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Parish Pump Newhaven - March 15, 2013

ALFRISTON

THE TRAFFIC ROUTE is still causing problems. It would seem that many drivers who approach Alfriston do not believe that there is not a route for through traffic. The signs are ignored and cars, vans and lorries end up facing the barrier and have no room to turn round in the High Street. The village shops, pubs and restaurants are all open. To access Deans Place, the Clergy House, Chestnuts, the Coach House and Wingrove House (at the time of writing) the route from Seaford is open. Access to the village from the south is via Litlington, along Winton Street (now one way) and then turn into the car parks. Access from Drusillas roundabout is past Berwick Court Farm, up Winton Street to the car parks. The signs really do indicate important messages to drivers. It is quite amazing how many people are ignoring the road closed and the one way ‘no entry’ signs thereby causing unnecessary disruption.

THE CLERGY HOUSE are having a Garden Tour on March 19. Pete Keefe, the Clergy house gardener, will explain the history and the different features of the garden. The talk will last one hour starting at 11.30am. The talk is free but normal admission charges do apply. For further information telephone 01323 871961 or email alfriston@nationaltrust.org.uk.

ALFRISTON and Cuckmere Valley Historical Society is having its first meeting of the year at the War Memorial Hall on March 21 at 7.30pm. The two speakers will be talking about famous local residents. Paul Myers, past director of the Lewes Festival and author of a book on Thomas Paine in Lewes, will be talking about Paine who lived in Lewes from 1768 to 1774. The second speaker is Tom Dalgleish, assisted by Kevin Gordon. Tom is well known locally having run the Alfriston Gallery for 16 years. His illustrated talk will be about Frank Wooton who was a war artist with the RAF. He also painted equestrian and Downland scenes. All are welcome to the meeting; members free, visitors £5.

BROCHURE: The Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Brochure for 2013 is now in Tourist Offices and outlets it lists. This brochure is a most valuable source of reference for visitors and residents alike giving details of places to see, shop, eat and stay in the Cuckmere Valley including a comprehensive Calendar of Events and a simple map of the area.

BISHOPSTONE

TIDE MILLS: The next community beach clean is at 10am on Sunday, meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and a litter picker and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. For further information call Jim Skinner on 01273 517291.

THE ABOVE event reminds us of the wreck of the Catherine, a brigantine, near Tidemills 99 years ago yesterday (14/03/14) whilst sailing from Cherbourg. Occasional pieces of French granite and an old anchor are still sometimes seen and might well be hers; the timber reported a fortnight ago will be on show in Seaford Museum (admission free 11am to 3pm tomorrow, Saturday)

falmer

WEATHER: After the tease of sunshine for a few days last week, I really believed we had seen the last of the bad weather, and now look at it. The snow is whirling horizontally down the lane with a bitter NE wind as I write this report. Who would have believed last week that I saw a bumble bee and bees on my crocuses, and even a yellow brimstone butterfly.

THE CONCERT on Saturday at St Laurence was great. The church was packed to hear firstly Danny Green who played brilliant guitar and sang indie folk pop songs, mostly composed by himself, and lastly Kristin McClement accompanied by base and drums. Kristin’s voice was mellow and haunting, beautifully sung with a slow passion. We were treated at the very end by the young base player, who gave us a short rendition on a musical saw, that was a certain surprise; the first time I have heard a musical saw played live.

OUR RUNNING REV: Colin Lawlor, St Laurence’s new minister, will be running the Barcelona Marathon on Sunday. He is running for a charity that supports those suffering with dementia, and if there is anyone who would like to support him please email him on stanmerwithfalmer@gmail.com. We all wish him well.

THE BRITISH LEGION SE motor cycle riders will be visiting St Laurence Church on Saturday March 23 at 9.30am to lay a wreath on the war memorial. They will then be travelling to Tangmere and finally on to the Royal Marines at Portsmouth.

