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​General Election nominations now open for Mid Sussex constituency

Advice — 4th November 2019

On Thursday 12 December voters in Mid Sussex will head to the polls to elect a new Parliamentary representative in the 2019 General Election. 

The nomination period for prospective Parliamentary candidates opened at 9am on Monday 11 November and closes at 4pm on Thursday 14 November. 

The deadline to register to vote in the General Election is Tuesday 26 November 2019. Whilst there is still time, it’s running out quickly. Anyone who isn’t registered to vote won’t be able to take part. The good news is that it only takes a few minutes to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

It is worth remembering that registering for Council Tax does not mean you are automatically on the Electoral roll, these are separate processes. 

For those already registered, Poll cards are currently being distributed by Royal Mail. 

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 26 November and anyone who wishes to appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf must do so by 5pm on Wednesday 4 December 2019. 

Residents who wish to appoint a proxy voter must explain why the proxy is required and if proxy voting is chosen for all future elections then evidence must be provided to support the application.

Tom Clark, Returning Officer for Mid Sussex District Council said:

“Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible. It’s quick and easy to register, but after the deadline of 26 November, it will be too late.”

For any questions regarding nominations, registration or the electoral process please contact the Mid Sussex District Council Electoral Registration Office on 01444 477003 or email [email protected]

Additional Support Is Available In A Power Cut If You Act Now

Advice — 4th November 2019

Power cuts don’t happen very often these days, but if there’s a power cut, have you ever wondered how some people would cope?

Power cuts don’t happen very often these days, but if there’s a power cut, have you ever wondered how some people would cope?

UK Power Networks own and run the electricity cables in most of our region and fix power cuts. They deliver the electricity which you buy through your choice of supplier. They provide a free priority service for anyone who might face extra difficulty in the event of a power cut, including households with an elderly person, young children, someone less mobile or someone with a health condition.

By registering with UK Power Networks’ Priority Services Register you will be given a priority 24-hour phone number for communication, receive extra information and regular updates during any power cut. In the event of a longer power cut you could receive hot food, hot drinks and hot water, mobile phone charging and more. Those who rely on power to run medical equipment, such as dialysis or breathing apparatus, would also receive additional help.

More information can be found online at www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/power-…/priority-services-register. It’s quick and free to register by completing a short questionnaire. If you have family or friends who meet the criteria you can register on their behalf if they are happy for you to do so.

Please note that the majority of our members live in the area served by UK Power Networks (London, East and South East). However, a few do not, and it will be made clear to you in the online registration process if this is the case, and a link will be given to who your regional network operator is, so you can apply to join their Priority Services Register.

Neighbourhood Watch urges everybody who is eligible to sign up to UK Power Networks Priority Services Register, to ensure that they receive free extra help in the event of a power cut. The link is below. We know that some people are hesitant to click on links, so if you prefer you can go online and search for UK Power Networks Priority Services Register.

www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/…/priority-service-register-appl…/

How To Shop Online Safely This Christmas and Black Friday

Advice — 4th November 2019

It’s no surprise that the lead-up to Christmas – including Black Friday – is the busiest time of the year for online shopping. But with so much on your mind at this time of year and your keenness to bag a bargain, it’s important to get into some good habits and stay alert when you’re buying … whether it’s presents, a short break, next year’s holiday or those once-a-year treat.

November and December are the busiest times for fraudsters, and we’re sure you don’t want to give them and early Christmas present. That’s why we’ve come up with these expert, easy-to-follow safety tips to help protect you from falling victim to seasonal scams.

• Ensure shopping websites are authentic by carefully checking the address is spelled correctly. Type it in rather than clicking on a link in an email, text or post. Fraudsters can set up convincing websites with an appearance and address very similar to the authentic one. 

• Make sure payment pages are secure by checking that addresses begin with ‘https’ (‘s’ is for secure) and there’s a closed padlock in the address bar. But remember, this just means that the page is secure, and not necessarily that the site isn’t fraudulent. 

• Often, advertisements for items such as gifts, holidays and events on social media and online forums are fraudulent, and items non-existent or not as advertised. Be wary: it’s best not to pay any money without seeing the item at first hand. 

