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URGENT - Vote for Rodmell!
Judith Bradbury, Parish Clerk, asks for 5 minutes of your time to vote for Rodmell in Lewes District Council’s “Zero Hero” competition. Open to all the wards in the district (Rodmell is in Kingston ward), we’re voting for a share of the money won by the ward for reducing the total amount of rubbish produced over a set period. Judith has added the suggestion that Rodmell desperately needs to replaced our community notice board(s) which are in extremely poor condition and are unlikely to last another winter.
All you need to do is log on to https://kingston.yrpri.org/ideas/1035-a-new-community-notice-board-for-rodmell You’ll need to register in order to vote (your name, email, and create a password), then click on the “like” and "vote up" buttons next to the item about Rodmell’s notice board. Of course, if you want to suggest other ways for Rodmell to spend some of the money, you are very welcome to do so – and you can always vote for any of the other suggestions already listed.
Voting finishes on Sunday 31 August – so please register your vote now!
(If you can't find the page, voting for Rodmell's new community notice board is under the Education category.)
Rodmell Parish Council - Agenda for next meeting
Rodmell Parish Council will meet on Monday 1 September, 8pm, in the Village Hall - all welcome to attend. Ten minutes at the start of each Parish Council meeting is set aside for members of the public to raise concerns and make comments. To see the Agenda for this meeting, see Diary & Activities
Bespoke Travel - September newsletter
Rodmell resident, Liz King, is a Bespoke Travel agent and a mine of information about anything you could wish for when thinking about your holidays! Liz will now write a monthly newsletter for Rodmell's website, to keep us all up-to-date with news and latest offers: see Local Business in & around Rodmell
Summer Show Report
Nicki Myers, Chair of Rodmell Horticultural Society, writes:
While the main focus of our Rodmell show is the marquee with a fantastic display of locally grown vegetables, fruit, flowers and crafts, there was plenty going on outside on the field. Mid Sussex Brass Band provided music for the afternoon, many visitors enjoyed listening to them while partaking of a cup of tea and home-made cake. The Dog Show had many classes and produced “Best in Show” a young collie called Badger. The classic cars looked splendid lining the cricket pitch and everyone wanted to try their hand at the golf and coconut shy. The birds of prey were in a quiet corner but were a magnet for young (and not so young) while local stalls were very busy, the book stall was swamped and the WI stall and local produce stall were equally popular.
A big thank you to everyone including the Pimm’s stall, tombola, raffle, ‘Find the Key’ and Adrian Orchard’s chilli stall. Our local pub, The Abergavenny, provided delicious burgers and of course an ever popular bar. Finally, everyone was grateful for the lovely weather we enjoyed!
For the full list of Trophy Winners from this year's Summer Show - see Groups & Activities
Love your Bus - campaign against ESCC cuts
NOTE: Rodmell Parish Council discussed this issue at their meeting on 7 July (see Minutes for the meeting) and will make a response to ESCC about their proposals.
If East Sussex Council have their way, the fares on many local bus services will increase by up to 30% in April 2015 and the frequency of services will be slashed. Some buses will only run every two hours - including our 123 bus running along the C7, other buses will only run 2 days a week.
Phone East Sussex County Council on 0345 60 80 194 FREE, to find out exactly how your bus service & fares will be affected. Ask them for the consultation document now, as there is a time limit for making your views heard.
You can find out more and make your views known by visiting: www.travelloglewes.co.uk
The "Love your bus" campaign is co-ordinated by Lewes Stop the Cuts. Contact us via email@example.com
Rodmell’s Produce & Crafts Stall - every Friday!
We will trade every Friday during the summer from 11am-4pm. This is a co-operative stall for any resident to use. We welcome all produce grown and craft items made in Rodmell to sell to passersby. If you have produce you can spare but are not interested in selling, then this is a way of "giving" to our village.
Last year we were able to give £80.00 to the Rodmell Parish Council, representing 10% of sales.
To find out more, please contact Carolyn Orchard.
Rodmell Bridge Club joins with Kingston
9 June 2014:
Rodmell Bridge Club has now transferred to Kingston. The new Bridge Club is to be called The Rubber Bridge Club and meetings will be held in the Kingston Pavilion every Wednesday from 7.30-9.30pm. It is a relaxed evening and there is no need to bring a partner.
