Parish pump Newhaven - April 4, 2014

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Alfriston

THE ALFRISTON and Cuckmere Valley 2014 brochure is now out and may be found in village shops and in the tourist offices at both Eastbourne and Seaford. This is a most valuable guide listing details of where to eat, drink or stay; a calendar of the year’s events in the village and the valley and a Public Information list. Each household will have received a copy with their Cuckmere News, the Parish Magazine. The Cuckmere News is another useful source of information and news items, delivered monthly. Behind both these publications is an army of volunteers who work collating, checking, and distributing and who I, for one, am extremely grateful.

PRO MUSICA will be performing Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Elijah, at St Andrew’s Church on April 6 at 7pm. It will be presented in a sensitively abridged version with narration by Mary Sitwell and Kathryn Sargent (soprano) Sara Gourlay (mezzo-soprano) Robert Little (tenor) and Michael Bunting as Elijah. Tickets are £12 and may be bought from Ray or Kathryn or on the door.

FRIENDS OF THE CUCKMERE will be holding a meeting regarding Cuckmere River issues at the Smugglers on April 8 at 7pm. The talk will provide an update on current issues affecting the river, including the meanders, and give details about the various groups developing plans. The talk will be followed by an open discussion. The meeting is free and open to all.

THE 300 CLUB will meet at Deans Place Hotel on April 8 at 8pm. At last month’s meeting a cheque for £700 was handed to Chris Morley, Chairman of the War Memorial Hall. The money, raised by the 300 Club membership contribution, will go towards general maintenance of the hall, particularly repairs to the windows.

EASTER WALK: The Family Support Work will be holding their annual walk on April 21 starting at 9.30am. Last year’s walk raised nearly £12,000. This year’s walk will be the same circular route starting and finishing at the War Memorial Hall. It is approximately seven miles long. Even if you are unable to take part in the walk, helpers are needed to supply refreshment and help register and guide walkers along the route. Registration and sponsorship forms are available from Geoff, telephone 871468.

SMARTCOOKIES is a children’s club that is being planned at the Old Chapel Centre. The aim is to work with children from five to 12 years, teaching basic cooking and craft skills. Run by a small group of older mums, who have many skills, it will provide the opportunity to make anything from a felt and button flower bag to animal face cup cakes. The sessions will include all the materials and the children will go home with a finished item they can be proud off. The first session will be on the morning of April 12 making a chocolate Easter Egg and basket. Anyone wishing to bring their child along can book by telephoning Liz on 07722484262 or email smartcookiesliz@gmail.com.

SELMESTON Village Hall is the venue on April 17 at 7.30pm for a talk by Dr Sue Harrington. Dr Harrington has written a paper on the recent dig in a field in Selmeston which revealed Anglo Saxon graves. Tickets, for sale on the door, cost £5 and include a glass of wine or soft drink.

DON’T FORGET: April 19 at 10am is the annual Alfriston Cricket Club coffee morning

at the War Memorial Hall.

Bishopstone

APCM: St Andrew’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting is at 11.40am on Sunday in the parish hall. This annual meeting includes reports of the past year, accounts, elections for churchwardens and Deanery Synod Representatives plus PCC members.

PALM SUNDAY is on April 13. There will be an 8am Eucharist and Blessing of the Palms and a 10.15am Sung Eucharist with a Blessing of the Palms and Procession at St Andrew’s Church.

MAUNDY THURSDAY is on April 17. There will be a 7.30pm Eucharist of the Last Supper and Vigil at St Andrew’s Church.

STATION ROAD: Most if not all residents of Bishopstone will be familiar with Station Road but how many know that the Cactus and Succulent Journal of Great Britain was once published from there? It was rated as one of the most important journals of its kind in the last century, reflecting the rise of interest in these plants in Britain at the time. It only disappeared when the two rival British cactus societies merged in 1983. You never know what’s down the road.

Chailey

THEFTS from sheds, garages, workshops and outbuildings are taking place and over the weekend March 22 and 23 there were five reported thefts in villages around Lewes. One incident was at Sheffield Park Industrial Estate where tools and diagnostic equipment were stolen from a workshop unit between 9pm Friday March 21 and 7.30am Saturday March 22. If you believe you saw or heard anything related to this incident or have seen anything suspicious please call Sussex Police on 101 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting serial number 322 of 22/03. Remember to lock your outdoor storage and where possible take the time property marking your outdoor items. For advice on how to do this do speak to PCSO Steven Knowles on one of his visits to the village.

