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Welcome to the December Members' Bulletin
2010 has been a year of ups and downs and many changes: from the forming of a new Coalition Government, volcanic ash clouds and snow fall doing their best to disrupt the country, to England losing the fight to host the 2018 World Cup to Russia but possibly putting in a reasonable performance in The Ashes...
From a Democratic Services point of view we've seen a few moves with Louise Cook joining the team in January, the retirement of David Hermon back in June, Lisa becoming the Democratic Services Manager and Julie Hollands coming to work with us from the end of August.
From the new-ish look Democratic Services team here at Rother, we'd like to wish our Councillors a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
So...before I go on any more let's see what festive treats we've got for you this month...
Diverse dozens brave snow for multi-cultural event
Dozens of Rother residents from different ethnic backgrounds braved the snow for the Rother Race Action Forum Winter Event held on 27 November.
Residents from Poland, India, China, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Sri Lanka and the UK warmed up with drumming workshops delivered by Dendê, with Councillor Mrs Joy Hughes joining in and even venturing out into the snow with the drummers to attract a crowd.
Once back inside attendees enjoyed a hot, tasty Chinese lunch provided by Peking Garden. The event was funded by the Safer Rother Partnership, AmicusHorizon and Rother District Council (RDC) and was held at the Bexhill Youth & Community Centre.
Linda Seddon, Chair of the Rother Race Action Forum, said: "this was our winter event for people of black and ethnic minorities who live or work in Rother. Our aim is to bring together people of different communities 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."
Representatives of local services including Sussex Police, RDC, AmicusHorizon, Rother Children's Centre (East Sussex County Council), Sompriti, Churches Together and the Safer Rother Partnership manned stalls talking to residents about what they can offer.
After lunch, Indian dancers from SEEMA provided entertainment while children made Christmas crowns and stars, had their faces painted and played games with a local artist and staff from Rother Children's Centre and Friends of Sure Start.
The next event is planned for spring 2011.
A little bit of Christmas Cheer
A local architect recently drew the Chief Executive's attention to the helpful service he had received from members of the Planning Division regarding various planning applications he and his wife had applied for.
He also passed on the fact that, within his circle of expertise, Rother was renowned for having a good reputation.