Parish Pump Newhaven- May 24, 2013


EXHIBITION and sale of artwork by the Alfriston Art Club members will be at the War Memorial Hall from tomorrow, Saturday, to May 28 at 10.30am to 5.30pm. Refreshments will be available. Please note there are no credit card facilities.

TWINNING NEWS: At the May Parish Council Meeting it was confirmed on June 22 Cllr Dr June Goodfield will sign the Twinning Charter in Veules les Roses on behalf of the Alfriston Parish Council. Chair of the APC, Cllr Nick Beechy, will sign the charter in the autumn in Alfriston. The Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Twinning Association held a well attended Annual General Meeting on May 7 when Dr Goodfield was voted Chair of the Association. Already there have been enthusiastic exchanges between the Alfriston Primary School and the Veules les Roses Primary School In June about 20 people will be going to Veules les Roses when on Friday June 21 there is a National Music Day (la fête de la musique) an event involving free performances in the streets of French villages and towns. The annual Rose Festival will open the following day when the charter signing ceremony will take place. For information about the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Twinning Association contact

A NEW KITCHEN GARDEN is being prepared at The Sussex Ox. Juliet Sargeant, who recently moved into the village at Bats Wing, has designed a new edible cottage garden which will become more obvious at the Ox over the next few weeks. Also, newly introduced to the Ox is afternoon tea every Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the Garden Room or on the deck.

HALF TERM FUN at the Clergy House. Smuggling was rife in Alfriston in the 18th century. From May 25 to June 2 it will be possible to discover all about the smugglers, who they were and what they smuggled in a fun Smugglers Search around the garden. There will be a £1.50 charge for the Smugglers Search and booking is not required. Normal admission fees do apply for the event. The Clergy House is closed on Thursdays and Fridays; open on other days from 10.30am to 5pm with last admission at 4.30 pm.

DR JUNE GOODFIELD was honoured by the English Speaking Union as one of 20 people in the UK recognised for over 60 years’ distinguished contribution to their work and Anglo American relations.


STOOLBALL: What a disappointing start to the season. Our home game against Wivelsfield was rained off after playing an innings and a half, and our second game away to Adastra was cancelled because of heavy rain. Three of our under 21s, Angharad Hills, Adele Woodhams and Katie Saunders, have been selected to play for Mid against Surrey. We are holding our ladies tournament in the rec on Sunday. Locally sourced sausage and bacon rolls will be on sale during the morning and in the afternoon, tea, sandwiches and cakes. There will be a tombola and a raffle. Do come along and watch the fun.

CRICKET: ESCL Div 2 Crowborough v Barcombe: Crowborough 139 all out in 48.5 overs Paul Coppard 3-25 Allan Trower 3-31. Barcombe 118 all out in 37.1 overs Allan Trower 29 Matt Tucker 27 Joe Wheatley 24. Crowborough win by 21 runs. Crowborough 30 point Barcombe 10 points. ESCL Div 8 Barcombe II Crowborough II: Crowborough 192 all out in 45.3 overs Tom Evans 5-54 Harry Jones 2-42 Ryan Garnham 2-45 Barcombe 198-2 in 41.1 overs. Eddie Thomas 102 no Bob Page 66 no Barcombe win by eight wkts. Barcombe 30 points Crowborough 10 points.

BOWLING:. Away to Newick on Saturday, May 18: Henry Bunney 20 Johnathon Couper 18, John Blackmore 11 Tommy Towner 30, Derek Stewart 12 Des Foord 32, John Osmond16 Maurice Allcock 14. Newick won 94-59.

PLANT SALE: Barcombe Garden Club Plant Sale was a tremendous success. Many thanks to Jane and others who grew the plants and for everyone who supported us.


CELEBRATION of Father Martin’s 50th anniversary of ordination and pat Jeremy’s 80th birthday at 11.30am on Sunday (Trinity Sunday). Wine and cake in the church tower. All welcome.

CORONATION: Celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation at 11.30am on Sunday June 2. More wine and cake in the tower.

