TIDE MILLS LITTER PICK: The next beach clean is at 10am on Sunday. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and a litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. For further information call Jim Skinner on 01273 517291.
AGM: Bishopstone Parish Hall Committee Annual General Meeting commences at 7.30pm Wednesday. All welcome to attend and, if anybody is able to offer their help by joining the committee to ensure the upkeep of the hall for future generations, you would be very welcome too. There are generally five meetings a year and dealing with the business can be fun.
THE MAY FAIR raised over £2,400. Thank you from Linda Wallraven to everyone who donated items and to all who helped to make the event such a success, despite the inclement weather.
CONGRATULATIONS to Linda Wallraven who is Mayor of Seaford for a second term.
REMINDER: Despite published information to the contrary, this column is compiled by Ed and Biddy Jarzembowski who can be contacted at Bishopstoneparishpump@yahoo.com or via an envelope on the notice board just left of the entrance gate to St Andrew’s Church.
LADIES GROUP: At the May meeting Frances Lacey-Scott asked if he could change his original talk topic and tell the group about his walk on the Camino de Santiago de Compostello, from which he had just returned from his second trip, completing more than two thirds of the 500km pilgrimage, over the two years, and hopes to complete next year. Frances gave an excellent insight into the history of the pilgrimage and showed slides to illustrate his talk. He told of the albergues where pilgrims can stay overnight and partake in excellent meals all at very reasonable cost. The route is marked quite clearly with very large yellow arrows, where other travellers often leave messages for friends coming up behind them. The talk was excellent and members enjoyed the changed subject.
OVER THE WEEKEND 1,500 joggers and walkers made their way through the village, having started their trek in Richmond London on the Saturday walking through the night to Sunday, to complete the course in Brighton, some 100km. We could not help but admire all of them, some looking so fresh and fit still jogging on, others walking quite comfortably and those who were obviously suffering, with stiff legs, hurt knees and blistered feet, but still manly walking on. The route was very well marked through the village with markers shining in the dark. The run was organised by Challenge Events, and their website called it the Global Hunger Project. Each participant had to pay £75 to enter and was encouraged to raise over £300 through sponsorship.
FREE CONCERT tomorrow, Saturday, at St Laurence Church featuring The Pastores Ensemble a popular ensemble of lutes, viols, guitar and voice directed by Robert Carrington. They return to St Laurence for a programme of early to contemporary music. The concert is from 5.30pm to 6.15pm.
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
QUIZ NIGHT tonight, Friday, at the football club. Licensed bar, tombola where every ticket wins a prize. Teams of four £10, enter when you arrive. Individuals welcome £2.50 each. The club is on Fort Road recreation ground. Park in Fort Road and walk across or park in Court Farm Road. Bar opens at 7pm, quiz starts at 7.30pm. Further details 01273 513450.
MADS: Meeching Amateur Dramatics’ latest production, Cash On Delivery, opened in Meeching Hall last night and is on tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon. Tonight the performance is 7.45pm and the Saturday matinee is at 3pm. This is a fast moving comedy by Michael Cooney and it continues next weekend from May 24 to 26, evenings only at 7.45pm. Tickets are £8 from Meeching Estate Agents, High Street (01273) 515566 or from Tony 07912 965507.
JUMBLE SALE tomorrow (Saturday) in South Heighton village hall 10am to noon, 30p admission. Quality jumble required, telephone Clare on 01273 514622 if you have any to donate.
ARTISTS’ OPEN HOUSES continue this weekend. There are five houses in the Newhaven Art Trail open tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday 11am to 6pm. Box 2 Lighthouse Point, 33 The Highway Peacehaven (on the border of Newhaven and Peacehaven); Robinson House Studio, Robinson Road; Victor’s House, 35 Meeching Road; South Heighton Pottery, Heighton Road; The Old Forge (Christian Funnell) Heighton Road.
AGM: South Heighton Village Hall Management Committee AGM will be held on Monday at 8pm in South Heighton Village Hall. Members of the public welcome to attend.
