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THE NEXT MEETING: OF the Pevensey and Westham Historical Society will be on Monday September 7 in Westham Village Hall starting at 7.30 pm when Kirsty Pattrick will be talking about the “Mass Observation Project”. All are welcome to attend. Normal entry charges for this event apply i.e. Members 25p and non-members £1.

HAVE YOU COME ACROSS The Old Loom Mill: on the road from Stone Cross to Hailsham? This is a set4 of old agricultural buildings converted into a Craft Centre, offering one of the largest selections of discounted knitting wool, fabrics, local crafts and gifts to be found in the South of England. There is also an open gate to the Cuckoo Trail and free parking on site. There is a Tea room at the Old Loom Mill, open every day except the Christmas break, where you can enjoy drinks and light refreshments.

SHINEWATER :ARE HOLDING A Fun Day on Saturday September 5 from 12 pm to 5pm in the Park on Larkspur Drive. There will be entertainment for all the family, including a Novelty Dog Show, zorbing, fishing, pony rides, dancing troupes, football tournament, fun fair and a picnic area. There will be an exhibition of Birds of Prey and a special performance from Britian’s Got Talent finalist Steve Hewlett. There will be live bands, including Rebel Flag and Chrome Rose. And much, much more. The event will be opened at noon by the Mayor of Easatbourne, Cllr Janet Coles who will be lead in by the Scout Silver Band. A good day out for all the family

THE RED LION: IN S tone Cross are holding a Summer Fair on Saturday August 22: all are welcome to attend. There will be a number of atalls to sit most tastes.

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE: HAS been received from Katy Bourne, the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner. This week I had the pleasure of visiting one of the local projects that has received a grant from my ‘Safer in Sussex’ Community Safety Fund. The ‘Moulsecoomb ASB Sweep’ seeks to put trained and experienced youth workers on the streets at key times when youth anti-social behaviour is a problem (mainly during the lighter, warmer summer months). The idea is that these youth-workers already have existing relationships with many local young people and so are well-placed to educate them about the impact their behaviour may have on the local community and to help prevent it. Operating in and around the 67 Centre in Moulscoomb, the team at the Trust for Developing Communities - which is the charity behind the scheme - hope that through this work and liaison with the community and the police they can help reduce crime and improve community cohesion.Adam Muirhead is a Youth Team Co-ordinator and he explained to me how the diversionary activities they offer at the centre aim to steer young people away from crime, for example, running sessions on bike mechanics for those who may have previously been involved in carrying out criminal damage or theft. Importantly, if a young person does find themselves on the wrong side of the law, the team will help keep the lines of communication open with them so that there is a welcoming and understanding place to come back to. This is an important part of helping to reform their behaviour and preventing them from reoffending. The team also have an unofficial but very beneficial role as careers advisers, helping young people write CVs and running mock interviews to prepare them for jobs and opportunities in further education.While I was at the centre I met two of the young people who use the facilities, Jay and Martin. They liked the relaxed and safe space it provided to meet their friends and socialise and they also appreciated the support and advice staff there can give them. I look forward to following and sharing the progress of this project with you over the coming months.

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