Parish Pump Newhaven - March 29, 2013

alfriston

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH will have an afternoon of fund-raising on Easter Monday. Ray Maulkin and friends will entertain with a short recital of popular music to relax and enjoy. Then tea and cakes will be on sale followed by bell ringing. Everyone is welcome; there will be a retiring collection.

THE CLERGY HOUSE will be holding its annual Easter Bunny Hunt during the holidays from March 29 to April 14. Those who find the bunnies hidden around the cottage garden will receive a chocolate Easter treat. There will be a charge of £1.50 to take part in the Bunny Hunt. Booking is not necessary. The event is sponsored by Cadbury’s who will also be supplying a face painter on East Sunday and Easter Monday for all bunny hunters. The Clergy House is open from 10.30am to 5pm with last admission at 4.30pm. Normal closing days are Thursday and Friday but there will be a special opening on Good Friday.

WI NEWS from Wendy Day: At the end of February members had a very enjoyable and informative guided tour of McBean’s orchid nursery and were amazed to hear that varieties of orchid are to be found growing in every environment except deserts. We left with tips that hopefully will allow our own plants to grow healthily. At the March meeting Mrs Heaseman introduced us to the art of quilling and some intricate and attractive cards were produced. Some members purchased equipment and plan to practice the craft at home. (nb Quilling is a type of ornamental craftwork in which paper or fabric is shaped into delicate pleats or folds). The next meeting will be on April 16 and will be a talk on The Mysteries of Japanese Culture. Visitors are welcome and may consider joining.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: The Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Twinning Association has been established. The first AGM will be held in the evening of May 7. Invitations for membership will be available throughout the village or by contacting Babette Kundrat on 01323 871492 or email babette@cosmofil.com. Individual membership is £10, family membership £15. The talks between representatives of Veules les Roses and Alfriston have been going on for some time and now details of future plans and exchanges are underway. Veules les Roses, a village not unlike Alfriston, is situated along the coast, a few miles from Dieppe.

ROADS OPEN: I am writing this on Monday and can only state that it is hoped and expected that all road works will be completed by Easter and that visitors will come to enjoy Alfriston and all it has to offer. It will also be possible to admire the newly laid Tarmac and enjoy driving without fear of coming across a large pothole. The new drains will not be visible for admiration but we all appreciate them. The road crew has worked very hard with some of them also being responsible for gritting the main roads during the continuing cold spells.

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EASTER at St Andrew’s Church. If you are able to help with decorating the church tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am please contact Jane Lucy on 898209. Anyone wishing to make a donation towards Easter lilies and flowers in memory of a loved one should contact Jane 989209 or Hilary 896567.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no evensong at St Andrew’s Church on Sunday April 7. (United Benefice Evensong with Benediction will be held at St Peter’s followed by drinks at the Rectory).

COFFEE MORNING: The Bishopstone and Norton community coffee morning will not be held in March as the last Friday of the month is Good Friday. The next one will be on Friday, April 26.

THE WIND has been from the east recently and at Easter 955 years ago the same wind blew in a boat carrying a Flemish monk with sticky fingers. When the weather improved, he quietly departed with most of the relics of a local female saint from St Andrew’s, most likely Bishopstone minster. Her name was Leoffwyn or Lewinna, martyred in the late seventh century, and the first noted woman in the history of Sussex, but nearly forgotten now. Not so in Flanders, where her relics were used to found an abbey and survived in Berges until WW2. Curiously, she had a notable contemporary called Eadric, the name on St Andrew’s sundial, but her story like her relics has succumbed to the mists of time, unlike the famous theft. Happy Easter.

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RAVE: Very early on Sunday morning we heard people walking down the lane, talking loudly but quite happy. It was only when my husband took the dog for her morning walk, he discovered there had been an all night rave on the top of the road. The police were in attendance later. Was it really fun to be out all night in that freezing weather with the NE wind blowing across the fields?

EXHIBITION: The art exhibition that Sue Barnes and friends are mounting in St Laurence church from this weekend until the weekend of May 3, is going to be out-standing. It will be a visit not to miss.

MARATHON: The running Revd Dr Colin Lawlor completed his Barcelona marathon in 3hrs 54 mins meeting his target of running under four hours. Congratulations to him.

