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SDNPA Management Plan Public Consultation

The SDNPA Local Access Forum have drawn our attention to the South Downs National Park management plan public consultation - link as follows www.southdowns.gov.uk/managementplanDeadline for…Continue

Started by Susan Thompson Jul 20, 2013.

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Avis Carter is now a member of Village Connections
Mar 23, 2013
Paul Cragg is now a member of Village Connections
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Mar 17, 2013
Susan Thompson left a comment for Alison Cotton
"Hello Alison, Yes it was me on that walk... Thank you for your photos. I've added a link to your course, which sounds great, in the events section, you could add some more info/poster etc... in blog area? Best wishes, Susan"
Mar 16, 2013
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Mar 16, 2013
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Mar 13, 2013
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Views Wood

Jim and I strolling and wheeling through Views Wood, near Uckfield
Mar 13, 2013
Nigel Bentley left a comment for Alison Cotton
"Hi Alison That got me : I knew the name, but could not place where from !! Nigel Windover Fitness"
Mar 13, 2013
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Mar 12, 2013
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Petition for C7 Speed Limit Reduction

A POLO backed petition asking for C7 speed limit reduction from 50mph to 40mph Deadline for signing 18th March.http://epetition.eastsussex.public-i.tv/epetition_core/view/SlowDownOnC7See More
Feb 23, 2013
Glynde Flower Fete posted a blog post

Glynde & Beddingham Flower Show & Fete

Further to our quite successful and rather entertaining summer event last year, we would like to invite you all to our upcoming events: An Evening of Cheese & Wine...See our photos for more information and below are the details too:Date: Friday, 8th March Time: from 7pm Venue: Trevor House in GlyndeTickets: £5 each on the door and includes a glass of wine and nibbles 145th Glynde & Beddingham Flower Show & Fete...Date: Saturday, 10th AugustTime: 13:00 - 17:30Venue: Recreation…See More
Feb 12, 2013
Glynde Flower Fete is now a member of Village Connections
Feb 11, 2013
Lisa Blundell is now a member of Village Connections
Feb 5, 2013
Susan Thompson posted a blog post

Go ahead for the first section of the Egrets Way!

Great News...The first section of the Egrets Way from Kingston to Lewes now has full funding... with the final £50 K agreed this week by the ESCC Economy Transport & Environment Committee... we look forward to seeing work begin this spring!.OVCN are thrilled that work on the first section of the Egrets Way will start very soon and as a community led organisation would like to thank everyone involved - especially all our members throughout the valley..Eastern area manager for the South Downs…See More
Feb 1, 2013
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Egrets Way cycle route

A 14 minute video showing the Egrets Way cycle route, part of the proposals and aspirations of the Ouse Valley Cycle Network Project. More information can be...
Feb 1, 2013
aileen norbury is now a member of Village Connections
Dec 3, 2012





Welcome to the wonderful world of Village Connections.  An online social network for real world sustainable communities.  Sign up to suggest events, activities, add blogs and photos and create new village connections.  villageconnectionsinfo@gmail.co



Campaigning for safe, shared, sustainable village connections from channel port to county town as an international gateway to the South Downs National Park. 


CYCLE SEAHAVEN  welcomes all ages, abilities and cycling interests, promotes local cycling by organising regular rides, social events and cycle training and campaigns for better facilities for cyclists in the local area.  


Relaunched with great support.  Involved in ESCC consultation re a cycling Hub for Lewes Station.


CYCLE EAST SUSSEX - a new Cycling Partnership with ESCC.  Inviting  suggestions for improvements to cycling infrastructure in East Sussex.

OAK LEAFE Sussex Ramblers and Nordic Walking  Contact Nigel Bentley @  http://oakleafe.co.uk/5130/32701.html


MID SUSSEX RAMBLERS  Contact Tony Osmand http://www.midsussexramblers.co.uk/

SOLES AND SOULS Foraging Walks with Louise Gorst and Anna Richardson. www.solesandsouls.co.uk


BIRDS ON BIKES  encouraging ladies cycling in Sussex 


TRAVELLOG Local Travel News at www.travelloglewes.co.uk

WORD SPINNERS  Monthly writing group in Lewes.  Contact Louise Taylor  www.shoutthesun.co.uk


SEAFORD COMMUNITY CINEMA  - www.seafordcinema.org

NEWHAVEN HILLCREST FILM SOCIETY -  www.hillcrestcentre.co.uk

LEWES CINEMA - www.lewescinema.co.uk 


Sustainable Sussex Monthly Meeting - Linklater pavilion Lewes Wednesday afternoon mid month.

