Summary of East Sussex County Council Achievements 2020-21

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Are you interested in Providing Holiday and/or Food Activities for the Easter and Summer Holidays

“You may be aware that the government has recently announced that the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme will be expanded across the whole of England in 2021.

Funds have been made available to every local authority in England to coordinate free holiday provision, including healthy food and enriching activities. The programme will cover the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays in 2021.

East Sussex County Council are now inviting Expressions of Interests from potential providers of holiday activities and/or food for the Easter and Summer/Christmas holidays 2021.

Please could we ask you to promote this online form for expressions of interest to any potential providers in your networks across East Sussex, as a matter of urgency:

Easter holiday provision

To submit proposals for this Easter holiday (2-16 April), providers will need to complete the Easter EOI form by 5 March

Summer and Christmas holiday provision

To submit proposals for the Summer and/or Christmas holiday, providers will need to complete a Summer/Christmas EOI form by 23 April

Village Hall 500 Club February Winners

500 club winners february 2021

500 club winners February 2021

Roadmap to Easing Covid-19 Restrictions

Stage one – earliest, 8th March 2021

  • All schools and colleges will reopen
  • University students can return for practical courses
  • Two people from different households can meet outside for recreation, which can include “a coffee on a bench”.
  • One nominated person can visit a relative in a care home

Stage one (part 2) – earliest, 29th March 2021

  • People will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the “rule of six”, including in private gardens
  • The stay-at-home rule will end but people should stay local as much as possible
  • Outdoor sport facilities will reopen and formally organised outdoor sports can restart

Stage two – earliest, 12th April 2021

  • Non-essential retail allowed to open, as well as hairdressers and other “close contact services”
  • Gyms, spas and swimming pools can reopen for individuals and households
  • UK domestic holidays away from home permitted, with self-contained accommodation able to reopen for use by members of the same household
  • Outdoor settings such as Zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas, as well as beer gardens and alcohol takeaways can re-open
  • Libraries and community centres can open

Stage three – earliest, 17th May 2021

  • People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors, including outdoor theatres and cinemas
  • Six people or two households can meet indoors
  • Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors
  • Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres, cinemas and children’s play areas can open, as can adult indoor group sports and exercise classes.
  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen to household groups
  • International leisure travel will resume no earlier than 17 May

Stage four – earliest, 21st June 2021

  • All legal limits on social contact will be removed
  • No legal limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other life events.
  • Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen

People on Learning Disability Register invited for vaccination – Sussex NHS Message

It has been announced nationally that people on the GP Learning Disability Register are now eligible for their COVID-19 vaccination as part of priority group 6.

This will mean more people with learning disabilities will be offered the vaccine more quickly, and help ensure those most at risk of death or hospitalisation are prioritised for vaccination.

Those on the GP Learning Disability Register (as well as adults with other related conditions, including cerebral palsy) being prioritised follows the latest advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) who are independent advisors to the government, as people who are severely affected by learning disabilities are at higher risk of death from COVID-19.

It is important everyone with a learning disability checks that they are on the register and asks their GP to go on it if they are not. The local NHS is working in close collaboration with local authorities and other partners to identify anyone else severely affected by a learning disability who is not registered.

COVID-19 Vaccination Easy read materials to share:

Top tips for people with learning disabilities and their carers

Why is my local GP-led vaccination service not open all week? Advice from Sussex NHS


Why is my local GP-led vaccination service not open all week?

All our vaccination services are working extremely hard to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible with the vaccines they have available.

Vaccination supplies fluctuate from week to week and depend on the supply from national stocks. Because they are used as quickly as possible, this means that not all vaccination services operate every day.

Most local vaccination services receive confirmation of their delivery for the coming days, then invite people in to match the number of vaccines available, and then open for dedicated days to use up supplies before they expire. For the Pfizer vaccine, this is usually within a three day window.

GP practices are also working really hard at the moment to maintain both general medical services and the vaccination programme, and so will have teams back in their surgeries to ensure they can continue to provide the day to day care needed by their patients.

So if your local vaccination service doesn’t appear to be busy, the staff will be back in their practices, providing care to patients and booking people in and getting ready for their next vaccination sessions.

The NHS has already offered the vaccine to everyone in the area in the first four priority groups and remains on track to offer it to everyone in the first nine priority groups by May, in line with the national target.

Everyone over the age of 65 is eligible for the vaccine and can book their first appointment online at or by calling 119. Those in cohort 6, which includes many people with underlying health conditions and their carers, will be contacted by their GP when it is their turn to receive the vaccine.

Do you have any Vaccine Enquiries

We understand that at this time people have lots of questions about the vaccination and about the programme and its roll out across our communities.

To help support people and answer queries you may have, we have a vaccine enquiry service which can be accessed by email or by phone.

0800 433 4545
(Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm)

It is important to be clear this is not a phone number or email address to book your vaccination.

The national booking system can be accessed by visiting or calling 119 free of charge.


High Weald Star Stories

High Weald Star Stories: Orion the Hunter – YouTube

People have looked up at the stars for thousands of years and seen pictures and stories. The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has some of the darkest skies in the South East; now, light pollution threatens our wildlife and means we see fewer stars. Listen as our Education Officer Rachel tells the atmospheric story of Orion the Hunter, founded thousands of years ago in Greek mythology. You will hear the story of one of our most-loved constellations and learn how to help reduce light pollution, so we can all see the stories in the stars for centuries to come. Why not wrap up warm, stand outside and listen while looking up at the night sky?

Suitable for ages 7+ (references to hunting and death in Greek mythology).

This video is a KS2 resource from the High Weald Hero education programme:…​. Learn more about the Dark Skies of the High Weald AONB at:…

South Downs National Park is also running an exciting Dark Skies series of events Dark Skies Festival: Dark Skies Festival (

CPRE have also launched their Dark Skies count Dark skies – CPRE

Pett Flower Show and Fayre zoom AGM 3rd March 7.30pm

Flower Show Logo design of various green leaves

Flower Show AGM

Wednesday 3 March 2021, 7.00 pm via Zoom

Use the following link to join the meeting:

Any connection problems,
please contact David Penfold (813003; 07850 058544; )

Community Library Notes

By next month, April, we should know when we can plan to reopen at the Village Hall. In the meantime, we reiterate that the public library is doing a sterling job. We have personal experience of their excellent service and there is no reservation fee at the moment. They have also introduced Borrowbox, an audiobook provider which can be downloaded from your app store and you then log in with your library card number and PIN. More information about the public library service can be had by phoning 0345 60 80 196. You can also use this number to reserve up to ten books. It is free and easy to join the library and can be done online if you are unable to visit a library (where you need to take proof of your name and address).


It is also possible to borrow books from the selection available in the porch of St Nicholas Church by the beach in Pett Level. While a financial contribution is appreciated, a notice on the door suggests that this could be made when the church is open again. Fran Rogers very kindly swaps the books in the porch over with some of those in the church from time to time. Much appreciated Fran!

Anna and Vivien