JUBILEE: There seems to be rumours circulating that Newhaven is doing nothing to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, but that is not true. Next week I will be listing all the celebrations in detail so if you have any events, street parties or other celebrations planned please email me at email@example.com by Monday. The main celebration is an expanded Fish Festival incorporating Morris Dancers and other entertainment. The children’s parade is not confined to children and should really have been advertised as a Jubilee Parade. It is open to anyone, adults, dancers, bands, cadets and you don’t have to book in in advance. So go and get your costumes ready and join the parade. Full details and timings next week. In the evening there is a barn dance for all in the marquee with one of the best callers around, Don Lewry. No need for a partner. Tickets are £5 from Meeching Estate Agents or on the door. On Sunday there is a free Jubilee Lunch where people bring their own picnic and can watch the River Pageant on the Thames on a large-screen television in the marquee. The Hope and the Ark have already published their Jubilee weekend programmes and The Hampden Arms is the focal point of the street party in South Heighton. If you want to see a Jubilee Beacon lit the nearest is in Peacehaven on The Dell and the lighting is at 7pm. Newhaven Fort also has Jubilee celebrations planned for June 3 when musical entertainment will be provided by Newhaven Youth Marching Band and Maestro Academy Players.
MAYOR’S QUIZ NIGHT: The Mayor Councillor Howson slipped in an extra quiz night on Friday May 4 in aid of his local charities. These are always popular and the evening raised a total of £520. The winners were the Bells Rejects.
NEW MAYOR: Councillor Howson has come to the end of his term of office and is to be thanked for all his hard work in raising funds of over £6,000. Cheques will now be distributed to some of our local and often less well known charities and the Macmillan Nurses at a Civic Reception on Friday June 1. Our congratulations go to the incoming Mayor Councillor Eileen Russell. Meanwhile Councillor Elayne Merry will continue as Deputy Mayor.
Saturday market tomorrow has been organised by the Peacehaven Horticultural Society from 8.30am until noon in the Main Hall, Community House. Next week the market is being arranged by the 3rd Peacehaven Guides. To reserve a table telephone them on 01273 579723.
COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, St Laurence Church will be serving teas, coffees and cakes from the Community House refreshment kiosk between 8.30am and midday. The coffee mornings arrangers next week are Kemptown Conservatives on Tuesday, Peacehaven Catholic Church on Thursday and on Friday May 25, U3A will be behind the counter.
COUNCIL MEETING: The next meeting of the planning and highways committee will take place in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre on Tuesday May 29 starting at 6.30pm at which time a new chairman will be elected. Residents may attend all council meetings and ask relevant questions during the first 15 minutes.
FORTIES NIGHT: Kas the Forces Sweetheart appears in the Main Hall Community House tonight, Friday, starting at 7.30pm. It will be an evening of recalling and singing those popular songs that were a hallmark of WWII. Tickets are £5 each from the information. Bring your own food and drink.
HORTICULTURE: The Peacehaven Horticultural Society’s trading hut at Piddinghoe Sports Park will be open again on Sunday from 10am until noon. During May on each Sunday some members will be offering their surplus stock for sale. Meantime there is a club meeting in the Anzac Room on Monday starting at 7.30pm when Doris Smallwood will give a talk on Container Planting in all Seasons.
SUSSEX LANTERN: It is sad to report that the charity shop in the Meridian Shopping Mall will close at the end of the month. I shall miss the topical window displays that were a regular feature. Regrettably the volunteers are leaving with a bitter taste in their mouth, for on Thursday May 3 some unscrupulous person broke into the rear of the shop and stole an amount of money. The police are aware and if anybody has information that would lead to the arrest of the culprit please pass the details on by ringing them on the non emergency police number 101.
INFORMATION OFFICE: This office is not classified as an official tourist office so it was pleasing when a recent visitor stated that he travelled around a lot and this was the best office for information that he had visited. It is staffed by three ladies who are always helpful. However on Friday we will say goodbye to Maureen who has decided to retire and spend more time with her husband. Her position will be taken up by Sally to whom we give a warm welcome.
BOOT SALE: The underfoot condition of the ground forced the cancellation of the boot sale last Sunday. The Peacehaven Conservatives have The Dell, South Coast Road booked for Sunday but will be subject to a ground inspection nearer the date. Sellers will be admitted from 8am and buyers from 9am until 1pm. From Thursday May 24 until Sunday May 27 the William Cole Fun Fair will be on The Dell. However it must be stressed only if the ground is suitable. The circus’ vehicles that visited recently had considerable difficulty leaving the site due to the saturated state of the ground.
TRAVEL MARKET: A wide range of holidays will be on offer from well known travel companies on Wednesday in the Community House, Meridian Centre, 6pm until 8pm. Entrance is free and there is a free prize draw too.
CINEMA: The next film booked to be shown in the Community House is The Help on Wednesday June 30. Tickets as usual are £4.50, from the information office. I am told that some people are expecting to pay £3.50 as that is the price that appears in the latest Peacehaven Directory. Sorry to disappoint those more observant readers; it is just a miss print.
