Newhaven Parish Pump - February 8 2013

Alfriston

NEW DRAINAGE and gullies between Star Lane and Dene Car Park is essential work that will be carried out starting on February 18 and will last for seven weeks. This work is vital and that it is to be done, is good. What is not so good is the road through the village will be excavated with considerable disturbance to through traffic creating long delays and necessitating closure of the main road in the village. If you are one of the many drivers who use the village as a route between the A259 and the A27 you are strongly advised to find another way during the seven weeks of upheaval. However visitors and shoppers are very welcome. All the shops, restaurants and pubs will be trading and the car parks open. The village needs visitors so please do not be put off because the through road is closed. All details and updates of the work will be available on the Alfriston Parish website www.alfriston-village.co.uk.

Bishopstone

TIDE MILLS: The next community beach clean is at 10am on Sunday February 17. 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 POPULAR Bishopstone event A Step Back in Time held on January 19 raised an amazing £623 for the Willett Trust despite concerns about inclement weather.

YES, there was no PP from us last week, we celebrated the end of our first year with a week off.

Lewes

HISTORY GROUP: Monday, 7.30pm at the King’s Church Building, Brooks Road, Votes for Women! Suffragettes and Suffragists in Lewes by Frances Stenlake. Frances is a former curator of Cuckfield Museum and well known adult education lecturer. As an art historian, she became interested in the story of suffrage campaigning in Sussex through researching her book, Robert Bevan, from Gauguin to Camden Town (Unicorn Press 2008). Her subsequent publication, Mid Sussex Suffragists, tells the story of the artist’s younger sister, Edith Bevan, who founded the Cuckfield and Central Sussex Women’s Suffrage Society. Since moving to Lewes two years ago, Frances has been researching the local campaign for women’s suffrage during the years leading up to the Great War, and the reaction it provoked, in the Lewes area. You will meet what may well be some familiar names, but in a rather different context. We shall be serving free coffee and biscuits prior to the talk. All welcome. www.leweshistory.org.uk

U3A: University of the Third Age Lewes Lecture, The Beatles as Socio-Cultural Zeitgeist by Prof Sheila Whitely. An Examination of the band’s influence during the 1960s and beyond, most specifically their inroads into popular culture and their status as socio-cultural icons during a period of political and social activism, cultural conflict and social legislation. Sheila Whitely is Professor Emeritus at the University of Salford, Visiting Professor at Southampton Solent University, and Research Fellow at Queen’s University (Canada). This free lecture takes place at 2.30pm on Thursday at the Council Chamber, Lewes Town Hall. All welcome.

COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at Cliffe Church Hall (behind church). Cakes, preserves, tombola and more. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday January 22 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Gannon and Janet Cattermole; 2, Irene Gannon and Rosemary Land; 3, Richard Burnett and Peter Waters. January 29 Play with Students: 1, Peter Waters and Janice Hale, Mike Keeping and Lynne Tunley; 2, Richard Burnett and Mike Preece, Pat Elliott and Rita Hartnell; 3, Peter Cattermole and Janice Barber, Irene Gannon and Liz Cheek. Thursday January 24: 1, Peter Cattermole and Peter Waters; 2, Paul Allen and Lynne Tunley; 3, Ann Wykeham and George Hearn. January 31: 1, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole; 2, Martyn and Terry Walwork; 3, Alan Disney and Frank Hibbert. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

NT LEWES CENTRE: On Thursday there will be a meeting at Priory School, Mountfield Road at 7.30pm. The speaker is Roger Antrobus talking about How a Banker Found His Soul...handmade clocks, ships and cars. Non members welcome £3.

HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP, School Hill. You may have seen the excellent review of one of our tasty lunches, why don’t you come and try one for yourself? Lunch is served at 12.30pm and costs £5.50 for a two course meal (£5 for members) cooked from scratch with fresh ingredients. We are open Monday to Friday and we get busier as the week goes on. We are therefore offering a Monday Madness special offer of two meals for the price of one for the month of February, so bring a friend and sample our delicious food. For more details phone 01273 476469 (mornings).

