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East Dean with Friston

Parish Magazine

Volume 75 February/March 2021 No 884

Special Online Edition – Stay at Home


Lockdown 3: not

much fun

Well, this is all going on rather

longer than many people

anticipated last March, isn’t it?

And, let’s be honest,

while Lockdown 1 last

year had a certain novelty

to it – and perhaps was

even a welcome break

from ‘normal’ life for

some – Lockdown 3 feels to most people

like a grind.

If you are finding it tough, then please be

reassured that you are quite normal and

that many others are finding it likewise

rather gruelling!

We are blessed to live in a beautiful area,

of course, and one of the ways we can

seek to cope as we all know is by walking

out and about, if we are able, and enjoying

that scenery. Yesterday I went for quite a

long walk in Friston Forest and wandered

along some tracks I’d never previously

found in our 11 years here. The air was

clear and still; underneath, cutting through

among the trees themselves, there was a

wonderful crunch and crackle of dead

leaves and twigs as I walked.

Dealing with anxiety and stress is

something that Jesus and the rest of the

New Testament actually talk about, in

very practical ways, rather a lot. For

example, Jesus reminds us: “Can any one

of you by worrying add a single hour to

your life?”

Elsewhere, Jesus says: “Do not worry

about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry

about itself. Each day has enough trouble

of its own.”

Jesus constantly reminds us

that the battle for our minds

and for our mental and

emotional health is an issue

of focus: if we focus on the

wrong things, we will

inevitably become enslaved

by them. Jesus warns us

against “the worries of this life and the

deceitfulness of wealth”.

How do we avoid this? We re-centre

ourselves. We re-focus our minds.

This is something of what Jesus means

when he invites people to discover “good

news” and to turn around, wake up and

smell the coffee (or repent and believe as

he puts it). This is not an invitation to a

new lifestyle choice but to a spiritually

essential re-think and re-direction of heart

and mind. Perhaps you want to think

about this. If so, feel free to give me a call

or e-mail.

With love,

David Baker (Rector)

T: 423266 E: davidbaker1966@gmx.co.uk


Once again our churches are running an

Alpha Course, and this comes as an

invitation to join in and/or invite

someone else and bring them along.

Whether you a Christian or curious, a

veteran in the faith, just dipping a toe

in, or indeed anywhere in between, you

are more than welcome. And of course,

this course is for your neighbours,

friends and colleagues also - so feel free

to invite everyone!!

Topics include things such as "Is there

more to life than this?" "Why did Jesus

die?" "How can I have faith?" "Why and

how do I pray?" "Why and how should I

read the Bible?" and "How does God

guide us?" Because of the pandemic,

the course will run online via Zoom,

from February 24 th at 7.45pm.

Do e-mail me for more details and I'll

send some info. You'd be more than


David Baker


A message of thanks from Tony


On behalf of my daughter Lorraine and

myself and also other family members

our sincere thanks for all your thoughts

and prayers.

These acts are indeed recognition of the

love that so many had for Tegwen, since

many of the cards and letters mentioned

the care and concern that Tegwen had for

her many friends at all three churches.

Tegwen had a deep Christian faith that

showed, and which she displayed in her

concern for others; now she is in the

nearer presence of the Lord Jesus.

I therefore thank you again for all the

love, sympathy and prayers, it is so

greatly appreciated and valued.

With blessings to all,

Tony Rogers

We would like to thank the church and

village friends for

their kindness while I

was in hospital over

Christmas and New

Year, and since. If we ever needed it,

we have personal evidence not only of

the loving, prayerful support of East

Dean and Friston, but also of the

dedication of our great NHS – not

entirely and inevitably bound up in


Christine and Peter Jeffery

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The following is a summary of the main

points discussed at the Council meeting on

January 7 th . Full minutes (and reports) are

on our website or available from the Parish

Clerk (811870).

Census 2021 – March 21 st

Before the meeting a presentation was given

by the census co-ordinator for Wealden

District. Details of this are now posted on

the Parish Council website.

