Parish pump Newhaven - January 24, 2014

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Alfriston

ALADDIN: The War Memorial Hall has that familiar to January, urgent buzz as the rehearsals are nearing their completion for this year’s pantomime. Tickets are now on sale at Hicks The Newsagents, and The Tudor House, both located in the High Street. Adult tickets £5, children £3, Family tickets (two adults and two children) £14. The opening night is Friday January 31 at 7.30pm with two performances on Saturday February 1. The matinee at 2pm and the evening performance at 7.30pm. The charity the Alfriston Players are supporting is Children with Cancer.

VALENTINE’S DAY is the next event that will have the Much Ado treatment. On the afternoons of February 1 and 2 there will be an opportunity to make a Valentine card. Details will be announced later but those who enjoy some craft exercise can mark the dates.

Bishopstone

WHIST DRIVE at 7.30 pm tomorrow, Saturday, in Bishopstone Parish Hall, £2.50 per person including refreshments. All welcome for this fun and light-hearted evening raising money for the Parish Hall.

COFFEE MORNING: Bishopstone Community Coffee Morning (coffee and cakes) on Friday January 31 at the Parish Hall

FREE HORSE MANURE available on the west (Newhaven) side of Bishopstone Road between Bishopstone estate and Bishopstone pond: help yourself, but please return or replace the bags.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG? Wildlife has taken a battering on the coast from the Atlantic gales but the resulting mild temperatures have certainly confused the garden birds. The robins have paired up and taken a keen interest in some soil turned over in the garden for food, giving up defending their patches against all comers. On Sunday, a woodpecker could be heard drumming away on Bishopstone Road advertising for a mate. Although daylight hours are getting minutes longer, winter is not over yet.

Falmer

WRONG PICTURE: We were all fascinated by a magazine cutting that Diana Morgan brought to church last week. It featured a delightful scene of children paddling and playing in a pond, the caption read, Three young friends paddle along the stream at Falmer village near Brighton. Well, we’ll forgive them mistaking a pond for a stream, but when we looked at the picture, none of us could quite make it out. It certainly looked like Falmer, but something seemed wrong. At last we realised what it was, the photograph was a mirror image of what it should be. Somehow the magazine editors had managed to get the photo the wrong way round. I have now scanned the image in and flipped it on my computer and we are trying to work out when the picture was taken, possibly 1970s or 80s.

OUTAGE: More disruption to our electricity supply here in Falmer, this time it was a planned outage from 9am to 4pm on Thursday, to allow for engineers to fix the storm damage from back in December. I hope this will make our supply more dependable as we seem to have had a number of cuts over recent years (apart from the big one at Christmas).

BACK TO WORK: I have been back working in my studio after a very long break and it is delightful to hear the children that attend the Singing Tree Steiner Kindergarten from the other side of my wall. I can hear them singing and playing, they are obviously enjoying themselves so much. The school got an outstandingly good report when it was inspected last year and I’m not surprised.

EASTER EXHIBITION: The reason I am frantically working in my studio is because I am trying to get work done for our Easter exhibition. I know that seems a long way off but I know it will creep up on me. We had a great response to last year’s Christian inspired show and we are hoping to interest people just as much this year. We have an interesting line-up of artists, including some who took part last year and some fabulous work from a student. Watch this space for details.

SQUIRRELS: My war against the squirrels in my garden continues. I read that squirrels can’t abide chilli, but that birds don’t mind it, so I made a chilli paste and smeared it on the bird feeders. The first squirrel dropped off the feeder quite quickly and was shaking his paws and cleaning his whiskers, but alas they seem to have acquired a taste for spicy food now and are continuing to hang upside down from the peanut container stuffing their little faces full of nuts. One of them has put on so much weight at my expense he is almost spherical. .

Firle

HALL NEWS: Following a very successful opening of the hall, as administrator I am delighted with the amount of interest and bookings. After the renovations, it looks absolutely super and anyone considering hiring can contact me mike@firlevillagehall.org for a quote and guide. The hall is always available for bookings and for those living in the village there is, of course, a preferential rate. We have had parties, over the Christmas period in particular, and wedding receptions that have transformed the hall into something from a different time, very spectacular. There is an on-going Pilates class available most Monday evenings, please contact Erika via email Erika@PolecatPlace.eu for further information. Jo is currently making preparations to run Yoga classes on a weekly basis, naturally as a keen and healthy person (not) I would normally attend and support such ventures but an old squash wound counts me out but it would be nice to see good use made of the hall during the day.