MEMORIES: We have lived in Falmer now for 46 years and it is only when meeting people who also remember times past, you realise how things have changed. I was reminded of an elderly man who lived in an old railway carriage in the woods, the children used to call him Sailor George. Every week he would catch the bus into Lewes and, somewhere, have a bath and sometimes a hair cut and return with a large piece of bacon, which Mrs Budd, who lived in Mill Street, would cook for him, and this he would make last for the week. I banned my children from pestering him, and not until they were adults, did they tell me they used to visit him, and he would give them sweets.

glynde & beddingham

WOMEN VERSUS CANCER: My daughter Louise and I would like to say thank you for all the lovely raffle prizes and generous donations in aid of Women versus Cancer, but the biggest thanks must go to the few hardy souls who made it to the venue on Saturday.

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FOOTPATHS GROUP: Wakehurst Place was the rather different venue for our last Tuesday walk. We met for coffee in the wonderful new visitors centre and then divided into two groups each with a specialist guide to take us around the estate. We learnt about the history of the estate and how it came to be a National Trust property and how the gardens are now managed by Kew. We admired the vast collection of trees and plants from around the world, and the new projects that are taking place, many with children in mind. Some of us were taken down to the large lake which had recently been dredged and the vegetation around it cleared, at great expense. Apart from the Winter Garden with the lovely fragrance of Daphne everywhere and other winter blossoms, the gardens were holding their breath for the arrival of warmer weather and we were all resolved to come back in a few weeks to see the spring flowers and bulbs in all their glory. Thanks to Bert for organising the day. The next walk will be on Easter Monday and will be at Blackboys. Meet as usual at top North Street car park at 9.30am. This is the first walk of our Summer Programme which can be obtained from the Tourist Information Office.

GARDEN SOCIETY: Margaret Sheppard will be speaking at the meeting of Lewes and District Garden Society, on Wednesday, about the gardens of the Roman countryside: from Hadrian’s Villa, through some of the great Renaissance gardens, to the beautiful romantic garden of Ninfa. St Thomas’ Hall, Cliffe High Street, 7.30pm for 7.45pm, £3. All welcome.

malling

SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL has had a very busy last week to an exciting term. Last Friday was a well attended Open Afternoon for parents and carers, who went into their children’s classes to look at their work and learning during the past term. Also, on Monday, parents of children learning the guitar were treated to a concert showcasing their work and development. Children attended the school’s Easter service in South Malling Church on Tuesday morning. They had helped prepare the service by selecting songs, poems, prayers and readings to celebrate Easter. School Governor, Rev Al Pickering led the service and they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. After school on Tuesday, Governors, Friends of South Malling (PTA) and the staff of the school celebrated the end of a productive term with a tea party in the hall. On the last day of term, children produced a huge array of cakes as part of the Easter Cake Challenge. The cakes were judged by Mr Ball and Lisa and the winning entries got an Easter themed prize. After school the cakes were sold in aid of the Friends of South Malling. This has been a great season for South Malling Wanderers, the school’s Under-11 football team. Playing football has been made difficult this season by the very wet weather. Lots of games were postponed due to flooded pitches, or played on what seemed more like mudbaths than grass. When all the games were eventually played, the school team came out at the top of their league, finishing in grand style: unbeaten after 12 games. They were victors in nine of those games, and scored a grand total of 83 goals. They also made it through to the quarter-finals of the U-11 cup. In the process, they enjoyed their games, learned a lot about themselves and how to play together as a team and earned a reputation for good sportsmanship. Now the club is looking forward to next season. The school wishes everybody a happy and healthy Easter and looks forward to seeing children and parents again on Monday April 15 for the beginning of Term Five.

PARISH CHURCH: Today (Good Friday) there will be service of meditation at 10am and church members will join the Walk of Witness at 6pm in town. Tomorrow, Saturday, children are welcome to a big Easter Eggstravaganza in church from 10am to 11.30am for toddlers and primary school age children. This combines art and craft play with an Easter Egg hunt. On Sunday there is the wonderful Easter Communion Service at 9.30am. Next week, April 7, there will be a United Service with St John sub Castro and the following week, April 14 will be the Vicar’s final service here at South Malling Church. This will be a Family Service and there will be a presentation to Al Pickering and his family during the service and a reception for them at 3pm in the afternoon. All are welcome to both events. From April onwards, the Family Service will move to the second week in each month.

