Parish Pump Newhaven – March 1, 2013

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ALFRISTON

MUCH ADO BOOKS: On Saturday March 16 Much Ado Books are having a creative crafters afternoon making Easter cards and decorations. Much Ado will supply all the materials. To provide inspirations there will be a selection of books and magazines with Easter projects that can be completed in an afternoon. And of course there will be refreshments too. The workshop will run from 2pm to 4.30pm. Tickets cost £15 and are available in advance through the website www.muchadobooks.com or by telephoning 01323 871444.

LUNCH with Tim Loughton MP. The Alfriston branch of the local Conservative Association is organising a lunch at the War Memorial Hall on March 16 at 12.30pm with guest speaker Tim Loughton MP. Tim, who grew up in Alfriston, is the Member of Parliament for East Worthing and Shoreham. Anyone wishing to attend should contact Tony Woodthorpe on 01323 871695.

PRO MUSICA will be performing Haydn’s Creation at 6pm on March 24 in St Andrew’s Church. Pro Musica is performing an abridged version with narration that will last approximately an hour and a quarter. Tickets £10 (children under 14 free).

WI NEWS: Wendy Day reports: At our February meeting, Brian Freeland gave a very entertaining talk about his life working in the theatre and his travels to 42 countries as lighting technician and stage manager with touring theatre companies. He told us of performers pleasant and not so pleasant, sober and non-sober, and interesting and amusing anecdotes about the theatres and hotels in so many different places. Members were reminded about our outing to the orchid nursery, and the arrangements for our 95th anniversary celebration. Our next meeting will be on March 19 when we will be having A Crafty Afternoon.

ANOTHER REMNDER to all traffic to Alfriston. The village is open to visitors with well marked access to car parks. Traffic coming into the village is warned that there is no through route and there are new signs indicating different routes. I mention this again as drivers are being caught out going along familiar roads which are temporarily one way. Slow and careful might be the best approach.

BISHOPSTONE

PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH planning meeting for the summer fete to be held at 18 Hawth Hill tomorrow, Saturday, at 12.30pm. Regular stall holders and new helpers are all welcome. RSVP Jane 898209.

WHIST DRIVE and raffle on Saturday March 9 at 7.30pm in Bishopstone Parish Hall. All welcome, including beginners. Entrance cost is £2.50 including refreshments.

GLYNDE & BEDDINGHAM

WOMEN VERSUS CANCER: Coffee morning, Saturday March 23, at Glynde Reading Room 11.30am to 12.30pm. My daughter Louise is embarking on a 400km bike ride across Cuba in October 2013. The money raised will go towards women’s cancer research eg cervical, ovarian and breast cancer. Please come and meet Louise over coffee and cake and perhaps buy a raffle ticket or two. We look forward to seeing you. For further information please call Janet on 01273858349.

KINGSTON

CHURCH SERVICES: As always on the first Sunday of the month, there will be a Family Service starting at 9.45am. This is a short child friendly service open to all, with coffee, tea or squash and biscuits to follow. Then, on Mothering Sunday, March 10, there will be a special service (without communion) for the whole family at 9.45am. The Kingston Brownies will be parading with their flag and we look forward to seeing a large congregation to celebrate this special day for all mums.

RACE NIGHT: Kingston Pre-School will hold one of their ever popular Race Nights at Kingston Parish Hall on Saturday evening, March 9, from 7.30pm. There will be six races in total, all shown on the big screen in the hall. Bets are limited to £1 per horse per race, although you can back more than one horse. Simon Brook will compere the evening with his normal gusto. Tickets for entry at £5 each are available from Lucy Buxton (07802 805853), Rachel Chandler (07717 771509), Keith Gibson (471193) or Brian Simmons (474303). Net proceeds will be used to purchase new equipment for the pre-school.

