THE VILLAGE ASSEMBLY meeting was held last Monday at the War Memorial Hall with a good turnout of residents. Ray Savage, last year’s Chairman of the Parish Council, acknowledged the work of the Parish Councillors and handed over the Chair to Cllr. Geoff Knights. There were four presentations. Nick Bennett, from East Sussex County Council, Steve Harms from Wealden District Council, Tim Richings from The South Downs National Park and Simon Marchant representing East Sussex Highways. All gave very positive accounts of work done on behalf of the village over the past year in particular praising the success of the recycling which has brought in money that will now be spent on refurbishing schools. There were some questions raised about the traffic through the village and Chairman Knights hoped that an answer to the problems would soon be reached.
THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY will be holding its Midsummer Event at the War Memorial Hall on June 14 at 7pm for 7.30pm. First on the programme are local folk music duo Joy Lewis and Derrick Hughes who between them play a wide variety of musical instruments. After supper there will be more music, poetry and prose including a reading by Peter Martin from his recently published book Ghost Music. There will also be contributions from local historian Kevin Gordon. All welcome but advance booking essential. Tickets, £14, from Steamer Trading Cookshop 01323 870055, and include the buffet supper. There will be a cash bar throughout the evening.
PRO MUSICA directors Ray Maulkin and Kathryn Sargent are having A Right Royal Do on Sunday June 24 at 5pm at St. Andrew’s Church. The programme will include Zadok the Priest, I was glad, Crown Imperial, Choral Dances from Gloriana, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Hail Holy Queen, Dancing Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody. Followed by tea and jam tarts. Tickets £8 (children under 14 free) on the door or at www.promisca.org.uk.
BIG WEEKEND: Come along and watch Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club’s Big Weekend, four days of, weather dependent, sailing events: Tomorrow, Saturday, the Cadet Olympics will be held on Piddinghoe Pond. There will be an Endurance Race from 10am until 6pm when teams will sail boats in relay. Sunday at 11am there will be a Regatta Race in Seaford Bay. On Monday at 11am is the Jubilee Sail-Past. Come and view the many boats, some decorated with bunting in Seaford Bay. On Tuesday there will be sailing boat races in the bay. Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club always welcomes new members, both sailing and social memberships are available.
CREAM TEAS: On Saturday June 16 there will be Strawberry Cream Teas in St Andrew’s Parish Hall from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Proceeds from the teas, stalls and raffle will go to Christian Aid.
DRIFTWOOD Open Garden, 4 Marine Drive, will be on Sunday June 17 from 11am to 5pm as part of St Wilfred’s Secret Garden Scheme. Refreshments, plants and garden decorations will be available. The suggested entry fee is £2 or by donation. Further details from 07985 457982 or see website www.geoffstonebanks.co.uk
WAVES: Bishopstone resident Councillor Linda Wallraven helped to raise an amazing £6,000 for her chosen charity Waves during her first term as Mayor of Seaford. She has chosen to support St James Trust and Seaford Down’s Syndrome and Special Needs Support Group during her second year as Mayor.
THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.40am to 12.40pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.50pm to 2.20pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2.35pm to 3.00pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 3.10pm to 3.40pm.
Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton
JUBILEE: A full round-up was in last week’s Parish Pump but the main celebration is the Jubilee Fish Festival and children’s parade tomorrow (Saturday) on the Huggetts Green. The Barn Dance run by Newhaven Twinning Association is being held in the marquee from 7pm to 11pm, tickets on the door £5. On Sunday Newhaven Fort Day is free to Newhaven residents but you have to pick up your tickets from the town council offices in Fort Road. Community lunch in the marquee. Bring your own food and drink and watch the river pageant live on TV.
SEA CADETS: Congratulations to our very own Sea Cadets from TS Defiance and Seaford Sea Cadets have been selected to take a boat up the Thames in the river pageant. It is a moment they will remember all their life so watch out for them on TV.
DENTON CHALLENGE: Denton PCC has combined with the local community to stage a unique event on Saturday June 9 from 1pm to 5pm. Expanding on the usual church fair in aid of St Leonard’s Church, they have set up the Denton Community Challenge. This will be run under the banner the Jubi-lympics on Denton Field, opposite the garage in Avis Road on the road from Denton Corner to Paradise Park. It is a real family event and all monies raised will go to two charities, the beautiful flint church of St Leonards dating back to 1288 and the James Daniels Memorial Fund. This was set up in November 2005 after James was killed in an accident. The Trustees distribute money to local schools and sports clubs who are invited to apply for funds to aid sporting activities for local children. Newhaven Youth Marching Band will open the proceedings and Chris Baker, the lead singer from local band The Baker Boys will be the MC for the day. Arena events include dog agility, Zumba, the Norcross Dancers and Olympic events such as the sponge javelin. Local community groups are running various side shows and there will be model steam train rides, a tug of war, cake stalls and raffles. Refreshments will include baked potatoes with various fillings and the afternoon will end with a community barbecue. The winners will receive gold, silver and bronze rosettes on the specially-made Jubi-Lympics podium and there is the opportunity for them to be photographed on the podium and buy the prints on the day.