KINGSTON

KINGSTON WI: The Institute was very fortunate on the first Thursday in March to be entertained by the expertise of the local artist and curator, Tim Willcox. His illustrated talk centred on the life of the Norwich born water colourist, John Sell Cotman. Cotman was born in 1782 and by 1798 was working in London, a friend of JWD Turner and a rival of Thomas Girton. His beautiful paintings frequently included architectural features inspired by working in Yorkshire, Norfolk and Northern France. After his death in 1842, his work attracted little attention until the 20th century when it achieved a new lease of life and influenced well known artists such as Eric Ravilious, William Russell Flint and John Piper. A visit to Norwich Castle Museum will show you several of his pieces. The competition, Watercolours, created our own little art gallery, and Marlene Greenslate’s entry of The Meadow, painted by her nephew, received the best accolade. The meeting, chaired by the president, Barbara Cunningham, was extremely well attended, but was saddened to hear of the death of a former long standing member, Pauline Hunnisett. Barbara reminded the meeting that the May venue will be the school. She asked members to sign up for a visit to Smallhythe Place in July. Peggy Nicholson recommended the April programme featuring West Gallery Music by Sussex Harmony with the competition of Musical Artefacts. (Janice Barber).

LEWES

CONCERT: East Sussex Community Choir invite you to a workshop and performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion on Sunday at St Michaels Church, High Street. The workshop only is from 2pm with tea at 4.30pm. The performance is 6pm to 7pm. Telephone 07803 702178 to book a place. £10 for the workshop, including tea and cake. Performance only £5.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Fourteen walkers enjoyed a recent mid-week walk at Cuckfield. Although our walk started at the village centre car park we were forced to park our cars elsewhere as the over four hour parking spaces were all occupied, it isn’t just Lewes that has problems. The weather was mostly cloudy without wind or rain and much warmer than expected, forcing some of us to shed the odd layer of clothing en-route. This pleasant seven mile walk took us through a variety of landscapes and picturesque sights. We enjoyed seeing the early spring flowers, and some of us were lucky enough to see two deer nearby before they ran off. We took a coffee break in Long Wood, and stopped for a picnic beside a lake south of Ansty. Dave led the walk which was published in The Evening Argus in 2010. The next walk is on Sunday March 24. This will be our last walk of the winter programme. Starting from Lewes at top North Street car park at 9.30am we will walk to Mount Caburn and Glynde with an option of returning to Lewes by train or continuing on to Firle and Berwick and then taking the train back to Lewes. Bring a picnic for the longer walk. New walkers are very welcome.

NEWHAVEN, DENTON & SOUTH HEIGHTON

RED NOSE DAY: Today, Friday, is Comic Relief where people around the town are doing wacky things to raise money. Newhaven and Seaford Sea Cadets are abandoning their usual drill night to raise money at the Unit. Good luck to all those raising funds.

JUMBLE SALE tomorrow (Saturday) run by Denton and South Heighton Scouts. Denton and Mount Pleasant Social Centre, 10am to noon.

RNLI Book Fair tomorrow, Saturday, at the Hillcrest Centre from 10am. Go along to this popular event and support your local lifeboat. A wide choice of books are available so you are sure to pick up a bargain.

COFFEE MORNING 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday, at 14 Bay Vue Road opposite the Hillcrest Centre in aid of St Michael’s Church. Cake stall, raffle, bric-a-brac. All welcome.

GUIDED TOURS at Newhaven Fort tomorrow and on Saturday March 23 at 12.30pm and 2.30pm. The tours are free and are included in the entrance fee to the Fort. Booking is essential so to book your place telephone 01273 517622.

FILM SOCIETY: The Guru (15) tomorrow, Saturday, night at the Hillcrest Centre. This is a comedy about a young Indian called Ram who dreams of going to America to become a singer and actor. Tickets are £4.50 from the Hillcrest Centre. Café opens at 6.45pm, film begins at 7.30pm.

CHARITY QUIZ on Monday at The Ship Hotel, 8pm in aid of Crohn’s Disease. Raffle, music, fun evening for all, everyone welcome. Teams of four, £1 per person. Slot into a team on the night if you haven’t got one.

GARDENING SOCIETY: Mark Saunders will give an illustrated talk to members on Thursday at 7.30pm. His talk on Vegetable Gardens will be illustrated by slides. Non members £2 including tea and a biscuit.

