Down Your Way: Langney and Shinewater

LANGNEY WI has been active in hosting and preparing events as of late.

The Women’s Institute held a meeting last night based at St Barnabas United Church in Kingfisher Drive and featured Phil Gardiner who talked about life in the 60s in Eastbourne, from the Congress area to the Crumbles. The next meeting is on March 27 at 7.30pm at the same place. The Kitchen Doctor, Barbara Griggs will be holding her surgery. Contact president Val on 01323 416491 for more details.

IN RELATION to St Barnabas, they hold other events in the hall too.They’re renowned for their coffee mornings and this March 3 sees the latest. In the mist of the National Fair Trade Fortnight you will be able to taste some great beverages along with the usual sales of greetings cards and bric-a-brac. Ring church secretary, Annette on 725287 for further information. Sunday Service is 10.30an-11.30am. The next coffee morning is on April 7, 10am-noon.

THE Shinewater Neighbourhood Panel held a meeting recently and kicked off with a brand new chairperson, Lori Cronin. She was joined by Sgt Ed Ripley, PC Ed Faulkner, PCSO Andy Monico and Environmental Officer Neil Peters.

Scott Brunton, Langney’s new neighbourhood management officer was invited to speak about his role and how he will take us forward.

THE ONGOING debate in relation to the crossing at the bottom of Milfoil and Larkspur Drive was alive and well at the meeting. Apparently, to have a safe-crossing implanted, a score of 70 is needed. 63 is the current rating. Only a few out!

Another contentious issue is potholes. I have mentioned this before and quick fixes have been sought. However, as we know, quick fixes are often short term solutions and the cracks literally start to appear. A scrutiny group has been set up and Cllr Shuttleworth was pleased to report that resurfacing of Milfoil Drive is going to take place. No dates have been set as yet though.

COMMUNITY support officers are holding surgeries throughout the month in various areas across Langney & Shinewater. In Mid-March, they will be at Langney Shopping Centre. Keep your eyes peeled for a date and time.

On the last Wednesday of every month, you can also visit the Shaftesbury Centre to talk about your concerns and a bi-monthly attendance at the centre in Etchingham Road too.

I’ve also been made aware of a police box which is placed near the community centre this week too. With all the modern technology around including twitter and mobiles, I wasn’t aware they still existed? Because of this, feel free to think of it as a ‘Tardis’ if it helps. Works for me.

BENCHES have been installed at Shinewater Park. The field next to Causeway School has received the new seating. Langney Councillors to thank on this one I hear.

THE neighbourhood panel’s next meeting is on Wednesday, April 25, 7.30pm from The Hub.

WANT to test your wits as we enter Mad March? Did’s Quiz starts at 8pm this Saturday (March 3) at Langney Sports in Priory Lane.

With regards to the football team on Saturday they make the long journey west to face Truro City away., kick off 3pm. Then, on Tuesday March 6 at 7.45pm, it’s the battle of the Borough’s they take on Farnborough at Rushmoor Community Stadium in Hampshire.

STEVE HOPPER, Tel: 07799 262639,