Friday, 25 October 2013

Our firefighter colleagues in New South Wales are battling some of the largest bush fires ever seen in Australia with fire fronts stretching hundreds of kilometres.  Many of these firefighters have been working for days with little rest and the most extreme of conditions and even for the most experienced firefighters in the UK, it is hard to imagine a wildland fire sweeping down a mountainside faster than you can run.  Hundreds of homes have been lost already and CFO Shane Fitzsimmons has been speaking about the dedication of his crews, many of who are volunteers.  We send our best wishes to our fellow firefighters as the temperatures rise again and the fires that have spread from the Blue Mountains are now only 30 miles from the western suburbs of Sydney. 

Now I know one of the frustrations of modern living can be the need to remember 'passwords' but how are you getting on with on-line security? Recent research shows that about 50% of us use the same password for all our accounts and all our devices and that the five most common passwords are the names of our pets, then children, mother's maiden name, date of birth or even part of our own name; so where are you on this? Will you be easier to crack than the bubble surrounding the Gooners surprise start to the season, or would it take a team from Bletchley Park to get anywhere near to your Facebook account?  My problem is I keep forgetting my passwords and I am always asking for a password reset; but we all need to sharpen up, as online crime is on the increase and as we become more reliant on our mobile devices, we need to choose a password that's a bit harder to crack than Scooby-Doo. 

What a good evening on Tuesday, with the Super Blues wining in Germany, and the Gooners fluffing their lines at the Emirates. Work has been very hectic of late and a bit stressful, but one night of Champions League football makes everything seem much brighter! However, keeping things bright on Friday 25th October is  'wear it pink' day, promoting breast cancer awareness, so when you come to work or go out on Friday, make sure you wear your best 'pink' and support this fantastic campaign which has helped to save many lives. 

Now what about the 'Great British Bake Off', compelling viewing for eight million people; whoever came up with the concept of competitive baking and persuaded people to put this on TV is a genius and, as for the final, well the unfancied outsider Frances came through and left Ruby and Kimberley firmly in her wake. However, what about our brilliant bakers in ESFRS - we have some great cake makers as we see every year when we have the Macmillan coffee mornings; perhaps an ESFRS 'bake off', as I am sure we have some great cake and pudding makers out on our fire stations as well?  I'm happy to be on the judging panel although will need to step up the training to account for the extra calories!

My week:

  • Telephone conference to discuss the new director post being advertised at the Fire Service College; this is an exciting post that will support the strategic development of training at the College and should benefit all Services.
  • Went across to have a chat with a couple of Watches at Eastbourne and to discuss the most recent correspondence on the industrial dispute. It is vitally important staff have all necessary information as there can be rumours and speculation which can be unhelpful. The average age of Green Watch seems to have reduced with the retirement of Bob Newton although there are a few firefighters coming up fast on the rails but not admitting how old they are, I'm reliably informed they still play a mean game of squash!
  • Dropped in at Newhaven Fire Station and had a quick chat with the duty crew and updated them on proposals for the new fire station in the town centre. We hope to be able to move forward with this project in the next few weeks and are in final discussions with potential partners to see if we can have a shared use facility
     
  • CMT all day Monday with a good discussion about the Sussex Control Centre which is getting nearer to the 'go-live' date. The building work has gone extremely well and on time, with the technical contractors now taking over to commence their part of the work. Staffing has been agreed and I must complement all our staff in Eastbourne and Chichester for the professional way they continue to work at a time of significant change; budget monitoring showed we are still on track to deliver our capital programme with projects at training centre and Crowborough going well and the work on the fleet and equipment all going to plan. Borough Commanders all came to discuss performance in their own areas with lots of good work across the Service and some innovative suggestions for future performance targets.
  • Attended a meeting of the county council to give them an update on the work of ESFRS, how we are looking to integrate more in safer communities and the health and well-being boards and our proposals for our financial targets over the next five years; we continue to take financial services from the county council and will look at other opportunities to work more closely together.
  • Met separately with the Chairman and a number of other Fire Authority members to discuss the latest communication from the National Employers on the pensions dispute. There is a meeting later this week where the Employers will discuss their recent meetings with DCLG and the FBU and they are seeking views for all Fire Authorities in England with regard to the dispute.
     
