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2018 East Preston Festival Programme

The 2018 Festival Programme is now available from local shops and businesses.

Don’t forget to pick up your copy and buy your event tickets from 21 April.

Click here to view the online version of the programme.

Added/Updated: Tuesday, 17 April 2018 by East Preston Festival Committee

A memorial plaque to Peter Field

Last Thursday 12th April, the unveiling of a memorial plaque to Peter Field took place on the Village Green.

The unveiling was done by his widow Lynn, his son Colin and daughter-in-law Dawn.

Those in attendance included all Hedgers’ regular paper boys (Noah, Billy, Alfie, Jacob and Flynn).

The plaque is affixed to the newly installed concrete outdoor table football, which has been donated for village use by the East Preston Film Society.

Added/Updated: Monday, 16 April 2018 by East Preston Film Society

Outdoor Concrete Table Football comes to Village Green

A free to use and enjoy Outdoor Concrete Table Football has been installed on the North East Corner of the Village Green.

Money used to purchase and install it was raised via proceeds of monthly film shows held in the Conservative Hall, Sea Road organised by The East Preston Film Society.

The footballs that it uses can be purchased for keeps from Seaview Stores, Sea Road (approx 2 mins away). The money raised from this sale (£1.50 each) will be used to support other community projects.

The Film Society would like to thank the Parish Council for giving its permission for the table to be sited on the Village Green and to East Preston Estate Agents Cooper Adams who since 2012 have generously sponsored the Film Society.

Added/Updated: Thursday, 5 April 2018 by East Preston Film Society

St Georges Party (21 April, Village Hall) has been cancelled

Sorry, but this event has been cancelled. Please go back to the Box Office where you bought your tickets, for a refund. Remember to take your tickets with you so that we know how many are still outstanding.

Added/Updated: Tuesday, 3 April 2018 by East Preston Festival Committee

Pete Field

<p>Pete Field</p>

Pete Field

Tributes have been paid to a paper boy who became one of East Preston’s most familiar faces.

Peter Field worked at Hedgers Newsagents in Sea Road, East Preston, since he was 12, working his way up the ranks to eventually own the business after the previous owner Tom Chamberlain retired.

He ran it for over two decades, becoming what his daughter-in-law Dawn Fletcher-Field described as ‘East Preston’s paper boy for 60 years’ before passing away from an eight-week battle with acute myeloid leukaemia on March 10 aged 72.

Peter’s funeral, which will be held on Wednesday, April 4 at 12pm at St Mary’s Church in Vicarage Lane, East Preston.

The East Preston Film Society will dedicate its new outdoor concrete football table that is being installed next week to Peter in recognition of his contribution to the community. The memorial plaque will be unveiled on April 12 at 12.30pm.

Our thanks to the Littlehampton Gazette for some of this article and the photo.
You can read more on their website.

Added/Updated: Wednesday, 28 March 2018 by East Preston Village Website

Alabama Rot and Lyme Disease

Please note CRGV or ‘Alabama Rot’ has again been reported in areas of Sussex at the start of 2018 – Dogs can die within three days of renal failure and other complications if action is not taken quickly enough. Lyme disease is also on the rise and has almost doubled in cases.

For more information follow these two links – Chichester Observer and Vetsure.

Added/Updated: Sunday, 18 March 2018 by Deborah Wood

Thanks for supporting the Disability Action Group Quiz Night

The Group would like to thank everyone who supported our Quiz Night at East Preston Football Club on Wednesday 14th March: The Football Club for hosting the event, Seaview Stores for selling tickets, Ristorante al Mare for donating a prize for the winning team and all those who donated prizes for the raffle, including Haskins & Glyn Jones; and not forgetting everyone who bought tickets and helped on the night. It was an enjoyable evening, raising another £280 towards equipment for the proposed disabled toilet in the Village Hall car park.
We welcome new supporters/fundraising ideas/donations – for further information please contact David Quick on 01903 779664.

Added/Updated: Sunday, 18 March 2018 by Disability Action Group

Hazel Tester

It is with great sadness we announce the death of the East Preston Parish Council’s Vice-Chairman, Hazel Tester. Personally, we’ve probably known her for more than 12 years – Liz via the WI, and Graham via Cancer Buddies Network and a website I created. We introduced her to CBN, after the death of her second husband, Derek. We’ve continued to know her via the WI and the East Preston Business Community meetings. And, of course, everywhere else that she got involved in the village activities over the years.

