Independent columnist Observer reflects on the value of Spiritus and the public library; and laments the Uckfield rail line being of such low priority.
What a coup for Uckfield getting top-rated author of the Charlie Parker series, John Connolly, to the town on Thursday (April21).
He visited Uckfield Community Technology College (UCTC) and in the evening spoke about his Charlie Parker books at the public library.
The performing arts group at UCTC, Spiritus, has done amazing work over many years, inspiring students and the general community, particularly during the time of Uckfield Festival.
Getting Mr Connolly to Uckfield speaks volumes of how Spiritus is regarded and how we should treasure their work.
The county’s principal library officer (north) had already established links with the author which paid off when Mr Connolly offered to speak during his visit to East Sussex.
It clearly shows libraries are still full of enterprise and on top of their game, despite the financial difficulties they face.
Libraries have long played a vital role in the fabric of Britain and it was good to read that in East Sussex they are responding to the challenges of the digital age.
When budgets are being cut the library service cannot be ring-fenced but their wider value to the community cannot be ignored.
Our county councillors when setting future budgets must not fall into the trap of knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Uckfield Line commuters know their place
No service on the Uckfield lIne during rail strike days. What a surprise.
We in cattle class have long known our services are at the bottom of pile.
Have you seen a police commissioner candidate?
Election. What election? We are less than a fortnight away from electing the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner and no-one I know has seen a candidate on the doorstep, or attended a hustings.
Still time though before the polling stations open on May 5.
I listed the candidates last week. See: Police and crime commissioner poll still something of a mystery