MEECHING WI meet on Thursday at Meeching Hall, 9.45am. Helen Wagstaff will talk to members about Jam From Pickles. New members/visitors welcome.

EASTER FUNDAY at Denton Island Nursery, Saturday March 23 10am to noon. Face painting, Easter Egg Hunt, craft activities, stalls.

CHARITY FAIR in aid of Rick Sharpe International charity to raise funds for container clinics, medical supplies and community projects for Africa. Saturday March 23, Breakout Centre, Newhaven Square 10am to 1pm.

SUMMITS is the title of a talk with Cliff in Denton Church Hall on Saturday March 23 at 7pm. For further details telephone 01273 515439.

FINAL REMINDER about the POLO (Parishes of the Lower Ouse) petition requesting Lewes to Newhaven C7 speed reduction from 50 to 40 mph. We’ve been advised that, given enough support, there is a good chance that the C7 speed limit will be reduced when work starts on the Kingston to Lewes section of the Egrets way at the end of March. Deadline for signatures March 18. http://epetition.eastsussex.public-i.tv/epetition_core/view/SlowDownOnC7 OVCN are working with SDNPA, ESCC and Sustrans to develop safe, shared, sustainable village connections between Lewes and Newhaven. Our latest project is a new bridleway linking Southease to Rodmell and the South Downs Way. Please sign up to the OVCN website to show support.

PEACEHAVEN

CINEMA: The next film to be shown in Community House cinema will be A Song for Marion. It will be on Wednesday April 17 starting at 7.30pm.Tickets as usual are available at £5 from the information office.

FUEL THEFTS: With the seemingly ever rising price of petrol and diesel the police are reporting an increase in thefts at night from vehicles in the district. A few precautionary ways to make it difficult is to park in a well-lit area and where practical reverse into parking spaces. Don’t draw attention to your vehicle by leaving valuables on view and make sure the alarm system is activated.

CHARITY BOXES: A number of charity boxes have been stolen recently from shops, offices, surgeries and churches. It is often a distraction type theft where one person talks to the owner and the other thief will walk out unnoticed with the box. It is sometimes a while before the box is missed. However it helps the police to build a pattern to the crime if it is reported to them by ringing 101.

GREEN GYM: The response to the councils offer of a six week free course run by Wave Leisure for those aged 56 years plus saw over 30 people gather at the outdoor gym in the Meridian Park last Tuesday. There is exercising on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a Health Walk on Wednesdays. There were no doubt a few aching muscles come Friday. Anyone who is interested can pick up a leaflet from the information office.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The Access and Advice group will be in the Meridian Centre Community House foyer today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes from 8.30am until noon. Next week on Tuesday the Harlequin Dance Studio will be behind the counter followed on Thursday by the Seahaven Scouts Active Supporters. On Friday March 22 the East Saltdean Access Group will be providing the morning refreshments.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Labour Party in the Main Hall Community House from 8.30am until midday. Next week’s market will be organised by the Recycling Project. To book a table with them telephone 07932 448 721.

COUNCIL MEETING: There are no council meetings this coming week. The next meeting will be for the Leisure and Amenities committee on March 26 in the Anzac Room starting at 6.30pm.

QUIZ NIGHT: There is a charity quiz night on Friday March 22 in the Community House, Meridian Centre starting at 7pm sharp. It is £2 per person. Those who wish to play as a team are limited to eight per table and must book and pay in advance at the information office. Remember to bring your own food and drink.

ENTERPRISE CENTRE: With the Sussex Partnership Health Trust moving to premises in Newhaven the Greenwich House building is vacant. The councils of East Sussex who own the building, Lewes District and Peacehaven are considering the possibility of a small Enterprise Centre. The Peacehaven Chamber of Commerce confirmed after a recent survey that there is a need. This initiative could bring to Peacehaven an excellent facility and create opportunities for local businesses to develop.

BOOT SALE: The first of this year’s boot sales at The Dell, South Coast Road will be on March 24 and is organised by Telscombe Cliffs Nursery. Sellers are reminded that the gates open at 8am and buyers are admitted from 9am until 1pm. There is plenty of free parking on The Dell.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: There is a club meeting on Monday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre. Doors open at 7pm for a prompt start at 7.30pm. Sweet Peas for garden decoration is the subject of the talk by Roger Parsons. New members are always welcome on club nights.

