East Dean and Friston

A message from your Residents’ Association

How lucky are we to live in these beautiful surroundings!

With another lockdown in place what better way of appreciating our environment, whilst staying safe, than spending an hour over the weekend of 29th – 31st January taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

If you have not already signed up and wish to find out more just follow the link 

www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/

As the Environmental sub group we are really keen to find out what feathered visitors we have in our parish so why not share what you see by dropping us a line on EDFRAecocare@gmail.com

Ash Dieback

One of our environmental volunteers has bought to our attention a very informative guide about Ash dieback published by the Tree Council. If you want to understand more about what ash dieback disease is and its impacts as well as a plethora of other relevant information please visit

Tree council information on Ash Dieback

Residents’ Association

Latest Letter to Residents

Dear Resident,

Residents’ Association Membership: a message from your Chair

If you are an existing resident, thank you for supporting the Residents’ Association (RA). Your membership is now due for renewal.

If you are not yet a member, we hope you will consider joining. The RA exists for the benefit of all who live in the area. The RA works closely with local organisations, particularly the Parish Council, to serve the interests of local people and maintain and preserve the village

amenities and character.

Below is a reminder of some of the things we do:

A voice for Residents: The RA speaks for the village on matters of importance, where common problems are identified. The RA is in regular contact with our MP and has raised issues such as traffic problems and the loss of our village Post Office.

 

Welfare of Residents: The RA takes an active role in furthering the welfare of residents. We fund and distribute Welcome Packs to all new residents informing them about our village and its clubs and facilities. We include leaflets about “Being a Good Neighbour” and a “Code of Good Practice for Building Works”. These guidelines can also be found on our website.

 

Information: RA members are kept in touch via regular emails, covering local matters and alerts about such issues as criminal activity in the area. 

 

Support: The RA funds and manages the road gritting scheme on the Downlands Estate and Crowlink and organises “Team Grit”, a group of volunteers who will lay grit provided by the RA when our roads become icy due to inclement weather. If at such time transport is required to travel out of the village, such as to a hospital appointment, the RA has a list of 4 x 4 drivers who can help provide transport. We also hold a list of volunteers willing to help with village events. We organise the annual Village Fete, via the Fete sub committee. We offer support, including financial where possible, to local clubs and organisations.

 

Environment: We maintain and enhance estate entrances. Some years ago the RA raised funds to purchase the Greensward, a registered Village Green on Deneside, which we now maintain. The RA periodically organises volunteers for various village tasks, such as spreading bark on the footpaths. We have recently supported the Parish Council in the provision of planters by the village shops

 

How to renew or join the RA

 

Membership costs just £5 per person per year (£10 per couple/family).

Please complete the form attached, put it in an envelope with your subscription, and take to the Barn Stores, 17, Downlands Way, East Dean. Cheques should be made payable to ‘East Dean with Friston Residents Association’.

If you prefer to pay by BACS the RA account details are EAST DEAN WITH FRISTON RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION, account no 60354813, sort code, 20-27-91. Please put your house number/name and road as your reference, so we can identify your payment (eg 13, Deneside) and return the form to the Barn Stores.

If you have any queries please contact edfresidentsassociation@gmail.com With kind regards,