THE MONDAY CLUB are an over sixties group who meet on Monday afternoons in the Community Centre to socialise and play Bingo and Hoy. They also enjoy outings to beauty spots, places of interest, events, and other excuses to get out together and have a thoroughly good time. Despite the limiting effect of our winter weather, they are gradually putting together a programme for the coming months and first on the list is a trip to Eastbourne’s Winter Gardens on Tuesday, April 9, to see We’ll Meet Again.

newhaven, denton & south heighton

WALK OF WITNESS: Today, Good Friday, Churches Together in Newhaven are holding their annual Good Friday Procession. Meet at the War Memorial Gardens in South Way at 11.30am and process to Sainsbury’s car park at the Drove for an open air service at noon. If you cannot walk behind the procession, join it at Sainsbury’s.

NEWHAVEN FORT has a full Easter programme for all the family. From tomorrow (Saturday) up to and including Easter Monday the local history group Hands on History will be there and you can fire paintballs from replica WWII guns, make gas masks and leather dog tags. Jaws ‘n’ Claws will be there on Monday at 1.30pm and 2.45pm with a selection of creatures to cuddle. On Thursday there are Easter Craft Workshops at 11.30am,12.45pm, 2.15pm and 3.30pm. Advance booking essential on 01273 517622.

CLOCKS FORWARD: It may not look like summer but British Summer Time begins at 2am on Sunday so do not forget to put your clocks forward on Saturday night.

FREE BINGO WALK: I have now qualified as a walk leader and I am going to be running some free Walks for Health once a month from the Ark Pub. These will be free and we will return to the Ark for an optional drink/lunch afterwards. The first walk will be on Easter Monday and will be a bingo walk. Instead of having numbers you have to cross off clues. The first to hand me a completed card will get a free drink at the Ark afterwards. Meet at 11.30am in the Ark car park, we will be walking up to the Castle Hill Nature Reserve with beautiful views. Children and dogs on leads welcome.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY meet on Tuesday when Brian Taster will give an illustrated talk on the legacy of the 3rd Earl of Sheffield (1832-1909) and his connection with Newhaven. Hillcrest Centre 7.30pm, members free, visitors £2.

PLANNING MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s Planning Committee will meet on Tuesday at 7.30pm in Meeching Hall to discuss the latest applications.

COFFEE MORNING in aid of the RNLI Saturday April 6 at 2 Bay Vue Road hosted by Ann Payne 10am to noon. Tea, coffee, gifts, bring and buy, raffle and lifeboat souvenirs. This will be raising vital funds to enable the volunteer crew of Newhaven Lifeboat to continue training and have the equipment necessary to save lives.

ZUMBA: A new course of this popular way to keep fit begins on Monday April 8 at Shakespeare Hall from 6.15pm to 7.15pm. Only 50p a session, to book a place call 01273 311702.

GUEST HOUSE STORYTELLERS: The re-arranged evening by Sarah Rundle, who tells stories of Mystery and Desire from Japan and China, takes place on Tuesday April 9 at the Hillcrest Centre. The café opens 7pm, stories from 7.30pm. Tickets £6 in advance from the Hillcrest Centre, £7 on the door subject to availability.

SENLAC EXHIBITION opens tomorrow (Saturday) at Newhaven Maritime Museum next to Paradise Park to mark the 40th anniversary of the first sailing of the Senlac from Newhaven to Dieppe in May 1973. Former crew members John Paddy and Mick Cutler who built the exhibition will be there between 2pm and 5pm to talk about their memories on board and to welcome other crew members who served on the Senlac between 1973 and 1985.

PARADISE PARK: Events for your diary. Fresh starter plants and plugs including 8cm vegetable pots. Late night shopping every Friday from April 5 til 8pm, spring through summer, enjoy a quieter shop before the weekend. Grow Your Own Weekend April 6 and 7, demonstrations, tastings and advice for successful and fun crop growing - full range of pack and pot grown plants. Our plant doctor, David Fitton, MBE will be at the information centre most weekends (10am to 5pm) for help and advice or any of the Paradise Park plant team will be pleased to offer expert help and advice. Plant helpline: 01273 616004.

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PUBLISHED: A Compendium of Short Stories is the title of the latest book by local author Leslie James. It is sure to appeal to people of all ages. With his unique and elaborate imagination he has created a series of profound and enjoyable yarns that are guaranteed to stick with the reader long after they put the book down. Leslie James delivers one of the most distinctive and memorable fiction releases of recent times with A Compendium of Short Stories.

