A plastic box will be in the phone box until the 15th October. Please can you put contributions in it for the local food bank. The following items are welcomed; cereal, tinned soup, pasta and sauce, rice, tinned tomatoes, lentils, beans, pulses, tins of meat and vegetables, tea, coffee, biscuits, uht milk and fruit juices. The food bank cannot accept fresh items and all donations need to be within their best before dates.
This is being arranged in collaboration with Plumpton school as part of their Harvest festival activity.
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Sadly we have decided to cancel the apple pressing this year which was due to be held on the 10th October due to the uncertainty with the pandemic situation. Lets hope all will be well for 2021 events.
A mature oak on the TECT field suffered severe damage to a large limb and was deemed unsafe. The tree surgeon inspected the tree and found disease and so it has been cut down and the branches have been left to rest on the ground. Although it looks dramatic there should be years of life left in the tree. There is a hive of bees inside one of the trunks. Over the coming months we plan to survey all the trees in the TECT field. If you have any questions or concerns about trees in the TECT field please e mail firstname.lastname@example.org TECT Trustee.
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Route 122 serving Barcombe, Cooksbridge, Offham and Lewes
From Monday 27 July this service will revert to its normal school holidays route and 2 hourly timetable, so serving Plumpton only on Saturdays.
Route 166 serving Lewes, Offham, Plumpton, Wivelsfield Green, Princess Royal Hospital and Haywards Heath
This service will restart from Monday 27 July, running to its normal school holidays 2 hourly timetable. As a consequence route 122 will revert to not serving Plumpton on weekdays.
Route 167/168 Village Rider service
The special timetables will continue in operation until further notice. Provision will be made for Wivelsfield School pupils returning in September.
Older and disabled persons free travel bus passes are still being accepted at all times for travel in East Sussex. This special arrangement is expected to continue until the end of August 2020.
Here is the link to NHS advice on coronovirus
Dear East Chiltington Neighbours and Friends
We hope you are all well and coping with this new way of life. Thank goodness it is spring in East Chiltington, not winter in the inner city. However with suddenly very full households, and everyone working from home, the problems of slow and unstable internet have been amplified, at least in our house. I wish therefore I could write with positive news from our negotiations with Openreach but I am afraid it has been a long and not very satisfactory process. We uploaded the list of interested parties late last year and immediately received a quote for £350,000. This was to connect each and every property in the village and worked out as approximately £3500 per household. After various attempts to reduce the cost by refining parameters, removing properties which don’t exist/don’t qualify and the odd outlier on a different exchange altogether, we now have a final quote from Openreach.
The key facts from the quote are:
Core community* – 104 Premises
Initial Estimate – £343,254.00
Cost Per Premise – £3,300.52
The cost of £3,300.52 per household relies on every single property in the village taking up this offer, i.e. for every household which does not, their cost will need to be borne by those who do…
*please note that this list still includes empty/non existent properties, households who were not interested in getting fibre and households who would not qualify for the Gigabit Scheme despite our best efforts so the cost per household is already a little higher than Openreach state.We think this a disappointing outcome: £343,254 seems an exorbitant figure to ask a small, rural community to find for an essential service: even with the available grants this would mean almost every household still having to dig into their own pockets. There are ways costs could be reduced a little by self digging parts of the route, but this is complicated and would require technical surveys, negotiation with individual landowners, highways and the commissioning and overseeing and organising the work. Not a job for the faint hearted or the amateur. Perhaps once the current crisis is over internet provision will move up the agenda of central government. We can hope... In the meantime please do let us know what you think and do share any solutions you have come up with to improve things. We have taken an EE4G contract which has improved things a little bit (albeit from a very low base of 7 mbps download).
Stay safe and hope to see you before too long.
Charlie and Chris
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