The next regular meeting of Brightling Parish council will be on Monday 13th January. As ever, the time is 7:30 pm and the place is the Village Hall. It has been very gratifying to see that a few members of the public have started to come to our meetings recently. Everyone is welcome and has an opportunity to raise topics for discussion. There is no need to stay for the whole meeting – most people don’t – and we try and do the interesting stuff first.
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Are you being kept awake at night, sick with worry about when your bin is going to be emptied over the Christmas and New Year period?
If so, help is on hand. Simply visit web page www.rother.gov.uk/findmynearest and after entering your postcode etc, you will not only see your bin emptying days, but also some other fascinating information. NB This works all year round, not just at Christmas.
(Better still, take the zero waste Christmas challenge and never worry about bin emptying ever again – Ed.).
Message from Biddy Akerman:
Everyone in Brightling is warmly invited to the church Christmas Drinks party, at 6:30 pm on Wednesday 18 December, at Brightling Rectory, kindly hosted by the vicar. A donation of £10 gets you in and secures your first drink; pay bar thereafter.
All proceeds go to the church.
There will be tip-top nibbles and superb company.
See you there.
Message from David Gasson:
On Friday 20th December, the Brightling Carol Singers will once again sing their way round the village.
If you would like to join us, please meet outside the Village Hall at 6.30 pm.
As usual, the collection will be for the Children of Chailey Heritage. If you will be away on that night, but would still like to make a donation, please ring me on 01424 838 481.
Residents of affected streets will have received consultation letters from Rother District Council. The map below shows all the affected roads.
The letters that have gone out say “There is the potential for Royal Mail to change postcodes if the street name changes”. While this is technically true (the Post Office can change anyone’s postcode anytime they feel like it), I have to say that I think it is incredibly unlikely to happen. In practice the Post Office only change postcodes when there is a major change in the organization of the postal rounds (eg if a lot of new houses get built, or if one property gets so much post that they need their own postcode and so on).
I do hope that this doesn’t put anyone off.
This should also not cause any change in anyone’s official (Post Office) house address; addresses (on the affected roads) do not in fact include the road name at all. See the sample below (from www.royalmail.com/find-a-postcode ).
Another slight problem is that (due to an error by Rother District Council) all the people in Hollingrove Hill got Hollingrove Lane letters, and vice versa. Corrected (version 2) letters have now been sent out to those affected.
Finally I’ll just mention that the roads variously known as Cackle Street and/or Battle Road are not affected at all.
What’s the point? some people have asked. Speaking personally, two reasons: first to preserve a little bit of local history, and secondly so that when they put up signs saying “such and such a road is closed” that everyone knows which road they mean.
If anyone has any queries about this, feel free to contact me by email at
An appeal from the vicar
I am sure that many of you regularly donate to food banks but at this time of year wouldn’t it be kind to include festive treats as well as basic foodstuffs?
Feel free to hand me some tins, packets, jars etc and I’ll add them to the food parcel being put together for delivery in December. Just one or two items will cost you just a couple of pounds, but will be someone’s only hot meal for the day.
Donations are being delivered to the Trussel Trust foodbank on Tuesday (8th December) so please hand your donations to the vicar on Sunday or bring them to the Rectory on Monday.
I have received the following message via neighbourhood alert.
Monday 25th November 2019: Volunteering doesn’t come more rewarding than this!
We are now recruiting Special Constables. If this is the volunteering opportunity you’ve been looking for, click here to apply [NB There is no upper age limit]
You already have a career you love – now you want a different challenge in your spare time.
As a special constable officer you’ll have the same uniform and powers as regular officers.
From being first on the scene and taking knives off the streets to educating young people, you’ll be working alongside regular police officers and PCSOs to make Sussex safer.
Our ‘Specials’, as the special constables are known, come from all walks of life. Specials are men and women of all races and faiths. They’re teachers, taxi drivers, chefs, accountants and secretaries and they all volunteer a minimum of 16 hours a month. When you join Sussex Police, you become part of our policing family – we are with you each step of the way.
Are you an honest, respectful and selfless person who wants to do something important in your spare time? Could you be there in a stranger’s time of need? Are you prepared to protect others on or off duty? And are you prepared for how time-consuming this volunteer role will be? If so, we want to hear from you.
What does your spare time look like? Do something Special, apply today here.
Message Sent By
Jeremy Glew-Deval (Police, Prevention Support and Engagement Officer, Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden)
This has been mentioned before, but it is perhaps timely to remind people that you can get extra help during power cuts if anyone in your household meets one of the following conditions:
- If you are of pensionable age
- If you have children under five in your household
- If you rely on medical equipment
- If you have refrigerated medicines
- If you have a serious or chronic illness
- If you have a disability
- If you or someone you care for is living with dementia
- If you need extra support for a short time period (e.g. If you are recovering from medical treatment)
provided you pre-register with the power company (details below)
The extra help available
- a priority 24-hour phone number for communication,
- receive extra information and regular updates during any power cut.
In the event of a longer power cut you could receive
- hot food,
- hot drinks,
- hot water,
- mobile phone charging and more.
Those who rely on power to run medical equipment, such as dialysis or breathing apparatus, would also receive additional help.
They even say…”In certain scenarios we may also offer a free hotel overnight and transport to the hotel”
You only need one qualifying person in your household.
If you know someone who could benefit from this service but who is not likely to register for themselves (eg not good on-line), you can do it for them (with their permission).
To get more information, visit
At the bottom of that page there is a button which takes you through to the page where you can register. The way I read it, they want you to register in advance, so you would probably struggle to get the help if you do nothing now and wait until a power cut actually happens. It doesn’t matter who your “supplier” is (ie who you pay your bills to) – this is the place to register.
I’d be interested to hear if anyone ever manages to get that overnight hotel room.