Sun, sun, sun, here it comes


The sun came out, with temperatures in the mid 20s – and Camber has a great beach. It’s not quite the usual summer season yet, but with furlough and working at home, it is no wonder that the folks of London and all areas north piled into their cars and drove to the iconic beach of Camber Sands.

Now, Camber village during the high season has a problem of its own. People are not all polite, sensitive and caring individuals but sometimes rude, obnoxious and very anti-social. This has been mentioned before and should be discussed by Rother District Council at a later date.

In the present, and with Covid-19 still rampant in parts of the country, Camber villagers have been doubly worried. However, our beach is such a desirable destination and we do welcome those who want to enjoy the sun and our facilities here.

Plus, with our prime minister’s support we can travel further and to places of popular eating, such as McDonald’s, and sports such as golf can be put into our daily life again.

The return of normality will be welcomed

I am sure the return of normality in a small way to our economy will be welcomed by all. Not least the businesses in Camber which cater for our visitors. So, optimistically, we are now becoming fledgling birds, and testing the waters.

That water in our case being Camber Sands beach, which was on Wednesday morning all go with life guards, patrols on bikes, beach paraphernalia and cafes gearing up to serve and guide. The weather has turned a little and so there aren’t so many people down here, and I will not lie – it is a relief.

I do think that a certain complacency has taken over. At first the washing of hands, the stay at home, and the distancing were paramount. We do welcome visitors who want to enjoy the sunshine on “our” beach, preferably in a very polite and social way. The toilet blocks are open but perhaps closing earlier in the late afternoon than they should be  –  another question for Rother District Council.

On a final note, of which I hope to write more of next week, the lifeline that is the Food Bank, with a distribution centre at the Baptist Church in Cinque Ports Street in Rye is doing a great job. So thanks and praise to Karen Jeffreys and Chris Emson. Any donations of food and other necessities can be added to the bins at Jempson’s or on a Wednesday from 10am to 4pm at the food bank bin at the back of the Baptist church.

Image Credits: Carol Macdonald .

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