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our walk, on Sunday January 27, started at the Ashdown Forest Centre and followed a circular route of about 4.5 miles. There were 14 of us and the weather was mild, dry and sunny, a welcome break from the snow and freezing temperatures of the previous week. The route took us across typical Ashdown Forest heathland, then through pretty woodland, coming out at a cluster of houses near Coleman’s Hatch. From there we followed a section of the Vanguard Way before skirting the edge of the Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club and then headed uphill through the wooded Broadstone Warren until we followed a metalled road back to the main road and the Ashdown Forest Centre once again. As could be expected, the terrain was very muddy in many places, particularly in the valleys and wooded areas but it was a very enjoyable walk led by Sally. The next walk is on Sunday at Henfield. Meet at the top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. Programmes available from The Tourist Information Centre, The Walking Shop or at www.lewesfootpathsgroup.org.uk

Malling

SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: As part of the school’s focus on reading and understanding, Year 5 enjoyed an amazing workshop with an actor around The Highwayman text, which they have been following in class this term. Well done to the school’s wonderful Year 6 Cross Country Runners. The boys’ team came First in the Inter-Lewes Competition and they will now go on to compete at county level. Watch out later on today (Friday) for South Malling School Choir. Fresh from their magnificent performance at the O2 Stadium in London, it is hoped, weather and other factors permitting, that they will be singing outside Tescos between 1.45 and 2.45 this afternoon. All welcome. On Tuesday, the Friends of South Malling will be holding a cake, book and uniform sale to help school funds.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: last Sunday, the family service included the baptism of little Freddie Lyons, formally Alfred Thomas. He took the process with a dignified calm and seriousness, settling back afterwards to play on the floor among the group of children gathered at the front, helping the Vicar talk about a passage from the New Testament. The subject of this and the last few sermons has been the armour of God, illustrated by a model soldier made from a music stand and a variety of toy mediaeval accoutrements, probably purchased from the National Trust. St Paul’s message about the effectiveness of the shield of faith, was effectively demonstrated as a small child held a very large, rectangular Roman shield and was pelted with cardboard arrows, each representing doubts and fears which assail us all. This coming week, the service will be Holy Communion at 9.30am.

THE COMMUNITY CENTRE are very pleased with the work that is being done at the moment to improve the Centre. The redecorating of the hall is going well, hand in hand with the development of the new children’s centre, mentioned last week. Also, the town council is currently considering options for some kind of community space on the land which has recently been cleared on the left side of the Centre. Community Centre Officers will be making a formal statement once the redecoration work is completed.

Mobile library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.40am to 12.40pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.50pm to 2.20pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2.35pm to 3.00pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 3.10pm to 3.40pm.

newhaven, denton & south heighton

QUIZ NIGHT: Newhaven Twinning Association is holding a quiz night tonight (Friday) at the Hillcrest Centre, 7pm for 7.30pm. Tables of five £6 per person including buffet supper and hot drink. To aid catering please telephone Jan Marshall on 01273 612236 or email janmarshall@hotmail.com if you want to enter a team.

RNLI: Quiz Night at Newhaven Lifeboat clubhouse tonight (Friday) from 7pm. Teams of four, prizes for first and second teams. Please support your local lifeboat, book in advance for catering purposes call Lyn Davies on 01273 517488 or email rnlinewhaven.society @hotmail.co.uk

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: Meet on Monday at 2.15pm, South Heighton village hall when Patricia Thorns will talk to members on The History of the Valentine. All welcome.

GUEST HOUSE Storytellers: Tuesday at the Hillcrest Centre, when the theme is Trickster Tales, an evening of wit, cunning and creativity about tricksters and rule breakers around the world. During the evening there will be an opportunity for visitors to tell a Trickster Story of 10 minutes or less. Community Café opens at 7pm, stories from 7.30pm. Tickets £4, concessions £3 on the door.

