DOWN YOUR WAY (July 4th): Sovereign

MORE than 250 residents attended the public exhibition on the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the Sovereign Harbour neighbourhood at the Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club on June 30. A steady stream of visitors discussed the proposals with Stephen Lloyd MP, the leaders of both Eastbourne Borough Council (EBC) groups, Cllrs David Tutt and David Elkin, the Sovereign Ward Councillors, Cllrs Ede, Jenkins and Warner, members of the Sovereign Harbour Residents Association committee and senior EBC planning officers.

Visitors provided extensive feedback, which will be analysed by council officers and used to finalise the SPD before it is put before the Planning Committee for approval. Anybody unable to attend can still comment on the form enclosed with the leaflet delivered to all harbour homes, or by following the link from the home page of the EBC website: www.eastbourne.gov.uk.Consultation closes on July 24.

RNLB, The Royal Thames, Eastbourne’s All Weather Lifeboat since 1993, left Sovereign Harbour, by road in the morning of June 29, on route to RNLI headquarters at Poole, where two new engines are waiting to be installed.

On completion of the work, and after her transom has been suitably sign-written with the name of her new home port, she will soon enjoy a new lease of life at the RNLI’s newest lifeboat station at Leverburgh on the Isle of Harris.

The Royal Thames has served Eastbourne very well over the years, having responded to 960 emergency calls, rescued 1520 people and, using strict RNLI criteria, saved 115 lives.

On Thursday, July 5, the Earl and Countess of Wessex visit Sovereign Harbour as guests of the RNLI, to officially name Eastbourne’s new Tamar class lifeboat ‘Diamond Jubilee’. The naming ceremony and service of dedication takes place at the Sovereign Harbour Waterfront, close to the Yacht Club, 11.30.

THE Sovereign Harbour Waterfront hosts 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.

On Wednesday July 4, the crew will carry out repairs and maintenance and, on Thursday July 5, there will be harbour-side celebrations, including opportunities to visit the boat and crew, with regular tours bookable on the day, and sea shanty singing from 4pm. Visitors are invited to bring their own treasured objects to be photographed and included in a digital collage for Eastbourne.

THE ‘Best of British’ Summer Fair will be held at the Haven School in Atlantic Drive on Saturday, July 7, 11am-2pm. It is hoped that there will be several displays - among them the Eastbourne Scout band. There will be the usual stalls, and the organisers hope to have a few more “have a go” games.

THE Sovereign Harbour Community Market will be launched tomorrow (Thursday), 10am-midday, in the Simply Italian annex on the Sovereign Harbour Waterfront, and every Thursday thereafter. The market, a non-profit cooperative, will sell homemade products and crafts, and small collectables, will be limited to 30 tables. Anybody interested in helping to set-up and manage the market or selling their goods or produce, is asked to contact Sam Sweiry on 01323-479111.

THE Haven Church meets every Sunday at 10am in the hall of the Haven School -all welcome. The style is relaxed and informal, with a joined Church of England and Methodist heritage; the minister is the Rev John Brook. There is a supervised crèche and groups for primary-aged children. More informationat www.thehavenchurch.org.uk , 01323 325989, john@thehavenchurch.org.uk.

SOVEREIGN Ward councillors’ hold monthly surgeries in the annex of Simply Italian on the Sovereign Harbour Waterfront, on Saturdays, 11am-12.30pm and in the Beatty Café, Beatty Road, on Wednesdays 6pm-7pm.

THE Sovereign Harbour Art Group meets every Thursday, 9.30am-12.30pm, at Christ the King Catholic Hall, Princes Road. The group covers all levels, from beginners to experienced artists. All welcome, not just harbour residents. More details at www.shra.co.uk/artgroup or email acrylicart@hotmail.co.uk or call Angela on 07914-884378.

BRUSHSTROKES Artists is a friendly, informal group of local artists, with a range of abilities, working in various media, meeting on Wednesdays, 1pm-4pm in St. Richard’s Church Hall, Etchingham Road, Langney, BN23 7AX. No tuition provided. Drop in to join, or just for an informal chat, or e-mail marinaann@hotmail.co.uk  for more information.