PLAYSCHEME: Nippers Summer Half Term Playscheme takes place from June 5 to 8, 7am to 6pm in Shakespeare Hall. Hours by arrangement, telephone 07796 267388/01273 514440 for more details or to book your child in.
PLANNING MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s Planning Committee will meet on Wednesday (due to the Tuesday being a Bank Holiday) at 7.30pm in Meeching Hall, to discuss the latest planning applications, this will be followed by a full council meeting.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Former town clerk Ian Everest will give a talk to society members and guests at the Hillcrest Centre on Wednesday, 7pm for 7.30pm. His talk is entitled From Sussex Ox to Fordson Major. This is the fascinating story of the use of oxen, horses and steam power to Sussex farms, their impact on the countryside and the modernising of agriculture with the arrival of the first tractors. Members attend free, visitors admission is £1.
SHIATSU CLINIC: There is now the opportunity to experience a traditional Japanese massage and deeply relaxing treatment at Summerhayes Wellbeing Centre for a reasonable price. Regular treatments can prevent the build-up of stress so go along and see for yourself. No booking is required and Eddie will be there on Mondays at 2pm and 5pm. The cost is £4 for 15 minutes and £7.50 for 30 minutes. He will not be there on Monday as it is a Bank Holiday so he will be back at Summerhayes on Monday June 11. He is also at the Hillcrest Centre on Thursdays from 9.30am to 1pm. For further information call him on 07771 175707.
COUNTRY MARKET: Have you discovered the community Country Market yet that is in The Hillcrest Centre every Thursday from 9.45am to 1pm? Homemade and fresh produce. Why not check them out at the Fish Festival this weekend and see for yourself.
QUIZ EVENING: A reminder that there is a quiz evening at the Friendship Centre on Friday June 8 starting at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm. Tables of eight can be pre-booked but must be paid for in advance. Tickets are £2 from Jean on 589708, Lesley 586245 or the Evangelical Church on 587732. Tea and coffee will be available during the interval but players can bring their own drinks and nibbles. Free parking in the South Coast Road car park opposite the church.
SHOW STOPPERS by the Peacehaven Players is in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre from Wednesday to Saturday, June 13 to 16. Tickets are £8 for adults and concessions are £7. Reserve your seats by calling 01273 681861 or send an email to email@example.com”>firstname.lastname@example.org
CLOSED OFFICES: The council and information offices will be closed on Monday and Tuesday for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.
TEA IN THE PARK: To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee the town council have arranged an afternoon event in the Piddinghoe Avenue Sports Park on Sunday from 3pm until 6pm. A fancy dress competition, music and entertainment. Bring your own food and a blanket to sit on.
BEACON LIGHTING: An evening Diamond Jubilee celebration will take place at The Dell Recreation Ground, on Monday from 7.30pm when the Mayor of Peacehaven will open the event. Music will be provided from 7.45pm by local jazz band Maestro Academy Players, a mixed group of superb musicians playing saxophones, clarinets, trumpets etc. A barbecue and refreshments including a mobile bar will be available during the evening. The Beacon will be lit at 10pm as will thousands of others at the same time across the whole country and the Commonwealth. Admission is free and the event will end at 11pm.
MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been organised by the Guide Dogs for the Blind from 8.30am until noon in the Main Hall, Community House. Next week the market is being arranged by the Peacehaven Conservative Party. To reserve a table ring 01273 583975.
COFFEE MORNINGS: There are two next week in the Community House between 8.30am and midday with teas, coffees and cakes available from the refreshment kiosk. On Thursday it will be the Coastland Church and on Friday June 8 the Meridian Evening WI will be behind the counter.
COUNCIL MEETING: There is no council meeting on Tuesday due to the Bank Holiday.
BOOT SALE: The Butterfly Nursery is holding a boot sale at The Dell, on Sunday. Sellers will be admitted from 8am and buyers please note that access will be from 9am until 1pm. Plenty of free car parking on The Dell until shortly after 1pm when the gates will be locked and access will only be by foot.
COUNCILLOR’S SURGERY: in the Meridian Centre on Saturday June 9 from 10am to 11am for residents who wish to raise local issues but are unable to get to council meetings.
