Church Services – Christmas 2019


St. Laurence Church, Guestling – Christmas Events 2019

Advice from Sussex Police

Advice from Sussex Police and Rother Neighbourhood Watch on protecting garages from break-ins and other issues can be found here

Christmas Crime Advice from Sussex Police

We’re working hard over Christmas to keep you and your family safe, but there are steps you can take to help us

When you’re out shopping

  • Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you, especially in busy shops and crowded streets where thieves and pickpockets may well be operating.
  • Keep valuables in inside pockets of clothing or bags. Keep a close watch on them, and try not to keep them all in one place.
  • Only carry the cash and cards that you need. Always shield the PIN pad when entering your PIN.
  • Be careful where you park your car, especially if you will be returning to it after dark.
  • Avoid going back to your car to leave your shopping part-way through your trip. If you have to keep presents in the car, make sure they are out of view in the boot, the car is locked, and keep the receipts with you.
  • Deter pickpockets and muggers. Don’t overburden yourself with bags/packages.
    Be extra careful with purses and wallets.
  • Always carry a purse close to your body and not dangling by the straps.
    Put a wallet in an inside coat or front trouser pocket, likewise with your phone and keys.
  • Try and avoid taking young children into busy shopping areas. If it is unavoidable make sure they know what to do if they lose you e.g. tell the nearest counter assistant that they are lost and never leave a shop without you.
    Agree a meeting point with older children, in case you get separated.
  • Never leave your bag unattended on your trolley whilst shopping and don’t leave it in your vehicle when returning your trolley.

At home

  • Don’t leave presents under your Christmas tree if they are visible from windows or doors.
  • Never keep large amounts of cash at home.
  • Make sure you keep your doors and windows locked at all times.
  • Keys should always be kept out of sight and not left in doors or in view of windows.
  • Make your house look occupied, use a timer switch to operate lamps as it starts to get dark, leave a radio on.
  • Don’t open the door to anybody you don’t recognise. Not sure? Don’t open the door!

After you have opened your Christmas gifts

  • Burglars know that many households have new and often expensive, items in their homes following the December holidays especially items such as new tech such as tablets or laptops, mobile phones, music systems, televisions, cameras and other electronic equipment. In many cases, residents make it easy for burglars to figure out which homes to target by putting boxes that identify their new gifts in plain view with their other rubbish.
  • Avoid becoming an easy target for post-holiday burglars by not leaving boxes for new electronics and other items outside your wheelie bin.
    Break down any boxes you are throwing out and put them in rubbish bags and place them inside the wheelie bin.
  • With computer equipment, you might consider keeping the boxes for safe storage, shipping or moving in the future. Would they be useful as storage boxes?
  • Think about keeping broken-down boxes inside in a garage or loft.
  • Register your property securely and free of charge on the national property marking database

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Help us keep Sussex safe

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Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at

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Message Sent By
Lee Melbourne (Police, Prevention Support & Engagement Officer, Sussex)

Communities Defeat Terrorism: Be Vigilant

Sussex Police and Rother Neighbourhood Watch have given advice about being vigilant over the festive season in respect of possible terrorism incidents. The advice can be read here

Dealing with Unwanted Calls

Rother Police have issued some advice on dealing with unwanted calls – it can be read here

Stolen Ducks – Gatehurst Farm

Last night somebody stole 3 Brown female Muscovy ducks just 4 months old from Gatehurst Farm which adjoins Pett recreation ground. These ducks were raised from an incubator by my daughter after their mum was killed by a fox. They are very tame and much loved pets and this is devastating.
If anybody sees them please contact us or if the person who took them could please find it in their hearts to return them by putting them somewhere safe for us to collect : Andrew Norcott Gatehurst Farm 07802729412


M23 Roadworks Update 8 December

Amazon Gift Card Scam

I’ve had an email from a Keith Pollard heading ‘How are you and your family’ asking me to buy an Amazon voucher card for him so he can send it to his niece for her birthday. From the USA I guess. Here is his email. I have deleted it! Thank you very much, you can get it from any store around or Walmart store around you Total amount needed to get is £200( £100 denomination) .I need you to scratch the back of the card to reveal the pin, then take a snap shot of the back showing the pin and have them send to me with the receipt of the card here so i can forward them to her.I promise to refund it in full as soon as i return home.

Tim Rothwell