Items for decision

Council Appointments (Report 6)

Following the decision at December’s

meeting to bring the role of Tree Warden inhouse,

Cllr. Thorogood was appointed to the

position of Lead Member for the

Environment, incorporating the Tree

Warden role. Thanks were expressed to Mr

Williamson for his work as lay advisor Tree

Warden over the past years.

Business in Progress (Report 7)

a) Public session arrangements for remote

meetings are to be reviewed to allow

better access for residents.

b) Rebuild of East Dean south bus shelter

has now been completed.

c) Plans for extension to pavilion scorers’

hut supplied to Gilbert Estate.

d) Feedback from residents to the drive-in

Carol Service had been very positive.

Budget and Precept 2021/22 (Report 8)

The budget for the next year was approved.

There are no changes to the precept so the

demand should be £61.29 for Band D


Mowing Contract

The contract for the next three years was

awarded (after a blind bidding) to Grants,

who are the existing contractor. Special care

instructions for new wildflower areas on the

Rec. and Greensward will be given to the


Payments and Receipts (Report 11)

As the latest government restrictions have

permitted play areas to remain open, the

monthly sanitising regime will need to

continue at a cost of £100 per month.

Councillor Reports

a) County Councillor

Cllr. Shing reported that the transfer of

Seven Sisters Park to SDNPA had now

been approved. Complaints following

the felling of diseased Elm trees had

been addressed. Support for a meeting

with County Highways dept to discuss

various problems would be given.

b) Chair of Council

Community watch have reported fewer

calls in this lockdown but their support

is more limited due to restrictions.

c) Bank Account – the end of month

balance was £78251.66.

d) Traffic Management

Quotes for speed indicator signs to be

obtained for possible capital spend next

financial year.

e) Rights of Way

Footpath 8 obstruction cleared by Cllr.

Seeley. Path 27a (Birling Manor) unsafe

due to flooding. To be reported to ESCC

and Gilbert Estate. Bark chips to be laid

on paths throughout the parish.

f) Recreation Ground

Donation of wildflower seeds from a

resident gratefully accepted. Tennis

court has now been closed but play area

remains open.

g) Cuckmere Community Bus.

Tuesday service is suspended from 12 th

Jan due to low usage during lockdown.

Next Meetings

Parish Council meeting: February 4 th

Planning Committee: February 16 th

Visit us at: www.edfparishcouncil.org.uk

Contact us: clerk@edfparishcouncil.org.uk

The following is a summary of the main

points discussed at the Council meeting on

February 4 th . Full minutes (and reports) are

on our website or available from the Parish

Clerk (811870).

Items for decision

Business in Progress (Report 6)

a) Licence to enlarge the Cricket Pavilion

now obtained from the Gilbert Estate.

b) Liaison meeting with ESCC reps to be

held on March 2 nd .

c) Cuckmere bus service 41 continues to

run a reduced service on Thursdays.

d) Visit to Rec. by Rude Mechanicals

Theatre now posponed toAugust 26 th .

Neighbourhood Plan (Report 7)

Meetings of the plan steering group have

been on hold during the pandemic. Progress

has also been stalled due to lack of

councillors to fill Chair and Vice-chair roles.

With by-election due on May 6 th it is hoped

to fill these and also resume physical

meetings after this date.

Craft Market in the Village Car Park

WDC have been asked to licence a craft

market with stalls occupying car park space.

Village Hall have no objections but would

need to be involved. PC and Gilbert Estate

are concerned at the pressure on parking

especially at summer weekends.

Payments and Receipts (Report 9)

Rebuilding and painting of East Dean south

bus shelter now completed. Footpath 8

wooden handrail replaced with a metal one

by Cllr. Seeley. Flowers for baskets to be

hung on three bus shelters in summer have

now been ordered. Sanitising of equipment

in Rec. Play Area to continue for next six

months at a cost of £100 per month.