Rodmell & Southease
SADLY my hen pheasant, who had been sitting on her nest of eggs in the back garden, has come a cropper. I suspect one of the many cats or perhaps the squirrel must have frightened her off the nest between 10am and 11am on Monday morning as there were lots of feathers, no blood, but a nest of cold eggs. No sign of her body anywhere which makes me think she was badly frightened. I am very sad about it.
PLANT SALE: I’m sure Southease plant sale on Monday May 7 did well, as it always does. Ours was on Saturday and was a very successful event. I know my friend and neighbour Lorna was pleased with her purchases. Unfortunately I could not make it, probably just as well, because I’m surrounded by tomato plants even after having given many away and there are boxes of seedlings in the greenhouse.
JUMBLE SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, it’s jumble sale time again in aid of the village hall funds in the village hall at 2pm.
MAIL: My friends and relations, especially those abroad, love to get cards and letters from me by snail-mail. They say it is a real treat that someone cares enough about them to go to the shop, write a card or letter, pay for postage (no I’m not that rich) and then they have the joy of the postman dropping a proper letter through the letterbox along with the endless junk mail. It makes a change they tell me from the soulless cards sent on their computers which cannot be displayed on a shelf or windowsill, making the statement that somebody loves them enough to go to this bother. I’ve heard people who work in offices say they love to see envelopes appear as it means human contact, and in some cases I hear these letters get priority attention.
BLUEBELLS: There are lots of bluebells around this year and I have clumps appearing everywhere. They are such a heavenly blue.
LAST WEEK I took my neighbour Cindy out to Ditchling for tea with Jude Bovington, who used to live opposite me, and next door to Cindy. We had a lovely two hours catching up on news, and these two ladies, despite having coped with very bad health issues for years, are two of the most cheerful, kind people I know. I think their life saying must be smile and the world smiles with you. Well done girls, we need more like you to set us all an example.
OUR FIELD was cut this weekend and there is some wonderful hay on it which I aim to rake up and bag for the goat else it is such a waste. It smelt lovely while it was being cut. Several people have been around for compost as there are various heaps around the properties and I’m only too glad that people can make use of it.
MUSHROOMS: I heard on the radio that if you wish to get rid of mushrooms or toadstools on your lawn, sprinkle them with water, then sugar. Evidently they over-carbohydrate then shrivel up and disappear. I personally like the mushrooms on my lawns, and I have friends that occasionally come foraging for fungi on the property. They know what they are doing.
CYCLISTS: Yet more cyclists riding the wrong way down Friars Walk on Saturday when it was busy. Don’t they know how dangerous this is? If they had an accident they would no doubt blame the motorist.
THE FOLK CLUB will meet again this evening, Friday, at the Royal British Legion Club from 8pm. The guest tonight is Martin Curtis a talented singer/songwriter from New Zealand.
CONSERVATIVE SURGERY: Seaford Conservative Councillors are holding a drop in surgery tomorrow, Saturday, at 37 Church Street between 9.30am and 11am. No appointment is necessary, just pop in and they will be pleased to help.
BOOK SALE: The Friends of Seaford library are holding a book sale (including DVDs and CDs) tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 12.30pm at the St James Clubhouse.
THE CRICKET CLUB are playing at the Salts Recreation Ground tomorrow, Saturday, in a Sussex League match against Crowhurst Park CC. The match starts at 1pm so go along and watch your local team.
BOOT SALE: On Sunday sees our Rotary Club hold another Boot Sale and Produce Market at the Martello Fields from 9pm to 1pm. If you would like a pitch call 01273 513162. Come rain or shine this is always a good event to attend.
COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the Community Services 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.
THE NETBALL CLUB have training sessions on the second and fourth Monday of each month at Seaford Head Lower School (Steyne Road site). If you are over 16 years old and like to train or participate with the club call Clare Flack on 07724 956649 or contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREEDOM OF SEAFORD: I was very pleased to hear that Laurie Holland, our first Mayor, has been conferred with the Freedom of the Town. The last time this accolade was granted was in 1959 when it was awarded to 210 (Sussex) Field Squadron Royal Engineers (Territorial Army). Previous holders include our youngest ever Prime Minister, William Pitt the Younger whose father was MP for Seaford. When he was a councillor, Laurie did much to enhance our town and has continued to work tirelessly since his retirement.