SPRING must finally have arrived, the swallows are back in residence. Their return is always marked by their jubilant songs and by several small deposits beneath the proposed nest site. There is also much noisy activity in the old elm tree since the pair of kestrels has produced some hatchlings. The mass of leaves stops us from reporting how many have hatched this year. Last year, two young kestrels successfully fledged, then one promptly fell down our chimney and had to be rescued from the close attention of Sylvie the cat.


FOOTBALL: Brighton lost their game, but as Sue said, their singing was great. Coincidentally I was taken to the Buxted Park Hotel for a birthday lunch and talking to the manager he told us the Crystal Palace players stayed at the hotel the day and night before the Amex match, a lovely way to relax and prepare.

LADIES GROUP: Tom Donovan came to talk to the group on the history of the Chattri which you can see on the downs east of the A23. There is a footpath to the memorial and, when I walked up there, I was surprised to find how much bigger it was than I expected. The Chattri was the site of the cremation for the Hindu and Sikh Indian soldiers who had died, having been wounded in the First World War and sent to hospitals in Brighton including the Royal Pavilion. The Indian soldiers came to fight in Europe, with, at first, only their tropical clothing and fought bravely in France where eventually they were equipped with better clothing. The Chattri, which was built in 1920, is a fitting memorial to those soldiers. On Sunday June 9 at 2.30pm there will be a memorial service at the Chattri and everyone would be welcome.

CONCERT: Last Saturday the Pastores Ensemble gave fans of European Mediaeval and Renaissance music a real treat in St Laurence Church with the first performance of In Nomine-No 3 for St Laurence featuring the voice of Sue Paine, a beautiful piece.

TOMORROW, Saturday, in St Laurence Church in complete contrast to last week’s concert, we look forward to The Old Spice Boys and the Carmen Rollers: I Find it Kinda Funny, these lively close-harmony groups present a programme of words and music on the everlasting theme of Love at 5.30pm. Entrance is free, with a retiring collection.

ON SUNDAY at noon, in St Laurence Church a concert performed by young students of violin and violas in aid of the Leo House Children’s Hospice.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON TEAS: This Sunday the first of the Summer Teas will be served from 2pm to 5pm in the parish hall. The money raised from this first event is to help fund the project that Kate Austen, who lives in Falmer, will be working on in Madagascar in June for a charity called Azafady. Teas around the pond are famous, and we hope for a fine day and lots of people.

glynde & beddingham

PARISH COUNCIL: Just a reminder the next parish council meeting ison Wednesday at 7pm in The Reading Room. Please come along and share your views or simply listen to the proceedings. During the meeting topics such as street lighting options for the Beddingham part of the village will be discussed. The parish council were a little disappointed at the lack of response received from the recent survey carried out on this subject. Please don’t forget your views count. Another exciting project that will be discussed is the possibility of building a new village hall. A working committee needs to be formed to see if this is feasible and what funding is available for such a large undertaking.

MEMORIAL PARADE: There were some lovely cakes and biscuits to be had last Saturday at The Reading Room where the Memorial Parade held their fundraising coffee morning. A big thank you to those that attended. Tickets for the Event in the Tent in August can be booked in advance through Lisa on 01273 858416. A boot sale is also being planned, details to follow.

COMMUNITY SWIMMIING POOL: With the warmth of the sun this week, the pool is gradually warming up, the average temperature over the last seven days being 18 degrees. The water is crystal clear and very inviting, even in showery weather. Shrubs are being collected for planting along the fence­­, if anyone is doing a bit of gardening and needs to clear out surplus plants, the committee would warmly welcome donations. Please contact Helen on 07816749516.

