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Network Rail have excelled themselves on Sunday 2nd December.  There will be no trains to anywhere from Lewes.  There will be replacement buses to Three Bridges, Brighton, Seaford and Eastbourne.  It will be interesting to see how they all fit in the car park at Lewes Station.

On the 9th December there will be no trains between Hastings and Ashford.

Over the Xmas period there will be no trains to Victoria, but trains will run to London Bridge.

On  23rd and 28-29th December you may have to travel to London via Horsham.

On 6th January there will be no trains to Three Bridges again.

On 26 and 27th January you may have to travel to London via Horsham again.

Over February half term there will be no trains to Three Bridges all week.

There may be other closures for days after 15th December.

Happy Christmas.



There is now a rail ombudsman for complaints that you have not been able to resolve with the railway company.  Details at

But you have to try to sort things out with the company first.  It remains to be seen how effective the Ombudsman will be.  Some are very effective and some are toothless.


East Sussex Council is going on the attack against bus passes for older and disabled people
The July cabinet meeting agreed this recommendation (at paragraph 8.2):

“We will lobby,both on our own and with others,for the urgent funding the Council needs in the next financial year to make our services sustainable in the long term and for the removal of those Government requirements that would not be our highest priorities if we were able to target our resources at areas of greatest need. For example, the £8m we are obliged to spend on concessionary fares for older people would provide care packages to allow 700 of the most vulnerable people in this group to continue live independently.”

The quality of thinking in the council is demonstrated by its inability to consider the role of concessionary fares in helping vulnerable people to live independently or their role  in   sustaining bus services which, in turn sustain life in rural communities for those without cars.


You have always been able to use Brighton Bus paper tickets on Compass Buses where they are valid.  Locally this normally means that saver tickets are valid in Lewes town and on the whole of the 123 bus route to Newhaven.  However paper tickets are the most expensive tickets that Brighton Buses offer.

N ow Compass are accepting mobile phone tickets, key tickets and scratchcards on these routes, which will result in a saving for people travelling, for example, from Landport to Brighton.


New Book about the land either side of the Brighton Line between the South and North Downs, By Dave Bangs. Dave says:

“This part of the rural Weald is one of the most intact, beautiful, and biologically rich areas of countryside in England. Yet it is profoundly threatened by the hyper-development of our region.

This book is an essential tool for all who love this countryside and its wildlife and want to help defend and nurture it.

This book focusses on the unknown and little known green spaces of this countryside, for what the eye does not see, the heart will not grieve over.”

Even if your connection with this area is just travelling through it on the train, this is worth a read.

More details at



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Just one walk this month, but a new one.

Wivelsfield Green, Scaynes Hill, Weald, woods and fields
A lovely walk through an often overlooked part of the Weald, on the border between the high and low Weald.  Gently rolling countryside with woodlands fields and attractive greenways.9.85 Km / 6.12 Miles, Gently rolling terrain with no serious ascents.  2-3 hours


In October 1901 the parish councillors of Glynde in East Sussex wrote a letter of complaint to the Lord of the Manor, Colonel Brand, the owner of the Glynde Estate.  Their tone was deferential and cautious, as well it might be, because all of them probably depended on the Estate for their jobs and their homes.

But they felt that they could not accept the fact that “No trespassing” signs had been erected on paths that, they said, had been public ways from “time immemorial”.  The erections of the signs was almost certainly organised by Colonel Brand’s estate manager, Tom Pickard.  They identified 6 paths on which signs had been erected.

In his reply, Colonel Brand disputed three paths, but admitted that the others were public rights of way.  He said that he had only had the signs erected because people from out of the village were using the paths (as they were entitled to do). It seems that the signs were taken down, because, after further discussion about the disputed paths the councillors expressed their satisfaction with the outcome.

Alas the route of one of these paths is lost and it is not on the rights of way map today. The second is on the map. It starts from Glynde Post office and runs over Malling Down. But the third is a different matter.  It is described as going past council member William Holford’s house and then on to the downs.  Mr Holford was the estate foreman carpenter and he lived in Hillside, a house owned by the estate which is still there today, as is the track past it up onto Malling Down, although it is not on the rights of way map.  The house and the track are at the top end of the village.
But by 1936, none of these brave men were still on the parish council.  So, when the parish council was asked by Chailey Rural District Council to say what rights of way were in their parish, three newer councillors responded.  The chairman was Tom Pickard, who we have already met, and who was still the manager for the Glynde Estate.  The other two were either tenants or employees of the estate.

Perhaps unsurprisingly this trio only reported one right of way in the whole parish that was on the Glynde Estate’s land, the one from the post office.  They did, however, identify a further route on the Glyndebourne Estate owned by the Christie family, running from Malling Down down to Glyndebourne. These two paths were recorded as rights of way.

In 1952, because of legislation to create the first definitive map of rights of way, the council was asked again about rights of way in the parish.  Under the continuing chairmanship of Mr Pickard it put forward the same two rights of way but interestingly, the council unanimously agreed that the path to Glyndebourne on the Christie’s land,  continued across the road and through the grounds of Glyndebourne House to the parish boundary with Ringmer, which was just east of the house.

This path can be seen on a number of old maps, including the first edition of the Ordnance Survey six inch to the mile map. It leads to other highways in Ringmer.

East of Glyndebourne House the path is in Ringmer, but Ringmer parish council has no record of it and in 1954 Glynde Parish Council unanimously changed its mind, saying that there was no right of way through Glyndebourne.  This change of mind may or may not have something to do with the fact that Mr Pickard had resigned from the council.  His place as chairman was taken by the estate manager for the Glyndebourne Estate.

Not much has changed up to the present day.  Our former MP, Norman Baker, started his political career in the 1980s by getting elected to what was now Glynde and Beddingham Parish Council, as well as the District.  In his autobiography he reports that the then Lord Hampden of the Glynde Estate would not deign to put himself forward for election, but would manage to get himself co-opted onto the parish council.

The Glynde Estate opposed the creation of the South Downs National Park and, in recent years, Glynde residents have again complained that footpaths used by them for many years have been closed off by the estate.

This sort of suppression of rights of way was probably not uncommon and the rights of way would have been lost forever by 2026 without research by the Sussex Don’t Lose Your Way group.  An application has been made to add the route from Hillside onto Malling Down to the map, but there is not yet enough evidence to make an application for the path through Glyndebourne.
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