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LETTER: So many shops have vanished
I must thank Mr Clewett [letters, January 29] for spending the time to read my letter about supermarkets. Although I have an Eastbourne postcode, I actually abide in Langney. I have resided in Pevensey Bay, Westham and here since 1952. I have watched so many village shops (butchers, bakers, grocers and candlestick-makers) disappear in those 60-odd years, especially in Polegate, to be replaced by supermarkets, pound shops and charity shops – sadly Terminus Road in Eastbourne is a prime example. More and more supermarkets for “convenience”, less and less support for “local” shops. And who allowed this to happen? Town councils, with little or no support for the local shop-keeping community. 2
 

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OUT IN THE FIELD: Suggestions on a postcard please
Regular readers will know that while I am not averse to sending a few quid to orphans in Africa, I firmly believe that charity begins at home. With that in mind I have signed up for a press spot on a fund-raising trek to Cambodia next year in aid of the Chestnut Tree Hospice for local children with life-shortening conditions, their siblings and families. Aside from trying to lose two stone and stop smoking ahead of the 85 kilometre trek over nine days, I am also hoping to raise in excess of £2,000 for the charity. The fund-raising begins in earnest soon but rather than the usual head shave, sponsored walk etc, I am looking for some more unusual ways to raise money including combining my love for putting flatpack furniture together, washing dishes, hosting dinners and talking to organisations all in return for donations. I am even considering doing Rent A Wife (if someone can run Hire a Hubby, I can do it too) and all – legal and moral – suggestions will be welcome. I am rather broad-minded so sensible suggestions on a postcard please.
 

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