The first meeting of the Parish Council this year will be held next week on Thursday, 28 January. As usual, it will be in the Pavilion from 7.30 pm and will be followed by the meeting of the Planning Committee. Both meetings are open the public and there will be an opportunity for members of the public to comment on items on the agenda at both meetings; copies of the agendas will be posted on the noticeboard outside the Spar Shop and should be available on the Council’s website (www.slaughampc.co.uk) or from the Parish Clerk (clerk@slaughampc.co.uk/tel: 01403 733881). This, like the meeting of the Neighbourhood Planning Committee, would welcome the support of not only the village but the parish as a whole so why not go along and see what is being done on our behalf.

It is something I think that we all take for granted but there is always more to it than meets the eye. What am I talking about? The organisation of the sale of Poppies and associated items. I have heard that our local Area Poppy Appeal organiser for the Royal British Legion, Harvey Meares, is standing down after 11 years and is looking for someone to take over the role. He looks after Pease Pottage, Slaugham, Warninglid, Staplefield as well as Handcross, so you don’t necessarily have to live in the village, you could live in any of the villages mentioned. It is not a role that requires you to have served in the Forces so please don’t be put off if you have no association but really want to help this noble cause. If you would like more information about just what is involved – the main requirement is spare time in October and November each year – please get in touch with Harvey on 01444 400705. The Appeal last year has so far raised £3,569.78 so it is certainly something worth doing if we can raise so much in a short space of time!

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