Urgent item

At a meeting with the Residents’

Association, concern was expressed at the

increase in dog waste dumped around the

village. Notices are to be placed in areas

frequented by dog walkers and repositioning

of general and dog waste bins to be

considered. To be further considered at the

March PC meeting.

Councillor Reports

g) County Councillor

Cllr. Shing reported that ESCC had

proposed a rise in Council Tax of 3.9%

(EDF precept to remain unchanged).

The dropped kerb by the A259 North

Bus Stop will be raised to prevent future

flooding. Councillors asked that

flooding of footpath 26a at Birling

Manor be treated urgently.

h) District Councillor

Cllr. Lunn reported WDC Local Plan

consultation had received over 1700

replies. Further work to be carried out to

dredge shingle at Cuckmere Haven to

prevent flooding. Transfer of Seven

Sisters park to SDNPA now approved.

New facilities will include a local office.

i) Bank Account – the end of month

balance was £72,052.50.

j) Traffic Management

Quotes for a radar speed sign were

being obtained and permission from

ESCC to install is being sought.

k) Rights of Way

Bark chippings have been laid on all

footpaths by contractors with favourable

comments from residents. Some reapplication

may be needed later.

l) Recreation Ground

Tennis Court remains locked but Play

area open. Regular inspections of play

equipment to be logged in book for

insurance purposes.

Next Meetings

Parish Council meeting: March 4 th

Planning Committee: March 16 th

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John was a very integral part of his local

community, and had many interests.

He was a prolific author, lecturer and

historian, giving lectures on medical

research, writing medical journals and

historical books on Eastbourne and

surrounding areas.

John was an amazing intelligent

gentleman, with a brilliant sense of

humour and very quick witted.

It was an honour and a privilege to have

had his care entrusted to me for the

past two years.

Yvonne MacDonald (Live in carer)

Everyone will

benefit from Census


Households across

England and Wales will be asked to take

part in Census 2021 this spring. The census,

run by the Office for National Statistics, is a

once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the

most accurate estimate of all the people and

households in England and Wales. It has

been carried out every ten years since 1801,

with the exception of 1941.

Understanding the needs of the nation helps

everyone from central government to

organisations, such as councils and health

authorities, plan and fund public services

across England and Wales.

Census outputs inform where billions of

pounds of public funding is spent on

services like transport, education and health

– on cycle routes, schools and dental


Information from the census is also

important in helping lots of other people and

organisations do their work.

Charities and voluntary organisations often

use it as evidence to get funding. It helps

businesses to understand their customers

and, for example, decide where to open new

shops. Plus, those doing research, like

university students and people looking into

their family history, use census data. It

provides important information on

population diversity, allowing organisations

to know whether they are meeting their

responsibilities and triggering action where

necessary. Census 2021 will be the first run

predominantly online, with households

receiving a letter with a unique access code,

allowing them to complete the questionnaire

on their computers, phones or tablets.

The census provides a unique snapshot of

our communities,” Iain Bell, deputy national

statistician at ONS, said. “It benefits

everyone. Based on the information you

give, it ensures millions of pounds are

invested in emergency services, mental

health care, school places, hospital beds,

houses, roads, GP’s and dentist’s services.

“No-one should miss out. Everyone can

complete online with a new search-as-youtype

ability and paper forms for those who

need them.

Dog Mess

Due to a high incidence of fouling on the

verges, can owners have their animals on a

short lead and keep them solely to the roads.

The verges in our road are part of the

property and do not form part of a public

exercise area. We realize that other people

apart from locals use the roads, but

reinforcing the message can hopefully bring

an improvement.

Tony and Pauline Boyle

Update from Maria Caulfield, MP

Enjoy the countryside, but enjoy it safely.

As we are facing Covid restrictions in the

short term, many of us will continue to take

the opportunity to stay local and go for

walks in our beautiful rural spots. We are

spoilt in Sussex with some of the most

picturesque countryside in England. While

of course we should enjoy our local spaces

by taking the dog for a walk or going for a

walk or a run, we need to remember our

countryside, in most cases, is working


With a huge rise in people out and about in

our fields and green spaces, our farmers are

finding that a significant amount of damage

is being done to crops, animals and the local

environment as a result of people not taking

care when they are out and about.

