Coffee Morning and Community Library Notes

The Catharine Hollman room looked delightful thanks to the coffee morning team and Jenny’s colourful, crocheted assorted pumpkins. So welcoming.

We are almost always lucky with the coffee morning weather, and so it was in November. Sandwiched in between two days of howling gales and rain coming down like stair rods, our Wednesday morning, albeit breezy, was dry and blessed with sunshine. We were busy and welcomed new borrowers to the library and quite a few new people in to see Robert for hearing aid maintenance. Happily, they also stayed for coffee and cake.

And we are pleased to say we currently have over £350 in the kitty to donate to a local charity and we have chosen the following worthwhile cause. Surviving Christmas is run by a group of volunteer Trustees and supported by lead and regular volunteers who all live local to the area. The charity has been running for over 30 years and their objectives are to relieve in cases of need, hardship or distress persons who are resident in Hastings and Rother.

We want to thank you for your continuing support of the monthly Coffee Mornings; it is your generosity that has made this donation possible.

December’s book of the month comes very highly recommended by two of our readers, and is Saving Missy by Beth Morrey, published this year. The eponymous Missy is a retired librarian and finding life on her own terribly lonely. However the book is joyous throughout notwithstanding its sad moments. It celebrates unlikely friendships and the companionship of dogs in particular, and features a surprise twist

towards the end. Especially pertinent to us is the statistic quoted that there are 280 million library visits in Britain every year; people go to libraries more often than to football matches, theatres, A & E, and

church combined. Who knew? Do help to keep this up by visiting us and borrowing this or some of our other varied volumes.

Next Coffee Morning: Wednesday 7th December, 10 – 12.

Anna, Vivien and the Coffee Morning Team


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East Sussex County Council – Update October 2022

 East Sussex County Council – Update October 2022

 Children’s Services

 New Film Released to Encourage People to Become Foster Carers

A new film seeks to reach people who may be interested in working alongside their local authority to provide nurturing and positive homes for children and young people. Entitled ‘Childhood’, the film follows ‘Sophie’ and ‘Charlie’ from a difficult home situation to being supported through foster care to attend school and enjoy their hobbies and interests.

The project was coordinated by The Council Advertising Network and produced by Reel Twenty-Five. It has been jointly funded through a national collaboration between 56 local authorities across England.

View the film ‘Childhood’ and find out more information about fostering with East Sussex County Council here.

Career Path Scheme Provides Insight and Experience to Young People

More than 20 businesses have signed up to East Sussex County Council’s annual ‘Open Doors’ scheme. The scheme is aimed at giving young people real-life experience of the workplace as well as the opportunity to learn about possible career paths. Students will tour buildings such as courts, museums and galleries, meet employees and learn about employability skills and available career opportunities.

Supported by the East Sussex Careers Hub, the scheme will run from November 2022 until June 2023, ensuring that as many Year 7 to Year 13 students as possible can benefit. Several industries will be represented in this year’s scheme, including accountancy, manufacturing, engineering and consultancy.

Businesses interested in getting involved with Open Doors and welcoming students can contact

More information about this story can be found here.

Communities, Economy and Transport

 East Sussex County Council Takes Action to Save Vital Bus Service

East Sussex County Council has agreed to subsidise several bus services that were under threat due to falling passenger numbers and rising costs. With bus use struggling to recover to pre-Covid levels alongside significant increases in operating costs, some operators are having to make changes to services – most of which involve reduced service frequencies.

 From the end of October, East Sussex County Council will subsidise seven services operating across Eastbourne, Hastings and parts of Rother. The funding will initially be in place until March 2023.

Following the outcome of competitive bids, Stagecoach will continue to run the services which would have been withdrawn with funding from East Sussex County Council. This follows a range of discounts for passengers as a result of County Council funding, including a new £5 East Sussex single operator day ticket, family and group travel tickets, and an off-peak unaccompanied young person £1 flat single fare ticket.

More information about this story can be found here.

East Sussex County Council Approves Environmentally Sustainable Procurement Policy

On 11 October, the Lead Member for Resources and Climate change resolved to review and approve the County Council’s adoption of the Environmentally Sustainable Procurement Policy.

Aligning with East Sussex’s Environment Strategy and the Climate Emergency Plan, the policy will prepare prospective suppliers for the environmental consideration changes and expectations that will be implemented into the Council’s future contracts. Its implementation is expected to increase environmental considerations across the Council’s procurement activity, presenting a significant opportunity to influence a reduction in carbon emissions across the Council’s services.

New Highways Contractor for East Sussex Announced

Balfour Beatty Living Places Ltd has been awarded the County Council’s new contract for highways and infrastructure services. The contract is valued at £297 million and will run for an initial seven years from May 1, 2023. There will be an option to extend this period to a maximum of 14 years, worth up to £730 million.

Balfour Beatty Living Places will be responsible for maintaining the county’s highway network and infrastructure, as well as providing winter gritting and delivering highway improvement schemes. During the extensive procurement process, bidders were asked to demonstrate how they would support the County Council’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, ensure quality of work, provide value for money and improve social wellbeing.

