East Dean and Friston

Residents’ Association

What does East Dean and Friston Residents’ Association do?

The Residents’ Association (RA) exists for the benefit of everybody who

lives in the area.  It works closely with other local organisations, 

and particularly the Parish Council, to serve the interests of local people.  

 

A voice for residents: The RA speaks for the village on matters of importance, where common problems are identified. We have successfully campaigned to improve services, for example installation of Super-Fast Broadband in the village, and have highlighted villagers’ concerns about replacement of gas mains.  The RA is also in regular contact with our MP and has raised issues like traffic problems and mobile phone reception.

 

Information: RA members are kept in touch via regular emails, covering local issues and alerts about criminal activity in the area. RA also funds and delivers the Welcome Pack for new residents and has produced a Code of Practice for builders working in the village.

 

Support: The RA keeps a list of volunteers willing to help with village events and of 4x4 drivers who will give help in snowy weather.  It also organises the annual village fete.

 

Environment: The RA funds and manages a road gritting scheme on the Downland Estate and provided, and now maintains, enhanced Estate entrances.  It raised funds to purchase the Greensward, a registered Village Green on Deneside, which it also maintains.  It periodically organises volunteers for various village tasks, such as spreading bark on the footpaths.  It also replaced all the street name plates throughout the village. 

 

What’s in it for me?

Membership of the Residents’ Association is voluntary, but, without the Association, who would take the responsibility for those little jobs mentioned above?  By joining or continuing your membership to the Residents’ Association, you are voicing you interest in how your village is looked after.

 

What does it cost?

Membership of the Residents’ Association costs £5.00 per adult per year (£10.00 per couple)  Subscribers receive occasional emails giving advice of road closures, break-Ins, cold calling scams and other public service announcements.  As the blind copy (bcc) facility is used, addresses remain confidential.  We are also pleased to accept additional voluntary contributions to ease the strain on our limited financial resources.

 

To join email us and we will send you a form

edfresidentsassociation@gmail.com

Chairman Bob Salmon 423382

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,