Parish Pump Newhaven - June 21, 2013

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OPEN GARDEN: All Saints Church, West Dean, is raising funds for the church with a garden opening in the village at The Long House, tomorrow, June 22, from 1.30pm to 5.30pm. Entrance will be £4 (children under 14 free). There will be plants for sale, teas and home-made cakes. Parking will be made available in a signposted field in the village.

PRO MUSICA presents Music for the English Countryside at St Andrew’s Church at 6pm on June 30 . The programme will feature John Rutter’s The Sprig of Thyme, attractive settings of British folk songs for choir and wind ensemble. A glass of sparkling wine is available at the end of the concert. Tickets are £10 available from choir members or at the door.

TWINNING NEWS: Congratulations are in order for Veules les Roses, our soon to be twin village, which came sixth in the France 2 Channel Favourite French Village Competition after winning the selection to represent the Normandy Region. On June 21 about25 Alfriston and the Cuckmere Valley Twinning Association members are going to Veules les Roses. Their visit coincides with the Fête de la Musique which will be marked with a concert on the beach by Veules les Roses’ band, Les Crustacés. The participants will be given a guided tour of the village, which will be celebrating its annual Rose festival, La Rose en Fête. On June 22 the charter signing ceremony will appropriately take place in the Town Hall’s Wedding Room. Cllr Dr June Goodfield will sign on behalf of the Alfriston Parish Council.

SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL: Once again Daniel Bhattacharya and Jeremy Young are bringing a group of talented musicians to Alfriston for the annual Music Festival which will run from July 23 to 28. Tickets and detailed flyers are available from Steamer Trading, Music Memorabilia and Much Ado Books.


DRIFTWOOD, Marine Drive, Bishopstone, Open Garden June 30, 11am to 5pm in aid of St Wilfred’s Hospice Secret Garden Season. Teas, cakes and light refreshments will be available.

THANK YOU: A big thank you to all those who have contributed plants and donations to the plant stall outside the Lych Gate. Money raised goes to help the upkeep of St Andrew’s Church.

BATTERY-POWERED angle grinder wanted for short loan by old stone age archaeologist Mike Pope ( or contact the Pump). This is to rescue a nearby ice-age mammal bone, perhaps a hundred and fifty thousand years old, before it’s finally eroded by the sea. His trowel is not man enough for the job as the bone is petrified.

ANOTHER unusual find last week was a dog retrieved an early twentieth century wooden truncheon from a local ditch with a curiously altered hand grip, unless PC no 227 only held it with finger and thumb?

TALL SHIP: Monday morning commuters saw a tall ship from the station, Sea Cloud II, a luxury barque on her annual visit, berthed in the Ouse to catch the London train.


A TREE STORY: One day in February to the surprise of villagers, who live on the south side of the village, a tree (a red sycamore or Acer) was planted without consultation with the parish council or tenants. A member of the parish council and a tenant wrote to Brighton and Hove Council complaining. No reply came and a second letter was then sent, this time saying that the tree would be moved unless a reply was written. No written reply came and the tree was moved early in May. In June the Tree Department of the Brighton and Hove Council were suddenly aware that the tree was missing and reported it stolen to the police, and a copy of the letter was sent to Falmer Parish Council, who quickly responded with the true story. A meeting last week was set up with a Mr Archer, a consultant tree specialist employed by Brighton, a good number of villagers assembled on the green to support the fact that if the tree had remained in its original planting space it would have blocked the view of the pond for several villagers, the tree is expected to grow 30m high and wide. Mr Archer was shown where the tree had been replanted and agreed that it seemed to be thriving, but he explained that it would probably not reach its full life span due to the effect of the canopy that mature trees around it would have. The tree has now been replanted a third time but further round the green, which Mr Archer seemed to think would not inhibit the view of the tenants. Questions were asked: Why plant more trees around the pond when this space is the only green space, used by visitors and children for picnics and play? Historically there is no evidence, from very old photographs that trees were ever planted in this area. The answer came back ‘Because we can’.

