T his photograph of Newhaven Swing Bridge with a ship passing through, was taken around 1961 from the top of the ‘Sheerlegs’, a tripod crane 105ft high.
East Sussex WRAS is holding a Fox Rescue Day on Saturday 18th May. At 10am, 12noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm WRAS will be running presentations showing the charity works helping sick, injured and orphaned foxes and at the end of the presentation visitors will get to see one of WRAS’s Fox Cubs. Booking is required and entry is for a minimum donation of £5. Numbers are limited per session. The event is being held at WRAS’s Casualty Care Centre on the A22 at Whitesmith near Hailsham, Uckfield and Lewes. To book please call 01825-873003. Refreshments will be available too.
I had a very pleasant day last Saturday on the site of one of the lost villages of East Sussex.
East Sussex WRAS is holding a Fox Rescue Day tomorrow (May 18).
This month’s photo shows the original Southdown School buildings at the Church Hill site around 1988.
The large grey seal at Hope Gap last week, was not the same seal which has been seen in local rivers recently which is actually a smaller common seal. We spent over 30 hours dealing with this seal which was clearly very poorly and ill. It was hoped the seal would move to a more suitable location so initially just monitored but after two tides it was clear the seal wasn’t going to move. Adult grey seals which can weigh up to 350kg are normally very dangerous and you shouldn’t go or be able to get anywhere near them. This seal was letting people and dog walkers get right up close and to touch him. Thanks to vets from Beachwood Vets in Seaford, the seal was sedated and euthanased very efficiently, professionally and with the greatest respect for this amazing creature. The biggest problem came when we had to remove the seal from the beach which couldn’t be left due to the drugs used, a joint effort by the Fire Brigade and Newhaven Coastguard saw the seal winched up the steps at Hope Gap and then transported to WRAS ambulance. Thank you also to Alan Knight OBE of British Divers Marine Life Rescue for his help and assistance.
Last week I wrote about the Brighton, Lewes and Hastings Railway Police who policed the railway line through East Sussex in the 1840s, led by Superintendent William Acton.
THIS week we had the day off school on bank holiday Monday, so I went shopping with my mum.
Last week I wrote about the Brighton, Lewes and Hastings Railway Company (BL&HR) which started running services in June 1846 and was incorporated into the London Brighton and South Coast Railway just four weeks later.1 comment
Rescues have certainly shot up in the past week. Being seen on the British Animal Honours last week really made our rescue line get much busier.
On January 25, 1837, a public meeting was held in Brighton to discuss building a railway between London and the South Coast. Several schemes were discussed but the consensus was to use the scheme proposed by Mr John Urpeth Rastrick (1780-1856) for a railway line from Elephant and Castle, London to Church Street, Brighton (much closer to the seafront than the present station).
We must thank the guys from Eastbourne Fire Station for helping us to rescue a gull seriously entangled in line on a roof in Eastbourne at the weekend.
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Weather for Lewes
Sunday 19 May 2013
Temperature: 10 C to 15 C
Wind Speed: 10 mph
Wind direction: North east
Temperature: 12 C to 16 C
Wind Speed: 15 mph
Wind direction: North