Stone Cross, Westham and Hankham

market cancelled: IT IS REGRETTED THAT the Friday Community Market will not be held during the month of December due to a lack of stalls. A further notice of future markets will be made in due course. The organisers apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.

WEALDEN DISTRICT COMMANDERS MESSAGE: As we near the end of 2015 we start to look forward to what 2016 will bring, and it promises to be another year of positive changes for Sussex Police. As part of our Serving Sussex 2015 programme we have already made cost savings of £50 million since 2010, and our Sussex Local Policing Model continues this work, with the goal of delivering policing more efficiently by using technology and working closer with our partners and other agencies to further reduce costs and engage with the public in ways that are even more inclusive and effective. Part of these changes will inevitably involve further collaboration with Surrey Police and other partners but the principal aspects of our service will continue to be provided locally, focusing on protecting the community by relentlessly pursuing criminals and reducing the risk of people becoming victims of crime through prevention work. Some structural changes are now starting to take place, notably around the management of our districts. As part of the programme a decision has been taken to have one District Commander leading Wealden and Lewes so this message is my chance to announce that I will be taking on this new role, as well as continuing as the Lewes District Commander. I would like to reassure people that despite this change it will be very much a case of ‘business as usual’ for both districts. No resources will be lost and each ward will still have a point of contact in the shape of allocated Police Community Support Officers.I am looking forward to meeting the people of Wealden, and the many partners who help us to make the district an extremely safe place in which to live and work, over the coming months. Chief Inspector Gary Pike will be moving on to a new role within Sussex Police and I know you will join me in thanking him for all his hard work and wishing him the very best. Chief Inspector Gary Pike said: “I have enjoyed my time at Wealden immensely and am proud of what my dedicated team of officers and staff have achieved during my time in the post. I know I leave the district not only in good shape but in very capable hands. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the partners and organisations who I have worked with while in Wealden – there are too many to mention individually – for their support and excellent work, which I know will continue for many years to come. s the days continue to get shorter I would encourage you all to visit for some tips on keeping your home and belongings safe this winter. From here you can find links to – where you can register all your property for free and increase your chances of being reunited with it if the worst happens – as well as stories from victims about the impact burglary has had on them.You can also help us by reporting any suspicious behaviour that you see - no matter how ‘small’ or ‘insignificant’ you think it is. Information from members of the public is crucial in helping us to prevent and detect crime, and details of vehicles seen in suspicious circumstances are especially useful to us. As much detail as possible is the ideal, so all or some of the following are gratefully received: 
Registration number - either the full number or part of it 
Type of vehicle - is it a car, van or motorbike? 
Description - make, model, colour and any livery or distinguishing marks 
Condition of the vehicle - are there any scratches or dents?
Time and location - when are where did you see the vehicle? 
Description of driver and/or passengers 
Please email, or call 101 with any information. If it’s an emergency or a crime is in progress always call 999. Alternatively you can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit

THE FRIENDS OF EASTBOURNE Hospital: invite you, your friends and families to their Christmas Carol Service on Thursday December 10 at 3 pm in the Chaplaincy Centre on the 2nd Floor of the Central Block of the Eastbourne DGH.

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