Sheep worrying is probably the most

significant issue, with dog walkers not

putting their dogs on leads, which then go

and chase sheep and sometimes even attack

them. Since lockdown we have seen an 80%

increase in the reports of dog attacks on

sheep which often result in the farmer

having to shoot their injured animal which is

hugely distressing. Even if a sheep is not

attacked, being chased by a dog can still

result in death and aborted lambs. Within

the law a farmer has a right to shoot a dog

which is attacking their flock and there have

been sadly a small number of cases where

this has happened.

Crop walking is also an issue. It is important

that those out walking don’t walk across

fields which are planted with crops. The

untold damage of people just wandering

through fields has left many farmers having

to re-plough and drill. It costs a huge

amount of money to farmers but also does

untold damage to the local environment.

Finally, if you do have rubbish with you

please take it home. Volunteers who are

normally out doing litter picks in our

villages are not able to at the moment, with

lockdown, and any plastic bags, bottles or

other rubbish will just accumulate in our

beauty spots. This not only looks unsightly

but causes huge damage to local wildlife.

Our farmers do a wonderful job keeping our

countryside looking so well, but we all have

a part to play in looking after the animals

and environment that we are lucky enough

to share in Sussex.

Maria Caulfield MP

Unit 6 Villandry, West Quay, Newhaven,


01273 513509


Church services in February/March, or until

further announcements

Our Sunday Services are being held on Zoom each

week at 10.00am.

You are most welcome to join us. Please get in touch

for login details.

Tel: 01323 423266 // 01323 370032

Email: davidbaker1966@gmx.co.uk


Church Information

Registered Charity No. 1131638


Rector Revd David Baker, The Rectory, Gilberts Drive, East Dean

BN20 0DL 423266 email: davidbaker1966@gmx.co.uk

Associate Vicar Revd Andrew Spear 422316

Reader Tony Rogers 483967

Churchwardens East Dean: Phillip Hill 423990, Stephanie Carter 422124

Friston: David George 422178, Carl Fillery 423501

Benefice Secretary Carol Hyatt 486648, email: carol.hyatt@nextdirection.org.uk

Church Administrator Christine Jeffery 423311 eastdeanchurch@gmail.com

Verger East Dean: Paul Summers 423143

PCC members Ex Officio: F. Strong; the Churchwardens; Members of Deanery

Synod: to be elected. Elected members: L. Belhriti, G. Carstens,

C. Collins, P. Hewitt, A. Pelczarski, A. Pienaar, P. Porthouse,

F. Richards, L. Sculpher, S. Snelgrove

Treasurer Peter Hewitt 739749

Electoral Roll Officer Linda Keller 422091

Benefice Director of Music Mark Roper 725345

Safeguarding Officers: Jacques Pienaar 423341 and Phillip Hill 423990

Family Support Work Francine Judd 422145

Parish magazine Editor Christine Jeffery 423311 eastdeanfristonmagazine@gmail.com

Co-editor Peter Jeffery

Treasurer: Beryl Boucher 422390 6 The Link, BN20 0LB

Advertising: Bill Hallett 422185 edfmagad@gmail.com

Distributor: Jerry Gottlieb 422004

Deliverers: Mr B. Adams, Mrs J. Anderson, Mrs J. Booth-Clibborn, Mrs A.

Brownlow, Mr B. Childs, Mr M. Delaney, Mrs S. Drury, Mrs R. English, Mrs J. Ford,

Mr R. Franklin, Mr D. and Mrs B. Greaves, Mrs C. Greenwell, Mrs S. Hallinon, Mrs

J. Harms, Miss J. Hewitt, Mrs J. Hicken, Mr C. and Mrs D. Hirchfield, Mrs C.

Holliday, Mr N. Holloway, Mrs M. Honey, Mrs J. Jarvis, Mrs T. Larmer, Mr B.

