Parish Pump Newhaven - January 18, 2013

alfriston

CAPTAIN HOOKS REVENGE by Richard Coleman is this year’s Alfriston Players’ Pantomime which will be directed by Nicky Osborne. There will be three performances all requiring the audience to be in good voice to assist the players. The script for the audience is much the same as previous years - behind you, oh yes he is, and a song or two. Opening night is on Friday January 25 and there will be a matinee and an evening performance on Saturday January 26. Tickets are on sale now at Hicks, the newsagents.

bishopstone

A STEP BACK IN TIME presentation by Ian Everest and Philip Pople will be held at Bishopstone Parish Hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30 pm. Tickets £7.50, including cheese and wine, and are available from Linda’s Stores. Proceeds from this event will support the Willett Trust.

COFFEE MORNING: The regular monthly coffee morning in the parish hall on Friday January 25 is now cancelled due to Dorothy’s funeral.

falmer

THIS IS my first Parish Pump of the year. Christmas and New Year for us was a whirlwind, travelling round the country to visit relations, when on our last visit arriving in London on New Year’s Eve, we heard the news that our very dear friend in Germany had died. People in the village who know us, and maybe others outside, will know how much a part of this family we are, as soon as we arrived back home we turned around very quickly and travelled to Germany to be with the family. Everyone was so grateful that we were there. We met our friend Eva and her husband in 1960, and watched her family grow. They had seven children, now with seven partners, and children of their own, the family is 43 in number. I remember one special family party weekend, walking in the woods we came upon a watch tower for shooters, and the family and children climbed to the top whilst I stayed with Eva below, she looked up and said ‘can you believe that all those people are there because of me’, we laughed, but what a legacy she has left.

SADLY I have just heard that another friend of Falmer has died, Ursula Brooker. Ursula came to England from Germany to work and met and married her husband George. I first met Ursula through Falmer Primary School, when her two daughters Helen and Valerie were pupils there. Ursula was a member of the congregation of St Laurence, and a great supporter of everything in the village, the bowls club, the charity knitting club and the Ladies Club. It’s hard to believe that such a vibrant personality will no longer be with us. Our condolences go to Helen and Valerie and their families.

A TIP I heard on the radio Gardener’s Question Time before Christmas to make balls from sheep’s wool to place around plants to deter slugs. I thought I would try and see if it works and plan to raid Dennis’s field (I had better ask him first) to harvest the sheep wool collected on the wire fence, if it works Dennis I will make you a cake.

BIRDS: I am not such an expert on birds as Sue, but I do get great pleasure in seeing all the visitors on the pond. The cormorants (there are two) make me smile, one seems knowingly to have taken a permanent position on the no fishing sign, showing off his wing span. I believe he is cocking a snoop at us all.

hailsham

HOPS TOMBOLA: If you would like to support HOPS on January 26 come along to The Quintins Centre from 9am or if you have any unwanted Christmas presents or other items which you could donate to HOPS, please contact Katie at The Pavilion.

THE LINK: The coffee shop is run by volunteers from churches and community, including a number of adults with learning difficulties, who benefit from an active involvement in a safe and supportive environment. To sustain this they need to have confidence in sufficient numbers of volunteers to give flexibility in filling rotas and currently there is a need for more cooks. Whilst the coffee shop is run on a not for profit basis, serving both light refreshments and hot meals, any trading surplus has been directed to home and overseas charities and will now include support of the recently opened Hailsham Foodbank, located within the Sheriff Place premises.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Rosie Armes FRPS, MPAGB, EFIAP, BPE3 and gold and silver medal winner visited the club last week and showed ten of the 15 images required for her Associateship Panel. They were taken at a funfair on Hayling Island, all using a slow shutter speed. She feels it is important to experiment with creative ideas. While photographing at Dungeness with her husband, she noticed workers leaving the Power Station at 5pm were travelling through a car wash at the exit but were spotted taking photographs and asked to move on. Despite pointing out that they were on public land the police were called and, although they could not do anything, she was told she would be prime suspect if it blew up the next day. Photographing a Flamenco Dancer in Fulham inspired her to learn Photoshop skills in order to remove a cluttered background. It took a week. Rosie takes lots of portraits, but has noticed they often do best in competitions when in sepia or black and white. The couple visited Yellowstone in January 2012 and were able to travel in snow mobiles and took stunning landscapes in temperatures of -30c. The snow was deep and the icicles long, but the roads remained clear. Amongst the wild life she photographed were iced bison, wild turkeys, red squirrels, chick-a-dee birds (the same size as a wren) woodpeckers, pine martens and coyote.