CREATIVE WRITING: Leslie James along with others regularly attends the Pen to Paper writing group who meet at Downlands, Roundhay Avenue each Saturday from 10.30am to12.30pm. If you are imaginative and interested in creative writing then you can be assured of a welcome from this small and friendly group. For more information call Sue on 01273 588803.

TOWN MEETING: On Tuesday April 16 at 6.30pm the annual Town Meeting will take place in the Anzac Room where residents will hear about the activities and work that has been carried out by the town council over the last 12 months. There will be presentations on the biosphere, the work of the Citizens Advice Bureau and a presentation by Sussex Police on their work.

HAVEN COFFEE: They took over the premises of Unwins Off Licence on the South Coast Road some three years ago and have run a thriving business throughout the day. They have now launched a new initiative by offering evening meals accompanied with beer and wine on Fridays and Saturdays. The food is reasonably priced and served in a cosy and relaxing atmosphere and with a car park opposite it saves having to travel to Brighton. This is a great new facility in our town which is proving very popular so it is necessary to book a table in advance on 585121.

SAVE A LIFE: The local NHS blood donor team will be in Peacehaven in the Community House on Wednesday April 10 from 2pm to 4.30pm and later from 5.30pm to 8pm. Please make a note in your diary and if you would like a specific time it can be booked by calling 0300 123 23 23.

CINEMA: A Song for Marion is being shown on Wednesday April 17 in the Community House starting at 7.30pm.Tickets as usual are available at £5 from the information office.

BRITISH EVENING: The Company, with Style Entertainment will host the evening on Friday April 19 in the Community House at 7.30pm with music from the 50s through to the present time. The audience are invited to pick their favourite era and come dressed accordingly. Tickets are still available from the information office at £8.50 each which includes a pie and mash supper but bring your own drinks.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The U3A will be in the Meridian Centre Community House foyer on Tuesday serving teas, coffees and cakes from 8.30am until noon. On Friday April 5 Guide Dogs for the Blind will be behind the counter.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Peacehaven Town Council in the Main Hall Community House from 8.30am until midday. Details are available from 07899 986 835. Next week’s market will be arranged by the Evangelical Church. To book a table contact them on 01273 587352.

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

BINGO: There is an evening of bingo on Friday April 12 in the Community House starting at 7pm sharp. Eight games for £4 plus a flyer and snowball game.

COUNCIL OFFICES: For the duration of the Easter Bank Holiday the council offices will close at 4pm on Good Friday and will re-open at 9am on Tuesday.

RESIDENTIAL RUBBISH: Remember that after Easter Monday dustbins should be put out one day later. Normal collections will resume on Monday April 8.

BOOT SALE: There will be a boot sale at The Dell, South Coast Road on Sunday April 7 organised by the Peacehaven Horticultural Society. The gates will open to admit sellers from 8pm. Buyers will be admitted from 9am until 1pm. Parking is free on The Dell during the morning only.

BST: Remember British Summer Time comes into force on Sunday at 1am when all clocks move forward by one hour. If you forget you could be late for work on Monday.

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WANTED INFO: Can anyone please identify where a stone sundial which had a ball base standing on a square plinth, with some triangular markings on the ball, was in 1937? Any photos of the memorial garden at Princes Park in 1937, and also any other park that may have had a sundial prior to the Second World War. Please contact Maureen Copping on 485971 or email pawhistory@btinternet.com and maureencopping@yahoo.co.uk

HELP NEEDED for groups of people to organise adverts for the Community News magazine. This involves finding new advertisers when spaces become available and liaising over the designs or where they want to go. It is not difficult but just needs a bit of time usually between August and December. Please think about it. More info from John Rogers on 484631 or email johnrogers885@btinternet.com

DO NOT FORGET to put your clocks forward one hour this weekend, start of British Summer time.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Scouts. All welcome in the lounge from 10am to noon.

SPRING SHOW tomorrow, Saturday. All welcome in the hall at Polegate Community Centre.

HOTEL LIFE is the subject of a talk by Neil Kirby and Paul James at the meeting of Eastbourne Local History Society held at St Saviour’s Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne, on Tuesday at 2.45pm. Doors open at 2pm.