<p>Hazel Tester</p>

Hazel Tester

Our thanks to Simon at the EP Parish Council for the following information …

Hazel joined the council in March 2012 and has worked tirelessly for the village ever since. Hazel was immensely proud to have played a major part in reintroducing a Christmas event to the village and also for having led the team which organised the first two East Preston Food & Drink Festivals.

As well as being Vice-Chairman since 2015, Hazel had been Chairman of the council’s Community Engagement and Personnel committees, the latter in particular presenting Hazel with some unexpected challenges.

As a member of the Planning & Licensing committee, Hazel became a strong champion for the retention of chimneys on the village’s more traditional properties.

Hazel was an enthusiastic supporter of the East Preston Business Community, regularly attending its monthly Business Breakfast meetings to represent the council. Following the resignation of Cllr Duijf from the chairmanship of the council, Hazel had readily stepped up to cover the chairmanship until a new Chairman was appointed.

Away from the council, Hazel was well-known within the WI across the county and beyond, volunteered at St Barnabas House and created the East Preston Friends of St Barnabas, was an enthusiastic beader and beading teacher, loved and collected giraffes, but above all that, a much-loved mother and grandmother.

Added/Updated: Thursday, 8 March 2018 by Graham and Liz Street

Closure of Hedgers Newsagents

Due to the sad news of the closure of Hedgers Newsagents, the Box Offices for Festival Events will now be … Seaview Stores and Just Because (formally Treats and Treasures). Both are in Sea Road.

Added/Updated: Saturday, 24 February 2018 by East Preston Festival Committee

East Preston wins Festival of the Year

East Preston Festival won the ‘Festival of the Year’ award in the Celebration of Sussex Life Awards 2017 on Thursday 28th September. Visit the FESTIVAL page for more information.

Added/Updated: Wednesday, 4 October 2017 by East Preston Festival Committee

Changes to this website

We’ve made some changes, regarding events. Now you can add your event and it will appear on this website and also at All About magazines. Please visit this page for details.

Added/Updated: Monday, 11 September 2017 by Graham and Liz

Filming in East Preston for Sussex Life Awards

As you may know, East Preston Festival is one of 3 finalists shortlisted for the Festival of the Year, at the Celebration of Sussex Life Awards 2017.

The Festival is competing against competition from Arundel Festival and Glyndebourne’s Love Supreme Festival – two huge events.

Earlier this week, Kerry (Festival Chairman) was interviewed by the ‘Festival of the Year’ Judge Alison Ferns from BBC Radio Sussex. A very positive comment came back that it was going to be a difficult job to choose a winner this year!!! As long as it us, we don’t mind how difficult it is!!

<p>Which ‘take’ is the best?</p>

Which ‘take’ is the best?

Today there was a mock up Festival scene being filmed by the Village Green, ready for the backdrop at the Awards Ceremony in Brighton in September.

Several ‘takes’ later (its tricky cramming everything into just 30 seconds, even at Kerry’s talking speed), the filming was complete.

On September 28th several committee members are attending the Awards Ceremony at the Brighton Metropole, when the winning festival will be announced.

Thank you all, for your continued support whilst your East Preston Festival is firmly on the map!! Some more photos here …

Kerry Frost

Added/Updated: Wednesday, 16 August 2017 by Graham

EP Question of Sports won by Oddballs (Golf Team)

<p>The winning Oddballs team with Bev, EP One Stop Store Manager.</p>

The winning Oddballs team with Bev, EP One Stop Store Manager.

The 8th EP Question of Sports has been won for the fourth time by Oddballs (Golf Team). On Friday the 2nd of June 2017, the 8th EP Question of Sports event organised by EP Film Society, (quiz masters Paul and Noah Amoo) and sponsored by One Stop Store, took place at EP Cricket Club House. This event was hosted by East Preston Stoolball Club.

The six local sporting clubs taking part were from Stoolball, Feathers Badminton, Oddballs (Golf), Cricket, Open Dinghy (Sailing) and Bowls. All six had taken part in 2016 where Stoolball team had been victorious by four points from the Oddballs. Teams contested nine rounds which included questions on the Olympics, tennis, sporting logos, identifying mystery voices, basketball, netball, rugby, snooker, as well as from football, athletics and horse racing.

