Parish Pump Newhaven - May 31, 2013

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THE CUCKMERE VALLEY Horticultural Society held their coffee morning at Ian Mylles lovely garden. The sun shone and there was a lot of chat as the society’s members mingled and admired. There was a lot of anxious discussion about flowers and vegetables being ready for the Early Summer Show which is to be held on June 8 at the War Memorial Hall. The Chelsea Flower Show contributors had talked on radio and television about the difficulties the long wet Winter and cold Spring had given them. These difficulties were repeated by local growers sharing their concerns but determined to aim for a winning display. Entries to the Early Summer Show should be made by June 5 to Bridget O’Dell or Tony Sawden. For details of membership please contact Miss F Stevens 870463.

WI NEWS: At the May meeting Stephanie Wadlow offered to teach some chair exercises. The expectation was that it would be a relaxing afternoon but members were amazed to find how many muscles had been exercised during the hour. It was, however, very enjoyable and Stephanie may find that her classes at the War Memorial Hall will have some new members. This year’s resolution, tackling the decline of our high streets and town centres, was then discussed. The vote was very much in favour of this resolution and members came up interesting and varied ideas in resolving the problem which will be passed on to the delegate attending the WI’s AGM. The next meeting will be on June 18 at 2pm in the War Memorial Hall with a talk on Gardening for the Young at Heart. All are welcome.

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CRICKET: ESCL Div 1 Barcombe v Mayfield: Barcombe 41 all out in 19.3 overs. Mayfield 42-5 in 18 overs. Mayfield win by five wkts, Mayfield 30 points Barcombe 5 points. ESCL Div 8 Glynde III v Barcombe II; Barcombe 196-8 in 50 overs. (Bob Page 50, Eddie Thomas 37, Tom Evans 34 no). Glynde 201-7 in 43 overs (Harry Jones 4-19 Tom Evans 2-61). Glynde won by three wkts off the last ball. Glynde 28 points Barcombe 15 points.

BOWLING RESULTS: Saturday, home to Saltdean: Les Line 19 M Evans 10, Jas Osmond 24 D Holmes 18, Derek Stewart 10 Valerie Barton 19, John Blackmore 11 S Couper 23. Saltdean won 70-64.

CONCERT: Sussex Police Choir in Concert at Barcombe Village Hall on Tuesday July 2 at 7.45pm. Tickets £5, available(includes refreshments) from M Pyne, 3 Gladstone Buildings, Holmbridge Farm Shop, Turners Electrical Shop and Barcombe Stores. Proceeds in aid of the Royal British Legion; Women’s Section Schemes.

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CELEBRATION of the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation at 11.30am on Sunday, wine and cake in the tower. All welcome.

CREAM TEA: Another of Wendy’s famous strawberry cream teas will be held on Saturday June 15, 2.30pm to 4pm in Bishopstone Parish Hall. Tickets are available from Wendy Simpson. This event is held to raise funds for Christian Aid.

DRIFTWOOD, Marine Drive, Bishopstone, Open Garden, June 15 and 16, 11am to 5pm as part of the National Gardens Open Day Scheme.

THERE WAS much anticipation at home when the Antiques Roadshow visited Eastbourne last week, would they really want to include local shipwreck material? A Pickford’s van duly turned up to collect a large hunk from the wood pile and to our surprise it was filmed. Watch out for the programme due to be screened in autumn.

AS MAY draws to a close, a sunny bank holiday triggered the hatching of clouds of Mayflies in a flooded pit where we go fossil hunting. Swifts, swallows and martins all had a field day feeding on the fresh hatchlings. Could summer be finally on its way?

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CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI are away to Pevensey and the second XI are also away to Rotherfield II, both matches start at 1.30pm. The Sunday team are at home to Waldron CC start at 2pm.

CHURCH: This weeks service is at Glynde at 10.15am for Matins.

OVER 50’s: Due to unforeseen circumstances we had to cancel the trip to Merriments Gardens last week but I have rearranged it for Monday June 24, leaving again at 11am. If anyone would wish to join us do please ring either Sally on 01273858321 or Penny 07933766896. And don’t forget the trip to Shoreham Airport on Tuesday July 9. Non members always welcome to join in on our trips.