100 YEARS AGO: Rev F.Clyde Harvey wrote in January 1913: My Dear Friends, I wish you a Happy New Year of healthy growth in body, mind and spirit. We are living in a splendid time. The world is opening to occupation, work, knowledge, improvement every year, and we are still here to seize the opportunity. The field is open and the best wins. Of the Old Age Pension Committee, he said: during the past year the committee has met on twelve occasions, and has received 66 applications. Of these Hailsham contributed 29. Since the commencement of the Act the Committee has dealt with 445 cases.

kingston

KINGSTON WI: On January 3, 33 members gathered in the parish hall for the first meeting of the new year, and at the same time welcomed two new members. Because our speaker, Pam Goodall, needed to catch a specific train back to Horsham, the programme was reversed, and it was to huge awe and wonder that we listened to the account of her cycling journey of one year from her home in Horsham and back again encompassing 22 countries and 10,000 miles. However, Pam did not visit us alone because Alchemy came too, and it was on her that Pam reached Kingston. Yes, Alchemy is the custom-made bicycle, red and gleaming with four capacious panniers, on which Pam travelled the world. A remarkable pair of stalwarts. The competition, Traveller’s Fun, gave the winning entry to Diana Crabb. It was a photograph of two almost unrecognisable people covered from head to foot in gleaming mud on an Israeli beach, John and Diana of course. The business of the evening reiterated the dates of the group activities: pilates, walking, tap, book club beginning in January and singing in February. The president, Barbara Cunningham, organised the voting for the 2013 resolution. There are two shortlisted proposals: 1, To prevent the decline of our high streets and town centres by members supporting their local shops and to urge decision-makers to help bring an end to the decline of our high streets; 2, The National Federation urges members to work with all sections of society to keep young people suicide-safe online. Our members decided that Kingston Institute will support the second resolution to keep young people suicide-safe online and East Sussex HQ has been notified of our voting. The next meeting is on Thursday, February 7, at 7.30pm in the parish hall and will be an Open Meeting. Christine Holliday is to describe Working in the Houses of Parliament. The competition is Unusual Jobs/Tasks. (Janice Barber).

lewes

WESTGATE WI: ‘Don’t worry, it may never happen’, was one of the wise sayings of children’s illustrator Mabel Lucie Attwell. Born in London’s East End in 1879 her remarkable, long career as an artist and writer was brought to life by speaker John Henty, former journalist, broadcaster and avid collector. In the 1890s she sent sketches to a publisher of children’s books, receiving a cheque for two guineas. From 1911 onwards she drew humorous postcards featuring chubby children which were hugely popular. In 1922 the first children’s annual was published. Her ‘cherubic’ style was continued in children’s books and many will recall those bathroom plaques showing cute children accompanied by witty words. After much research John produced a book titled The Collectable Mabel Lucie Attwell which contains an enormous range of her postcards and dolls. The secret of her charm could be that her work appealed to adults as well as children. Next meeting is on February 13. (A Stephen).

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Thirteen members took part in a recent walk from Balls Green, Withyham. Starting from the former Withyham railway station they followed the old railway track bed, now known as the Forest Way, in the Upper Medway valley towards Groombridge. Then came a short section of the Sussex Border Path before heading up the beautiful Mottsmill valley to Motts Down. From this highest point of the walk it was then downhill past Cherry Gardens Farm and Hunt’s Farm and across well walked field paths back to Balls Green. Most members then had lunch in the nearby Dorset Arms pub. Although there was some mud in places and a few stiles the walk was generally easy going and members appreciated visiting an area a little further from Lewes than is often the case. The walk was led by Robert. The next walk is on Tuesday Cowfold. Meet at 9.30am at top North Street car park. Programme details can be found at www.lewesfootpathsgroup.org.uk

