HORTICULTURAL SHOW: (Bishopstone Spring Show for Horticultural and Home Produce). In spite of a sustained downpour outside, the tables inside were sunny with daffodils, narcissi, hyacinths, lenten roses and many other spring flowers. Exhibitors submitted items of home produce, intricate handicrafts, and inspiring artwork plus photography. £221 was raised for Waves (the Mayor’s charity) thanks to everyone who helped, entered and supported the show.
QUIZ NIGHT: The parish hall committee quiz night taxed the brains of seven teams while enjoying a sumptuous repast and raised £125 for Waves.
St ANDREW’S APCM will be held in the Parish Hall on Sunday at 11.45am. Coffee will be served in the hall beforehand.
WALK: The Family Support Networks Easter Walk will start at 9.30am to 10am on Monday April 9 meeting at the Memorial Hall, near St Andrew’s Church, Alfriston. Contact Nina Clyde 01273 425699.
REMINDERS: Seaford and Bishopstone Neighbourhood Watch, AGM, 11am tomorrow, Saturday, at Cross Way, Steyne Road. Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club, AGM, 6pm tomorrow, Saturday. And the clocks go forward by one hour on Sunday.
UNDER the old village of Bishopstone are cellars, but none as big as those below the former Bishopstone Place. In the 18th century, this stately home belonged to Thomas Pelham-Holles, First Duke of Newcastle, prime minister and sponsor of William Pitt the Elder, another prime minister. Back in the last century, when Ed worked for the British Museum (Natural History), he had a frequent visitor from the Royal Scottish Museum called Teddy, a butterfly expert. His full name was Edward Pelham-Clinton, and shortly before his death in 1988, became the tenth Duke of Newcastle but he never came to Bishopstone.
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
SEA CADETS: Congratulations to our local unit T S Defiance which won the Colour Party and Team Piping at the Sussex District Drill and Piping Competition. The teams now travel to Portsmouth on Sunday to take part in the Area Competition. We all wish them the best of luck.
BOOT SALE On the same day (Sunday) Newhaven and Seaford Sea Cadets are running the first Car Boot Sale of the year at The Dell, Peacehaven. Gates open for sellers at 7am, buyers from 8am and the sale is open until noon. No need to book and there is plenty of free parking for buyers.
BIG PLANNING EVENT: Visitors flocked to the Hillcrest Centre last week to see the three proposals for the development of Newhaven’s East Quay. It was very well organised and run with plenty of opportunity to talk to the developers and make comments. Those who attended will be sad to know that the one which attracted the most interest will now not happen. Cross Stone promised a hotel, cinema and a new community building including a brand-new theatre. However, due to uncertainty whether the sc home could be delivered and problems arising over the purchase of the Parker Pen site, Cross Stone has now withdrawn both applications before it goes before the district council’s planning committee.
COMMUNITY AWARDS, formerly the Young People of the Year Awards, has been extended to include all ages. Newhaven Town Council is looking for nominations for young people, Carer, Sportsperson and Young Person of Courage and any age Volunteer, Achiever and Unsung Hero. Individual winners will receive £100 plus a trophy at a ceremony on May 2. Nomination forms from Newhaven Town Council Offices, Fort Road and must be received by April 15. Tel: 01273 516100.
ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH: Mike Flood the church organist has told me the Passion Play performed at the church a few years ago is now available to listen to and download parts of it online. We Have Changed the World was written by Ron Ward and Mike composed the music. A share of the profits will go to St Michael’s. Go to www.mikefloodmusic.com and click on We Have Changed the World.
NEWHAVEN ROCKS: Two very exciting music events have been planned for Newhaven, one in April and one in May which will get the whole town rocking. St George’s Invasion of Newhaven takes place at The Engineer Pub over the weekend April 20/21. The event starts at 5pm Friday April 19 and there will be top bands and other entertainment throughout the weekend. Entrance is free but there will be collections and fund-raising competitions for Help The Heroes.