LIBRARY: Every Thursday Peacehaven library has an extended evening opening for borrowers. During the 20 weeks of building work in the shopping mall access may be unavailable at times. However the library will be open and can be reached from the east side entrance opposite the Community School and Leisure Centre.
DOMESTIC RUBBISH: Due to the Spring Bank Holiday the collection of household waste from Monday to Friday will all occur one day later. Friday’s collection only will be made on the Saturday.
U3A: Don’t forget to pop down to Huggett’s Green, West Quay tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to 4pm for the Fish Market where you’ll find our stall. Come and say hello. Then come to our monthly talk on Thursday, 10.30am Baptist Hall, Newhaven, when one of our favourite speakers, Trevor Povey, will give us the run down on early aviation history, Hop, Skip and Flop. Arrive early to get your names down for lunches, excursions, theatre jaunts, buy your raffle tickets etc. Tea, coffee and biscuits. As usual 50p entry at door. Bring a guest, as they undoubtedly will turn into a member.
Rodmell & Southease
CYCLISTS: Can I make a plea to cyclists who use the C7 at night. Please wear fluorescent clothing and have a light on your bike, many of you don’t and this is a very dangerous road at the best of times.
JUBILEE: Are you all ready for Sunday’s Jubilee celebrations? Let’s hope the weather holds out.
EUROVISION: Every year I say I’m not going to watch the Eurovision Song Contest and every year I do, well, I like a good laugh. Let’s face it, we all know what to expect, girls in diaphanous dresses, wearing heels like the Eiffel Tower and tossing long hair around to cheer up the fellas, while a few good looking men parade around for the girls. I actually liked our entry and the Russian Grannies. Weren’t they great with their lovely costumes and their happy faces. Give age a chance I say. I can’t say any of the songs stayed in my mind long enough for me to be humming them while hoovering.
BIRDS: There have been a lot of birds in the garden recently and a great-tit seems to have settled in the area, as he is now a frequent visitor to the bird feeding area. A friend of mine in Peacehaven took a lovely photo of a fox cub on their patio steps looking into their lounge and other friends in Lindfield now hand feed a badger family in their garden.
BAND: I hate being on the roads at weekends, especially hot ones. It took one of my cousins four hours to get down here from London at the weekend. That’s no fun in 28 degrees. I met up with my cousins in Grange Gardens, Lewes on Saturday afternoon to hear the band that another cousin was conducting. It was lovely music, much enjoyed by young and old, and thankfully the band was situated under a shady tree with a lovely breeze blowing.
HOG ROAST: All tickets for Rodmell’s hog roast have sold out. Please would people bring picnics, rugs and chairs. Hopefully the sun will be out and it will be held on the sports field, but should it rain it will be in the village hall.
SWALLOWS: I was pleased to read Mavis Clark’s piece about the swallows in last week’s PP. I have not seen any yet but anticipate seeing some soon. I heard the cuckoo a few weeks ago but not recently.
FORMS: I recently had to write to the DVLA to tell them about my eye problems. I now have more forms to fill in. I don’t think people realise that one has to notify the DVLA if you have eye problems or are on various medications. If you don’t and have an accident this will go against you. It’s better to be safe than sorry. I do wonder how many people keep quiet on this issue because they fear they will be stopped from driving or because they don’t want more forms to fill in.
HOSE PIPES: On the day the drought order was publicised I saw a man cleaning his car on the main road with a hose, since then I’ve heard several people say they’ve seen people doing the same. Don’t do it, it’s against the law.
THE FOLK CLUB meet tonight, Friday, at the Royal British Legion Club. Doors open at 8pm (although the bar is open earlier) and there will be another of the popular Singers and Musicians evenings with a variety of toe-tapping music.
THE CRICKET CLUB are playing at the Salts Recreation Ground tomorrow, Saturday, in a Sussex League match against Lindfield CC. The match starts at 1pm so go along and watch your local team.
HISTORIC TOURS: I will be providing a guided tour around Seaford tomorrow, Saturday, at 10.30am (meet at the Tourist Office) and of Alfriston 2pm in the afternoon (meet at the Market Cross). Tickets are £5 and are available on the day or from the Tourist Information Centre.
ART@THECRYPT: The Crypt gallery will be open from 10.30am to 4.30pm from tomorrow, Saturday, until Thursday. This will be a chance to see the artist in residence, Seymour Jennings at work and see some his and other local artists work. Entrance is free.
THE MUSEUM has organised a Children’s Jubilee Trail around the Martello Tower, there are 12 clues and a special Jubilee Badge for all those who complete it. The museum also is a good place to see Royal Memorabilia. The museum is open tomorrow from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, Sunday and Tuesday from 11am to 1pm and again from 2.30pm to 4.30pm all day (11am to 4.30pm) on Monday. If you are going to the jubilee event on Martello Fields also look out for the museum marquee.