PEACEHAVEN WI: Once again our caterers did an excellent job, serving a first class ploughman’s lunch prior to the opening of the March meeting. Arrangements were finalised for the journey to Eastbourne, to attend the Annual Federation Meeting on March 25. Ideas were then discussed for an outing in October. After tea we had the pleasure of a talk and slide show on Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) by Mr G Albon, one of his many visits to us. It appears to be a most interesting island and opened our eyes to the many different aspects it has to offer, apart form the export of tea, and an abundance of coconuts. We look forward to seeing you at our coffee morning on March 26 and, of course, at the April 3 meeting. (Joy Allen).

PIDDINGHOE

TALK: Belgian Beer Tasting and Talk in Piddinghoe Village Hall on Wednesday March 27 at 7.30pm. Advance tickets only, available until March 23 from The Gardeners Arms, Lewes; The Abergavenny Arms, Rodmell; or by ringing Terry on 510200 or Penny on 512742.

POLEGATE

TRINITY DINERS meet on the third Friday of the month. Doors open at noon and diners enjoy half an hour of chat over a quiz or puzzle before our Easter lunch today, Friday, when the menu is fruit juice, roast gammon with parsley sauce, seasonal vegetables, fruit trifle and a cup of tea or coffee to finish with. Real value at £5. For further info and bookings please speak to Jennie on 484189 or visit website http://trinitywillingdon.webplus.net

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society meet today, Friday, when our speaker is Dr John Surtees on the topic of Dr John Bodkin Adams. All welcome at St Johns Church Hall, 6.30pm for 7pm. For more info contact Margaret 484293 or email palmer.cin@mypostoffice.co.uk

TRINITY CHURCH: Maundy Thursday at 3pm, singers are invited to join the Downland Singers for a performance of Olivet to Calvary by J H Maunder. Last rehearsal is on Thursdays, March 21 at 7.30pm. For further details please speak to Jennie on 484189.

HELP NEEDED for groups of people to organize adverts for the Community News magazine. This involves finding new advertisers when spaces become available and liaising with present over the designs or where they want to go. It is not difficult but just needs a bit of time usually between August and December. Please think about it. More info from John Rogers on 484631 or email johnrogers885@btinternet.com

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on March 21 include a leisurely walk, wandering two to three miles in the Willingdon area, starting from Polegate recreation ground at 10am. No stiles with Yvonne. Or Beachy Head to Birling Gap and return five miles, four ups and downs, coffee at Birling Gap. Meet at Polegate recreation ground at 9.30am. Four stiles with Maureen C. Please bring residents cards to avoid car park charge. Or a longer of walk, We May See Deer, 10 miles at Mayfield, 2 steep slopes, may be muddy, some stiles take picnic with Margaret. Again meet at Polegate recreation ground at 9.30am.

POLEGATE WI meet on the second Thursday of each month in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre at 2pm. For more info please contact Avril Parrini on 489332.

THE TWINNING ASSOCIATION are hosting the coffee morning at the Polegate community centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am. Tea/coffee and home made cakes will be available.

EASTER FAIR in aid of the Eastbourne area Epilepsy Group is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, at St Johns Church Hall. Doors open at 9.30am to 1.30pm. Stalls still available at £8. Please contact Andy on 504893 or email shirleyc_jones@hotmail.com to book.

WEALDEN SENIOR Citizens Partnership are holding a coffee morning on Tuesday from 10am to 12.30pm at St Johns Church Hall. This includes a free manicure and Reiki by students from Sussex Downs College. All welcome. More info from Raymond Twort on 831624.