Mepham, Mrs J. Morris, Mr P. and Mrs J. Olive, Mr C. Pitcher, Mr and Mrs C.

Preece, Mrs R. Robinson, Mrs K. Salmon, Miss R. Shaw, Mrs M. Sharpin, Mrs J.

Smith, Mr A. Sudbury, Mr M. Thomson, Mr and Mrs R. Trace, Mrs J. Warriner


Alpha Course Peter Hewitt 739749

Church Wide Fellowship 2nd Tuesday in Village Hall at 2.30pm

Paul Summers 423143

Home Groups Wed evenings Brian Lea 423226 and Phillip Hill 423990

Thurs mornings Peter Jeffery 423311 and Paul Summers 423143


The Beehive

Supervised Crèche for 0-3s at East Dean Church

9.30am Communion Services only ~ Christine Jeffery 423311

Climbers and Explorers for 3-10 year olds ~ Gillian Carstens 423801

Pathfinders for 10-14 year olds

Forestry England

Many of you will already know that Friston

Forest is managed by Forestry England. But

did you also know they have some great

educational resources that are available to

download for free? If you are home

schooling or just want to have a look at

what they have on offer; try using the link


Tree planting on the Recreation


After a fantastic response from residents to

join our new group of Environmental

Volunteers our first project is well under


Just before Christmas a group cleared

brambles from the existing biodiversity strip

on the recreation ground, and planted 20

new saplings to fill the existing gap.

Completion of the clearing and planting of

the remaining saplings is to be scheduled as

soon as Covid guidelines allow.

As 30 new trees will be planted in this area

we have been able to notify the BBC

Countryfile Plant Britain Project and have

them added to their national database.

Hopefully we will be able to contribute

again to this as they pursue their target of

planting 750,000 trees across Britain in two


Our thanks go to The Woodland Trust for

providing, free of charge, the saplings and

protectors, and to all those involved in the

planting. Particular thanks goes to our very

able and willing young volunteers, Clara,

Anya and Zach.

This is the first of an exciting programme of

projects the Environmental Sub-Committee

members have planned. Look out for more

details in the coming weeks or contact us

with your ideas on


Lesley DUrso

Spring’s Heralds

Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) are surely

the earliest of all flowers in the calendar

year. This year I noticed snowdrops in the

garden on January 10 th but I have

previously seen them out in December. This

bulbous plant is native to Europe and the

Middle East but probably not to the UK.

Gerard’s Herbal described it in 1597 but it

was not recorded growing in the wild here

until the late 18th century, presumably from

garden escapees.

The name Galanthus comes from Greek

meaning ‘milk’ and anthos meaning

‘flower’, nivalis means ‘of the snow’. It was

given its Latin name by Carl Linnaeus in

his Species Plantarum first published in


Clumps of bulbs will increase and can be

divided and replanted when ‘in the green’

immediately after flowering. However,

snowdrops also produce seed if there are

early pollinators around such as queen

bumblebees and can also spread this way.

Another of our earliest flowers is the lesser

celandine Ficaria verna, a member of the


family Ranunculaceae. Commonly known

as Pilewort, a look at its tuberous roots will

tell you why it got that name. The old

Doctrine of Signatures recommended it as a

medical treatment for piles. However, it’s

worth noting that the leaves are toxic.

It’s a lover of damp woodland paths, stream

banks and ditches and can be a rather

invasive weed in gardens. The glossy star

shaped yellow flowers open in the sun, the

leaves are rounded, heart-shaped on long

stalks. Vast carpets of them cover the

ground on the corner of Friston Forest

opposite the church and pond and are a truly

dazzling sight. As one of the earliest plants

to flower they are an important nectar source

for insect pollinators coming out of winter


“There’s a flower that shall be mine,

’tis the little celandine”

(William Wordsworth )

Kate Frankland

Our thanks to the Rotary: Signs of


Many snowdrops in gardens are in flower

and bulbs including daffodils, tulips,

hyacinths and irises are poking up their

heads. Now is the time for hope for good

things to come in our gardens and in the

villages with hopefully a display of crocuses

on the verges by the bus stops and down

Gilberts Drive. The crocuses were donated

by the Rotary Club of Eastbourne Sovereign

and to bring further colour to our village the

club has donated wildflower seeds to be

planted in the grassy area on the south side

of the recreation ground.

