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David Picton

Stone Cross, Westham and Hankham

THE NEXT LOCAL ELECTIONS: are being held on Thursday May 2. Please note there have been some boundary changes and new Wards created. Hankham, Rickney, Westham and part of Stone Cross will now be in a new Stone Cross Ward and the remainder of Stone Cross will be in the Polegate Central Ward. More details can be found at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/6011 and http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/1237/contents/made The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Friday 12th April 2019.

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CONTROL ACCESS WITH DOORS to your home: As such, you want it to be as solid and protective as can be. Which means it being strong you can trust.Your door is the gateway enough to withstand even the most determined burglar. Whether you live in a flat or a house, your front door will always tell a thief the levels of security surrounding your home. If it looks really secure and burglar-resistant, then they’ll think twice about trying to gain entry. A locksmith belonging to the Master Locksmiths Association will check to see if your door is secure and made of solid timber or a robust composite. The locksmith can also reinforce the frame and check if the locks and hinges are British Standard approved. 1. If your door has a letterbox, a guard fitted to the rear of the door will prevent someone reaching in with a stick and a hook to fish for any nearby items such as a handbag or keys – which should never be kept near exterior doors. Consider cat flaps and dog flaps too. 2. Windows can be reinforced by using special film or by installing laminated panels. 3. Spy holes and security chains are recommended so that anyone visiting can be identified before you open the door. 4. Always remember to use both locks and check to make sure that the mortice lock is double-locked every time you leave your home. 5. A simple turn of a double-locking nightlatch gives you added security and peace of mind. 6. Door bars, such as a London Bar or Birmingham Bar greatly reinforce the doorframe and provide excellent protection against anyone trying to force a door open or kicking it down. 7. A lockguard does exactly that; it protects the keyhole and lock from being tampered with and is a great deterrent. If you are putting in a new front door, always fit security accredited products as these are tested to British standards and approved by the insurance industry. Talk to your locksmith about standard PAS 24 2016. Patio doors. Sliding patio doors are vulnerable to forced entry, so do check that yours have an anti-lift device fitted so they can’t be lifted out of the frame. Some uPVC doors are fitted with locks that protrude from the frame on the outside (euro profile locks for those in the know). If yours do, then consider getting a Master Locksmiths Association member to change the lock to a shorter one that can’t be snapped off.

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COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH: SEEKS volunteers to help save lives in Sussex: Is speeding an issue in your area? Can you help the authorities prevent it? Community SpeedWatch (CSW) is seeking more volunteers in a bid to continue to address its four main aims: To reduce death and injuries on the roads; To reduce the speed of vehicles to the speed limit; To increase public awareness of inappropriate speed; To improve the quality of life for local communities. CSW is a national initiative where active members of local communities join with the support of police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices. To find out more and to sign up,www.communityspeedwatch.org/ or email stephen.oconnell@sussex.pnn.police.uk

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COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH SEEKS volunteers to help save lives in Sussex: Is speeding an issue in your area? Can you help the authorities prevent it? Community SpeedWatch (CSW) is seeking more volunteers in a bid to continue to address its four main aims: To reduce death and injuries on the roads; To reduce the speed of vehicles to the speed limit; To increase public awareness of inappropriate speed; To improve the quality of life for local communities. CSW is a national initiative where active members of local communities join with the support of police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices. To find out more and to sign up,www.communityspeedwatch.org/ or email stephen.oconnell@sussex.pnn.police.uk

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THE NEXT MEETING OF the Eastbourne and District Branch of the REME: Association will be held in the RBL Club in Polegate on Wednesday February 27 starting at 7.30 pm. All serving and retired members of REME are welcome to attend.

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UPDATE ON SIGNIFICANT PLANNED Road Works On The M23. 12 & 13 February 10pm – 4am: Lane closures leading to a full closure from J10 to J8 Northbound. Fully signed diversion route for M25 via A264, A22 and re-join the M25 at J6. Diversion for Gatwick A2011, A23 London Road, Airport way into Gatwick Airport.. 12 & 13 February 10pm – 4am: Lane 1 closure on Gatwick Spur Eastbound leading to a full Northbound entry slip road closure at J9. Fully signed diversion route Southbound at J10 via A264, A22 and re-join the M25 at J6.

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THE HAVEN PLAYERS Pantomime: this year was Red Riding Hood which was written and directed by Bob Hammond. We all know the story of the wolf eating grandma and this was portrayed very cleverly with a great deal of ingenuity. Granny played by Danny Dalziel always commands the stage with his presence and was ably assisted by the Dr (Mcauley Parker) who made an excellent foil for him. The wolf played by Andy Bennett was a superb baddie; the audience booed and shouted loudly whenever he appeared. The slapstick scene involving wallpaper and paste was extremely well executed by Farmer Hood, Walter & George played by Mark Gurney, Diane Hanson and Sue Davies. Tom the Woodman (Alisia Jay) and Red Riding Hood (Yana Mason) made a lovely leading couple. It was a great evening’s entertainment which was enjoyed by all. Look out for their next production of The 39 Steps in the Spring.