THE TREVOR ARMS: Just a reminder the fabulous Skalettos are playing this Saturday at 7.45pm. Everyone is also very excited The Reluctant Ramblers will be performing on Monday from 7.30pm. There will be a Race Night on Friday June 28 in aid of the children’s charity Wipe Your Tears, and horses and jockeys for the event can be bought now at the pub. There will also be a snowball quiz night on June 5 at 8pm in aid of St Wilfred’s Hospice. The chicken coop has arrived, and very smart it looks too. We may even see the arrival of chickens shortly. I look forward to trying out the new version of ham, egg and chips with a free range egg from the Trevor garden. Many congratulations to John on the birth of Ella Ann on May 5, weighing in at 8lb 9oz.

STOOLBALL: If anyone would like to join this ladies’ team, practices are on Tuesday and Wednesday at 6.30pm on the cricket pitch. The first tournament of the season is against Barcombe on May 26. Everyone is welcome to come along.

CHURCH SERVICE: This Sunday’s service will be at 10.15am at Beddingham church.


KINGSTON WI: Wine, juice and nibbles began the resolution meeting on May 2 which was held in the primary school hall and was very well attended. Our Link Delegate, Anne Dobson from Firle WI, was welcomed. She will give our voting results at the AGM to be held in June in Cardiff. The Institute accepted the NFWI annual review and accounts as were three booklets containing the governing documents. However, the Constitution and Rules for WIs were not accepted as it was agreed some items relating to finance were not clearly explained. Our Link Delegate will also give our voting on whether or not to adopt the 2013 resolution as a new WI campaign. The resolution states: The NFWI notes with concern the continuing decline of our high streets and the damaging effect this has on local communities. We call on every member of the WI to support their local shops and make the high street their destination of choice for goods and services. We call on decision makers to work collectively, at all levels, to help bring an end to the decline of our high streets and to ensure high streets flourish and provide a focal point for local communities. After a discussion led by Vicki Scott and Pat Dennien, the Institute voted seven in favour, 16 against and nine abstentions to adopting the above as a new WI campaign. However there was an unanimous decision the Institute considered the resolution was not well worded and gave many opportunities for misinterpretation or confusion. Our Link Delegate will take this vote to the AGM. The president reported the dates for the group activities. She congratulated the two teams from Kingston WI who entered the Let’s Get Quizzical local heat of the competition, one of whom almost made the final. The evening concluded with choir singing the Northumbrian folk song Blow the Wind Southerly and from Annie Get Your Gun, I Got the Sun in the Morning, both being well received. The June meeting is an open meeting with a talk entitled Glyndebourne Throughout the Year by Vivienne Macey who volunteers there as a gardener. The competition is a Miniature Flower Arrangement. Janice Barber.


LECTURE: U3A Lewes Lecture, Consciousness and the Ravenous Brain by Dr Daniel Bor, University of Sussex, 2.30pm Tuesday at the Council Chamber, Lewes Town Hall. Lewes Lectures are free and all are welcome. For information about the Lectures and the University of the Third Age, contact Malcolm Cornwall 01273 472049 or email

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The bluebells were out in all their glory and we walked through plenty of bluebell woods on this walk. After getting off the Number 28 bus at the Crow and Gate Pub near Crowborough, the 17 strong group headed south on the Vanguard Way. After just a mile, we then headed west to join the Weald Way near Barnsgate Manor and followed this all the way to Five Ash Down through some lovely countryside. Three walkers chose to finish at Five Ash Down, but 14 stalwarts carried on with the second five miles through Maresfield, Piltdown Golf Course and Lake Wood, which is just outside Uckfield. The lake in Lake Wood is sandwiched between two outcrops of greenstone, some of which are 30 to 40ft high. It has an intangible air of mystery about it and was a memorable end to a lovely walk ably led by Graham and Hilda. The next walk is on Bank Holiday Monday at Buxted. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

newhaven, denton & south heighton

THANK YOU to the lovely ladies at Newhaven Library who came to my rescue on Saturday when the M on my laptop refused to type making it impossible to write Parish Pump for May so I did it there.

BOOK SALE: Denton Church Hall tomorrow (Saturday) 10am to 2pm admission free. Coffee and tea available plus soup at lunchtime.

