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23 October - Halloween Antics at The Waterfront –  This half term 25 – 31 October expect friendly spooks and a variety of entertainment. The Rotary Club will have a pumpkin stall at The Waterfront from Monday to Friday (11.00 – 16.00) and visitors will be able to take part in an online painting pumpkin competition to win a £40 voucher to spend at Dolci's ice cream parlour.  A ghost trail around the harbour, with children searching for eleven friendly ghosts hiding on various lamp posts will also be a popular attraction.  Plus! On Wednesday, a friendly witch will enchant everyone with her magical spells, and on Friday, the towering Mr Ghoul will mesmerise guests with his amazing crystal ball.  More details: 

23 October - A date for your diary.  On Monday 29 November 2021 at 6pm SHRA will be hosting an on-line presentation by Pevensey Coastal Defence and the Environment Agency about Sovereign Harbour's sea defences.  First, Ian Thomas from Pevensey Coastal Defence will tell us about the work that currently goes in to managing the coastal defence. This will be followed by a presentation from the Environment Agency's Coastal Management team who will outline their plans for the future. There will be opportunities to ask questions.
An invitation to apply for free tickets and details of how to logon will follow nearer the time. 

15 October -  Beach Work Update - Bypassing shingle round Sovereign Harbour will finish in the next hour or so, to be replaced by recycling from Monday.
Initially work will continue at Sovereign Harbour Northeast beach and 'White Horses'. 
Most of the shingle delivered from Langney was left temporarily near the Martello tower because it needs to be placed on the toe rocks of the revetment near Macquarie Quay.  It will be much quicker and less disruptive to residents if we do this next week using dumpers running below the beach crest than if it had been tipped on the beach and then pushed down with a bulldozer.
So at the beginning of the week machines will work between PBSC and 'White Horses' over the top of the tide and then move to fill the revetment as the tide recedes. For the remainder of the week they will gradually head east bolstering any depleted areas as they go.
Eventually, and assuming further periods of settled weather, we intend to return some of the surplus shingle at Cooden all the way to the harbour, but as this can only be done if the crest remains complete we will be dependent on what the weather does in the coming weeks.
Ian Thomas
Project Manager
Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd

09 October -  A259 Improvement Survey - East Sussex County Council is commencing a new A259 South Coast Corridor Improvement Study. The Study, which complements the Transport for the South East (TFSE) work, aims to develop a balanced package of transport measures to improve the efficiency and effectiveness on the corridor between Rottingdean in Brighton and Pevensey in Eastbourne.
The Study will also consider how we can integrate more sustainable transport options. The Study will be fundamental for both existing and future users of the A259 corridor which serves a region with ambitious growth plans.
We are at an early stage of the Study, and we would like to capture your views and aspirations for the area to ensure we can feed this into our developing work. Click here for some further background on the Study for your information. We have also set up this survey to help us capture your views... We would be grateful if you could complete the survey and provide any feedback by end of Friday 15 October 2021.

08 October - Fitness for the over 50s - Liz used to hold very successful keepfit classes at the Community Centre. Due to the Centre now being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre, she would like to inform all those people who used to attend the classes at the Community Centre, (and of course newcomers) that she is giving classes at the following venues:
• West Ham Village Hall, Peelings Lane - Mondays at 10am.
• St Wilfreds Church Hall, Broad Road, Willingdon - Tuesdays at 10am.
• Ethel Wood Community Centre, Coast Road, Pevensey - Wednesdays at 2pm.
• For members of Eastbourne Bowling Club - Tuesdays at 2pm.
Find Liz on Facebook- lizmfitness Contact Liz on 07739 670905 or via for more details.

05 October - Should leasehold property be banned? - The government has pledged to give leaseholders in England the right to extend their leases by 990 years and end their ground rent payments once and for all.  The leasehold scandal has seen millions of homeowners saddled with unsellable properties due to escalating ground rents, uncapped service charges and difficulties buying their freeholds.  This article from Which? explains the steps the government is taking to reform the leasehold system.  The reform timetable is described in this piece by the House of Commons library.  Meanwhile, the ongoing Competition and Markets Authority investigation into the leasehold market has resulted in reforming commitments from large developers, including Persimmon.

