OUT IN THE FIELD: Buy a home in Grenade Gardens

The marketing suite at the dynamite Kings Drive site
The marketing suite at the dynamite Kings Drive site

I often chuckle when estate agents say “an opportunity has afforded itself” or “a rare opportunity has come about” when they are referring to a property up for sale. I’m not quite sure how Bovis Homes is going to fare however with selling 119 homes currently being built in Kings Drive, where almost 100 Second World War grenades have been uncovered in recent weeks. Marked ‘AW Bomb 1940’, the grenades are phosphorus incendiary devices created as improvised anti-tank weapons when Britain was facing invasion following the army’s evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940 and were buried in Kings Drive by members of the Home Guard in case of invasion. The bomb disposal unit has been a frequent visitor to the site as three stashes were uncovered. A description by the house seller could read something along the lines of “An opportunity has afforded itself for a dynamite property in none other than the exclusive Grenade Gardens in Eastbourne”. Or am I just being cynical?

It’s one year since Eastbourne hairdresser and newly-wed Dawn Weston lost her battle with cervical cancer aged just 26.

Since then her husband Dan, family and friends have raised thousands for St Wilfrid’s Hospice where Dawn spent her last few days and set up the Dawn Effect campaign, a cervical cancer prevention programme for 19-25 year old girls as they are too old for an injection and too young for a smear test. As her family and friends remember Dawn on her anniversary, they should be proud of what they have achieved in her memory.

Eastbourne Rugby Club has had a great season and to top it all this weekend is the infamous Ladies’ Night. I am going with the very lovely club president and rugby stalwart John Feakins and cannot wait.

As our housing crisis rumbles on and we move from Latimer Road, I must say a huge thank you to Eastbourne Holiday Cottages for their support. Their properties are a real credit to Eastbourne.

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