  • Discussion with the Fire Sprinkler Network following the recent announcement that regulations have now been passed in Wales requiring sprinklers in high risk premises such as care homes and some hostels. Also, delighted that Lewes District Council has agreed to support sprinklers in certain premises following motion put forward by Cllr. Carolyn Lambert and it is now hoped other local authorities in East Sussex will do the same.
  • Met with other Chief Officers in the South East to look at options for much closer working in all areas of our Service and continuing discussions with other senior officers to look at how we can provide a more integrated emergency response with some Police & Crime Commissioners keen on taking over the responsibility for fire & rescue.
  • As part of my own development I am training to become a coach, not the sporting type, but as a coach to future leaders; currently working with two senior nursing staff and with an overseas colleague who works for a major Swiss consultancy; I hope this experience will help me to support staff in ESFRS as part of their personal development.
     
  • Discussed the next Executive Leadership Programme with Warwick Business School and finalised the course content, including some changes we have made to the political environment and self-awareness part of the programme. Delighted to see that Mark O'Brien has got a place on the programme; the assessment centre is very challenging so well done to Mark who I am sure will benefit a great deal from attending the ELP.
  • Attended a meeting with the national employers who were considering the recent principles proposed to try and reach a resolution to the dispute. It was a helpful meeting as it was agreed that firefighters would all be supported to maintain their fitness and if they did not reach the required level, they would be given time to recover their fitness before being retested and that the suggestion that any firefighter faced the threat of instant dismissal was simply not true. Also, firefighters did have the right to retire once they reached the age of 55 and that any actuarial reduction was only on that part of pension in the 2015 scheme. It was also confirmed that all rights in the 1992 scheme are protected and enhanced for everyone and would be treated as 1/45th for every year of service, so the suggestion that there would be no job and no pension was not true as members of the scheme could simply make their own decision to retire once they had reached the age of 55. 

This week firefighters from Bohemia Road and The Ridge were called to a coach fire in St Leonards; the fire was affecting two nearby vehicles and three properties with crews using compressed air foam and jets to contain the blaze. 

Crews from Newhaven responded to a fire alarm at the Meridian Centre in Peacehaven where they found a small fire in the main electrical intake, firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used Co2 extinguishers to put out the fire. 

Crews from Roedean and Preston Circus were called out to an incident on Marine Drive, where a vehicle had been in a collision and had overturned with one person trapped, firefighters freed the casualty who was then treated by paramedics and taken to hospital.

Over the past two years one of the great successes in ESFRS has been our community volunteer scheme and we have recruited over 60 members of our local community as 'Community Volunteers'.They do a fantastic job bringing in a huge range of skills and experiences and have undoubtedly helped to make our communities safer. We are now recruiting for more volunteers in the Lewes area so please encourage friends and neighbours to be part of a great service that really makes a difference to saving lives.

Don't forget to turn your clocks back this Sunday morning and ensure you test your smoke alarm at the same time. We are promoting the 'Tick, Tock, Test' message and if you have any elderly or vulnerable neighbours, pop round to give them a hand; enjoy your extra hour in bed and stay safe.

Des Prichard
Chief Fire Officer & Chief Executive
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service

Friday, 18 October 2013

CFO's blog 18 October 2013

Well that's next summer sorted out, I'm off to Brazil for a month to watch the World Cup in its spiritual home; Roy Hodgson has delivered what some of the critics thought beyond him and did it in some style, with two victories in 5 days confirming the England team will be now be looking at hotels in Rio and São Paulo. Now when I said I'm off to Brazil, what I really mean is I'm planning to sit in front of the TV watching the football in Brazil and cheering on the team, and time now for David Baddiel and Frank Skinner to update their 1996 version of "Football's Coming Home" the second best ever football song after "Blue is the Colour".

Continuing the entertainment theme and for fans of The Commitments, there is now a stage version booking until the New Year, so if you're looking for a special Christmas treat you won't be disappointed if you go along to see the play about the Irish soul band who were the stars of one of the top films of the last 25 years. 

With a lot of talk about health and fitness at the Firefit conference last week, check out the report by Chris van Tulleken (on BBC2 yesterday) challenging the notion that vitamin pills and supplements are of any benefit if you eat a balanced diet. Indeed he goes a step further and claims that supplements could be a hazard to your health as too much can do you harm - now as someone who has taken their fair share of different supplements (all perfectly legal I must add) most of my adult life, particularly when I was younger and was a bit more into serious training, I wonder now if they did me any good.  Well Mr van Tulleken seems to be saying we are indoctrinated by all the hype and marketing of these products; so maybe I can ditch the pills and rely on my 'five a day' to keep me fit and healthy; somehow I think I'll need a bit more than a bit of fruit and veg to get my dodgy knees through another ski trip!!!

