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08 Feb - Airbourne postponed until 2022.  Airbourne, Eastbourne’s international airshow will NOT be taking to the skies this summer with the event hopefully rescheduled for 2022.
The decision to cancel this event takes into account the continuing forms of social distancing measures, ensuring the safety of Eastbourne’s residents and visitors.  Work will commence on looking at how Airbourne can become a sustainable event for 2022 and will hopefully return from 18 – 21 August 2022. Fans can sign up online for further announcements at:

07 Feb - The February 2021 edition of Waterlines, our PDF newsletter to read on your device (tablet or computer recommended) or to download and print is now available. Click here... 

11 Feb 2021 - Harbour WI Newsletter published - find it on the Harbour WI website....

Census2021 logo05 Feb - Census 2021- Households across Sovereign Harbour will soon be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.  Information from the digital-first census will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area.  This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.  When published after 100 years, the information becomes incredibly useful for family history research.  Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire online.  Paper questionnaires will be available on request.  Census day is March 21. Click here for a Frequently Asked Questions leaflet.... For more information visit

02 Feb - Beach Work Update - Although the current spring tides are not the highest, there has been sufficient wave activity to draw the beach down in several places.  The forecast for the coming week or so is good, although potentially with cold northerly winds from the weekend onwards.  The recycling team that was at Cooden is now heading west to address cliffing at Normans Bay and Beachlands before moving on to cover fagots exposed at Leyland Road, the loss of crest at 'White Horses' and then on to Sovereign Harbour.  It certainly looks as though there is sufficient work to keep machines fully occupied for another two weeks.
Ian Thomas
Project Manager
Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd.

29 Jan - UrgentEast Sussex Highways are recruiting - They are  currently looking for a drainage supervisor, 2 customer service managers and a customer service advisor. Click here for details... Closing date is Tuesday 5th Feb

29 Jan - Second Vaccination Centre to Open - Following on from the opening of the Sovereign Centre as a Coronavirus vaccine centre, the new Welcome Building on Compton Street in the Devonshire Quarter, will become the next vaccination centre to open from Monday 1 February.  

Vaccinating up to 1,000 people per day from across East Sussex, the large exhibition hall in the newly built conference centre will provide vaccinations on an appointment only basis, seven days a week from 8am to 8pm each day. 

The vaccinations at both centres are being provided strictly on an appointment only basis. Please remember, do not attend without an invitation as it will not be possible to vaccinate you without a valid appointment.

22 Jan 2021 - Sovereign Shines WinnersDespite the challenges of COVID-19 and the government enforcing restrictions just as Sovereign Shines was launched, residents and berth holders ensured that the light festivities still shone through and over £500 was raised for Eastbourne RNLI lifeboat and the local not-for-profit organisation, Defiant Sports.
Click here for a post-event press release and list of winning displays... 

18 Jan 2021 -  Beach Work Update - Although none of the December and early January gales occurred over spring tides, there has been erosion to the front of crest in some places.  So, with a couple of windy days to come (Wednesday and Thursday this week) we have started recycling today from Cooden towards Herbrand Walk.  How much shingle is moved and from where/to will depend on the severity of the weather later in the week, although – again – it does coincide with low rather than higher water level tides.  In general I expect there to be general east to west movement of machines over the next two weeks or so.
Ian Thomas
Project Manager
Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd

13 Jan 2021 - Harbour WI Newsletter published - find it on the Harbour WI website....

08 Jan 2021 - Vaccination Scams - As of 7 January 2021, Action Fraud had received 57 reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for coronavirus vaccinations.  The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.

Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said: “Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge.  The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine.  If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.”
How to protect yourself: In the UK, coronavirus vaccinations will only be available via the National Health Services.  You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a local GP surgery or pharmacy, to receive your vaccination.

Remember, the vaccinations are free of charge and you will not be asked for a payment. The NHS will never:
• ask for your bank account or card details
• ask for your PIN or banking passwords
• arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
• ask for documentation to prove your identity, such as a passport or utility bills.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to  Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.  If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting

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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 also a 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 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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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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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 confidential MailChimp distribution list to which you may subscribe to below (new members are automatically added).  Our list is not used for any other purposes, nor will it be shared with any third party, and you may unsubscribe at any time.

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