LEWES

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday February 5 Ladder: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 3, Rita Hartnell and Pat Elliott. February 12 Butler Teams: 1, Simon Fishburn and Ann Butterfield; 2, Rita Hartnell and Pat Elliott; 3, Matt Read and Janet Cattermole. February 7 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Nancy Wiginton and Mickie Lodge, Peter and Irene Gannon; 3, Peter Cattermole and Adela Thomas. February 14: 1, Nancy Wiginton and Rosemary Land; 2, Paul Allen and Lynne Tunley; 3, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On a warm sunny day 18 of us set off from Newhaven Town railway station. Passing through the adjacent industrial estate we then headed north eastwards to the A259 crossing part of the Ouse Estuary Nature Reserve. The going was not too muddy because of the over night frost. Crossing the road we then headed eastwards towards Bishopstone, climbing across the ridge of Rookery Hill with views of Newhaven and the Ouse Valley behind us. In the distance Seaford Head came into view before we dropped down a wooded slope and then headed into the village of Bishopstone. Bishopstone Church, a typical flint-built downland structure, is one of the oldest in the county with a 12th century tower and was well worth a visit. Leaving the village we headed north eastwards for some time along the edges of large arable fields until we reached Seaford Golf Course. After a break beyond a reservoir we then headed south eastwards for some time along the top of a ridge to Cradle Hill. Passing the new vineyard at Rachfinny we soon crossed the Alfriston Road by the High and Over car park. Continuing south eastwards we then got our first views of the Cuckmere River Valley stretching all the way to the sea with Litlington and Friston Forest to the east. Dropping down we were able to make our way southwards following the course of the river all the way to Exceat Bridge. We then returned to Lewes by bus and train. The next walk is on Wednesday at Cuckfield. Meet at 9.30am as usual at top North Street car park.

NEWHAVEN, DENTON & SOUTH HEIGHTON

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: Today is Women’s World Day of Prayer when three million worldwide will be praying together using a form of service prepared by the Christian Women of France. The theme of this year’s service is, It Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Them. In Newhaven the two services will be held in St Leonard’s Church, Denton. At 2pm the speaker will be Jackie Harland from Brighton and at 7.30pm the speaker will be Jenny Wilson from Denton. Although this organisation is led by women everyone is welcome at these services which will be followed by refreshments and there will be a Tradecraft stall.

NEWHAVEN FORT reopens today, Friday, for the spring/summer season to provide visitors with a quality day out to remember. It is open from 10.30am to 5pm daily and visitors have the chance to enjoy interactive wartime displays and exhibits plus a year long programme of special events. For further details telephone the Fort on 01273 517622 or click on to their website http://www.newhavenfort.org.uk

FREE WORKSHOP tomorrow (Saturday) at the Newhaven Growing Together Community Garden led by local artists and carpenters from 10am to 5pm, lunch provided. Learn to create a willow sculpture or improve your Do It Yourself skills and team up to make garden furniture. Booking essential, telephone Jenny on 01273 311700 or email jenny.leon@ncda.org.uk.

TASTELESS is back. The popular local band comprising Matt Burbury on drums, Carl Troke on lead guitar, Geoff Smith on bass and lead singer Nick Ingram will be performing at The Ark on West Quay tomorrow, Saturday, at 9pm.

BIOSPHERE STATUS: Newhaven residents will have the chance to take part in the consultation process of their town being included in the bid to achieve Biosphere Reserve Status for the area including Newhaven. This will all be explained in the touring roadshow which visits the Hillcrest Centre from March 11 to 16. The unmanned display is at the centre from March 11 to 15 and on March 16 the roadshow will include a stunning photographic exhibition showing what makes this area so special. The roadshow and exhibition will be open from 10am to 2pm on March 16, the unmanned display is on show during the centre’s opening hours.

GUEST HOUSE Storytellers next meeting will be held on Tuesday March 12 but it is advisable to book in advance as it is an evening featuring professional storyteller Sarah Rundle who will tell Tales of Mystery and Desire. There will be stories of Chinese and Japanese Monsters, Yokai and Hairy Things, Brides turned into Foxes and Ladies turned into Ogres. Advance tickets are £6 from the Hillcrest Centre where the stories takes place or £7 on the door subject to availability. You can also book through Ronda Armitage on 01825 873477 or email her rondaarmitage@hotmail.co.uk

MEECHING WI: The February meeting started on a sad note as one of the members, Sylvia Metcalf, recently died. She was a long-standing and much-loved member and very popular with everyone. A minute’s silence was held and the president read out a limerick which Sylvia had written for a WI competition, she will be greatly missed. The speaker was Mrs Parfitt-King who spoke about A Girdle Round the Earth. She told members of her journey to New Zealand on a container ship and her travels there. She illustrated her talk with slides to show how beautiful New Zealand is. The Federation Annual Meeting is being held in Eastbourne on Monday March 25 at 1.30pm and tickets are £9 but members have to make their own travel arrangements. The annual dinner is at Blatchington Golf Club on Friday April 5, the menu has already been given to the members. Simon Beckett’s thriller Whispers of the Dead is the book club choice for this month and members are finding it an exciting read. Meetings are held at Meeching Hall on the third Thursday of the month at 9.45am and visitors are always welcome. The next meeting is on Thursday March 21 when Helen Wagstaff will talk about Jams and Pickles.

