DOWN YOUR WAY (July 10th): Sovereign Harbour

ON Thursday, July 5, the Earl and Countess of Wessex came to Sovereign Harbour as the guests of the RNLI, to officially name Eastbourne’s new Tamar class lifeboat Diamond Jubilee.

The hundreds of residents and visitors who packed the Waterfront area were rewarded with a long walkabout by the Countess.

The Earl and Countess then chatted to crew members, other guests and children from local schools. After the service of dedication on the Waterfront, close to the Yacht Club, the Earl of Wessex officially named the lifeboat and the Chief Executive of the RNLI officially handed it over to the Eastbourne station. Before leaving the Royal couple boarded the lifeboat for a guided tour.

ON THE same day, the Sovereign Harbour Waterfront hosted a visit by Collective Spirit - described as “a state-of-the art piece of waterborne artwork”. The 30ft boat was designed by artists Lone Twin, and created from 1,200 wooden artefacts donated by people across the South East. Visitors brought along treasured objects to be photographed and included in a digital collage for Eastbourne. More details at www.shra.co.uk/events.html or www.theboatproject.com.

THE Sovereign Harbour Community Market was also launched on July 5, in the Simply Italian annex on the Sovereign Harbour Waterfront. The market, which was a great success, will be held every Thursday, 10.30am to noon. The non-profit co-operative, will sell homemade products and crafts, and small collectables. Anybody interested in helping set-up and manage the market or sell their goods or produce, should contact Sam Sweiry on 479111.

THE “Best of British” summer fair, which was held at the Haven School in Atlantic Drive on July 7, was a triumph, despite the inclement weather, which caused many stalls to be moved indoors. Initial analyse of visitor numbers suggests this could have been the best attended fair ever held at the school. There were several displays and “fairground style” stalls with “have a go” games. The new multi-use games area was in constant use by large numbers of children taking part in a variety of activities.

LIBRARY service: Join, and collect reservations, free basic IT tuition, write letters, design posters, free Internet access, set-up and use email, free scanning and printing and free help with local council enquiries is available from the ESCC Mobile Office, every Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm in the Waterfront car park opposite the Yacht Club.

This valuable service is currently under review and, unless it gets more support from residents, could be cut. Use it, or lose it!

THE Harbour Community Association short mat bowls group has closed until after the school summer holidays. Membership of the HCA is free to all harbour residents over 18. More details or to register at www.shra.co.uk/hca.html or email hca@shra.co.uk.