SLIMMING WOLRD held every Wednesday evening at 7.30pm at St Georges Church Hall. www.slimmingworld.com telephone 0844 897 8000.

RAMBLING CLUB: On April 4 a leisurely walk, Sharnfold Farm Trail and Lakes, nearly three miles, Polegate area, a nice flat walk, could be muddy, no stiles, coffee in shop. Bus 54 from Polegate High Street at 9.29am, back on the hour with Geoff. Exceat Circular, nearly five miles West Dean woodland path then along Cuckmere to beach, back on hard path, one hill, four stiles with June. Or Chalvington With Ripe, nearly nine miles Arlington area, fairly flat, fields, tracks and some road walking, take picnic or pub lunch, about 20 stiles and gates with Angela. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be blood donor sessions at the Kings Centre, Edison Road, Eastbourne from 2pm to 4.30pm and 5.30pm to 8pm on Tuesday. And from 2pm to 4.30pm and 5.30pm to 8pm at the Winter Garden, Eastbourne on Wednesday.

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SERVICES FOR EASTER: Today, Good Friday there is a Service of Witness at the shopping precinct commencing at 9.15am followed by a Children’s Bun Service in church at 10am. Commencing at noon in church will be the Three Hour Service of Devotion which will be led by the Revd Sally Epps. At 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, there is the Easter Vigil and Eucharist Service and on Easter Day Holy Communion will be at 8am, a Sung Eucharist at 9.45am and Evensong at 6.30pm. At the 9.45am service on Easter Day the congregation will be placing flowers on the Floral Cross so all are asked to bring a flower with them (not daffodils as the stems are not strong enough) and also to bring along something to make a joyful noise with (eg bells, drums, whistles, saucepan lids, etc).

ART EXHIBITION: Do try to get along to the Church Room over this weekend to view, and possibly purchase one of the paintings on view being the work of the members of the Art Clubs. The exhibition is open from 10am to 4.30pm on Good Friday, Saturday, and Monday, and from 2pm to 4.30pm on Easter Day.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are away to Hassocks in an SCFL Div One fixture kicking off at The Beacon at 3pm. Meanwhile the Reserves are at home to Eastbourne Town in the Reserve Section Premier League also with a 3pm kick off at The Caburn. On Easter Monday the first team are in league action again at home versus new leaders Peacehaven FC and kick off time at The Caburn is 11am. Last weekend the Veterans semi-final was postponed and, at the time of going to press, has not been re-arranged.

FLOWER CLUB: At the meeting on Wednesday in the village hall at 2pm Robert Tunks will be giving a demonstration entitled Scissors and Me. Visitors (£4) and new members are welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on March 21 was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett; 3, Pam Brook and John Weston. The next meeting is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall. The contact number is 01273 814220.

SPRING SHOW: The RBL Horticultural and Home Produce Society Spring Show will be held in the village hall on Saturday, April 6. The doors will be open to the public at 2pm. There will be the usual display of flowers, the flower arrangement classes, and a cookery and preserves section. The handicraft section includes painting My Favourite Place, needlework and photography Weddings and Reflections. There will be two fundraising stalls at this show, one will be for produce, cakes and plants and the other for books and DVDs. Any contributions will be gratefully accepted before or on the day of the show. For produce ring Robbie Blount on 813120 and for books, etc, ring Bob Cairns on 812784. Show schedules are available in the village hall foyer or you can contact the secretary, Albert Knight on 813322.

rodmell & southease

THE DULL and dreary weather is really getting people down and I think everyone feels they’ve had enough of it by now. Even those who have gone to supposedly warmer climes, did not have much success. I have friends who went to Madeira and did not see the sun much at all, whilst others went to their houses in Spain and arrived in torrential rain which apparently goes on and on. My relations in various parts of Canada have been phoning me to say they have such heavy snow and temperatures are at an all time low.

SPRING SHOW: Despite the weather, it appears that Rodmell’s Spring Show in the village hall on Saturday was still a success as a steady stream of people visited it. I’m afraid I was not one of them this year, as I had rather a lot to cope with on that day. Judith Bradbury tells me that entries were a little down, but is that surprising?

WI: The National Federation of Women’s Institutes have a Lady Denman Cup Competition 2013 to write a piece starting ‘If I were....for a day, I would …’ Members are required to fill in the blanks with a fictional account of who they would like to be for a day and what they would get up to. My problem is, I want to enter but can’t think who I would like to be. It will have to be someone unusual or quirky.

