Stone Cross, Westham and Hankham

FRAUDSTER TRICKS LOCAL MAN: out of hundreds of pounds. At around 11am on Monday (August 24), a man called at a house in Derwent Close, Hailsham and told the elderly owner that he had trimmed the hedge backing onto the property, for which he wanted £400. The home owner, 87, had not asked for the work to be done, but was persuaded by the man, who said he had also done similar work for neighbours and they had already paid him. The home owner went to his bank and withdrew the cash. When he handed it over, the man said it was not enough and demanded another £800. He said he would return for it later, but did not do so. The offender is described as white and in his 30s. Police Community Support Officer, Jon Taylor, said: “This sort of crime is extremely callous as it targets the most vulnerable and elderly in our communities.”Police advice is never, ever agree to works or services offered by doorstep callers who arrive unannounced. In this case, the man claimed he had completed work that had not been asked for, and this was itself a lie as no hedge-cutting had taken place. “We would ask relatives, friends and neighbours of vulnerable or elderly people to keep an eye on them to ensure that they do not fall victim to criminals, and to report any suspicious behaviour immediately.” Anyone with information about this particular incident is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 0719 of 24/08. Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers without having to leave their name on 0800 555 111.

REHEARSALS: ARE NOW WELL underway for the latest Haven Players offering, Generations. Based around a group meeting, Generations explores the different genres of music and dance, looking at how they have evolved over time and can be blended together.

With a cast and crew of 35 including a number of new and returning members, the show features 33 songs and dances. Ranging from elegant Ballroom to a lively performance of ‘What Does The Fox Say’ by the younger members of the group, Generations really does offer something for everyone, young and old. Performances are on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th September at 7.30pm, as well as a matinee performance on Saturday 26th September at 2.30pm.

THE NEXT TIME: THE Friday Market in Stone Cross Memorial Hall will be open is on Friday September 11 from 2 to 4 pm. Please note the change of opening times!! There will be a selection of stalls for all to browse about and refreshments will also be available.

THE SUSSEX HISTORIC CHURCHES Trust: will once again be organising this years Ride and Stride event on Saturday September 12. The Trust was founded in 1956 with the sole aim of preserving the county’s places of worship. This annual event is to raise the essential funds to enable the Trust to undertake this work. Entrants will endeavour to visit as many churches/chapels as possible and the only mode of transport between churches is by bike or on foot (although making the rounds on horseback is also acceptable). Entrants are encouraged to get as many sponsorships as possible. Both churches in the area are taking part, St Mary’s in Westham and St Luke’s in Stone Cross. What churches/chapels are visited and in what order is entirely up to the individuals concerned.

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