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16 Charity / Community Knit & Natter Group

Do you like knitting or crochet, or would you like to learn? A free, friendly group has started in Findon Valley Children’s Centre on Mondays from 10am to 11.30am. There are teachers on hand so just bring along your needles or hook and wool. There is plenty of tea and coffee, plus a children’s play area, although you must be responsible for your own child. All ages are welcome. For details call Irene 01903 877813 or Maureen 01903 872004.

OFT Warns Against Rogue

Doorstep Sellers Office of Fair Trading (OFT) reports that home improvements continue to top the list of complaints about doorstep rogue traders, although this has extended to services such as knife-sharpeners in our local area. They urge consumers, especially the elderly and vulnerable, to be on their guard against rogue traders knocking at their door, especially during the summer and autumn months.

They key is to be cautious and take time to think about people who call at the door. Rogue doorstep traders will often offer services at attractive rates and use persuasive sales techniques to encourage people into making hasty decisions. Another ploy is to offer services without stating a price, then once the work is done - often shoddily - then an outrageously high price is demanded, sometimes with menaces.

The OFT says that it is not illegal for handymen to canvas for work, but it is important that people are cautious and do not make hasty decisions. Some callers may falsely claim to be endorsed by a trade association or a local council. The OFT offers the following advice on how people can avoid being scammed by rogue doorstep traders :

• If a trader knocks at your door do not agree

to on the spot house repairs, or sign anything on the spot.

• Be wary of special offers or warnings that your house is unsafe.

• Do not make snap decisions. Take time to talk to someone you trust before you make a decision.

• If in doubt, call Consumer Direct on 08454 040506 or visit


Male Voice Choir looking for new Members

The Sussex Gruffs Male Voice Choir was formed in July 2009 and their aim is to increase from the current 43 voices to a total of 60. The Gruffs raison d’etre is to sing for pleasure and raise money for charity. They have a wide repertoire covering a variety of musical traditions with entertaining music that is a joy to sing. A new autumn programme is being prepared, and this includes a range of new songs, concerts and recording their first CD. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings at St Symphorians Church, Durrington. BN13 2PU at 7.15pm. If you can sing and would like more information, please contact Roger Mills on 01903 267903; or Peter Ramsey on 01903 831165.

You can see the Gruffs live in concert on Saturday 1st October 7.30pm St Paul’s Centre, Chapel Road, Worthing BN11 1EE. Tickets £10 from Roger or Peter.

Square dancing season starts with a party.

The Worthing Squares, an American Square Dancing Club, are launching their new season of classes with a free party night on September 12th at 7.30pm. They tell us that it is possible to burn between 400 and 800 calories per hour, and mental agility is increased due to the concentration needed to follow the moves. The accent is on teamwork, as eight people depend on each other to keep the dance moving.

The party night offers a free buffet and drinks for those who are interested in learning this fascinating and rewarding hobby, whether you are 8 or 88. The evening is being held at The Barn, English Martyrs Church, Goring BN12 4UH, and for more details call 01903 244515 or 01403 731120.

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