FROM THE VILLAGE: I am sure we are all fed up with the wet and windy weather. The footpaths appear to have a healthy covering of wet and slippery leaves, set to get worse during the second half of February when we get a cold spell, be warned as my friendly squirrel did three circles around the bird bath before eating, a sure sign! Now we are starting to get some frosts the footpaths can now become treacherous. The gardens are coming to life, a little earlier this year than last, with daffodils almost ready to bloom. It makes a really nice change from all of the devastation caused by the storms, there aren’t many people in the village who haven’t been affected by it. Being naturally optimistic, in six weeks it will be all over and we will all be basking in glorious sunshine and waking up to the dawn chorus, actually the birds are being quite vocal now. I shall be keeping a close watch on the squirrel, who incidentally has a passion for cream crackers. Anybody who has friendly interesting wildlife in their garden then please share.

TO COME: Over the coming weeks it is the intention of the Pump to corner and chat with different people, living within the Firle family, who lead interesting lives. There are plenty of them out there and anyone who would like to share their interest or promote anything please don’t hesitate to contact myself mike@firlevillagehall.org.

KI YOGA: Starting Thursdays, at Firle Village Hall from 9.15am to 10.15am. A great way to start the year and the day, suitable for total beginners and those with some experience of yoga. Please bring a mat if possible. Community Class costing £6, first class free on January 30 only. Contact Jo Eales 07770807835 jokiyoga@gmail.com for details.

OVER 50S had a very small meeting last Monday where we talked about what to do in the coming year. Suggestions were to have our usual picnic by the cricket pavilion or out on the new patio, go to Barcombe and Alfriston on the bus and have a meal, both very nice villages to visit and of course if you have a bus pass you would get it for free. Maybe organise a trip across to Newhaven Fort which we have been promising to do for ages but never get there. As there are bits related to people from Firle and Glynde. Also we are now looking for speakers or anyone who would love to give our group a talk. The more unusual the better or perhaps about what you do for a living. We meet on the third Monday of the month at 2pm in Firle Village Hall for tea and cakes. Entrance £1. We are always looking for new members, if you don’t drive and live in Firle, Beddingham and Glynde transport can be arranged to pick you up. Our next meeting is on February 17 in the hall where we will start the ball rolling with a speaker/talk. Email pennywoolgar@gmail.com if you would like to come and give us a talk.

Glynde & Beddingham

TEA ROOMS: Once again, a wonderful evening was had at the Little Cottage Tea Rooms last Friday. This month Debbie and David delighted us with A Taste of Italy, kicking off with a splash of limoncello liqueur and a sumptuous spread of olives, marinated peppers and artichokes, bread and charcuterie. Accompanied by Italian accordion music in the background, we moved on to a delicious three course meal and ended with ice-cream and Dolce Vita cake. This event was fully booked on both the Thursday and Friday nights it was running, so do book early for your places on February 27 and 28 when we will be treated to a Mexican feast. For Valentine’s Day, The Little Cottage is offering a Verona afternoon tea. Bookings are being taken for tea from 2pm to 6pm. Places are limited and booking is essential, so please phone Debbie on 01273 858215.

PARISH COUNCIL: The parish council met last Wednesday at the Reading Room. The council was sad to say goodbye to Cllr Jane Stevens who is retiring after five years of committed service to the community and we wish her well in all her future projects. Damian Mooncie was welcomed as the new parish clerk to the council. Damian has worked for Firle Parish Council for several years and all were pleased that he would be bringing his knowledge and experience to also act for Glynde and Beddingham. There is now another casual vacancy for councillor, so if anyone is interested in being considered for the position, please contact Damian Moonie at pcclerk@glynde.info

DISABLED ACCESS: Much to the village’s delight and relief, work on the disabled access to the platform on the south side of Glynde station has begun. Network and Southern Rail have been working closely with members of the parish council to bring this long-awaited facility to life and we are now asking the community for designs for an attractive planting scheme to complete the project. If anyone would like to be included in this step of the process, Jane Stevens would love to hear from you on 01273 858227.