DANCEHAVEN is one of the biggest music festivals ever to be staged in Newhaven and takes place from noon to 11pm on Saturday May 12, which coincides with the 125th anniversary of Newhaven Football Club where the event is being staged. The pitch will be the stage and a magnificent lazer-light show is planned from 8.30pm. This family event is all in aid of charity, the main one being Haydn’s Wish set up by a local family after their son died from a combination of amphalactic shock and asthma. A donation will be made to Help for Heroes after Ben Stoten was badly injured in Afghanistan. Top DJ Thomas Gandey will headline the festival and is flying in from Germany specially for it. There will be top DJs, local and international soloists supplying music throughout the day. There will also be the chance for one person to sing at the Festival with one of the vocalists. Three karaoke heats are to be held in Peacehaven,Newhaven and Seaford with the best from each town performing before a panel of judges including a record label owner and producer. Tickets are £10 and are on sale now at all branches of Roy’s off-licence and on line at www.nomadsnewhaven.co.uk Children under 14 years are admitted free provided they are accompanied by an adult.
CLOCKS: Remember that the clocks go forward by one hour on Sunday for British Summer Time. The official time changes at 1am moving forward to 2am.
QUIZ NIGHT: 17-year-old local twins Nataly and Jessica Spice are travelling to South Africa in August to repair and repaint an old school building in order to achieve their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. However they must pay their own fares and expenses which will amount to a whopping £1,000 each. To help raise the money they have organised a quiz night on Thursday April 5 at 7pm in the Community House, Meridian Centre. Tickets cost £2 per person available from the information office. Make a night of it by bringing your own food and drink. Early booking is recommended.
FASHION SHOW: The Young Mayor of Peacehaven Megan Foster invites you to a Travelling Trends Fashion Show on Wednesday April 18 in the Community House, Meridian Centre. All prices are slashed on High Street clothes with bargains galore. Clothes can only be bought on the night paying by cash or debit/credit cards. Tickets are £6 each which includes free refreshments and are available from the information office now. This event is sponsored by Southern Water and all proceeds will go to the abc fund, a local charity.
GARDEN COMPETITION: Local gardeners have been entering this year’s competition organised by the town council. Entry is free; the closing date is April 10 with judging taking place on Friday June 22. Entry forms from the information office.
MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been organised by Meridian Athletic Football Club from 8.30am until noon in the Main Hall, Community House. Next week the market is being arranged by the Peacehaven Players. To reserve a table call them on 01273 582198.
COFFEE MORNINGS: Peacehaven WI will be serving teas, coffees and cakes from the Community House refreshment kiosk today, Friday, between 8.30am and midday. Next week on Thursday Peacehaven Players will be behind the counter raising funds for their summer show later in the year and on Friday March 30 the Access Group will be providing the refreshments and advice to those residents who have any mobility problems.
BOOT SALE: Remember the first Boot Sale of the year at The Dell, South Coast Road organised by the Sea Cadets is on Sunday. The gates will open for sellers to set up at 7am. Buyers will be admitted from 8am until noon. Plenty of free parking on The Dell itself.
PLANTERS: The appearance of the South Coast Road through Peacehaven has been enhanced over recent years by the introduction of planters that provide colourful flower displays during the summer. The town council is now introducing a planter sponsorship scheme that will bear local company names and logos. More details about this new innovation can be obtained from Georgina Bancroft, Assistant Town Clerk on 01273 585493.
MARTLETS WALK: The Martlets Hospice has arranged two fund raising walks this weekend. It is a circular walk of six miles taking around two to two and a half hours. Both walks cover the same route. Today, Friday, there is a Friday night walk under the stars starting from the Meridian Centre at 7.30pm or on Sunday there is a Sunday afternoon stroll starting at 2pm. Entry is £5 per person and there will be refreshments when you arrive back at the Meridian Centre. You can enter online at www.themartlets.org.uk/havens”>www.themartlets.org.uk/havens or call 01273 747455.
U3A: Hello to all members and a reminder that tomorrow, Saturday, the Sussex Regional U3A Fund Day will be held at Burgess Hill School for Girls. Launch of poetry anthology, readings and book signings. Come along and enjoy yourselves. The Newhaven/Peacehaven U3A extends a warm welcome to those no longer in gainful employment who would enjoy lunches, monthly talks, excursions, various groups covering many interesting subjects, quiz events etc. Sociability is our mantra and aim. Ring membership secretary Sharon (01273) 589953 for details. Go on, you know you’re worth.
