Stone Cross, Westham and Hankham

Dance: THERE WILL BE A Ballroom and Jive Social Dance Evening on Friday September 4 in St Luke’s Parish Centre, Stone Cross, from 8 to 11 pm, entrance is £5. For more information contact either Pam or Lyndon on 01323 760277 or 07709 329863. Take your own drinks although there will be free tae and biscuits.

A MESSAGE: FROM THE Wealden District Police Commander. As summer starts to come to a close – and we look forward to carnival and bonfire season – I can report that Wealden has made significant progress in reducing burglaries to outbuildings such as sheds and garages. Officers have been active in monitoring areas where criminals travel across the district, or enter our borders from other counties, and this is showing positive results. We also have to thank you – the residents of Wealden – for heeding the crime prevention advice that we provide through social media and our PCSOs. By taking simple measures, such as fitting lighting, sturdy locks and alarms you can significantly reduce the chances of your property – be it a chainsaw or a bicycle – being stolen. If you need advice, look us up online or contact your local officer. I’ve spoken about the importance of stop and search as a police power to prevent and detect crime in previous messages. To ensure that our officers are conducting these searches fairly, professionally and lawfully, we invite members of the public to view footage taken via body-worn video. We have had four meetings this year and each one has provided extremely valuable feedback including praise and positive comments, but also suggestions to help us develop and improve – all of which is communicated to the individual officers concerned. I was particularly pleased that four young students from Crowborough Beacon took part in our most recent meeting, where they provided a new perspective from the next generation that was encouraging and refreshing. Scam is a word that covers a whole host of con tricks which have, unfortunately, become part of our everyday lives. Whether online, over the phone or via the post, scammers never give up and are always thinking of new ways to swindle us out of our money or goods. We regularly give advice on how to avoid scams – by warning residents through social or traditional media, and face-to-face events with PCSOs – and I’d like to alert you to the latest one to hit Wealden. Unscrupulous individuals are phoning residents pretending to make enquiries about council tax and asking for bank account details. The fake callers claim to be from the council and are offering a council tax refund. They then ask for bank details in order to pay in the ‘refund’. Wealden District Council, or any other local authority, will never make an unarranged phone call to ask for your bank details. Please never give out information about your bank account over the phone unless you are absolutely sure who you are talking to. If you have any concerns, please contact WDC on 01323 443322 or report to police by calling 101 or emailing I’m glad to be able to end this message as I started, with some good news. Wealden is also seeing significant reductions in car crime, again as a result of proactive policing and members of the public who are following our crime prevention advice to never leave anything of value in your vehicle and to always lock and alarm it, no matter how short a time you leave it for. In addition, officers from Wealden and Lewes districts made a number of arrests recently which led to the discovery of a huge number of items, suspected to have been stolen from cars and vans. Enquiries are on-going but I hope to be able to share more details with you soon.

DO YOU REMEMBER: ONE Man and his Dog, which used to be on television some time ago? Well, you can enjoy this in real life if you go along to the Seven Sisters International Sheepdog Trial on Saturday and Sunday September 12 and 13 being held in the Seven Sisters Country Park between 8 am and 6 pm on both days. Entry costs £5 per car which includes tea/coffee for all occupants – hot food will also be available. Contact Zoe on 07507 038626 for more information.

READERS :WILL NO DOUBT remember that recently there was an item about Jan and Carol who run a stall making money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice. An updated summary has been received showing that up to this month, a total of £1,268 for this year has been donated to the Hospice by the two ladies. Well done and many thanks to them.

THE FRIDAY MORNING MARKET: previously held in St Luke’s Parish Centre, transferred to Stone Cross Memorial Hall for the month of August One of the stalls in the Market sells jams, marmalades, chutneys, sauces, eggs (hens, duck, quail), salamis and chorizo. However, as the Pre-School children are in the Hall during each Friday morning, from the beginning of September, the Market will be held on Friday afternoons, from 2 to 4 pm, starting on Friday September 11.

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