Parish Pump Newhaven - November 2, 2012

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WI NEWS from Helen Palmer: The Alfriston WI was pleased to welcome a number of visitors to the September meeting to hear Ian Everest speaking about A Sussex Farm in the 50s. As the location of the farm in Bishopstone is well-known to members this illustrated talk was of great interest, especially as several of Mr Everest’s family had lived and worked there and he was able to include some of his own childhood memories. A lively question and answer session followed the talk making it altogether an excellent afternoon.

EXHIBITION: At The Coach House Gallery from Novembers 3 for two weeks there will be a varied exhibition of work by Chris Ford (Reduction Fired Ceramics), Rosie Jones (Figurative Sculpture), Philip Rose (water Paintings) and Tim Farebrother (Landscapes).

THE 300 CLUB started off the new season at Deans Place Hotel with two lucky winners of £50 each. It is not too late to join. Just pop your name and address and telephone number, with a cheque or cash for £10 , into Hicks, The Newsagents and you will be entered into the draw. This month’s draw will be at the George Inn at 8pm on November 13. If you attend the meetings it is a chance to have a friendly chat over a drink at a different village hostelry each month. The profit from the contributions is given to support the upkeep of the War Memorial Hall and of course there is always the chance to win £50. So many reasons to join and just for £10 a year.

ALFRISTON and Cuckmere Valley Historical Society’s next meeting will be on November 15 at Deans Place Hotel. The focus of the meeting will be on the history of the early 20th century. The first speaker is Luke Barber, Research Officer for the Sussex Archaeological Society. Luke previously worked for the Field Archaeological Unit of University College, London and has been involved in a number of excavations of First World War sites, mostly on the Western Front, which is the subject of his illustrated talk. The second speaker is Judith Kinnison Bourke. Judith is an actress with a passion for history. Her subject is A Titanic Survivor. She will be talking about Elsie Bowerman who was the longest living survivor of the Titanic disaster. Elsie was born in Hastings and in later life lived in Herstmonceux. Please note that this meeting will be held at 7.30pm at Deans Place Hotel and not at the War Memorial Hall.

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH, known as the Cathedral of the Downs, is in need of funds. The south wall of the church is in dire need of repair and on November 22 there will be an open meeting at 10.30am at Dean’s Place Hotel to discuss ideas on raising funds to meet the cost. Anyone who has an interest in this beautiful church is invited to come along and share ideas for fund raising.

DICKENSIAN EVENING is the next big community event in the village. This year it will be a week earlier than in previous years. On November 24 from 2pm to 9pm Alfriston will be welcoming locals and visitors alike to celebrate the beginning of the festive season. The road through Alfriston will be closed to traffic from 3pm till 9pm this will include the High Street, North Street, River Lane and Star Lane. Diversions will be signposted through Litlington and Exceat for through traffic. The Cuckmere Community Bus will ferry visitors to and from the Park and Ride in Drusilla’s car park.

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CARPENTERS SHOP: Tomorrow, Saturday, the Carpenters Shop Museum is open until 4pm where you can see a wide range of old tools and machinery. Well worth a visit.

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

BONFIRE SOCIETY: Winners of the best guy were George and Molly Gravett whose guy was placed on the top of the bonfire and the others all around it. The evening started with the children’s fancy dress competition in the cricket pavilion. Costumed members then paraded through the village to the War Memorial were Rev Peter Owen Jones officiated and Lord Gage laid the wreath which was carried at the from of the procession by Joseph Hyland winner of the best dressed Valencian and George Gravett runner up followed by Amy Dawson, best dressed Valencian Girl. The Eastbourne Scottish Pipe Band and the Newhaven Marching band provided music for the evening. On returning from our procession age and the fireworks started. First the guy, then Bojo’s Great Big British Bonanza followed by James Bond’s 50th anniversary accumulating in the aerial display which seemed to go on for ever. Which everyone said was the best they had seen. The bonfire society would like to thank all who helped in many ways and to thank Firle Village residents for keeping the street clear and for their cooperation with the road closure, sorry for any inconvenienced caused. A thank you to Firle Cricket Club who did the catering for the event raising funds for the club. Thank you to all those who worked on the night, and all those who came and enjoyed the spectacular from far and wide, roll on 2013.

OVER 50’S: On Monday at our meeting we had a lovely talk about cycling holiday on the Isle of Skye which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. It was decided that we would have a outing to Horsham Christmas Market in December. Our November meeting is on Monday November 19. We are always looking for new speakers about any subject so if you would like to be one do ring Penny on 07933766896 to see if it is something they would like.