RICHARD SALMON is the speaker on Tuesday March 26, for Eastbourne Local History Society. Meetings are held at St Saviours Church Hall. Doors open at 7 pm, meeting starts at 7.30pm. The topic for this talk is Railway Carriages Brought Back to Life. Visitors welcome. More information from website www.eastbournelocalhistory.org.uk or email pawhistory@btinternet.com or telephone Maureen 485971

RINGMER

LENTEN LUNCH: The Simple Lenten Lunch today, Friday, will be held at 57 Harvard Road by kind invitation of Elizabeth Hawkins from noon to 2pm. There is no charge for these lunches but donations most welcome. They go to to St Mary’s Disaster Fund which enables the church to respond quickly to any disaster. The one next Friday will be held in the Church Room.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: Because of Easter the March meeting of this group will be held this evening, Friday, in the village hall commencing at 7.45pm. The speaker is Ian Everest whose talk is entitled Old South Heighton: a Downland Village with an Industrial Past. Ian is a former Newhaven Town Clerk and this will be the fourth talk that he will have given to the Study Group on the Newhaven-Seaford area.

JUMBLE SALE organised by the Ringmer Primary Home School Association will be held in the school tomorrow, Saturday, commencing at 2pm. Entrance £1 for the first 15 minutes and 50p thereafter. Children free. Donations of jumble can be taken to the school from 2.45pm today or from 11.30am tomorrow. No electrical items or furniture. Refreshments available and all proceeds raised will go towards the outside redevelopment of the school. If you have jumble to donate but cannot deliver please call Richard on 01273 814929.

FOOTBALL CLUB: The first team surrendered their spot at the top of the SCFL Division One table with a poor performance against Arundel last Saturday. However tomorrow, Saturday, they have the opportunity to make amends when they play new leaders (at the time of going to press) Redhill at home at The Caburn Ground with a 3pm kick off. On Tuesday, the first have another home league fixture when they play Horsham YMCA at The Caburn with a 7.45pm kick off. The second team are away to Littlehampton Town tomorrow, Saturday, in the reserve section premier division. Congratulations to the Veterans side on reaching the Fred Pretty Cup semi-final, this match will be played against Hassocks on Sunday March 24 at Hassocks with an 11am kick off.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: The spring production takes place from Wednesday to Saturday, March 20 to 23, in the village hall. This is a very good murder/mystery play entitled Strictly Murder by Brian Clemens and is being directed by Jayne Marshall-Roelich. The director, cast and backstage staff have all been working very hard on this play so do come along and support them. You are sure to enjoy a good evening’s entertainment. The play commences at 7.45pm each evening and tickets price £8 can be purchased online with a debit or credit card at www.ticketsource.co.uk/ringmerdramaticsociety or by phoning Denis on 07753 317373 or emailing him at denisdrinan@talktalk.net or by popping into Middletons in the shopping precinct.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on March 6 was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan, Pam Brook and John Weston; 3, Sandra Dudley Williams and Joan Evett; 4, Deirdre Booth and David Warner. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday, in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall. The contact number for the club is 01273 814220.

NEARLY NEW SALE at the Primary School on Sunday, March 24, from 10.30am to noon, with items suitable for children of 4 years plus. On sale they will have clothes, books, shoes toys, bikes, computer games, uniforms, scooters and small items of furniture. Sellers must register before the sale and there are a limited number of places. If you are interested in selling please contact rachel@willats11.plus.com for further details and if not please go along and purchase.

VILLAGE HALL CHARITY AGM in the village hall on Monday, March 25, commencing at 7pm. This meeting is open to all members of the public. Do try to get along to it if you can as it is your village hall and is a central meeting place in Ringmer. By attending this meeting you will hear the Trustees reports, extension plans and can give your views.

RINGMER LINK Good Neighbour Scheme. As Flor Grindley and Joy Jackson have stepped down as co-ordinators of this scheme a meeting was held recently at which two ladies Susan James (01273 813375) and Barbara Marsden (01273 814675) expressed an interest in taking over as co-ordinators and possibly re-organising the scheme. However, in order to revitalise this scheme they are looking for names of residents in the village who might be willing to offer assistance. This Scheme which has been in operation since 1977 has done a lot of good work in the village when emergencies have arisen by transporting people to and from hospital either to visit relatives or for appointments as well as carrying out other tasks when an emergency has arisen. If you think you might be able to help please phone either Susan or Barbara to either leave your name and phone number or get more information.

