Month: April 2020

Local Lockdown Lowdown for Wednesday 29 April 2020

1) From Lewes District Council –The new ‘one-stop’ website of local businesses is open at the following web address: can filter results by supplier type and by local area. 2) Government loans for small businesses –The government will cover the interest and the administration costs of their Bounce back […]


The rise of our canine companions as ‘four legged therapists’ during lockdown The UK has always been a nation of dog lovers but our pooches are helping us more than ever not only just to survive modern life but actually thrive in it. We are increasingly turning to our four-legged friends […]

Lewes District Council Leaders push for local teams to stop covid19 spread in its tracks

“Local knowledge” could stop coronavirus spread in our communities Co-operative Alliance Leaders at Lewes District Council  says that the success of government plans to track and trace coronavirus in the community will be influenced by the “local knowledge and insights” of the people undertaking the work. Zoe Nicholson, Leader of […]

Local Lockdown Lowdown for Tuesday 28 April 2020

1) From Lewes District Council –Limit the spread of Coronavirus by leaving the house only when it is essential. More guidance on what is considered essential, and how to protect yourself and others from Coronavirus at: of social media messages today reminding us of the website FAQs:…/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can… 2) Particular focus on […]

Sussex Crisis Fund

The Sussex Crisis Fund has been set up to support community and voluntary sector organisations in Sussex who are leading efforts to support people most affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Emergency grants of up to £5,000 are available on a weekly basis. One successful applicant, Laurie McMillan of The Bevy […]

New ‘one-stop’ delivery website promotes local food firms

Eastbourne Borough and Lewes District Councils have launched a new website to showcase the wide array of local food and drink businesses offering deliveries in response to the Covid-19 crisis.  With demand rocketing as people stay at home, some businesses have diversified by transforming their premises into a community shop with a delivery option while others have scaled up their takeaway service.  The councils’ […]

Thank You To the Public and Businesses and Volunteers For Your Support In the Ongoing Ppe Appeal

Huge thanks have been paid to members of the public, businesses and volunteers who have supported Sussex key workers in accessing essential personal protective equipment (PPE) to tackle COVID-19. The Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF) is responsible for co-ordinating the response to COVID-19 alongside emergency services, local authorities, health and other agencies. The […]


Pubs will re-open for customer collection and delivery A national initiative to save our beloved pubs Supported by Fever-Tree, Sipsmith, Tyrrell’s Crisps and Brakes Government support currently being discussed is now live. A COVID-19 not for profit initiative, it will potentially connect thousands of pubs with millions of customers who […]

Funding for small businesses, social enterprises and self employed

While the government has announced various schemes aimed at helping businesses deal with the impact of COVID-19, other organisations have launched funds to support entrepreneurs, community groups, social enterprises and freelancers. Here are some that we’ve spotted:   The Prince’s Trust and Natwest Enterprise Relief Fund is offering one-to-one support and grants […]

Council continues tough stance on flytipping with another £250 fine

A second person has been fined £250 within two weeks after their rubbish was discovered flytipped in Lewes district.  Lewes District Council responded following a report of household and building waste dumped on the verge of Gorham’s Lane, Telscombe, on Tuesday, April 7.  One of the council’s Neighbourhood First advisors sifted through the rubbish for evidence of the owner and […]

Community Profile

Here is some news from this very worthy volunteer group that they would like to share with us:- “We have been contacted by phone or online nearly 550 times over the last 10 days. Some will have been making contact to volunteer, but the rest are either a phone call […]

Apply now for the LEAP Entrepreneurial Leadership Programme

Businesses from Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven, Peacehaven and the surrounding areas are being encouraged to take part in Edeal’s new LEAP Entrepreneurial Leadership Programme for business support and their chance to win £1,000. Based on the successful LEAP Entrepreneurial Programme that has been running since 2013, this free, comprehensive programme provides: […]