PEACEHAVEN

CINEMA: Les Miserables is the film showing in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Saturday March 9. Be aware that the programme starts at the slightly earlier time of 7pm. Tickets at £5 are available now from the information office.

LOCAL THEFTS: Police report that number plates have been stolen from vehicles in Peacehaven recently and then used for criminal activities. Drivers are asked to check their number plates are fully secure and if one or both are missing report it immediately to the police by calling them on the non-emergency number 101.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: There will be councillors from Town, District or County available at the Meridian Centre on Saturday March 9 from 10 until 11 to help and advise on any matters affecting Peacehaven. Discussions are confidential and on a one-to-one basis. This is a drop-in clinic so an appointment is not necessary.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The Evangelical Church will be in the Meridian Centre Community House foyer today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes from 8.30am until noon. Next week on Tuesday Mencap will be behind the counter followed on Thursday by Peacehaven Catholic Church. On Friday March 8 the Meridian Evening WI will be providing the morning refreshments

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrw has been arranged by the Meridian Athletic Football Club in the Main Hall Community House from 8.30am until midday. Next week’s market will be organised by INAA the local advice group To book a table with them telephone 07956 589 577.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the full Town Council this Tuesday. In the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. The public are welcome to attend and may ask questions during the first 15 minutes.

BLOOD DONORS: The NHS Blood and Transplant team will be in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Friday March 8 from 2pm to 4.30pm and again from 5.30pm to 8pm. There is an ever increasing need for new donors to come forward to replace those who by virtue of their age now have to cease making contributions. It is so easy to give and none of us know when we or a family member may need a lifesaving transfusion. Donors who would prefer a specific time can book an appointment by calling 0300 123 23 23.

OPEN DAY: The Meridian Surgery held an open day especially for their registered patients on Saturday March 23. It was an opportunity to meet and talk with a number of local Health Professionals about the services they provide and covered a broad range of topics. There was plenty of literature available to take away for reading later. It certainly broadened my knowledge of the wide range of facilities that are available to help people maintain a healthy lifestyle. It was a morning well spent.

WOMEN’S DAY: The annual International Women’s Day is being celebrated worldwide on March 6 and in the Community House, Meridian Centre from 5pm to 8pm. It originated to draw attention to some of the problems that face women in various parts of the world especially in the Middle Eastern countries. Local women are invited to come along on Wednesday to relax, leave any difficulties behind for a few hours and have some fun. There will be stalls offering jewellery, beauty treatments, Indian food and several arts and craft items. There will be food, coffee and teas available.

POLEGATE

TRINITY CHURCH is open every Sunday, despite the weather. Our services commence at 10.30am. All welcome. We never close. Services are recorded; please ask if you would like to hear one of our services. Or visit our website http://trinitywillingdon.webplus.net Friday fellowship on the first, third and fifth Fridays of each month for a short time of quiet reflection and fellowship at 10am is followed by refreshments.

HIRE OF THE CENTRE, if you wish to hire any of the rooms at Polegate Community Centre, which consist of hall and stage, lounge, activity room, kitchens and two committee rooms. Telephone 482434 between the hours of 10 am to noon, and 2pm to 4pm, when the office is open for hire charges and vacancies.

SINGERS: Maundy Thursday at 3pm, singers are invited to join the Downland Singers for a performance of Olivet to Calvary by J H Maunder at Trinity Church. There will be four rehearsals on Thursdays, March 7, 14 and 21 at 7.30 pm. A knowledge of the work would be helpful or the ability to sight read. For further details please speak to Jennie on 484189.