CHARITY QUIZ: The Mayor’s charity quiz night held on Friday, March 16, raised a total of £639. The Mayor would like to thank all those who supported the event and also the Co-op Funeral Care Service who sponsored it.
Rodmell & Southease
ANNIVERSARY EDITION: I sent the anniversary edition of the Sussex Express to my friend Vi Tidmas. Vi used to live in Hillyfields, Lewes for some years before she and her husband Eric moved to be near their son Graham in Upwell, Norfolk. I send Vi the Sussex Express every month so she can keep in touch with what is going on in Lewes. She wrote recently to say how interesting the anniversary edition was. She said the part about the Carr family in particular brought back memories, as she had Scarlet Fever when she was about 11 years old and had to spend six weeks in the fever hospital. She tells me she was the only patient and a nurse used to sleep in her ward to keep her company. In the last week 12 of the Carr family came in, including the father, and beds were put down the middle of the ward. She also knew Kenny Cramp the butcher, as his parents lived near Vi’s family and she used to get her meat from him later in life.
DIARY DATES: Tomorrow, Saturday, the WI Jumble Sale at 2pm in the village hall, in aid of WI funds. Saturday, March 31, it’s time for Rodmell Horticultural Society’s Spring Show in the village hall, 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Admission £1. Display of photographs from Rodmell Camera Club.
LITTER: If you walk your dog on the sports field and up Mill Lane would you please clear up any mess it distributes. Both areas are suffering badly from this problem. When I drive about the countryside I see armies of litter pickers doing a very good job of picking up the litter thrown from cars. I do wonder about parental teaching on litter. As children when we went out in our groups on picnics we were always issued with bags to bring our litter home in, and woe betide us if we did drop litter and were seen by an adult. There have been two instances in the past months when I saw a lack of parental supervision on litter. One was at a garage when a mother and daughter drew up in an expensive open top car. The mother went to pay for petrol leaving the daughter in the car drinking from a can. When she finished it she threw it out of the car where I promptly picked it up and gave it back to her. The mother by this time had arrived back and had seen what happened, apologised to me for her daughter’s bad behaviour and promptly took the can and put it in a refuse bin. Now why did she not make her daughter do that? Another time in a bank a child dropped a bag of coconut chunks all over the floor and the mother just said, ‘Oh come on dear leave it, we don’t want them,’ and they walked out leaving the staff to deal with it. Not even an apology. I would like to thank those people who spend hours litter picking to make pour countryside beautiful again, until the next day.
FLOWERS: The village looks a picture at the moment and the daffodils along the bank at Sunnyside are a mass of yellow.
NEW FOREST: I recently went to the New Forest for the day. It was a lovely sunny warm day and the forest was lovely, but so dry.
SHOW: Angela, who runs Body Shapers Gym on Denton Island, set up an evening out for those who wanted to go and see Lord of the Dance at the Dome, Brighton. Twelve of us went and had a great evening starting with a meal at a restaurant in The Lanes. The dancing was fabulous but the music was a bit too loud for me and it was a bit like watching a computer game or Star Wars. I presume they are trying to go for the younger audience.
GARDENING: As the weather is bucking up a bit I’m enjoying gardening at the moment. It’s very tempting to put plants out early but we are still having some pretty deep frosts.
SADLY for anyone who knew Prof Roy Holmes who was at Sussex University for many years, I have to report that he died on Monday March 12. He was a lovely man, respected by many.
HEALTHY FRIDAY: The Wellness Centre (next to the Old Plough pub) are hosting an event as part of the Mayors Mad March Marathon. raising funds for Waves charity. There will be a Healthy Breakfast 8am to 10am, lunch noon to 2pm and a Healthy Happy Hour 4pm to 6pm. Drop in to receive your meal, all they ask is for donation to the Mayor’s Charity. Why not join them and take a friend too.
FOLK CLUB: Hatful of Rain are a Sussex based bluegrass group with British folk roots. They are the guests tonight, Friday, at the Seaford Folk Club. They will be meeting at 8pm at the Royal British Legion.
