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OUT IN THE FIELD: Buy a home in Grenade Gardens
I often chuckle when estate agents say “an opportunity has afforded itself” or “a rare opportunity has come about” when they are referring to a property up for sale. I’m not quite sure how Bovis Homes is going to fare however with selling 119 homes currently being built in Kings Drive, where almost 100 Second World War grenades have been uncovered in recent weeks. Marked ‘AW Bomb 1940’, the grenades are phosphorus incendiary devices created as improvised anti-tank weapons when Britain was facing invasion following the army’s evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940 and were buried in Kings Drive by members of the Home Guard in case of invasion. The bomb disposal unit has been a frequent visitor to the site as three stashes were uncovered. A description by the house seller could read something along the lines of “An opportunity has afforded itself for a dynamite property in none other than the exclusive Grenade Gardens in Eastbourne”. Or am I just being cynical?
 

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LETTER: Celebrating a Great Briton
I should like to draw attention to an important feast day for Eastbourne which occurs on Monday, May 25 – the feast of St Bede, otherwise known as the Venerable Bede, after whom one of our local schools is named. Bede lived from around 672 to 735 AD. He was a monk in a monastery at Jarrow in the North East. He is celebrated as one of the greatest scholars of Anglo-Saxon England and is known as ‘The Father of English History’. Among the 60 or so books he wrote was ‘De Temporum’ – ‘On Time’ – which, among other things, popularised the use of ‘Anno Domini’, dating our calendar from the birth of Christ. His computing of the tides was used as a standard text book for the next 500 years. He wrote of the earth as ‘spherical’ - not flat. He was canonized a saint by the Catholic Church in 1899. He must be counted among the ranks of Great Britons. The school should be proud to bear his name.
 

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