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PARISH COUNCIL: Sadly, this week saw the end of an era for the parish council as the Glynde estate has taken back the management and lease of the cricket ground. The council has held the lease and been the trustees of this beautiful sward for over a hundred years, but all good things must come to an end and I am sure the estate will maintain the ground to their usual high standard. Happily, the council is to take on a new lease for the playground and grassed play area, so children from far and wide can continue to enjoy outdoor fun and exercise. At the Parish Council AGM this week the chairman, Andrew Small gave his report as follows: As I have only resumed my position as chairman of the parish council for the last four months, on behalf of the parish council, I would like to give our thanks and gratitude to Tony Fordham who has worked effortlessly on representing our community over the last 10 years, overseeing projects such as the refurbishment of the play ground, the remembrance plaque, village sign and the many unseen day to day things that the parish council have responsibility for. Over the last year we have seen the retirement of two other councillors: Peter Knight and Jean Connell to whom we are enormously grateful for their time in office, tirelessly serving our community, and especially their work with the tree planting throughout the village. The parish council is now back up to full strength with three new councillors full of fresh ideas, so there is lots to look forward to over the coming year that could make real differences to the wonderful community in which we live. There are too many individuals to name but a big thank you to all of you that made the Jubilee a great success. The parish council are currently looking at our ageing street lighting and, with the help of the residents, needs to make a decision as to whether to refurbish our existing lights or to let them gradually die. Other things that we are working on are the disabled, pushchair and cycle access to the railway station, retention of the black pines, cycle racks and resurfacing of the station car park. The parish council lease to the play ground has run out and we are looking to renew it with Glynde Estates. We have continued our support financially to the swimming pool and supported the remembrance parade with the yearly road closures. I look forward to next year’s report with anticipation, as I am sure that there will be many achievements to report and exciting projects that have been put in to place that improve our community’s way of life.

COMMUNITY SWIMMING POOL: It is fair to say that the pool has been little used this week, the average water temperature being a refreshing 17 degrees. Plans are afoot to plant beautiful shrubs and climbers along the fence, adding a touch of horticultural colour to the poolside. Keep an eye out for forthcoming fundraising events as every penny counts towards keeping this wonderful village facility.

THE TREVOR ARMS: Good times were had by all over the weekend, with wonderful sounds from the Skalettos on Sunday and the Cooper family’s Reluctant Ramblers on Monday. This was of course in addition to the vibes drifting over the hill from the very successful Meadowlands Festival. The chicken run and coop are settling in nicely. Still no chickens yet, but to the amusement of three young visitors three eggs were found in the nesting box. What a mystery. On inspection, there was a possibility that they each had a date stamp on them. Another poultry mystery occurred on Tuesday night when three hens and a large white cockerel went missing. As there were no feathers lying on the ground speculation is rising as to whether it was a two or four-legged fox.

SUNRISE OVER CABURN: This is just for the very early risers (or the late revellers coming home): if you happen to be on the east side of Mount Caburn at approximately 4.50am, you are not only privy to an unbelievable view of the sleeping village, but can experience to scent of fresh grass covered in morning dew, mingled with the heavenly smell of freshly baked bread coming from David’s Flint Owl bakery. All-in-all well worth getting up for.

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HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP: In June we are starting our new full chiropody service for members, run by a trained podiatrist from Age UK. We also offer individual computer lessons with one of our trainers, £5 per session. Please call in to reception for more details, 9.30am to 1pm, Monday to Friday. We also do coffee and tea all morning, and a two course, home-cooked lunch, served at 12.30pm, £5 for members and £6 for non-members, from June 3. All aged 55 years or over are welcome.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO CHURCH: Our Sunday services continue to be held at 11am, as usual. This Sunday we have Worship for All an informal, family service, followed by coffee and refreshments. Then at 6.30pm there is a Communion Service, led by Rev Dick Field. You will be most welcome to either service.