RODMELL & SOUTHEASE

ON MONDAY, my day for writing Parish Pump, and as I sat watching the snow falling, I was dreading a drive to Haywards Heath Hospital to be with Mike who has to be taken by ambulance for his appointment. I try not to drive in snow because I turned my car over one Christmas Even on the C7 late at night and ended up trapped in it in a field. I was rescued virtually unhurt, but very shocked, with a mashed up car. Since then I avoid driving in snow or on ice and that was over 40 years ago. OK I’m a wimp, but better to be safe than sorry and these days I have too many people to support to take risks. I’m pleased to say that I managed to get to the hospital with Mike because the ambulance crew got permission for me to go up in the ambulance with him. It was a long day, and we were pleased to get home and warm up, but my thoughts were with the ambulance crew who were working until 11pm. What would we do without these people?

THE SERVICE of Thanksgiving for the life of Thomas Earnshaw Calverley (20 April 1918 to 26 January 2013) took place at St Peter’s Church on Tuesday March 5. It was very well attended and afterwards we all were fed and watered at Rodmell Village Hall. Tom did an awful lot for Rodmell over the years and loved the village.

DON’T FORGET that Rodmell WI have their jumble sale tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm in the village hall. Entrance 20p. If you have jumble to donate, please leave it at the village hall on Saturday morning, before 11.30am.

CONCERT in St Peter’s Church on March 27 when the Lea Graham Quartet will be entertaining us, and then we have cheese and wine in the village hall. Tickets are £5 and all profits to to Hope-in-the-Valley Riding Group for Physically Disabled Children. Tickets are available from Jenny Brown on 01273 473939.

SPRING SHOW: On Saturday March 23 we have our very popular Spring Show in the village hall.

WI: On Tuesday Rodmell WI have their monthly meeting in the village hall. The meeting will have a mystery Easter theme. Sounds interesting.

VISIT: When I visited my mothers care home recently they were all busy making their Easter Bonnets and some lovely creations were appearing. They are excited about the prospect of wearing them at Easter and having their photos taken. The care home made big efforts for Mother’s Day with flowers everywhere, so nice for those that don’t have families to be thought of.

OUR PUB is becoming more popular and on Sunday it is St Patrick’s Day and there will be live music at 7.30pm when local Simon D’Souza’s Jazz Trio will be entertaining us with their fabulous Jazz. Hot Irish inspired buffet served from 6.30pm, £6 per head. On Saturday March 23 there is live music with The Watling Street Band from 9pm. On Sunday March 24 there is a Quiz Night, a light-hearted quiz at 8pm with a hot buffet from 6.30pm at £6 per head I do like buffets.

SEAFORD

RED NOSE DAY: As today, Friday, is Red Nose Day I am sure lots of local businesses will be doing all kinds of whacky things to raise money for this splendid cause. Tomorrow night there will also be a Red Nose Quiz at the Constitutional Club at the Crouch. Quiz starts at 8pm but there will be food available from 6pm. For further information call 01323 890087.

THE FOLK CLUB meets at the Royal British Legion tonight, Friday, from 8pm when their guests will be Thorn and Roses from Cornwall who excel in unaccompanied close-harmony singing. Click on their web-site at www.thornandroses.co.uk to hear some beautiful examples.

SPRING FAIR: Hurrah - Spring has sprung (although as I write this its snowing) and its time for a Spring Fair. Pop along to the St Leonard’s Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon for this event hosted by the Seaford Martello WI. There will be plenty of stalls with cakes, jams, chutneys and all manner of savouries. There will also be plants and books and even some early hatched Easter Eggs.

FREE CONCERT: The monthly lunchtime concert series at St Leonard’s Church continues tomorrow, Saturday, at 1pm with my neighbour Rosemary Kemp (piano) playing Les Niais de Sologne (from Pièces de Clavecin) by Jeanne-Philippe Rameau. Piano Sonata No 8 in C minor Op. 13 Pathétique by Beethoven, La Poule by Jeanne-Philippe Rameau and the Piano Sonata No 14 in C sharp minor Op. 27 No 2 Moonlight by Beethoven. The concert lasts about an hour. It is free but there is a retiring collection.

