CHRISTMAS CLOSURE: Telscombe Civic Centre and council offices will be closed for the Christmas break from December 25 to January 1 inclusive (but will be open Christmas morning from 10am to midday for a coffee morning). Emergency contact numbers: Out of hours caretaker, Mick Evans 07879 641889; town clerk, Nancy Astley 07843 425412.

TIMETABLES: New bus timetables are now available from Telscombe

Civic Centre.

SPEEDWATCH: Telscombe and East Saltdean Community Speedwatch. Did you know that there is currently an active community Speedwatch Group in your area? Are you interested in helping to keep your community safer by reducing the instances of speeding vehicles in Telscombe and East Saltdean? Are you willing to give up an hour or so of your time each month? Do you enjoy being part of a small friendly group? The group currently has vacancies for Speedwatch operatives. The training is very easy, and providing you have a computer, can be carried out at home (mostly video training). Practical training takes approximately 20 minutes, with an accompanied roadside session as soon as possible after the video training. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the Group Co-ordinator, Christine Bowman on 01273 583213 or 07866 301908.

ELECTRIC BLANKET ADVICE: The East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service advise that before you use your blanket, make sure that it, or its power cable, doesn’t show any of the following danger signs: The fabric is worn or frayed; there are scorch marks anywhere; wires are visible; there is damage to the cord; there are any loose connections; the control is making a buzzing sound and/or is giving off a smell; it displays an old safety mark. If you are in any doubt about your blanket, contact the manufacturer before you use it to make sure that it is safe. It may need to be replaced. Andy Reynolds, Director of Prevention and Protection at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘If you have an electric blanket we would encourage you to have it tested before you start to use it this autumn and winter. We are urging people to remember that just because you used your blanket last year or earlier on in the year doesn’t mean it is still safe.’

DROP-IN: Councillor Surgery and Residents’ Association Coffee Morning on the first Saturday of each month, 10am to11am at Telscombe Civic Centre: January 9, February 6, March 5.

WINTER MAINTENANCE: Winter maintenance is crucial in terms of both the economy and road safety, and is carried out to assist the safe movement of road users including buses, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians and minimise delays caused by adverse weather conditions. Householders and businesses in Telscombe and East Saltdean are encouraged to clear snow and ice from public areas near their properties during periods of severe winter weather. They are also encouraged to check and assist neighbours who may need additional help and support during this time. Remember when clearing snow to use salt, ash or sand, don’t use water as it is likely to refreeze and turn to black ice.

RECYCLING COLLECTIONS: All bank holiday recycling collections will be made as shown on your collection calendar provided to you by Lewes District Council. (The calendar can be downloaded from Lewes District Council’s website).

REFUSE COLLECTIONS: Lewes District Council are making the following adjustments to refuse collections over the Christmas period, please note that these changes do not apply to recycling collections which will be made as per your collection calendar. You can receive email alerts on future bank holiday changes by signing up to Lewes District Council’s newsletter. Normal collection day altered collection day Monday December 21, no change to normal collection; Tuesday December 22, please have your bins out for collection on Monday December 21, collection on either Monday or Tuesday, December 21 or 22. Wednesday December 23, please have your bins out for collection Tuesday December 22 for collection on either Tuesday or Wednesday, December 22 or 23. Thursday December 24, please have your bins out for collection on Wednesday December 23 for collection on either Wednesday or Thursday, December 23 or 24. Friday December 25, Thursday December 24. Monday December 28, double collection on Monday January 4. Tuesday December 29, no change to normal collection. Wednesday December 30, no change to normal collection. Thursday December 31, no change to normal collection. Friday January 1, double collection on Friday January 8.

FLOWER CLUB: Pacehaven and Telscombe Flower Club. Monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of each month 2pm for 2.30pm at the Civic Centre. Floral demonstrations. Chairman: 01273 586191, treasurer: 01273 581341.

BINGO EVENING: Friday December 18, 6.45pm for 7pm start at the Civic Centre. 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: Come along and join us for tea/coffee and a bacon sandwich on Christmas morning. December 25, 10am to noon at the Civic Centre.

COUNCIL MEETING: Wednesday at the Civic Centre, 7.30pm. (Precept meeting if required).

FOOTNOTES: Well, the preparations for Christmas are in hand. The spare room has been aired and the bed prepared, with Jack promising not to stretch out on the coverlet, until after the festive season and when everybody has gone home. A small amount of decorations adorn our lounge, and Jack and I have been admiring the festoons of coloured lights that are draped around the windows, doors and roofs of some of our neighbour’s properties. We never cease to marvel at the invention of some of them. Reindeers, Santa’s perched precariously on chimneys and roofs. What fun. Until next week, go safely and enjoy the week.

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