PARISH COUNCIL NEWS: The final names for the roads within Whatlington should become official on 1 November – the parish council are awaiting confirmation from Rother District Council.
A meeting at Great Dixter with Huw Merriman, local councillors and BT will take place in November when Councillors Scott and White will emphasise the need for an improvement in broad band speed in Whatlington.
Huw Merriman has also agreed to attend the Parish Assembly on 16 March 2017, providing there are no unexpected demands in the House, so please put this date in your diary.
Don’t forget that the Village Hall and car park are available for hire – please contact bookings clerk Pauline Lyon 01424 256347.
The next parish council will be on Thursday 19 January 2017 – councillors welcome all to attend. More details to follow.
Our local PCSO Emily Phillips 101 ext 565255, 07912 894845 has warned that there has been an increase in burglaries in Rother area. There are some crime prevention information sheets available on the parish web site but some suggestions made to improve your security after dark are as below
* Leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home.
* When you go out in the evening, always leave a light on in a room that cannot be peered into from the road.
* Fit security lighting – either dusk to dawn energy efficient lighting that ill come on automatically as dusk sets in, or infrared activated lighting which draws attention to movement.
If you see any person(s) or vehicles that you feel are suspicious please take as much information as you are safely able and do not hesitate to call us. If they are there at the time please call 999 immediately. For any information not deemed as an emergency please call 101. You can also report crime and incidents online at www.sussex.police.uk/reportonline
The Whatlington Neighbourhood Watch Scheme is up and running if parishioners have not yet joined the scheme and wish to do so they should contact Paul Wood on 01424 870381 or Simon White on 01424 870027 with their details.
On a final note councillor John Barnes is our new District Councillor
PARISH CHURCH NEWS: On Thursday 27th October Whatlington church hosted a special Orthodox Memorial Service for King Harold which was organised by the Guild of St. Edmund. The service followed a liturgy as close to that which was used in Saxon England, as far as is known. The priest used incense, perhaps the first time the church has experienced this since the Reformation.
Then on Sunday 30th Whatlington hosted a United Benefice service, with the congregation from Sedescombe joining with us for a well attended service for All Saints Day.
Next Sunday we revert to our usual 09.30am Parish Communion service at Whatlington.
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