MEET PCSO Steven Knowles at the Free Church today (Friday) between 10am and 10.30am. Do go along for a chat, or for advice or with any concerns you may have. It is also a chance to enjoy free freshly brewed coffee, tea, chocolate and a choice of eats at the Coffee Stop, in the Free Church Hall, from 10am to midday. All are welcome to drop in for a drink and meet friends and make new ones.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Peter’s Church, Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and a Family Service at 10am. After this service there will be Pete’s Pantry; a sale homemade cakes, pies, buns, jam, marmalade, pate, chutney and seasonal gifts and the proceeds will go towards funds for improvements to the church facilities. Free Church, 10.30am with Trevor Dickerson and 6.15pm with Steve Mills. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer .

CRICKET CLUB nets are at Plumpton College on Sunday from 3.30pm to 5pm. Whether you wish to play league cricket on Saturdays or friendly cricket on Sundays, on a regular or less regular basis, you will be made most welcome. For more information call Peter on 07709946880.

AGM: Parents and supporters are invited to attend the Chailey and Newick Colts FC Annual General Meeting at the Five Bells on Wednesday starting at 8pm.

BRAMBLES BAKERY, at Chailey Heritage Foundation, is a venture run by Barbara Spencer as a way of raising funds for the young people who reside at the foundation full time. The bakery will be selling a savoury selection at Ardingly Village Market every Thursday (starting April 10) from 10am to 11am. For more information contact bspencer@chs.org.uk

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday April 11 when the parish clerk will be at the Coffee Stop at the Free Church from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

BIRD WALK to see and hear the new migrants arrival will be led by Ian Woolsey, treasurer of the Commons Society, on Saturday April 12. Meet at the car park at Pound Common at 9.30am. For more information call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

LONDON MARATHON is on Sunday April 13 and Ashley Goodman, whose son is in the Primary Department at Chailey Heritage School, has chosen to raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation. If you would like to support him please use the following link visit http://www.justgiving.com/Ashley-Goodman.

CADBURY Easter Egg Trail is at Sheffield Park throughout the Easter weekend (from April 18 to 21). Children can explore Sheffield Park and Garden and complete a Cadbury Easter egg trail. Search for the knight and princess outfits and spot a dragon in the garden to claim a Cadbury chocolate Egghead prize. The cost is £2.50 per trail, with normal admission cost.

ANNUAL FETE is on Saturday April 26 from noon to 4pm; whilst the bonfire society is organising the event to celebrate St Georges Day the majority of societies in the village are also participating. There will be children’s rides (including Tea Cup and Chair-O-Planes), inflatables, stalls which will include refreshments, bric-a-brac, plants and a tombola. Along with a licensed beer tent, arena events including a dog show, Zumba and martial arts. There will be a table top/car boot sale and you can book a pitch, costing £10, in advance by calling Clare Black on 07985112968.

THE SPRING SHOW had an exceptional standard of exhibits in the Daffodil and Narcissi classes, after such a wet winter. There was also a beautiful display of orchids and camellias along with some outstanding flower arranging. As usual the cookery and handicraft sections were well supported and it was gratifying to see a record number of entries. The Parsons Cup for the most points for flower exhibits going to Duncan Clark. The Spring Cup for the best in flower classes Diane Ellis. The Bo-Peep Cup for handicrafts and cookery to Tina Mitchell, the Society Cup for flower arranging to Maureen Durrant, the Angelica Cup for most points in the classes for children aged 7 years and under to Eddie Finch and the Rosemary Cup for most points for children aged 8 to 11 years to Edward Parker.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Peter’s Church, Holy Communion, 8am, Sunday School in the church hall 10.15am, parish Communion 10.30am.

OH TO BE IN ENGLAND now that April’s here. After all the weeks of rain and wind what better place could one wish to be than in our lovely countryside watching everything springing into life again. Daffodils standing proud in the gardens and primroses, violets and calendines all springing to life around the country lanes. The sound of bird song for a wake up call early in the morning and the bleating of sheep calling their tiny lambs as they gambol around the fields exploring their new world. As the song goes, What a Wonderful World.

Falmer

MOTHERING SUNDAY: Last Sunday we had our Mothering Sunday Service at St Laurence and, as is traditional here at Falmer, sweet little posies of spring flowers were handed out by the children that attended. Many thanks to Beryl Brown for making the posies. Spring has come so early this year and Easter is so late that I am impressed that Beryl was able to find so many lovely daffodils in flower.

