Down Your Way: Langney & Shinewater

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REGULAR readers of my column know I like to keep it light and fluffy most of the time. But I must have a rant regarding something which is neither of those things. Dog mess!

It’s not a nice thing at all. You know that feeling when you get home and you start smelling ‘that’ smell as soon as you step through the door.

And then you realise you’ve actually trod it through the house. What a nightmare!

Please ensure you are being considerate in cleaning up after your pooch.

If you can’t commit to this, then you really shouldn’t have a dog in the first place.

Furthermore, those caught doing it, will be issued an on-the-spot fine. No exceptions. Dog welfare officers and community enforcement officers are on the prowl!

A HOST of events have been added to the Langney calendar over the next few weeks.

If you’re looking for something extra merry to do after your shopping on Saturday, December 22, you could join in with Cary’s Christmas Music and Karaoke. The festive fun starts 8pm.

And just before he does his annual flight around the world, Father Christmas will drop in from around 6pm for the kids disco on Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve!).

BILLERICAY Town await our Eastbourne Borough FC on Saturday, December 22, in the Blue Square South League, kickoff 3pm. For info on Langney Sports in Priory Lane or the football club and tickets, call 01323 766265 or visit www.ebfc.co.uk.

IN A year where Eastbourne’s Lighthouse has dominated headlines, Langney has its own. And it’s based at 102 Sorrel Drive and for the next few weeks only!

Yes, one more addition to my Christmas lights fest. Go and check it out before its lights out.

Don’t forget to get in touch with me if you have a display to show off. You only have a few hours left before the best lit, most festive, warmest Christmassy house in all the land of Langney & Shinewater 2012 gets chosen! One clue- it won’t be mine.

Langney Primary School hosted their ‘Winter Warmer’ last Friday. In the afternoon, they welcomed Santa along with his Grotto while some lucky people won gifts in a raffle which included a luxury hamper.

There was also a cake making competition and Christmas songs from the Junior Choir & ‘Little Voices’ infant choir, with the staff band ‘The Unwanted In The Wrong Direction’!

ON ANOTHER sour note I feel I must remind you all to take care when walking around the area.

After the recent disturbing news of an attack in Milfoil Drive on a Saturday evening (December 9) we all must be extra vigilant.

Enjoy yourselves, but please don’t walk alone in the evenings and make yourself seen.

ALTHOUGH there appears less speeding it takes just one thoughtless soul to break the limit and knock someone over. So improve your odds by wearing something colourful and bright. You could try those luminous bands?

EVERY fortnight, Causeway School will let you know what Year 7 students are focusing on and suggest ways how you can help them make outstanding progress.

This week the focus is science and students are currently learning about the main characteristics of life and how organs work in our ‘Planet You’ unit.

This includes developing an understanding of cells, tissues, organs, the use of microscopes, nutrition and digestion.

To assist and support your child’s learning encourage them to go to www.bbc.co.uk\sn and look online for BBC Bitesize KS3 Science

Help them build a model of a cell at home using everyday objects like cardboard boxes, egg boxes, plastic bags, string etc.

When I receive the next focus, I will of course endeavour to print in this column. Thank you to Mr Clifford, the subject leader of History.

TONIGHT (Tuesday), 120 Year 7 Causeway School students are off to see the pantomime ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the Devonshire Park Theatre. Students will leave at 1.30pm and return to school at 5.15pm. Full school uniform must be worn.

THE recent Causeway Year 7 disco, organised by Mrs Starkey’s Wider Key Skills group, was a huge success. The following should be very proud of themselves: Year 11 students: Casie Barnes; Charlotte Goldsmith; Tamzin Hamilton; Jed Humphrey; Tarek Mrad; Megan Stone; and Baillie Vandervlist.

The students made all the arrangements for the event, including producing advertising materials and tickets. Throughout the evening, the students sold refreshments and raised £243 for Macmillan Cancer. Well done to the Year 7 students who supported the event.

YOU can now follow Causeway School on Twitter, @CausewaySchool. Catch up on the latest news by using the social network.

FINALLY, have a very Happy Christmas, eat loads and then start thinking about how you’re going to make up for it with your New Year’s resolutions. I’ll give you an idea or two in the next edition!