OUT IN THE FIELD: No time for knee-jerk reactions

Eastbourne Stagers present Through The Looking Glass
Eastbourne Stagers present Through The Looking Glass

Commendable though it is that everyone is rallying round to give support to those affected by the Syrian refugee crisis, it’s becoming increasingly clear that people in need of help must have a properly resourced support system wherever they settle. David Cameron has pledged to take 20,000 refugees and Eastbourne will play its part. But refugees can’t just be plonked in a spare room in Langney. Many will be mentally and or physically damaged by their experiences. They are coming from a country where crucifixions are a regular sight, not to mention other horrors where family and friends have been slaughtered. Plus, they won’t have a word of English. Donations of clothes and toiletries are still needed and the people of Eastbourne are always so supportive in looking after others and generous. But what is also important is a strategy for the complete integration in to our society. It’s not like it hasn’t been done before; remember the Vietnamese boat people in the 1980s, many of whom came to Eastbourne and settled contributing to the town’s economy. Short term solutions to a long term problem just aren’t enough.

Parishioners at Our Lady of Ransom, St Gregory’s and St Agnes say a fond farewell this week to Father David King, who is leaving Eastbourne for pastures new in Bognor. He will be missed by everyone.

What a shame the customers who lost money when the discount bed store in Terminus Road went belly up last year owing them all hundreds of pounds each won’t get any sort of justice. Trading Standards says it won’t take any further action but let’s hope they will also crack down on anyone involved in that company from ever trying to set up shop again.

If you do one thing next week do go and see Through the Looking Glass by Young Stagers. They are a really talented bunch and have worked so hard. Performances are Tuesday-Saturday at the Devonshire Park.