Cost £1 per person per evening to cover costs and make a small donation to the Pavilion.
Phone Michael and Christine Isitt for more information - all welcome.
The Egrets Way Rodmell to Southease section
7 June 2014: The Egrets Way Rodmell to Southease section of the Ouse Valley Cycle Network is now officially open and you can walk / cycle along the riverbank.
Rodmell Camera Club - the future?
3 June 2014: It has been decided that, due to a general lack of interest, the Rodmell Camera Club will be suspended until such time as any current or potential members express an interest in getting together for a meeting or an excursion.
A big 'Thank you' to Bob Foster for his hard work, enthusiasm and efforts with our Camera Club, including organising our meetings, and various photography excursions and talks.
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 & Summer 2014.
Changes to buses serving Rodmell 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-7 September, operated by Compass Travel.
Brighton & Hove Community Transport service 130 (running between Rodmell and Brighton) will be improved on Fridays from 4 April-24 October. A new return journey on Fridays will depart from Brighton Old Steine at 10.30am that additionally serves Monk’s House in Rodmell. This bus will return from Monk’s House to Brighton at 4.50pm.
Monk's House car park - update
The long awaited extension to the Monk's House car park is now complete. The original car park has been tidied up to create more spaces here. The new parking area will be reserved and cordoned off for National Trust visitors only. Please park carefully in the marked spaces as this helps to increase the number of cars that can use the car park. Please also take any rubbish home with you as there isn't a bin in the car park.
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 ?
PLEASE NOTE: due to computer problems, the list below has not been updated for August yet. All information for events during August is given in full in the Diary & Events section of this website.
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 Sewing Group
Tuesday 1 July
- 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 July
- The Rubber Bridge Club meets every Wednesday evening, 7.30pm–9.30pm, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in Kingston Pavilion - All welcome. NOTE: from 4th June, Rodmell Bridge Club amalgamated with Kingston’s bridge club and will now meet at Kingston Pavilion. See Diary & Events for details.
Thursday 3 July
- 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 July
- Rodmell Craft & Produce Stall 11am-4pm each Friday during the summer, on the corner by the notice board & letterbox, opposite the Village Hall. See Diary & Events for details.
- Expensive Mistakes 2 – Fabulous Fashion Fundraiser at Southease Place, Southease, 10am-3pm. See Diary & Events for details.
- Monk's House event - Summer Lecture: Virginia Woolf as a Cubist Writer 7.30pm. Booking Essential - see Diary & Events for details.
Saturday 5 July
- Expensive Mistakes 2 – Fabulous Fashion Fundraiser at Southease Place, Southease, 10am-2pm. See Diary & Events for details.
Monday 7 July
- Rodmell Parish Council meeting 8pm in the village hall – all welcome. See Diary & Events for the Agenda.
Wednesday 9 July
- Monk's House event - Botanical Vegetable Painting 10.00am. Booking essential - see Diary & Events for details.
Friday 11 July
- Northease Manor School end of summer term. Autumn term begins on Monday 8 September 2014.
Saturday 12 July
- Readings in the Garden - Monk's House event at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Free events (normal admission charges to Monk's House & Garden apply) - see Diary & Events for details.
Sunday 13 July
- Rodmell Cricket Club fixture against Pathfinder, 2.30pm start on the Sports Field. See Diary & Events for details of all RCC fixtures this summer.
Tuesday 15 July
- Rodmell & Southease WI Members’ Meeting 7.30pm in the Village Hall. See Diary & Events for details.
Friday 18 July
- 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.
- Monk's House event – Summer Lecture: Virginia in Sussex 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Booking essential - see Diary & Events for details.
Sunday 20 July
- Rodmell Cricket Club fixture against East Dean, 2.30pm start on the Sports Field. See Diary & Events for details of all RCC fixtures this summer.
Tuesday 22 July
- Rodmell Cricket Club fixture T20 v Harvey's Brewery, 6.00pm start on the Sports Field (NB: 6pm start). See Diary & Events for details of all RCC fixtures this summer.
Wednesday 23 July
- Rodmell Coffee Club 11.00am-12.30pm, in the Village Hall - all welcome!
- Rodmell CofE School school term ends. First day of Term 1 will be on Thursday 4 September 2014.
Monday 28 July
- Book Group meets 8pm in the Abergavenny Arms - 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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