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Emergency Arrangements for Severe Weather
Despite last winter’s “Beast from the East”, the village did not suffer too badly from the weather. However, it is worth remembering that in 2010 and 2013 the A259 was snow bound and blocked with abandoned cars resulting in the village being effectively cut off. Take precautions now to ensure that you don’t get caught out by the weather this winter and make a note of the following emergency contacts:-
999 for AMBULANCE/POLICE/FIRE/COASTGUARD
111 for NHS medical advice
01323 422091 Chair of Parish Council / Emergency Coordinator
01323 422361 Vice-Chair of Parish Council / Deputy Emergency Coordinator
01323 811870 Clerk to the Parish Council
01323 423382 Chair of Residents’ Association
01323 423773 Wealden District Councillor
Medical Emergencies: Dial 999. The ambulance service will attend as soon as possible. It does have access to some 4x4s. Any local Community First Responder who is on duty will also be alerted and will attend if at all possible.
Stranded Drivers: Should people passing through the village on the A259 become stranded, limited emergency accommodation is available. If you become aware of people needing this sort of help then please contact one of the local numbers given here. In the event of a large number of people being stranded, the Village Hall would be used.
Emergency Transport: A list of those with 4x4s who would be willing to offer emergency transport is available. Please contact one of the local numbers here.
Extreme Cold: Make sure any outside or loft pipework is well insulated. Turn off outside taps from inside stopcocks. If going away, leave heating in “Frost Protection” mode and turn off water.
Food or Fuel Shortages: All Residents should ensure that they have ample supplies of long-life food and bottled water as well as torches and candles in case of power cuts. An alternative means of heating should also be to hand.
Vulnerable People: Be a good neighbour and keep an eye on vulnerable people living near to you. For advice and assistance you can contact our Community Response team on 423311, 423101, or 423611.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner backs campaign to make people aware of human trafficing and modern slavery in the county.
A new initiative has been launched encouraging residents to report any suspicions thay may have of people being forced to work without pay and against their will. For more information click on the link here.
Christmas countdown begins in the rain!
On 1st December, the Parish Council, in association with the Village Hall Trust, held a grand Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in front of the Village Hall. The ceremony was preceded by a gathering which involved the serving of mulled wine and a barbecue "Hog Roast" to the accompaniment of festive music.
After the ceremonial switch on of the lights, performed by Rector David Baker, those assembled joined in the singing of carols, accompanied by John Dann and his "squeeze box".
Despite the rain a good crowd enjoyed the event, which could now become a regular feature each year in the village.
11th November Remembrance Ceremony in East Dean
Villagers who attended the remembrance ceremony on the Village Green this year were given a stark reminder of the conditions suffered in the First World War trenches when the heavens opened and the two minutes silence was accompanied by strong wind, heavy rain and hail.
The ceremony began with a prayer from Rector David Baker, followed by Parish Council Chair Mike Keller reading the names inscribed on the war memorial and the exhortation "we will remember them" from John Dann of the Royal British Legion.
After the two minutes silence many of those gathered then proceded to East Dean church for a service of remembrance.
This year was particularly poignant not only because of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War but also because the church service incorporated the "laying up of the Royal British Legion standard". Our local branch of the RBL has now come, due to naturally falling numbers, to the end of its current existence and this was marked by a short ceremony within the church service.
East Sussex Highways Winter Service
Information regarding the winter service, including helpful advice, can be found at East Sussex Highways winter advice
The Mobile Library facility has now ceased following ESCC's decision in 2018 to close all mobile libraries. The PC supports Cuckmere Bus route 41 which takes residents from home to Eastbourne where they can access the town's main library.
Parish Council charity of the year presentation
Following East Dean & Friston Parish Council’s decision to nominate the RNLI as its charity of the year 2018, a cheque for £881.72 was presented to the coxswain, Mark Sawyer and Eastbourne lifeboat treasurer, Keith Stevens by Cllr. Amanda Hookham and Cllr.Mike Keller (chair of the Council) at Sovereign Harbour on Tuesday 7th August. Part of the donation was raised by Amanda on the Parish Council stall at the Village Fete with the remainder coming from Council funds. The presentation was Amanda's last duty as a Councillor as she has now moved to Southampton to pursue a maritime career.
Afterwards, while the All Weather Lifeboat, “Diamond Jubilee”, was moored in Sovereign Harbour, the visitors had the opportunity to have a guided tour of the lifeboat courtesy of the coxswain and learned first-hand of the work of the RNLI and especially Eastbourne lifeboats.
Currently Eastbourne is the busiest coastal lifeboat station in the U.K. having responded to 120 emergencies, so far this year.