Stone Cross, Westham and Hankham

THE NEXT MEETING OF the Pevensey and Westham Historical Society: will be held on Monday July 6 in Westham Village Hall, starting at 7.30 pm when Ray Sparks will be talking about “The History of Punch and Judy”. All are welcome to attend : entrance fees are Members 25p, non-members are very welcome at £1, or why not take out an Annual Subscription at £3.50 for an individual or £6 for a family or two people living at the same address.. Advance notice: there will not be a meeting in August.

WANT TO TAKE PART in a healthy pastime: and keep fit at the same time? If so, why not join one of two Eastbourne Healthy Walks? On Tuesdays, one leaves Hampden Park at 10.30 am, having met outside the Lakeside Tea Chalet, Hampden Park Drive whilst the second one meets outside the Co-op in Milfoil Drive, Shinewater, also leaving at 10.30 am. Free, friendly walks, every week for just an hour. Please wear suitable shoes and dress for the weather conditions on the day. The Friday walk will often go through Stone Cross and the walkers take the opportunity of having a tea/coffee break at the Community Market and Coffee Morning.

THERE WILL BE A Social Dance: Evening of Ballroom and Jive music on Friday July 3 in St Luke’s Parish Centre, Stone Cross from 8 to 11 pm, when music will include Ballroom, Latin, Jive, Argentine and Ballroom Tango, Modern Jive, Salsa, Swing and Sequence. Take along your own drinks but free tea and biscuits will be supplied. For more information contact either Pam or Lyndon on 01323 760277 or 07709 329863.

THE NEXT MEETING Of the Eastbourne and District Keyboard Club: will be on Tuesday July 6 in Westham Village Hall, when David Thomas will be entertaining on the organ. Born in1963 in Hornchurch, Essex, David first became seriously interested in music whilst at Secondary School when he took up the Trombone. Until that time his only musical confrontation had been with the Descant Recorder earlier when attending Primary School. The Trombone led him to play in his School Orchestras, a Dance Band and later the local Youth Orchestra which all went side by side with taking both practical and theory of music examinations. However, when alone, David found practicing the Trombone a very un-fulfilling task, so often rehearsing just harmony parts. It was around this time in the late 70’s he discovered an old “Trench”, fold-away Harmonium tucked away in his Grandparent’s house and after experimentation he decided he would like to try his hand at something a little more up to date. The meeting starts at 7.30 pm although doors will be open at 6.30pm

ST MARY’S CHURCH:, WESTHAM are hosting a concert of Music for a Summer’s Evening by The Robin Post Singers on Saturday, 20 June at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 each to include Cheese and Wine and are available from Sue Davies on 01323 767193 or on the door.

Operation Magpie: An engaged couple are re-united with stolen wedding rings in time for their big day. An engaged couple whose wedding rings were stolen days before they were due to get married were reunited with them after a jeweller spotted the items and called police. The victims called police on 22 May after discovering a burglar had entered their home. As well as taking two iPads, the burglar escaped with the rings the couple were to use at their wedding a fortnight later. The couple were re-united with their rings just a day later after a jeweller called police and said he had been sold the items that day. A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and questioned before being released on bail until 27 June. The case highlights the importance of Sussex Police’s work with traders to reduce the market for stolen second hand goods, making it harder for burglars to be able to sell on stolen goods easily. This week saw the third phase of Sussex Police’s Operation Magpie summer burglary campaign, continuing the successful activity under the ‘Too Good To Be True’ slogan launched at the beginning of the year. Handling stolen goods is an offence under Section 22 of the Theft Act and those convicted of it can be jailed for up to 14 years. By focusing on the seriousness of buying and handling stolen goods, the aim is that second hand traders and public alike understand the implications of buying second hand goods at very cheap prices, whilst also making it less appealing for thieves to break in and steal property, jewellery and gold as it will be much harder to sell it on. Is today’s bargain yesterday’s burglary? Is the price too good to be true? If what you are buying seems too cheap it may have been stolen. A total of 192 shops and outlets across Sussex have been visited by officers and presented with the Sussex Police Too Good To Be True campaign and Tradesafe principles. Detective Inspector Dave Wardley-Wilkins said: “Burglars very quickly sell on any property they steal. In order to disrupt this process, many second hand traders have signed up to using a check list when buying goods. “Second hand traders are also encouraged to use Checkmend, to ensure goods they buy are not stolen. This is again why it is important for the public to register their property on as both sites are linked and can mean that if your items are recovered should they be stolen, there is more chance of getting them back. “If you aren’t sure where the item you’re buying has come from, please don’t buy it. Think about where you are buying goods from. For example if someone is selling gold jewellery not through a reputable outlet or business, tell us where and when you saw these goods for sale.” If you have any information about burglaries or shops selling stolen goods, call 101 or email For crime prevention advice visit If you see or hear a burglary taking place call 999 immediately. Residents are also being encouraged to register their items on the world’s largest property database so that if they are stolen, they can be reunited with the owners - and so the offenders can be prosecuted. You can register your property in just a few minutes by visiting To watch a video about Immobilise and how it works, visit

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