TALK: Lewes and District Garden Society, Wednesday, Gardening Between the Empires. A potted romp through the ways in which we have gardened in England between the coming of the Romans to these shores and the setting of the sun on the British Empire roughly two thousand years later. The speaker, Joanna Wilkins, is an historian and archaeologist who is education officer for Sussex Archaeological Society and a keen gardener. 7.30pm for 7.45pm Cliffe Church Hall. Visitors £3, all welcome.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Bank Holiday morning was just a perfect morning for walking, warm and sunny with a light breeze and 38 walkers obviously thought the same. We all started the walk from Buxted Station car park and were soon in the most glorious countryside. First we walked a country lane, then along the edges of fields of tall grasses and wild flowers just ready for cutting for hay. The best was to come. We walked through the most beautiful woods which were carpeted with bluebells which seemed better than ever. In places, we walked through a sea of white foam of wild garlic. This must have been the best week of the year to appreciate the beauty of the English wild flowers. We finished the walk through the grounds of Buxted Place and then back to the station where the waiting room had a jigsaw to add to and a lovely area for children’s activities. The walk was led by Roy. The Hike and Bike Festival takes place in Lewes this week, do visit our display in Lewes Station car park from 10am to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday. The next walk is on Sunday Around Five Ashdown. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start for this morning walk.

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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.

newhaven, denton & south heighton

CONGRATULATIONS to our new Town Mayor Councillor Julie Carr who took over the Chain of Office from Councillor Graham Amy on May 14.

GIRLS FC: Newhaven Girls Football Club is looking for new members aged 8 to 16 years old to play in the Sussex Women’s and Girls Football League. The club has over 50 members but is looking for Under 10, Under 11, Under 12 and Under 15 team members. All ages and and abilities welcome, home games played at Fort Road, mid-week training at The Hollow Tuesdays 6pm to 7pm. The club regularly takes the girls to watch England play at the Amex Stadium and the Under 12 team has reached the League Cup Final two years running. If you are interested in joining the club ring.

MADS: After the success of Tomb With A View Meeching Amateur Dramatics is organising an informal evening to discuss the September production MADS Music Hall of Fun 3. The evening takes place on Tuesday at 7.30pm in Meeching Hall. If you are interested in getting involved just turn up.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Newhaven Historical Society’s next meeting takes place at the Hillcrest Centre on Tuesday at 7.30pm when Monty Larkin will give an illustrated talk on The South Downs of East Sussex. Members admitted free, visitors attend for £2.

PLANNING MEETING: The town council will discuss the latest planning applications at Meeching Hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm followed by a full council meeting.

DENTON CHALLENGE: Following the success of last year’s Jubilee Olympics the event will be repeated this year with the team Summit Special to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and the Conquer of Everest. It takes place on Saturday June 8 in Denton Field opposite Tates Garage site from 1pm. There will be entertainment for all ages including challenges provided by local sports clubs and societies. Marching bands, dog agility, Zumba, tug of war, side shows and model train rides. Proceeds to St Leonard’s Church, Denton and James Daniels Memorial Fund.

FISH FESTIVAL: The annual celebration of our local fishing community takes place on Saturday June 8 from 9am to 4pm on Huggetts Green, West Quay. Local fish sales, cookery demonstrations, childrens parade, fairground rides, Brillow the Clown, Punch and Judy, art displays, local community group stalls, Dieppe Market and more.

COMMUNITY GAMES: Newhaven’s first official Community Games backed by Active Sussex and Newhaven Town Council will be incorporated into the Fish Festival, look for the banners and bunting at the far end of the green by the trees on the right. I am running an old fashioned sports day for adults so come along and relive your old school sports days. Take part in egg and spoon, three-legged, sack races and a space hopper race, no entry fee. Fun for all, Every entrant receives a certificate and winners will receive a T-shirt. If this is a success I will be running a bigger Community Games event for everyone in August. We are fully insured but please wear flat shoes to take part or take your shoes off.

QUIZ: The twinning association is hosting a quiz at the Hillcrest Centre on Friday June 14 at 7.30pm. Tables for up to six people £20 in advance. Singles £4 or groups of four or less can reserve seats or take a chance on the night. Food can be purchased at the Hillcrest Café fro 6.30pm. Bring your own drink and prizes will be awarded to contestants at the winning table. Money raised from the quiz and the raffle will go towards supporting the newly-established links between young families in La Chapelle St Mestin. To book ring Jan Marshall on 01273 612236 or email janmarshall@hotmail.com

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U3A: The next monthly meeting will take place in the Newhaven Baptist church hall on Thursday. The talk is The Gilbert and Sullivan story. Members are asked to arrive by 10.15am in time for the speaker to start promptly at 10.30am. This year U3A have a stall at the Newhaven Fish Festival on Saturday June 8. Please try to support these events.

