POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a woman was allegedly verbally abused by a man and intimidated as she tried to park at the Esso Tesco garage in Forest Row.
The victim pulled into the forecourt of the petrol station in Lewes Road at about 10.45pm on Monday 28 December to use the Tesco Express store. A grey-coloured BMW was blocking her path to the parking spaces and she didn’t feel there was enough room between it and the pumps to drive through.
She tooted her car horn and the driver pulled forward slightly but she could still not get through. The driver then shouted abuse at her, moved his car to block her path again and then got out and opened her passenger door and swore at her.
He then went back to his vehicle but as the victim eventually walked towards the garage store he again confronted her and shouted at her again. Some members of the public intervened and took her inside the shop and he eventually left.
The suspect is described as being of Asian appearance, aged between 30 and 40, of stocky build and was wearing a beanie hat, hooded top and tracksuit bottoms.
PC Phillip Eagles said: “The victim was not hurt but the incident left her feeling fearful and intimidated. If anyone saw what happened or were one of the public who got involved, please contact us.”
Anyone with information should contact police by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 101 quoting serial 601 of 28/12.
FOREST Row library could close on Mondays as part of a cost-cutting exercise by East Sussex County Council.
ESCC has to find total savings of up to £90million over the next three years, £2 million of which will come from library provision.
It is thought that reducing the number of hours libraries in the county are open by 25 per cent will cut costs by around £500,000 a year.
The proposal will go before the County Cabinet on Tuesday and if approved the public will then be consulted about the move
“When drawing up these proposals, we have given careful consideration to when and how all of our libraries and services are used,” said Rupert Clubb, director for communities, economy and transport.
“We have taken into account data which shows that vast majority of people use libraries between 10am and 5pm.
“Under these proposals, the buildings would be closed at quieter times but people will still be able to use libraries at varying times throughout the week, from Monday to Saturday. Making changes to opening hours will mean we can continue to provide a comprehensive library service for residents across East Sussex.”
It is proposed that all libraries will only be open between the hours of 10am and 5pm. In addition, libraries that open later than 5.30pm would retain one evening opening until 6pm. Libraries which open on a Saturday, will continue to do so.
No changes would be made to the e-library service, which allows members to access e-books and e-audiobooks and a range of free online reference material 24 hours a day. Member and non-members will still be able to make enquiries online or by phone 24 hours a day.
THE Mighty Stags, as the Forest Row Cricket Club is known to its fans, need more players.
They have four Saturday league teams – the 1st and 2nd teams play in the East Sussex Cricket League, Divisions 2 and 7 respectively, with the 2nd team full of promising young players who were a key part in their promotion last season.
The 3rd team plays in Mid-Sussex Cricket League in Division 5, and the 4th team plays in the Stoner Conference League which consists of young players and parents.
Forest Row CC also has a Sunday friendly side, which plays teams all around Sussex.
And there’s the T20 side which plays on mid-week evenings, in its own league against local teams.
But spokesman Matt Woodward says the Club needs more players of all standards to join before next season.
“We achieved promotion for our 2nd team last Season, as well as seeing our 4th team reaching the final of the Stoner Conference Robin Divall Trophy.
“But we are looking to promote the Club even further and attract more players. The format of the game is different in each league we play which will suit every type of player both competitively and socially.”
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VEASEY’s, the award-winning fishmongers based in Forest Row, issued a heartfelt plea for support when they found themselves one of only two stalls left at the weekly Farmers Market yesterday.
On a day when the rain was lashing down, and with only Cyrnel Bakery – also from Forest Row – to keep them company – they took to twitter to ask for support from the town community.
“When we began six years ago, the market was busy and bustling, and there was a variety of stalls selling everyting from fish to ornate wooden ducks,” they said.
“Today it’s just us selling our fish, and bread from Cyrnel Bakery.
“Please raise some support – we need more stalls and more customers to keep this market alive.”
Busses will be joining the market later in the month and we have been told there are other enquiries in the pipeline. But is there more that could be done to make sure this once-thriving market doesn’t die on its feet?
THE Big Red Health Bus will be at the Community Centre in Forest Row from 1.30pm to 5pm today.
The Bus is part of the Healthwatch project to give EastSussex residents the chance to speak about their experiences of local health and social care services.
Visitors to the bus will be able to:
leave user experience reviews about local services on Healthwatch East Sussex’s Feedback Centre
receive information and signposting about local services
sign up as a Healthwatch volunteer
take part in our surveys and suggest what you think are the East Sussex local health and care priorities
There will also be opportunities to talk to senior representatives from key organisations that deliver and buy services in East Sussex.
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (mental health services)
NHS Complaints Advocacy Service
Adult Social Care; and
the East Sussex Better Together programme
The Director of Healthwatch East Sussex, Julie Fitzgerald, said: “As the independent health and care champion for local people, our priority is to listen to local people’s experiences. The Red Bus tour is a major part of how we get out and speak to the public, and a great way for the public to come and find out what their local Healthwatch can do for them”.
CHEQUERSMEAD, a home in Forest Row, has won a Sussex Heritage Trust design award.
The architect’s brief was to extend and alter the existing 1950s house, and judges praised the collaboration of client, architect and contractor which had turned an “out-dated dwelling into a modern home exploring sculptural form and light”.
The architect was Rodger Fincham and the contractors were Douch Partners, both of Forest Row.
THERE will be a Car Boot Sale running alongside the next Forest Row market which will take place on Saturday 5 September from 10am until 3pm.
