Pevensey and Pevensey Bay

PEVENSEY DEFIBRILLATOR: A few months ago I started a campaign to raise money for a Defibrillator to be installed in the Market Square in Pevensey – these pieces of life saving equipment often get overlooked in rural villages when towns have plenty of large charities to raise money for purchases. – one in a thousand people may suffer sudden heart failure each year and considering the numbers of people in Pevensey whether visitors, residents, Local Businesses, Castle etc. there is definitely a need for a Defibrillator in the village.

After quizzes, markets, donations and finally a Grand Village Draw (Last Wednesday) all the money has been raised and the equipment purchased and now subject to the final agreement from Wealden Council will be fitted soon in the Cattle Market Car Park.

Many thanks to those who donated prizes for the Village Draw (Huw Merriman MP, Priory Court Hotel, Royal Oak and Castle, The Smugglers, The Heron, Hilliers Garden Centre, Ruby Grooming, Pevensey Town Trust, Tescos Express, Haven Garage, Laurie Wilkinson, Castle Cottage Tearooms) and the British Heart Foundation and of course for everyone who has supported the events.

We will soon be organising training courses – although using a defibrillator is fairly self-explanatory (the machine will guide users through its operation)

I have decided to continue Fundraising and am now considering raising the money to install a Defibrillator in Pevensey Bay possibly at the Ethel Wood Hall (if they give permission) as again Beachlands and Coast Road and of course users of the Hall could benefit. So has anyone any fundraising ideas or want to join in this new campaign – will you host a quiz, coffee morning, sale or join in with the new campaign – let me know. Robert Slater 01323 764528 slaterjas@aol.com

PEVENSEY CASTLE: You may have noticed a lot of work going on and scaffold around parts of the walls. English Heritage have now put a notice up ‘The Roman walls at Pevensey Castle were built in about AD 290. The internal facing stones of the walls were robbed hundreds of years ago, exposing the core of the walls, which is made up of rubble infill. This material has been exposed to the weather for centuries, and now it needs consolidating and protecting. It’s a sensitive job, and it’s being carried out by a specialist contractor using traditional methods and materials. We’ll be working on the Roman walls until December. There will be a break for winter, and then we’ll focus our efforts on the medieval inner bailey.’ All good news considering the castle seems to have been neglected over recent years but some locals are saying ‘what about the moat’ which now is certainly overdue for some work with encroaching reeds. Possibly if English Heritage asked for some local help there are people in the village who would willingly join in.

PEVENSEY PORT AND LEVELS BOOK LAUNCH: A dusty folder sat under the shelf at the Court House for over thirty years. It was a manuscript presented to the Museum by G C Sacret containing a fascinating history of Pevensey as a Port. Last year the book was transcribed and issued as an e-book. It now available as a 155 page paperback. On Saturday 27th October there will be a launch at the Court House with talks from the Curator Peter Harrison and also the PTT Chairman (and editor of the new edition) Robert Slater. The book is available on Amazon but you can preorder a copy (£1 cheaper!!) by emailing slaterjas@aol.com

PEVENSEY PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting is a Committees meeting and is being held at St Wilfrids Hall on October 2nd at 7pm.

APPLE DAY: Pevensey and Westham Community Forest Garden will be holding an Apple Day on September 29th. The event is going to be held in the Sports Club at Pevensey Rec. from 11 till 4pm. They are asking for you to bring your own Apples and Pears for Juicing with their apple pressing equipment, Free tours of the Forest Garden nearby, browse the information stalls. Refreshments will be provided by Pevensey and Westham Sports Club. For more info on bringing fruit for processing contact pawforestgarden@gmail.com or phone 01323 460338 or 07402321382