Down Your Way: Stone Cross, Westham and Hankham

ST MARY’S Church, High Street Westham, will hold a Christmas Tree Festival from December 7-9. Both church and local organizations are decorating a Christmas tree on the theme of ‘Christmas carols’.

The church will open from 10am-5pm on the Friday and Saturday, and 2pm-4pm on the Sunday. Refreshments and light lunches will be available, also cream teas. Musical interludes are planned. Contact Mrs J. Hammond on 461510 for more details.

ONCE again, Hankham School took part in the annual Eastbourne Youth Radio event. Eight Year 6 pupils – Millie, Matt, Finlay, Jack, Hannah, Archie, Eva & Niall - were the brave individuals who acted as presenters and performed brilliantly on the day. They were a credit to themselves and the school.

The organisers commented on how well the children represented the school and how professional they were. Well done to them and all the children who took part in the recording of class items; the staff; also parents who sent in their music requests and dedications.

ST LUKE’S Church, Stone Cross, holds its Christmas Fayre on Saturday, December 8, 10 am to 1pm. There will be a raffle and lots if stalls including cakes, books, toys, teddies, jewellery, gifts, cards and specially made calendars.

Refreshments will be available and entrance to the event is free. Visit Santa in his Grotto.

ON SATURDAY, December 1, Stone Cross Pre-School has a Christmas Fayre in Stone Cross Memorial Hall, 10am-1-pm. Plenty for everyone to enjoy, so why not go along and help make the Fayre a success?

THE Eastbourne Oorgan and Keyboard Club will give a Members Concert in Westham Village hall on Tuesday, December 4, starting at 7.30 pm (doors open at 6.30 pm).

ON Monday, December 3, Pevensey and Westham Historical Society holds its Christmas Social in Westham Village hall starting at 7.30 pm. All members will be very welcome.

THE Trading Standards Institute (TSI) recently held a National Consumers Week with the result a clear message is given to all householders.

Cold Calling – Don’t Buy it: TSI’s strongest message yet against cold calling doorstep traders comes as thousands continue to be blighted by doorstep crime.

Trading standards officers are faced daily with criminal offences, financial hardship, health impact and emotional fallout caused by cold calling doorstep traders who carry out unnecessary home maintenance work at grossly inflated prices – adding insult to injury by doing the work badly – or use cold calling as a cover for distraction burglary.

TSI’s chief executive Ron Gainsford said: “There is only one way consumers can really stay safe from rogues and that is by saying ‘no’ to cold calling doorstep traders –particularly those offering home maintenance services such as roofing, guttering, gardening and work on the driveway.

“Consumers who need work carried out should never take the word of a cold caller for it and should take their time, using their local authority’s approved trader scheme to find a workman.

“We are rolling out the no cold calling ‘super sign’ across the country – urging anyone who does not want unwelcome knocks on their door to download one from our website and display it clearly by the front door. .