ZUMBA FITNESS: Alexandria Burfield is a fully licensed Zumba instructor who runs classes at various local venues in the town on all days except Friday and Sunday. There are both morning and evening classes costing just £5 or 5 classes for £20. This is a fun way to exercise to music and is suitable for all ages and abilities. For more information about times and locations contact Alexandria on 07988 610 269.

NATIONAL BLOOD WEEK: This is June 10 to 16, so roll up your sleeve and help save lives. One donation can save or improve three persons lives. Anyone aged 17 years or over can give blood yet only 4 percent do and so new donors are urgently needed. There is a session in Peacehaven on Wednesday in the Community House, Meridian Centre from 2pm until 4.30pm and again from 5.30pm to 8pm. New donors are always welcome especially those in the age range 17 to 25 years.

CINEMA: The film for June is Love is all You Need. It is showing in the Community House on Thursday June 20 starting at 7.30pm. Tickets at £5 are on sale now in the information office.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The Peacehaven Evangelical Church will be in the Meridian Centre Community House today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes from 8.30am until noon. Next week on Thursday the Kemptown Conservatives will be behind the counter. Followed on Friday June 7, by Mencap.

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.

PEACEHAVEN PLAYERS: Our local theatre group are proud to present a brand new show in the Community House, Meridian Centre on June 14 and 15. The Wow Factor. It is a musical within a musical and should leave the audience smiling and singing the show songs on their way home. For tickets call 01273 681861 or email peacehavenplayers@hotmail.co.uk

THE DELL: The new mayor Cllr Rachel Coles has arranged a boot sale at The Dell on Sunday. The gates will open for sellers at 8am and buyers will be admitted after stalls have been set up from 9am to 1pm during which time free car parking on The Dell will be permitted.

COUNCILLOR’S SURGERY: Next Saturday, June 8, there will be a drop in surgery in the Meridian Centre from 10am to 11am when councillors from town and district will be available to talk to about any matters relating to Peacehaven. These are confidential discussions on a one to one basis.

GARDEN TALKS: On Wednesday there will be the monthly informal gardening talk at Paradise Park. The subject this month is Roses Grow on You. David Fitton will talk about the enchantment and perfume of the gardener’s most popular flower. There will be free tea or coffee during the talk which usually last about 40 minutes.

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EVENTS are now set up on Facebook. If you would like to add your event please contact Joe 0’Riodan on 486021 or email joe.oriordan41@btinternet.com. You do not need a Facebook account to do this.

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

MINIATURE TRAINS: Polegate and District Model Engineering Club are running their miniature trains every week end in the field at the bottom of Black Path. Go through the William Daly Gates and walk along the path until you reach the bridge on the right, the railway is situated across this field on the right. For more info please look at our website www.padmec.org.uk or email chris.padmec@gmail.com

LUNCH TIME recital are being held at St Saviours Church on Monday, at 1 pm with organist Brian Steer. In aid of the upkeep of the church organ.

HELP NEEDED, we are still looking for someone or a group of people who will organize the adverts for the magazine. This involves finding new advertisers when spaces become available and liaising with present over the designs or where they want the advert 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

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on June 6 include: Leisurely Walk, trunk calls are free, nearly three miles mostly flat, muddy patches after rain and some uneven surfaces. Meet outside Guardian Court, Hailsham Road, at 9.30am with Rick. Or a longer walk, Fields, Farms and Animals, five miles, Herstmonceux circular, fairly flat could be muddy approx 18 stiles with Sheila and David. Or Up Hill and Down Dale, 10 miles, meet at recreation ground at 9.15am, Fairwarp, hilly open countryside and woodland, take picnic with Christine.

GARDNERS SOCIETY coach outing on Thursday June 6, to Hatchlands Park, a few seats available. Contact Diana Pierce on 482413 for more details.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Winter Garden, Eastbourne today, Friday, from 4pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

PCaSO Prostate Cancer Network. In April, Jocelyn Jaun, Urology Nurse Practitioner, was the guest speaker and spoke about the Urology Enhanced Recovery Programme in Eastbourne. Enhanced recovery is not new but in recent years has been reviewed to see how it can improve the experience for specific groups of patients. Jocelyn explained how her role is concerned with urology patients having planned surgery. This includes men with prostate cancer. Good assessment in advance will ensure patients are well prepared for the phases immediately before, during and after surgery as well as outpatient follow up. Jocelyn talked about a number of aspects including high energy food supplements and good communication with various services and personnel. In May, the group had a business meeting to report back from the PCaSO East branch meeting and the PCaSO Prostate Cancer Network annual general meeting. The group also visited the Quiet Room on Seaford 4. This is nearly complete and has already been put to good use. Members commented on the ambiance and that it did not feel like a clinical room. There was discussion about the next fund-raising project and how this could be commenced with some residual monies from the Quiet Room. Final decisions to be taken once all costs for the room have been paid. The next meeting is on Thursday at 7pm in the Post Graduate Centre, Eastbourne District General Hospital. All are welcome. The speaker will be Dawn Fishley, Community Nurse Specialist, Prostate Cancer, from Prostate Cancer UK. Dawn is in a new post which is developing the role of a prostate cancer nurse specialist in the community. Please contact Graham Hatfield on 01323 749258 / 641513 or e-mail graham.hatfield@btopenworld.com if you require further details or visit our website www.pcasoeastbourne.org.uk/

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MORNING MARKET: Ringmer Flower Club are holding a Morning Market in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. There will be stalls for costume jewellery, scarves, handbags, books, CDs, china, cheese, jams and chutneys, plants, flower baskets, raffle and tombola. Coffee and biscuits will be available. The next club meeting is on Wednesday at 2pm in the village hall when there will be a flower demonstration by Pat McDonald entitled Celebration. Visitors welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on May 22 was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. Contact for the club 814220.

VICTORIAN MUSIC HALL: Ringmer Dramatic Society are presenting this event in the village hall on Saturday, June 8 commencing at 7.30pm. This event is being directed by Daisy McKie and there will be a sausage and mash supper. Tickets price £8 available from Middletons.

GREEN CAR RACE DAY and Table Top Sale. Advance notice that Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form are holding these events on Saturday, June 22, for Year 6 students from local primary schools from 9.30am to 1.30pm. Tables for the sale are available at £5. If you are interested and would like more information or wish to book a table please contact Ruth Whitlock on 01273 812220 or e-mail rwhitlock@ringmeracademy.org

VACANCY: There is a vacancy for a Councillor on Ringmer Parish Council. This vacancy is intended to be filled by co-option at Council’s Meeting on Thursday, July 11. Further details are available from the clerk to the council on 01273-813242 e-mail clerk.ringmerparishcouncil@btconnect.com or, in his absence from the chairman of council, Cllr, John Kay. Applications to be received by Friday, June 21.

BOWLS: This week’s bowls club results are: Ringmer v Rotherfield 70-57, Ringmer v Groombridge 65-65, Ringmer v Buxted Park 58-64, Ringmer v Woodingdean 71-74.

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THE WEATHER: Well the Bank Holiday didn’t turn out too badly in the end and most people seemed to find time to enjoy themselves. There were certainly lots of walkers and bikers about and it’s good that people are enjoying the great outdoors. The new Youth Hostel at Itford seems to be a hit and from what I’ve heard so far has made a good impression.

WALKERS: One thing a lot of my walkers doing the South Downs Way talk about are the lack of manners from mountain bikers, who fly past at break-neck speeds but don’t let people know they are coming. It would be a good idea, they say, if they had bicycle bells or at least called out when they were coming past. I know villagers walking their dogs up Mill Lane have said the same thing.

VILLAGE DATES: Tomorrow, Saturday a jumble sale in the village hall in aid of hall funds in the afternoon. On Sunday it is Open Gardens in Lower Rodmell in aid of church funds. This event is very popular with the public so let’s hope we have lovely weather. Please park sensibly in allocated car parks and not across villagers driveways, which makes them very cross and is very inconsiderate.

CATS: One of the Siamese cats I talked about recently seems to have adopted us and appears at the same time nearly every day, has a saucer of milk, a quick tour of the cottages and then curls up and goes to sleep for a while. I’ve found out his name is Marley and upon someone leaving the village he was given to another villager. He is very vocal, gentle and not really a bother to us. I just feel relieved that he had not been dumped. He also leaves the birds that I feed alone, but is not too sure of the goat. The squirrel that comes round fascinates him as well.

SUPPER: There is a Benefice Supper in the Abergavenny Arms pub on Sunday evening with a Rabbi speaker, organised by our curate, Marcus Brown. Rabbi Andrea’s talk will be the Tora (Jewish law) and his reflection of Jewish/Christian relationships.

MUSIC: On Sunday June 9, 7pm live music at the Abergavenny Arms with local saxophonist Simon D’Souza and Souzaphonic Jazz Band. Free event with a hot buffet available at £6.

SUCCESS: I’m pleased to say that the launch of Willie Edmonds book at the Abergavenny Arms on May 14 was a great success. Lots of people came and book sales were good. Well done Willie.

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COMMUNITY CINEMA: The film tonight, Friday, at the Barn Theatre is The Guard, a black comedy from 2011 set in Ireland. It stars the talented Don Shield as an FBI agent sent to Ireland to assist the police. Tickets are available from the Tourist Information Office or on the door. The curtain rises at 7pm.

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 is one of their popular Singers and Musicians evenings when all are welcome to participate.

PETROL: The smart new petrol station in Station Approach will be open from 9am tomorrow, Saturday.

GUIDED TOURS: I will be providing an historic guided tour of Seaford tomorrow, Saturday, at 10.30am. The tour leaves the Tourist Information Office from where tickets are available. I will also be doing a tour of Alfriston at 2pm, meet at the Market Cross. On Sunday I will be providing a guided tour of Seaford Cemetery (Alfriston Road), this departs from the cemetery Gates at 2pm. Tickets for the tours which are over an hour long are £5 and are available on the day.

ART EXHIBITION: Seymour Jennings, the artist-in-residence at the Crypt Gallery will be returning this week with another show of his dream-like paintings. He shares the space with other local artists and it is bound to be a good show. Entrance is free. 10.30am to 4.40pm until Thursday.

OUR FIRE STATION will be open to the public tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 3pm. There will be demonstration by the Fire and Rescue service throughout the day.

TRAIN SERVICE: A bus service will replace trains between Seaford and Lewes on Sunday due to engineering works.

LITTER PICKING: The Friends of the Cuckmere are holding a litter picking session on Sunday morning starting at the Pump Barn (Visitor Centre) at 10am. Free parking is available (speak to one of the leaders for a voucher). Safety equipment is available but please wear sensible footwear and clothing. For further information call 01323 871938.

LEWES TOUR: For those of you who enjoy my tours, I will be providing a free guided tour of Lewes on Sunday morning departing from the Railway Station at 10pm. This tour is a part of the Lewes Hike and Bike festival.

ST LEONARD’S CHURCH: Our parish church will be closed from Monday all week so that some of the floor-tiles can be refitted.

LECTURE: The next in the lecture series at St Peter’s Church, East Blatchington, will be about the wonders of icons. They are a particular passion of the Rector, the Rev Canon Dr Andrew Mayes, who has a considerable collection of icons, and he will be showing some of them during his talk, on Tuesday at 2.30pm. It will be given at St Peter’s Church Hall and is open to all. Tickets are available on the door. They are £5 and include refreshments.

OPEN GARDEN: The Old Barn in Firle Road, East Blatchington is open on Wednesday from 11am to 4pm on behalf of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. This is a delightful walled garden and refreshments will be available from the old barn itself. For further information call Christine Clark on 01323 637871

THE WIZ is a fabulous musical which is being staged at the Barn Theatre by the Seaford Musical Theatre. The first night is at 7.30pm on Wednesday and the show will run to the weekend with a matinee next Saturday. Tickets are available from the Tourist Information Office or by calling 01323 897426.

BLOOD DONOR SESSION: If you are a blood donor there will be two sessions at the Baptist Church in Belgrave Road on Thursday. The first is from 2pm to 4.30pm and the second is from 5.30pm to 8pm. Call 0300 123 23 23 for details.

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COUNCILLORS SURGERY: The date for the next councillors’ surgery will be tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am. This will be held at the 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. No appointment is necessary.

YOUNG PEOPLE’S Film Show and Games Morning tomorrow, Saturday, 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 councillor’s surgery and coffee morning.

COFFEE MORNING: Telscombe 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.

SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a meeting of the local Breast Cancer Support Group on Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm in Telscombe 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.

MEETING: Telscombe Residents Association are meeting in room 1 at the Civic Centre on Thursday at 7.30pm. 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.