COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: First Saturday of each month, 10am to 11am at the Civic Centre. No appointment necessary. Come along and see your local Councillors.

RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION: Telscombe Residents’ Association meet on the first Thursday of each month in the Civic Centre from 7pm to 8.30pm.

SUPPORT GROUP: The Breast Cancer Support Group meet on the first Wednesday of each month in the Civic Centre from 1pm to3.30pm. Contact

CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING: 10am to noon on December 25 in Telscombe Civic Centre. Come along and join us for tea/coffee and a bacon sandwich on Christmas morning.

Contact Nancy Astley 01273 589777 for details.

COUNCIL MEETING: The Planning and Highways committee meet on Monday, 7.30pm at the Civic Centre.

VILLAGE CLUB: Telscombe Village Club (sub-committee) meeting on Wednesday, at 7.30pm in Telscombe Village Club.

FOOTNOTES: In the far and distant past, when I was attending my primary school, a favourite task of our teachers was to hand us a white shoe box, a pair of (very) blunt nosed scissors, a pot of white glue that never stuck anything and instructed us to build a house out of the box and the lid.

The results were predictable awful. Out of shape windows and doors, chimneys that were the wrong shape etc. I was reminded of this whilst myself and Jack were travelling through Newhaven this week. Replacing the dreary building site opposite the old flea market building on the one way system, was a similar edifice to that which I had to build as a child. A square, emotionless, white block with small square holes for windows and doors and something that resembles a rocket launcher at the rear.

When compared with photographs of the elegant building that it has replaced, one could weep.

Placed in the midst of Edwardian and Victorian shops and villas, it is like a turnip among roses.

What a shame and what an opportunity that has been missed.

We travelled on ruminating on what goes through architects and designers minds that prompted such a disaster.

Go safely.

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