Sussex Police have issued the following notice:

Over the past couple of weeks we have across Rother seen an increase to burglaries in the home and to out buildings such as garages and sheds. With the nights starting to become darker earlier we are at risk of these incidents increasing. I have attached a couple of documents to my email offering a guide on how you can make your homes, garages etc. less of a risk. Please take a look through them and see if there is anything you can do to minimise the risk.

As always if you see anything suspicious please do not hesitate to call us.

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Click here for information about outdoor property


Bicycle Crime Prevention

Bicycles can be some of the easiest vehicles for thieves and vandals to target. Protect yourself from becoming a victim by following some simple steps:

• Get a good bike lock
• Lock your bike to something secure, even if only for a few minutes and avoid isolated places - leave your bike where a potential thief can be seen
• Lock up removable parts (e.g. wheels) and take light fittings with you
• Have your bike's frame security-marked or engraved
• Take a clear colour photograph of your bike and make a written record of its serial number, description, including any unique features.
• At home, keep your bike in a secure garage or shed and keep the door locked




Daily security

• Keep all wallets, credit cards and car keys out of sight and out of reach.
• If you leave your house empty, even if you are in the back garden, lock all the doors and windows.
• An intruder alarm can be an effective deterrent against burglars, seek advice to ensure it is the most suitable for your needs.
• Make it a habit to mark your valuables by using your postcode and house number or name. (Use a UV Pen)
• Some articles are unsuitable for marking so photograph then next to a ruler. 
• Register your property at

After Dark

• Leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home.
• When you go out in the evening, always leave a light on in a room that cannot be peered into from the road.
• Fit security lighting – either dusk to dawn energy efficient lighting that ill come on automatically as dusk sets in, or infrared activated lighting which draws attention to movement.

Front door security

• Don’t let anyone into your home that you don’t know. Always ask for identification – official visitors won’t mind being asked for ID.
• Fit a door chain or bar and, if you have a solid front door a wide angle door viewer.

In the garden

• Ensure that gates or access to the rear of the house are locked and secure.
• Trim overgrown plants – don’t give burglars a hiding place. 
• Secure garden tools and ladders in a locked shed or garage to prevent them being used to break into your home.

Click here to see photos of the wonderful exhibits at the WHS Autumn Show on 10th September.

New Courses for Adults at Claverham

Do you fancy doing something new this autumn? Claverham Adult Learning at Battle is joining ACRES (Adult College for Rural East Sussex), and there are lots of new courses to tempt you. Click here to search for courses.

Enrolment has started for the new term, so don’t delay!






We are now in to the second half of a busy season. We had a good run in the Busbridge Bash T20 competition, finishing joint second in the league stages.

With 6 games to go in the league we are currently in fourth position with a game in hand so have everything to play for in terms of getting promotion.

The recent tour of Dorset and Hampshire was enjoyed by all of those members that went. However, the results were not good as we lost on both occasions but a good time was had by all.

In addition to all the efforts on the pitch we had a successful Open Day which was held at Westfield School in conjunction with the Sussex Cricket Foundation and Westfield School following which 21 pupils were invited to attend Summer coaching at Horntye. I am pleased to report that 9 pupils have already attended this free coaching by Sussex Cricket Foundation. This event was the beginning of our new junior section which starts in the 2017 season. In the meantime our club will be holding some lunchtime sessions at Westfield School from 8th September, and Sussex Cricket Foundation will be holding 20 weeks of free coaching at an after school club, at the school, from the end of October until March 2017.

All in all a busy but very promising season so far and we are looking forward to a successful 2nd half of the season.