MADS: Meeching Amateur Dramatics Spring production of Norman Robbins comedy thriller A Tomb With A View continues tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) in Meeching Hall, Fort Road at 7.45pm. Tickets are £8 from Meeching estate agents 01273 515566 or on the door. I saw this production last week and it is a very well acted play with more twists and turns than a corckscrew.

ARKFEST at the Ark on Sunday from noon. Live bands, family entertainment, motor bikes and more. Fun for all the family so get yourself down to the pub on the river on West Quay and enjoy your May Bank Holiday weekend.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Newhaven Historical Society is hosting a talk at the Hillcrest Centre on Tuesday June 4 7pm for 7.30pm. Monty Larkin will give a talk on the South Downs of East Sussex. This is a visual amble across the Eastern South Downs taking in geology, some local farming past and present and wildlife. Members free, non members welcome for an admission charge of £2.

COUNSELLING: Are you in need of a counsellor? If so Summerhayes Wellbeing Centre in Marshall Lane offer low-cost counselling services. For further details telephone 01273 519108 or email

CHARITY WALK in aid of Homelink from Southover Church Hall in Lewes to Newhaven Fish Festival where you will find a Homelink Gazebo. Organised by the Rotary Club Lewes Castle there are a series of walks you can undertake, long and short, challenging or gentle, including a circular walk from Lewes to Rodmell and back. To register and receive a sponsor form click on to or telephone 07957 829997.

FREE WORKSHOPS: The last few places are left on two two-hour workshops on Power and Control in Relationships which will be held in Newhaven on June 13, 2pm to 4pm and July 2 from 10am to noon facilitated by two experienced facilitators. Includes refreshments and there may be scope to arrange childcare facilities. Are you looking for choice, safety and balance in your relationships? Then these workshops are for you. Book online at or email Or you can telephone Andrea on 01273 31170518.


ANNUAL MEETING: The council meeting on May 14 saw the instalment of the new Mayor of Peacehaven. Congratulations to Cllr Rachel Coles who received the chain of office from Cllr Eileen Russell who had a very successful term during which she raised over £12,000 for her various charities. Cllr Robbie Robertson will now take on the role of Deputy Mayor. The councillors for the various sub committees were also announced.

ELECTION RESULTS: The county council election saw a winning swing to the UKIP party with both candidates each taking 19.8 percent of the votes. At the annual meeting reported above it was noticeable neither were included on any of Peacehaven’s sub committees. It seems despite the votes of the public the residents will have no voice on any committees. During a get-together with a few personal friends I have been asked what can be done about this seemingly undemocratic position. I have no idea since I only report what I hear. So if this situation causes you concern I can only suggest you take it up with the town clerk, Kevin Kingston, on 585493.

CINEMA: The Life of Pi is the next film to be shown in the Community House, Meridian Centre today, Friday, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets at £5 each are available now from the information office. The next month’s film will be Love is all You Need and will be shown on Thursday June 20. A date for your diary perhaps.

SAVE A LIFE: There will be a visit by the Blood and Transplant team on Wednesday June 5. They will be in the Community House, 2pm to 4.30pm, and again from 5.30pm until 8pm. Regular donors can book a specific time to donate if they wish by calling 0300 123 23 23. Blood is urgently needed for procedures ranging from child birth to heart replacements. New donors are always welcome.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Peacehaven Bowls Club will be in the Meridian Centre Community House today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes from 8.30am until noon. Next week on Tuesday Mencap will be behind the counter while Thursday sees the return of the Peacehaven Players in the foyer offering refreshments. Don’t forget their next production of WOW in June and I expect tickets can be bought if any are left. Peacehaven Evangelical Church will host on the morning of Friday May 31.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Telscombe Cliff Nursery and is in the Main Hall Community House from 8.30am until midday. Next week’s market will be organised by Guide Dogs for the Blind. To book a table contact them on 07766 514 161.

HALF MARATHON: Remember the Newhaven, Seaford, and Peacehaven Lions Club is holding this charity event on Sunday June 9. Further details including entry and sponsorship forms from”> or email also telephone enquires to 01323 492263. The closing date for entry is May 26. Please note that on the day entries will not be accepted.