I see its change around time at the BBC with Stephanie Flanders, the Economics Editor for the past 11 years off to join JP Morgan and one of my favourite reporters Robert Peston stepping into the role. The Beeb has taken a fair bit of criticism in recent times but I have to admit to being a fan of its business and economics coverage as they do explain this in terms that I understand; I'm sure we'll be hearing Peston's distinctive tones a lot more on TV and radio as there will be plenty of scope to talk about the economy. On the economic front, does anyone know of a decent glazier as I dropped my iPad earlier this week and smashed the glass, and Apple want £220 to fix it; outrageous was my immediate thought as all I want is a bit of glass about 8 inches by 6 inches, how can that be over two hundred quid? 

My week:
  •  attended the funeral of Ian 'Eddie Edwards' ex-CFO of Bedfordshire; Eddie was a great Chief and a really nice guy who was CFO during the early 1990s and was a great inspiration to many who served with him; a big Crystal Palace fan (don't mention that in Brighton) who will be missed by Lynn, his family and many friends

     
  • went to the Cross Sector Leadership event at Bramshill where I was part of a presentation panel and listened to how the syndicates of leaders from across the public sector were addressing the challenge of an ageing society. These events provide a forum for leaders from Fire, Police, NHS, Civil Service and Voluntary Sector to come together to learn from each other and to look how they can work together to improve public sector delivery

  • up at Training Centre for an update on resilience planning for flooding and water rescue; good to see a joint input from both and East and West Sussex personnel and a very useful day
  •  great evening at Hastings & Bexhill Rugby Club where we said farewell to Colin Doherty who was retiring after 34 years’ service; a very popular member of ESFRS, Colin joined the RDS in Oak, before becoming wholetime and serving most of his career at the Ridge and Bohemia Rd; a great turnout from past and present colleagues with his watch providing the entertainment and Tony proving that give a man a microphone and he can talk uninterrupted for an hour!!
  •  met with members of CMT to discuss the draft strategic plan we will take to the Fire Authority later this year with options for delivering savings as directed by the Authority at their last meeting; also considered options for working with Sussex Police and also work opportunities to work with Surrey and West Sussex FRSs, Surrey and Sussex Police and SECAmb. We also discussed future strategy for responding to AFAs and the potential for income generation
  • attended a meeting of the national pensions committee where discussion was led by DCLG on proposals for future employee contribution levels to the existing pension schemes and the proposed new pension scheme, draft advice from the government actuarial department and proposed costs on the employer cost cap
  • discussion with colleagues from the Federation of European Fire Services (FEU) on a number of pan-Europe issues including the working time direction, conditions of service, working hours and retirement age, installation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and data sharing across European FRSs.

  •  went to the Combined Fire Authority (CFA) Conference in Bedfordshire which was attended by 23 of the 24 Authority's; presentations were made by the Fire Minister Brandon Lewis, Cllr. Kay Hammond the LGA lead members for Fire Authorities and Paul Fuller, CFOA President; a very worthwhile one-day event well attended by members and CFOs including a number of elected members from ESFA; thanks also to the ESFRS who helped to organise and support the event.


Crews from Hastings were called out to a deliberate fire at derelict premises in Archery Road, following reports of black smoke seen in the area.  Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used compressed air foam to tackle the fire.  Station Manager Paul Way said: “This is a dangerous site and very difficult to secure. Fire crews had to work in an area which is a rambling derelict building with numerous hazards including cables, lift shafts and unguarded drops.” 

Firefighters from across the City were called out to tackle a fire that had started on a building on the roof of the Churchill Square shopping complex; an acetylene cylinder was involved in the fire and due to the potential for a serious explosion risk, the shopping centre was evacuated; crews extinguished the fire and then set up cooling sprays on the acetylene cylinder to reduce the risk of explosion and remained at the scene for some hours. 

Firefighters from Preston Circus responded to a fire in a four storey building in Brighton where they found fire had started in a kitchen fire in a restaurant. Crews wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel to extinguish the fire then using a positive pressure fan to ventilate the area.  Crews from Hove and Preston Circus were called out to a fire in a flat in Brunswick Street West and had to use BA and hose-reels to tackle the blaze; one person was rescued and taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. 