NIPPERS: Inset Day Playscheme open 8am to 6pm, hours by arrangement. Shakespeare Hall, Fort Road. Book in advance as this will only happen subject to demand. Ring 01273 514440/07796 267388.

STREET SURGERY:Newhaven Town Council Street Surgery, meet your local councillors. Saturday February 16 at the entrance to Sainsbury’s 10.30am to 12.30pm.

SILENT AUCTION with pancakes and seed sale at Denton church hall, Heighton Road, 2.30pm to 4pm Saturday February 16.

FILM SOCIETY: The February film is Potiche (15) a French comedy with English subtitles. Art room Hillcrest Centre, Saturday February 16, café opens 6.45pm, film starts 7.30pm. Tickets £4.50 each from the Hillcrest Centre.

NCDA is running a series of half term activities between February 18 to 22, starting with an Egyptian Artefact Making Workshop Monday to Friday 1pm to 3pm at Denton Island Family Centre. This is a free family learning art project for children aged 5 to 11 years, accompanied by an adult. Refreshments available. Limited spaces so please book by February 13 on 01273 517250. Monday to Friday 4pm to 6pm Intergenerational Mural Project for 8 years plus. Join together as a community with the support of a local artist to decorate the entrance to Denton Island Community Centre.

COMMUNITY GARDEN Craft and Food event Tuesday February 19 10am to 12.30pm at Growing Together Community Garden. Craft activities, recipe swaps and food tasting. Bring a sample of your favourite book and recipe to share and a terracotta pot to decorate or buy one for £3 on the day.

BINGO WALK: Free walk on Wednesday February 20, 10.30am to 11.30am. Meet at Denton Island Community Centre, ladies and families, buggy accessible.

U3A: If any member feels pretty certain they will be hungry on February 24, then remember that Sharon’s deadline is February 9 for Sunday sustenance in Seaford. Please telephone 01273 589953. If Thursford is on your agenda you need to complete an application form, with deposit, as soon as possible. Ring Muriel on 01273 513471 after 6pm. As ever enjoy and look out for one another.

Peacehaven

CINEMA: The film Quartet being shown on Wednesday February 20 has proved very popular and all tickets have been sold for the 7.30pm showing. It has been decided to provide another showing at 5pm the same day. Ticket, £5 each, available for the earlier show from the information office.

COFFEE MORNING: The Kemptown Conservatives will be serving teas, coffees and cakes today from 8.30am to noon in the foyer of the Community House. There are two coffee mornings next week. On Thursday the Labour Party will be behind the counter serving refreshments followed on Friday February 15 by Mencap.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market in the Community House tomorrow has been arranged by the Conservative Party. The market next week will be organised by the Peacehaven Scouts. To book a table telephone 07798 635 156.

BLOOD DONORS: There is a visit to the Community House on Friday February 22 by the local team who will be collecting donations from 2pm to 4.30pm and again from 5.30pm to 8pm. It is a walk in session but if you prefer an appointed time it can be booked by calling 0300 123 23 23. New donors are always welcome. Just half an hour hour could help to save a life.

BINGO: There is a bingo night in the Community House on Friday February 15 in aid of the Mayor’s local charities starting at 7pm. Tickets are £4 for eight games plus a flier and a snowball. For those who wish to play as a team tables are limited to eight players and must be booked and paid for in advance at the Council’s Information Office.

Polegate

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by the Polegate Singers. All welcome in the lounge from 10am until noon.

THE GARDENERS’ SOCIETY meet on Thursday when the speaker is Jacqueline Aviolet who is giving a talk on Four Days at the Nursery. Meeting starts at 7.30pm in the coffee lounge at Polegate Community Centre. For more info contact Sheila Smith on 483222 or Diana Pierce 482413.

