Down Your Way - Sovereign Harbour (June 13th)

ALTHOUGH Sovereign Harbour doesn’t have a community centre (yet!), a number of groups and societies have formed and are thriving, but in their separate ways.

So when harbour resident, Alison Attwood, first heard about the revival of the Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival, she thought a Sovereign Harbour entry could be a great opportunity to bring the various groups together.

And it was! The result was the creation of a float that was a real community effort. It involved the SHRA, Harbour Community Association, Sovereign Harbour Rotary, Brushstrokes Art Club, Maritime Volunteer Service, parents and children from the Haven Primary School, various residents and ward councillors.

The RNLI and fishing fleet provided some props, Harbour Friends helped with fund raising, and invaluable support was given by Premier Marinas, which provided space in which to build the float, and the Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club which hosted the group’s meetings.

All involved had a great time, both in the design and construction of the float and participating in the procession; the icing on the cake was winning the rosette for Best Royal Float.

Stephen Lloyd, MP, said, “The Sovereign Harbour float was just stunning; well done to all.”

Project coordinator, Alison Attwood said, “This has been a labour of love for many months, we have had a lot of fun on the way and we have all made new friends.

“We thank Stephen Lloyd, Dave Cooper and the Eastbourne Carnival team for all their hard work. Their organisation was fantastic - and they gave us the opportunity to show Sovereign Harbour really does have community spirit. Roll on Carnival 2013!

THE Supplementary Planning Document for the Sovereign Harbour neighbourhood is still open for comment. Feedback can be given on the form enclosed with the leaflet delivered to all harbour homes, or by following the link from the home page of the Borough Council website: www.eastbourne.gov.uk.

A public consultation event is being organised at the Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club on Saturday, June 30. Consultation closes July 24.

THE Harbour Friends meeting tonight (Wednesday) will be a quiz night, hosted by Jim Powell. Harbour Friends is a social group of residents, of all ages, both singles and couples, with the purpose of building friendships and generally enjoying life on Sovereign Harbour.“

THE Craft Club meets on the third Monday of the month at 2pm in Pevensey Bay Baptist Church Hall. More at www.shra.co.uk/wi or call Frances Harrap on 01323 472649.

THE Harbour Community Association carpet bowls restarts on June 14 after the half-term break. The group meets on Thursdays (in term time) from 6.45pm-9.15pm at the Haven School in Atlantic Drive; full schedule on the SHRA website events calendar.

SOVEREIGN Ward councillors will hold a surgery in the Beatty Café, Beatty Road, 6pm-7.,30pm on Wednesday, June 13.

A NON-PROFIT cooperative has been proposed to sell homemade products and crafts, and small collectables, through a Community Market. It is proposed the market, limited to 30 tables, will be in the annex of Simply Italian at the Sovereign Harbour Waterfront on Thursdays, 9.30am-midday. Anybody interested in helping set-up and manage the market, or selling their goods or produce, shouldo contact Sam Sweiry on 479111.

THE HAVEN Church meets every Sunday morning at 10am in the hall of the Haven School on Atlantic Drive; 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.