Adopt a road / adopt a drain

Picture of a drain near Ox Lodge
Drain near Ox Lodge

This will get off the ground soon. We are just in the process of obtaining a printed map of the gullies in the parish. This is meticulously documented at – and I am told that every single road gully is listed and individually recorded on ESCC’s asset register.

On that web site you can see when every single road is due for gully cleaning. On the home page, check “Gully cleaning” and then zoom in the map until you can see the road you are interested in. Hover the mouse pointer over said road until the pointer changes to a single finger (you have to be fairly precise, or zoom in a lot), then click on it. You should see a pop-up that tells you when the gully is due to be cleaned. We could use this information to hold ESCC to account if the gully cleaning does not take place. I have checked several round Brightling and all the ones that I looked at said “Mar-17”

Brightling’s second defibrillator is coming

Our first defibrillator, at the Village Hall
Our first defibrillator, at the Village Hall

We are getting a second defibrillator. It will be located at the entrance to the Darwell Hole car park. The order has been placed, we have established that there will be no objection if we locate it on the road verge and we are now organizing the necessary post and fixings. I think these defibrillators, which are increasingly common, are like life-belts at the seaside: one hopes that they just sit there and never get used, but if they are, they can literally save a life.

Events in Brightling December 2016

december-2016-calendar-of-birdsI thought it might be useful to have a diary of events for December in Brightling.

Saturday 10th December, 5:00 pm in the church: The Brightling Singers will be leading a musical celebration of Advent. Seasonal readings by candlelight, music for choir and organ, and carols for everyone to sing. Entry is free, but contributions to the organ fund will be welcome.

Tuesday 13th December, 6:30 – 9:30 pm at Hunters Farm.  Brightling Church Christmas Drinks Party!   Entrance is £10 a head and this includes your first drink. Thereafter it will be a pay bar (all proceeds to church funds).  All villagers welcome.

Sunday 18th December, 6:00 pm in the church: the traditional service of lessons and carols.  After the service, the congregation (and others) is then invited to have a mince pie and glass of mulled wine in the Village Hall, by courtesy of the Village Trust.

Tuesday 20th December, 6:30 pm meet up at the Village Hall for carol singing round the village, led by David Gasson.

Saturday 24th December, Christmas Eve at 11:30 pm :  Midnight Mass in the church; a particularly atmospheric way to herald the birth of the Christ child.

Sunday 25th December, Christmas Day at 10:00 am: Rev. John Hawkins will lead a family Christmas Day service at Brightling church (the vicar will be at All Saints Mountfield celebrating a Christmas Holy Communion at the same time).

If you would like to join the Brightling singers, it is not too late.  There are two rehearsals prior to the performance on Saturday. Contact Fenella Tayler on 01424 838573 or 07913 557459.

For more information about the church Christmas Party at Hunters Farm, contact Biddy Akerman on 01424 838725. Or just turn up.

Finally a message from the vicar ” To those who I will see and to those who I won’t, a happy and blessed Christmas to you all. “

Signpost refurbishment

20160207_142924Having placed the order for the refurbishment of four of our eight signposts, we are now having to chase the contractor rather firmly into actually doing the work – a not unfamiliar problem. Our parish clerk is very persistent and will no doubt nag the contractor into eventual performance. The perpetrators who affixed their notices with metal staples have responded to our complaint with a complete apology, and promised to use plastic cable ties in future. Personally I would prefer something bio-degradable but sometimes one just has to let these things go.

Once we have a full set of smart-looking signposts we will publish the “adopt-a-signpost” register. It seems right to wait as there is little point in someone cleaning a signpost that is about to be taken away for complete repair and re-painting.