Over 110 Piltdown residents enjoyed the first ever ‘Meet The Residents’ event on Friday 22nd August 2014 at Piltdown Golf Club. Organised by the Piltdown Residents Association, the evening gave villagers the opportunity
to meet friends both old and new and also to raise funds.
Major attraction of the evening was an auction of three special experiences, all donated by local residents. These comprised: a two-hour luxury motor cruise from Eastbourne to Beachy Head
and the Sovereign Lighthouse; a gliding lesson and a hot air balloon flight.
A prize raffle was also launched at the event, with a range of fantastic prizes donated by local businesses and residents with tickets on sale until 27th September.
Over £700 was raised during the evening from the auction and raffle ticket sales. The event was declared a huge success by all attending so the organisers have decided it will become an annual event.
When asked why the need to raise funds
Bob White, Chairman of the Residents Association, explained: “The funds are required for projects to improve the environment for all villagers. We have made many applications for funding from various bodies without success so this event was our
first to raise funds. We’re focussing on five projects initially: litter and fly tipping; speed limit reduction to improve road safety; landscaping and flooding. We’ve already been successful with one of our projects and have stopped
persistent parking in the lay-by opposite Piltdown Garage. There is obviously a cost to most of these projects and some of them only attract matched funding from East Sussex County Council, so as a newly formed association we will have more fund raising
to do. We’ve had a fantastic response from villagers and local businesses in terms of interest, attendance and contributions to our fund via the auction and raffle, which will enable us to make a difference to the village.” In summing
up he added: “You could say we’re creating our own ‘Big Society’ in Piltdown.”
Tickets for the fantastic raffle prizes are available to buy until 27th September and
can also be purchased by non-residents as well as residents. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01825 724464 to buy tickets!
The draw will be made at the conclusion
of the Residents Association Public Meeting on 27th September.