malling

SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL says an enormous thank you to all the parents and local businesses who came to talk about their jobs this week. Children have been introduced to a huge range of potential employment by, for example, a civil engineer, a fitness instructor, a builder, a dog handler from Raystede and a computer programmer. There will also be visits from Harveys Brewery and Bag of Books. As there are threats of snow currently around, the school would like to remind parents and carers about school closure information. Any news about the school closing will be posted on the website: www.southmalling.com and on the East Sussex website. There will also be announcements on all the local radio stations. Parents should please avoid phoning the school directly when a closure is announced. There was some trepidation on Monday that a forecast snowfall might disrupt the choir’s very exciting trip to the O2 stadium in London. Fortunately, however, the children did get to London and enthusiastically took part in the Young Voices concert, with 8,000 other singers. Many parents and relatives joined the school’s coach to London so they could enjoy their children’s great day. Following considerable damage to the school gates and wall from HGV delivery lorries, the school has decided to close the main gates during the day. All deliveries and other vehicles now need to park on the road and wheel their goods into school. This will also make it safer for the children. In this coming week there will be a workshop for parents and carers to introduce a new handwriting scheme and review the spelling scheme. Children have taken to the new handwriting script really well so now it’s the turn of the adults. The workshop will be on Friday January 25 at 2.30pm.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: Last Sunday, following the Communion Service, members of the congregation were told that their Vicar, Revd Al Pickering, would be leaving at Easter to take up a new position. They were also told that, following a joint meeting with the parochial church councils of St John sub Castro and leaders from Southover, the three churches were discussing a proposal to unite under a single leadership, continuing to use the three buildings, with St John sub Castro as a hub for worship and community activity. At the moment this is a tentative proposal. The initial response of the church councils involved has been positive so far. Any changes can only be made after a thorough process of consultation involving the three parishes, Diocesan authorities and the Church Commissioners. Meanwhile, the service at South Malling this Sunday is the rather more freewheeling Morning Praise at 9.30am. All are welcome.

newhaven, denton & south heighton

WIZARD OF OZ opens tonight (Friday) in Meeching Hall, 7.45pm. This is Meeching Amateur Dramatic Society’s first pantomime for five years and it runs until January 26 nightly at 7.45pm. Tomorrow, Saturday, matinee only 2.30pm, no performance Sunday. Tickets £8 adult, £5 children from Meeching estate agents, High Street. Tel: 01273 515566 or from Tony 07912 965507.

THE FILM SOCIETY’s first film of 2013 is tomorrow (Saturday) in the Art Room, Hillcrest Community Centre. The Four Lions (15) is a black comedy about a group of incompetent men determined to destroy the decadent west but they are more of a threat to themselves than to anyone else. Tickets £4.50 at the Hillcrest Centre or on the door. Café opens at 6.15pm for hot food, film 7.30pm (99 minutes).

CHARITY QUIZ in aid of breast cancer at The Ship on Monday at 7.30pm for 8pm. All welcome.

COMMUNITY MARKET on Thursday mornings from 9.45am to 1pm at Hillcrest Community Centre is now back in business following the Christmas closure. Home-made cakes, knitted articles, Indian food, cards and more. Admission free.

RNLI: Newhaven Lifeboat’s most popular fundraiser of the year takes place on January 25. Slurp Our Soup is part of a national fundraising day and takes place at the Lifeboat House, West Quay from 11.30am to 1pm. Support your local lifeboat with a lunch of soup, cheese and rolls £5. There will also be a raffle and souvenirs for sale. Get there early as it gets very busy. The Newhaven Lifeboat is also holding a Quiz Night with fish and chip supper at the Lifeboat House on February 9 from 7pm. Teams of four with prizes for first and second teams. To book telephone Lyn on 01273 517488 or email rnlinenewhaven.society@hotmail.co.uk

peacehaven

CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH: The local churches of Peacehaven and Telscombe Cliffs joined together to provide a lunch for those who would otherwise be alone. It was held in the Church of the Ascension hall from 11.30am until 3.30pm and was attended by some 40 folk who enjoyed a three course Christmas dinner. In addition nine others who were unable to travel had a meal delivered to their home. Most people enjoyed a glass of sherry, along with games of bingo, silly quizzes and listened to the Queen’s speech before leaving with a gift from Santa (thanks to the staff at Telscombe Cliffs school). This surely was in the true spirit of Christmas and thanks must go to all the volunteers who gave up part of their Christmas day to make it happen.

QUIZ: There is a quiz evening tonight, Friday, in Community House, Meridian Centre which starts at 7pm with cash prizes to be won. Those who wish to play as team must pay £2 per head in advance in the information office. Remember to bring your own food and drink.

BURNS NIGHT: This very popular event will take place in the Community House on Saturday January 26. Tickets are on sale now from the information office at £8 which includes food but guests should bring their own drink.