Firefighters from Stn 11 were called out to an animal rescue earlier this week and on arrival found a falcon had become trapped in a tree!!!  Crews used an aerial appliance to reach the bird and managed to release our feathered friend back to its relieved owner!  Firefighters responded to another animal rescue incident after a tractor pulling a trailer was involved in a collision on the Copthorne Roundabout near Uckfield. Firefighters found trailer carrying 4 cows had overturned, Firefighters responded with the Unimog from Crowborough, and used the crane to lift the internal doors to free the animals after using airbags to raise the trailer.

And looking ahead to next week, Breast Cancer Campaign are asking people across the country to join together to help raise awareness of breast cancer and to raise money for research into earlier diagnosis and prevention. They are asking people for a suggested donation of £2 in order to come in to work on Friday 25 October wearing something pink.

If you would like to support this either by taking part or by just giving a donation then please contact Caroline Bendell in L&OD. 

Friday, 11 October 2013

CFO blog 11 October 2013

Despite the very best efforts of crews from Eastbourne and Pevensey, sadly we saw a fatal fire in Eastbourne this week. Crews responded swiftly and managed to rescue an elderly female from the property, but although firefighters and paramedics worked extremely hard to save the casualty, their efforts were in vain. We send our condolences to her family. Crews spent some time at the scene with fire investigators and carried our home safety visits in neighbouring properties. 

Crews from Station 12 Uckfield responded to a collision involving two vehicles near Maresfield were there was one casualty who was rescued by firefighters. Paramedics from SECAmb were on the scene with the casualty being taken to hospital.  Firefighters from Hove were called out to a house fire in Hangleton where they found a fire on the upper floor; crews wearing BA entered the building with a hosereel to extinguish the fire with one casualty being treated for smoke inhalation with firefighters then using a positive pressure ventilation fan to clear the property of smoke.

Congratulations to our local Lewes MP Norman Baker who has been promoted from his position at the Department of Transport to work with Secretary of State Teresa May at the Home Office; Norman was a well know East Sussex County Councillor  before becoming an MP and was involved in recent discussions with the DofT when they changed the funding arrangements for maritime firefighting. 

All of those 'petrol heads' who are avid followers of Top Gear and know about the Pagani Zonda, the Bugatti Veyron and the other super cars so loved by Jeremy Clarkson and his sidekicks Captain Slow and the Hamster will no doubt have stared wide eyed at Richard Noble's latest adventure to build a car that will travel at over 1000 mph although not on our beloved M25!  30 years after the success of Thrust 2 which set a new land speed record on over 633 mph, Noble has got together a team to challenge engineering and technology and the limits of human endurance with Bloodhound SSC.

They have a great website which is really inspiring for anyone who wants to understand more about engineering; this is a discipline that is sometimes not seen as 'cool' and in a field in which the UK once led the world, we are falling behind many other countries. One of Noble's aims is to inspire the next generation of engineers and to encourage more young people to study the sciences and engineering. I hope he succeeds as a report by the OECD found that nearly a quarter of adults in the UK have maths skills no better than a 10 year old and in a table of 24 major countries, ranked the UK 21st for numeracy and 22nd for literacy. 

This week's news that Royal Mail was being sold has seen an almost unprecedented interest in people wanting to buy shares.  The Royal Mail is one of those institutions we have all grown up with and I think it’s great that you can write a letter and stick it in a post box before midday with a first class stamp and it will arrive at the address the very next day. Posties do a great job, out in all weathers and they are proud of their reputation. I delivered the post as a summer holiday job and my mum worked for a number of years when she had a young family delivering the Christmas post.  In this age of email and instant messaging, the Royal Mail has suffered from the competitive environment with fewer people writing letters, although I still enjoy writing a letter and receiving one, especially if it is hand written. I hope that the privatisation does not see any reduction in the service and that any new owner makes the necessary investment to ensure people in remote communities still get a daily post; I spent many hours watching Postman Pat videos with my son and have always had an affection for our postal service.

My week:

* heard the sad news that my old CFO Ian 'Eddie' Edwards has sadly passed away after a long illness. A much respected man who will be sadly missed; my deepest condolences to Eddie's family. Eddie was my Chief in Bedfordshire before I moved down to East Sussex and was a great bloke (despite being a mad keen Crystal Palace fan!)