LADIES GROUP: The speaker for June was Sally Berkeley who gave a very informative talk on Medieval Gardens of Queens. Sally spoke of times before the medieval period, of gardens in the Bible, gardens that the Romans created and brought to England, one example of such a garden very close to us is being developed at Fishbourne, gardens created in the monastries growing herbs. Another garden, later in time, is the garden of Eleanor of Aquitaine created when she married Henry II and came to live in Winchester; her garden can still be seen at the Great Hall in Winchester. Sally showed copies of many old hand painted pictures found in the books of medieval times, and the flowers in those pictures, which are still common in our gardens today. Speaker next month will be Francis Lacy-Scott, who will be talking about criminal law.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: The weekend of June 29 and 30 is a very special weekend in Falmer. The annual Flower Festival will be taking place in St Laurence Church and the Parish Hall. This year the theme is the Elements, and the public will be invited to say which of the arrangements they deem to be the best. There will be many stalls, bric-a-brac, good clothes stall, cakes, books, and refreshments and on the Saturday the Fire Service are coming with one of their vehicles, which we hope will encourage many children to come and climb aboard and that the sun will shine for us and the crowds will come and visit. The times are 11am to 5pm.

Glynde & Beddingham

STOOLBALL: Following wins against Buxted Park and the Lewes Ladies Hockey players, the Butterflies stoolball team have their next home match on Monday against Barcombe at 6.30pm. Supporters will be very welcome. Tea and cake will be available. They will also be holding their practice evenings on Tuesday and Wednesday at 6.30pm. Newcomers are very welcome and no previous experience is needed.

FUEL CO-OP is a local co-operative buying group for home heating oil based in Glynde. They order home heating oil/kerosene every month (except August) on behalf of its members. It’s £15 per year to join if you on a low income, otherwise it’s £25 and the first two months are free. There are over 120 subscribers centring on Glynde, Beddingham and Firle but reaching as far afield as Eastbourne, Heathfield and Hassocks. This year they have already ordered 108,000 litres saving members nearly £9,500 and it’s only half-way through the year. This month’s negotiations managed to achieve a price of 53.9p per litre plus VAT, representing a wonderful saving of an average of nearly £45 per member. They have helped set up buying groups in other villages so if anyone wants help to get started, they should get in touch with Johnny Denis by email

POST OFFICE: After 43 years in the village, it is with sadness that we are say goodbye to Philip McBrown who has kept our little shop and post office alive in the heart of the village. Many thanks to him for providing such a valuable service and for opening up the idyllic tea rooms. We all wish him the best and a well-earned rest over the years to come. We offer a big welcome to David and Debbie who are taking over the reins this week and look forward to sharing ideas, there will be a suggestion box in the shop for villagers to add their pennies’ worth.

MEMORIAL PARADE: Well done and thank you to everyone who has been involved in the recent fundraising events. The Easter auction raised an impressive £445.80, the coffee morning £66 and the jumble sale just short of £130. It’s all going well, but they still have a way to go to raise enough funds to make this year’s event as spectacular as the last three have been. Future fun activities include a boot sale on Saturday July 6 at the recreation ground from noon till 3pm. Pitches for cars are £5 and for vans £10. Bookings can be made on the day or email


KINGSTON WI: It was a lovely evening on June 6 when president, Barbara Cunningham, welcomed members to the monthly meeting. Even the hall had an early summer ambiance made so by the miniature flower arrangements of the entries to the competition. Barbara detailed forthcoming events: The Soiree for the July meeting, visits to Smallhythe Place and Eastbourne tennis, the village family day for which Valerie Simmons gave further information and for which members were asked to make cakes, a proposed visit to the Houses of Parliament in 2014, and all the group activities. Beverley Walkeford-Brown, who is willing to organise a craft group, distributed a questionnaire for members to complete to indicate which crafts would have their interest. Mac Rae invited the Institute to a coffee morning at Ashcombe House on Thursday June 27, 10am to noon in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice. Diana Arlett spoke about the Artwave weekends at the end of August and beginning of September during which time art works will be displayed at the pavilion. She asked members if they would contribute cakes for the teas being served in the pavilion on these occasions. Proceeds are to go to St Peter and St James Hospice. Hazel Craven gave a revue of the AGM in Cardiff when the delegates were entertained by the likes of John Humphreys. The resolution to support the prevention of the decline of the High Street was passed. She said it was a long meeting but well worth the journey. Vivienne Macey then enthralled the meeting with her reminiscences, using photos on her ipad (and ably assisted by her son Guy) of Glyndebourne Throughout the Year. Vivienne is a volunteer gardener there and she amazed us with her ability to remember innumerable botanical names of plants as well as being so amusing when she recounted how she was instructed by the head gardener on how to use a lawn mower, how to water plants and how to dig in unison with others. Vivienne said there will be a fund raising Open Day at Glyndebourne later in the year to celebrate 40 years of the creation of the garden. The gardeners have their own methods of resisting plant disease and they do not use any chemicals. Each year different areas are improved or recreated, this year’s redevelopment is the long bed in front of the house. But especially flourishing all the time is the vegetable garden so that the produce can be used at the house dinner parties. Members enjoyed a really lovely, amusing and informative talk. The competition, judged by Vivienne was: 1, Janice Barber; 2, Vera Pike; 3, Barbara Cunningham. The next meeting is the Soiree a the pavilion in Thursday July 4, at 6.30pm. (Janice Barber).