KINGSTON

IT HAS COME to my attention that during my absence for a knee operation, an item was entered into the Kingston Parish Pump for October 4 which I had no knowledge of, suggesting that my previous Pump for September 21 was inaccurate. I have been the Parish Pump correspondent for five years or more and during that time other organisations have asked for items to be included by me as the correspondent, as listed in the Sussex Express. These have included the WI and the Church Fund Committee. In these instances I have agreed for these to put in their own reports to the newspaper directly but under my name as it is more efficient. This has worked for many years successfully. I realise that the clerk to the council may not have been aware of this fact as there has never been a request previously from the parish council via the clerk to use this facility, nor could there have been on on October 4 as I was in hospital. I used contemporaneous notes and stand by my words of the report of the parish council meeting of September 10. I write as an individual and am not prompted by or colluding with other residents past or present. Any villager who wishes to attend the next parish council meeting, which is open to the public, to find out more about possible plans for the management of the pavilion should note that the meeting is on November 12 at 7pm in the pavilion.

THE JUGGS: On a happier note, having visited The Juggs recently the new managers Glenn and Joice have provided a new and reasonably priced menu and a pleasant social ambience to our local pub. It is a pleasure to be served by young helpful bar staff in a friendly atmosphere with good food. Long may it last.

BONFIRE NIGHT: Iford and Kingston School Bonfire Night is being held at the school tomorrow, Saturday, (door open 5.30pm, fancy dress 6pm, quiet fireworks 6.30pm and main fireworks 7pm). The fancy dress theme this year is Nursery Rymes and Fairy Tales. There will be delicious hot food, including chili and hot dogs, with Harveys beer and mulled wine to drink, no need to eat beforehand. This event is a great night out for all the family. Tickets bought on the night cost £8 for adults, £5 for children, £20 family.

KIDS DISCO is being held by Kingston Pre-School in the Parish Hall on Saturday, November 10 from 3pm to 5pm. All children and their parents (not just pre-school children) will be very welcome. There will be a lively disco, games and face painting for the children, together with free squash and snacks. For the mums and dads and other adults, there will be a cash bar, serving Harveys beer, wine, soft drinks and nibbles. Tickets for children at £2.50 each are available from Lucy Buxton (07802 805 853), Rachel Chowen (07717 771 509), Brian Simmons (474303) or the Pre-school (486060). Children under 2 years of age and adults (even if they snatch a dance) are free. (All children must be accompanied by an adult). Should be a great afternoon, buy your tickets now.

THANK YOU: A big thank you to Compass Bus Co and drivers for running buses from Newhaven to Lewes (and return) on October 28, during the A27 bridge closure. We very much appreciate the efforts you made to keep the service running. (Rosemarie Jeffery).

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PARISH CHURCH: The service last Sunday had a distinctly holiday feel. Everyone had remembered to put the clock back, and the children were in high spirits. Special prayers were said for the two church schools and their children and staff, South Malling and the Pells. The sermon was given by Ken Bridger, from Southover Church. In the afternoon there was a Cream Tea, not exactly seasonal but very welcome anyway, and very enjoyable. This coming Sunday is the fourth before Advent, a reminder that Christmas is firmly on the horizon again. It is a Family Service, geared to children (the rest of the month, they leave the main service for their own activities for part of the time) jolly and enjoyable, followed by refreshments. It starts at 9.30am and ends a little before 10.30am. There will be a special Remembrance Service on Remembrance Sunday at the end of the coming week, again at 9.30am.

THE COMMUNITY CENTRE website is now working well. It is regularly updated and even includes photographs with news of future events. Check it out at www.mallingcommunitycentre.org.uk The next major event is the Christmas Fair on Saturday November 24 between noon and 3pm. Centre users and other community groups are invited to hire tables in the main area to raise money and give information about themselves. Refreshments will be available in the newly refurbished meeting room and there will be the usual games and competitions to enjoy. Come along, bring your children, meet friends and notice how the centre is being spruced up little by little by volunteers. Anyone who is willing to help on the occasional weekend painting and decorating sessions is more than welcome and should contact a member of the committee. Details are available on the website.

FOOTPATH Refurbishment in Herewards Way and the Martlets, which started on October 15 is still underway. After a short walk round this morning (Monday) I would guess about a quarter of the work has been done and it looks very good, though there is still a fair way to go. It involves lifting pave stones and piling them in orderly heaps by the curb before the tarmac is applied. However, they do seem to be getting on with it. It looks to me like it should be finished within timetable.

SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: We hope that staff and children have enjoyed their holiday. On Monday there is an In-Service training day for school staff, very sensibly, and children probably won’t need reminding not to turn up. Children involved in bonfire are allowed to start school a little later on Tuesday. Parents, remember: if your child requires school dinner, please let the school office know in good time.

MOBILE LIBRARY

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.40am to 12.40pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.50pm to 2.20pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2.35pm to 3.00pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 3.10pm to 3.40pm.

NEWHAVEN, DENTON & SOUTH HEIGHTON

PARISH PUMP LUNCH: I am organising a Parish Pump get-together in The Ark, West Quay, on Thursday December 13 at noon for 12.30pm. This is a new venture for this riverside pub which has been under new management since the end of November 2011. The menu is a choice of beef, pork, turkey or chicken (nut roast available for vegetarians) with all the trimmings plus vegetables and roast potatoes. The sweet is a choice of Christmas pudding, chocolate brownies, cheese and biscuits or mince pies. The cost is £10 per head and includes a cracker and entertainment. I am not taking deposits as everyone is responsible to pay for themselves and a guest but I need names please by November 12. Cancellations must be emailed to me 24 hours before or will be liable for payment as they will have prepared all the food. I hope as many of you as possible will come. It is near the railway station and the bus stop and there is a free car park at The Ark. Email me at a.wilkins560@btinternet.com.

FAMILY SERVICE: There will be a Shoebox Family Service at St Leonard’s Church, Denton on Sunday November 4 at 10am. Everyone is invited come to this informal service with or without a shoebox gift for Link Romania.

BONFIRE NIGHT: On Monday a lot of people will be letting off fireworks and the bangers let off at the big celebrations in Lewes can be heard in Newhaven and surrounding areas so please make sure your pets are kept indoors. If they are prone to anxiety and are afraid of loud noises you can get tranquillisers from your vet. Make sure you know the firework code and let them off safely so there are no accidents.

FIREWORK DISPLAY: Following the success of their first fireworks night in 2011 Meeching Valley Primary School PTFA has organised another one on Friday November 9. Doors open at 6pm where and refreshments are available before the display which starts at 7pm. Entrance to this event is by ticket only and these have to be purchased in advance from the school office which re-opens on Monday after the half-term. A family ticket for two adults and two children costs £10, individual adult tickets are £4.

PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH on Saturday November 10 in St Leonard’s church hall at 12.30pm in aid of family support work. Tickets are £5 each and include pudding and a drink. They are available from Barbara on 01273 513015 or Rosemary on 01273 611384.

BONFIRE CELEBRATIONS: South Heighton Bonfire Society is holding its annual Bonfire Celebrations on Saturday November 10. The torchlight procession leaves the Flying Fish in Denton at 6.30pm and goes up Denton Road, Thompson Road, Wellington Road and Heighton Road via the Hampden Arms to the bonfire site at South Heighton recreation ground. The firework display starts around 8pm. Tickets are £3 for adults, accompanied children are admitted free.

PEACEHAVEN

VOTING: I expect you will have received a voting card in connection with the election on Thursday November 15 of a new Police and Crime Commissioner. However there has not been much information about the candidates. Details of them can now be seen at www.choosemypcc.org.uk. Those who do not have a computer can obtain details by contacting free phone 0800 1 070708.

STOP SMOKING: There has been wide publicity on the news channels recently about the life threatening effect upon women who continue to smoke beyond the age of 30 years. So it was timely that I had put a piece in the Parish Pump on the subject two weeks ago. I make no apologies for repeating it here. There is a Stop Smoking drop in clinic at Peacehaven Clinic, Meridian Way on Mondays 4.30pm to 7pm and Wednesdays 9.30am to 11am. No appointment is needed and you are seen on your own. Call Denise on 07780 955693 if more details are required.

ART CLUB: A reminder that Newhaven Art Club will now meet each Monday between 2pm and 4pm from November 5 at the new venue of Peacehaven Evangelical Church, Mayfield Avenue. Details of their activities can be seen at www.newhavenartclub.co.uk

CINEMA: This month’s film to be shown in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Wednesday November 21 will be Hope Springs. It starts at 7.30pm and tickets at £4.50 each are available now from the information office.