WANTED INFO: History information on 6 Saffrons Road, Eastbourne. Please contact Ann Boniface on 430203 if you can help. Gildredge Hotel and photo prior to demolition. Also a note of the first vicar of All Souls’ Church, Susan’s Road, and picture of the Reverend J. B. Fletcher 1881-1904 for Peter Wood, emails a.wood267@btinternet.com. Where in Eastbourne was a stone sundial in the 1930s, with a stone ball at the bottom and straight sides with the sundial on top. For Maureen Copping. Also are there any members of the Hedger family still living in Eastbourne. Any descendants of George Hedger who migrated to Australia and died in Sydney on 28 January 1898. Ada Mary and George Hedger migrated to Australia in 1839. For Lorraine who can be contacted at ead21203@bigpond.net.au who has just written a book on her family history. Please contact Maureen Copping on 485971 or email maureencopping@yahoo.co.uk if you can help with any of the above.

TRINITY DINERS meet on Friday February 15 when our menu is fruit juice, cottage pie, with seasonal vegetables, cheesecake and cream, tea and coffee. To book a place contact Jennie on 484189. Meals are held at Trinity Church Hall, Coppice Avenue on the third Friday of every month. Doors open at noon and our diners enjoy a chat over a quiz or puzzle before the meal is served.

VALENTINE’S Coffee Morning on Saturday February 16 10am to noon, in aid of the kitchen fund at the Community Centre. This includes hamper, raffle, jigsaws and bric-a-brac. All welcome in the lounge.

HIRE OF THE CENTRE: If you wish to hire any of the rooms at Polegate Community Centre, which consist of hall and stage, lounge, activity room, kitchens and two committee rooms, telephone 482434 between 10am and noon or 2pm and 4pm, when the office is open for hire charges and vacancies.

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on Thursday include a leisurely walk, Wannock Circular approx three miles, a walk around Wannock and Willingdon with coffee at the Triangle, no stiles meet at Polegate recreation ground at 10am with Joan and Geoff; Or a longer walk, Arlington – Tye Hill – Sessingham – Arlington reservoir about five miles, generally flat with two stiles part of which could be muddy with Betty and Wendy. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am; Or a longer walk of nearly eight miles. You only need money and a bus pass, downhill all the way, Heahtfield/Hailsham coffee and lunch en route, no stiles No 51 bus at 9.10am opposite Polegate recreation to Heathfield. With Jill.

FOR DETAILS of any of the Polegate Residents Association coffee mornings please contact Jayne Bigsby on jaynebigsby6@msn.com.

EASTER FAIR: Eastbourne Area Epilepsy Group Easter Fair in St Johns Church Hall is on Saturday March 16, 9.30am to 1.30pm. Entry is free. The stalls include cakes, Lucky Ducks, crafts, books and face painting. Of course, there is the opportunity to win some brilliant prizes in the raffle. In addition you can sit down and enjoy refreshments. Eastbourne Area Epilepsy Group is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

PCaSO Prostate Cancer Network, Eastbourne Support Group. The new year has brought some positive developments for this local support group. The Quiet Room project has moved on a pace with furniture now on order for this facility at the local hospital. Watch out for more details during Prostate Cancer Awareness month in March. In January, Debbie Hatfield, spoke at the monthly meeting about the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative and what this means for prostate cancer. Debbie, who is a senior lecturer in Nursing at the University of Brighton, outlined the initiative which is a partnership between the Department of Health, NHS Improvement and Macmillan Cancer Support. The emphasis is on living with and beyond cancer and what needs to be in place to focus on health and wellbeing after cancer treatments. Several areas around the country have piloted initiatives to develop a more personalised approach that encourages tailored support based on preferences. The audience was encouraged to see this shift in emphasis. Examples include information provision for exercise programmes, diet and nutrition, management of continence and erectile dysfunction, psychological support, complementary therapies and getting back to work. On 2 February, several members attended a magnificent concert performed by the Phoenix Choir with Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra at All Saints Church, Eastbourne. Claudette Woolfson kindly invited the group and a retiring collection raised the grand sum of £258.20 for PCaSO Eastbourne. The next meeting is on Thursday at 7pm in the Post Graduate Centre, Eastbourne District General Hospital. All are welcome. The speaker will be Mark Tolhurst, Macmillan Carer Support Worker, Care for the Carers. Please contact Graham Hatfield on 01323 749258 / 641513 or e-mail graham.hatfield@btopenworld.com if you require further details or visit our website: www.pcasoeastbourne.org.uk/ There are stairs to this venue but lift access is available.