THE DELL: The William Cole Fun Fair will make the first of two visits this year to The Dell from today, Friday, until Monday. They will be returning again on Thursday August 15.

RUBBISH COLLECTION: There is a Spring Bank Holiday on Monday and no collections will be made on this day. All collections during the week will be one day later than the usual collection. Residents are asked to put their rubbish out by 6am on the altered days. Normal collections will resume from Monday June 3.

BURGLARIES: Sussex Police have sent the following message: With the summer months approaching, longer daylight evenings and warmer weather, police have noticed a slight increase in the number of burglaries being reported in the Peacehaven area. Sergeant Jenny Abura said: We would like to remind people to lock their doors and windows and this includes sheds, garages and any outbuildings, and to ensure any valuables items are kept out of sight. Lock It Or Lose It is the police message.


FILM: The film Quartet will be shown in the village hall today, Friday. Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Entrance £3.


WILLINGDON community market is held at Trinity Church Hall every Wednesday from 10am to 1pm. Various stalls, teas, coffee, light lunches, Coppice Cakes, vegetables, greetings cards, knitwear, raffle in aid of church funds. More information from 7233772 email

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

CALLING ALL QUIZZERS, come and join in the fun of our quiz evening tomorrow, Saturday, at Trinity Church Hall, commencing at 7pm. Teams of up to six people welcome. Tickets priced at £6 are available from 484189 which includes a ploughman’s supper. Please book in advance.

THE LADIES CIRCLE meet on the second Tuesday of the month, except August. We meet at Polegate Community Centre at 2.30pm, and have slides, talks, outings and social afternoons. Please contact Evelyn on 482402. Or email

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on May 30 include, Chiddingly Again, miles fields, road, woods but mainly level, eight stiles with Roy. Or Westmeston Wander, 9 miles virtually flat, good views, tea available in Ditchling at end of walk. About 25 stiles, take picnic with Graham. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

HISTORY TOUR lunches are now taking place at the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. For more info please contact Kathy Taylor on 746117 or

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Winter Garden, Eastbourne on Tuesday and again on Friday May 31, from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.


HISTORY STUDY GROUP: At its meeting tonight, Friday, the speaker will be Richard Saunders who is well known to many in Ringmer. His talk will cover an earlier period of his life, when for 10 years he was associated as a chorister with the Chapel Royal and sang at Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation. Richard will be speaking to the group on behalf of St Peter and St James Hospice.

AUCTION: There will be a Cystic Fibrosis Fundraising Charity Auction at the Green Man Pub tonight, Friday, commencing at 8pm, with a raffle. There will be a large variety of items to be auctioned so do try to get along and support this excellent cause.

OPEN GARDEN: On Sunday, from, 2pm to 5pm the garden at Ryders Wells House will be open to the public in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice. This is a lovely garden so well worth a visit. Children must be supervised at all times as there is a swimming pool and pond. Home-made teas will be available come rain or shine and admission is £3. Wheelchair access over gravel drive and grass. For further information or directions please ring 01273 813428.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on May 15 was: 1, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 2, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett; 3, Pam Brook and John Weston. The next meeting of the club will be on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall.

VICTORIAN MUSIC HALL: This event will take place in the village hall on Saturday, June 8, at 7.45pm directed by Daisy McKie and a sausage and mash supper will be served but bring your own drink and glasses. Tickets £8 available from Middletons in the shopping precinct.

BOWLS CLUB: The results of the matches played last week were as follows: Ringmer v Herstmonceux 46-79, Ringmer v Maresfield 71-62 and Ringmer v Mayfield 96-33.

