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The Wheatsheaf Inn held a Preview Night on Wednesday 30th March. This was by invitation only and well attended by local businesses. New owner Lynn Adair has supervised a complete refurbishment by local builders Total Project Management in just two months. The Wheatsheaf now has a welcoming bar, games room and restaurant as well as a new play area in the garden.
Local Councillor Mr Stuart Earl welcomed everyone and congratulated Lynn and her team for all their hard work.
The Wheatsheaf Inn opened to the public on Thursday 31st March and already has events planned for April. Check out their new website http://www.wheatsheaf-inn.co.uk for details of events, opening times and menu.
The Wheatsheaf and harmony Blinds both have new owners.
Harmony Blinds is having an official opening day on Saturday February 27th from 9am – 5pm with new owners adding curtains to the collection of blinds on offer. The new owner Ricky also owns BM Blinds and Curtains which is based in Newhaven . The Little Common showroom will be managed by Pete with Kate assisting with admin and sales.
The Wheatsheaf is undergoing refurbishment at the moment and will be open in late March.
The Little Common and Cooden Business association held their popular annual quiz on Friday February 5th in The British Legion.
The event was sold out in advance and the participating teams had a good evening and enjoyed a fish and chip supper.
All profits go towards LCCBA funds which pay for the summer flowers and Christmas lights in the village.
Happy New Year to all residents of Little Common
Thank You to those of you who contributed to our fund raising efforts during the year which enabled us to light up the village in such a brilliant way this year. It helped to make our village Christmas Extravaganza on Saturday 5th December 2015 even brighter! It was also thanks to folk behind the scenes who sorted out the red tape as well as the practicalities of wiring up the street lights – neither of which were straightforward tasks I can assure you! With your further help we hope to continue to add to the lights year on year so do continue to support us wherever you can – maybe starting with our annual quiz at the beginning of February (see details in Quiz News).
2016 brings a couple of changes in the village, sadly in November the Record shop relocated to Bexhill but premises like that in Little Common do not stay empty long so it is already rented and something new will open there soon. A new addition to the village will be The Everhot Studio at 1 Peartree Court, Peartree Lane. This will open on Saturday January 23rd with cooking demonstrations and food tastings.
Have you noticed that since the Post Office was refurbished last year they have new longer opening hours? They are now open from 9.00am – 5.30pm Monday to Saturday.
Finally Little Common Playgroup are pleased to announce that they are merging with the Fellowship of St. Nicholas (a local children’s charity) and moving to new premises in Birkdale to form Little Common Nursery.
Claire Todd, the Chair of the management committee said, “Although we are sad to be leaving the Community Centre we are pleased that we are staying in the Little Common area. This is a great opportunity to improve our facilities for the children and offer longer opening hours for families. All our dedicated and experienced staff will be moving to the new site. They are our biggest asset and without their support we would not have been able to take this important and exciting step.”
Little Common Nursery opens on Monday 11 January 2016. For further information please contact Gill Richardson on 07786621316.
Wow, what a superb end to a wonderful day in Little Common when new Christmas decorations were lit up along the main street along with the usual tree lights at the roundabout thanks to the hard work of members of Little Common & Cooden Business Association. A particular mention for Steve Lusted of Little Common Electrical and Tony Foster of Facility Services who worked really hard right up to the last minute to get the lights up and working.
Little Common’s special Christmas day of festivities began with a very well attended Craft Fayre at The British Legion on Saturday 5th December. A great variety of stalls all with hand made goods ensured that hardly anyone went away empty handed. Santa then toured the village in an open top car and thanks to all those folk who joined in the festive spirit, tooted their car horns and waved back. He arrived at his Grotto at Touch of Glamour to be greeted by Mrs Claus and an elf as well as children who were eager to meet him. Once the children had visited Santa, the under 10’s were quickly off to the Wheatsheaf to join in party games and fun at their own disco where lots of prizes were won.
In spite of the cold, blustery weather, the local community made their way to the roundabout for the traditional tree lighting ceremony and, this year, the surprise of the newly erected street lights. Councillor Stuart Earl, supported by Kathy Harmer, Chair of the Association, and Santa, switched on the lights and children from Little Common Primary School once again celebrated this special moment with their singing –thanks to Kate Laver who teaches music at the school. They then joined in a procession to the Royal British Legion where crowds joined in the carols accompanied by the Legion Concert Band. Local Church Leaders told the story of Christmas as well as adding their own twist to the service – thanks to Reverends Jonathan Frais and Tricia Williams and Father David Parmiter. A visitor from New Zealand added fun to the concert with tunes on her harp and guitar, encouraging adults and children to join in with her songs.
A free buffet was provided after the Carol Service for everyone. The Christmas Lucky Number was drawn with Liz Crotty winning £200 to spend in the village, Val Bates winning £50 and Brenda Cross winning £30 – a great start to their Christmas! The festivities continued with live music at the Wheatsheaf which kept everyone entertained for the rest of the evening.