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07 Feb - Beach Work Update - Storm Ciara - The media have been highlighting the dangers of the approaching Storm Ciara for several days and no doubt there will be the risk of flooding along this section of coast. It does however seem to be an unusual weather pattern to understand. For instance there is now an amber warning for wind on the Sussex coast for Sunday, which is when the biggest waves are expected. Normally storm surges increase water levels on an approaching southwesterly weather system. Unusually all day Saturday and Sunday surges are negative. That all changes on Monday, when although waves are expected to be smaller, there will be a positive surge. The result is that there does not appear to be one particular tide that will result in more erosion than the others.

06 Feb - New Committee Members - We are very grateful to the following members who have joined the SHRA committee; Tracy Hobden, Ray Johnson, Anne Marigold, Madeleine Mayhew, Dave Rodgers and Lindsay Roff. This will really help us spread the workload, make us more effective and ensure SHRA’s continuance.

06 Feb - North Harbour Beach - SHRA and the Sovereign Harbour Neighbourhood Panel have received some complaints about a small number of dog walkers on the North Harbour beach not picking up their dog’s poo; and about people riding a scramble bike along the beach. We would remind everyone that above the high-water mark the North Harbour beach is private property and owners of scramble bikes or other motorised vehicles should not use it for that purpose without the express permission of the landowners. Dog walkers must clean up after their dogs, bag the poo and dispose of it in rubbish bins. It is not acceptable to ignore the deposit and leave what is a health hazard on a beach where children romp.

31 Jan - 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. Next meeting: the first Tuesday of each month at 10am-12 noon in the Meeting Room, Sovereign Harbour Community Centre. Chosen author has been Salley Vickers. Also will include some fun creative writing ideas. New members always welcome. There is a free car park, disabled access and refreshments. Cost: £4 per session. For more information contact Philipa Coughlan tel: 07519 143770 or email: pcoughlan@btinternet.com

29 Jan - Community Centre Caretaker wanted - Wave Leisure are advertising a vacancy for a part-time caretaker for the Sovereign Harbour Community Centre. Variable hours, £17k per annum pro rata. Click here for details...

29 Jan - Communty Centre Timetable - this timetable from Wave Leisure lists the events currently being held at the Community Centre. Click here...

20 Jan - Sovereign Harbour Trust and Sovereign Harbour (Sea Defences) CIC Board Vacancy - The following notice has been posted on the SHT web site... The vacancy follows the resignation of Harbour resident Rick Runalls. Ideally, another suitably qualified Harbour resident would take his place. Click here for the vacancy advert....

20 Jan - Note of Sovereign Harbour Trust CIC December Board Meeting - the CIC have published this brief summary on their web site... Note that Mr Collins is Finance Director of Premier Marinas.
SOVEREIGN HARBOUR (SEA DEFENCES) CIC SUMMARY OF BOARD MEETING
ON 9 December 2019

Mr Cervenka and Mr Pursglove were unable to attend the meeting.
Mr Collins took the chair.In addition to routine matters of report, the following business was dealt with:
Accounts for the y/e 30 September 2019 were presented by Mr Beckhurst of Plummer Parsons, the company’s auditors, and approved by the board.
Mr Collins is arranging to provide a more detailed breakdown of Premier Marina’s charges recoverable via the Rent Charge, for publication on the CIC’s website.
A draft advertisement for a new board member was presented by Mrs Weeks, with a view to its publication on the CIC’s website.
2020 meeting dates were agreed as follows: 6 April, 15 June, 21 Sep, 7 Dec.
It was noted that the beach appears to be in good condition at present.
Next meeting will be on 6 April 2020

04 Jan - Sunday Boot Fayre at the Community Centre - Winter Boot Fayres start again this Sunday, January 5th 9am - 12 midday and every Sunday up until April, at Sovereign Harbour Community Centre. Come and have a look round and see what goodies we have. Amazing bargains to be had, great value gifts and cut price goods. As well as Nicki's amazing burgers, bacon rolls and hot and cold drinks, Keith's bargain bonanza shop and a variety of stalls selling everything you never knew you needed. Stalls still available to hire - all profits go to Honeycat Rescue. For further details contact Lucy on 07891207303

08 Jan - The Eastbourne Plan Consultation - If you feel strongly about the Plan's proposal to change land use on Sites 6 and 7a alongside Pevensey Bay Road please visit our web page on The Eastbourne Plan where you will find SHRA’s views on the matter, background material and information about how to respond. This is your one chance to let EBC have your views. The closing date is 24 January.

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 info@defiantsports.org.uk.

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 https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/defiant-sports-inclusion-hub

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