WRESTLING: Many readers may remember when Kent Walton commentated on this sport which was shown every Saturday afternoon on TV. Now a live wrestling programme is coming to Peacehaven. It will be staged in the Community House, Meridian Centre under the title of American Rumble Spectacular on Saturday February 23 starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 for adults and £9 for concessions and are available in advance from the Council Information Office.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by U3A in the Main Hall, Community House, from 8.30am until noon. Next weeks market will be organised by the local advice group INAA. To book a table they can be contacted on 07956 589 577.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Peacehaven Evangelical Church will be in the Meridian Centre, Community House foyer today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes. Next week on Thursday the Samaritans will be behind the counter and on Friday January 25 the Genesis Research Trust will be providing the refreshments.

PEACEHAVEN WI: The new year started with a well-attended meeting, and two visitors were warmly welcomed. The president read details of the various upcoming events arranged by the East Sussex Federation and said she had received a formal invitation to the annual federation meeting in March, in order to accept a certificate commemorating our 90th year. Celebrations are anticipated. During the afternoon a list was handed round suggesting some very interesting outings for the forthcoming year. After tea members were entertained by Diane Salter interviewing three members in a Desert Island Discs spoof, followed by a light-hearted quiz on the subject, after which the meeting was brought to a close with the reminder that our next meeting will be on February 6 with speaker Mr Robins, Say Cheese of Sussex. Everyone is very welcome. (Joy Allen).

U3A: Please come and support our coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, from 8am to noon in the main hall and foyer, Meridian Centre. Tombola, books, puzzles, bric-a-brac (donation of items very welcome). Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, tasty bacon sandwiches, toast etc. Looking forward to seeing everyone. If you are feeling energetic then consider offering help in the kitchen or on the stalls. Members please remember Sharon’s deadline (January 25) if wishing to book for the lunch at the Peacehaven Carvery. The more the merrier. Telephone her on 01273 589953. New members always very welcome and if you are 50 years and above, male or female, semi or fully retired, Sharon will also be pleased to give you details on this. Our annual subscription is a modest £12 pa and if you are looking to extend your social circle in 2013 then why not give it a go and join our U3A branch. We issue quarterly newsletters containing details of group activities, talks, Friday and Sunday lunches, excursions, theatre trips. Enough to keep everyone interested and out of mischief. May this year bring us all friendship, sociability, peace and yes, fingers crossed, prosperity.

polegate

THE BOWLS CLUB needs new recruits. Please come and see us any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoon, at Polegate Community Centre for a trial. Pat Payne, secretary 489587.

TRINITY DINERS meets at Trinity Church Hall today, Friday. To book places contact Jennie on 484189.

BYEWAYS CAT CARE, coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community Centre. All welcome from 10am in the lounge. If you have any unwanted Christmas presents we would be very grateful for them as raffle or tombola prizes. Norma Simmonds 484935 and Jean Adams 485564.

THANK YOU to everyone who recently attended my big birthday party. Thank you for your very generous and thoughtful gifts. Also the entertainment supplied by Brian and Alastair on the piano, and Graham’Desmond’s magic show.

POLEGATE PANTOMIME Cinderella takes place at Polegate Community Centre from tomorrow, Saturday, to January 27. Tickets can be booked at the box office, at Archers and Partners Estate Agents,48 High Street (483348) or online at www.polegatedramagroup.co.uk

POLEGATE SINGERS have several events coming up. If you would like to join us, we meet every Wednesday evening at the Community Centre from 7pm. More info from Jane Email jane.twyman@sky.com or call into the centre office.

COFFEE MORNING on Saturday January 26, at the Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Conservatives. All welcome in the lounge at 10am.

BURNS NIGHT: The twinning association is celebrating Burns Night on January 26, at the Community Centre. Tickets are £10 each, available from Polegate Fruiters or telephone 486021.

EVENTS: To find out about local events go to Facebook, type Polegate events into the Facebook search bar. Finally click on the events box and you will see all events listed to date. If you then click on the word like you will automatically be updated whenever new events are posted.

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on January 24 include Around Seaford Head, Not UP the Big Hill, nearly 5 miles, start at Seaford Martello tower, two stiles. If the weather is bad we can walk along the front. With Chris W. Or Kingston Roundabout, nearly 10 miles, steep hill from Kingston, then downs. A river walks and across fields, takes picnic, no stiles with Mike and Bridget. Meet at 9.30am Wannock Road Recreation Ground.