Lewes

COFFEE MORNING: The Association of Carers have provided free respite and unpaid carers in the community for over 25 years and have recently secured funding to enable them to provide this service, not only to Hastings and Rother but to Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden areas too. The service works by recruiting volunteers who then undertake the task of doing the sitting. This is unique because it not only benefits the carer by giving them a much needed break, but also to the cared for person too, as they have a companion for a few hours once a week. They are getting a lot of referrals and now need to find volunteers to match them up with. They will be hosting a coffee morning on Thursday February 20 from 10am to noon at Cliffe Hall for potential new volunteers to find out more.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Corn Exchange, High Street on Monday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

WESTGATE WI: What do you know about Grigori Rasputin, other than a Mad Monk or the lyrics of the song by Boney M, and that he had influence over the Russian royal family? Which is probably all I knew about him until our last meeting when we had an interesting and informative talk from Paul Holdstock about his life. Born a peasant in an insignificant Siberian village on 23 January 1871, his father was a farmer who drank heavily and, at an early age, his mother thought Grigori wasn’t quite right in the head. However, his father recognised that Grigori had healing powers and this was shown by his healing of animals quite early on in his life. Rasputin had started drinking at the age of 15 and, it is said, drank heavily and even more so after his marriage. He was renowned for using foul language, getting into fights, heavy drinking, being a womaniser and being a thief. At one point he opted out of life and went into a monastery, he only stayed three or four months and after this he travelled the pilgrim trail through Russia and Siberia as well as further afield. There were many cults in Siberia and Rasputin belonged to a cult known as Whips who believed you had to commit a sin to find redemption, hence his debauched lifestyle. In 1903 Raputin went to St Petersburg, a city of great sexual permissiveness as well as holding seances and using Ouija boards. Here he met a Bishop who knew the Tzar and Tzarina and thus was introduced to them. The Tzarina was a very superstitious lady and had seen many holy men before and was, by now, desperate to meet someone who she thought could heal her haemophiliac son, Alexei, Rasputin filled the post, despite the fact that he was dirty, unkempt, smelly and unwashed. Rasputin duly prayed over Alexei and then withdrew into himself until he reached a hidden state before the healing could be done. He tells the Tzar and Tzarina that their son would die without him and, as Alexei was the heir to the throne, they wanted everything possible done to save him therefore believing Rasputin. From then on he played a great part in their lives. In June 1914 there was a plot to kill Rasputin and a woman knifed him in the stomach and pulled out some of his entrails, this did not kill him. He was hospitalised in Siberia and recovered. Rasputin was fiercely against Russia entering WWI and constantly wrote to the Tzar pleading with him not to, his pleas were ignored. Rasputin continued to drink more heavily and lost his powers of healing. There was another plot to kill him in mid-winter 1916 when he was taken down to a dungeon in St Petersburg, where it looked as if a party had been held, and encouraged to eat as many of the cakes as he wished and to drink as much of the wine. This he did, little knowing that they had been laced with cyanide. However, this did not kill him and eventually he was shot four times, hit with a metal cosh and then taken to a river to drown. Not content with this his murderers removed his body from the river and burnt it at the roadside. Within months of Rasputin’s death the Tzar, Tzarina and their five children were all killed. In 2003 there was a movement in the Russian Orthodox Church to Canonise Rasputin and also Tzar Ivan the Terrible, but this never happened. Our next meeting is on Wednesday February 12 and all are welcome. (Dee Barr).

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Five walkers defied the weather forecast and enjoyed an invigorating walk on the downs above Stanmer Park before the Footpaths Group’s annual New Year’s lunch at Stanmer House. Above Lower Standean we enjoyed wide views of the inside of the low clouds we were walking in. For a few minutes the clouds disgorged some rain onto us, a paltry amount compared to the forecast, which only served to make the warmth and conviviality of the group’s lunch all the more welcome. Altogether, 48 members sat down to a splendid lunch. The next walk is on Sunday, Chailey Common. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Congratulations to the Lewes Sings Gospel team on their sell-out performance earlier this month. The choir was drawn from the local community and church members, and had their audience clapping along enthusiastically. We welcomed them back to enliven our 6.30pm service last Sunday, a real treat for us, although this is always a lively, contemporary style service, with a band. Southover church is vibrant and outward looking, with a variety of services and groups, including a number just for young people. Services this Sunday are: 8am communion, 10am morning service (a blend of traditional and contemporary), 11.15am informal service in the church hall, 6.30pm informal service. Do come along, we try to be friendly and welcoming. Our next Alpha Course starts on Thursday February 20 for ten weeks. The Alpha course is a series of evenings with a meal, talk and an opportunity to discuss the big questions of life with others who are seeking, in a relaxed and informal setting. Contact Steve Daughery for more information on 472018.