SINGING TREE: I had the pleasure of joining the Singing Tree Kindergarten children on a visit to St Laurence Church last week. The youngsters were very well behaved and held onto their places on the rainbow rope as we walked across. They were full of curiosity and we all went up to the organ loft and had a look there too.

CONCERT: We have a concert at St Laurence tomorrow (Saturday). A Bunch of Daffs, a very entertaining choral group directed by Daphne Elstead, is returning to St Laurence. The music will be light and lively and, I am sure, great fun. The concert will start at the usual time of 5.30pm and last about 45 minutes, there is easy parking and drinks will be available. There is an amazing line-up of concerts awaiting us in May when we throw ourselves full tilt into the Brighton Festival. More details soon.

ART STUFF: I had a delicious cup of coffee at Symposium in Friars Walk in Lewes last week and really enjoyed the exhibition there. Beautiful abstracted landscapes by Rachael Plummer. I have been hard at work gathering artists and craftspeople together for our Art and Soul exhibition at the end of the summer. I know it seems a long way away but registration had to be done by last Tuesday. I think we have an excellent line-up, check up on our Art and Soul at Falmer Facebook page to see who will be taking part. Not nearly so long to wait before our In the Beginning show at St Laurence, starting at Easter. I will be putting the names of those participating artists on our facebook page too.

BEES: Students from the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects at the University of Sussex have been removing the hives from the field in Mill Street (a bitter blow for those of us with apple trees in the garden). The hives are going to be placed on farmland around Sussex as part of research looking at the relationship between farmland and bees. They will look at the foodplants that the bees choose and they are also looking at the foodplants of bumble bees, which are also now thought to be under threat from disease. There will be one lonely hive left in the field.

Kingston

A DOLL’S HOUSE by Henrik Ibsen: The Synergy Theatre is returning to Kingston from Wednesday April 9 to Saturday April 12, for four performances of one of Ibsen’s classic dramas, A Doll’s House. The performances will be held at Kingston Parish Hall each evening at 7.30pm. This drama is a story of a marriage in crisis and one woman’s fight to be taken seriously as a wife, a mother and ultimately as a person in her own right. Tickets at £7 each are available from Brian Simmons (474303) or the company’s box office on 01273 301444. More information can be found on the company’s website www.thesynergytheatre.co.uk

Lewes

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday March 18, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Jill Higham and Alison Dempsey; 2, Peter and Irene Gannon; 3, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett. Thursday March 20, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 2, Nigel Osmer and Susan Louis; 3, Anne Davidson and Edith Jeffery. Tuesday March 25, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Martin Hall and Peter Gannon; 2, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 3, Simon Kirkwood and Lynne Tunley. Thursday March 27, Duplicate Pairs North/South: 1, Peter Gannon and Nigel Osmer; 2, Alan Disney and Susan Louis. East/West: 1, David Sharpe and Janet Goodall; 2, Ann Wykeham and George Hearn, Francine Talbot-Limbrey and Lynne Tunley. New members and visitors welcome, contact 01273 473026.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Collections during March went to the charity Send a Cow for their work in East Africa. Could you eat and drink on just £1 a day? Barbara Marsden is doing just that in aid of this charity. She would love others to join her in raising support. All sponsorship gratefully received: call Barbara on 01273 814675. Over the past three years Marcus Taylor’s Southover Preserves have raised hundreds of pounds from the sale of jams, marmalade and chutneys to support the work of two of our church members with orphans in Ukraine. A recent stall raised another £125 and a coffee morning raised £80 towards building work at Jill Barham Secondary School in Cyangugu, Rwanda. Diary dates: Tomorrow at 7.30pm the Brighton Orpheus Choir is singing Verdi’s dramatic Requiem, an opera in ecclesiastical robes, in All Saints Church, Hove. Tickets available on the door: £15, concessions £12, students £6, under 17s free. On Palm Sunday, April 13, at 6.30pm the combined choirs of Southover and Ringmer will sing the well known oratorio The Crucifixion by Sir John Stainer in Ringmer Church. Free admission. On April 19, four short Old Testament Mystery Plays will be performed by the Lewes Passion Play group in Harvey’s Yard at 11am, noon and 1pm. Free entry. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service: a blend of traditional and contemporary with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service (church hall); 3.30pm traditional sung evening prayer with hymns, choir and organ; 6.30pm informal service with singers and band.

