This month I’m featuring one of my lockdown achievements!  Whilst others were learning spanish, making sourdough bread and watching everything on netflix, I put all my effort into nailing two recipes which have had me beaten for many years and finally I’ve come up with something worth sharing. First one was homemade Houmous. Recipe for…

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Wealden’s new housing strategy identifies the need to boost the supply of housing including affordable and private rented housing. It highlights the importance for smaller properties, shared ownership, shared accommodation options and specialist housing to meet local needs. “Our research shows the negative impact, both economically and socially, of a lack of housing and the…

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Local Forest Row artist, Gill Bustamante was delighted to appear in an episode of the BBC One series ‘Home is Where the Art Is’, Series II. The series started on July 6th 2020 and ran for three weeks. Gill’s episode was scheduled to transmit on BBC One on Tuesday 21st July at 15:45 and is…

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Forest Row Community Fridge has been delivering food to those in need within the community during lockdown and beyond, the Community Fridge has distributed over 4 tons of food with the help of its team of volunteers.  They were lucky to receive a grant from Sussex Polices Community Fund to pay for a much needed…

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During the period of Lockdown Sussex Police have donated more than £60,000 to local charities and good causes. The money used is from a Police Property Act fund which is made up of money raised from the sale of properties sold under court order.  Since the beginning of April seventy eight voluntary groups and charities…

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Last month I wrote about changing our attitude to garden ‘rubbish’ and mentioned that the best place to put weeds, grass and leaves is the compost heap. This month I would like to go into this subject in a little more detail: it is no exaggeration to say that the compost heap is the heart…

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Wealden District Council are teaming up with local charity Furniture Now! to offer an alternative solution to bulky waste collections. Furniture Now! operate centres covering the Wealden district in Hailsham, Eastbourne and Lewes. Household furniture and electrical items can be expensive to buy, so Furniture Now! provide all donated items they collect at a discounted…

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Common household batteries caused two separate bin collection truck fires in Wealden after sparks ignited the surrounding rubbish In one incident, a mobile phone battery exploded and caught fire. Thankfully no-one was hurt in either event, but there was significant service disruption to refuse and recycling collections. Batteries and small electrical items of any kind…

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Pubs and restaurants which have now opened and the ones planning to open over the coming weeks, will be operating under strict Government guidelines This means they will have to refuse to serve groups of more than six, or those of more than two households. They may ask groups to sit separately. They may ask…

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Lockdown has done a real number on people’s mental health. You’ll be surprised exactly how few people are capable of coping with extreme periods of isolation. It’s definitely a tough thing to try and deal with, no one’s doubting that.  However, in a radical departure from the conventional norms of mental health issues, what we…

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