FOR folk interested in recording church services, a sound seminar is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, at Lindfield URC. For more info contact Lydia Goodchild on 01444 450473 office is open Tuesday to Thursday mornings from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm or email her Lydia@csua.org.uk or visit www.csua.org.uk

THE SPEAKER for Eastbourne Local History Society meeting at St Saviours Church Hall, on Tuesday, at 2.45pm, is Steve Myall on The Victorian Development of the Clifton, Montpelier and Powis Estates of Brighton. Visitors welcome. For more information please contact Maureen on 485971.

RAMBLING CLUB: March 7, Leisurely Walk, Polegate Twittens, not quite 3 miles. Meet at Polegate Library from 10am, flat no mud, no stiles, coffee with Rick. Or Let’s Try Again, Pevensey Levels, nearly 5 miles flat, but muddy, coffee at Chilley Farm, and two stiles with Rita and Brenda. Or a longer walk Pubs and Churches, 10 miles, Wilmington, Arlington, Berwick, Alfriston, mostly field paths, no steep hills, about 30 stiles, take picnic with John R. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

DID your ancestors come from Sussex? Has anyone written up their family history? If not then may be the competition organized by Sussex Family History Group is of interest. For more information contact Judy Excell by email competition@sfhs.org.uk or visit www.sfhg.org.uk

PCaSO Prostate Cancer Network Eastbourne Support Group. March is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. As with previous years, the group will be involved in a number of events beginning with a display stand in Eastbourne Arndale Centre near Topshop tomorrow, Saturday. Do come along to find out more about our activities and pick up one of our new leaflets. The following week (March 9) we will also be at the home game of Eastbourne Borough Football Club at Priory Lane. Mark Tolhurst, Macmillan Carer Support Worker was the guest speaker at the February meeting. Mark explained his role which is funded for three years to specifically work with carers affected by cancer. A third of all carers are over the age of 60 so it is not surprising that either the person they are caring for or they themselves are affected by cancer. Mark’s job is to enable the carer to feel supported in their caring role and to ensure they can access respite assistance, financial entitlements and carer’s assessments. His work is often about signposting as people do not realise where to find the information or what is available. He is funded by Macmillan Cancer Support within the Care for the Carers service in East Sussex. Carers can self refer as well as be referred by a health professional. Mark was thanked for his talk and the unique insight into his role. Discussion continued over tea and coffee and the customary raffle. The next meeting is on Thursday March 14 at 7pm in the Post Graduate Centre, Eastbourne District General Hospital. The speaker is Steve Garnett, Consultant Urologist/Clinical Lead, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. All are welcome. Please contact Graham Hatfield on 01323 749258 / 641513 or e-mail graham.hatfield@btopenworld.com if you require further details or visit our website: www.pcasoeastbourne.org.uk/ There are stairs to this venue but lift access is available.

RINGMER

DAY OF PRAYER: Do remember that the Women’s World Day of Prayer service will take place in St Mary’s Church today, Friday, commencing at 10.30am. Everybody is warmly invited to attend and after the service there will be refreshments provided in the Church Room.

SIMPLE LUNCH: The Lenten Lunch today, Friday, will be held in the Church Room following on from the above service in the church. Next Friday the lunch will be held at the Vicarage from noon to 2pm. All welcome.

RACE NIGHT: This event is being organised by the Ringmer Primary Home School Association at the primary school this evening, Friday. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Tickets are £3 on the door. All profits are to enhance and redevelop the outside area of the whole school.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team travel to the extremes of West Sussex for an SCFL Div One fixture against Selsey FC. Kick off time at Selsey is 3pm. On Tuesday evening the firsts are scheduled to play at home to Dorking Wanderers with a kick off time of 7.45pm. However, please check with the club before the match as the club has to pass their bi-annual floodlight inspection before this match can take place. The second team are at home to St. Francis Rangers tomorrow, Saturday, in the Reserve Section Premier League. Kick off at The Caburn is 3pm. On the social side on Saturday evening there is a Karaoke evening commencing at 7.30pm so if you have got an X Factor go along and have a go as all welcome. Finally, on Monday, March 11, there is a general forum to discuss the running of the youth team next season and the club would like anyone interested to attend if possible.

EVENING WI: At its meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall the speaker will be Joe Mendell whose talk is entitled Bob Newhart Rides Again.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on February 20 was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett. The next meeting of the club will be on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St. Mary’s Room of the village hall.