WESTGATE WI: June speaker Glenda Law plunged into her Watery Wanderings, stressing the importance of fresh water and life in garden ponds now that many village ponds have vanished. She described the diversity of plants and wildlife such as beetles, dragonflies, frogs, toads and grass snakes. She also showed slides of reservoirs, wetlands (Norfolk Broads), and a part of the Lake District where golden eagles used to breed. Next came rivers, including the Thames, backwaters and waterfalls and Glenda mentioned the lesser black-backed gulls now breeding on the Tower of London. Finally we heard about the canal network with its complex system of locks, a real feat of engineering. Glenda also showed views of wetland bird reserves, featuring an avocet, the RSPB’s emblem, and different ducks: round shaped diving ducks (eg pochard) and oblong dabbling ducks such as mallards. There was also a report from the link delegate at the Cardiff AGM where the resolution about getting involved in reviving our high streets was passed. The next meeting is on July 10. Next crafts is July 9. (A Stephen).

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday May 28 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Martin Hall and Peter Gannon; 2, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone, Mike Keeping and Matt Read. June 4 Ladder: 1, Peter and Irene Gannon; 2, Mike Keeping and Peter Waters; 3, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson. June 11 Butler Pairs: 1, Richard Burnett and Di Johnstone; 2, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Simon Fishburn and Richard Pearson. Thursday May 30 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell; 2, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 3, Nigel Osmer and Susan Louis. June 6: 1, Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 3, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson. June 13 Ladder: 1, Peter Cattermole and Nigel Osmer; 2, Liz Fry and David Sharpe; 3, Rita Hartnell and Alan Disney. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

U3A: University of the Third Age, The Lewes Lectures. Caring for the Sussex Poor: Social Security before Beveridge by Dr John Kay, 2.30pm on Tuesday at the Council Chamber, Lewes Town Hall. Lewes Lectures are free and all are welcome.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

CHURCH FETE: St Michael’s, Newhaven, is hosting its summer fete tomorrow (Saturday) 2.30pm to 4pm in the rectory garden. Stalls include handicrafts, kitchen, garden items, nearly-new, gifts, books and puzzles, Rick Sharp International. Games include plate smashing, treasure map, board games, tombola raffle. Cream teas in the Church Hall. All welcome.

BARBECUE: Newhaven Yacht Club is holding its Midsummer Barbecue at Southease Bridge on Sunday. For further details contact Gerald Simmons on 01273 515189.

CHARITY QUIZ at the Ship Hotel on Monday at 8pm in aid of the newly-formed bird rescue charity run by Carrie Grace. She does wonderful work saving all types of birds and it is a registered charity so do go along and support this worthy cause. Starts at 8pm, £1 per person and there will be music and a raffle.

PLANNING MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s planning committee meets at Meeching Hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public welcome.

JAZZ NIGHT: Go to Newhaven Fort and dance the night away to a live jazz band on Saturday June 29 to The Full Complement Jazz Band in this atmospheric setting. 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Tickets on sale now at Newhaven Fort 01273 517622 at £11 each.

LAPTOP: If anyone has a laptop for sale at a reasonable price that will give access to Broadband etc please email me at My keyboard has given up the ghost and I am having to type on two keyboards. I am away till June 29 so I will reply when I get back.

HOLIDAY: I am having to write the copy for June 28 today, Friday, as I go away this afternoon. Normally I write it over the weekend so if you have any urgent copy for that week only please email it direct to marking it Newhaven Parish Pump June 28. The following week normal service will be resumed.


OPEN GARDENS: Your chance to view some of Peacehaven’s best gardens on Sunday June 30 from 10am to 2pm. There is a small charge and the money raised will go to Care for the Carers an East Sussex charity. Tickets are £3 per person available from”> This event is being sponsored by Paradise Park.

