Useful information and News
News and general interest items appear here in the date order they were entered - latest first.
BT threat to remove A259 Phonebox removed (for now)
A notice was posted
on 12th June in the phone box on the corner
of Gilberts Drive and the A259, saying BT intend to remove it
after a 42 day consultation period. The Parish Council is opposed
to this removal on the grounds of health and safety, as mobile phone
coverage in the village is limited and patchy. Our objections were
submitted to the South Downs National Park Authority who supported them. Finally, on 24th October, we heard from BT that they have removed this box from their "rationalisation programme" and it will remain in place. They have said though, that they will continue to monitor its usage and may propose it for removal in the future, so there is a need to keep vigilent and watch out for any return of signs like the one above.
Sussex County Cricketers in East Dean
happened! A T20 (Twenty Twenty) match between East Dean and Friston Cricket Club vs the Sussex “Past &
Present” XI (consisting of 6 past Sussex players and 5 current Sussex 1st team players) took place at East Dean on Saturday 28th September 2019.
(Pictures from the Cricket Club Archives)
you may know, the Club has been busy fundraising to raise £26k to move the
wicket a safe distance away from the new houses and they're hoping this
event will deliver the final £5k required to achieve the objective.
Despite the dreadful weather during the preceding week, it remained mostly dry on the day and a large crowd enjoyed the match, which Sussex narrowly won by just 18 runs.
A camera crew from the BBC were in attendance and the match was duly reported that evening on the BBC South-East news.
At the moment, the total sum raised has not been finalised but, when it has, we will update this report - so keep watching!
For more information, see here or contact the Cricket Club committee.
Gaurav Bijlani - T: 07702 604293 Mark Pankhurst - T: 01323 423334 or
Jason Woodford - T: 07900 677169
Horsefield Footpath "Squeeze Gate" restored
Following the outbreak of vandalism, back in June 2019, which saw both the footpath sign and the classic "Squeeze Gate" on Footpath 24 severely damaged, we are pleased to report that the gate has now been fully restored.
(Damage done to the original Squeeze Gate)
The footpath runs between the A259 and the "Tiger" car park alongside the Horsefield, a designated village open space. Originally the footpath was unfenced and the Squeeze Gate was used to prevent grazing animals from escaping. Its original purpose is no longer needed as the field is now fenced, but it remains a quirky original feature of the village.
(The rebuilt Squeeze Gate)
Our grateful thanks go to Stuart Walker, who rebuilt the gate in solid oak and refitted it using heavy duty fixings, charging the Parish Council only for the cost of materials. We are also grateful to the residents who contributed towards the cost of restoration of this unique village feature.
Parish Council charity of the year
At the Annual Parish Council
Meeting on 16th May, Councillors chose the JPK Project as our charity
of the year 2019/20. The charity will receive any profits from the council's stall at the village
fete and the Christmas lights event together with a donation from council
funds. The donation from the council is funded without extra cost to Council Taxpayers as the elected Parish Councillors have agreed to forego the personal allowance to which they are legally entitled.
The JPK Project is an Eastbourne
based charity aimed at providing independent living, support and work
experience for East Sussex residents with learning difficulties. You can
find out more about them here.