The levels in my sympathy tank tend to be very low most of the time but they rose dramatically this week on hearing the plight of countless customers who have been left out of pocket – and without beds – after the closure of the bed shop opposite the railway station. These poor people paid for beds that were never delivered and when customers turned up en masse on Saturday to enquire where their beds were, they were told the company had no money left, had ceased trading and it seems there is nothing they can do. A trip to Eastbourne Police proved fruitless as did calls to East Sussex Trading Standards. Among the customers were vulnerable elderly people who are unable to understand why the authorities are powerless to do anything when this sort of thing happens. I too am baffled and hope somebody can explain why – and what these poor people can do when a business takes their money for goods, ceases trading and fails to deliver the said goods.
It would appear I owe Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council an apology. I remarked last week that the lovely daffodils on the main road from Willingdon into Eastbourne were planted by Lions or Rotarians. But John Pritchett from the council tells me the parish council has a policy of trying to plant somewhere in the region of 2,000 daffodils each year to brighten up the parish and has had contributions from Willingdon Residents’ Association and the Women’s Institute to help with the cost but not from any Rotary or Lions groups. It would seem the Eastbourne Rotary Club and Eastbourne Inner Wheel Club originally clubbed together way back in 1991 and paid for 4,300 daffodil bulbs on the bank by Willingdon roundabout. It was the brainchild of Rotary chairman Peter Goldsmith and his wife Anne, who was the Inner Wheel chairman who decided to do the planting in their years of office. I stand corrected.