MY GREENHOUSE: When on a fairly fine day I air my greenhouse, and leave it open, I am often confronted with pots upturned and broken and soil everywhere. I don’t know if the culprit is a grey squirrel which lurks around, cats or the pheasants. I think I shall have to get one of those dangly plastic curtains that people put up in the summer (what summer) to keep the sun out but let the air in, to see if this solves the problem.

seaford

MUSEUM OPENING: Happy Easter. Seaford Museum starts its new opening hours today, Friday. The opening times will now be 11am to 4pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays (including today) and from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday and Saturday. If you have decided on a seaside stroll before or after lunch why not pop in, there is always something new to see.

CONCERT: Seaford Choral Society are hosting their annual Good Friday concert this evening at St Leonard’s Church. You will have an opportunity to take part in a rendition of Messe Solonelle de Saint Cecile (The Solemn Mass of St Cecilia) by the French musician, Charles Gounod. (St Cecelia is the patron saint of musicians).

CHURCH AND MATRIX: Kings Church are hosting an event at the Barn Theatre in Crouch Lane this evening, Friday, at 7pm. There will be a discussion about Easter and a showing of the film Matrix (that one with all the bullets). Admission is free and for further information the email address is jez.field@kings-centre-co-uk

THE FOLK CLUB will be meeting tonight, Friday, at the Royal British Legion Club. Doors open at 8pm (although the bar is open earlier). Tonight sees another of their popular Singers and Musicians evenings when the floor is open for you to sing or play.

KIDS’ CINEMA: When I was young I used to go to the cinema on Saturday morning for a diet of popcorn, Flash Gordon and the Lone Ranger. (It was called ABC Minors). Seaford Community Cinema are having a children’s matinee tomorrow, Saturday, at 2.30pm at the Barn Theatre. They are showing an animated film called Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, which is all about a young inventor who creates a machine that makes the weather edible. It is a film that both you and your children/grandchildren will enjoy and comes highly recommended. Tickets are available from Seaford Tourist Information Office or at the door.

LINE DANCE: There will be line dancing at the Constitutional Club (on the Crouch) tomorrow, Saturday, from 7.30pm to 11pm. This is a charity event to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. There will be an American Supper (so bring something along to add to the mix) and a great raffle. Tickets are £6 at the door.

FOOTBALL: There is a derby match on at the Crouch on Easter Monday when Seaford meet Newhaven for a Division Two match. Kick off is at 11am so why not turn up and support your local team.

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.

PHOTO COMPETITION: Our Mayor is holding a photographic competition to raise funds for her charities. The subject is Hidden Gems of Seaford and application forms (£3) are available from M&Co in Broad Street. The competition closes on April 27 so get out and start clicking.

BUSINESS AWARDS: Businesses in Seaford and Newhaven can be nominated for a Seahaven Business Award 2013. Any business within Seaford and Newhaven can apply. You can nominate your own business or someone else. Forms are available from the Newhaven Chamber of Commerce website or by calling 01273 517544 for further information.

HISTORY TALK: In order to raise funds for our Mayor’s charities (Seaford Downs Syndrome Support Group and the St James’ Trust) myself and museum archivist Phil Armstrong will be giving history lectures at Bishopstone Parish Hall on Saturday evening April 6. The lectures will be about Sussex Churches and also some of the hidden photographs from Seaford Museum, many will not have been seen before. Tickets are £7.50 which includes wine and nibbles and they are available from Seaford Town Council at 37 Church Street and at Linda’s Store at Bishopstone Railway Station.

telscombe

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.

RESIDENTS’ MEETING: The residents’ association are meeting in room 1 at the Civic Centre on Thursday at 7.30 pm. 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. They look forward to seeing you there.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: The date for the next Councillors’ surgery will be on Saturday April 6 from 10am to 11am. This will be held at Telscombe 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.

YOUNG PEOPLE’S Film Show and Games Morning. On Saturday April 6 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 hold a coffee morning from 10am to 11am on Saturday April 6 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.

MP’S SURGERY: Simon Kirby MP will be holding an advice surgery at Telscombe Civic Centre on Saturday April 6 from 10am to 11am. You will need to make an appointment to see him and this can be done by phone 01273 589178 or email simon.kirby.mp@parliament.uk