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Sussex County Cricketers in East Dean

It 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)

As 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.

Elite Cycle Races in East Dean


As part of Eastbourne’s weekend cycling festival, on 28th of July 2019, two road races (one women’s and one men’s) made repeated circuits of Beachy Head, Birling Gap and along Gilberts Drive. Despite the necessary parking restrictions and temporary road closures, which had been agreed with Sussex Police, many residents came to watch the spectacle and cheer on the riders as they passed through the village.


The race, entitled the “South Coast Classic”, formed part of a national series of elite road races. You can find out more about the cycling festival and the races at

BT to remove A259 Phonebox

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 will be submitted to the South Downs National Park Authority. We will also be inviting residents to sign a petition objecting to the removal of this box.


  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.