This year’s event was hotly contested with the Cricket team leading until the last but one round, when the Oddballs found their second wind and stormed ahead, eventually winning by 28 points and claimed for the coming year the ‘One Stop Store EP Question of Sport Trophy’ and for each team member a box of ‘heroes’ chocolate courtesy of Bev, manager of East Preston One Stop. Cricket eventually finished in second place, one point ahead of Stoolball.

<p>All participants, with Celene (captain of Oddballs) holding the One Stop Store Trophy.</p>

All participants, with Celene (captain of Oddballs) holding the One Stop Store Trophy.

The event was splendidly hosted by the Stoolball team with sandwiches and cakes as refreshments. A raffle was conducted and the money raised was subsequently presented to a local teenager, Calum, who is attempting to raised £1300 as his contribution towards a school trip in October to Rwanda and Uganda where he and his fellow students will be engaged in charity work.

The annual Question of Sports event has been won four times by Oddballs and once by Open Dinghy, Tennis, Untouchables (Football) and Stoolball. Hosting venues have included EP Football Club, Tennis Club, Cricket Club, Bowls Club and the Conservative Hall.

The format which is loosely based on the BBC TV Question of Sports Programme, has team made up of three participants either answering questions as a group or directed just to a single team member. The host for the 2018 event will be Oddballs.

Added/Updated: Thursday, 8 June 2017 by Paul and Noah Amoo

East Preston Business Breakfasts

Once a month, the East Preston Business Breakfast takes place at one of the cafes in East Preston with a start time of 8am (and a finish around 9am). A range of drinks and pastries is usually available to purchase. The meetings are in the first week of every month.

We’re keen on getting more local businesses to attend these meetings, which are always good and informative and can introduce you to businesses you never knew existed in the village. They are already well attended, but we have room for more and you can also ask for a 5-10 minute slot to promote your business.

If you’d like more information, call me on 770050 and I’ll give you more details and the upcoming dates.

Added/Updated: Thursday, 1 June 2017 by Simon Cross

Disability Action Group, East Preston

The Group would like to thank Asda, Ferring for including us in their green token scheme earlier this year, which raised a further £200 towards our current fundraising project.

This is to provide specialised equipment for a disabled toilet in the proposed refurbishment of the toilet block in the village hall car park.

Donations towards our project, no matter how small, will be gratefully received.

For further information please contact David Quick (Chairman) on 01903 779664 or email.

Added/Updated: Monday, 15 May 2017 by David Quick

Disability Action Group - Quiz Night

Another enjoyable Quiz Night was held on 15th March at East Preston Football Club, raising £446 towards equipment for a disabled toilet in the proposed refurbishment of the toilet block in the village hall car park. The winning team were given a voucher for 4 carvery meals at the Highdown Hotel.

Once again, this event was well supported and the Group would like to thank all those who bought tickets, sold tickets, displayed posters, donated prizes and helped on the night. Special thanks to EPFC, EPPC, Hedgers Newsagents, Seaview Stores, Highdown Hotel, EP Film Society, Isherwoods, Dizzys, Cooper Adams, Our Lady Star of the Sea and all other contributors.

We are planning to hold another Quiz Night in September so hope to see you there!

Added/Updated: Monday, 27 March 2017 by David Quick

Village Green 'wildflowers' displays for 2017

<p>Joop receiving cheque from Paul,<br>
Chair of EP Film Society.</p>

Joop receiving cheque from Paul,
Chair of EP Film Society.

East Preston Film Society announces sponsorship of the Village Green ‘wildflowers’ displays for 2017.

On Monday 13th February 2017, the film ‘Sully’ was shown in the village, with over 110 people in attendance.

Prior to its start a cheque for £450.00 was presented to EP Parish Council Chairman, Joop Duijf. This sum was raised by the Film Society from the proceeds of its November 2016 (Bridget Jones’ baby) and January 2017 (A street cat named Bob) film shows.

This money will be used to bring back to the Village Green, the extremely popular wildflowers displays.

The film society is run by a small but committed group of volunteers (Freda, John, Carol, Terry, Catherine and Paul) with all films shows generously sponsored by East Preston Estate Agent, Cooper Adams.

