Stone Cross, Westham and Hankham

Stonecross, Westham & Hankham news
Stonecross, Westham & Hankham news

Clairvoyance: There will be an evening of Clairvoyance with Michael Kingscote on Saturday September 17 starting at 7pm in Westham Village Hall, Peelings Lane BN24 5NG. Tickets costing £5 and those wishing to attend should book early to avoid disappointment. Refreshments available to purchase and there will be a raffle. The evening has been organised to raise money in aid of the Children with Cancer Fund. For tickets or information contact Lou or George on 07988 571970

THE NEXT FREE PEELINGS Lane walk: will take place on Sunday August 21 starting from Westham Pond at 2 pm and making the stroll of 1 ½ miles to Stone Cross Mill for a free tea or coffee sponsored by Action in Rural Sussex. The theme is ‘’Hops in our Hedgerows’’. Rosemary Barton who grew up on a Hop farm in Kent will explain about the industry. Hops were grown in Hankham before the second world war. For further information please contact Fiona Durling on 01323 460338 or see the WVCG on Facebook.

DRIVEWAY SURFACING – ROGUE TRADERS: There is a company doing the rounds offering tarmac resurfacing work with a recent report coming from Ringmer on Thursday 4 August. Four young Polish men plus a slightly older ‘manager’ called at a property and offered to resurface the driveway. They provided a quote, which was agreed to, and the work started. However on completion of the job the owner was presented with a total sum to pay that was considerably higher than the quote. When this was challenged, the ‘manager’ promptly knocked off £1,000 but on condition payment was made in cash, to avoid VAT, he stated. However, the final figure was still far in excess of the original quote. Since this report was received, we have also been made aware of further incidents in Uckfield this week involving the same group of men. Trading Standards take the lead on cases like this and have already advised that a formal cooling off period should have been offered but clearly wasn’t in both cases. They will be looking into this matter as well as other offences that were possibly committed at those times.

The advice is never agree to pay money to door step / cold callers, no matter what they tell you. If you need something done on your property, find a local company through trusted sources, preferably word of mouth. ‘CheckaTrade’ is also a good source as companies are vetted before being permitted to pay the fee to register. In addition, Trading Standards run a scheme called ‘Buy with Confidence’ giving a list of trusted trades’ people. If you think these people have visited your property or you have any information in relation to them, or indeed any other rogue traders you would like to report please contact the police quoting reference 1044 04/08.

HAVE YOU HEARD OF the organisation called Memory |Lane Eastbourne, which is for people with Dementia to come together with their carers? They meet on he third Saturday of each month from 10.30 to 12 pm in Christ the King Church Hall in Princes Road. You are invited to join them for a coffee or tea, cake and a chat and perhaps take part in the variety of activities which are organised for members, including Crafts, Music, Reminiscence to name but a few. There is no need to book, just turn up. For more information ring 01323 650115 or 07800 874361 or e.mail on

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