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

MADS: Meeching Amateur Dramatics are staging their first traditional pantomime since Cinderella in December 2004 and there is still time to see it. There are performances tonight, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.45pm and a matinee tomorrow at 2.30pm. I went to last Saturday’s matinee when it was a sell-out packed with kids, some very young who loved every minute of it. It is a very traditional panto like the ones I saw as a child with a magnificent cow. Plenty of audience participation and a great beanstalk. Get your tickets from Meeching estate agents in the High Street, 01273 515566 £8 for adults and £6 for children.

YACHT CLUB: Newhaven Yacht Club members will hear a talk by Captain Dave Collins-Williams the Newhaven Harbourmaster on Sunday November 26. For full details telephone Dave Batt on 07768 863554 or email himdavid@battco.net.

HMS BRAZEN: 214 years ago this Sunday at 8am the 18 gun sloop of war HMS Brazen was wrecked under high cliffs to the west of Newhaven. Formerly the French Privateer L’Invincible General Bonaparte, she was acquired by the English who changed her name to HMS Brazen and she was commissioned on 19 October 1799 with Captain James Hanson as her Captain. All but one of the crew died in the wreck and although 95 bodies out of a crew of 105 were washed up on the shores of Newhaven. Captain Hanson’s body was never found. His friends erected the obelisk memorial to HMS Brazen which stands in the churchyard of St Michael’s Church today. Every year on the Sunday nearest to January 26 a service is held in the church to remember those brave souls who died. Also deemed as Sea Cadet Sunday the service starts at 10am,followed by prayers by the Memorial when a member of Newhaven and Seaford Sea Cadet Unit will lay a wreath. All welcome to attend.

PLANNING MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s Planning and Development Committee will meet on Tuesday at 7.30pm in Meeching Hall to discuss the latest applications. This will be followed by a meeting of the Community Engagement and Promotion Committee.

SOS DAY: All over the country Lifeboat Stations will be fundraising for their local lifeboat on Friday January 31 as it is a National Fundraising Day. Newhaven Lifeboat will be holding one of their most popular fund-raising events Slurp Our Soup. Get down to the Lifeboat House on West Quay between 11.30am and 2pm to enjoy a lunch of soup,bread and cheese for just £3.50. This is always a well-attended event so it is best to get down there early.

U3A: At the December AGM Newhaven U3A members were entertained by Peacehaven Community School choir who invited them to join in some of the better-known carols. After the business was dealt with members enjoyed a light-hearted quiz. The annual Christmas dinner was held in Eastbourne where Father Christmas greeted everyone with a gift. At the first talk of 2014 a member of the RNLI explained the symbols on their flag and told members about the 11 different types of lifeboats including the inshore boats and said why certain types were based at certain locations. Members also found out what happened when lifeboats were decommissioned and where they ended up. The next talk will be on Thursday February 6 at 10am in Newhaven Baptist Church Hall when one of the members, Reuben Langham, will give a talk about coincidences.

CHARITY QUIZZES: Get your thinking caps on as there are two charity quizzes coming up at the beginning of next month. On Friday February 7 Newhaven Twinning Association is holding a quiz at the Hillcrest Centre at 7.30pm. £4 a person or £20 for a table of six. Bring your own drink and the Hillcrest Cafe will be open at 6.30pm for meals, cakes, tea and coffee. To book email janmarshall@hotmail.com. The following night, Saturday February 8, Newhaven Lifeboat Quiz with a fish and chip supper, will be held at the Lifeboat House, West Quay at 7.30pm, 7pm if you are having the fish and chip supper. Teams of four. This quiz fills up quickly so to book a place telephone Paula or Graham on 01273 515964 or email rnlinewhaven.society@hotmail.co.uk

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: 2013 ended with a Christmas tea to which two members from each of our Group WI’s came. We had a wonderful demonstration making four floral Christmas arrangements given by one of our members which were donated to the raffle, and at least one visitor was lucky enough to win one. At the meeting in January we learnt all about the Women’s Land Army. Ian Everest was our speaker. The Women’s Land Army first came into existence during the First World War and 21 years later was reformed for the Second World War. However it was not until 2000 that they were able to march past the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day and in 2007 they were awarded a badge. Unfortunately by then many girls had died. 30,000 badges were issued but 50,000 girls had died. At the end of the First World War there were 23,000 members and at the end of the Second World War 80,000. The Land Army was disbanded in 1950. Many of our members remembered the 40s when the Land Army was reformed and it was all so interesting. Our next meeting on February 10 is about Will Making. We meet on the second Monday of the month at 2.15pm in South Heighton Village Hall. (J Jennings).