The popular market will feature a wide range of stalls including Richard Anderson (wooden products), Brambletye Fruit Farm, Concious Chocolate, Daniel’s Olives, Flour Power City Bakery, Forest Wood Sculptures, Herb Jedi, Iberica Delights, Jaju Beans & Leaves, JJ’s Brownies, Junction Ten, Ken Hawksworth – who will be bringing his jewelry polishing machine – Kirk’s Carvings (Simon will be doing wood turning), Lavender & Willow, Raindrop Accessories, the Podgy Pie Man, Amanda Potter (hand made cards), QAR, Rapkyns Nurseries, Woodworx Sussex (troughs), Chrissie Johnson’s Chinese crafts and candlemaker Pauline Slattery.
Above: David Rogers presenting a cheque to Thelma Manning, RNLI Forest Row Branch Chair
THIRTY years after the Falklands war, a crew reunion has raised nearly £600 for the Forest Row branch of the RNLI.
David Rogers, who lives in Horsted Keynes and runs the Connections property management company in Haywards Heath, was an air traffic controller aboard HMS Illustrious, the Royal Navy flagship during the Falklands conflict.
David planned a get together for his shipmates, many of whom hadn’t seen each other since the 1980s, at Portsmouth’s Guildhall, and during the day-long celebrations, the South Atlantic Medal was presented to the veterans by Admiral Sir Jock Slater, who had captained the aircraft carrier at the time.
Sales of pictures from the Medals Ceremony showed a profit of £582 which the sailors have donated to the Forest Row branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
The branch supports Tower Lifeboat Station 30 miles to the north and Eastbourne, Newhaven and Brighton Lifeboat Stations on the Sussex coast.
MICHAEL Hall school made an Olympian effort when it played host to hundreds of 11 year-olds from 31 schools across the UK and Europe for its Greek-themed games this week.
The UK’s oldest Steiner Waldorf school was host for a three-day sports day with a difference – all the events were inspired by the Ancient Greek Olympics.
The event was attended by 400 eleven year-olds from 29 fellow Steiner Waldorf schools from the UK and two schools from Poland and Belgium.
The children were divided into 12 groups named after cities originally involved in the Olympic Games, including Athens, Sparta and Delphi.
The children trained, played and camped together for two days before taking part in the Games on the third day.
Michael Hall’s Martin Baker, said: “This is a wonderful way of bringing children together from Steiner Waldorf schools across the UK, and for the first time, we had visiting children from China.
“We held this event for our 11 year-olds as they are studying Greek culture as part of their curriculum and they are at that perfect age when they have the lightness of the young child and the beginnings of the strength and weight they will have as teenagers.
“The ancient Greek athlete strove to strike a balance between the spiritual path (lightness) and physical attainment (weight) and the children had a fantastic time in trying to recreate that.”
Before the school staged the Games it held an opening ceremony, which included a torch procession and the lighting of an Olympic flame.
The youngsters then participated a Marathon, mini Marathon, dash, long jump, high jump, stylised wrestling, discus, javelin and relay races to finish.
The event culminated with a medal ceremony in which each child was awarded a medal for the qualities they had demonstrated throughout the three days.
MICHAELINA Argy from Forest Row has been awarded an MBE in the Birthday Honours list for her campaigning on behalf of thalidomide victims.
The 52-year-old single mother of teenage daughters Jessica and Madeline, said she was “astonished but delighted” with news of the award.
Mikey herself is one of 468 survivors who were born in the UK with severe physical disabilities after their mothers took the drug in the sixties to combat severe morning sickness.
And she has campaigned for the government to acknowledge the toll ageing, and the wear and tear of coping with their disabilities, has had on their bodies more than 50 years on.
Mikey, who is a member of the Thalidomide Trust’s National Advisory Council, of which she was chairwoman between 2008 and 2012, said a highlight of her campaign had been hearing the government apologise after agreeing compensation.
She and her fellow thalidomide victims are “in much better shape than they were six years ago” she said, and the extra money had made a huge difference in allowing them to cope with their lives and retain their independence.
PCSO Ian Priddy will be at Blacklands Crescent in Forest Row from 5.30pm to 6pm today, Wednesday, 27 May so if you have any policing concerns, or if you want advice about anything, get along and Ian will be pleased to help.
THE organisers of the Forest Row Festival have released a new song to encourage people to donate to a Festival fund so access to music events can be open to everyone this year. A video, made free by musicians from the village, explains why they want an open access Festival this year.
“There is a lot that is just right about the Forest Row Festival. The atmosphere last September was absolutely wonderful, all over the village. The thing is, some things are better without tickets – Christmas lunches, birthday parties…and the Forest Row Festival.
“In a community like ours, it doesn’t feel right to have the evening music made exclusive and tucked away, as the way to pay for expenses. This is a shame not only for those who feel they can’t afford a ticket, but also for the artists when they don’t get the chance to entertain the whole crowd.
“We want to open up the tent, and stop charging for wristband tickets: given the spirit of the occasion, this feels like a natural step – a free, open-air party, all weekend, day and night. It’s a community event after all. The community provides most of the musicians, artists and contributors. It provides the venues. It provides the volunteers to organise and run it. And it provides the crowds to create the atmosphere, simply by turning up to enjoy the festivities.
“So we are calling on Forest Row to help put on its own party which would make for a Festival experience that is completely open to everyone – an act of generosity by us all, on our own behalf.
“No need for tickets. No need to leave the green and squeeze into a dark marquee. No Us and Them. And the village is left with the pride and satisfaction of having done a wonderful deed on behalf of its villagers.”
The organisers need to raise £5,000 and any excess funds raised will go towards helping make next year’s festival equally open.
The Festival will take place over the weekend of the 18-20 September.
To support the appeal go to http://forestrowfestival.org.uk/support