Ringmer

DROP-IN sessions to discuss any aspect of the draft Neighbourhood Plan have been arranged for 4pm to 7pm today Friday, and 10am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday, in the St Mary’s Room, village hall. At 7.30pm on Wednesday there is a public meeting in the village hall to discuss the sites for new housing proposed for the Broyleside and for the rural parts of the parish. Finally on Wednesday, February 20, there will be a further public meeting to discuss the possible new housing sites in and around the village. This consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan ends on Friday, March 8, so please ensure that your comments reach the parish council by that date.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team have an SCFL Div One fixture at home to Lancing FC with kick off at The Caburn at 3pm. Then on Tuesday the firsts have another league fixture, this time at home to East Grinstead with a 7.45pm kick off. The second team are away on Saturday to Eastbourne United and kick off time at The Oval is 3pm. On Sunday the Veterans hope to finally get their league fixture played away against Uckfield FC Kick off at Princes Park is scheduled for 11am. On the social side, a reminder to annual members that subscriptions are now overdue if you have not yet paid. New members are always welcome and annual membership fees are a very reasonable £15 for adults (£7 for seniors) with a discount for family membership of £35 for two adults plus all children under 16 years. Membership forms are at the clubhouse.

MEN’S CLUB: At its meeting on Tuesday, in the Church Room at 7.30pm the speaker is Wendy Walker, senior Archivist, whose talk is entitled The Keep is Coming. There is a new Historical Resource Centre opening this year and Wendy will be talking about records which date back over 900 years. Visitors welcome.

TABLE TENNIS: A meeting is being held at the Scout HQ at 2pm on Wednesday to explore the possibility of forming a table tennis club in Ringmer. Please contact Paul Hathway on 813742 for information.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on January 30 was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Alan Disney and David Warner; 3, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall. At the club’s AGM held on January 30, Tim Owen was elected hon chairman, with Sandra Dudley-Williams, hon secretary and Liz Owen was re-elected as hon treasurer.

SOUPER SATURDAY: Notice that the fundraising committee of the village hall is holding this event in the village hall on Saturday, February 23, from noon to 1.30pm when homemade soups will be served.

QUIZ NIGHT in the village hall on Saturday, March 2, commencing at 7.30pm in aid of the Pestalozzi International Village Trust registered charity 1098422. Teams of four. Admission £7.50 per person payable at the door but booking is essential to 01273 472801 or to david@denelson.demon.co.uk leaving your name, telephone number and whether you have a complete team of need help in forming one. Finger food provided but bring your own liquid refreshment.

VACANCIES for councillors on the parish council. The council currently has two vacancies that it is keen to fill as soon as possible. If you are interested in community life and would like to undertake an active role in local decision-making why not consider becoming a parish councillor? There are 13 councillors in all, aiming to represent a good cross section of the community. Council meets monthly (except August) on the second Thursday of each month and its planning committee monthly on the fourth Thursday. There are also a couple of other committees the membership of which is split between councillors, all these meetings are held in the evening. Candidates should apply by February 28. For further details please contact Chris Elphick, clerk to the council on 01273 813242 or John Kay, the chairman, on 01273 813388.

Rodmell & Southease

CALM: Life is calming down a little at the moment, thank goodness. I can’t begin to explain how chaotic the past weeks have been, but at last, I can see the light through the darkness. I feel so much for all the other people I know who are having to cope with traumatic situations. Just think folks that it has to get better and think positive.

