DYW Sovereign Harbour

The NHS is running a public consultation, ending on September 28, asking for views on the single siting of orthopaedics, general surgery and stroke services. If these services go, it is inevitable others, such as maternity and paediatrics, will soon follow. On September 15, the ‘Save the DGH’ campaign holds a march along the seafront, starting at the Redoubt at 10am and ending with a rally at the Wish Tower, starting 11am. Residents of Sovereign Harbour and Langney Point meet on the promenade by the water treatment works at 9am and march to the Redoubt to join the main body of protesters at 9.30am.

Thousands marching will send a message to the local NHS which says we, the public, do not agree with their proposals. Please add your support and help save these services at the DGH. This will also give the ‘Save the DGH’ campaign the mandate to fight these proposals on our behalf.

AS THE Sovereign Harbour Ward councillors will take part in the Save the DGH march, their September 15 surgery at Simply Italian is cancelled. The Beatty Road surgery on Wednesday, September 12, will take place.

A FUNDRAISING concert in support of Eastbourne’s new lifeboat ‘Diamond Jubilee’ will be held at the King’s Centre, Edison Road, on Friday, September 7, starting 7.30pm (doors open at 6.45pm). The Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band will provide the music. Tickets, £5, can be purchased from Bright Ideas on the Sovereign Harbour Waterfront, the Eastbourne Lifeboat Museum and the King’s Centre - cheques payable to “RNLI Eastbourne”.

FOR THE past year, a group of South Harbour residents, the ‘Water Feature Action Group’ (WFAG) has been engaging with developers Persimmon Homes and Eastbourne Borough Council (EBC) about the poor condition of the large Columbus Point water feature and its proposed hand-over to residents.

Persimmon has now arbitrarily handed over management to residents, despite it being in a poor state of repair and not being in working order.

More than 100 residents turned out to a meeting in Dominica Court on August 31 to discuss possible actions. For the latest updates, and pictures of the current state of the water feature, visit: www.shra.co.uk/waterfeature.html.

SPEAKER at the Harbour WI meeting at the Harbour Yacht Club on September 10 Dr Sheila Innis will relate ‘More Memories from the BBC’ - Auntie’s adventures overseas. For more information visit www.shra.co.uk/wi or call Frances Harrap on 01323 472649.

THE Harbour Community Association short mat bowls group restart after the school summer holidays, on Thursday, September 6. Membership of the HCA is free to all harbour residents over 18. For more details or to register, visit: www.shra.co.uk/hca.html or email hca@shra.co.uk.

PREMIER Marinas has issued a further press release concerning the incident that occurred at the Sovereign Harbour sea-locks on August 4. An investigationt, led by the Harbour Master, has been concluded. The results are being reviewed by The Harbour Board, which has responsibility under the Port Marine Safety Code, for the safe operation of the marina.

THE Sovereign WI meets at 2pm on the 4th Thursday of the month at the Catholic Church of Christ the King hall in Princess Road - visitors welcome. More from Vi Robinson on 01323-767209, or just drop in on a meeting day.

THE Sovereign Harbour Art Group meets every Thursday, 9.30am-12.30pm, at Christ the King Catholic Hall, Princes Road. More information at www.shra.co.uk/artgroup or email acrylicart@hotmail.co.uk or call Angela on 07914-884378.

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. They meet every Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club; events open to members only. More from either Brenda on 01323 470114 or Gilly on 01323 470366, or visit: www.harbourfriends.co.uk.

THE small fishing fleet based at Sovereign Harbour is facing concerns over the safety of its future, with the possibility that the land they currently occupy (Site 3) is to be developed for housing. The fishermen’s request for residents’ support has been met with overwhelming support. To find out more and express support visit: http://eastbournefishermen.co.uk

BRUSHSTROKES Artists is an informal group of artists, with a range of abilities, working in various media, meeting on Wednesdays, 1pm-4pm in St. Richard’s Church Hall, Etchingham Road, Langney, BN23 7AX. No tuition provided. Drop in to join or for an informal chat, or e-mail marinaann@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

THE Haven Church meets every Sunday 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. There are other week-day activities for families and also for exploring the Christian faith. For more or to get in touch: www.thehavenchurch.org.uk , 01323 325989, john@thehavenchurch.org.uk.

STROLLERS and Toners is an exercise programme for adults with babies or young children in buggies or on bikes, taught by fully qualified ante/post natal instructors, and suitable for all fitness levels. Meeting outside Bright Ideas, Thursday mornings at 9.30am, cost £2.50. For more text Mari-Anne on 07748-678030 or visit t www.strollersandtoners.co.uk.

SOVEREIGN Harbour Bridge Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday at the Yacht Club, 1pm for a 1.30pm start, finishing 5pm. The club runs a host system and all levels are very welcome. For further details including bridge tuition and educational material, visit www.sh-bc.info, or call Alan on 01323-645893.