MUSIC FESTIVAL at Piddinghoe Sports Park tomorrow, Saturday, from noon to 11pm. Tickets are £5 each available from the Peacehaven Information Office, Telscombe Council office, the tourist information offices in Lewes and Seaford and the Meridian Co-op. There is something for everyone to see which includes eight live bands, two licensed bars, fun fair, food fair, skate jam, a graffiti workshop, Maypole and Morris dancing, skull drummery, African and Egyptian drumming. The Town Clerk has spent many hours organising this festival so let’s hope he has had a word with the Clerk of the Weather so that residents can really enjoy the day.

GIVE BLOOD: Only 4 percent of the population gives blood and there is an urgent need to replenish stocks in the Blood Bank for the success of many procedures rely on blood being available. The Blood and Transplant team will be here in the Community Centre on June 26 and 28 from 2pm until 4.30pm and again from 5.30pm until 8pm. Your donation could save someone’s life. New donors are needed now.

BINGO: Remember tonight, Friday, there is a charity evening which starts at 7pm sharp. Eight games for £4 plus a flyer and a snowball game. Free refreshments during the interval and there is plenty of free parking available.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Meeching WI will be in the Meridian Centre Community House today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes from 8.30am until noon. Next week on Thursday the Peacehaven Players will be behind the counter. Followed on Friday June 28 by the Royal British Legion.

COUNCIL MEETINGS: On Tuesday there is a meeting of the leisure and amenities committee in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. Residents are welcome to attend and may ask questions on relevant matters during the first 15 minutes of the meeting.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the local advice group INAA and is in the Main Hall Community House from 8.30am until midday. Next week’s market will be organised by the Labour Party. To book a table contact them on 07876 561 880.

PEACEHAVEN PLAYERS: The theatre group are holding an Open Evening on July 2 at 8pm in the Meridian Centre Community hall. Whether your interest is acting on stage or helping with the many tasks behind the scenes the first step is to go along to the open evening.

THE DELL: The caravan and mobile motor home display will be at The Dell South Coast Road all this weekend, June 21 to 23. An excellent opportunity to see a wide range of various vehicles at one venue.


LOCAL HISTORY: The local history society are meeting today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall at 7pm. The speaker is John Withall on the history of Wakehurst Place. All welcome. Doors open at 6.45pm. More information from or Andy Webb 481101.

WANTED Info on Margaret Dora Benecks 1876-1962 and Marian Elizabeth Andrews 1882-1977, artist and sculptor, who lived in Enys Road, and had a studio in Bath Road. Any information please for Dr Jane Palmer, email or telephone 07710710766.

COFFEE MORNING: Byways Cat Care are holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre from 10am until midday. All welcome in the lounge.

ART EXHIBITION and sale of work tomorrow, Saturday, at Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon from 10am to 3pm. Admission free, light refreshments available. Trinity Art Group is tutored by Teresa Currie and are holding their first art exhibition and sale of work. On display and for sale will be original artworks, limited edition print cards, photography, textiles and crafts.

SHOW: Polegate Gardeners Society Early Summer Show is tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre at 2pm. All welcome.

POLEGATE WINE and Social Club next meet on Tuesday when our speaker is Paul Lacey an evening of magic. We meet in the Community Centre coffee lounge at 7.30pm. Details from Sheila Smith 483222.

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on June 27 include Wilmington Circular (Not The Long Man) nearly five miles one small hill, six stiles with Marianne; or A Downland Walk with an End Reward, nearly nine miles from leaders house, some roads, mostly downland, afterwards optional meeting place with Jill. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.


TABLE TOP SALE at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form tomorrow, Saturday, to coincide with the Green Car Day taking place for year 6 students from 12 local primary schools from 9.30am to 1.30pm. Tables are still available for £5. Year 6 students from each school have made an electric car which they will be racing against each other on a track at the Community College. There will also be a barbecue, cake stall and cream teas along with other side stalls.

FOOTBALL CLUB: On the football side the club’s first team manager is in place and training for all teams starts very shortly, time and places to be announced hopefully next week. In the Caburn Pavilion this weekend today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, evenings starting at 7.30pm. Hailsham Theatres present an evening of Cabaret. A Cabaret of Two Halves is an evening of music, dance and comedy suitable for the whole family and at the time of going to press there are still a few tickets available for both nights. Tickets are priced at £8 for adults and £6 for concessions and can be purchased from or from the club bar. Hailsham Theatres are also on social network sites Facebook and Twitter.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on June 12 was: 1, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery. The club next meets in the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact number 814220.