COACH TRIP TO KEW: Ringmer U3A have organised this trip to Kew on Wednesday, August 7. The coach will depart from Ringmer at 8am and return about 6pm. Tickets for a seat on the coach are only £11 each. Entry to The National Archives at Kew is free, but those wishing to visit Kew Garens will need to pay a further £11 for entry. You do not have to be a member of U3A to join this trip. For further details and a Booking Form see the Family History web pages at or ring 01273 813010.

rodmell & southease

HECTIC WEEKEND: It’s been quite a hectic weekend as on Saturday I joined Ian Everest and members of the Wivelsfield Family History Group for a Wivelsfield walk. We all met at the Fox and Hounds pub for coffee and lunch before we set off. The walk covered the northern and western parts of the parish, passing the following places: Site of Puddledock (Everest, Taylor and Parsons families), Clearwater Farm, (Dacy family), Antye (Dumbrell and Attree families), Theobalds (Attree family), Lunces Hall (Warren, Rowe and Farncombe families), Lunces Common, including the cottages around the green (Dollamore and Anscombe families), Cleave Water Farm (Mascall, Pope, Luxford and Woodyer families). My family connection is with the Baldocks (garage, forge and farming). It was a lovely day for walk and the scenery was lovely with all the bluebells and wild garlic out in abundance. We walked by meandering streams, through woods and lovley meadows surrounded by old hedgerow. Unfortunately I could not stop for tea on the return journey as being a carer I had to get back, however it was a welcome break which I really enjoyed and needed. Thank you Ian and Janette for organising it.

VISITORS: I now have visitors from Australia for a few days. They arrived on Sunday en route from Madrid, as they are touring. As their flight was delayed by two hours due to weather conditions they eventually arrived on the last train to Lewes from Victoria so I had to drive to Lewes at midnight to pick them up. There were two visitors left stranded at the station at this late hour, one needed to get to Falmer and the other got on the wrong train and needed to get to Forest Row, so was miles out of his way. I could not help as my car was full and I had to get back to care for Mike. I felt really sorry for them as the station was locked up, there were no taxis and no other people around. I suggested they went up into town to one of the hotels. Perhaps there should be a notice up outside the station giving details of what to do for foreign visitors in such an emergency. An all night taxi service number in a prominent place would be a help. The Australians visiting have ancestors by the name of White who left Rodmell to be some of the first people to emigrate to Australia. Visitors keep telling me Lewes needs more hotels as many cannot get rooms even if they try to book weeks ahead. There are only 10 B&Bs in Lewes but far more in the villages, which is fine if people have transport. The other problem is many B&Bs will not take one nighters and that’s all people want if they are walking the South Downs Way. Fortunately we now have the new Youth Hostel at Itford which should help. Now we are in the national park the South Downs Way is becoming even more popular. Places for one nighters will be much needed and we need to encourage people to walk and use the great outdoors more.

CYCLISTS: On the way to Wivelsfield on Saturday I came across many cyclists on the roads around the Ditchling, Plumpton area, and there were several big batches of around 20 to 30 riding two abreast along these narrow lanes and cars were piling up behind them. It only needs one irate or impatient driver to take a chance and this causes accidents. I also keep coming across cyclists riding their bikes the wrong way in one way areas such as the lady on Saturday outside Boots the chemist. It’s great people cycle but hey also need to follow the rules of the road.


FOREST CREEP: The Sussex Wildlife trust are hosting a family event in Friston Forest tonight, Friday, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The event is especially suitable for children between 8 and 12 years (£7.50 per ticket) and they will get a chance to help light a fire and cook on it and look out for bats and badgers. Call 01323 8701400 or 01273 497561 for further details or to make a booking.

FOLK CLUB: Elsie’s Band comprise John, Tony, Dave and Iris who provide the wonderful sessions in Elsie’s unique pub at Cowden Pound, Kent. The are also known as the Cowden Mummers and are a traditional English Folk band and are the guest band tonight, Friday, at the Seaford Folk Club. A real treat in store, so pop along to the Royal British Legion at 8pm (if you want some food turn up a bit earlier).