STOOOLBALL: The AGM of this club will be held in the Football Club Pavilion on Thursday, at 7.30pm. All members welcome.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: The current round of public consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan ends on Friday, March 8. Please ensure any comments you have reach the parish council by that date and include your name, postcode and contact details. Comments can be sent to the Parish Office, Ringmer Village Hall or submitted by e-mail to Ringmerto2030@gmail.com. The draft plan is available on the parish council website, with printed copies available in Ringmer Library or the parish office during the normal opening hours.

JUMBLE SALE: This is being organised by the Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society in the village hall on Saturday, March 9, at 2pm. If you have jumble you wish to donate please bring it to the hall as near to noon as possible on the morning of the sale.

RODMELL & SOUTHEASE

YOUTH HOSTEL: The new £5 million Youth Hostel and visitor centre appears to be opening on the South Downs at Itford Farm, Beddingham this spring. Many people wondered when this project would be completed. Youth hostels have always played a vital role for the many visitors to our beautiful area who are looking for good accommodation and facilities at a reasonable rate. Beds in shared single sex rooms at Itford Farm will cost £16 per night and private rooms will be priced at £25 per night, a very reasonable rate which I’m sure the many walkers who roam our lovely countryside will appreciate. I’m not sure if it will make a lot of different to the B&Bs in the area, apart from some people not being willing to pay high prices in this economic crisis when they have something cheaper on the doorstep. With Lewes also having a Premier Inn in its centre, and they are also very good and economic, it may keep prices down.

WI: Betty Houghton was the speaker at our WI meeting on February 19 and gave us a very interesting talk on her time at Bletchley Park. Betty’s husband John, who was a well known local, sadly died on February 6 and his funeral took place on February 18. We much appreciated Betty still doing her talk the next day.

FOR MANY YEARS I had a small company named Hidden Sussex Tours and I had many local clients, as well as American and Japanese tourists, that I used to drive around the lanes of hidden Sussex. I noticed in the announcements of deaths column on February 15 that Doris Denman had died and she had been one of my regular clients. She was a very interesting lady, who had been a rat catcher in the war, with the Women’s Land Army and she was also related to Lady Denman and loved to visit Denman Gardens. It was always a pleasure to take her and her friends out for the day.

THE PHEASANTS in our garden are becoming extremely tame and one in particular has befriended Tine, our goat, and spends a lot of time with him. I’m hoping to get some photographs of them together. This pheasant sits right outside my back door on the fence that I hang Tine’s cabbages on, and waits for food to be put out from him. Wood mice have invaded my kitchen and I’ve caught four so far. They really are pretty little creatures and I catch them in humane traps and take them for walks, well away from the house, and let them go along the hedgerow.

COLD: I can’t say I’ve enjoyed the chill wind we’ve been having but at least it’s a change from rain, rain and yet more rain. The local garden centre was very busy when the sun came out but I couldn’t help feeling people were being a bit too optimistic with some of the plants they were buying as spring isn’t here yet. I actually purchased some plants but they will stay in the greenhouse for a while.

QUIZ NIGHT: I hear the quiz night on Saturday February 23 in the village hall was a great success. Congratulations to Southease residents who organised it.

SNOWDROPS: Southease Churchyard is an absolute picture at the moment with its carpet of snowdrops and I hear that Iford is hoping that, in time, theirs will look the same, as they are having a snowdrop planting tea party on Sunday, 3pm to 4.30pm when villagers can plant their own clump of snowdrops then watch them multiply year by year.

TALENT: Evidently Iford and Swanborough had a very successful evening’s entertainment of local talent on February 22. Maybe Rodmell and Southease could follow suite, as our villages are bursting with talent.

MARY CALVERLEY and daughters would like friends and villagers to know that her late husband’s Memorial Service will take place in Rodmell Church at 2.30pm on Tuesday.

SEAFORD

THE FOLK CLUB will meet tonight, Friday, at the Royal British Legion Club. Doors open at 8pm (although the bar is open earlier). It is one of their popular Singers and Musicians nights where everyone gets a chance to participate.

TRAVEL: There is a replacement bus service instead of trains between Seaford and Lewes this weekend and remember if you are driving north of the town, the road via Alfriston is still closed to through traffic, however the local businesses remain open.