Let us hope that warm weather, beautiful

flowers and successful vaccinations will

brighten our lives in the not too distant


John Wilton, Community Chairman,

Rotary Club of Eastbourne Sovereign

I would like to say

a big thank you to

my friends from

the Bowls Club

who gave food so

generously for the

homeless. In such

a short period of time, I was given bags and

boxes containing a variety of foods. It was

received with thanks by the volunteers who

give food to the homeless at night on the

Western lawns.

Rita Laws

Bookmark Volunteering

I have been volunteering helping children

with their reading online for the last six

months, which I have thoroughly enjoyed.

It is with a charity called Bookmark and I

am currently helping children of frontline

and key workers in London, Cambridge and

Hastings. I am writing about Bookmark as I

thought there may be some villagers who

would enjoy being involved with this in the

near future.

There is very extensive training online, with

an online interview, and although for a

while training was on hold, if you check the

Bookmark website you will now see they

are looking for volunteers once again. It’s so

great that you can be helping children all

over the country!

As a Bookmark volunteer, you’ll help 5-8

year olds learn to read so that they can

succeed in school and beyond. You’ll book

fun, flexible 30-minute reading sessions,

around your schedule, all through the

Bookmark app. Sessions take place

virtually, through Bookmark’s secure

online platform.


Jan Haydock

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SewSussex - NHS Appeal 2

Following our amazing village contribution

to the NHS scrubs

appeal during the

first lockdown, we

have been asked if

we can contribute

again to ‘Parcels of

love and wellbeing’

for nurses and care workers.

Sew Sussex is collecting hand cream, lip

balm and anything else cheerful, smelly and

pretty to parcel up and send to the NHS

staff to say thank you and keep going.

Parcels will be gift wrapped each with a

special card at Sew Sussex, 186 Seaside, and

distributed locally.

If you would like to sew, I can forward you

an email with instructions for ‘bling’ scrubs


If you would like to contribute any items for

the parcels of love, please deliver to 4 Mary

Ann Lane or email/phone and I will come to

collect from your doorstep (East Dean and

Friston residents) until the end of February,

then arrange for collection by Sew Sussex.

Donations by cheque are also welcome.

Please make cheques payable to ‘Sew


Many thanks in advance for all your


Karen Wintle 01323 423555



Sadly, due to the ongoing

Covid 19 epidemic, and the

uncertainty of when we will

be free to mix and congregate

with other people, we have

decided to cancel our

OpenArt event this year. Hopefully, by the

autumn of 2022, we will all have been

vaccinated and been able to return to some

sort of normal. So, all you artists and

makers, keep producing the wonderful work

that you do and in 2022, we will have the

biggest and best OpenArt ever!

John Dann, Chairman of East Dean and

Friston OpenArt

Send those blues away with a

lockdown window display

Like many of you I have walked extensively

around the villages during these lockdown


In winter it can seem a bit gloomy, and once

the Christmas decorations were removed a

lot less colourful!

So what can we do to raise a smile? How

about dedicating a window at the front of

your house to a colourful display?

Why not spend some of that lockdown time

in making an uplifting display. Be it crazy,

colourful, whimsical, one window or more.

Show your talent and get creative and in the

process hopefully raise a smile for those

passing by.

Lesley DUrso

Bingo update

Not surprisingly, the

Bingo planned for

March 20 th will not

take please. Fingers

crossed for the

planned August 7th

evening. We still

have the extended

Theatre Voucher for

whoever won the prize in Dec 2019. Please

contact us if that is you. If not, we shall use

this for a prize at the next Bingo evening.

Take care and stay safe.

Karen & Roger

WWI through postcards

May I ask residents who have postcards or

letters sent during WWI to get in touch

with me.

