09 Dec - The Waterfront flood lights will be in use on Friday - Premier Marinas advise us that between 16:00 and 19:30 Friday 13th December during the Sovereign Shines event at the Waterfront, it is necessary to turn on the area flood lights to illuminate the roadway and area outside of the Waterfront on Harbour Quay. This is because of the number of young children attending with their school choirs along with the increased footfall during hours of darkness. The lights will be turned off sooner if the conditions permit. 

09 Dec - Harbour Friends - as an addition to their piece in Waterlines, Harbour Friends have supplied this report on a couple of their more recent events. Click here...  

04 Dec - Sovereign Harbour Book and Writing Club - Come along and join book lovers and writers for a monthly get together to read, share, write or sit and listen to words in a friendly meeting place - the Meeting Room at Sovereign Harbour Community Centre. First session free – please bring a favourite book! There is a free car park and disabled access. Refreshments available. For more information contact Philipa. Tel: 07519 143770 email: 
Click here for a poster...  

04 Dec - Defiant Sports move into Sovereign Harbour Premises Defiant Sports are delighted to announce that they have recently moved into the old Blockbuster Video building in the Sovereign Harbour retail park. The venue is aptly being called the ‘Inclusion Hub’, with their main goal being to provide fully inclusive sport in the community, regardless of ability or disability.

However, due to their Community Interest Company (not-for-profit) status, they are in need of as much help as possible in providing materials, plumbers, electricians, etc. If you know anyone who may be able to help, please drop them an email on

Alternatively, they have an Aviva Community Crowdfunder page that will be running until 20th December 2019, and any donations would be greatly appreciated. Donations will all go towards refurbishing the Inclusion Hub to give their inclusive sport a home.

For more information about this project, and to make donations, please head to

01 Dec - Carols with the Lifeboat Crew - Sunday 8 Dec at 2.30pm accompanied by a brass band. Click ye here for event poster... 

01 Dec - Waterlines published. The December issue of our Waterlines newsletter has been published, find it here...

30 Nov - The Eastbourne Plan. EBC are consulting on a new plan for the town that will cover development up to 2038.  Click here to read the consultative report – Eastbourne’s Direction of Travel: Issues& Options for the Eastbourne Local Plan – which identifies the key issues and opportunities that the Local Plan should address.  Residents, are invited to respond to all or any of the 42 questions and 30 options identified from the above  ‘Issues & Options’ document.  The responses to this consultation will inform the production of the Local Plan. The closing date is Friday 10 January 2020
However, you may wish to delay responding as EBC are holding an exhibition on the Eastbourne Plan for residents in the Sovereign Harbour Community Centre on Thursday 5th December between 2pm and 7pm (just pop in during those times).  A representative from the SHRA will be there between 2 and 4pm to hear your views. There are more details from SHRA on the plan in the December issue of Waterlines.

20 Nov - Pop-up Selfie Room - The Waterfront will host a pop up Selfie Room from November 22 through to December 22. The room contains scenes like a grass walled room with floral props and a roll top bath ball pit plus other themed backdrops where people can pose for pictures.

Co-founders, Sharon and Jenny, who also own Inner Beauty at The Waterfront are excited for the launch: “On walking in people will be met with an abundance of creative Instagrammable scenes including a graffiti wall and a flower power area plus three ready-themed rooms all under one roof - it is a fantastic activity for mothers who wish to capture moments with their babies, teenagers who strive to get creative selfies and adults who are after a fun activity to do with friends and family.”

There will be eight, hour-long sessions every day to book. It will be open 11am until 7pm Thursday to Sunday with the opportunity to hire the venue for private photoshoots and parties.

Admission price of £8.50 per person (under 4 years go freee), tickets are now on sale on Eventbrite  On Friday 13th December in conjunction with Sovereign Shines festivities at The Waterfront, which will run from 16.00 – 20.00 and include local school choir performances, real reindeer and a Christmas market, the Selfie Rooms will be offering a special price entrance fee.

29 Oct - Premier Marinas announces Sovereign Shines 2019 - Sovereign Shines is now in its fourth year! This year we want the light displays to be bigger and better and have as many Sovereign Harbour boats and houses involved. With fantastic prizes to be won including a lift, high pressure wash and launch, Sunday lunch for two at Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club and bottle gifts, go overboard on your Christmas lights and help raise much needed funds for the local RNLI lifeboat. To enter please visit the new website for The Waterfront and complete the online form. Then decorate your house or boat as festively as possible and send a photograph of your masterpiece to along with your address details/pontoon berth number. This will help us to ensure that your display is included in the judging which will take place between 10th December and 23rd December. Winners will be announced on 23rd December via email. We ask that lights displays are put up by 13th December to ensure that they are a part of the light spectacle and festivities that mark Sovereign Shines.

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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 a busy RNLI lifeboat station and a popular yacht club. At The Waterfront there are restaurants, cafes and bars with regular events and entertainments; all with ample, free parking. 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.

SHRA Membership

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.

SHRA Website

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.

SHRA Newsletter and Distribution List

Our on-line (PDF) newsletter, Waterlines... is published every second month. We occasionally email all members and subscribers about important harbour news or meetings using our MailChimp distribution list to which you may subscribe to below (new members are automatically added). You can unsubscribe at any time. Our list is ot used for any other purposes, nor will it be shared with any third party.

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