CHOIR MEETINGS: Concentus Chorale have now started rehearsals for the new term. New members are actively being encouraged to go along and see what is on offer in rehearsing for the forthcoming concerts, A Musical Night at the Movies, which are being performed on June 15 and 22. Being of friendly disposition and able to sing in tune are the only requirements to sing with the group. The ability to be able to read music is not essential but you do need to be enthusiastic and dedicated to perform to high quality concert standard. Rehearsals take place on Mondays at 7.30pm in the United Reformed Church Hall, Upper Road, Eastbourne. For further information please contact the secretary, Evelyn Smith, on 01323 643358 or email supergran009@aol.com

ringmer

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are due to be at home in an SCFL Div One fixture against near neighbours AFC Uckfield. Kick off at The Caburn is 3pm. On Tuesday the firsts are at home again against Peacehaven in round three of the John O’Hara Cup, kick off is 7.45pm. The second team are away to Lancing on Saturday in the SCFL reserve section premier division and kick off time at Culver Road is 3pm. Please check before travelling as all of the pitches in Sussex are a bit wet, to say the least, at present. On the social side, 55 of the club’s senior members enjoyed their post Christmas get together at The Caburn Pavilion last Monday January 14 and a good time was had by all. Many thanks to all those who contributed towards the refreshments and the entertainment and helped out on the day, a great team effort. The Cricket Club Review, The Secret Cricketing Footballer’s Odd Shaped Second Ball, which was due to take place on Saturday February 9 has regrettably been postponed until later in the year due to unforeseen circumstances, but watch this space for the new date.

TAIZE SERVICE: This popular service of reflection and special music will explore the theme of light and dark. It will take place in St Mary’s on Sunday at 6.30pm.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on January 9 was: 1, Gill and Tony Spaven; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Liz and Tim Owen. The club next meets on Wednesday in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall. Please note that the AGM of the club will take place that evening at 7pm.

TABLE TOP SALE: Advance notice that the Community College will be holding another Table Top Sale on Saturday, February 16, between 10am and 12 noon. If you would like to book a table please contact Ruth Whitlock on 01273 812220 ext 253 during school hours or e-mail rwhitlock@ringmeracademy.org. Table top pitches are available at £5 if pre-booked, so don’t leave it too long if you wish to have one. Bookings are now being taken. It is regretted that the college cannot accept individual food stalls. Refreshments will be available and there is free car parking on site.

rodmell & southease

FLOWERS: I forgot to mention in last weeks PP that I was so cheered up on January 1 when I went into my garden and saw snowdrops out and daffodils in bud. The first daffodils I’ve seen out are again outside Raystede at Ringmer.

THE STREET, Rodmell was closed for two days last week so that the awful pot holes and uneven road surface could be repaired. Not an easy job in this village with only one way in and out and a very narrow street. Since the church and the school are also down this end and it creates a lot of traffic it took a lot of patience from workmen and villagers to get things to run smoothly.

GUNS: Having been brought up for the first 21 years of my life in a gun environment, as my father collected guns and organised shooting parties, I find the American situation about guns sad. My father and his friends adored guns and our house was always full of men cleaning guns, talking guns and having shooting breakfasts and suppers. But as for thinking about them in a macho way as weapons of defence or mayhem that was definitely a no, no. During the war my father and his friends kept meat on the table for many people and to this day people tell me how grateful they were to them. I got so sick of eating pheasant, rabbit, partridge etc that now I never eat it. I can remember Sunday lunches seeing how many lead shots we could count on the edge of our plates and it became a sort of competition. The Shooting Times was regular reading for me and although I have never shot anything in my life, I did, from a young age, go shooting with my father, and I loved the engravings on his guns, many of which had been purchased where Winston Churchill’s gunsmith had his workshop. It was a sad day when I had to take Dad, who had Parkinsons and Alzheimer’s to sell his beloved guns. He was very sad about it but knew it had to be done.

REGARDING PHEASANTS, we have seven in residence at the moment in the garden. Two spend time in with the goat and others are in and out of the greenhouse. They are lovely looking birds but are pretty stupid.

OUR PUB is doing so well these days and the village is very happy with it. Congratulations go to Jon and Lucie who now run our pub and announced their engagement on New Year’s Eve whilst the pub was full of happy customers, including many villagers. Evidently they plan to get married in Rodmell Church in August.