BLOOD DONORS: Remember the session in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Monday during the afternoon from 2pm to 4.30pm. There will also be an evening session from 5.30pm until 8pm. New donors are always welcome. For those donors who are already registered it is possible to book an exact appointment time if preferred by calling 0300 123 23 23.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow is in the Main Hall, Community House, from 8.30am until noon. It has been arranged by the Rotary Club. Next week the Peacehaven Conservative Party is holding the market. To book a table call them on 01273 583975.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The Meridian Athletic Football Club is holding a coffee morning today, Friday, in the Meridian Centre, Community House foyer serving teas, coffees and cakes. Next week on Tuesday the Royal British Legion will be behind the counter. On Thursday the Samaritans will be offering refreshments and finally on Friday November 9 the Peacehaven Evangelical Church will return.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the Leisure and Amenities committee on Tuesday at 6.30pm in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre. Residents are invited to attend and may ask questions during the opening 15 minutes.

COUNCILLOR’S SURGERY: Due to work commitments it is not always easy for residents to get to council meetings. On Saturday November 10 from 10am until 11am councillor’s will hold a drop-in surgery in the Anzac Room so that residents may get help and advice on issues affecting the town. No appointment is necessary.

REMEMBRANCE: This year’s Peacehaven Parade will follow a new route. It will assemble at the Peacehaven Police Station at 10.00am on Sunday 11th November and march up Sutton Avenue to the new War Memorial in the Meridian Park at 10.30am. The service will take place at the War Memorial not the church at 11am. Everyone is welcome to attend. Helpers are needed for poppy sale collections. Any group wishing to join the march or lay a wreath should contact the Royal British Legion Secretary on 01273 302478. Wreaths will only be handed to those who have ordered them.

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DRAMA GROUP: The Vicar of Dibley is still being staged at the Community Centre today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday. Tickets available from box office, Archer and Partners Estate Agents, 48 High Street, telephone 483348 or online at www.polegatedramagroup.co.uk. Tickets are £8 adults and £5.50 for children and students. Credit cards booked on line an extra £1 is charged. If you would like to become a Friend of Polegate Drama Group then you will be able to purchase discount tickets. Contact Friends’ Secretary Joan Law, 49 Oakleaf Drive Polegate, or telephone Jim Dobell on 483082.

RAMBLING CLUB: On November 8, On A Clear Day, 5 miles with Jimmy 490302; or Hooe Goes There? 9 to 10 miles picnic only with Dorothy 01424 210454. Meet Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by the bowls club. All welcome in the lounge at 10am.

CHRISTMAS FETE and table sale tomorrow, Saturday, at St Johns Church Hall. All welcome from 9.30am to 1.30pm. To book a table for £7 please contact Andy on 504893. The fete is in aid of Eastbourne Area Epilepsy Group.

BEETLE DRIVE at Trinity Church Hall, Willingdon tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm. Admission by ticket purchased in advance at £8 each includes a Chinese supper. Please telephone 484189 for a ticket. All proceeds to church funds. Come and join in the fun.

POLEGATE WI meeting on second Thursday of the month. Our meeting on November 8 is our AGM. Please come along and support us.

A COFFEE MORNING on Saturday November 10 at the Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Scouts. All welcome in the lounge from 10am until noon.

RINGMER

THE FLOWER CLUB is holding a Practice Morning with Tilda Conway on Wednesday, commencing at 10.30am in the village hall and this will be followed by the annual general meeting at 2pm. Please try to attend as it is an important meeting. The club is always delighted to welcome new members.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on October 25 was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Pam Brook and John Weston; 3, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery. The club next meets on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall.

RBL HORTICULTURAL and Home Produce Society AGM will be held in the village hall at 7.30pm on Friday, November 9. Following the formal business there will be a talk entitled Snowdrops and Hellebores given by NIck and Jane Baker from Pembury House, Clayton. New members will be assured of a warm welcome.

TABLE TOP SALE and Christmas Fair organised by Ringmer Community College on Saturday, November 24, at the college between 10am and 1pm. Santa’s Grotto, Christmas raffle, mince pies and coffee, free entry and ample parking.

SILVER SURFERS’ CLASS: Advance notice that the next Silver Surfers’ Class at Ringmer Community College will take place on Saturday December 8 between 10am and noon. If you are over 50 years old and are interested in learning about using a computer or want help with anything in particular, the college runs these informal sessions where a young person works alongside you to improve and develop your skills at your own pace. For further information or to book a place please contact Ruth Whitlock, Learning Resource Centre Manager on 01273 812220 ext 253 during school hours. There is no charge for the classes.