MAD MARCH FAIR: Pop along to St Leonard’s Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and noon for a Mad March Fair involving cakes, collectables, books and a raffle. There will be refreshments too.

NEARLY NEW SALE at the Clinton Centre near Tesco’s tomorrow, Saturday, runs from 10am. There will be a number of stalls selling nearly new children’s clothing and toys. There will also be maternity clothes and cakes and refreshments. This event has been organised by Seaford Sweethearts WI.

GET PLUGGED IN is aimed at youngsters between the ages of 11 to 18 years, to show the range of activities that are available to them in the town. There will be displays, have a go opportunities, food, competitions and more. All the town youth groups and clubs will be represented and the event is free. Families are welcome so everyone can go. Seaford Baptist Church (Belgrave Road) from 2pm to 6pm tomorrow, Saturday.

FOOTBALL: Seaford Town FC are playing at home at the Crouch tomorrow, Saturday, at 3pm. They are playing Steyning Town so turn up at the touchline and support your local team.

GERMAN EVENING: Seaford Twinning Association is holding an informal German Conversation Evening at the White Lion Pub. If you learned German at school or whilst in the forces or if German is your first language why not pop along for a chat. This is a free event and food and refreshments will be available from the bar. There will also be a raffle - viel gluck.

ART LECTURE: One of the most famous of all artists, Michelangelo, is the subject of an illustrated talk by art historian Kay Blackburn at St Peter’s Church on Tuesday at 2.30pm. The talk is open to everyone. Tickets are only £5 which includes refreshments, available from Stephen Newberry Estate Agents, or on the door. Kay’s talks are fascinating and always popular so it’s best to book.

NATURE LECTURE: Seaford Literary and Lecture Club will meet at 7.30pm on Tuesday evening at St Leonard’s Church Hall. Their speaker will be Dr Kate Cole who will be talking about the wildlife of East Sussex.

GOLF CLUB: There is a meeting of the Seaford Town Council Golf Club Committee at 37 Church Street on Tuesday at 7pm. I am sure there will be an update about the new club-house. 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.

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT: Fairtrade food is often to be found in many shopping bags as people realise that Fairtrade food is delicious, ethically sourced and increasingly getting cheaper. This is Fairtrade Fortnight which culminates in a Fair Trade Fair next weekend. Do your best to buy at least one Fairtrade product this week, it is available in most supermarkets and other shops.

CHENEYS Home in Southdown Road has now been demolished and a new building will be constructed. The original house was the home of Leo Cheney, an artist best known for his Walking Man logo for Walkers whiskey. Although the building was originally opened in 1947, 50 years ago Clementine Churchill, the wife of the Prime Minister, opened an extension. I am pleased to report the commemorative plaque she unveiled has been rescued and will be fixed to the new building.

COUNCIL VACANCY: There is a vacancy for a Seaford Town Councillor to represent the East Ward. If 10 or more local residents ask Lewes District Council’s chief executive for a by-election by March 8, then one will take place. If not Seaford Town Council will co-opt a new councillor at their meeting on April 11.

TELSCOMBE

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: The next councillors’ surgery will be tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am. This will be held at the Civic Centre and is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town or district councillor. There is usually a county councillor present too and a representative from the local police. Please make the most of this opportunity to meet your town councillor and come along on Saturday. No appointment is necessary.

YOUNG PEOPLE’S Film Show and Games Morning. Tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon, Telscombe Town Council will be hosting a film show and games morning for young people at the Civic Centre. There will be films, table tennis and pool. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Entry is free, and refreshments will be available to purchase. This is held on the first Saturday of the month, to coincide with the councillors’ surgery and coffee morning.

COFFEE MORNING: Telscombe Residents Association will be holding a coffee morning from 10am to 11am tomorrow, Saturday, to coincide with the councillors’ surgery and young people’s event. 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.

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

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. If you prefer to have a one-to-one chat, or for more information, please ring Pat Dunkley on 01273 582952 or 07760 300467.

MEETING: Telscombe Residents Association are meeting in room 1 at the Civic Centre on Thursday at 7.30pm. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues, and you will have the opportunity to put forward your views and proposals for Telscombe. All Telscombe residents and new members are very welcome.