A Beginners Guide to Butterflies

During the summer Sussex comes alive with butterflies. In a new series of free online courses, butterfly expert Michael Blencowe, will help you to identify the butterfly species found in Sussex and give you a fascinating insight into their amazing lifestyles. These short talks are free, but donations to support our […]

42 SUSTAINABLE ACTIVITIES FOR A SUPER SUMMER

·       69% of parents feel that this year’s summer holidays will be harder than usual ·       54% of parents are keen to keep their kids entertained by exploring the outdoors ·       47% are considering new activities and they haven’t tried previously ·       Parents are concerned that watching TV and playing on game consoles will increase  […]

James MacCleary is the new leader of Lewes District Council

Councillor James MacCleary(pictured) has been elected the new Leader of Lewes District Council.  He has been deputy leader since the Co-operative Alliance took control of the council in July 2019.  The election of leader was contested by Councillor MacCleary (Liberal Democrat) and Councillor Isabelle Linington(Conservative).  Councillor MacCleary was elected by […]

Wild Coast Sussex – an exciting new project to connect coastal communities with their beautiful Sussex seas.

Sussex Wildlife Trust is delighted to have been awarded a grant of £528,600* by The National Lottery Heritage Fund for its Wild Coast Sussex Project thanks to money raised by National Lottery players. Wild Coast Sussex will inspire Sussex communities to care for the marine environment and enable them to protect their local coast and sea. Sussex […]

Are You Shopping Online?

Almost 34% of all retail sales during May 2020 were carried out online, and new research suggests that only 16% of UK consumers intend to return to their old shopping habits post-lockdown. Online shopping fraud during lockdown Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, received over […]

CHILDLINE SEES SURGE IN CHILDREN AGED 11 AND UNDER REACHING OUT WITH MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS

·         Childline data reveals there have been nearly 22,000 counselling sessions about mental health and wellbeing since lockdown, including almost 2,000 with 11-year-olds and under ·         The NSPCC urges Government to prioritise a children’s recovery plan including mental health support, alongside health and the economy ·        Childline has seen an increase in young […]

2020 Town Forum Presentations

Seaford Town Council is pleased to share with the community the presentations that would have taken place at this year’s postponed Town Forum. Each year the Town Council facilitates an Annual Town Meeting (also known as the Town Forum). This is a public meeting, not a Town Council meeting, and […]

Reduced VAT rate for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions

If you’re a VAT registered business, you can check if you can temporarily reduce the rate of VAT by 5% on supplies relating to hospitality, accommodation, or admission to certain attractions by visiting here www.gov.uk/guidance/vat-reduced-rate-for-hospitality-holiday-accommodation-and-attractions. The temporary reduced rate will apply to supplies that are made between 15 July 2020 and 12 […]

Survey reveals 86% of UK businesses expect cyber attacks to increase in next 12 months

Phishing attacks are regarded as the greatest cyber threat 15 July 2020: In a survey of UK cyber security, IT and business professionals, 86% of businesses expect cyber threats to increase over the next 12 months. The survey, commissioned by WatchGuard Technologies, also reveals that 44% of organisations have experienced a cyber attack over the last […]

THE RUN FOR ROTARY CHALLENGE!

Here is some news from the Local Rotary concerning the Half Marathon and some alternative ideas:- “As runners you must all be missing the competitive races, the 10K’s, the half and full marathons.  You must also be aware, that the absence of such races has resulted in an enormous loss […]

Seaford to Brighton trains

Following more concerns regarding the trains running on this line and especially lack of toilet facilities, we have received a statement from GTR the parent Company. “The class 313s are our older trains that run to and from Seaford and weren’t built with toilets.  The train interiors have however been […]

THE IMPORTANCE OF LAUGHTER

·       79% of us say laughter has helped us get through lockdown while 25% say we value it more than ever before ·       Laughter and indulging in our favourite food (23%) makes us feel better than exercising (19%) ·       56% say laughing has helped us de-stress at this time, with 48% agreeing it’s […]

Getting Eastbourne Covid-Ready for Business

Eastbourne’s brand new ‘Covid-Ready’ quality assurance scheme is designed to provide all the latest guidance and support for your businesses as you reopen following the coronavirus outbreak, while also reassuring customers, that their visit will meet the highest safety standards. Free to Join The scheme is free to join and covers multiple industry sectors including accommodation, restaurants, […]

Maria Caulfield MP welcomes measures to boost tourism and hospitality businesses across Lewes

The Chancellor has announced a much-needed boost for tourism and hospitality businesses in the Lewes constituency, as part of his Summer Economic Update to kickstart the economy post-coronavirus. Local MP Maria Caulfield has welcomed the measures, which will see VAT for hospitality, accommodation and attraction businesses cut from 20 per […]

Updated Covid-19 posters for premises

The selection of posters that have been made available for business owners to display on their premises, including guidance on delivery and collection services, reminders for social distancing and closed due to Covid-19 messages have been udpated. To access and download the posters visit here www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/community/covid-19/licensing-and-environmental-health.