Wind Farm consultation 

E.ON is developing a proposal for an offshore wind farm on a site 13-23km off the Sussex coast, capable of generating electricity for around 450, 000 homes each year.   www.eon-uk.com/rampion


OVESCO  Delivering a range of energy related projects locally: insulation grants, renewable grants, local installers. www.ovesco.co.uk


Barcombe Energy Group has won a bid for approximately £50k for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Low Energy Efficiency Assessment Fund (LEAF)!! to carry out household energy efficiency assessments, a renewable energy assessment, community building energy assessments and a whole bunch of household retrofits. One of iust three communities within the South East to win this bid award! www.barcombe.community21.org/energyclub

ALISON COTTON  Coastguards Cottages Cuckmere Haven Watercolour Classes


Native Hands  Workshops Hedgerow basketry and 'wild' pottery courses for 2012 at Wowo campsite https://www.facebook.com/pages/Native-Hands/2211283245665

Commonwork  Workshops   http://www.commonwork.org/news


So Sussex - a local family run company taking people out on a range of outdoor experiences in rural Sussex.   Events are guided by experienced local enthusiasts and are for individuals, schools and businesses.  http://www.sosussex.co.uk  


Foraging and Forest schools - Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC provides outdoor experiences for adults, young people, families, professionals and organisations.  Including  teachings from environmental education, forest schools, conflict resolution, psychology and ecological thinking, drawing on a philosophy that encourages us to challenge prejudice and welcome diversity.  To find out more or call Marina on 01273 814226/ 07966514469.  info@circleofliferediscovery.com


A full programme of Lewes Wildlife events organised by Michael Blencoe  of Lewes Wildlife Trust 

michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.    www.leweswildlife.org.uk


Sussex Wildlife Trust http://www.sussexwt.org.uk/events/event_diary/page00012.htm


Wilderness Wood Hadlow Down - A family run sustainable woodland in the Sussex Weald.  Woodland trails, Camping, Couses, Candleit dinners, Woodkids and special events... www.wildernesswood.co.uk/event/winter-willow-workshop


Brighton Permaculture Trusthttp://www.brightonpermaculture.org.uk


Sussex Ouse Conservation Society is run entirely by volunteers and dedicated to the environmental protection and enhancement of the Sussex River Ouse, its tributaries and impoundments. This includes an education programme to stress the importance of caring for the environment, an active maintenance “task force”, campaigns for improvements in water quality, interesting talks and a great selection of walks@ http://www.sussex-ouse.org.uk/walks/index.htm .

OART Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust 

Autumn Lectures: 

Chalk Streams of Sussex

Chalk Formations of the South Downs

  • River Restoration Projects
  • Biological and Chemical Monitoring of Water Quality
  • Habitat Restoration, Enhancement & Creation
  • Sussex Sea Trout Monitoring
  • Rainfall Data Collection
  • Partnership Working with the Environment Agency on Pilot Projects (MORPH)



Climate Connections  http://www.climateconnections.org.uk/events  


One Planet Living courses at the Friends centre near Brighton station:From Arts and Crafts to Health and Happiness, from recycled dressmaking, bike maintanance, eco refurbishment, growing your own veg... to making sense of climate change. www.friendscentre.org 


Cycle Seahaven welcomes all ages, abilities and cycling interests, promotes local cycling by organising regular rides, social events and cycle training and campaigns for better facilities for cyclists in the local area.  http://www.cycleseahaven.org.uk/


Newhaven Free Bike Workshops - Bike Training and excursion Contact jenny.leon@ncda.org.uk 


Hassocks Community Cycle Hire beside Hassocks station. South Downs cycle and walking routes routes at  http://visithassocks.co.uk

On Yer Bike!  Cycle Training for all ages and abilities www.onyerbikemike.co.uk


Oakleafe Rambling - Walking the Ouse Valley Way this summer...www.oakleafe.co.uk   


The Monday Group. An intrepid group of volunteers meeting regularly to clear, maintain and repair local footpaths and bridleways.  A veritable green gym.  Contact barrymcmenamin@aol.com for more information.