CONCERT: Saturday February 1, 7pm Band of Brothers (Seaford Guitar Ensemble) at Denton Church. Tickets £5 to include light refreshment. Tickets from Ann 514482.

Peacehaven

OPEN EVENING: For Christmas I received a book about David Jason’s life. How he started with school plays and progressed through amateur dramatics on to the popular shows now shown on the television. Well the Peacehaven Players are now looking for new members who are interested in performing or working with the back stage crew. So they are holding an open evening on Thursday February 6 at 7.30pm in the main hall Community House. You can expect a warm welcome and who knows where this could lead you to. If you need further details contact David Whatman on 01273 885168.

PEN TO PAPER: It is said that everyone has at least one book in them, but writing short stories can be fun too. This friendly creative writing group meets every Saturday from 10.30am until 12.30pm at Downlands Court, Roundhay Avenue. With a cup of tea, or coffee and a biscuit there are sometimes more talking than writing. If you would like more details contact the chair person Brenda on 01273 582654.

HORTICULTURE: The town clerk, Kevin Kingston, will give a talk to Peacehaven Horticultural Society members on Monday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre, starting at 7.30pm. Definitely a date for your diary.

QUIZ: Back by popular demand the first quiz this year is on Friday February 7 in the main hall, Community House at 7pm for a prompt start at 7.30pm. Teams may play with a maximum of eight persons at £2 per head but tables must be booked with the information office in advance. For further details contact Debbie on 01273 585493.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Peacehaven Cubs in the Main Hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. The next market on Saturday February 1 will be organised by Telscombe Nursery. To book a table contact them on 07968 825120.

COFFEE MORNINGS: A coffee morning today, Friday, will be held by Kemptown Conservatives in the Community House foyer from 8.30am until midday. Next week on Tuesday the Harlequin Dance studio will be serving teas, coffee and cakes from the Community House foyer and on Thursday the Seahaven Active Scouts group will be behind the counter.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the planning and highways committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room starting at 6.30pm. Residents are welcome to attend and may ask questions during the first 15 minutes of the meeting.

MURDER MYSTERY: This very traditional style Agatha Christie murder will be enacted by professional actors tomorrow, Saturday, 7pm for 7.30pm in the main hall Community House. Dress is optional but remember to bring your own food and drink. A similar mystery experience last year proved very popular and the last I heard there were just six tickets left for this year. Better hurry. Tickets for the event at £12.50 are available from the information office. For further information call them 01273 585493.

WRESTLING: Final warning. If you have not yet exchanged your old tickets for the new issue contact the information office. From February 1 the tickets for the rearranged match will be on sale to everyone and the old tickets will be invalid. So be aware and act before the end of January to avoid disappointment.

BLOOD NEEDED: The NHS Blood and Transplant team will be in Peacehaven Community House on Wednesday from 2pm until 4.30pm and again from 5.30pm until 8pm. Unless blood is available planned operations can not go ahead. It is not difficult to give and remember you will be saving somebody’s life. New donors are always welcome and regulars can book an appointment for a convenient time by ringing 0300 123 23 23.

PEACEHAVEN WI: The first meeting of 2014 was solely for members’ time together, and the opportunity to chat about the Christmas holiday. Unfortunately several ladies were unable to attend due to illness, among other things. However, we enjoyed an afternoon with a light-hearted quiz compiled by our president. The winner was given a basket containing hyacinth bulbs. Spring is on the way. Edna Whittle was presented with a cup for the highest overall points earned on our monthly competition throughout the year. Congratulations to her. Next months meeting will take place on Wednesday February 5 and a warm welcome will be extended to all who would like to join us. (Joy Allen).

Ringmer

SILVER SURFERS: The next Silver Surfers morning will take place in the library at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form on tomorrow (Saturday) between 10am and noon. For more information or to book a place please contact Ruth Whitlock on 01273 812220 ext 253 or e-mailrwhitlock@ringmeracademy.

COFFEE MORNING: There is a ‘posh’ coffee morning tomorrow (Saturday) at 10am in the Church Room in aid of The Leprosy Mission. All welcome.

JUMBLE SALE: There will be a Jumble Sale tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall. Doors will open at 2pm. This sale will be in aid of Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society.

FLUTE AND HARP CONCERT: This will take place on Sunday at 2 pm in St Mary’s. Anne Hodgson and Sally Course return to St Mary’s to play a varied programme of music for flute and harp and invite the audience to join them for refreshments after the concert. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital Charity. All will be very welcome.

