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The Egrets Way spreads its wings

Natural England has announced they will provide £117,000 from the Paths for Communities scheme to fund the construction of a new bridleway running alongside the Ouse River linking the villages of Rodmell and Southease.

The new route will form another link in the chain of The Egrets Way: a new network of safe routes connecting Ouse valley villages and linking Lewes to Newhaven. The first section from Lewes to Kingston is currently under construction and nearing completion.



Added by Susan Thompson on July 20, 2013 at 0:40 — No Comments

May Festivals

May Fayre and Elderflower festival posters:



Added by Susan Thompson on April 21, 2013 at 9:20 — No Comments

All Party Cycling Group / Get Britain Cycling Enquiry

Report from the last session of the APPG Get Britain Cycling Enquiry:

APPCG Co-Chair Julian Huppert MP, said:

“We need firm leadership from government and a dedicated funding stream if we are to make significant progress in cycle safety and accessibility. It is only by making significant improvements to our infrastructure, introducing clear and…


Added by Susan Thompson on March 12, 2013 at 17:42 — No Comments

Biosphere Consultation

A series of consultation events throughout the proposed biosphere area: between the rivers Adur and Ouse can be found at

Added by Susan Thompson on February 23, 2013 at 12:23 — No Comments

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.

Added by Susan Thompson on February 23, 2013 at 12:15 — No Comments

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

Trevor House in Glynde

Tickets: £5 each on the door and includes a glass of wine and nibbles

145th Glynde & Beddingham…

Added by Glynde Flower Fete on February 12, 2013 at 9:55 — No Comments

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…

Added by Susan Thompson on February 1, 2013 at 17:08 — No Comments

Southern Rail - New Cycling Policy

From the 22nd October regular cycles can be carried at any time... in the Green zone from Lewes to Seaford... see map and link below 

New Cycling Policy

During peak periods, many of our services are extremely busy, therefore regular (non-folding) cycles cannot be carried on many of our services during these times. Fully…


Added by Susan Thompson on October 20, 2012 at 23:25 — No Comments

Parishes of the Lower Ouse - POLO Meeting - Progress on C7 speed limit reductions

The Parishes of the Lower Ouse (POLO) meeting in Southease church was very well attended, there were reports on some very interesting things happening including... a new youth hostel, plans for a new Ouse valley cyclepath and bridlepath and an epetition to try to reduce the speed limit along the whole of the C7!  Draft minutes of  the POLO meeting attached. 

Ouse valley ESCC Councillor David Rogers attended the POLO meeting communicating responses this week by the ESCC Economy,…


Added by Susan Thompson on October 17, 2012 at 23:00 — No Comments

Birds on Bikes website

I've finally managed to make an interactive social website for Birds on Bikes 
BOB Members can add their own photos, blogs, comments, ride suggestions and website links...

Will add details of Mufti and Erika's Firle ride... 

Added by Susan Thompson on October 12, 2012 at 10:58 — No Comments

celebrate and ride the new cycle path Firle-Lewes Sat 20 October

the new cycle path runs from Firle to Beddingham, making it now possible to cycle all the way into Lewes from Firle. To celebrate this great new facility we are having a celebratory fun ride on


Saturday 20th October…


Added by mufti (mary) berridge on October 12, 2012 at 8:59 — No Comments

News from The Fuel Co-op

Hello, Johnny here from The Fuel Co-op, the home heating oil co-op based in Glynde but reaching from Hassocks to Eastbourne). Just dropping in to give VC an update on progress.

We started ordering home heating oil for our Members last November and have ordered once a month since then. We are taking August off allowing us time to regroup and work out how to progress.

In an ideal world, our members may choose a more benign way to heat our houses and hot water but many of our…


Added by Johnny Denis on August 5, 2012 at 20:19 — No Comments

Energy Bill Consultation

Follow this link from 10:10 if you'd like to contribute to this government consultation to overhaul our energy system.

Added by Susan Thompson on July 26, 2012 at 11:41 — No Comments

South Downs National Park Life in Landscape Photography Competition

Our local SDNPA parishes representative Neville Harrison has kindly forwarded details of the South Downs National ParkLife in Landscape photo competition...

We are still posting entries on Village Connections for the Living Landscape Photo competition... All photos will be shown as part of the Nature of Art Artwave exhibition strting next month... Photos could also be sent…


Added by Susan Thompson on July 26, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Rio Report - Intergenerational co-operation?

The following report from the Rio Earth summit kindly forwarded by Sharifin Gardiner of Rodmell who was there to witness the frustratingly slow process...

On the last day at the regular briefing meeting for the nine Major Groups the representative of Children and Youth, Kyle Gracy made an impassioned speech which reduced many to tears and evoked a standing ovation.

The  following is the closing statement by the Major Group for Children and Youth in the Rio…


Added by Susan Thompson on July 19, 2012 at 11:58 — No Comments

Caburn Tearooms 2012

Caburn Tearooms has now been up and running for over two months, Wed to Sunday, 10.30 to 5pm. Despite the English weather, visitors are making full use of the gardens and their unique view of mount Caburn. There is also a comfy indoor area for those wet days too. All scones, cakes, soup and quiches are homemade and available throughout the day. There is also seasonal specials such as 'Caburn Mess' which consists of homemade meringues, cream and seasonal fruit, currently rhubarb. There is also… Continue

Added by Jane Gosden on June 15, 2012 at 11:55 — No Comments

Birds on Bikes

“Currently only two per cent of women cycle regularly compared to six per cent of men yet we know that nearly one million women would like the opportunity to get out on their bikes and socialise with other women.” /…


Added by Susan Thompson on May 6, 2012 at 23:36 — No Comments

Nature Day

Feeling very positive after the L&OVe yesterday where we discussed how to make the most of the opportunity to engage local people in thinking about Lewes and Ouse Valley economics at The Linklater Railway Land Festival in June: how to help people to better appreciate the true value our living landscape, how to encourage an understanding of Nature Gain, nature care and nature share.  In the meantime   it's Nature Day in the wonderful week long Spirit of Schubert series... tune in to Radio…


Added by Susan Thompson on March 27, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

Biosphere Twinning - making biosphere reserve connections...

A good presentation at Sustainable Sussex by Rich Howorth of Brighton and Hove and Lewes Downs Biosphere project.   

Details at this is my understanding of the aims:

 - to aquire UNESCO Biosphere reserve status for Downland and valley zones including parts of Brighton and Hove and some marine areas protecting specific areas of chalk grassland species and marine ecology by…


Added by Susan Thompson on March 21, 2012 at 22:28 — No Comments

Walking from Raystede


Hello - I'm the new Operational Manager at Raystede Animal Welfare Centre and have been very interested to learn about the local area by reading the Village Connections website.  Raystede, as a charity, is wholly dependent on funds that are generously given - and many come from local residents, so many of you reading this have probably helped us in some way in the past.


I have an idea that I hope will work locally - I want to try and get members of the community who…


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

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