Westham Parish Council

Welcome to our community website, providing information and images relating to our vibrant community on the South Coast of England. Historic, picturesque, rural yet close to the seaside town of Eastbourne it is a special place to live in, work in or to visit.

Westham Parish Council is made up of three communities, Westham Village, Stone Cross and Hankham each with their own distinctive images of the Heron, the Windmill and the Anvil respectively. As you enter each of these areas you are greeted by beautifully crafted community signs.

Please visit this site again soon to find out more about our community. Please feel free to contact us by post, telephone or e-mail at;

The Clerk's Office
Stone Cross Primary School
Adur Drive
Stone Cross
East Sussex
BN24 5EF

Tel: 01323 461 299
Fax: 01323 461 299

e-mail: westhamparishcouncil@aol.com

Copies of Council Minutes, Newsletters, Councillor Contact Details and the Annual Reports can also be obtained from this address.

Next Meeting

The next Full Council Meeting will be on the 17th July at Stone Cross School and starts at 7.30pm.

Download Full Council Agenda July 2017
Download Full Council Minutes 19th June 2017
Download Full Council Minutes 10th April 2017

Stone Cross Windmill

Why not come along to the Stone Cross Windmill Summer Fair on Saturday July 1, 10-12 Westham Village Hall Peelings Lane BN24 5HE.

Entry only 50p which includes a cup of tea or coffee. Many Raffle and Tombola prizes with gifts to suit all ages plus home made cakes and wholemeal flour milled in the Windmill. All monies raised are used to maintain this iconic Windmill which relies solely on donations, membership and the various fund raising activities in order to remain open to the public and continues milling flour.

The Windmill is open every Sunday 2-5pm for tours and refreshments. Freshly milled wholemeal flour produced in the Windmill is also on sale and the volunteer bakers often produce delicious cakes to accompany the tea.

The Heritage centre in the Roundel (the bottom accessible part of the Windmill) has an updated history of the Windmill.

Private group visits are always welcome and arrangements can be made by telephoning Barbara Molog 01323483470 or email scmt2012@yahoo.co.uk


The Great Get Together

Westham Evening WI is planning a free community event on Saturday, 17th June between 2-4 pm at the Village Hall. We are going to be serving hot drinks and cakes. This is part of the national series of events as explained here https://www.greatgettogether.org/

The Great Get Together

Defibrillator In Westham

Following a series of fund raising events over several months, Westham Evening WI are delighted to have provided a Public Access Defibrillator for Westham Village.

This is situated on the outside of the Village Hall in Peelings Lane. The site is registered with SECAmb Trust, South East Coast Ambulance Trust, and is available for use 24/7 by the public in the case of a medical emergency.

For safety, the defibrillator is in a locked cabinet. However, when 999 is dialled, SECAmb will tell the caller the location and how to take the defibrillator from the cabinet and make it ready for use.

Westham Evening WI would like to express grateful thanks to everyone who enjoyed, participated in, helped and supported us at our various events which has enabled us to provide this vital life-saving equipment for our rural local community.


Garden Competitions

Garden Competitions

Stone Cross Mill Trust

Why not come along to the Mills weekend on Saturday and Sunday 13 and 14 May/ The Windmill will be open from 10-4pm each day for tours and refreshments. On Sunday 14 May at approximately 2.30pm the Morris Men will be in attendance entertaining the visitors.

The Windmill is now open every Sunday 2-5pm for tours and refreshments. Freshly milled wholemeal flour produced in the Windmill is also on sale and the volunteer bakers often produce delicious cakes to accompany the tea.

The Heritage center in the Roundel (the bottom accessible part of the Windmill) has an updated history of the Windmill.

Stone Cross Mill Trust (SCMT) is a registered charity that owns Stone Cross Windmill. This Windmill is a Grade II* listed building and is a significant part of this country's industrial and farming heritage. The Windmill is located off Beggars Lane BN24 5EA to the east of Stone Cross crossroads.

The Trust has just installed new gears and a hot water drinks dispenser thanks to a grant from Wealden District Council and Westham Parish Council.

The Trust are always looking for volunteers who are willing to help in a number of practical ways such as building maintenance, guiding visitors, baking cakes and helping serve refreshments. Please contact the Chair if you are interested in being a volunteer or visit the Windmill one Sunday afternoon for a chat with one of the Trustees.

Private group visits are always welcome and arrangements can be made visits by telephoning Barbara Molog 01323 483470 or email scmt2012@yahoo.co.uk. website: stonecrosswindmill or Facebook for up to date information.

