DYW: Pevensey - December 15, 2010

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CHRISTMAS will soon be over, the bills flooding in and your family’s education fees and materials looking even more expensive in the new year. There is someone who can help. There is a Trust in the area which exists partly to provide education and occupational training funding for young people up to the age of 25. In the past it has helped with tuition fees, books and equipment and many other important expenses.

To get an application form write to The Treasurer, St John the Baptist Hospital Trust, at 20 The Linkway, Westham, Pevensey, BN24 5JB. The Trust also owns and operates the local Almshouses in Pevensey Bay and Westham which are so much appreciated by elderly or infirm locals.

On Tuesday last week I joined trustees and tenants for a jolly Christmas afternoon tea of cuppas, mince pies and meringues. Great to see so many happy faces.

LOCAL heroes hold their own little feast on Saturday. The Pevensey, Westham and Stone Cross branch of the Royal British Legion tucks into its well-earned Christmas lunch at noon in the cosy surroundings of the Wheatsheaf down the road at Little Common. Enjoy your lunch and, as I know you will, think of our lads out there.

GET IN the mood if you aren’t already by popping into St Wilfrid’s Hall on Saturday, 10am to noon, for coffee and carols! And there’s an art display, books, cakes, cards and tombola. Come and go as you please, but do join in singing your favourite carols. Entry is £1 in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hall and St Nicolas and St Wilfrid’s Church maintenance.

IN THE three months to November there were 72 recorded crimes in our little patch. They comprised 24 acts of criminal damage, 18 thefts, 10 vehicle crimes, seven non-residential burglaries, two acts of violence and 11 others. And the police are looking into an increase in the amount of graffiti on Coast Road.

Think you can help? Well, Neighbourhood Watch is still on the look-out for co-ordinators and members and you can join them and do your bit by contacting Patricia Roud on pjroud@yahoo.com.

YOUR parish council is taking action over the multitude of used car dealers filling our lay-bys with their wrecks for sale. They’ve been in touch with the area’s enforcement officer over him taking powers to deter it. The enforcement officer, however, says he is not confident there is funding available to take up the powers - so councillors are going to meet him next month to discuss it.

PLEASED to report the parish council is considering holding some meetings in Coast Road and Pevensey next year instead of sticking to St Wilfrid’s hall all the time. They are looking at dates to use Pevensey Memorial Hall and the Ethel Wood Centre.

WHETHER it was boisterous youngsters or a wayward lorry that wrecked the Gresham bus shelter on Wallsend Road, you and me have ended up paying for it’s replacement. It cost us £3,129.03.

HOPING for traffic calming on Coast Road? No chance. The county council’s traffic manager Brian Banks says there are no plans on the books at the moment and council cost cutting is likely to make future measures even less likely. He will, however, give us some temporary Speeding Kills signs to put up.

HOPES for one person of building a new house on land at 102 Eastbourne Road have been dashed. Wealden turned it down originally because it is in the flood zone. An appeal was made to the Planning Inspectorate but that too failed.