Rother Race Action Forum Summer Event

OVER a hundred local residents from different ethnic backgrounds came together for the Rother Race Action Forum Summer Event.

Residents originally from Turkey, India, Sri Lanka, Italy, Spain, Poland, Kurdistan, Zimbabwe and other nations enjoyed delicious scones, Turkish cakes and fruit at the event in Egerton Park, funded by the Safer Rother Partnership, AmicusHorizon and East Sussex LINK.

Linda Seddon, chair of the Rother Race Action Forum, said: "This was our summer event. Our aim is to bring together people of different communities who live or work in Rother so that they can get to know each other, but also get to know what services are available to them and how to access them."

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While adults chatted over scones, children enjoyed face-painting, 10-pin bowling, tennis coaching, weaving and a local artist gave instructions on how to make butterfly wings from dried willow and tissue paper.

Local resident Rehana Ahmed said: "This is a good event '“ it's a good way of getting to know people, finding out what's around, and making contacts."

A Mathi added, "I like these events; they are lots of fun for my children."

Rother Children's Centres (East Sussex County Council) provided play and craft activities, and representatives of local services including AmicusHorizon, Rother District Council, Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Hastings & Rother NHS, Churches Together and the Safer Rother Partnership manned stalls, and spoke to residents on the services they offer.

The next event is planned for November 2010.

For further information visit the website