My second book on is it an advanced stage

and any local input would be much

appreciated. My first book on WWI is

"McGill’s War", which was well received.

John Wilton, tel. 423773.

Email. Johnpwilton@btinternet.com

What next?

Thank you, everyone who rallied to the

flag for our third on-line parish magazine.

I didn’t think last summer that we would

find ourselves needing to do this again; nor

did I think that we would actually have a

little material in hand for the next issue.

But we do still need more, please!

There is no telling yet whether we shall be

able to post a magazine through your door,

or once again produce something on the

village website. This would not be possible

without the help of Gill Carstens, Village

webmaster www.eastdeanvillage.org.uk

and Michael at NimaPrint, so to them and

everyone who helped in any way – thank


Please print a copy for your neighbour if

they are not able to access the website.


MARCH 15 th

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East Dean

I wander round these remote roads

Near where the Seven Sisters rise

And hear in every voice that flows

Sounds of glee and happy sighs.

In every laugh of every Man,

In every Infant's cry of cheer,

In every voice, in every clan:

Mankind's natural bliss, I hear.

How the churchgoers jest,

Every ripening tree delight,

Every sparrow in its next

Twitters into the coming night.

But most thro' twilight hills I listen,

To the wise old owl that hoots,

And the rippling pond does glisten,

While nightingales do play their flutes.

Henry Branson, aged 12.

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What is Sunday School like today?

In East Dean we have “Climbers and

Explorers”. It’s less “school” now, more

like a club, but it’s still all about God and his

son Jesus.

During this time of Covid 19 we certainly

have changed, no more meeting in the

Village hall, pancakes and choccy brioches,

no more swapping of weekly news, bible

stories and games, no more bible crafts with

“show and tell”.

Things have changed. Covid 19 may have

taken us from the Village Hall, but it’s

brought children into the main congregation

on Zoom services, we see our families on

the screen, Snappy the crocodile, Charlie

and Paws and the knitted bible people

join children each week in telling the

bible story, this time enjoyed by the whole


This difficult time has brought many

troubles. Parents are under pressure with

home schooling, employment problems

and all the difficulties of relationships in a

time of lockdown. Children feel all these


Like all of us, children need to be anchored

in what is real and true, to be anchored in

God’s love. In the bible we read that in God

“We have this hope as a sure and steadfast

anchor of the soul, firm and secure”.

(Hebrews 6:19).

Our children will see many changes in the

world, but God is constant, and children

need to be anchored in Him to weather the

many storms that may come their way.

See Bible people stories on Youtube. East

Dean Kids

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VILLAGE DIRECTORY www.eastdeanvillage.org.uk

Beachy Head Chaplaincy team 301200

Coastguard Service Peter Wojciechowsky 301707/ 07989 356604

Old School Surgery, Seaford 890072

Police Emergency 999 Non-emergency 101

Emergency Plan Co-ordinator Mike Keller 422091, (deputy) Paul Seeley 422361

Local MP Maria Caulfield, 01273 513509


Parish Council Chair: Mike Keller 422091, Vice Chair: Paul Seeley 422361

Tim Bryant, Phillip Hill, Simon Thorogood, Daniel Wild.

Three vacancies

Mrs K. Larkin (Clerk), The Old Cottage, Lewes Rd.,

Laughton BN8 6BQ tel 01323 811870


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ESCC Councillor cllr.stephen.shing@eastsussex.gov.uk 07576 261898

Residents’ Association Robert Salmon 423382

E. D. Downlands (Roads) Ltd David Lockyer, 422130. eastdeanroads@hotmail.co.uk

Village Diary

Tina Woodley-Roberts tina@edfvillagehall.org.uk

Village Hall

Tina Woodley-Roberts 423110 Mon.-Fri. 9.00am-5.30pm

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Art Group Leo Budd 898584

Badminton Club Maurice Horlock 423413

Bowling Club Tim Pontin 422034

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Village Coffee Morning Rita Laws 422235

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