Malling

SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Last week you heard that governors from partner schools who will shortly join with Priory School in a cooperative Trust, met together for the first time, for training on data interpretation. South Malling Governors present reported that it had been a really useful occasion, not only because of the training but also for the opportunity to get to know other Governors and to share experiences from recent ofsted inspections and discuss good practice. The school celebrated Easter this week with a service at South Malling Church on Tuesday, led by their acting Vicar, Revd Jeremy Bamber. Each class performed poems/prayers and readings relating to the Easter story, interspersed with Easter songs. On Thursday evening, the choir treated their parents and friends to a wonderful performance of the songs they had sung at their visit to the O2 Centre in January. Once again, the Friends of South Malling (PTA) held an Easter Cake Challenge, to raise funds for the school. There was a large array of cakes to choose from and the lucky winners of the challenge each received an Easter Cake for themselves. Term 4 finishes today (Friday). School begins again on Tuesday April 22.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH enjoyed celebrating Mothering Sunday last week with Revd Helen Garratt, who spoke about the importance of mothers in passing on the wisdom of the past to new generations. Now that April has begun, church members, with those from St John sub Castro and Southover, are preparing for Holy Week and Easter and also for their annual meetings, when they will be asked to vote about taking the first step in deciding whether to come together as a single parish with three buildings, including the iconic St John sub Castro building, which is also used significantly as a concert venue as well as a church. A positive vote will give the go-ahead for moving on to the next stage of the proposal. The Malling congregation was told that their voting slips and meeting papers will be available in church on Sunday April 13. This Sunday’s service is Holy Communion at 9.30am with Revd Jeremy Bamber.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week.Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.10am to 12.10pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2pm to 2.20pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 2.30pm to 2.50pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

NCDA: Newhaven Community Development Association is no more. As of this week it has changed its name to Sussex Community Development Association and will now be known as SCDA. It will still be based in Newhaven and support the town but it is working with partners along the coast as far away as Hastings so it was decided to change the name.

ADVICE SERVICES: I was kindly invited to the official opening of the new Advice Services Hub above Lidl on Friday which was attended by Town Mayor Julie Carr and our MP Norman Baker plus councillors and the partners involved in the project. This new centre, which is your first point of call to receive advice and support on a range of services, is based at Unit 9 and 10 The Hub. You can contact them Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm on 01273 517375 or click on to their new website www.lewes.gov.uk/999.asp. Volunteers are needed to be trained to be the first point of contact so they can always see or speak to a real person and not an ansafone. If you are able to spare a few hours a week please ring the above number now during office hours for more information.

RNLI COFFEE MORNING tomorrow (Saturday) at 2 Bay View Road hosted by Derek and Ann Payne 10am to noon. Go along and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and support the local lifeboat. Souvenir stall, bric-a-brac and raffle, all welcome.

FORT: Newhaven Fort’s Easter Holiday programme begins tomorrow (Saturday). The local historical events company Hands on History will be there tomorrow and Sunday with their paintball firing replica WWI guns. Visitors will have the chance to fire shots on the specially constructed firing range in the Fort’s Romney Hut. On Tuesday there will be children’s craft workshops at 11.15am, 1.15pm and 3pm. On Wednesday the popular Jaws ‘n’ Claws returns at 1.30pm and 2.45pm with a selection of creatures to cuddle. For more information and to book a place telephone the Fort on 01273 517622.

MUSEUM: The splendidly refurbished Newhaven Museum is now open for the summer. It is situated at the far right of Paradise Park and it is open weekdays excluding Mondays from 2pm to 4pm and at weekends and Bank Holidays from 2pm to 5pm. They are running a special Easter Trail from tomorrow (Saturday) up to and including Easter Monday (April 21). Easter bunnies have found their way into the museum, can you find them? On completing the trail you will be rewarded with a delicious Cadbury’s crème egg.

PUB QUIZ to raise funds for this year’s Denton Challenge. The quiz takes place on Sunday at the Flying Fish in Denton at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. There will be a raffle and prizes and everyone is welcome including individuals. The cost is £5 a team for up to six people. Enter on the night or email dentonchallenge@gmail.com. On Saturday April 26 there will be another fund raising event, a barn dance at Denton Church Hall, 7pm. Tickets are £5. Local caller Jenny Coote and you do not need a partner. To reserve tickets email the same address.