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This time of year is definitely Panto time: and the St Luke’s Player’s presented their version of Robin Hood which was specially written by Roy Maryan who also stepped in at the last minute to play the king. The highlights of the show was the playing between Friar Tuck, a large beachball and Mad Mary which was absolutely amazing and also outstanding was the ballet performed by Mrs Tuck. There was all the usual interaction between audience and cast which is essential to a pantomime plus the enthusiasm and talent of the entire cast made sure that a really good evening’s entertainment was enjoyed by the audience.

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ONCE AGAIN THE PANTOMIME Season: is upon us and those of us fortunate to have bought tickets can be assured of an evening of excellent entertainment as the St Luke’s Players present the tale of Robin Hood and his Merry Men as they endeavour to thwart the evil machinations of the Sheriff of Nottingham. The show is on Friday January 18 at 7.30 pm and on Saturday January 19 with a matinee at 2.30 pm with the evening performance being at 7.30 pm. Tickets can be booked by ringing the Box Office on 07512 45-466 and cost £8 for adults and £4 for children. There is a special charge of £1 for children at the matinee who wish to sit on the floor in front of the stage.

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ONCE AGAIN THE PANTOMIME Season is upon us: and those of us fortunate to have bought tickets can be assured of an evening of excellent entertainment as the St Luke’s Players present the tale of Robin Hood and his Merry Men as they endeavour to thwart the evil machinations of the Sheriff of Nottingham. The show is on Friday January 18 at 7.30 pm and on Saturday January 19 with a matinee at 2.30 pm with the evening performance being at 7.30 pm. Tickets can be booked by ringing the Box Office on 07512 45-466 and cost £8 for adults and £4 for children. There is a special charge of £1 for children at the matinee who wish to sit on the floor in front of the stage.

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JUBILATE: IS THE FAMILY Service at St Mary’s Church, Westham., which is held every first Sunday of the month, at 9.45 a.m. and lasts less than an hour. It features puppets Jubi and Latte. This coming Sunday November 2 the congregation are collecting Items for the Christmas menu at Matthew 25, the Eastbourne - based organization helping the homeless and other vulnerable people in our area. If you would like to give a contribution of food items with at least a 1 month sell date or items that would be nice presents, please go along.

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JUBILATE: IS THE FAMILY Service at St Mary’s Church, Westham., which is held every first Sunday of the month, at 9.45 a.m. and lasts less than an hour. It features puppets Jubi and Latte. This coming Sunday November 2 the congregation are collecting Items for the Christmas menu at Matthew 25, the Eastbourne - based organization helping the homeless and other vulnerable people in our area. If you would like to give a contribution of food items with at least a 1 month sell date or items that would be nice presents, please go along.

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THE NEXT MEETING OF the Eastbourne and District Branch of the REME Association: will be held on Wednesday November 28, starting at 7.30 pm in the Polegate Branch of the Royal British Legion.

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THE PEVENSEY, WESTHAM AND Stone Cross Branch of the Royal British Legion: held their Annual Poppy Appeal Coffee Morning last Saturday, all proceeds of this is passed directly to the Legion. This was very well attended and raised in excess of £900. The Branch would like to thank all those who helped man the stalls, and also all those who attended and spent so generously.

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REMEMBRANCE TIME IS HERE: again and the Pevensey, Westham and Stone Cross Branch of the Royal British Legion will be holding the Poppy Appeal Coffee Morning in Westham Village Hall on Saturday November 3 from 10 am to 12 noon. Once again they are asking for your help in all areas. They need Bric-a-brac, prizes for the Tombola and the raffles, plus as many cakes as you can provide (they are always a good seller). Also, if you have some time to spare, they need your help in running the stalls etc. Refreshments will be available. If you can provide cakes, you are asked to deliver them to the Hall on Saturday morning.

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WESTHAM VILLAGE CONSERVATION GROUP: have organised a Hop Walk and Talk for Sunday October 7, meeting at Westham Village pond at 2 pm. Stroll along Peelings Lane to see the Hops growing: then on to Hankham for Oast Houses if time permits. Rosemary Barton will discuss Hop growing and picking, historical photographs to view. This is a free event: phone 01323 460338 if needed or email andyfionadurling@googlemail.com

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PEVENSEY AND WESTHAM COMMUNITY Forest Garden: invites the public to attend Apple Day on Saturday September 29 from 11am to 4pm at the Sports Club, Entrance is via Pevensey Recreation Ground car park in Wallsend Road. Pevensey BN245NX. There will be an Information stall to browse at, Refreshments will be provided by Pevensey and Westham Sports Club.

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REME: the next meeting of the Eastbourne and District Branch of the REME Association will be held on Wednesday September 26 in the RBL Club in Polegate commencing at 7.30 pm. All past or present members of the Corps are welcome to attend. Further information can be obtained from the Chairman on 091323 760547.

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