Fire Prevention Advice from Sussex Police


The festive period is an opportunity to spend more time at home with your family, friends and pets.
Making your home all cosy with a log fire, candles and fairy lights on the tree is the perfect way to enjoy the season.
Stay safe and sound in your home this Christmas and don’t increase the risk of fire.
Here are some top tips….
Check your Christmas tree lights conform to the British Standard and are in good working order.
Always switch off and unplug Christmas lights before you go to bed or go out.
Don’t overload sockets – whilst it’s tempting to put up just one more strand of Christmas lights, overloaded sockets can be a big fire risk.
Check your smoke alarms. If they don’t work, or you don’t have one, treat yourself, it could be the best Christmas present you’ve ever bought as it could save your life in a fire.
Never leave candles burning unattended.
Keep candles, lighters and matches out of the reach of children.
Decorations can burn easily – don’t attach them to lights or heaters and don’t hang them close to candles.
Have fun and Seasons greetings.

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Rother District Council Budget Consultation – 2020/2021


Rother District Council’s is consulting on its budget for 2020/21. Rother District Council has to find over £3 million in savings.
Please go to – – for more information and to respond to the consultation.
This consultation is open to 31 January 2020.
Policy Officer, Programme Office and Policy Team
Acquisitions, Transformation and Regeneration Service
01424 787816

Sussex Cold Alert Forecast

The latest cold alert forecast for Sussex from the Met Office can be read here


Rother Bin Collections: Christmas and New Year


As the  festive season approaches, Rother residents are being advised on how best to dispose of all their Christmas rubbish.

Changes will be made to collection days across the district between Wednesday, December 25 and Friday, January 10, before returning to residents’ normal collection days from Monday, January 13.

As in previous years, garden waste bins will not be collected between Wednesday, December 25 and Tuesday, January 7.

This year residents will not receive a collections calendar in the post. Instead full details of Christmas waste and recycling collections are available on the council’s website, which includes downloadable and printable calendars.

Residents can also receive regular reminders by signing up to My Alerts at

Malcolm Johnston, executive director at Rother District Council said: “Our website contains all the information you need to make the most of the Christmas collections, including details of what you can do with your Christmas cards, wrapping paper and real trees.

“This year we will not be sending out printed calendars to households, a move that will save £16,000 in postage costs alone.”

As well as the usual items for recycling, households can recycle all of their wrapping paper and Christmas cards that do not contain foil or glitter.

Residents are being encouraged to recycle as much of their waste as possible over the festive period, and will be able to leave any recycling that does not fit in their recycling bin in plastic bags next to their recycling bin to be collected.

Excess recycling can also be taken to residents’ local ‘bring site’, a list of which can be found at

For residents with garden waste bins, real Christmas trees can be cut up and placed inside for collection. Those without a brown bin can recycle their real trees at their local Household Waste Recycling Site.

Missed bin collections can be reported as normal during the Christmas period by going online at by no later than 5pm the following working day.


Fairlight Health Walks

Fairlight Health Walks

1st & 3rd Monday of the month – 10.30am from Fairlight Village Hall

Free, gentle one hour walks, led by trained community volunteers. No need to book, just turn up 10 minutes before the start time.


Police Appeal for Witnesses

Police Appeal for witnesses to serious A21 collision

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious collision on the A21 near Hurst Green.
At around 2.45pm on Thursday (28 November), a black Peugeot travelling southbound was in collision with a silver Vauxhall Vivaro van heading northbound on the A21 London Road, just south of Hurst Green.
The driver of the Peugeot – a 38-year-old woman from Bexhill – and the passenger of the Vauxhall Vivaro – a 69-year-old woman from Wadhurst – both suffered life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the Vauxhall Vivaro – a 46-year-old man from Hawkhurst – suffered minor injuries. All three were taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton for further treatment.
The A21 was closed for seven hours while emergency services responded to the collision.
PC Richard Trundle said: “Police acknowledge the significant impact that the road closure may have on road users and the community, particularly as the collision occurred close to school pupil collection time.
“Officers are grateful for the patience and understanding of the public while they conducted their investigation.”
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision, who may have seen either vehicle involved being driven prior to the collision, or anyone who stopped at the scene to assist is asked to contact police by emailing or calling 101 quoting Operation Melbury.

Witnesses sought to incident involving two drivers in St Leonards

Police are appealing for witnesses following an incident involving two motorists in St Leonards.
The driver of a green Dacia Duster and the driver of a black Nissan Qashqai are reported to have exited their vehicles and confronted one another at the Ironlatch Avenue roundabout, around 8.20am on Wednesday 27 November.
Anyone who saw what happened, particularly anyone with evidence on dash cam, is asked to call 101, quoting serial 271 of 27/11.
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Met Office Warning: Level 2 Cold Weather Alert

The Met Office have issued a Level 2 Cold Weather Alert from 0600 hrs 3/12/19 to 0900 hrs 5/12/19. View the full warning at the Met Office Cold Weather Alert site.

Cold weather can affect your health. The people most likely to be affected are the elderly, the very young, and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

If you know or look after someone that may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period please help make sure that they stay warm and well, and if possible check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

  • Stay tuned in to weather forecasts
  • Check room temperatures and maintain it at 18C or warmer
  • Keep warm and active and if you have to go out dress warmly and wear non slip shoes.
  • If you are concerned about your own health or welfare or that of others please alert the emergency services.

For more information:

  • Met Office Cold Weather Alert
  • NHS Keep Warm Keep Well leaflet
  • WSCC Dealing with extreme weather
  • WSCC Preparing for emergencies
  • WSCC Report a road and footway issue
  • WSCC Safer Seasons: Winter
  • Follow WSCC on Twitter for regular updates @WSCCNews @WSCCResilience @wspublichealth

If you’re interested in joining Neighbourhood Watch, or want to find out more, visit or send an email to

Pett Post Office: Update Friday

Anthea opened the Post Office yesterday and it is expected to be open on Monday 9 December.

Two volunteers have very kindly come forward to help her with lifting boxes folk but we could do with 1 or 2 more so that we have full cover so this can start this properly in the New Year.
If you can help, please contact Wendy Hatch at
Thank you

St. Laurence Church, Guestling – Christmas Events 2019

Connections Over Christmas- Advice from Rother Neighbourhood Watch

Advice from Rother Neighbourhood Watch about connecting with others through electrical equipment, especially over Christmas,  can be found here