OPEN GARDENS: Advance notice that more than 12 gardens in Ringmer will be open with teas, plants and paintings on sale at some from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, July 6 and 7. Entrance to all the gardens £5 (accompanied U16s free) Tickets with map, which must be bought before visiting any garden, will be available from the village hall car-park just opposite the Village Green. Organised by the Ringmer Support Group in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice.

BOWLS CLUB: The results for matches played last week were Ringmer v Horam 54-58, Ringmer v Motcombe Gardens 70-39 and Ringmer v Nutley 55-51.

Rodmell & Southease

UP AND DOWN WEEK: It was a busy up and down week last week. On Monday June 10 I had planned to do the Bluebell Railway trip to East Grinstead with a friend, but, at the last minute plans laid five weeks ago went wrong, as they sometimes do. This resulted in me going on my own, as being a carer, I’d had to plan the day like a military operation so there was always someone on hand for Mike. Although it was a it of a lonely trip I enjoyed it, but was very disappointed in East Grinstead. I had not been there for years and it was always to me and my friends a rather classy place to visit, with good quality shops etc. It has now, like a lot of places, got the run down look and from what I heard from other people on the train they felt the same way. The journey was lovely, through gentle meadows covered in buttercups and other wild flowers, new vineyards and with plenty of wildlife to see, such as pheasants and deer in abundance. As well as the trains being great the stations are too, with the old suitcases and trunks stacked up and old posters. I have to say I did not see any rabbits, and thinking about it, have not seen any in our own field and orchard for months, very strange. I arrived back in time to also visit Sheffield Park Gardens which were a mass of colour with rhododendrons full out, lovely.

BIRTHDAY: My 70th birthday party at River Cottage, Piddinghoe was a great success, and despite a morning of disasters, when we also thought we would need to have it in the village hall because of rain, come 3pm the sun was shining, there was a gentle breeze and there was plenty to watch on the river as canoeists and boats were out on such a lovely afternoon. Kim’s cakes went down a treat, champagne flowed and it was a lovely happy gathering. In the evening it was another gathering of musicians and singers over at our pub which had had a very busy day and had almost run out of food, but rustled enough together for everyone to sustain their hunger. It was lovely to see the surprise on visitors’ faces who were not part of the party, when they were asked to join in and tuck in, they loved it. I would like to say a big thank you to all my friends, relatives and neighbours who have been so supportive to me over the years when I have had an awful lot to cope with, and my party was one way of thanking them. Also thank you to Rod Sadler, another B&B, who was kind enough to let us use his cottage and garden, and my lovely god-daughter Sharon who gave me so much support in the organisation.

OPEN GARDENS: Southease had lovely weather for their Open Gardens weekend and I’m sure they must have done well and given enjoyment to many.

CELEBRATION of the 400th anniversary of Rodmell’s 1613 Bible will take place on Saturday, June 29 at 6.30pm in St Peter’s Church with readings, hymns and music. Do come and enjoy listening to the wonderful language of this Bible. It will be a short celebration and finish with a glass of wine. Any more details needed phone Christine Isitt (475943).

LECTURE: Today, Friday, 7.30pm to 8.30pm Summer Lecture in Rodmell Village Hall. Leonard and Virginia, as I remember Them by Cecil Woolf. Booking is essential for all special events at monk’s House, visit the shop, reception area or phone 474760 or see

COFFEE CLUB: On Wednesday from 11am to 12.30pm Rodmell Coffee Club meets in the village hall. All welcome.

SADLY Rodmell had some bad news last week when a much loved villager died at a young age. The village is devastated and our thoughts are with the family and friends who thought so much of Brett Young. Many have asked me when the funeral will take place. I hope to be able to inform you when it becomes more public.


GET ACTIVE: The Downs Leisure Centre are holding an adult exercise taster session tonight, Friday, at 5.30pm. For just 50p you can try out different activities. For information call 01273 516032.

FOLK CLUB: Winter Wilson are known for their beautifully crafted songs and off-the-wall humour. They are the guests tonight at the Seaford Folk Club. They meet at 8pm at the Royal British Legion Club but don’t forget that you can go a bit earlier for dinner as the Legion do a great selection of food and drink.

POP UP: The Crypt Gallery will be the venue of another event this weekend. A small but talented group of artists and craftsmen and women take over the Crypt to give a super free exhibition of locally produced arts and crafts. There are also refreshments. Open from 10am to 5pm.

BOOK SALE: Seaford U3A (University of the Third Age) are holding a Coffee Morning and book sale at the St Leonard’s Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am. The programme of events for the following year will be launched. The U3A have a varied programme of events and lectures so it is worth a visit.

