Beachy Head will welcome autumn with a new festival this October half term. The Afterlight Festival will feature free events including stories of folklore, twilight nature walks and night time astronomy from October 23 – 31. Organised by Heritage Eastbourne and funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the nine day festival will take place in and around The Beachy Head Story exhibition.
A 16-year-old from Eastbourne completed a 52-mile hike at the weekend for the armed forces. Georgia Gough, a student at the Military Preparation College in Eastbourne, completed the double-marathon walk on September 11 for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. Georgia, who aims to join the Royal Artillery, started at her home in Folkestone at 4am and finished at her college in Eastbourne while carrying a 12-kilogramme rucksack.
A paramedic serving the Eastbourne and Hailsham areas has retired after 47 years in the emergency services. David Keeley, who now lives in Lower Willingdon, retired last week from the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb), where he’s mostly served in the Eastbourne and Hailsham areas.
Residents in Eastbourne are not happy about the prospect of new homes and flats being built near them if plans are approved. Eastbourne Borough Council has had plans submitted around the use of a parcel of land which is at the back of residential properties, surrounded by Motcombe Road, Charleston Road and Green Street.
There are fewer than 100 places left for the Beachy Head Marathon next month. There are fewer than 100 places left for the Beachy Head Marathon next month. The 26.2-mile race – one of the biggest off-road marathons in the UK – is set to take place on Saturday October 23.
The very first Eastbourne Seafront Soapbox Race will be launching on Sunday September 26 (from 11am). The very first Eastbourne Seafront Soapbox Race will be launching on Sunday September 26 (from 11am). The event ‘fuses creativity, engineering and speed’ with 40 teams putting their homemade soapboxes to the test, navigating the course in the fastest time possible to be crowned the Eastbourne Seafront Soapbox champions and take home a cash prize.
New data released has revealed the area of Eastbourne where the fewest number of people are fully vaccinated against covid. Four-fifths of the UK population is now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with a booster programme announced for the over-50s this week (September 15). England’s deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, said the UK has had one of the world’s most successful Covid-19 vaccination programmes.
A former lettings agent from Eastbourne has been given a six-month prison sentence – suspended for 12 months – for charges of fraud. A former lettings agent from Eastbourne has been given a six-month prison sentence – suspended for 12 months – for charges of fraud. Police said Michael Duke, 53, of Arlington Road, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court.
A man wanted for multiple offences has been arrested by officers in Eastbourne. Jay Georgiou was wanted in connection with offences including causing grievous bodily harm and harassment, according to police. Police confirmed he was arrested on Monday (September 13). The 26-year-old was on recall to prison which has now been activated, police say.
Sussex Police’s Sexual Offences Investigation Team was set up in 2018 to bridge the gap between the survivor and the different parts of the process. Previously Sussex Police had a group of Sexual Offence Liaison Officers who provided this support to victims, but this was in addition to their regular police duties.
Bus services linking Uckfield and Eastbourne need major improvements. That’s the message going to East Sussex County Council from town councillors. Ironically, within hours of the improvements call being made, the Stagecoach 54 route to and from the resort was in disarray because of a lack of drivers.
A collision between two cars at a school in Eastbourne caused an altercation between a group of adults leaving two of them injured, police say. Officers were called to Parklands Infant School in Parkfield Avenue at around 9am yesterday (Monday, September 13) to reports of a group of adults involved in an altercation.
Youngsters at Ratton enjoyed a prom this week to mark the end of their time at the school – after it was cancelled twice by covid. The youngsters, last year’s Year 11, too part in the biggest prom the school has ever held, with 250 guests.
The mayor of Eastbourne turned on the lights in the Devonshire Park to mark 140 years since they were first installed. Mayor Pat Rodohan switched on the lights along the east walk of Devonshire Park following their restoration. New electric lights have been installed as part of a project between The Eastbourne Society and Eastbourne Borough Council.
A petition set up by an Eastbourne resident has succeeded in removing car parking charges. Back in August charges were introduced to Beatty Road car park – a decision that sparked outrage with residents and business owners. Now the work of resident Deidre Glasgow has ended with the charges being scrapped.
Well played, Emma. Thank you for captivating us and raising our spirits – oh, and would you like a wild card for the friendliest tennis tournament on the tour? It’s scheduled for next June in a small town on the south coast by the name of Eastbourne.
The KFC drive-thru in Eastbourne welcomed a different type of customer last week. John Garnell, of Pentland Close, took a photo of a horse and rider going through the Lottbridge Drove KFC drive-thru on the evening of September 10. John captioned the photo, “Very funny and something you very rarely see.”
Hemel Hempstead Town were on course for their first win of the season before being denied deep into injury-time Lee Bircham was left far from impressed with the match officials after Hemel Hempstead Town were denied their first win of the season on Saturday. The Tudors fell behind to a first-half penalty against Eastbourne Borough at Vauxhall Road but fought back to lead in the second half thanks to two goals from JJ Lacey, the first of which was also from the spot with the second coming late on.
A teenage girl was raped in Eastbourne last week and police are still looking for witnesses. The report was made on September 4 of a girl being raped near Shinewater Lane, police confirmed. Police say the victim is being supported by specially-trained officers while enquiries are ongoing.
A woman from Eastbourne has launched a new initiative for women focused on careers and business. A woman from Eastbourne has launched a new initiative for women focused on careers and business. Lucy Butt, who has a background in events and charity work, has set up The Hive – a space she says women can ‘get together, build a community and encourage one another – all centred around careers and business’.