HAILSHAM: Princess Anne visits new CAB hub

Princess Anne is met by Deputy Lieutenant Phyllida de Salis
Princess Anne is met by Deputy Lieutenant Phyllida de Salis
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HAILSHAM staff members from the Wealden Citizens Advice Bureau had a brush with royalty when Her Royal Highness Princess Anne dropped by to visit their new head office at the Hub in Uckfield on Tuesday, March 22.

The Princess, national Patron of Citizens Advice, flew into Uckfield, landing on the Luxford Field, to be greeted by staff and children from Holy Cross School waving flags and a gathering crowd of enthusiastic onlookers.

She was met by Deputy Lieutenant, Phyllida de Salis and escorted into the new bureau to meet the Chairman of Wealden District Council, Cllr Sylvia Martin, Chief Executive of Wealden District Council, Charles Lant, and Hailsham mayor Cllr Robin Kempe together with other dignitaries.

Chief executive of Wealden Citizens Advice, Caroline Mack, showed Princess Anne around the new building which is not only more centrally sited but is also more than twice the size of the old premises and will enable the bureaux to recruit more advisers.

Her Royal Highness also heard from the social policy team which gathers evidence to improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives.

Princess Anne said, “CAB has the knowledge and the volunteers.

“Being in the right place is critical to making the most of the service and you will benefit enormously from your move.”