*. went to Alistair Stoneham's funeral to pay our respects and to offer our support to Justin and Damian; a fantastic turnout from Alistair's many friends and retired firefighters with standing room only to listen to the tributes to a much loved family man and a much liked friend and colleague.

*. spent most of Friday doing media interviews in response to the continuing legal process with regards to Marlie Farm. We have been informed that the Fire Authority's insurers are seeking to arrange a meeting which I sincerely hope will finally reach a resolution; our thoughts continue to be with Brian and Geoff's families and those who were injured at the incident.

*. attended a course to develop my skills in coaching staff which will hopefully support their learning and development; I have had a lot of support from the L&OD team in ESFRS and we have a good network of internal coaches and mentors who are able to provide support and assistance to help staff on their personal development plans.

*. had a discussion with our Chairman Cllr. Howson who is now a member of the Fire Services Management Committee (FSMC) at the Local Government Association and sits on two national committees looking at future strategies on sprinklers and the emergency services communication project. This will provide an opportunity for our Chairman to contribute towards national discussions and influence elected members on the LGA FSMC

*. meeting with PO team to review our contingency planning arrangements, an update on the Sussex Control Project and to look at our IT infrastructure; we need to ensure that our systems meet our business needs as I know how frustrating it can be for staff if they don't.

* had to do my on-line questionnaire on data protection and with our clerks all getting 100% there was no pressure!

*. attended the CFOA Firefit Conference where I met with occupational health and fitness advisors from across the country, good to see Matt Starkey and Louise Waghorn catching up with their professional colleagues and a lot of very interesting presentation on health, fitness and wellbeing.

*. we have been involved in the national older persons week and an aging society has been the theme this year of our Cross Sector Leadership Exchange. There will be many challenges presented by this and I know we can play a real role in supporting aging communities.

And finally, I met with Karan Calman one of our community Safety Advisors who will be leaving ESFRS to take up a new career opportunity with a well know high street optician. Karen was one of the original Home Safety Advisors in 2006 and has been a real asset to our Service and has been key in developing our community safety and home safety initiatives; I will be very sorry to see her leave ESFRS as I know Karen is one of those people who always did a lot more than was in her job description and there is absolutely no doubt our local communities are much safer due to the work of Karen and her CFS colleagues; we send Karen our very best wishes for the future.


Saturday, 5 October 2013

CFO's blog 5 October 2013

The week saw the end of the political party conferences and I can't say I've heard anything that suggests the austerity measures won't continue, whoever wins the election in 2015.  All the parties made their pitch to win voters, but after listening to some of the speeches and reading reports, they are all saying the same thing; we need to reduce public spending and get the economy moving.

I was pleased to see that all the parties mentioned the shortage of affordable housing and I am fully behind plans to build more starter homes.  This is as important as creating more jobs, as we must give young people job opportunities and it seems to me that more house building will mean more brickies, chippies, sparkies and plumbers, as well as a host of related trades; and if people buy a house, they will want to furnish it leading to retail jobs.  But the drawback can often come from local planning authorities and we have to make sure we aren't part of the problem here in East Sussex, as whilst we live in a beautiful part of the country with the Downs and Ashdown Forest, there is still plenty of land where we could build without spoiling our green and pleasant land.

There was one politician I did fundamentally disagree with that was the individual who was reported as saying there is too much red tape for house builders and he found it bizarre that house builders in Wales would have to fit sprinklers and this would cost too much.  My response would be that everyone should get right behind our calls for every new house to be built with a sprinkler system and we should all be lobbying local Councillors, planners and MPs to ensure they support sprinklers in every new home. Sprinklers will save lives so please get behind the campaign which is supported East Sussex Fire Authority to have sprinklers fitted in new homes.  


It's all looking good for the London clubs all making strong starts to the season with the Super Blues just coming in a bit off form; Spurs were lucky last week to get a point and the Gooners are surprising their own fans (but it won't last); but as for the two Manc clubs, they must be wondering where there next win will come from!!! Good to see ex-Chelsea players on missionary work up in the NW and giving them a bit of light relief from years of underachievement; but come May you already know Jose will be holding the trophy aloft!!!

