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
Tel: 01323 461 299
Fax: 01323 461 299
Copies of Council Minutes, Newsletters, Councillor Contact Details and the Annual Reports can also be obtained from this address.
The next Full Council Meeting is on Monday 20th June 2016, starts at 7.15pm and is at Stone Cross School.
Parish Bulletin - September 2015
St Mary's Youth Group Fund Raiser
Birthday Tea for H.M. the Queen's 90th
East Sussex Fire & Rescue
15 April 2016
Helping our community to stay 'Safe and Well'
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are working with partners to change the way we talk about living safely and well in the home with new ‘Safe and Well’ visits.
Safe and Well visits aim to provide a more holistic approach to community safety work associated with fire, health and other local concerns. The visits will still offer essential home fire safety advice, but the specialist practitioners will also be trained in approaching topics such as social isolation and health issues, including smoking and obesity.
UK Power Networks: Priority Service Register & energy efficiency advice leaflet
As you know, we have experienced a period of bad weather which has resulted in a loss of power for our customers. We understand how inconvenient it is for people to be without power and we are sorry to those affected. We worked hard to reconnect customers as quickly and as safely as possible.
In the event of an emergency, whether that is a power cut, issue with our equipment or even roadworks, it is important that people (especially vulnerable residents) have easy access to our emergency contact details. As you may know, we run a free Priority Services Register (PSR) for those who may need more support in the event of a power cut.
Every resident over the age of 60 in would be eligible to join the register. So are those residents with a disability, are blind or visually impaired, are chronically sick, dependent on medical equipment, or have young babies.
If you would find it useful, we can send you free posters for your buildings or noticeboards and sign-up leaflets for residents. If you would like us to send these to you then please let me know. If you are able to promote the information to your residents e.g. in newsletters, online, social media etc. then we would greatly appreciate it.
We have also produced a leaflet that provides advice on energy efficiency. It also contains useful contact details of other organisations who are able to offer advice for residents on keeping warm and reducing energy bills. This can be found on our website here: http://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/internet/en/help-and-advice/documents/EE_leaflet.pdf.
I hope you find this information useful. If you would like further information then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Stakeholder Engagement Team
St Mary's Youth Group
Wealden District Council new Local Plan
Wealden District Council has launched a new Local Plan which deals with housing need. Under this new plan Wealden’s Objectively Assessed Housing Need (OHAHN) is just under 20,000 dwellings by 2037. This plan is backdated to 2013 and will include units already granted permission since April 2013.
In the case of the parish of Westham the new plan requires the construction of 860 dwellings between now and 2037. (500 in Stone Cross, 350 in Westham and 10 in Hankham).
This new plan has to go through a process of public consultation, where it will be tweaked, then sent for approval to cabinet, then Full Council and then the National Planning Inspector - a process which will take about two years. If all runs smoothly the new plan will be implemented by summer 2017.
Full details are on www.wealden.gov.uk. The consultation period runs from 19th October to 14th December 2015
A paper copy is also available to look at in the Parish Council Office on an appointment basis.
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.
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