MUSEUM AGM: Seaford Museum and Heritage Society will be holding their AGM tonight, Friday, at the Little Theatre. After the formal proceedings there will be a delightful event with an evening of Poetry, Music and History all with a local theme. Peter Martin will be reading extracts from Ghost Music and talented musicians Joy Lewis and Derrick Hughes will be providing the music. Kevin Gordon will be also reading some historic extracts. There will be refreshments from 6.30pm followed by the AGM at 7pm.
QUIZ NIGHT: The Rotary Club are hosting a Grand Quiz Night tonight at Seaford Head Community College tonight, Frdiay, at 7.30pm. It will cost £20 for a team of four but this will also include hot food. For further information call Bill Pierce on 01273 513162.
FAMILY EVENT: The Family Focus Group, in conjunction with the Mayor are holding a free art workshop on the theme My Family at the Mercread Youth Centre, tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 2pm and you will be able to attend to have some creative fun based around family life.
COUNCILLOR SURGERY: Liberal Democrat councillors are holding a drop in surgery tomorrow, Saturday, at 37 Church Street between 10am and noon. No appointment is necessary, just pop in.
EXHIBITION: In the past our seafront has provided the lifeblood for the town but for decades it has been neglected as a place of pleasure and relaxation. This weekend sees an exhibition of design ideas to enhance and improve the seafront based on work by architecture students at the University of Brighton and the Seaford Community Partnership. Contributions from pupils from Seaford Head Community College, Chyngton Primary School, Annecy Catholic Primary School and Cradle Hill Primary School. Please pop along to the Crypt Gallery tomorrow, Saturday, and on Sunday from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Admission is free and you will be able to discuss the ideas and take the opportunity to give your feedback.
NW: Seaford and Bishopstone Neighbourhood Watch will be holding its AGM at the Crossway Centre tomorrow, Saturday, at 11am. There will be a speaker from Trading Standards and Councillor Ian White will be talking about the history of the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. The group will also be launching the Seaford-wide No-Cold-Calling Zone.
ST LUKE’S CHURCH: The annual church meeting will be at 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, at the church. Parishioners from St Luke’s and St Leonard’s will be able to meet the committee and reflect on events of the past year.
CLOCKS: Remember the clocks go forward on Saturday night/Sunday morning.
CHARITY FOOTBALL: Seaford FC will be playing a Mayor’s XI at the Crouch ground on Sunday at noon. The Mayor’s team will be captained by ex Ireland international, Johnny Byrne who has also played for Sunderland, QPR and our own Brighton and Hove Albion. Donations for the match will go towards the Mayors Charity.
HISTORIC TOUR: I will be providing a guided tour of Seaford Cemetery on Sunday at 2pm (meet at the cemetery gates). The tour will be about an hour long and I will explain the history of the site and point out some graves of interest. Tickets are £5 and can be obtained at the Tourist Office. Tickets are also available for tours of Seaford, Tide Mills and Alfriston which will be taking place in future weeks.
MILITARY HISTORY: If you are interested in the Military History of the town, tune in to SeahavenFM on Sunday evening at 6pm when I will be the guest of Bob Peedle’s Forces on Parade programme.
SEAFORD SENIORS are holding their AGM at Seaford Baptist Church from 2pm on Monday. Speakers will includes Charlotte Nuckhir talking about St Wilfrid’s Hospice and Jane Black from the NHS. The seniors is a pressure group representing the needs of Seafordians over the age of 50 years. It is free to join and details are available from the Tourist Information Centre.
CONGRATULATIONS: Seaford Literary and Lecture Club are 80 years old this year and will be holding their AGM on Tuesday at 7pm in the St Leonard’s Church Hall. They will be reflecting on the past 80 years, have special guests and I will sure there will be some cake too.
POT PLANTS: The gardening club will be meeting at the Clinton Centre on Wednesday evening at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Laurie Manser who will be talking about the care of Pot Plants. Contact Anne Silk on 01323 491331.
BUS: The Cuckmere Community Bus Rambler service starts running again from Monday but unfortunately this year there will be no weekend service. Details of the bus times are available from our Tourist Information Centre.