04 October - Waterlines published - The October 2021 edition of Waterlines, SHRA's digital newsletter to read on your device (tablet or computer recommended), or to download and print is now available from the Waterlines webpage, or you can directly download it from this link.... 

04 October - Beach Work Update - With autumn now seemingly upon us, beach works will be restarting this week, initially with a single bulldozer.  The highest October tides fall on 7-10th October, which at the moment look as though they will be accompanied by lighter and then more northerly winds.
Next Monday we will start one week of bypassing from Langney to the Northeast Beach, which will be followed  by general recycling between 'White Horses' and Cooden in preparation for the 8.0m tides in early November. Hopefully the worst of what weather we do receive will miss periods of highest tides.
Ian Thomas
Project Manager
Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd

26 September - Sovereign Harbour Book and Creative Writing Club Season of mist and mellow fruitfulness
After a visit to the home of Rudyard Kipling and gaining new members at our last get together, the group will once again meet at 4 Seasons on Tuesday 5th October at 10.30 am.  As the Community Centre continues to be used for vaccinations we are unable to meet there so the group is primarily a book related meeting.  Last month we discussed comfort reads for darker evenings like: The Great Gatsby and Jane Eyre.  Our next meeting falls two days before National Poetry Day so it would be nice for people to perhaps bring a poem - or even write one to contribute! The theme this year is CHOICE - something that has entered our lives in many ways over the past year or so. For more information contact: Philipa Coughlan on 07519 143770 or email

26 September - Brown-tail Moth Webs - We have received reports that Brown tail-Moth webs in which the caterpillars over-winter have been seen on shrubs in some Harbour areas.  When they emerge in the Spring, the hairs of the caterpillars can cause skin irritation or breathing difficulties.  It is easier to deal with them now by pruning out the webs than in the Spring when spraying would probably be necessary. If you spot them you should seek further advice and take necessary precautions – perhaps have a word with your Development’s management company if the webs are on communal land.  SHRA has written to Premier about the issue as the caterpillars were seen on the harbour spit last year.  A Bing or Google search will help you find knowledge resources such as these provided by: Butterfly Conservation... and Tendring District Council...

23 September - Harbour WI Newsletter - The Harbour WI have published their September newsletter. Find it on the WI webpages by clicking here...

14 August - Quay Fisheries fishmonger and smokery has opened at Sovereign Harbour - Located at the new fishermans' quay behind The Harvester, Quay Fisheries is a community interest company providing a fish and shellfish storage and processing facility, and offering retail and wholesale sales including live local crab and lobster, in-house smoked salmon and haddock and local line-caught bass. Opening hours will be Tuesday to Saturday 10am-3pm.

29 July - Damaged steps at Port Moresby Place - SHRA raised this matter with the ward councillors who tell us that EBC officials have contacted the developer who will carry out repairs in the next week or so. 

27 April - New discount for SHRA members - Waste-Hub -  Waste-Hub provide a hassle-free solution for the collection of your loose domestic or commercial waste.  They can also collect your ad-hoc bagged waste. With one-off or regular collections available these are ideal services if you do not have access or space for a skip. Plus, all the loading is done for you! £10 off a waste collection for SHRA members (single item collections not included). Contact Waste-Hub on 01323 654 655 or 07470 868 101

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The Sovereign Harbour Residents Association (SHRA) 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 RNLI lifeboat station and a popular yacht club.  At The Waterfront there are restaurants, cafes and bars with regular events and entertainments with ample, free parking.  It is a great place to live, and a great place to visit!

Begining in 1991, the Harbour was dug out from an area of vegetated shingle known as The Crumbles.  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, has opened.  In late 2017, work started on a long-awaited community centre that was in use by December 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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