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Back in 2019 East Dean Responders ceased to exist and the Parish Council took over the management and maintenance of their Defibrillators, used to restart a heartbeat in the event of cardiac arrest. Three of these life-saving pieces of equipment are now sited in permanent cabinets around the village. The Parish Council also agreed that, after refurbishment, we should donate a further Defibrillator to the Beachy Head Chaplaincy and we finally achieved that objective on Tuesday 23rd June 2021. The presentation was made by Flora Richards and Lys Paige, who were two of the East Dean Responders, seen in this photo with the Chief Executive and members of the Chaplaincy together with Mike Keller, Chairman of the Parish Council. As one of the Chaplaincy Team said "This is a really vital piece of life-saving equipment to have - although we hope we never need to use it!"

Certificate of Recognition

The hard work and effort put in by volunteers from East Dean and Friston's Community Watch group during the pandemic lockdown has been recognised by Wealden District Council with the presentation of a certificate of recognition.

Throughout the first lockdown, volunteers from Community Watch provided support, assistance and practical help to vulnerable members of the community and the Parish Council are proud to have nominated and delighted that they have received this award.

Bus Shelter Rebuild: Following the successful rebuild of the Friston north side bus shelter in 2019, work has now been completed on replacing the bus shelter on the south side of the A259 at East Dean. The old wooden shelter has been replaced by a brick built one which should last for many years. Reclaimed bricks and the original roof were used to give the shelter a weathered "Rustic" look to match the existing bus shelter on the south side of the road.


Friston Safety Kerb Re-alignment Completed At Last: After four years of lobbying by the Parish Council and a payment of half the cost from the precept, ESCC Highways have now finished work on a safety build-out of the kerb next to the Crowlink Lane turning at the top of Friston Hill. This change to the kerb will allow pedestrians to cross the A259 more safely by preventing motorists from “undercutting” cars waiting to turn right towards Jevington. The "Before and after" pictures are shown below.

Friston Bus Shelter Rebuilt

The bus shelter on the north side of the A259 at Friston, near Windmill Lane, has now been rebuilt following its earlier damage through vandalism. The new shelter is built in brick rather than wood so it should prove more resilient and last for many years.