More information about this story can be found here.

South East Business Initiative Programme Boosts Jobs and Profits

Since launching in July 2020, The South East Business Boost “Big Ambitions” programme has helped 85 businesses within East Sussex. The project has helped businesses in a variety of sectors, including beauty and food and drink.

From those enrolled in the programme, 55 businesses reported an increase in total turnover of £5.5 million, as well as the creation of 48 new jobs. The programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and East Sussex County Council. It is delivered by Digital Islands and provides advice from subject experts.

More information about this story can be found here.

Eastbourne Library Event Supports Men’s Mental Health

On November 9, the free event ‘Let’s Talk…Men’s Mental Health’ will be held at Eastbourne library. The free event will allow an opportunity for men and women to have an open conversation about men’s mental health, as well as providing further information and support links.

The event will be supported by the Eastbourne-based organisation ManKind, alongside the Samaritans and The Old Bank Wellbeing Trust, who provide counselling amongst other support services. The evening will be hosted by Paul Roskilly, who established ManKind in 2020 alongside Ian Pickard.

The East Sussex library service maintains a collection of online tools and resources to support men’s mental health year-round, including book recommendations, event information, and links to podcasts and forms offering help and advice.

Book a free place at the event here. Urgent mental health help and advice can be found on the NHS website. More information on ManKind, including advice on how to join their meetings, can be found on their website.

More information about this story can be found here.

Celebration of Apprentices Graduation Ceremony

An East Sussex graduation ceremony on 19 October celebrated the commitment and hard work of those who completed an apprenticeship between 1 September  2019, and 1 October, 2022. Four special awards were presented to celebrate the achievements of all those involved in the completion of the apprenticeships.

The first of its kind since the pandemic, the ceremony marked the importance of apprenticeships within the local economy and celebrates the contribution of local businesses and educators.

The event was organised by Sussex Council of Training Providers and was supported by East Sussex County Council and East Sussex College Group. Other sponsors included NCFE, the South East Apprenticeship Ambassador Network and OHM Energy.

Businesses can find out more information about apprenticeships here.

More information about this story can be found here.



St Nicholas’s Church, Pett Level

The worshippers at the little St Nicholas’s Church, Pett Level, will soon be thanking generous benefactors who have kindly donated the funds to purchase and install an infra-red heater, thus warming up the church services almost instantly.

Kit and Janet McLean, who run the Elm Tree Boot Sales in Icklesham, but who live at Pett Level, were pleased to be able to help. The donation comes entirely from admission charges collected on the ‘gate’ from cars entering the Boot Sales during this past year. All charges raised are donated to good causes and St Nicholas is grateful to be one of them.

It is hoped that the heater will be installed in time for the Carol Service at St Nicholas’s on Tuesday 20th December at 6.30pm – everyone is welcome.

Fran Rogers recieving the Order of St Richard from the Bishop of Chichester

And, while we are on the subject of St Nicholas Church, we offer our congratulations to Fran Rogers, who was recently awarded the Order of St Richard by the Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner.  Fran was given the award for turning the tiny church on the Level into the welcoming and dynamic community space that nourishes and brings strength to many thousand visitors each year – and provides free coffee and tea! This church by the beach receives welcome donations from visitors which helps support the main church of St Mary & St Peter in Pett Road.

Did you know that the original purpose of the building was to house the Life Saving Rocket Apparatus used to help seafarers and fishermen in difficulties?  Hence it became known as The Rocket House.

Between the wars, the rocket launcher was moved elsewhere in Pett Level and so the Rocket House became surplus to requirements, so in 1935 the Diocese bought the Rocket House for £100 and on 26th April it was dedicated to St Nicholas by the Bishop of Lewes.  In the October it was authorised for Public Worship by the Bishop of Chichester.

In the nearly 90 years since then, services have been held continuously, save for the years 1940-1945, when the church was closed as part of the general evacuation of Pett Level and the militarisation of the beach. (extract from Pett on the Net



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RDC Pre Election Event 14 November 2022

RDC Pre Election Event 14 November 2022

Healthwatch in Sussex is asking for your views about getting support from your GP

Healthwatch in Sussex is asking for your views about getting support from your GP, including what you think about remote (non face-to-face) appointments.

Our short five minute survey can be completed here: Take the survey here

Some questions will ask you to think about the time since the Covid pandemic (from March 2020).

We help to improve health and care services across the area by listening to people, and using this to influence people who fund services.

There is also an opportunity to enter a prize draw to win one of three £25 High-Street vouchers and volunteer for a follow up phone call to discuss your views further

Remembrance Sunday 13th November 10.30am St Mary and St Peter

The British Legion will be attending the service at St Mary and St Peter, which will start at 10.30am, on Sunday 13th November, with the wreath laying at 11am at the War Memorial. David Penfold, chairman of the Pett Parish Council will be laying a wreath on behalf of the parish.