16 Oct - More public bench seating wanted - we have published a letter from a harbour resident about having more seating around the harbour. Letters page...

16 Oct - Premier's new hoist - Sovereign Harbour has taken delivery of a new 60 tonne Wise travel hoist which has replaced the existing Ascom 50 tonne machine. The new hoist is state-of-the-art and is remotely controlled with the ability to accurately measure the weight lifted. The new hoist is commissioned and is in full use with the boatyard team and support staff, now fully trained and qualified to operate the hoist, enabling additional yard capacity including out of hours emergency lifts.

The new hoist is the result of a £200,000 investment by Premier in Sovereign Harbour’s boatyard, and it will become a mainstay in the boatyard for years to come reducing downtime and leading to a more comprehensive service for all those that use the lifting services.

15 Oct - Beachwork Update - Bypassing shingle round Sovereign Harbour will finish tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon. Thereafter for 10 days or so we expect just to have bulldozers pushing in various locations.

In all probability we will have dump trucks back to recycle shingle from Cooden back to Herbrand Walk, Normans Bay East and Beachlands starting Monday 28 October. Although this is half term it also another period with three 8.0mCD tides, so having the trucks here and working will be extra security in case storms appear on the highest tides.

Ian Thomas
Project Manager
Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd

14 Oct - Climbing Wall - Reach scary heights at The Waterfront ‘Rock Up Weekend’ 26-27th October. The challenging 7.5m outdoor climbing wall is a chance for all ages and abilities to experience the fun and adrenaline that climbing has to offer. A great half term activity for kids - all climbing equipment provided on the day. 

05 Oct - Waterlines delayed - our editor has been taken ill so publication of the October issue of SHRA's on-line newsletter Waterlines will be a little delayed.

05 Oct - Beach Work Update - High tides and gales in the early part of the week have resulted in a significant build-up of shingle on the south side of Sovereign Harbour. This needs to be removed from the beach, and bypassed to the north side of the marina, before it is lost into the harbour’s approach channel. Work will start to move this material on Monday 7th October, between 07:30 and 17:30, and is expected to go through the first week and perhaps into two or three days of the second week.
Ian Thomas
Project Manager
Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd

27 Sep - Beach Work Update - Autumn has now arrived and with it the highest tides for the year this weekend and into early next week. Although water levels will be particularly high on Monday and Tuesday lunchtimes, there is no expectation of big waves. Nevertheless I am sure there will be erosion to the front of beach crest throughout the spring tide period.

With that in mind a recycling team has started to arrive and machines will start first thing on Monday morning. Initially they will head towards Beachlands and Normans Bay, but will be moved around as required by the weather. It is likely that these works, plus a first tranche of harbour bypassing, will keep machines active for most of October.

We also expect dredger Sospan Dau on the south coast for works at Pevensey and Eastbourne but timing for these works will be controlled by the weather. Updates will be provided as the situation becomes more clear.
Ian Thomas
Project Manager
Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd

27 Sept - Volunteering opportunities at St Wilfrid’s HospiceCommunity Support Volunteers visit and befriend patients in their own homes across our catchment area from Eastbourne to Uckfield, very much like a good neighbour would. They offer our patients a chance to talk, give respite and reassurance to families, laugh, reminisce and even play the odd game of scrabble! It really does make a difference to people. Living Well Volunteers visit patients in their own homes, supporting them to work towards their rehabilitation goals. This rewarding role, will require visiting a patient 4-6 times to support them to participate in activities that are meaningful to them, such as walking outdoors, gardening, managing their breathlessness or cooking a meal. All activities are directed by patients and planned by Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists.  Training and ongoing support is provided for both these roles. Click the following links to learns more about the two roles and how to apply:

24 Sep - SHRA Chairman Steps Down - Colin Smith, SHRA's Chairman has resigned from the post but will remain on the SHRA committee.  Committee member Susan Kerrison will serve as acting chairman with a view to her appointment being confirmed at our mid-October committee meeting.

We are always on the lookout for members who would like to help run the association by joining the SHRA committe. Please get in touch.

20 Sep - Ooo la la, Péntanque Court Opens - The Waterfront Pétanque Court or terrain is officially open! A free to use facility open 7 days a week, 9.00 - 18.00. Péntanque sets are available from 4 Seasons Brasserie with a £5 deposit. Follow this link for rules and scoring... The urban beach will back next summer.

20 Sep - Craft Market - Harbour Crafter's are delighted to announce the date for their first indoor Christmas Harbour Crafter’s Market - Saturday 7 December at the Sovereign Harbour Community Centre. Put the date in your diary!

To book your table (£20 per table), please send a message via The Harbour Crafter's Facebook page or send an e-mail to along with information about the craft you wish to sell. Spaces are limited so don’t delay.

Do pop in and support the event - we are sure you will find some gorgeous handmade Christmas presents to purchase.

12 Sep - George Gatland - SHRA is very sorry to learn of the death of South Harbour resident George Gatland following a period of ill-health. George was chairman of the Dominica Court Residents Association for a number of years and his work for the association, as well as his own personal contributions, made Dominica Court a better place to live. Every Spring, when the bulbs he planted bloom again, George will be remembered.

10 Sept - Polyphony Vocal Ensemble Recruitment - Love singing close harmony music of varied genre? Read music? Still seeking the right choir? Don't miss this chance to join us, act now. For more details please click here to read our recruitment poster,  or visit our website at: 

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Sovereign Harbour Residents Association (SHRA)

The Sovereign Harbour Residents Association gives Sovereign Harbour residents a strengthened and co-ordinated voice in discussions on the management and development of the Harbour. The work of the Association is funded by a one-off, life membership subscription.

Sovereign Harbour
Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne, East Sussex, is a large, prestigious, marina-side development of houses and apartments arranged around an outer tidal harbour, four inner harbours and alongside waterways and the shingle beach. It is also a busy, commercial marina and a working port for the Eastbourne Fishermen. There is an RNLI lifeboat station, a yacht club and restaurants, cafes and bars. It is a great place to live, and a great place to visit!

The Harbour was dug out from an area of vegetated shingle known as The Crumbles begining in 1991. House building commenced in 1997 and continued for ten years. In recent years a new medical centre has been built and the local junior school was enlarged. More housing is under construction, and Pacific House, the first building of an Innovation Park, was opened. In late 2017, work started on a long-awaited community centre that is due to open in October 2019.

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Membership is open to all households in owned or rented residential property located within the Sovereign Harbour estate, and owners of such residential property. Click here to join SHRA... Membership brings discounts from local businesses.

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Our website is frequently updated with reports on the work of the Association and local news and issues. We also publish information on harbour clubs and activities, future development, local transport, local trades, and offer a page of useful links. We welcome your letters, event announcements and photos.

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