No More Cuts rally

no more cuts 25.5.18At the starting point for the No More Cuts protest on 26 May. Lots of support for ESMS. After a walk through Lewes town centre a rally was held outside County Hall where two signed letters against proposed cuts to Adult Social Care and ESMS were delivered.

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May Day brings wide support

Supporters gathered on Monday & May in Eastbourne to lead the annual march organised by the Eastbourne Trades Council.  As well as support from the many unions it was good to see the town’s MP Stephen Lloyd there in support.  He has written to constituents and on his Facebook page in support.

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The row grows

30 April, 2018

Sadly, Cllr Standley took the decision to go to consultation although he voiced that he was open to hearing about other solutions.  In addition, a proposal to restructure management will see the loss of two valued leaders by the end of this academic year.

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The campaign continues with the next event being held at the May Day parade in Eastbourne.  Starting from Hyde Gardens at 11:00am a band of players and singers will lead the parade with more renditions of Sussex by the Sea.  The parade will end at the Wish Tower slopes with picnics and speeches.

East Sussex Musicians by the Sea

Hundreds turned out yesterday afternoon to join Alan Thomas (BBC Symphony Orchestra) and a giant band of musicians and singers at Eastbourne’s historic bandstand.

Several choruses of Sussex by the Sea delighted supporters and onlookers and the general mood was one of uplifting hope.

Many parents and pupils from years past cane along to support and there were some lovely reunions.

BBC South East Today featured the news as it’s headline time on the evening news.

Let’s get to 10,000!

tinyurl.com/EsmPetition18

We’re almost at 7.5k signatories!  Can we get to 10,000 by Monday?  Tweet, Post, Instagram it and share, share, share.  Use the hashtags #SaveESMS #saveourservice and tag @eastsussexCC and tag influential people.

It’s important we get the message across to Bob Standley and ESCC that instrumental lessons are inclusive and do more for social mobility than in any other area by connecting with over 3000 children in schools.

Without instrumental teachers as part of the whole organisation the other areas they claim they can keep will be decimated!

Previous attempts at cost cutting have failed – this doesn’t mean it’s not possible. Could it mean that those responsible for these plans are not competent?  We believe there are viable alternatives and demand that ESCC take advice and look into these properly.

Help us spread the campaign this Saturday with the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s principal trumpet, Alan Thomas.  Meet at Eastbourne bandstand at 4pm with an instrument.  We are pretty sure there’ll be television coverage so wear a nice dress!