Stone Cross, Westham and Hankham

HOME OFFICE CONSULTATION: REGARDING ‘Reforming the Powers of Police Staff and Volunteers’ This consultation asks for views on whether the Home Office should give more powers to Chief Constables to be able to offer wider opportunities and powers to volunteers and civilian staff. There are 8 simple set questions. You are invited to give your views before 31st October by clicking on the following link: The description of the consultation is as follows: “The office of constable is central to the delivery of policing in England and Wales. The reforms set out in this document are intended to enhance this. We propose for the first time setting out in a single piece of legislation the core list of powers that will only be available to those that hold the office of constable. Beyond these core powers, we want police forces to have a more flexible workforce and we will, subject to key safeguards, enable chief officers to designate other police powers to staff. This will enable police officers to focus on the most important roles; roles that only they can carry out. We also want to enhance the role of volunteers. We are consulting on ending the anomaly whereby volunteers can either have all of the powers of the constable, as a special; or have none of the powers, as a police support volunteer. We will instead allow volunteers to mirror the roles played by police staff, for example as community support officers. These reforms will help this government to finish the job of police reform. These changes will take further the process started in the Police Reform Act 2002, which first introduced the PCSO role and the concept that police staff, as well as police officers, could have enforcement powers. They will give chief constables greater flexibility in meeting the demands on police forces at a time when funding policing remains a significant challenge.”

Historical Society: The next meeting of the Pevensey and Westham Historical Society will be held in Westham Village Hall on Monday October 5 starting 7.30 pm. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

A Celebration of Harvest: in St Mary’s Church in the High Street, Westham. runs until Sunday September 27 from 10am-5pm. Refreshments will be served until 4pm It is realised this is quite late in the year but that can be good in that there are less likely to be any other flower festival clashes! This one first began in the late fifties, when flower festivals were not so common, and was the idea of the wife of the then vicar, the Rev’d Champneys Burnham. Those were the days when there was very little in the way of spare money or luxuries, and I’m told it was a case of jam jars instead of vases, and cut garden flowers instead of the exotics we have now. Over the years it has developed and many different groups associated with the village have become involved. We think ourselves very fortunate to have some extremely gifted and imaginative arrangers. Entry is free - but donations will be gratefully received.

Blanket testing: THE TIME HAS COME around once more when you are invited to take your electric blankets along for testing. Checks are being carried out on October 14 at Hailsham Community Fire Station from 10 am to 12 midday and at Eastbourne Community \Fire Station from 2 to 4 pm. If you are unable to attend at either of these locations, please contact Sandra Farmer on 01323 462178 or by e.mail to Sandra to arrange collection and delivery of blankets.

Quiz: ARE YOU A GENIUS and want to prove it? Why don’t you go along to the Red Lion, Stone Cross on a Wednesday evening and take part in their General Knowledge Quiz which starts at 8.30 pm. It should be a lot of fun, so treat yourself to an evening our in convivial surroundings. All are welcome.

BEAUTY SPOT CAR PARKS: – be vigilant for suspicious behaviour Police are warning dog walkers, ramblers and local residents to be alert for suspicious behaviour in beauty spot car parks following an incident at Butchershole Bottom car park in Friston. A member of the public reported seeing three men acting suspiciously there on Wednesday afternoon (16 September). The three men, who were in a silver VW Golf, were described as being in their early 20s, and one of them had tattooed arms. Always lock and alarm your vehicle when leaving it for any length of time, wherever it is parked, and never leave anything of value in it as opportunistic thieves are always on the look out for easy pickings.

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