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Pevensey Parish Council has built an enviable reputation for bringing the community across the locality together with their Information Day each year.

This Saturday (April 27) they welcome some adjustments to the Big Day which will see some local businesses represented for the first time.

In a message to invited organisations, Parish Councillor Shirley MacKinnon, who has been instrumental in the success of the event over the last six years, says “in my role as a Parish Councillor, I am helping to arrange the seventh Pevensey Parish Council Information Day which is planned for Saturday, 27 April 2019 from 10am until 12.30 pm.

“This event is for local, voluntary and non profit making organisations to get together and meet local people who might be interested in joining or getting advice from them.”

She goes on to explain, “this year, however, a small number of local businesses which provide a facility for the community (for example the preschool group in Pevensey) will be asked”.

Offering information about the event, which is widely seen as a textbook example of how to organise volunteer led days bringing community groups together, Shirley reiterates that, “as before, we will be using both St Wilfrid’s Church Hall and the Baptist Church Hall opposite; both in Pevensey Bay”.

With justified pride she adds, “the event has grown each year and last year we had over 40 organisations represented. Not bad for two small village and there are over 50 invited; a few new ones this year too”.

Talking about more planned changes she says to local organisations, “this year we are going to rebrand the event which will be known as “Pevensey Community Information Day”.

“We want to use the event to advertise the work and role of the Parish Council. We are writing our first three year business plan and in this connection we are currently asking local people to complete a questionnaire.

“This will enable people to have their say about what is important to them locally”.

The Pevensey Bay Journal commented, “the three year plan emerging from Pevensey Parish Council is an interesting development for parish affairs.

“If only one or two sustainable initiatives emerge as part of this process, then what is about to be delivered will be something of long term value.

“If there is a small chemical reaction from the catalyst, then those sparks could ignite interest from groups working within the community as well as from some new groups that might be fired up in the process”.

At a local level, Pevensey Parish Council is providing positive hope and practical action in these most critical of times.

“The annual Information Day is the cornerstone in the projection of community activity here to residents and also an opportunity for the groups to set out their stall.

The inclusion of some of local businesses this coming year is all about direction of travel by the Parish Council, another gear change, all these moves are being carefully calibrated as ways of engaging with the community.

The Information Day comes recommended, the organisational detail is mapped out in detail and Shirley MacKinnon with the work that she does on behalf of the parish council in planning the event is of the highest calibre.

Further details about the rebranded Pevensey Community Information Day on Saturday, 27 April 2019 are available from the Pevensey parish council website