, until 26 October 2014. This year there is an extensive programme of events at Monk's House which can be viewed in the Diary & Events section of this website.
To find out more about meetings for the following groups, please contact the organisers for each:
- Rodmell Camera Club
- Rodmell Sewing Group
Tuesday 1 April
- Parent & Toddler Group meets in the Village Hall, 9.30am-11.30am, each Tuesday morning during term-time. See Diary & Events for details.
Wednesday 2 April
- Rodmell Bridge Club meets every Wednesday evening in the Village Hall from 7.30pm–9.30pm in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere - All welcome. See Diary & Events for details.
Thursday 3 April
- 1st Rodmell & Northease Cubs/Scouts meet every Thursday evening during term-time: 6.30pm at the Village Hall. See Diary & Events for details.
Friday 4 April
- Rodmell CofE School Spring School Holiday from 4-17 April.
Saturday 5 April
- Rodmell Spring Show organised by Rodmell Horticultural Society.
Wednesday 9 April
- Garden Embroidery for Beginners - Monk's House event 11.00am in the Village Hall. Booking essential - see Diary & Events for details.
Saturday 12 April
- Readings in the Garden - Monk's House event at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Free event (normal admission charges to Monk's House & Garden apply) - see Diary & Events for details.
Tuesday 15 April
- Rodmell & Southease WI Meeting 7.30pm in the Village Hall - all welcome. See Diary & Events for details.
Friday 18 April
- Garden Tours at Monk's House - Monk's House event starting at 3pm. Free event (normal admission charges to Monk's House & Garden apply) - see Diary & Events for details.
Friday 18 - Monday 21 April
- Cadbury Easter Trail - Monk's House event. See Diary & Events for details.
Wednesday 23 April
- Rodmell Coffee Club 11.00am-12.30pm, in the Village Hall - all welcome!
- Northease Manor School summer term starts.
Monday 28 April
- Book Group meets 8pm in the Abergavenny Arms - see Diary & Events for details.
Wednesday 30 April
- Botanical Tulip Painting - Monk's House event 10am in the Village Hall. Booking essential - see Diary & Events for details.
Thursday 1 May
- Deadline for Agenda items for Rodmell Parish Council meeting. Send any items you want our parish council to consider at the meeting on 12 May, to the Parish Clerk, Judith Bradbury. See Groups & Activities for all contact details.
Friday 2 May
- Scottish Country Dancing in the Village Hall, 7.30pm-9.30pm - all welcome! see Diary & Events for details.
See Diary & Events for more about all these events, and also for those happening in the months to come.
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