FREE MUSEUM: Seaford Museum at the Martello Tower will be open for free tomorrow, Saturday, between 11am and 3pm for the opening of a special exhibition Sea Breezes and Sea Beans. Exotic seeds can travel on ocean currents for thousands of miles until they are deposited in Seaford Bay. Some pebbles are actually nuts deposited from the wreck of the Peruvian over a century ago. Come and see the exhibition for evidence. By the way the museum has a special internet forum to answer any questions you may have on beach-combing at http://seabeans.freeforums.org/

THE TIDE MILLS beach clean is on Sunday morning from 10am, meet at the sea end of Mill Drive off the A259. Last year I removed the interpretation boards that had fallen off their eroded frames. I arranged for them to be repaired and replaced but unfortunately the company that agreed to do this has gone into receivership. The Friends of the Tide Mills are doing their best to get them replaced. In the mean time why not go along to give them a hand on Sunday. Wear sensible footwear and equipment will be provided.

SUNDAY ROAST: If you are a senior citizen and like a good roast why not attend St Peter’s Church on Sunday at 1pm. You can meet and chat and have a good meal all for £5 and transport can be arranged too. Call 01323 892327 to book a place.

THE BONFIRE SOCIETY have been going through some troubled times recently but the committee hope to sort out problems on Sunday at the their HQ at the White Lion Hotel between 11am and 2pm. There will be an open forum for people to ask questions of the current committee.

BEAR WITH ME: The speaker at the Seaford Lecture and Literary Club on Tuesday evening is Ian Rumley-Dawson giving an illustrated talk about Wild Grizzlies. The club meet at the St Leonard’s Church Hall.

N WATCH AGM: Seaford and Bishopstone Neighbourhood Watch Association are holding their AGM at 7pm next Thursday at St Leonard’s Church Hall. There will be a report by the local police and a review of the local No Cold Calling Zone and light refreshments too. There is also some fascinating entertainment in the shape of our very own town crier, Peter White talking about Town Criers and Bellmen, Past and Present.

TALK: The National Trust are meeting at the Crossway Church Hall on Thursday afternoon at 2.30pm. Their speaker is Kate Tym speaking about how her grandfather was in the German Resistance.

RUGBY: Seaford Rugby Club are holding a Ladies Night Dinner on Saturday May 25 and tickets are on sale now from behind the bar at the club on the Salts. Last year tickets sold out within two weeks so best hurry.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB: The Seahaven Friendship Club (formerly the Seahaven Singles Club) are in their fifteenth year. They are a friendly group with plenty of events and activities and who always give a warm welcome to new prospective friends. They meet every first Tuesday in the month at the Constitutional Club Club at 8pm. For further information call Jean on 01323 895625.

GERMAN SPEAKERS: Peter White tells me that the first German Conversation Evening held at the White Lion Pub recently was very successful. This informal group are looking to arrange a number of events in German (eg walks, quiz, German film evening, German wine tasting, private guided tour of Seaford Museum with German speaking guide, restaurant meal and another evening at the White Lion). I will give you further details when known.

POTHOLES on roads and pavements can and should be reported to East Sussex County Council. According to their website they are committed to making dangerous potholes safe within two hours of the report (their website defines what a dangerous pothole is). Unfortunately East Sussex County Council are one of the worse councils in the UK for repairing roads despite receiving over £5million for repairing potholes in the last two years. You can call East Sussex Council to report a pothole on 0345 60 80 193 but it is easier to report them via their website www.eastsussex.gov.uk

TELSCOMBE

BINGO EVENING at Telscombe Civic Centre today, Friday, with a 7pm start. This is a week earlier than normal as the following Friday is Good Friday. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball and flyer game. There are cash prizes and free refreshments at a half-time break. This is a very popular event so come along early to ensure you get a seat and join in the fun. It’s a friendly evening and is a perfect opportunity for getting out and meeting new people. Net proceeds raised will go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund.

COUNCIL MEETINGS: There will be a meeting of the Planning and Highways Committee on Monday at 7.30pm in room 1 at the Civic Centre and a full council meeting on Wednesday in the Council Chamber at the Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can ask questions during a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda for the meetings will be put on council notice boards a few days before the meeting and will usually also be available on the council’s website at www.telscombetowncouncil.gov.uk

 

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