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Changes to library opening hours
From Monday 28 November opening hours at East Sussex Libraries are changing. Following a public consultation earlier this year, the changes will see a reduction in opening hours mainly at less busy times.
The reduction in opening hours will save around £500,000 a year from library running costs, toward an overall savings target from the service of £2 million. All libraries will be open on a Saturday and many will stay open until 6pm on a Thursday. New opening hours for individual libraries can be found on ESCIS escis.org.uk
When libraries are closed you can still access the e-library to renew and reserve books, update your details and download e-books. For those unable to visit a library due to ill-health, disability or caring responsibilities, there is a home library service, where volunteers select and deliver library books to your home. For more details visit eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries. You can also renew book through our automated renewals phone line by calling 0345 6080195.
Please do pass this information on to your colleagues, partners, members and others who may need to be informed of the change to library opening hours. We would encourage you, where possible, to direct people toeastsussex.gov.uk/libraries for the latest library information.
WATERYARD NEWS - MAYFIELD COMMUNITY PLAY PROPOSAL
Members of Wateryard Theatre Group, Mayfield Phoenix Players and other local partners are exploring the feasibility of putting on a community play in Mayfield in 2018.
WHY: To have fun; celebrate local history and culture; and build better relationships between members of the community of all ages.
WHAT ABOUT: Taking a long view of history. Maybe the 100th anniversary of the end of First World War, but focusing on what happened next in Mayfield. What had changed? How did the returning soldiers and their families and friends cope? Was there help for heroes?
WHO: Everyone in the village will be invited to take part. A professional writer and director will be commissioned. As well as actors a large production team will be needed for example, for research and writing, publicity, sets, props and costumes, ticket sales and front of house. A steering group will be set up to make the project a success.
WHERE: The venue could be indoors (e.g. a church, village or school hall), outdoors (e.g. marquee on Court Meadow or in school grounds) or pageant style with the audience progressing between different sites.
WHEN: Five performances (Tuesday-Saturday) in Summer (June-July)
or Autumn (October-November) 2018. It will take between 9 months and
1 year to develop (3-4 months research and writing; plus 6-8 months rehearsals).
HOW MUCH: A budget with fund raising locally and through applying for grants.
WHAT NEXT: All Mayfield’s groups and societies will be invited to get
involved. We also aim to learn from local people who have experience of
putting on community plays. Next meeting: Tuesday 17th January 2017 to decide if there is enough support in the community to go ahead.
Activities for Youths
The Parish Council has compiled a list of things that youngsters in the Mayfield and Five Ashes area can do, groups to join etc.
Mayfield remains as a collection point for the Hailsham Foodbank charity who help to provide emergency food to local people in crisis. Donations can be dropped off at St Dunstan's Church, St Thomas's and Coggins Mill now that Open Door has closed.
Thank you for your generosity.
A heating oil club has been formed for Mayfield. The club seeks to consolidate deliveries within an area and thus reduce the cost.and number of deliveries.