Our Future – Made Together


Invitation to join us at our workshop day



Pevensey Villages Partnership Coastal Team have been busy organising a special conference/workshop called “Our future – made together”.  It is all about looking
at ways to pull the community together as we work to revitalise the villages.

PVP’s Coastal Team won a £10,000 bid for funding towards the regeneration of
Pevensey Bay.  Part of the funding is being used to run the day.  We have invited
businesses, groups and clubs to send a representative.  There are 3 speakers who will
give us ideas on what we can do.  The workshops are aimed at bringing ideas to the table
so that PVP can look at projects that the community would welcome.

We are interested in hearing from all sections of the community, and we would like to
open up the last few places to any residents who feel they would like to attend.  If you
are interested then please email info@pevenseyvillages.org or telephone 07511835408
leaving your name and number if there is no reply.

The date is Thursday November 5th 10am to 4pm  and the venue is Martello Beach Park
Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Please apply quickly as we only have a few spaces reserved.  First come first served !

PCDL regular update

Recycling works have now reached Normans Bay East and will then move west to Beachlands.  Towards the end of the week, shingle will be delivered to eroded parts of The Promenade/Norman Road before arriving at Sovereign Harbour.

Most of this year’s annual beach recharge has been completed, although about 8 loads remain to be delivered.  Significant amounts of shingle have built up on the Eastbourne side of the marina’s breakwaters, so this needs to be removed soon before it can be driven by storms towards the harbour entrance.

It is currently expected that this sediment will be bypassed round the harbour from Monday 19 October.  Since storms of winter 2013-14 it has not been possible to run road lorries along Sovereign Harbour beach to the stockpile.  As a result, shingle brought round the harbour has to be tipped much closer to the Martello tower.  In order to make space for new material from Langney, beach from the west of the tower will this week be moved back to the revetment.

A cosy way of life

candlelight on the beach


Hygge: A heart-warming lesson from Denmark

By Justin Parkinson BBC News Magazine

  • 2 October 2015
  • From the section Magazine

A UK college has started teaching students the Danish concept of hygge – said to make homes nicer and people happier. But what exactly is it and is it exportable?

Sitting by the fire on a cold night, wearing a woolly jumper, while drinking mulled wine and stroking a dog – probably surrounded by candles. That’s definitely “hygge”.

Eating home-made cinnamon pastries. Watching TV under a duvet. Tea served in a china set. Family get-togethers at Christmas. They’re all hygge too.

The Danish word, pronounced “hoo-ga”, is usually translated into English as “cosiness”. But it’s much more than that, say its aficionados – an entire attitude to life that helps Denmark to vie with Switzerland and Iceland to be the world’s happiest country.

Morley College, in central London, is teaching students how to achieve hygge as part of its Danish language course. “We have long, cold winters in Denmark,” says lecturer Susanne Nilsson. “That influences things. Hygge doesn’t have to be a winter-only thing, but the weather isn’t that good for much of the year.”

With as little as four sunshine hours a day in the depths of winter, and average temperatures hovering around 0C, people spend more time indoors as a result, says Nilsson, meaning there’s greater focus on home entertaining.

“Hygge could be families and friends getting together for a meal, with the lighting dimmed, or it could be time spent on your own reading a good book,” she says. “It works best when there’s not too large an empty space around the person or people.” The idea is to relax and feel as at-home as possible, forgetting life’s worries.

The recent growth in Scandinavian-themed restaurants, cafes and bars in the UK is helping to export hygge, she adds, with their intimate settings, lack of uniformity in decor and concentration on comforting food. Most customers won’t have heard of the term, but they might get a sense of it.

In the US, the wallpaper and fabric firm Hygge West explicitly aims to channel the concept through its cheery designs, as does a Los Angeles bakery, called Hygge, which sells traditional Danish pastries and treats.

“The rest of the world seems to be slowly waking up to what Danes have been wise to for generations – that having a relaxed, cosy time with friends and family, often with coffee, cake or beer, can be good for the soul,” says Helen Russell, author of The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country. “Hygge seems to me to be about being kind to yourself – indulging, having a nice time, not punishing or denying yourself anything. All very useful come January when in the UK everyone’s on diets or manically exercising or abstaining from alcohol.

“There isn’t so much enforced deprivation in Denmark. Instead you’re kinder to yourselves and so each other. Danes don’t binge then purge – there’s not much yo-yo dieting in Denmark. No wonder they’re happier than we are in the UK.”

The adjectival form of hygge is “hyggeligt”, a word offered as a compliment to a host after a pleasant evening at their home.

“Hygge isn’t just a middle-class thing. Absolutely everyone’s at it from my dustbin man to the mayor,” says Russell. “Hygge is so crucial to living Danishly that the other day on the motorway, I saw a camper van driving along with lit candles in the windows. This is probably illegal but Vikings don’t tend to be too hung up on health and safety.

“My most hygge experience to date was probably watching the sun set from a hot tub in a blizzard in January, beer in hand. But it needn’t be anything quite so dramatic. I generally light a candle at my home office desk while I’m working.”

There’s increased discussion of hygge in the UK. “I think I first saw the word in Trine Hahnemann’s book Scandinavian Christmas, and it immediately made sense to me,” says Kayleigh Tanner, author of the Hello Hygge blog. “It’s a pretty hard thing to describe because it’s so abstract, but I think it resonates with a lot of people.

Origin of ‘Hygge’

  • Term comes from a Norwegian word meaning “wellbeing”
  • First appeared in Danish writing in the 19th Century and has since evolved into the cultural idea known in Denmark today

“It’s interesting that the word doesn’t really translate into other languages. Hygge isn’t restricted to Denmark, so why is it so hard to describe without borrowing a Danish word?”

It sounds a bit like the English word “hug”, for which the Oxford English Dictionary lists no origins. The 19th/early 20th Century philologist Walter William Skeat thought it might be of Scandinavian origin. Notionally the effect of hygge and a hug is similar – comforting and secure. An obsolete meaning of hug is “to cherish oneself; to keep or make oneself snug”, according to the OED.

“Sometimes you see or do things that you would call ‘hyggeligt’ in the UK but you wouldn’t use that word to describe them because people wouldn’t know what you’re talking about,” says Nilsson.

Some older Danes feel that hygge isn’t what it used to be, as the stress on socialising has lessened. It’s now generally considered hyggeligt to watch TV alone or watching a DVD set, perhaps while eating crisps.

Hygge was never meant to be translated – it was meant to be felt

ToveMaren Stakkestad



Other countries and cultures have similar expressions. In German there’s Gemutlichkeit, a sense of wellbeing based on good food, company and perhaps a drink. But Danes insist hygge is unique.

The blogger Anna Lea West, has offered “cosiness of the soul” as an English definition. “Hygge was never meant to be translated. It was meant to be felt,” translator ToveMaren Stakkestad has written. Maybe the only way to understand this slippery cultural idea is to visit Denmark, rather than read about it.

“It’s an idea so rooted in the Danish sense of togetherness, and perhaps even in Denmark’s social democracy, that a Brit might struggle to grasp its historic and social significance,” says Patrick Kingsley, author of the travel book How To Be Danish.

“But that said, in essence hygge is about a group of slightly gloomy friends huddling under the duvet on a cold winter’s night. And there is little more British than that.”