My week

*. went to a meeting of the College Management Board where we discussed the first 6 months under new ownership; you can see the changes in refurbishment to accommodation and there is now a fire station from which firefighter trainee courses will be run with students accommodated on the fire station to give them a much better understanding of the real workplace; a new 100 bed accommodation block should be open by next Spring with refurbishment and extension to the BA block so lots happening and the future does look positive

*. had the pleasure (well I think it was a pleasure!) to go across to Stn 21 to meet the Heathfield crews who were taking part in an event to raise funds for The Firefighters Charity and other local charities. It involved running out over 26 miles of 70mm hose; I got roped in to run out a few lengths, and it fair made me sweat!  No problem running out the hose, it was making it up that caused the joints to ache!!  Crews were fantastic, raising over £500, but due to a slight miscalculation, I understand they ran out about 34 miles of hose in the end; the firefighter with the calculator was not the most popular bloke on Saturday evening!!!  But thanks to Matt Emery for organising and setting up such a fantastic challenge.

*. was at the FSC to take part in the assessment centre for the Executive Leadership Programme; 34 senior officers went through the ADC over 3 days with assessors drawn for across the country including the NHS and Police

* met with the CFO Dave Ramscar, from Lincolnshire FRS who is the CFOA lead for RDS matters; we discussed the work programme over the next two years to look at key issues for the RDS workforce, the implications of the Knight Review, conditions of service, duty systems for RDS staff, employers releasing staff to be RDS firefighters and government policies which effect existing RDS staff and potential new recruits

*. meeting with the MD of the Fire Service College to discuss proposals for the  recruitment of a new Director of Training and OD, the planned new progression courses that will link into the ELP and proposals for interoperability training with other emergency services

*. had very preliminary discussions to look at options for our building assets including HQ and Fire Stations to consider whether we could make better use of our existing sites or whether we could co-locate onto other sites; there are now a number of proposals in other FRSs to either merge or to look at working more closely with the Police; Northants FRS have now co-located Police HQ and there has been discussion about the Police & Crime Commissioners taking over the running of the Fire & Rescue Service; we have not had these talks in ESFRS but there is a clear direction from Government for emergency services to co-locate, share resources and do much more joint working on the ground

*. attended seminar for our Fire Authority at HQ which was led by the Chairman Cllr. Howson; Members gave a clear direction to Officers to come up with options to meet our savings target including a revised wholetime establishment; we also discussed the proposed new build at Newhaven, collaboration with Sussex & Surrey  FRS, Police and SECAmb

* very helpful meeting with officers at HQ to discuss how they can become more involved with decision making and influencing the way we move forward over the next 5 years; lots of helpful comments from the team and a real energy to get involved in what we all know will be a very challenging few years

*. late meeting at HQ with the PO team to discuss how the Sussex Control project is progressing; the building part of the project is going well and on schedule and we are now preparing for the Comms, IT and infrastructure part of the project later this year; also discussed IT at HQ and the refurbishment of Crowborough Fire Station.

Just over a week ago, crews from Wadhurst were called out to a serious property fire at a large residential property which resulted in 6 pumps and an aerial appliance being deployed to tackle the blaze.  Firefighters used CAFS, main jets and hosereels to bring the fire under control; severe damage was cause to the roof and upper floors any the blaze.  Firefighters from Lewes and Newhaven responded to a fire in Lewes High Street, where crews wearing BA located the fire with the use of a thermal imaging camera. Firefighters from Bohemia Road and The Ridge responded to a property fire at Three Oaks where they were supported by paramedics from SECAmb who were called to help with one female casualty.

Crews from Bohemia Road, The Ridge, Bexhill and Battle responded to a road traffic collision involving 3 vehicles in Little Common earlier this week where one person was trapped; firefighters worked to free the casualty who was then transferred to hospital by Ambulance.

The BBC have thanked staff from ESFRS for all their help in contributing to another series of Real Rescues. Series 10 started on Monday 30 September and goes on to Friday 25 October 2013 on BBC1 from 11.00 to 11.45am (20 episodes in total). This series will also be repeated the following morning on BBC2 around 7.00am. The episode called 'In the drink' shown earlier this week featured an RTC involving a car going into a river in Pevensey.

Congratulations to the "Macmillian Bakers", particularly Pip who has taken up where Mary left off; some absolutely delicious cakes baked by lots of people over the weekend and over £250 raised; that's a lot of cake!!”