Association of Carers

Carer Poster Service

East Sussex Volunteer Poster

Tackling elder exploitation in our communities

Katy Bourne, the Police & Crime Commissioner for Sussex, has made tackling elder exploitation one of her top priorities in a bid to protect older people in the county from financial abuse.

She says: “We know that fraud against our older and more vulnerable residents is a growing issue as our population ages and criminals see that fraud is more profitable and less risky than other crimes. In Sussex, fraud has robbed some older people of their entire life savings and left others destitute.”

“I have been lobbying the Government to take account of demographics when calculating the amount of funding that is allocated to each police force and to acknowledge the rise in crimes against our elderly.”

“The operational response from Sussex Police has also been excellent. They have developed Operation Signature to help protect and support those most at risk of fraud, and the model has been nationally recognised and is being adopted by other police forces.”

“The problem is that many people don’t realise that they’ve been a victim of fraud – they think it’s just a scam, or they feel foolish and don’t want to tell anyone. But scams are fraud and fraud is a crime so I really would urge anyone who’s affected by doorstep crime, postal fraud or nuisance calls to report it.”

You can call the police on 101 or report fraud by speaking directly to the advisers at Action Fraud, the national fraud reporting centre, by phoning 0300 123 2040. They will also be able to give you help and advice about fraud and you can remain anonymous if you prefer. UK-wide charity Action on Elder Abuse operates a confidential helpline on 080 8808 8141 which offers advice and support on all aspects of elder abuse.

Trading Standards also want to know about online fraud or mobile phone scams; any information you share may help them shut down fraudsters before others fall victim to them. You can report incidents, whether you’re a victim or have just been targeted, via the Citizen’s Advice Consumer Helpline on 0345 404 05 06. You can sign up for Katy Bourne’s weekly newsletter at www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/spcc-newsletter/

Property for Rent

Property Rent Poster

Apply for housing
Home Move

Southern Queen

3-4 years ago a project was started to save the Southern Queen pleasure boat that was built in Westham in 1950 at Street Farm.

Allchorn Pleasure Boat Trust has just taken ownership of the Southern Queen and William Allchorn and the project is now underway.

More details can be found at www.allchornpleasureboattrust.org.uk

St Mary's Youth Group

St Marys Youth Group

2015 St John Publicity for Education Fund

Would you miss out on educational opportunities for the lack of funding?

Are you under 25 years of age?

Do you live in the Parishes of Pevensey, Westham (includes Hankham) or Stone Cross?

The Hospital of St John the Baptist Trust is there to help

The Trust can award grants to qualifying children or young people who meet the above criteria, to enable them to take advantage of educational opportunities or to further develop their talents where the cost might put involvement out of reach.

School trips (educational or sporting), equipment essential for a university course, extra courses to help fulfil a particular talent - these are the sort of things amongst others we can support.

Application forms can be obtained from: The treasurer, The Hospital of St John the Baptist Trust, 20 Linkway, Westham, Pevensey, BN24 5JB

Stone Cross Community Market & Coffee Morning

The aim of the Market and Coffee Morning is to provide a service to the Community and also a social meeting place. The stalls each week cover a variety of items including locally grown vegetables, free range eggs, plants, bird tables/nests, hand-made cards, knitted items, sweets/fudge, bread, cakes, various crafts and hand-crafted jewellery etc..

Do come along and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with a teacake or crumpet in a warm environment and browse the goods for sale in the lovely friendly atmosphere. Please support the market and all the stallholders. Stalls are available at the Market on request either by e.mail or telephone, subject to availability.

It is the policy of the management to allow up to only two stalls of a similar nature on any Friday. This ensures that the market always has a good variety of different stalls and that all stallholders have an equal chance of obtaining sales.

Hot drinks, fruit squash and fizzy drinks are available as well as toasted teacakes or crumpets which are served with butter and a choice of jams and spreads. Biscuits, chocolate bars, crisps and dried fruit are also sold. A mug of tea, coffee or hot chocolate costs just 75p (filter coffee is £1.20). A tea/coffee/hot chocolate plus teacake or crumpets are at a special price of £1.20 (a cup of Filter coffee plus teacake or crumpets are £1.25.

The Parish Centre is on the B2247 (Rattle Road) at the junction of Lion Hill and Ersham Road.

Dave Picton. Mobile No. 07902 222149.

Website: www.stonecrosscommunitymarket.org.uk
Email: fridaymarket@btinternet.com


We are looking for some photographs of the local area to use on this website. If you have any that you would be prepared to let us use please email them to westhamparishcouncil@aol.com, we will give photo credits where requested. Unfortunately we are unable to pay you for them though!