Regular local cafes for making village connections

Friday morning cafe in Firle pavilion 

Tuesday coffee morning in the new Kingston Village Hall. 

Wednesday lunchtime Oyster project cafe in the All Saints Lewes. 

Newhaven Knit 'n' natter meet in Hillcrest Centre Café on Mondays from 2 - 4pm. www.hillcrestcentre.co.uk/Activities/knit.html  


Leftover Sewing Classes in Brighton Sibel @ www.leftover.com

Sew Retro - Contemporary and retro sewing lessons and workshops.  Learn a new skill or update an old one - fun and friendly classes for everyone. www.sewretro.co.uk 


Sew in Brighton - www.sewinbrighton.co.uk reskilling, classes, make do and mend...  


My Swish  Clothes swappingSwapping rather than shopping for a new wardrobe... saving money and resources and having fun at the same time. www.myswish.co.uk 


Lewes Farmers Market  in the pedestrain precinct first Saturday of each month. Much of the produce is organic and all of it is local.    http://www.commoncause.org.uk/farmersmarket/index.php


Local Lewes Food Market every Friday 9.30am - 1.30pm  at the Market Tower Lewes.Committed to increase access to healthy seasonal food for all.. healthy start vouchers are now available.  www.healthystart.nhs.uk  http://www.lewesfoodmarket.co.uk/


Pick,Cook & Learn Workshops and Veg Share at Stanmer Organics : Contact Sara on sara@forkanddigit.co.uk   www.forkanddigit.co.uk 


Lewes Bread Club - robin@communitychef.org.uk


Lewes Sceptics in the Elephant and castle Pub - a programme of thought provoking speakers for this spring.  http://lewes.skeptics.org/


Diversity Lewes - www.diversitylewes.org.uk


Newhaven Twinning Association -  Ouse valley village connections are very welcome to join the new french connection with the Loire Valley town of La Chappelle St Mesmin. www.newhaventwinningassociation.ning.com  


Joanna Yarrow of Beyond Green Living and the wonderful Wilderness Wood suggests the following recession-busting bartering websites: www.barterbuddies.co.uk,www.swapz.co.uk,www.netcycler.co.ukwww.swapit.co.ukwww.bookhopper.comwww.ecomodo.comwww.ilovefreegle.org

www.beyondgreenliving.org  http://www.wildernesswood.co.uk/blog-post/tips-recession-busting-bartering


Start - Simple steps for a more sustainable life www.startuk.org 



Blog Posts

The Egrets Way spreads its wings

Posted by Susan Thompson on July 20, 2013 at 0:40

May Festivals

Posted by Susan Thompson on April 21, 2013 at 9:20

Biosphere Consultation

Posted by Susan Thompson on February 23, 2013 at 12:23

Petition for C7 Speed Limit Reduction

Posted by Susan Thompson on February 23, 2013 at 12:15

Glynde & Beddingham Flower Show & Fete

Posted by Glynde Flower Fete on February 12, 2013 at 9:55

Go ahead for the first section of the Egrets Way!

Posted by Susan Thompson on February 1, 2013 at 17:08

Southern Rail - New Cycling Policy

Posted by Susan Thompson on October 20, 2012 at 23:25

Birds on Bikes website www.birdsonbikes.ning.com

Posted by Susan Thompson on October 12, 2012 at 10:58

News from The Fuel Co-op

Posted by Johnny Denis on August 5, 2012 at 20:19

Energy Bill Consultation

Posted by Susan Thompson on July 26, 2012 at 11:41

Rio Report - Intergenerational co-operation?

Posted by Susan Thompson on July 19, 2012 at 11:58

Caburn Tearooms 2012

Posted by Jane Gosden on June 15, 2012 at 11:55

Birds on Bikes

Posted by Susan Thompson on May 6, 2012 at 23:36

Nature Day

Posted by Susan Thompson on March 27, 2012 at 10:00

Walking from Raystede

Posted by Ann McCawley on March 19, 2012 at 10:12 — 1 Comment

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