EVENING WI: In preparation for their move in 2013 to a new building, The Keep, at the moment under construction near to Sussex University, the County Record Office is packing all the maps in their collection into special fabric bags made of unbleached cotton. Earlier this year the Record Office staff appealed for WI members to help to make these special map bags, and Ringmer Evening WI members responded to this request. The material was provided ready for WI members to sew and since August members have been busy with their sewing machines and have now completed nearly 400 bags. This and the many other activities of this last year will be reported at the Annual Meeting being held in the village hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday, when four new members will be welcomed . Also that evening Rob Parsons will explain Low Carbon Ringmer and some members who have been to Denman College recently will report on their visits. (Anne Stamper).

SENIORS FORUM: The Lewes District Seniors’ Forum will be holding a special coffee morning at the Ringmer Village Hall on November 12 starting at 10am. The event will be open to all with free coffee, tea and biscuits. There will also be a raffle with exceptional prizes. Come and join us; we want to hear your views and to keep you up to date, raise issues and problems relating to people aged 50 plus years, in the Lewes District which we can forward to the powers that be. As a special treat, come and have your joints soothed over a cup of coffee. Jane Larson is a qualified aroma massage therapist and if you give her a foot, hand, head, shoulder or back, she will give you a free demonstration and sample massage while you are relaxing over your morning beverage and will be happy to answer any questions. This event forms part of the Forum’s contribution towards the National Older People’s Day 2012 celebration. If you would like help with transport or more information, please contact Jean Gaston-Parry on 01273 603576 or David Glen on 07930 951 564.

RODMELL & SOUTHEASE

BUSY WEEK: Last week was a very busy week for visitors and social engagements. On Monday I took my ex-mother-in-law and my ex-husbands cousin to our pub, The Abergavenny, for lunch as they had not been there for ages. They loved it, and thought it was very cosy and friendly. Fortunately I have always got on very well with my ex-husbands family which is great as I hate ill feelings. The locals by the way still refer to our pub as The Abergavenny Arms, which is what it was known as for many years. I was over there again in the evening as I had a lovely surprise when Marie-Monique and Roger Huss, who used to own Barn House as a B&B, turned up for a visit from France with their new dog Dalloway. They had to leave their older beagle at home as she hadn’t been too well. Marie-Monique and Roger looked well and have worked hard on their property in France for the last four years and it is now an up and running B&B, very handy for those visiting Le Mans. Their property is called Chateau de la Mouchere and if you wish to keep up with how Marie-Monique and Roger are progressing try Lamouchere@gmail.com www.lamouchere.com. I have some of their brochures and postcards and it all looks very beautiful and is set in acres of grounds. They do however miss Rodmell and Lewes and may at some stage come back to England. We all had a lovely meal in the pub and they caught up with the local gossip from several old acquaintances form the village.

LUNCH: On Wednesday I was taken out for lunch again to The Wok at Halland where I had been meaning to go for some time but somehow never got there. It was a farewell lunch given my Maria Bermingham who runs Downside Care Home in Kingston where my mother has been living very happily for the past three years, and it was a farewell party for Greta the nurse who looked after Mum but is now moving on. We had a wonderful meal and it was in god company with three English and five Latvians so at times the conversation was a bit hit and miss.

THURSDAY saw my friend Maureen and I on a coach to Oxford to meet up with university friends for lunch. We have used coach companies for year now to get around, and I have recently been going with a local company from Seaford which is family owned and very well run. Our coach was clean, comfortable with tables a kitchen and a toilet and on route we were given hot drinks (cold were also available) and biscuits all in the price plus a charming courier. We shall be using them again. It was lovely to meet up with Prof David Morris and his family whom I used to work with at Sussex University. He left there 37 years ago but we have always been in touch. It was exciting to hear that his daughter Janet and her husband had been to the premier of the new James Bond film Skyfall because her husband was part of the camera crew. I keep up with many of the people who were in the School of Applied Sciences but sadly in the past few years several have died. At least the group of secretaries who meet once a month tolerate me as an outsider and we enjoy lunches. Several people form the university have told me that they love hearing how Sussex oldies are getting on via the column.

SUNDAY was yet another gathering of travellers with the coach company I have talked about. This time it was a buffet lunch with entertainment at the Con Club Seaford. A pleasant afternoon to launch their new brochure with about 100 people turning up. When the entertainment was on there was a group of people annoying others by talking loudly. This has happened at other functions I’ve attended, and is seen as very bad manners by most people so why do they do it?

