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for the parish of Offham, Hamsey and Cooksbridge



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Service cuts may affect you

(published by: Hamsey Parish Council)


East Sussex County Council are seeking your views on a number of changes they are proposing to our subsidised bus services.

The proposals would save £1.79m of public money.

However, the proposal for Our parish includes a reduction in service from one bus per hour to one every two hours with some bus services cut to just two days per week.

There are also plans for a large rise in fares.

The parish council will hold a public meeting to discuss these cuts and the fare rise, along with the proposed cuts to our meals on wheels service. Check this website for the date, which will be early in September.

ESCC are keen to hear the views of everyone in the community, which includes businesses and organisations, as well as individuals.

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and if you would prefer to print, complete and return your survey via the post or to an East Sussex library please download the Survey for Individuals.

If you do not have access to a printer, contact ESCC or the clerk to Hamsey parish council and we can arrange to send paper copies to you.

This consultation starts on 7 July and you have until 28 September to take part. We hope that you are able to find time to complete the survey as these cuts will affect many residents in this parish.




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Council workers strike - a load of rubbish

(published by: Hamsey Parish Council)


Residents did not get their recycling bins emptied yesterday because of a strike by some council workers. LDC have said that there will be no extra collections to take the backlog and residents are asked to pile up their recycling until the next scheduled collection in two weeks.

If you cannot store your recycling, it can be taken to any of the mini-centres or the Lewes tip. Bottles and glass can go to the mini centre at the Rainbow, Cooksbridge.

This is quite a nuisance for residents but the parish council has been unable to get LDC to arrange any collection before the fortnight.

Because the parish is trying to get a share of the funds available to parishes which reduce their household waste, we ask that you please don't put the recycling into your weekly waste sack. All the household waste gets weighed and unfair as it is, extra waste will count against us and could cost us a share of any funding.

If you get a chance, do visit the zero for heroes website and vote for your preferred scheme. The group running Beechwood hall are hoping for funding towards replacing the old fencing around the play area and your vote will count.


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Key found at the hall

(published by: Beechwood Hall)


Have you lost a key on a red fob? Contact the hall manager - 07762 118985


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Road works - Resting Oak Hill

(published by: Hamsey Parish Council)


Water main replacement works will start on 23rd June and could last up to 14 weeks, during normal working hours. Traffic lights will be in place.

Details from Southern Water 01634 276198


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Your vote is needed

(published by: Beechwood Hall)


Hi all,

The fence around the Beechwood play area needs replacing. Jim is repairing as best he can but its past it really and the last safety inspection said it failed to meet standards as kids could get their head stuck in it.

There is money available for small projects through the LDC recycling scheme - Zero Heroes

Please follow the link and vote for the project so we have a better chance of getting the funds.


PS - get your mates to vote too.

All current ideas are up at the Barcombe & Hamsey 'Your Priorities' site. Please encourage others to vote for ideas by registering at



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THE BATTLE OF LEWES TAPESTRY, which has taken 60 embroiderers 2½ years to complete, is in process of being mounted and framed in readiness for its public unveiling on 14th May. Its designer, Tom Walker, is also involved in other aspects of the broader project, creating logos and helping to plan a one-day, giant community artwork with Daniel Fagan as part of his Chalk Life project at Landport Bottom, part of the battle site. For full details of all the Battle of Lewes celebrations visit:


FOUNDRY GALLERY (Artemis Arts) 32 North Street, Lewes

12th – 27th July – every day 10am– 5pm

The third and last time Tom, his students and guests, will be able to hold their pastel festival in this huge space (due to be demolished in 2015). They are joined by knowtrash, who are exhibiting figures and masks from their extraordinary collection made from upcycled materials by artists and craftsmen from all over the globe, as a supplement to their main exhibition Treasure from Trash – 6 July to 31August at the Linklater Pavilion. Plus the amazing and amusing animations and 3D works of Hastings artist, Roland Jarvis: ingenious figures from junk and tableaux from recycled typewriters.

As always it’s also one huge continuous pastel workshop where anyone of any age can try pastels for themselves on our great walls of paper for £1 a head. School groups welcome and Knowtrash will be doing 3 workshops too.

And, like last year there will be entertainment with the Spice of Life Show 2 and the Musicians v Pastelists v Musicians improvisation matinee: music, poetry, comedy, images.


In addition to Knowtrash’s simultaneous displays and workshops at the Foundry and the Linklater, Tom will be running a community workshop for all-comers called Re-Leaf at both venues although no one participating, except Tom, will know what they are contributing to until its unveiling on the Linklater’s undercroft floor and ceiling at the end of August!

Tom is a member of the Pastel Society UK with whom he is showing work this year in:

Russell-Cotes Gallery, Bournemouth 1 April to 13 July

Thompsons Gallery, Aldeburgh 19 April to 5 May,

Mall Galleries, London 10 to 21 June

Alongside Paul Harrison, Tom has created artwork for Arthur Brown’s latest album Zimzamzim

the originals of which will be on show at the Foundry too,

and he’s currently working on an illustration project with poet, John Agard.

Further information on all these events and projects will be forthcoming soon.


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