• Don’t pay for anything by transferring money directly to people or companies you don’t know, however desperate you are to buy. If it’s a fraud, it’s doubtful the bank will be able to recover or refund your money. If you can, pay by credit card. 

• When you’ve finished paying, log out of the page or app. Simply closing it may not log you out automatically. 

• Don’t buy fake goods intentionally or get duped into buying them, however cheap or ‘authentic’ they are. They are of inferior quality, can be dangerous, contravene copyright law and affect the livelihoods of workers who make the real thing. 

• Avoid ‘free’ or ‘low-cost’ trials – whether slimming pills or the latest tech gadgets – without thoroughly reading the small print and trusted reviews. You could be signing up for large monthly direct debits which are difficult to cancel. 

• Check that seasonal breaks, holidays or travel that you book online are genuine by researching them thoroughly. Look for independent reviews, and make sure travel agents / tour operators are genuine by checking for an ABTA/ATOL number. Pay by credit card for extra protection. 

• If you’re buying event, fixture or entry tickets, do so only from official sources such as box offices, sports clubs or reputable fan ticket exchange sites. If you don’t, you could be paying for fake or non-existent tickets. 

• Avoid clicking on links in unexpected emails, texts or posts, or email attachments. At this time of year, fake parcel firm delivery notifications are commonplace attachments or links: they could lead to fraud or identity theft.

Christmas Fraud

Cuckfield Parish Council - Notice of Vacancy in the Office of Councillor

Vacancies — 4th November 2019

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT  

A casual vacancy exists in the Office of Councillor for the Cuckfield Parish Council.

A by-election to fill the vacancy will be held if, within 14 days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays) TEN electors of the electoral area give notice in writing claiming such an election to the Proper Officer.  

The Proper Officer is: Tom Clark, Returning Officer,  Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands, Oaklands Road Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1SS  
Email: [email protected]   

If no such notice is given the Parish Council shall fill the vacancy by co-option.  

Dated: 4th November 2019 

Address of Parish Clerk:    
Ms. Samantha Heynes
Cuckfield Parish Council
The Queen’s Hall
High Street
Cuckfield
RH17 5EL

Tel : 01444 451610

Email: [email protected]

Cuckfield Parish Council - Notice of Vacancy in the Office of Councillor

Vacancies — 4th November 2019

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT  

A casual vacancy exists in the Office of Councillor for the Cuckfield Parish Council.

A by-election to fill the vacancy will be held if, within 14 days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays) TEN electors of the electoral area give notice in writing claiming such an election to the Proper Officer.  

The Proper Officer is: Tom Clark, Returning Officer,  Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands, Oaklands Road Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1SS   

Email: [email protected]   

If no such notice is given the Parish Council shall fill the vacancy by co-option.  

Dated: 7th November 2019 

Address of Parish Clerk:     

Ms. Samantha Heynes
Cuckfield Parish Council
The Queen’s Hall
High Street
Cuckfield RH17 5EL

Tel : 01444 451610

Email: [email protected]

Events

6th December 2019

Cuckfield Christmas Street Festival

Come along to the best event of the year, Cuckfield's Christmas Street Festival.  

This year's event will take place on Friday 6th December from 6pm until 8pm.  

All the usual stalls will be present, as well as the ever popular snow machine, Santa's Grotto, live singing and music, the marching brass band and more.

Anyone interested in having a stall should contact Adrian Podmore on [email protected] for more details.


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17th January 2020

Rain or Shine presents Wind in the Willows

Rain or Shine Theatre are proud to present their fast paced comic retelling of the classic tale The Wind in the Willows!

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The Wind in the Willows Follow the adventures of handsome Ratty, innocent Mole, wise Badger and of course the incomparable Toad as they row, ride and run on and around the banks of The River in an escapade suitable for the whole family!

Hailed as 'a delicious mirthfest' Rain or Shine will once again be reinventing a classic using their now signature 'Morecambe & Wise-ish comedy' style for another season of adventure, mayhem, but above all multi-role madness!

Show starts at 7pm at the Queen's Hall, High Street, Cuckfield.  Refreshments will be available to purchase.  Suitable for all the family.  

Adult Tickets: £10
Child Tickets: £7

Doors open from 6.30pm.

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