After an article appearing in the Hamsey News we are delighted to report 4 volunteers from Cooksbridge and Offham have so far offered some time to help local residents with a variety of tasks, from gardening and lifts to doctors to spending time together and walking pets.
Next we need to find out how best to help people. If you know of a neighbour or someone in the community who could use some help or some company, please pass them a leaflet (you can download it below to print) or get in touch with Tamsyn on 07921 227623.
Hamsey Community Helpers
ASDAN Level 1 training course starts 24th February 2016 at Lewes Children's centre. 9.30am - 12.00 noon.
Learn first aid, Health & safety, Safeguarding children, Equality and Diversity, Communications, Assertiveness and other life skills.
Free creche provided.
Contact Kate Robson : 01273 336790 or email@example.com
Road closure for the C8 The Drove, Hamsey level crossing, Offham
The closure is anticipated to be in place from 01:00 on Sunday 15th November 2015 – 04:30 on Monday 16th November 2015, to allow Network Rail to carry out Civil Engineering Works.
The road will be closed for 10 metres either side of the level crossing.
A diversion route for through traffic will be signed and maintained for the duration of the works as follows:
Via: C8 The Drove – U5012 Hamsey Lane – A275 Cooksbridge Road – A275 The Street and vice versa.
Pop In & Play (0-5s)
(Term time only)
Tuesdays 10:00am- 11:30am
(Weekly. Term time only) Wednesdays 9:30am – 11:30am
Child Health Clinic
(1st Friday of every month)
10:00am – 11:30am
Fridays 9:30am - 11:30am
(Drop in. Term time only
Nowhere to go" – Phoenix Businesses 83 businesses, dozens of workshops, 450 jobs
You may be aware that if the Santon/LDC plan is accepted, dozens of small businesses, workshops, social and youth enterprises will be homeless this winter when their workspace on the Phoenix Estate is bulldozed.
It is now apparent that the larger local businesses on North Street are also facing closure.
Among them, Compass Travel - which provides half a million rural bus trips per year from its Phoenix depot - the North Street Garage, Furniture Now, The Dance Academy and Back to the Grain have all spoken out saying they cannot afford the five-fold rent increases or exorbitant land prices at the ‘relocation’ site – the yet-to-be-built Malling Brooks Industrial Park, also owned by Santon.
Chris Chatfield of Compass Travel says: “Over the past two years, we have approached Santon and their agents to discuss this situation but they have not come back to us. If Malling Brooks is the only alternative available to us, we would be forced to close our East Sussex routes, with the potential loss of up to 35 jobs plus, of course, the huge impact the withdrawal of our services will have on rural communities."
Dave Ryan of North Street Garage says: "We have come to a complete full stop in our discussions with Santon. The space they are offering is much smaller, five times the price and has bad access. We simply can't afford to move there and the future of the garage is now seriously at risk."
It is quite clear that in addition to pursuing our alternative plans for the Phoenix to house many of the smaller businesses in the renovated Ironworks buildings and provide genuinely affordable homes, we must also fight for affordable premises for the larger Lewes businesses we are in imminent danger of losing.
Do you want to help? Then tell everyone what is happening and spread the word about Lewes Phoenix Rising.
Write to: the press: firstname.lastname@example.org, your councillor: (insertname)@lewes.gov.uk, the planning authority: South Downs National Park email@example.com and your MP firstname.lastname@example.org