NIPPERS Holiday Playscheme is starting on Monday until April 11 and again April 14 to 17. To book a place telephone 07796 267388/07564 452837.

CRAFT WORKSHOPS at Newhaven Fort on Tuesday include butterfly painting, egg decorating, plaster spring creatures and collage flowers. The workshops are 11.15am, 1.15pm and 3pm. Call the Fort on 01273 517622.

GUEST HOUSE Storytellers’ next meeting is on Tuesday when the theme is Myths and Legends of all cultures which deal with the universal theme of our journey through the trials and tribulations of life to gain greater wisdom and understanding. The Cafe is open at 7pm, stories begin at 7.30pm Pay on the door £4,concessions £3.

EASTER FAYRE raising money for the Rocking Horse Appeal, Saturday April 12, 11am to 3pm at Denton and Mount Pleasant Social Centre. Visit the Easter Bunny between noon and 2pm. Eat Easter cakes and Bunny biscuits. Hot drinks. Easter stalls, raffle and lucky dip. Easter egg hunt at 1pm and you can have your face painted like an Easter Bunny. Parking and wheelchair access.

MODEL RAILWAY: Newhaven and Model District Railway Club will be holding a demonstration at Paradise Park tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday. The club will be displaying model and locomotive buildings, a children’s have a go layout and there will be a couple of smaller layouts to show what you can do in a compact space. Come along and chat to members of this local society, which has been meeting for over 50 years, and discover some of these wonderful layouts depicting scenes from a bygone era. CTLA are holding an information meeting at the Hillcrest Centre on Wednesday at 10am.

Newick

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am to 11am in the village hall. There will be a good selection of plants available ready for summer planting, plus eggs, cheese, preserves and homemade cakes and savoury items. There is also a good selection of greetings cards, paintings, animal portraits, and knitted items. Please note: During Easter week the market will be open on Thursday April 17 (Maundy Thursday) instead of Friday April 1, so if you have ordered any items make sure you collect on Thursday, otherwise you will be disappointed .

THE RUGBY CLUB have two fixtures this weekend the first XV are playing away at Horley, whilst the second XV will have their match against Haywards Heath III. According to the fixture card they only have three more games to play this season.

SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am, followed by Family Service at 10.30am. Lifts to church are available, please ring 722582 in advance.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting in the Community Centre on Thursday at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Geoffrey Tyack, a leading architectural historian and lecturer. He wrote the updated Prevsner Guide to Berkshire,mCountry Life recently published his brilliant article on the Brighton Pavilion. This sounds like a nice way to spend your afternoon.

BRITISH LEGION: Newick British Legion are looking for new younger people, either ladies or gents, to join them, who are mindful of the sacrifices made on behalf of us all by our brave service members. Membership is £16 annually and they have monthly meetings. You would receive a very warm welcome. For further details telephone 01825 723637 or 723834.

Rodmell & Southease

THE QUIZ evening in our pub in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice and Continuing Care Centre, was a great success with over 70 people taking part. The food put on by Jan and Luci was delicious and a great evening was had by all. Our team did not do so well, but as we were only four against tables that had many more, and none of us were sports enthusiasts it was to be expected. However, it was a really enjoyable evening. Thanks

to all who organised it.

BUTTERFLIES: This sunny warm weather has really brought out an assortment of beautiful butterflies. There have been more red admirals and peacocks than I have seen for years, on our flowering currants, and whilst walking along the path between County Hall and Lewes Cemetery on Saturday I noticed a really large pale yellow butterfly that I did not recognise as I had such a swift glimpse of it. I shall have to find time to consult my book on butterflies to try and name it.

JUMBLE SALE: The WI jumble sale on Saturday did well and there were some good bargains. I actually managed to find time to help this time, squeezing an hour in between

preparing for B&Bs, visiting mother and shopping.

WALKING: Anyone contemplating walking the South Downs Way in the summer had better be quick in booking places to stay because I am nearly full until June. The new Youth Hostel at Itford doesn’t seem to have affected the B&Bs in our area and I believe it is full most of the time.

SPRING SHOW: Rodmell Horticultural Society is holding its Spring Show tomorrow, Saturday, 2.30pm to 4.30pm in the village hall. Admission £1, raffle and teas. This is always a great little show.