Added/Updated: Friday, 17 February 2017 by Paul Amoo

Donations for Our Lady of the Sea Catholic Church

<p>Elizabeth being presented with a £200 cheque from the Festival Committee by Pam Ebsworth. Elizabeth and Paul holding a cheque plus money totally £265 from Cooper Adams Estate Agents.</p>

Elizabeth being presented with a £200 cheque from the Festival Committee by Pam Ebsworth. Elizabeth and Paul holding a cheque plus money totally £265 from Cooper Adams Estate Agents.

On Wednesday 30th November, over 90 people were in attendance for the film society’s showing of Bridge Jones’ Baby. The occasion was a very special as this film was the 50th film being shown by the society in the Conservative Hall. The first film was Jane Eyre on 31st October 2011.

Ticket sales which over the time, averaged 67, have included a high of 127 (Philomena) and a low of 13 (Much ado about nothing).

On Wednesday, cheques were presented to Elizabeth Leyton to go towards the cost of an event which has taken place on Christmas day since 2005. This being Our Lady of the Sea Catholic Church’s Christmas day lunch event for senior citizens who would otherwise be on their own. This year it is hoped to have 50 seated guests with Father David and food taken out to a maximum of 30.

Posters have been placed around the village and local businesses etc advertising the lunch and seeking the attendance of those who would otherwise be alone.

Our next film is on Monday 13th January 2017 “Street Cat named Bob”. Tickets £6.00 each are on sale Hedgers Newsagents and Seaview Stores, both in Sea Road.

The film society is run by a small but committed group of volunteers with all films shows sponsored by Cooper Adams Estate Agent.

Added/Updated: Tuesday, 6 December 2016 by Paul Amoo

EP film society salutes Ann James & Janet Pidgeon

<p>Ann, Paul and Janet</p>

Ann, Paul and Janet

On Saturday 26th November, Ann James and Janet Pidgeon attended the film society’s showing of ‘Swallows and Amazons’.

During the interval and to their utter surprise, each was presented with two gifts (bottle of Prosecco and fashionable bag) courtesy of Cooper Adams Estate Agents, the film society sponsors.

These gifts were in recognition of the community and charitable works undertaken over many years in their roles as senior members of East Preston British Legion Women’s Section. The yearly village Poppy collections to name just one event, is organised and executed under their supervision with this year’s collection raising over £3,430.00.

Added/Updated: Monday, 28 November 2016 by Paul Amoo

'Fixed' Outdoor table tennis table comes to EP

<p>Alan giving Henry a game and then he with Rachel, Adam and Noah, each holding a Commonwealth gold medal.</p>

Alan giving Henry a game and then he with Rachel, Adam and Noah, each holding a Commonwealth gold medal.

On Wednesday 3rd August 2016, a permanently ‘fixed’ outdoor table tennis table was installed in Lashmar Recreation Ground, Lashmar Road, East Preston.

This equipment is for everyone’s use and enjoyment. Just bring your own bats/balls It has been donated to the village by East Preston Film Society from the proceeds of its monthly film shows (from October 2015 to June 2016).

In attendance to ‘cut’ the ribbon was East Preston’s very own sporting gold medalist (4 x Commonwealth Gold medal table tennis winner) Alan Hydes.

The film society is run by a small but committed group of volunteers with all films shows sponsored by Cooper Adams Estate Agent.

Added/Updated: Tuesday, 16 August 2016 by Paul Amoo

U3A Beach Clean sponsored by Seaview Stores

A new U3A Beach Clean is taking place.

Members of U3A have formed a new group sponsored by Seaview Stores in East Preston that will meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month on the East Preston beach by the dinghy club.

The aim of this group is to keep our beach clean and also to identify the marine and bird life some of these details being passed on to the appropriate organisations.

This first beach clean took place on 14th January 2016 and we hope for many more.

Added/Updated: Monday, 18 January 2016 by Danny Shah

Roundstone Crossing Priorities

It seems that one of the biggest frustrations following the recent improvements at the Roundstone Crossing is that some people either don’t understand the traffic priorities in that area or that they choose to ignore them. Many people are concerned that there will be a major accident here one day.

In late 2009, the Council published in its Autumn 2009 Newsletter a diagram explaining the priorities at the crossing. This diagram has been published a further two times on the council’s website and is currently available from both schools and the East Preston Library. Clearly, local residents find it valuable as we have been told that some people keep copies in their car that they can hand out.

Here is the whole article again – Roundstone_priorities_article.pdf

Added/Updated: Thursday, 25 October 2012 by Simon Cross

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