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June 26 2013.

Rotary Club of Seaford reports:

Each year Lewes District Council and Sussex Police organise a Safety in Action week at Newhaven Fort, where schoolchildren from year six at all the local primary schools are shown various aspects of safety in the environment.

This year it was held from the 20th to the 24th of May, and one or more of our Rotarians attended each day. This year we weren't required to help, and when Rotary Club of Seaford President Paul went on the Monday he tagged on to a group from Annecy School to see what they were learning. It is an excellent way to get across the message to children of safety in various different environments - on the road, railways and buses, cycling, electricity, swimming and even 'Stranger Danger'.

We support this event by donating the prize for the winning school, and I attended Wivelsfield Primary School on Monday 17th June to present a cheque for £175 to them. They were also presented with a shield by Chief Inspector Jason Tingley of Sussex Police. It was a real pleasure to be amongst a group of polite and well behaved children, and they were congratulated on getting the best marks of all the schools taking part. It was also stressed that the important thing was how much they learnt about various aspects of safety in the environment, particularly for them to be aware of 'Stranger Danger'.

The photographabove, taken by Tony Still of Lewes DC, shows the winning school team, together with Carolyn Ross of Sussex Police; Ian White, Vice-Chair of Lewes District Council; Chief Inspector Jason Tingley of Sussex Police and Paul Vaesen, President of the Rotary Club of Seaford.

Mike Hemmings