BRACELET: If anyone finds a small flat linked gold bracelet in the town of Lewes, it may be mine, and I’m very fond of it and would love to get it back. I wear it all the time never taking it off, as the clasp was rather fiddly. I noticed it had gone when I was driving to a friends 100th birthday party so I presume I lost it on Thursday or Friday. I’m keeping my fingers cross that it turns up.

THE PARTY for Frederick Grainger, my best friends father, who reached the grand age of 100 on Friday, was held at Hollingbury Golf Club and it went off very well. Fred as he is known, is remarkable as he has lived on his own for some years after the death of his beloved wife Ethel. He keeps his house spotless and his garden is a picture. Until around two years ago he was driving and used to go to a local supermarket at 2am to shop as he liked to take his time. He said the girls and staff were lovely to him. He was also painting the outside of his house up a ladder and as he had been crippled in the war, that on its own was quite a feat.

FARMERS must be tearing their hair out at the climatic conditions. The ground is so sodden that little can be done with it at the moment. I do hope the fruit harvest is better this year, as last year was the worst ever for our fruit trees. We’ve had snowdrops and daffodils out since January 1 and our outside banks will soon be a riot of colour giving an entrance to the village, that is if drivers don’t persist in driving up the banks and destroying them. Several banks and verges have been gouged out in the village by careless drivers not being patient about waiting for traffic to move especially at school run time.

OUR PUB: The music evenings seem to be very popular and the pub is still doing well. It’s very nice for me as a carer, to be able to just pop over the road to mix with people or have a meal with friends whilst being able to pop back and forth keeping an eye on things at home. Some carers can lead such lonely lives, but I’m one of the fortunate ones who has such wonderful caring friends to keep me afloat.

WI: On Tuesday February 19 Rodmell and Southease WI will hold their monthly meeting when speaker, Betty Houghton, will give a talk on My Time at Bletchley Park. Visitors welcome at 8pm.

AGM: On Tuesday February 26 Rodmell Horticultural hold their AGM at 7.30pm in the village hall with speaker Michael Blencowe, wildlife officer with Sussex Wildlife Trust, giving a very interesting talk about his work and the lovely trust lands around Lewes.

COFFEE CLUB meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month, 11am to 12.30pm in the village hall. All welcome.

THE SEWING GROUP meets every other Wednesday, starting from January 30, at Drummond House from 10am. Phone Sarah Last (483523) for more information.

WILDLIFE: This is the first year for ages that I have not had ladybirds hibernating in the window frames. Usually you open the windows a fraction and there are loads of them huddled in the spaces. Hedgehogs also seem to be a bit thin on the ground too and I have not seen them squashed on our road for ages. I love these little creatures, and encourage them as much as possible as in these days of wet weather slugs and snails are in abundance, especially last summer, and hedgehogs can eat a huge amount of them, as can rats. When we had rats in a bit of rockery there was always a pile of snail shells outside.

PIGEONS: Whilst I was sitting enjoying a tasty cheese straw in the precinct last week, I was mugged by one of the pigeons who tried to peck it out of my hand. It was a bit of a shock, and it’s a good job I like birds as it then settled on my shoulder. A lot of people feed them so I expect they are getting cheeky.

Seaford

FILM: The Community Cinema will be showing Shadow Dancer (cert 15) at the Barn Theatre tonight, Friday, at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the box office at the Tourist Information Office or on the door. The film is an engrossing physiological thriller set around the troubles of Northern Ireland.

FOLK: Tonight, Friday, is another of the popular Singers and Musicians nights at the Seaford Folk Club. Come along to listen or step up and take part yourself. The club meet at the Royal British Legion Club in Claremont Road from 8pm.

MONEY ADVICE: I have mentioned the Palm Tree Drop-in Centre before. They are based at 12, Sutton Park Road (just opposite Tesco) and can supply advice and support. Tomorrow, Saturday, at 10.30am they will be holding a Money Management Session to assist with, not only debt, but hints on paying bills and making ends meet. This group is supported by local churches and further information can be gained by calling 01323 873451.