WOOF: The Waifs and Strays Dog Rescue group are holding a Spring Dog Show and family fun day at the Downs Leisure Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am. There will not only be dog displays (including flyball and dog agility) but also lots of stalls including food. There will plenty for the whole family including a bouncy castle and of course the dog competition. (I wonder if there is a category for my dog Molly oldest, greyest grumpiest dog).

TOWN COUNCIL: The Liberal Democrat town councillors are no longer holding a monthly surgery at 37 Church Street however if you would like to talk to you local councillor, contact the council on 01323 894870 and they will be pleased to give you contact details.

ART AT THE CRYPT: The Seaford Artist’s Spring Show starts tomorrow, Saturday, at the Crypt Gallery. The exhibition will be on every day from 10am to 4pm until Thursday. There will be the usual high standard of art, photography and prints but there will also be cards and crafts to buy too. Call 01323 491008 for details.

FREE CONCERT: A lunchtime concert will take place at St Leonard’s Church at 1pm tomorrow, Saturday, with music from Practicall Musicke. Admission is free with a retiring collection.

ELVIS LIVES: Seaford’s very own Elvis, the talented Rob Willis ,is holding a charity concert at the Barn Theatre tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm. Proceeds go to the Royal Marine charity Help Our Wounded, a very worthy cause. I have seen Rob perform and he is very good, last year he reached the national finals for Elvis tribute acts. Tickets are £10. For information call 07710 426321.

TABLE TOP SALE: There will be a table top sale tomorrow, Saturday, at St Thomas More Church Hall between 1am and 1pm. Tables are £5 and refreshments will be available. All money taken for the tables to the church hall improvement fund and proceeds from food and drink will go to Macmillan Cancer Support. To book a table call 01323 890270.

MUSEUM EVENT: Seaford Museum is holding another of the popular Kids’ Events on Wednesday, 10am to noon. There will be crafts, dressing up and the owl trail to follow. This event is suitable for accompanied 4 to 8 year olds. Usual museum entrance applies.

EDIBLE TALK: The gardening club will be meeting on Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Clinton Centre, opposite Tesco. Their guest speaker will be Barbara Echlin talking about Edible Gardening. Sounds delicious. For details about the club call 01323 491331.

FREE GUIDED WALK: I will be going over to Lewes next week to provide a free guided walk of Lewes as part of Hike and Bike week. If you have accompanied me on my Seaford tours you may wish to meet me at 2pm at Lewes Station on Thursday afternoon.

THANK YOU: Andrea Wootten has asked me to thank all those who recently attended her Phoenix Butterfly Party. £264 was raise for the charity Together for Short Lives which helps children with life limiting conditions. Andrea hopes to top up this sum by visiting the East Dean Village market on Thursday morning so if you are there say hello.

A GREAT VENUE: The Royal British Legion have a new chef and are once again providing some excellent food. You don’t have to be ex-services to join and you not only help to promote this excellent organisation but also have access to a wonderful club with good food and drinks and good prices. Lunch is served from noon to 3pm every day (except Monday) and meals are served on most evenings. If you don’t see what you like on the menu Alex the chef is happy to prepare something for you specially for your next visit. Call 01323 890154 for more information.

SEAL: It’s good to see another seal on the beach, he is not in any danger, just sunning himself and relaxing whilst he moults. Please leave him alone and let him have some peace.


REFUSE COLLECTIONS: Due to the Spring Bank Holiday on Monday, all waste collections will be one day later, with those due on Friday May 31 being collected on Saturday June 1. Normal collections will resume on Monday June 3. Lewes District Council have asked that you please ensure that your rubbish is put out by 6am on the altered day of collection as stated and that your patience and cooperation in this matter would be appreciated.

THE CIVIC CENTRE will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday and re-open on Tuesday at 9am.

BINGO: There will be a bingo evening at Telscombe Civic Centre on Friday May 31, with a 7pm start. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball and flyer game. There are cash prizes and free refreshments at a half-time break. This is a very popular event so come along early to ensure you get a seat and join in the fun. It’s a friendly evening and is a perfect opportunity for getting out and meeting new people. Net proceeds raised will go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund.