Parish Pump Newhaven - May 3, 2013

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WI NEWS: Wendy Day writes: At the April meeting Jill Rutherford gave a very interesting and entertaining talk about Japanese culture ranging from the days of the Shogun and Samurai to the present day. It was particularly interesting to hear about the lives of Japanese women who, for decades, were only expected to marry and produce (preferably male) heirs. Now they are allowed to follow careers and choose their own lifestyle. Mrs Rutherford’s talk was illustrated by colourful slides of national costumes and festivals.

SPRING BAZAAR: The Alfriston WI Spring Bazaar will be held on May 4 at the War Memorial Hall from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. There will be plants, books, cakes and produce for sale; a chocolate tombola and a raffle. Refreshments will be available. All are welcome, admission £1 to include tea/coffee and biscuit. Children free.

THE HANOVER BAND present Baroque Splendours for a Coronation on May 16 at St Andrew’s Church. This is one concert of Baroque Music in a tour of churches across the South Downs. Tickets are £15 and £10: under 25s £5.

HISTORIC WALKS: Local historian Kevin Gordon will be taking tours around the village on the first Saturday afternoon of each month. The tours cost £5 and last just over an hour. Kevin will give an overview of local history and point out some of the interesting and unusual features of the village. The first tour leaves the Market Cross at 2pm on May 4.

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FUN RUN: 10.30am on Monday at Barcombe Recreation Ground. 10k run, 6k run/walk all off road through the beautiful Barcombe countryside. Pre booked 10k £7.50, 6k £5. Download entry forms from Sussex Races, or obtain from Barcombe News, Barcombe Stores or enter on the day. Changing, showers, refreshments available. Few limited on site parking spaces. Please park in or around the village. Further information from Tim Parsons 01273 400601 or tim.parsons@chandlersbs.co.uk. All proceeds to humanitarian projects in the townships around Ndola, Zambia.

FOOTBALL: Mid Sussex League Div One Wednesday, April 24 away: East Court 0 Barcombe 2 (C Shoult, A Wright). Saturday, April 27 home: Sporting Elite 5 Barcombe 4 ( M Lloyd, J N and W Roberts).

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THE VILLAGE FAIR is tomorrow, Saturday, 1pm to 4pm. Please contact Linda’s Stores on 899486, if you have any items (bottles, plants, unwanted gifts, toys, DVDs, games, bric-a-brac and cakes) for the stalls or can offer any help on the day. Bishopstone needs you.

AGM: The parish hall committee AGM will be held in the parish hall on Wednesday May 15 at 7.30pm. The committee need support to enable this community asset to continue to thrive, come along and find out more.

APRIL 23 was St George’s Day, also celebrated in Egypt, Romania, Iraq, Israel and the Ukraine among other patronages, including Russia. Whilst visiting Beirut, we discovered St George’s Bay where, it is claimed, St George famously slew the dragon (symbol of evil) that terrorised the city. The contest was seen as a victory for Christianity, despite St George being martyred by pagan Romans for his efforts. As a military hero, he rode through the Reformation, complete with flag borrowed from St Ambrose and dragon spear from the Crusaders.

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IVY LEAGUE: You may have read in the newspapers last week that ivy was a vital food source for bees, but you may not have realised that this research was done at the University of Sussex and the nectar-collecting bees were going about their business in our own village. They would certainly find a generous amount of ivy to feed off in my garden. Is it my imagination or is ivy much more prolific than it used to be? Almost every tree you look at in the countryside is wound round with ivy, making the trees an eye catching shape in the winter months when the tree’s own leaves have gone. Getting back to the bees, ivy nectar is apparently very rich in sugar and easily found in late summer and early autumn when other flowers are over.

WASH AND BRUSH UP: By the time you read this, Falmer village should be looking very spick and span, as a working party of villagers will have been collecting rubbish and generally smartening the place up.

SPECIAL SERVICE: A group of students were given a private viewing of the He is Risen art exhibition last Tuesday. Rev Colin Lawlor arranged the visit and accompanied the students and one of the artists was on hand to try and answer questions. The exhibition has been getting a lot of visitors and a lot of interest and positive comments. Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday will be your last chance to catch the show and there will be a short contemplative service at 5pm on Sunday. The service has been devised with the specific artworks and poetry in mind and promises to be something rather special.

MAY FESTIVAL: We are in a unique position here in Falmer being so close to both Brighton and Lewes. My allegiance lies with Lewes as we used to live there, but others in the village favour Brighton. The closeness means that we can join in with major events in both places. This month the Brighton Festival takes place and we are joining in the Festival Fringe with one of the three concerts that we have this month. Clara Ross: Brighton’s best kept secret? is our concert at St Laurence Church on May 11. Clara Ross is a little known Brighton composer (1858-1954) who studied at the RCM and formed a mandolin and guitar band in London; quite something for a woman in those days. Paul Sparks on the mandolin and the vocal group The Carmen Rollers are the performers. The concert has the usual start time of 5.30pm and is free with a retiring collection. We then have another two concerts lined up during May. Details of these concerts are on our page at www.achurchnearyou.com/falmer-st-laurence.

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FOOTPATHS GROUP: Twenty four members of our group recently stayed in Wallingford for the weekend, a historic town situated on the Thames between Oxford and Reading. On the Friday we walked along the Thames and had a short and chaotic game of Pooh Sticks at the site of the World Poohsticks Championship. As well as the river walks, we also enjoyed walks which took us through picturesque hamlets, woods carpeted with wild flowers and iron age forts all with Didcot power station in the distance. We finished the weekend with a visit to Basildon Park owned by the National Trust. It was a delightful weekend led by Hilda and Graham. Meanwhile, back in Lewes, Wolfgang led a walk around Burwash. It was a joy to walk on the warmest Sunday so far this year. We started the walk from the road with a very steep valley and hill and eventually we took the footpath which dropped down to the River Dudwell, offering magnificent views on the way. We followed the Dudwell valley and after reaching a lane we had an encounter with a Labrador dog which followed us for a long way. We became very concerned as we got closer to the main road. Luckily some people in a garden offered to take custody of the dog and return it to where they thought it might belong. It was with relief that we crossed the road safely and ended the walk at the Wheel Inn pub. The next walk is on Bank Holiday Monday. A mainly flat walk at Isfield. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. On Wednesday, May 15, Cliffe Church Hall at 7.30pm, How Green was my Greenland, an illustrated talk by Graham Albon. Visitors welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday April 16, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 2, Ann Wykeham and Susan Louis; 3, Richard Pearson and Rosemary Land. April 23: 1, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 2, Irene Gannon and Rosemary Land; 3, Paul Allen and Roy Skan. Thursday April 18: 1, Nigel Osmer and Adela Thomas; 2, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 3, Anne Davison and Edith Jeffery. April 25: 1, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 2, Meic Goodyear and Peter Gannon; 3, Ron and Margaret Buddery. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoon. Contact number 01273 473026.

AFTERNOON CONCERT at 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, at St John sub Castro Church, Abinger Place. The Danzi Wind Quintet from the Royal Academy of Music will be giving a concert. Tickets £8 or £5 for concessions, or if reserved up to 48 hours in advance (Tel: 01273 475935). All profits go to Action on Hearing Loss and St John’s church.

HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP Coffee Morning and Sale tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to 12.30pm. Raffle coffee, cakes, cards, clothes, books and more. Come and visit our lovely house and garden in the heart of Lewes.

AN EVENING OF RUSSIAN MUSIC: The Friends of Anne of Cleves House were delighted to welcome the lovely members of the Delphinus Quartet back to Anne of Cleves House again this year for an evening of Russian music. The group of two violins, a viola and a cello grouped themselves around a standard lamp and entranced a packed audience with their playing. The intimate atmosphere was almost like having a quartet playing for you in your own home. We all felt very privileged to have heard them. We are all looking forward to the next event at Anne of Cleves House, when Diana Crook will read new bits from Mrs Henry Dudeney’s diary on Friday May 17 at 7.30pm.

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THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.10am to 12.10pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2pm to 2.20pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 2.30pm to 2.50pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am.

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YACHT CLUB: Dieppe Dash, weekend sail do Dieppe organised by Sussex Yachts in Brighton tomorrow (Saturday) to Monday. Free berthing in Dieppe. Contact Mike Edwards on 07968 073678 for details.

MAYOR’S CHARITY EVENING tonight (Friday) at Newhaven Social Club, Bridge Street in aid of Sussex Responders. A fun evening raising money for a good cause from 8pm. Grand Raffle, music, all welcome. Non members pay a small admission fee on door.

FAMILY PICNIC: There will be a free healthy walk followed by a family picnic on Monday (Bank Holiday). This is a walk for all ages as it will be on even ground along to the beach and back. Walkers can decide where they would like to have their picnic. Please wear flat shoes and bring your own picnic lunch and drink. Children, mothers with buggies and dogs on leads welcome. Meet on Huggetts Green, West Quay at 11.30am. I have my Walk Leaders and Sportsmaker Qualification and I will be leading the walk so look forward to seeing you.

MEECHING WI: The April meeting started with the minutes of the last meeting followed by a members’ discussion on the annual dinner at Blatchington Golf Club. Members reported the meal had been very good and they had all had fun. Tickets for the group meeting on Friday May 17 at Claremont Hall in Seaford at 2pm were sold at the meeting but those who did one get one can buy them on the door. There are still a few places left for the guided trip to London Docklands on June 5 and any member who would like to go should contact the treasurer. The book club choice for this month is a crime novel, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest by Stieg Larsson and the club meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at 2pm. If anyone would like to join the book club they should see a member of the committee. Mr P Molloy was the April speaker and he gave an interesting talk about his childhood in Holland. Meetings are held in Meeching Hall, on the third Thursday of the month at 9.45am. New members are always welcome. The next meeting is on Thursday May 16 and that is the annual resolutions meeting.

CHARITY DAY: The Hope Inn is running a charity event to raise money for the RNLI on Sunday. There will be a killer darts tournament and traditional pub games and it promises to be an afternoon of fun. The Hope is inviting people to bring a table and sell unwanted bric-a-brac for a fee of £5.There will be a karaoke in the evening when people will pay a fee to sing.

THE TOWN COUNCIL’S annual meeting takes place on Tuesday at 7.30pm in Meeching Hall. All welcome.

THE BOWLING CLUB is holding an Open Morning at the club in Fort Road on Saturday May 11 from 10am to 1pm. If you have ever fancied trying your hand at bowls this is your opportunity. All equipment is provided, just bring flat shoes or trainers. Light refreshments will be available. The

club is looking for new members, ladies, men and juniors from beginners to experienced bowlers. The mixed membership is of all ages and they play mixed and ladies matches at Newhaven and clubs between Hove and Eastbourne. There is an excellent clubhouse which has changing facilities for home and visiting clubs and a kitchen to provide light refreshments during club matches. The club also has a junior section for 7 years and above on Saturday mornings between 10am and 11.30am.

ILLUMINATED GARDEN: Come to an exciting evening at Newhaven’s Community Garden behind Tideway School on Saturday May 11 from 6.30pm onwards. Bring a lantern if you want to and there will be a bonfire and food. Suggested donation £2.50 per person. For directions to the garden contact Jenny Leon at NCDA on 01273 311700.

RACE NIGHT: Tickets are on sale now for the Newhaven and Seaford Sea Cadets Race Night on Saturday May 18. Always a fun night so go along and support your local cadets in their most important fund-raiser of the year. The event takes place at The Enterprise Centre, Denton Island and there is plenty of free parking. Tickets are £8 which include a fish and chip supper and there will be a bar and raffle. The first race starts promptly at 7.30pm. To buy your ticket telephone Helen on 01273 615096 or email treasurer@newhavenandseafordseacadets.org

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APOLOGIES to anyone whose event although advised was not reported in last week’s Parish Pump. It was due to a technical problem.

QUIZ NIGHT: There is a quiz tonight, Friday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre which starts at 7pm with cash prizes to be won. Those who wish to play as a team must pay £2 per head in advance at the information office. Bring your own food and drink.

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING: The meeting on Tuesday April 16 was a report on the activities of your council over the last 12 months followed by presentations about the work of the CAB (Citizens Advice Bureau), local police, and the Fire and Rescue Service. Although there was a roomful of people it was disappointing that there were only nine residents out of a population of c13,500. It was hoped that there would be a better turn out for the elections yesterday (Thursday May 2).

COFFEE MORNINGS: Peacehaven Catholic Church will be in the Meridian Centre Community House foyer today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes from 8.30am until noon. On Tuesday the Woodingdean Methodist Church’s Monday Club will be behind the counter while Thursday sees Harlequin Studios in the foyer offering refreshments. INAA will return on Friday May 10.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Harlequin Studious in the Main Hall Community House from 8.30am until midday. Next week’s market will be organised by the Peacehaven Players. To book a table contact them on 01273 582198.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the leisure and amenities committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. Residents may attend and can ask questions during the first 15 minutes.

THE DELL: The John Lawson circus will be making their annual visit to The Dell, South Coast Road between May 10 and 12. Look out for posters for details of how to obtain tickets.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: There will be an opportunity to talk with councillors from county, district or town when they hold a surgery in the Meridian Centre from 10am to 11am on Saturday May 11. This is a drop in surgery so no advanced booking is required. All talks and advice is confidential.

REFUSE COLLECTIONS: There will be a normal collection today, Friday. Due to the May Bank Holiday from Monday all collections will be made one day later. Residents should have their dustbins ready for collection from 6am during this week. Normal collections will resume from Monday May 13.

LOCAL CHARITIES: The Mayor of Peacehaven, Councillor Eileen Russell, announced at the town meeting that the various functions she has arranged through the year had to date raised £10,300 in total. She has so far distributed to charities in our district an amount of £4,680. She wished to thank residents for their support which has enabled her to make these payouts to help local organisations, some of whom are finding fund raising a struggle in these difficult financial times.

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THE SKETCHING and Painting Group has vacancies for beginners. Our tutor is Richard Liley BA Hons. We hold meetings on Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings. Please contact Bruce Margarett on 484568 for more details.

MODEL CLUB: Polegate and District Model Engineering Club. For information of when miniature trains are running in the field at the bottom of Black path, through the William Daly Gate, please contact Chris White on chris.padmec@gmail.com or look at website www.padmec.org.uk

MUSGRAVE MUSEUM is now open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm. As well as showing paintings and artefacts collected by the late George Musgrave in his lifetime. The museum is now exhibiting various artists’ works. This can be seen at 77 Seaside Road, Eastbourne, telephone 648106 or visit www.musgravemuseum.co.uk

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

DROP IN DAYS on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, from 10am to noon at 8 St Leonards Road, Eastbourne (722505) for free advice, demonstrations of equipment, information and support. Also volunteer scheme, deaf awareness training, deaf outreach service bus (CLIVE), lipreading classes, sign language classes, hard of hearing classes, loop installations, deafblind groups, hearing aid batteries (NHS) and retubing.

RAMBLING CLUB: On May 8, new walk, nearly 5 miles, Norton area with sweeping views. Gentle slopes, one stile, with Jimmy; Or Tea and Cakes at Sue’s with a ramble thrown in. 10 miles circular from Sue’s, steep at start, fairly level thereafter on the downs, Friston village, several stiles, take picnic with Sue T.

COFFEE MORNING on Saturday May 11, at Trinity Church Hall, in aid of Christian Aid. All welcome from 10am.

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FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, sees the final league fixture for the first team when they play host to near neighbours Hailsham Town. Kick off at The Caburn is 3pm as usual. Although the football season is coming to an end the social side of the club carries on as normal with the following events already planned. On Friday, May 10, from 8pm the very popular seven piece ska/soul/funk band Fat Belly Jones perform at The Caburn Pavilion. Admission is free to the gig and non-members are welcome to this event. The following Friday, May 17, the Ringmer Veterans Team have organised a Race Night to raise funds for injured player, Ian Linstrem, who badly broke his leg in the Vets. last game of the season. Any individual or business that would like to sponsor one of the races at this event please contact Micky Turner on mickyt22@hotmail.com. Finally tickets are now on sale at the club for A Cabaret of Two Halves which is presented by Hailsham Theatres on June 21 and 22. This is a fun variety show suitable for all ages with singing, dancing, comedy sketches and a live band. Tickets are priced at £8 adults and £6 concessions (U16 and OAPs) and are available from the clubhouse bar. Non-members are welcome at this event.

ZUMBA CLASSES: Amy Prifti teaches Zumba every Tuesday and Wednesday morning between 9.30am and 10.30am at the Empire Dance Studio in Ringmer shopping precinct and every Tuesday evening at Ringmer Primary School between 6pm and 7pm for the older participant and those getting back into exercise and between 7pm and 8pm for a more active zumba aerobic workout. She also teaches through Wave Leisure on a Monday evening from 7pm and 8pm at Ringmer Community College. For further information contact Amy by phone on 07906 393 807 or e-mail makeupbyamy@talktalk.net

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on April 24 was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Gill and Tony Spaven; 3, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith. The club next meets on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. Contact 01273 814220.

LADIES PAMPER EVENING at Ringmer Primary School on Friday, May 10, between 6.30pm and 10pm. Tickets are available at £5 from Middletons shop, Ringmer Wine Store or the primary school office.

QUIZ NIGHT: Do think about making up a team of six or join one of the Friends of Ringmer teams, students, family and friends all welcome for this evening being held at Ringmer Community College Sixth Form on Friday, May 10, from 7pm to 9.30pm. Tickets £3 per person, to include a fish and chip supper and soft drink, are available from the college reception.

PLANT SALE: Advance notice that this is being held at the Vicarage garden on Saturday, May 11, from 11am to 4pm. Donations of plants would be most welcome and can be brought to the Vicarage on the Friday, afternoon.

BOWLS OPEN MORNING at the Bowls Club on Saturday May 11 from 10am to noon and also an Open Evening on May 14 from 6pm onwards. Anyone interested in this very friendly game should try to go along and have a go. The results of the bowls club matches played last week were Ringmer v West Hoathly 50-71, Ringmer v Frant 80-45, Ringmer v Seaford 59-38 and Ringmer v Mayfield 87-49.

U3A GARDENING: A second gardening group has started up and will meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 2.30pm. There is room for another three or four people to join and anyone interested should speak to Theresa Keen on 813578 before the first meeting on May 14.

rodmell & southease

THE GARDENERS were all out at the weekend, and the hum of lawn mowers filled the air, as well as the whine of small aircraft, being exercised by their devoted owners in the wide blue yonder. Motorbikes have also been out in abundance and hundreds of them have been up and down the C7 in the past two weeks. The sun also brings out the open top cars, mainly it seems being driven by the older generation having their last fling at youth. The youngsters seem to drive more cars in bright colours, to be seen as that flash of colour that flies by us staid oldies who drive Skodas etc. I admit to being a Skoda fan of around 20 years.

PROGRAMME: On the subject of cars did you see the programme on BBC Three last week, Licence to Kill? It was a very good programme featuring a young girl named Sophie Morgan who was our neighbour some years ago. Sophie was an 18 year old who had passed her driving test six months earlier when, going too fast, she misjudged a corner on a road in Scotland and has been in a wheelchair ever since. The point she made in this superb programme was that it only took a loss of concentration for a split second or an act of thoughtlessness behind the wheel for lives to be destroyed forever. Evidently there is a successful initiative aimed at young drivers called Safe Drive Stay Alive (safedrive.org.uk) that uses shock tactics to promote safety. Sophie’s programme was very powerful in showing young people how much their lives could be damaged by just one thoughtless act. This young lady has my admiration for her courage and determination to enjoy her life as much as possible and to work for the things she believes in. I think we shall hear and see more of her on TV. Well done Sophie.

OUT AND ABOUT: On Monday, Sussex Spring Sing, a day of song on May Day at the Abergavenny Arms, hosted by Elle Osborne and friends. May 8 sees Monk’s House special event, Create a Writer’s Notebook with Anna Fewster in the village hall 10am to 5pm, lunch included. This is one of several events by Monk’s House and its garden, taking place throughout this year’s summer season. Booking essential from the shop/reception area or phone 4747860 or see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/monkshouse. May 12 sees the cricket club’s first fixture of the season against Angmering, 2.30pm start on the sports field. May 13 is the parish council AGM in the village hall at 8pm.

OUR GOAT: A recent B&B guest gave our old goat Tine a new name, Wanneta – One Eater, as he only has one tooth left now at his great age. I thought that was quite humorous. All our animals reach great ages so I must be doing something right.

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ANTIQUES DAY: The Over 60s club is situated near the Downs Leisure Centre. Today, Friday, they are hosting an Antiques Valuation Day. You can bring along small items to be valued by our local auctioneer, Gorringes. It is £1 per item or £4 for five. There will also be refreshments available and a small display of craft made by members. All proceeds go towards club funds.

CINEMA: Tonight, Friday, Seaford Community Cinema are showing the film Beasts of the Southern Wild, a fantasy drama film released less than a year ago and nominated for four Academy Awards. At 9 years old, the star of the film, Quvenzhane Wallis, became the youngest person ever to be nominated for an Oscar. A beautiful film which is well worth watching on the big screen at the Barn Theatre. The curtain rises at 7pm and tickets are available at the Box Office in the Seaford Tourist Information Centre or on the door.

FOLK CLUB: Will Duke is a local musician, known for his wonderful concertina playing, not to mention his famous Scan Tester concertina. His wide range of humorous songs are delivered in his own inimitable style. He has agreed to come and entertain Seaford Folk Club at short notice. They meet at the Royal British Legion Club from 8pm tonight, Friday.

GUIDED TOURS: I will be providing an historic guided tour of Seaford tomorrow, Saturday, morning, starting from the Tourist Information Office in Church Street at 10.30am. I will also be providing a guided tour of Alfriston tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon starting from the Market Cross at 2pm. Tours are £5 so come along and find out more about where you live.

SEAFORD ART: The Seaford Seven are a group of local artists, all members of the Seaford Art Club, who have an exhibition at the Crypt Gallery which starts tomorrow, Saturday. This show will highlight the diverse and striking works inspired by the countryside around us. The exhibition is free and will be open daily until Thursday from 10.30am until 4.30pm. The Crypt Gallery entrance is now in Church Street.

BABY SALE: There will be a nearly new sale of maternity, baby and children’s clothes at the Clinton Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. Entry is just £1 but you can also take a stall (ring 07940 594197 for details).

OPEN GARDEN: The Community Garden will be open from 10am to 2.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, and on Sunday. There is plenty of spring flowers and produce to see and sample. There are also plants that need a good home. The garden is tucked away in the Crouch Gardens and are always worth a visit.

TIDE MILLS WALK: I will be providing a guided tour of the Tide Mills at 2pm on Sunday. Meet at the Buckle car-park where tickets (£5) will be available. I will cover the history of the Buckle area, the Tidal Mills, the WWI Sea-plane base and the Marine Hospital.

TRANSPORT LECTURE: Alan Walters will be the guest speaker at the St Peter’s Church Hall on Tuesday at 2.30pm. He will be speaking about Trains and the Channel Tunnel as part of the East Blatchington Lectures. Tickets are £5 and include refreshments. They are available from Newberry Tully Estate Agents. Whilst you are in the Estate Agents, look out for the scene of Victorian Seaford on the wall.

STAMP CLUB: Seaford and District Stamp Club will be meeting on Wednesday evening at 7.15pm at the Cross Way Centre. Their guest speaker, Brian Baldock, will be speaking about the postal history of Norwich. For further information call 01323 890699.

TIDE MILLS TALK: Luke Barber from the Sussex Archaeological Society will be the guest speaker at Seaford Museum on Wednesday evening. The talk starts at the Martello Tower at 7.30pm and there is a small charge. Luke led the recent excavations at the tide mills and this is sure to be a popular event.

COUNCIL MEETING: The annual Town Council meeting will be held on Thursday evening at 7pm at 37 Church Street. This will be the meeting where Councillor Linda Wallraven steps down after two years’ hard work as Mayor. Despite getting up in the early hours every single day to run her newsagency she has attended hundreds of events and raised thousands of pounds for local charities. The new Mayor will be Councillor Anthony White. He will be a completely different mayor to Linda and I am sure he will work hard to represent the town.

MUMFORD AND SONS: The fantastic group Mumford and Sons (and other acts) will be playing at the Lewes Stop Over Festival in Lewes on July 20. The Seaford Tourist Information Centre has tickets, but hurry because they are selling fast.

YELLOW LINES: New parking lines have appeared on the Esplanade near the museum. For some reason the two parking bays next to the public toilets have now now also been covered in yellow lines making parking for the conveniences inconvenient.

RECYCLING: Next month Lewes District Council will be commencing a food waste collection service in Seaford. A leaflet about this will be delivered to you soon and the necessary equipment (kitchen bin and outside bin) should be delivered in the next couple of weeks. Those that live in shared buildings will get a communal bin. If you have any questions about this new scheme call 01273 484999.

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COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am at the Civic Centre. This is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town or district councillor. Please make the most of this opportunity to meet your town councillor and come along. No appointment is necessary.

FILM AND GAMES: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon, Telscombe Town Council will be hosting a film show and games morning for young people at Telscombe 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: The residents association will be holding a coffee morning from 10am to 11am tomorrow, Saturday, to coincide with the councillors’ surgery and young people’s event. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues. All Telscombe residents are welcome. They look forward to seeing you there.

BANK HOLIDAY: The Civic Centre will be closed on Monday for the spring bank holiday.

TELSCOMBE CLIFFS WI will be holding their monthly meeting at the Civic Centre from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday. New members are always welcome. For any queries or more details please telephone Pat Grey on 01273 583778.

COUNCIL MEETINGS: There will be a meeting of the policy and resources committee on Wednesday at 7.30pm in room 1 at the Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can ask questions during a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda for the meetings will be put on council notice boards a few days before the meeting and will usually also be available on the council’s website at www.telscombetowncouncil.gov.uk

QUIZ NIGHT at the Civic Centre on Friday June 14 with a 7.30pm start. Teams of up to eight players at a minimal cost of £2 per person. Please bring your own food and drink. There will be a bottle of wine for each winning team member. There will also be a raffle and net proceeds will go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund, so please ring and book in a team to help raise funds, it will be a fun evening. Ring 01273 589777 or visit the Civic Centre reception.