I LOVE Curmudgeon’s, Over the Garden Gate, in Magnet the free magazine available in most shops in Lewes area. I was especially amused to read this little bit: There comes a time in a couples life when a man decides to raise his waistband to just under his armpits and the woman to model her hairstyle on the cauliflower. This brings to mind memories of Frank Dean our late village blacksmith, and his wife Phyllis who had a head of snow white hair always immaculately done. You also only have to watch the coach parties for senior citizens spewing out people, who at times all look as though they are made from the same mould. I endeavour, as do many of my friends, to try to look individual if a little eccentric. Maybe that’s why the Red Hatter’s Club has taken off so well.

HAVING WATCHED the fascinating programmes about the Universe on TV recently it makes me wonder how we can expect children of this modern age to believe in certain aspects of the Bible. As one to whom the New Scientist was read, instead of girls magazines or comics in my youth, I had a questioning mind and can vividly remember being turned out of Religious Knowledge class for needing what I considered a sensible discussion on certain aspects of a Biblical nature. Although I have a belief of sorts and do go to our church, when I watch a lot of church events on TV it’s a bit like going to the theatre.

PANTOMIME: Rodmell Stage Company presents Jack and the Beanstalk, 8pm Friday January 25, 7.30pm Saturday January 26, 3pm and 7.30pm on Sunday January 27. Tickets cost £6 adults, £3 children and are available from the Abergavenny Arms.

seaford

CONCERT: The Seaford Music Society are hosting concert at The Cross Way Centre, Steyne Road tonight, Friday, at 7.45pm. The programme includes music from Schubert and Dvorak. Admission is £12 (students £5) and tickets are available on the door. Transport can be arranged if required, see www.seafordmusicsociety.com for details.

FOLK CLUB: The guests at tonights meeting of the Folk Club (at the Royal British Legion, Claremont Road) are David Gibb and Elly Lucas who weave beautiful harmonies with both traditional and their own work. Doors open at 8pm.

FAIRTRADE AGM: The Seaford Fairtrade Group’s AGM is being held on Tuesday starting at 7pm, in the Little Theatre. There will be a brief report of the past year’s activities, followed by a talk on The Global Poverty Project and Fairtrade by Debbie Mitchell of the Co-operative. All are welcome. Entrance is free and there will be a good selection of Fairtrade wines, juices and nibbles.

LITERARY LECTURE: The two halves of the Seaford Literary and Lecture Club are catered for on Tuesday evening when Seaford Museum member Richard Pinder will be talking about the Georgette Heyer and the Regency Novel. The lecture starts prompt at 7.30pm at the St Leonard’s Church Hall.

PANTO: Seaford Musical Theatre is proud to present this years panto Snow White, which starts on Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in the Barn Theatre. The production is on every evening until the weekend with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets (including family tickets) are available from the Tourist Information Office. Call 01323 897426 for details.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the Community Services Committee at 37 Church Street on Thursday at 7pm. Members of the public are welcome and can ask questions at the start of the meeting. An agenda is available on-line or from the council offices.

FAVOURITE: I was pleased to hear from the Mayor that Seaford Health Store had been voted the town’s favourite independent shop, with Toytown a close second followed by Millies. A big well done to all the traders who took part in this scheme, the thousands of voters and particularly Councillor Sam Adeniji who organised it. I hope this can be a regular friendly contest to prove that Seaford has a lot to offer.

TRAIN TRIALS: I was at Seaford Station last week when the following announcement caused a good deal of mirth ‘Please stand clear of the platform edge - The following train does not stop here.’ Luckily it did. I am a regular commuter to London and the service is generally good but when things go wrong the railway is slow to convey information. Just before Christmas I was on a train from London which stopped at Lewes but the doors were not opened for Health and Safety Reasons. Councillor Sam Adeniji, another regular commuter is keen to hear about your views on the local train service. He can be contacted at sam.adeniji@lewes.gov.uk or via Seaford Town Council.

BOOK SHOP: There is a new bookshop open in Seaford, Wise Books in Sutton Road. I popped in recently and although small it has a really good selection of good books. All sales help to raise money for Sussex Family Support. Why not go in and say hello and buy a book, I am sure they have something there to interest you.

telscombe

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee on Monday at 7.30 pm in room 1 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

BINGO: There will be a bingo evening at the Civic Centre on Friday January 25, with a 7pm start. 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.

QUIZ NIGHT at Telscombe Civic Centre on Friday February 8 with a 7.30pm start. Teams of up to eight players at a cost of £2 per person. Please bring your own food and drink. There will also be a raffle. There will be a bottle of wine for each winning team member. Net proceeds will go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund. Ring 01273 589777 to book in your team or visit the Civic Centre reception.