OPEN GARDEN: The Long House in West Dean Village has a beautiful garden which will be open tomorrow from 1.30pm to 5.30pm in order to raise funds for the nearby lovely church. There will be teas and plants and cake for sale. Entry £4.

SUMMER FETE: The Abundant Grace Nursing Home will be having a summer fair tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 5pm. There will be stalls, raffles and refreshments and also a dog-show from 3pm so take along your pooch who may win a prize.

SEAFORD TALK: I will be giving a new talk tomorrow, Saturday, evening at the AGM of the Seaford Twinning Association. The talk is entitled Unseen Seaford and will include lots of new old photos (if that makes sense). This is a free event but there will be an American Buffet (bring some food or drink to share). The venue is 37 Church Street and doors will be open from 7.10pm to 7.30pm when the AGM will start, shortly followed by the talk. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the Twinning Association and learn more about Seaford. Please note that entry will not be possible after 7.30pm.

CONCERT: The Concentus Chorale will be performing at St Leonard’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, evening at 7.30pm. They will be playing music from the movies including James Bond, Grease and My Fair Lady. Tickets are £10 in advance from Newberry Tully Estate Agency or £11 on the door.

OPEN GARDENS: The Mayor’s Open Garden Trail is on Sunday from 11am to 5pm and a number of gardens in Seaford will be open to the public. These included 11 Steyne Road, 9 Kingsmead, Cosy Cottage, Firle Road, 8 Sandgate Close, Windover in Chyngton Road North, 1 Buckthorne Close (off Kingston Avenue) and 14 Lullington Close. Driftwood in Bishopstone and the Community Garden at the Crouch will also be open. A ticket costing just £5 will give access to all gardens. For further information call 01323 899296. This is a special event and a great opportunity to see some beautiful gardens.

PLAY IN THE PARK: The fabulous Rude Mechanical Theatre Company are always welcome in Seaford and they will be returning this week for another of their fun filled musical plays, Harlequin Goes to the Moon. It’s a jolly fun-packed musical play performed in the open air at Crouch Gardens. The fun starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday but the site will be opened from 6pm for people to set up their seats and have a picnic. Bring a seat or a rug to sit on and something warm for when the sun goes down. Tickets are available from Newberry Tully Estate Agency and you can get further information by calling 01323 501260.

SEAFORD HEAD SIXTH FORM: There will be an open exhibition at the Old School Annex in Steyne Road on Wednesday from 3.30pm to 7pm. The exhibition will show plans and details of the Sixth Form Centre which will be opening there in September next year. What great news for our local youngsters who, for the past few years, have had to travel to Brighton, Lewes or Eastbourne to further their education.

GARDEN TALK: Seaford Gardening Club meet at the Clinton Centre (the new entrance is opposite Tesco). They will be meeting on Wednesday at 7.30pm when their guest speaker is Alan Grey talking about the South Downs. For information call 01323 491331.

TOWN CRYER: Thank you to our splendid Town Cryer for announcing Sussex Day last Sunday. A small but vocal group of people braved the rain to see our Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mark Brown, raise the Sussex flag and sing Sussex By the Sea. If you want to know more about the town Cryer why not attend the horticultural society meeting on Thursday evening at 7pm when he will be speaking about his role. The society meet at St Leonard’s Church Hall.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the Council Planning and Highways 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.

PARISH PUMP: After doing the parish pump for several years now I have decided to retire so there is a vacancy for a parish-pumper for Seaford. If you are interested in taking over from me please call Sally at the Sussex Express in Lewes on 01273 480601.


ROAD CLOSURE: This is advance notice of closure of the South Coast Road on Monday July 1 for three days. On Monday July 1 and Tuesday July 2 the road will be closed between 7am and 5pm for eastbound traffic between the junctions of Fairlight Avenue, Telscombe Cliffs and Sutton Avenue, Peacehaven, for resurfacing works. On Wednesday July 3 works will be taking place between 7pm and 6am on the stretch between Telscombe Cliffs Way and Fairlight Avenue, Telscombe Cliffs with the use of traffic lights. A diversion route for eastbound traffic will be signed via Telscombe Cliffs Way, St Peters Avenue, Arundel Road West and Sutton Avenue. ESCC will do their best to give access to your house or business. Talk to a member of staff on site if you have access queries. If it rains, works may be delayed. Westbound traffic will not be affected. If you have any queries, contact ESCC on 0345 60 80 193.

BINGO EVENING at Telscombe Civic Centre on Friday June 28, 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.