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist with the Laying on of hands for Healing, 6pm St Mary’s will be joining the Baptists in the village hall.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday January 15, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Alan Grindley and David Warner. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.15pm for the AGM, followed by play at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

EVERGREEN CLUB: A delicious New Year Lunch, attended by many members, was cooked by Joan Miller and her helpers, at the village hall, on Thursday January 16. Thanks are due to her and to Health Management, based at Ash House, who kindly offered assistance at the lunch, in the form of two helpers (both named Kate). It was such an encouragement that this local company wish to contribute to the community in this way. Their help was much appreciated.

Rodmell & Southease

SPRING seems to think it’s sprung, as we have had snowdrops, daffodils and various other shrubs all out. It’s been lovely to see some sunshine this week and also to see green fields instead of lakes. I even managed to get into the garden last weekend to sort some borders out and empty compost heaps ready for the next lot of compost to be started. This makes the birds happy as there is a new source of food around.

MARLEY: I was a little worried about Marley, the lovely seal-point Siamese cat that is a regular visitor to us, as we had not seen him for about six days, but suddenly he has appeared again being his usual noisy self. His little friend Lily, another Siamese, is also a visitor to us but is very timid, unlike Marley who is definitely the boss but a real gentle cat, who never bites, scratches or puts his claws out.

COMPUTERS: Do readers, especially those of a greater age, realise that if you cannot use a computer, cannot afford one, or just can’t cope with technology, you are at a great disadvantage, as you cannot get in touch with many organisations because they no longer put telephone numbers on adverts. This is surely a form of discrimination. This situation is a time bomb of future problems in banking, services etc and it aint going to go away.

PANTO: Rodmell’s Panto will take place on Friday January 31, 8pm; Saturday February 1, 7.30pm; and Sunday February 2, 3pm and 7.30pm. I understand it’s a version of Mother Goose. It will be held in the village hall.

COMMUNITY: Wanted, bright ideas to raise cash, an article on a challenge issued by The Lab Lewes and Eastbourne, a partnership between Lewes District Council, Eastbourne Council and FutureGov. An article in last week’s Sussex Express, but again no phone number so all those people who were born in the war years cannot come up with ideas or help if they can’t use a computer.

JAZZ: The pub was chock-a-block with musicians and jazz enthusiasts, for a lunchtime jazz session on Saturday, for Simon D’Souza and friends. As expected the music was excellent.

MORE TRIPS to Haywards Heath as Mike is in Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre. Hopefully not for long.

B&B: The gathering at Lewes Town Hall for the launching of the new Lewes Town and Country B&B leaflets was well attended. After many years of asking, Lewes Tourist Information Office has decided to keep our leaflets in their shop. Big cheers at this announcement came forth.

Seaford

COFFEE MORNING: The Association of Carers have provided free respite and unpaid carers in the community for over 25 years and have recently secured funding to enable them to provide this service, not only to Hastings and Rother but to Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden areas too. The service works by recruiting volunteers who then undertake the task of doing the sitting. This is unique because it not only benefits the carer by giving them a much needed break, but also the cared for person too, as they have a companion for a few hours once a week. They are getting a lot of referrals and now need to find volunteers to match them up with. They will be hosting a coffee morning on Wednesday February 5, 10am to noon, at Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road for potential new volunteers to find out more.

Telscombe

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the Amenities and Civic Centre Committee on Monday at 7.30pm in room 5 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 is on the notice boards and at www.telscombetowncouncil.gov.uk

VENUE NEEDED: The Police Dog Unit is currently struggling to find land and buildings to use as training venues for its dogs. They are looking for locations across the county, the sites need to have easy access for police cars and as few members of the public present as possible. Unfortunately they cannot offer payment, but having police dog vans present from time to time offers a visible crime deterrent. We do not leave any mess after use. If you feel you could help in any way please email your details to dogs.sussex@sussex.pnn.police.uk. Many thanks.

BEAT THE SCAMMERS: Every year, the British public loses billions of pounds to scammers who bombard us with online, mail, door to door and telephone scams. Prevention through awareness is therefore a vital strand in combating scammers. Sussex Police have issued a booklet, The Little Book of Big Scams, which has excellent advice regarding all kinds of scamming and fraud. It is available on the Police website www.sussex.police.uk. Please share this information, particularly with elderly and vulnerable people who may be more susceptible to this kind of crime.