DOWN YOUR WAY (July 24th): Pevensey

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POSSIBLY the biggest invasion of the two villages since 1066. They came in their hundreds if not thousands to watch the Olympic flame pass through Pevensey Bay and Pevensey. For an hour after it left the village crowds were still pouring up the High Street to the castle and the car park.

DROP in and have a chat with our MP, Greg Barker at the Bay’s Oceanview bakery and restaurant on Friday where the MP will hold an advice surgery, 2pm-3pm-. For details call his Hastings office on 01424 736831. It’ll be worth going just to sample the fantastic bacon sarnies they make.

PEVENSEY Bay and District Flower Club will only charge you £9 to enjoy a splendid evening with national floral demonstrator Angela Turner presenting Party in the Park from 6.30pm on Tuesday, September 18. The meet celebrates the Club’s 40th anniversary and takes place at Westham village hall.

ENGLISH Heritage has at last come up with some guff about the ever-closed castle tea rooms. Their boss Simon Thurley told local Mrs Gladys Ranger this: ‘All of the monuments in our care are important to us, and Pevensey Castle is no exception, although in terms of promotion it is true to say Battle Abbey is better known and visited by far more people.

“When allocating increasingly scarce resources, we do have to be judicious and invest where we think the impact will be greatest. In terms of the tea rooms, I’m afraid the sad reality is none of the three operators who have run this in recent years, have been able to do so profitably and we have ended up time and again with an empty property and usually a hefty bill.

“We did agree to tender the operation of the tea rooms one more time quite recently, and nobody came forward with a viable business plan. I’m sure you understand that, as an organisation which has had its grant-in-aid cut by 32 per cent, we are not in a position to subsidise the operation of the tea room.

“Rest assured we will make every effort to find an alternative use for the building and if you can suggest a way out of our problem I’d be delighted – it suits none of us to have it standing empty.’

Nothing new there, then. Suggestions to me, please, and I’ll pass them on!