SEVEN SISTERS (The Pub). The Sevens on the Alfriston Road is under new management and the new owners invite you to an opening party tomorrow, Saturday, evening from 7pm until 1am. There will be a disco and buffet food available.
BEWARE RUNNERS: The Seaford Half Marathon takes place on Sunday Morning from 9am. The local Lions have again arranged this charity event which is focused on the Salts Recreation Ground on the Seafront. Go along to cheer on the runners but beware that there may be delays while runners cross the roads both in Seaford and local villages.
FLOTILLA PARTY: The Royal Flotilla will be sailing along the Thames on Sunday but if you don’t want to make the journey to London, pop along to St Luke’s Church in Walmer Road at 12.30pm where there will be a special Jubilee Party. Bring a picnic and watch the event there on a TV link. Wear red, white and blue. There will be a prize for the best Jubilee costume.
CEMETERY TOUR: Seaford Cemetery on the Alfriston Road is one of the largest War Graves on the south coast. I will be providing a guided tour around the cemetery on Sunday at 2pm (meet at the cemetery gates). Tickets are £5 and are available on the day or from the Tourist Information Centre.
JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS: There will be lots of fun at the Martello Fields on Monday. There will be stands and displays from 11am (I will be at both the bonfire stand and the museum stand). From noon to 5pm there will be events on in the arena including a tug-of-war. From 5pm there will be music galore with a fantastic laser show at 10.15pm. The bonfire society will be lighting the Jubilee beacon at 10.30pm. This will be a family event and will be free. Bring a picnic and spend the day and evening there. Some roads will be closed during the Jubilee procession and around the Martello Fields.
CRAFT EVENT: Seaford Museum are holding another of their popular craft days for children aged between 3 and 8 years on Wednesday from 10am until noon. Children can dress up in Victorian clothes and make jubilee themed crafts.
WARTIME MUSICAL: Seaford Little Theatre present When The Lights Go On Again at the Barn Theatre on Wednesday, with nightly shows at 7.30pm until next Saturday (when there is also a matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets available from Seaford Tourist Information Office (01323) 897426.
THE BONFIRE SOCIETY will be meeting at 7pm on Thursday at their headquarters at the White Lion Pub. This is an open committee meeting and you have a chance to join and meet other members. For further information call Kevin Start on 07801 840201.
BEACH GARDENS: The Seafront Beach Garden is situated opposite the beach between Dane Road and West View. It was created and planted by a small band of volunteers but needs to be regularly maintained. If you have a couple of hours a month to spare please contact the co-ordinator Keith Blackburn on email@example.com who will provide details.
ART EXHIBITION: The Society of Sussex Painters is holding an exhibition of paintings, prints, etchings etc at the Crypt Gallery from Saturday June 9 to Thursday June 21, 10.30am to 5pm daily. The society is one of the oldest Sussex art societies being founded in 1924. Members are in the main professionally trained and work displayed is contemporary and traditional. Being a county society the exhibition includes images of Downs, beaches and a varied assortment of art work. Exhibits will be for sale. Entrance is free.
CONCERT: There are still a few Diamond Jubilee Concert Screening tickets left at the Civic Centre. This starts at 7pm on Monday. Tickets, just £5, include food and there will be a pay bar. Ring the Civic Centre on 01273 589777 to book your ticket, or you can purchase them between 10and 11am at the Centre tomorrow, Saturday.
COUNCILLORS SURGERY will be held at the Civic Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am. This is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town councillor. There is usually a district or county councillor present too. Make the most of this opportunity to meet your councillor. No appointment is necessary.
COFFEE MORNING: Telscombe Residents Association will be holding 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. They look forward to seeing you there.
REFUSE COLLECTIONS: Due to the forthcoming bank holidays, household refuse collections for the week commencing Monday June 4 will be as follows: There will be no collection on Monday and all collections will be one day later, with Friday June 8 being collected on Saturday June 9.
CIVIC CENTRE CLOSURE: Due to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend, the Civic Centre will be closed on the two bank holidays, Monday and Tuesday, re-opening at 9am on Wednesday.
SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a meeting of the local Breast Cancer Support Group on Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm in the Civic Centre. The group’s aim is to give social support to anyone with breast cancer, or anyone with concerns about it – friends, relatives or those awaiting diagnosis. The meetings are friendly and relaxed with tea, coffee and delicious cakes. They have a qualified therapist providing reflexology or hand massage. For a one-to-one chat, or for more information, ring Pat Dunkley on 01273 582952 or 07760 300467.