Roselands and Seaside

AN EXHIBITION: of some of Danny La Rue’s costumes and wigs, plus photographs and memorabilia, including his OBE and his This Is Your Life red book, ends today (Friday). It can be seen in the Sovereign Suite of the Langham Hotel and is open from 10am-4pm. Booking is not required and admission is by voluntary donation to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. For more information, call 731451.

COXSWAIN MARK SAWYER: will be speaking to members of the RNLI this morning (Friday) when he gives his annual Coxswain’s Report. The RNLI meetings are held in the West Dean Suite of the Langham Hotel at 10am for a 10.30am start, and non-members are welcome to attend. There is a small entry charge. Tea and coffee will be available and there will be a raffle.

BRITISH MILITARY NURSES: will be the subject of the next lecture at the Redoubt Fortress as part of its military history series. There is relatively little written about military nurses during the Great War. What exists is mainly based on a small number of personal memoirs, most of which concentrate on the more dramatic events which occurred in hospitals and casualty clearing stations. They often say much about the soldiers’ war but little about the life of the nurses themselves, who are invariably portrayed simply as ‘angels’ or ‘heroines.’ This talk will give some idea of how nurses from different backgrounds coped with active service in France and Flanders, particularly when away from the wards, and tries to represent them as professional women doing the job of work for which they were trained, but definitely not always as ‘angels.’ The talk will be on Saturday July 11 from 2pm-4pm and costs £12, £10 concessions. To book, call 410300 or visit the Redoubt Fortress reception in person.

A QUIZ NIGHT: will be held in St Augustine’s Hall of Christ Church on Saturday July 11 starting at 7.30pm. Played in teams of six, the cost is £8 per person – which includes a Ploughman’s supper. Tickets are on sale now and places can be booked by calling Meg on 487229.

THE BIBLE READING FELLOWSHIP: will get together at Christ Church on Monday July 13 at 7.15pm for coffee and biscuits, ready to begin at 7.30pm. The theme will be ‘Which Way?’ Looking at the question of whether we can know God’s will for us; does God guide us, and how can we discern what God wants us to do. For more information about the meeting and the Fellowship, call Fr Neville on 479359.

AMERICAN SINGER-SONGWRITER GERARD KENNY: will be the guest speaker at a Ladies’ Lunch Club lunch on Tuesday July 21, when he will be speaking about his long career and singing some of his hit songs, including New York, New York….so good they named it twice! To book call 731451 or email frontdesk@langhamhotel.co.uk There is no membership fee to join the Ladies’ Lunch Club, just pay for any lunches that you would like to attend. Bookings are now being taken for a lunch on Tuesday August 18 when broadcaster Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart will be speaking about life at the BBC.

PARKINSONS UK EASTBOURNE BRANCH: next meets on Tuesday July 28 when David Homewood will be showing and demonstrating examples from his collection of vintage gramophones.The meeting commences at 2pm in the hall of Christ the King RC Church in Princes Road. For further information, telephone Rob on 769599.

SEASIDE NEIGHBOURHOOD PANEL: recently held one of its regular public meetings, giving residents an opportunity to discuss local issues of concern. Matters arising from the meeting included:

The issue of cars parking in a Request Bus Stop in Royal Parade. The Highways Department has been contacted and states that a metal information plaque needs to be installed before parking tickets can be issued. Councillor Steve Wallis will add his weight to this request and will report back at a future meeting of the Panel.

A derelict building near the Redoubt Fortress (opposite the Bowling Green) is subject to criminal damage. Funding has been arranged for demolition and rejuvenation of the area as a whole, including the introduction of a volleyball court.

Twenty Bathing Huts are to be constructed near to Spray Water Sports. These will be available for hire from Eastbourne Borough Council. Benches will also be installed in this area.

Plans are in place to improve the safety and clarity of the traffic lights on the Whitley Road/Seaside junction. Plans for improvements at other junctions along Whitley Road were refused by the Council.

Fly-tipping in Seaside is an ongoing problem. Bin-numbering has been employed to remove unwanted bins, therefore reducing the chance of fly-tipping. Also stickers about illegal fly-tipping have proved to be effective. Nominations for back alleys needing clearance of rubbish can be emailed to neil.peters@eastbourne.gov.uk

The Neighbourhood First group is working hard to reduce illegal fly-posting in the area.

Dog fouling is still a problem in Eshton Road. The ‘Not In Our Street’ Campaign encourages new communities to come forward and tackle the dog fouling issue in Seaside.

Cycling on pavements and the promenade is an ongoing issue. A partnership between Neighbourhood First and the Neighbourhood Policing Team has been set up to stop cyclists, educate them and issue tickets where necessary.

Although the proposed scheme for sharing the pavement between pedestrians and cyclists on the Seafront resulted in resistance from the public, the project as a whole was encouraged and went ahead.

Priorities set at the meeting were:

1. Cycling on the footpath. The number of cyclists is likely to increase in the warmer months, therefore greater emphasis on awareness and respect for others is to be conveyed to all those stopped.

2. Fly-tipping reduction through active patrols and indication by Neighbourhood First.

3. There will be a greater focus on reducing the number of speeding vehicles in the following areas: Lottbridge Drove, Sidley Road, Royal Parade, Bourne Street and Beach Road. Speed Indicating Devices will be deployed. Local Traffic Officers will monitor speeding in Lottbridge Drove beyond midnight where resources allow.

The next Seaside Neighbourhood Panel Meeting will be in St Agnes Church Hall, Whitley Road, on Wednesday September 2 at 7pm.

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