I’M WONDERING if we will get a slug invasion, due to all the rain we’ve had over the winter. I have had slugs coming into the kitchen and leaving their silver trails on the floor. They may of course be coming in on the wood piled up in the inglenook for the wood burner. People don’t seem to realise that wood brought into the house can bring in woodworm to name but one pest. As we have an old cottage it’s something we have learnt to live with and many of our old beams have signs of it from over the years, despite being treated. With the softer woods in modern houses it will soon take refuge, so think of this when you bring wood into the house or buy furniture from antique fairs etc. The spiders are on the move too and I’ve had to put several out of late. Ladybirds are invading some houses, as are flies. Do look when you open windows as they hibernate in the grooves on the frames, as I found out one warm day when I opened a window. Queen wasps are also looking for places to start new colonies and I’ve put several out in the past warm days. They love getting into our loft and a few years ago we had to get rid of a huge nest whilst having the roof insulated.

Seaford

SPRING FAIR: The National Trust Seaford Association (NTSA) is holding their Spring

Fair tomorrow, Saturday, in St Leonard’s Church Hall from 10am to 11.30am. On sale will be cakes/savouries, bric-a-brac, books, accessories, gifts, raffle, tombola etc.etc. Come along and bring your friends. Refreshments available too.

STAMP CLUB: Seaford District Stamp Club are meeting at Cross Way Church Hall, Steyne Road on April 9, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. There will be a talk by Michael Farrant entitled German East Africa 1890-1914. All collectors welcome. Further details on 01323 890699.

ROTARY CLUB: At a club meeting in March we were pleased to greet Sussex Police PC Carolyn Ross and Senior Environmental Health Officer for Lewes District Council Tony Still, who co-ordinate the Lewes District Safety in Action Week annually. They explained that the week is for year 6 students and educates the children on how to deal with different safety and emergency scenarios in relation to fires, accidents, electricity, dogs, strangers, alcohol, water, roads and food safety. The event teaches them about personal safety and the correct responses should they be faced with similar, real-life situations. Over 700 children from around 25 primary schools across the district take part in the morning or afternoon sessions which are held at Newhaven Fort. The children, in teams, visit different action stations, which are run by the emergency services, the local authority, power and transport companies. Teams are given a score based on what they learned from the scenarios and their teamwork, with a winning school being awarded a trophy at the end of the week. In addition, each child taking part receives a certificate and a goody bag of safety aids and additional information which can be considered later, either at home or in the classroom. The Rotary Club of Seaford sponsors the prizes each year; this year’s Safety in Action Week is May 19 to 23.

FLOWER CLUB: At their recent AGM the Seaford Evening Flower Club were pleased to welcome Peter Gwillam, a trainer and active member of First Responders, who came to accept a cheque for £300 as the flower club had chosen this charity to support during 2013. Peter informed the members how monies raised by organisations such as the flower club helped towards the costs of equipment needed by them in saving lives. The president of the flower club, Marian Burgess, then presented awards to club members who had achieved the highest number of points in their monthly competition entries: Jane Mills (Novice) Sue Evans (Intermediate) Joan Braiden (Advanced) Hilary Norsworthy (Snr. Advanced) Jo Green (Challenge) and the Penny Coomber Salver for the most points went to Sue Evans. To end the evening members enjoyed homemade desserts with their coffee. Seaford Evening Flower club meets every first Thursday in the month 7pm for 7.30pm at St Lukes Church Hall, Walmer Road and always welcomes new members. Contact the secretary Marian Burgess 01273 515544.

Telscombe

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: The next councillors’ surgery is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am at the Civic Centre. This is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town or district councillor. Please make the most of this opportunity to meet your town councillor and come along on Saturday. No appointment is necessary.

FILM SHOW AND GAMES: Young People’s Film Show and Games Morning tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon at the Civic Centre. This is a free event hosted by the town council. There will be a film showing, table tennis, pool, air hockey table and table football. Children under eight must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Over eights must be collected promptly at midday. Refreshments are available to purchase but entry is free. This is held on the first Saturday of each month.

MP’S SURGERY: Simon Kirby MP is holding an advice surgery at Telscombe Civic Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am. You will need to make an appointment to see him, phone 01273 589178 or email simon.kirby.mp@parliament.uk

COFFEE MORNING: Telscombe Residents Association will hold a coffee morning from 10am to 11am tomorrow, Saturday, to coincide with the councillors’ surgery. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues. All Telscombe residents are welcome.

COUNCIL MEETING: A Planning and Highways Committee meeting takes place on Monday at 7.30pm in room one at Telscombe Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and there is public question time for a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda 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

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