WALKING BUS: On Sunday October 11, a sponsored Walking Bus took place to raise funds for CTLA, the only Community Transport charity of its kind covering the Havens coastal strip and the rest of the Lewes District. The walkers included Lewes MP Maria Caulfield and the Mayors of the Havens Towns, Cllr Wayne Botting (Telscombe), Cllr Robert Robertson (Peacehaven), Cllr Steve Saunders (Newhaven) and Cllr Dave Argent (Seaford) as well as staff, supporters and volunteers from the charity. They walked eight miles from Seaford to Telscombe Cliffs. Ray is 70 years old. Three months ago he had a massive heart attack that nearly claimed his life. He can no longer drive or walk for longer than five minutes as only 25 percent of his heart is functioning. On Sunday he walked for a few minutes with the sponsored walking bus (assisted by his grandson, Danny, dressed as Spiderman!) because he knows too many people like himself, CTLA Community Transport charity is a life-line. Their only way to reach the outside world and essential services.

‘I had to do what I could’ said Ray, ‘I have always been active and have been able to just get in my car and do everything that I took for granted all my life. Now I realise what loneliness and isolation might do to people who find themselves in my situation, unable to drive and reliant on others for shopping, doctor’s appointments and a social life. I urge people to support CTLA in any way they can and help people who need the accessible minibuses as their only way to the outside world.’ To sponsor Ray and the other participants of the Walking Bus go to To find out more about CTLA go to

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU: Drop in advice surgery on the last Tuesday of each month, 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Civic Centre. Advice can also be gained via their website Adviceline 03444 111 444.

BINGO: On the last Friday of each month, 6.45pm for 7pm start at the Civic Centre. Next date Friday October 30. Eight games played for £4, plus an additional Snowball and Flyer game. Free refreshments at half-time break. Proceeds to Mayor of Telscombe’s charity fund.

COFFEE MORNING: Christmas Coffee Morning, 10am to noon on December 25 at the Civic Centre. Come along and join us for tea/coffee and a bacon sandwich on Christmas morning.

QUIZ NIGHT: November 13 sponsored by Sussex Fostering and Children’s Service, 7pm at the Civic Centre. Come along and enjoy this light-hearted quiz night. Teams of up to six at £2 per person. Bring your own food and drink. Cash prizes.

FOOTNOTES: Jack extremely glad the last night of the play has arrived and he can resume his routine of having me around for the evening. A stroll around the garden in the bright autumn sunshine was bracing. This weekend I had to drive down the C7 towards Lewes and the sun reflecting all the different colours spread across the downs was truly beautiful, we are so lucky to be living in such a lovely part of the world. Have a great weekend and go safely.

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