Residents group is to call it a day

Jenny, Walter and Wendy receiving their cheques from Rita Scarfe and Bill Purcell of RACE. SUS-141107-101448001
Jenny, Walter and Wendy receiving their cheques from Rita Scarfe and Bill Purcell of RACE. SUS-141107-101448001

The Residents Association of Chyngton Estate (RACE) has decided to call it a day after working for years to improve the area.

RACE has made a huge, positive difference to Chyngton Estate, including running a youth club and football team, as well as campaigning for improvements to the park and communal gardens.

The Residents’ Association is a member of the Tenants of Lewes District (TOLD), which is a non-political group of volunteers funded by Lewes District Council.

TOLD is made up of elected representatives from each of the Tenants and Residents Associations in the area and holds at least three public meetings every year. Its main aim is to ensure decisions made, particularly on housing, in the Lewes District area involves the people who live within it.

While the winding up of RACE is sad news for the area, some good will come of it as the group has decided to donate all its remaining funds, more than £1,500, to two local charities.

The first of which is Making Magical Moments - a Seaford-based dementia group that provides one-to-one support and group sessions for people with dementia, mental health issues or the elderly.

Wendy Morley from Making Magical Moments said, “We have already used some of the funds to provide a day at the seaside for nine of our clients. We also plan to provide entertainers for our weekly group sessions.”

For more information on this project contact Wendy on 07759370090.

The other good cause to benefit from RACE’s disbanding is the Seaford Tree Wardens Group, which raises funds to plant and help maintain new trees and hope to use the money to grow even more plants in the Chyngton area.

To date, the charity has planted more than 200 trees in the Seaford area, replanted and redesigned the beach garden on Marine Parade and planted 200m of tamarisk hedge at Splash Point.

Jenny and Walter Tillyard said, “We like to work with the community to involve them in choosing a location and then planting and maintaining new trees. The main job is to make sure that young trees are watered regularly.”

Seaford Tree Wardens Group is supported by Seaford Town Council, the Tree Council and the Big Tree Plant. For more information, visit http://seafordtreewardens.word