FOOTBALL: Seaford Town FC are playing Bexhill United tomorrow at the Crouch Ground. Kick off is at 3pm so why not go along and support your local team.

CHINESE NEW YEAR: To celebrate Chinese New Year, the twinning association are having a meal at Tangs Restaurant at 12.30pm on Sunday. The association are arranging the visit from our German twin towns later this year and if you would like to join in with the fun call membership secretary Liz Riley on 01323 896315. The twinners have a variety of events throughout the year.

SPRING BULBS: The Exchange Community Garden provides an important opportunity for retired or disadvantaged residents to garden. But it is open to all from 9.30am to noon on Tuesday. There are winter plants and produce to sample and spring bulbs are ready to collect. The Exchange Garden is in Crouch Gardens.

TALK: Seaford Natural History Society meet at St Luke’s Church Hall and on Tuesday afternoon at 2.15pm their guest speaker is Colin Whiteman talking about Climate Change. If you would like to know more information about the Society contact Anne Fletcher on 01323 491964.

PLAY: The Synergy Theatre have been to Seaford many times before and you can be assured of a good performance. From Tuesday to Saturday they will be performing Anne Boleyn by Howard Brenton at the newly refurbished Clinton Centre in Clinton Place. Performances start at 7.30pm and tickets are available from the box office on 01323 301444 or at Stephen Newberry Estate Agency.

SING: The Seaford 60 Plus Choir meet at the club-house in the grounds of the Downs Leisure Centre on Wednesday mornings from 10.30am to 11.30am. There is free parking nearby and this friendly group sing for fun.The choir are currently looking for a volunteer pianist so if you can assist for a couple of hours each week call the club on 01323 894826.

MUSEUM TALK: On Wednesday afternoon at 2.30pm I will be talking at Seaford Museum (Martello Tower) about Sussex Churches. Tickets are £2 (£1 for members) at the door.

STAMP CLUB meets at the Crossway Centre. Their next meeting is on Wednesday evening at 7.30pm and their guest speaker will be James Latham talking about the postal history of Switzerland.

GARAGE: It is good to see work has started on rebuilding the petrol station in Station Approach. This will be run by Morrisons and will give us a bit more choice (and hopefully cheaper fuel).

Telscombe

TELSCOMBE CLIFFS WI will be holding their monthly meeting at the Civic Centre from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday. New members are always welcome. For details call Pat Grey on 01273 583778.

THE FRIENDS of Telscombe Tye Conservation Group have organised a Mega Scrub Bash tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday. They will be working on the part of the Tye known as the E-Piece, just east of Telscombe Village and north of Peacehaven, meeting in Telscombe Village (BN7 3HY) at 10am. They are inviting along other groups so they can get as large a number of people involved as possible and really tackle some of the areas no longer accessible to enable them to be opened up for both people and wildlife. They will provide refreshments each day and tools will be provided, just bring along your enthusiasm and willingness to help. A list of volunteers for the weekend is being compiled, so that they can make sure they have enough tools etc. Please let them know if you’re available for one or both days. Many thanks and they look forward to seeing you there. Contact the Friends of the Tye Chair on 01273 588297 Mob: 07887 954512 Email: info@friendsoftelscombetye.co.uk

SHROVE TUESDAY is commonly known as Pancake Day and is on February 12th, but do you know why it’s called Shrove Tuesday and there is the tradition of eating pancakes on the day? No, well the word shrove is the past tense of the English verb shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of Confession and doing penance. Thus Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the custom for Christians to be shriven before the start of Lent. Pancakes became the food of choice so rich ingredients such as eggs, milk, and sugar could be used up before fasting begins at the start of Lent. Ash Wednesday follows Shrove Tuesday, as it is the first day of Lent, being a fasting period which occurs 46 days before Easter. In case you didn’t know why its called Ash Wednesday, it derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a sign of mourning and repentance to God.

ST VALENTINE’S Day, don’t forget the loved ones in your life on Thursday.