SADLY I did not make the Rodmell Coffee Club on October 24 but I’m sure it was as usual a great success. The next one is November 28.

EXHIBITION: As I write this I am thinking about going to the exhibition of the waterpark proposal which I believe is to be on the site of the old tip and recreation ground where the C7 meets Newhaven. As I live on theC7 I am worried about how much more traffic will be using this dangerous road.

SEAFORD

QUIZ NIGHT: Seaford Fairtrade Group are holding a quiz at St Leonard’s Hall this evening, Friday, from 7pm. Tickets are £6 and include a meal with Fairtrade wine and juice. There will also be a raffle with Fairtrade prizes. For further information call 01323 891871 or 491638.

LIBRARY AGM: The Friends of Seaford Library are holding their AGM at St Peter’s Church Hall, Belgrave tonight, Friday, at 7pm. There will also be a talk by book collector and former councillor Julian Peterson. This is an exciting time for the library with a brand new facility on the horizon so the public are welcome to attend to find out more.

HISTORY TALK: Tonight, Friday, I will be giving my lecture Rotten Seaford at the Little Theatre in Steyne Road. Tickets (£5) are still available from the Tourist Information Centre and may also be available at the door (£6) Doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. Price includes a glass of wine or juice. The talk outlines Seaford’s political history and there will also be a raffle.

FOLK CLUB: The guests at tonight’s club meeting are Trotwood, a lively French/Celtic band. The club meet at the Royal British Legion in Claremont Road from 8pm. There is a small charge but a warm welcome can be guaranteed.

FOOBTALL: Seaford Town are playing Mile Oak at the Crouch Ground tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon at 3pm. Why not turn up and support your local team.

BONFIRE: If you were thinking of going to Battle Bonfire tomorrow, Saturday, night don’t. The event has been cancelled. Seaford Bonfire Society will be attending Lewes on Monday to march with Southover Bonfire Boys. We wish them a safe and dry event.

MUSICAL: The Concert Singers will be performing at the Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane tomorrow, Saturday, at 2.30pm. They will be presenting a Musical Jubilee with music from Gilbert and Sullivan, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Cole Porter. Tickets and further information is available from the Tourist Information Office or call the ticket secretary on 01273 738773. Tickets are also available at the door.

LECTURE: St Peter’s Church at East Blatchington (The Church on the Hill) is holding another lecture this week to raise funds for maintenance. The next speaker is Alan Morgan who will talk about 50 Years of Sailing and Cruising. He is an authority on the subject, and has also designed boats. The lecture is at the church hall next Tuesday at 2.30pm. It will have a Christmas feel with sausage rolls, mince pies and cake. Admission is just £5.

LINCOLN MEMORIAL: Michael Hughes of Seaford Museum will be giving a lecture about Abraham Lincoln at the Seaford Lecture and Literary Club on Tuesday evening. The club meet at 7.15pm in the St Leonard’s Church Hall. For further information call 01323 899987 or 893270.

ARCHAEOLOGY: Cuckmere Archaeology is a new group which has been formed to explore the ancient past of the river between Hellingly and Cuckmere Haven. If you are interested in joining them pick up an application form from the Tourist Information Centre or Seaford Museum. For a small fee you will receive details current and planned exploration, have opportunities for training and have insurance to join the team in field work in the future. Application forms are available at Seaford Museum and the Tourist Information Office.

LAST POST: Tuesday is the last day for Christmas mail if you are sending letters to eastern European countries including Cypus, Greece, Malta and Turkey.

POPPIES: I will be one of the poppy sellers at Morrison’s this year. The Seaford Branch of the Royal British Legion do a fine job each year collecting for this important cause so wear your poppy with pride and if you don’t have one pop along to Morrison’s and say hello. They will also have wrist bands and car-badges although these do sell out quickly.

CINEMA: Next Friday’s film at the Community cinema is the acclaimed Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. This is bound to be a very popular event, so buy your tickets in advance from the Tourist Information Office.

telscombe

SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a meeting of the local Breast Cancer Support Group on Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm in the Civic Centre. The group’s aim is to give social support to anyone with breast cancer, or anyone with concerns about it friends, relatives or those awaiting diagnosis. The meetings are friendly and relaxed with tea, coffee and delicious cakes. They have a qualified therapist providing reflexology or hand massage. If you prefer to have a one-to-one chat, or for more information, please ring Pat Dunkley on 01273 582952 or 07760 300467.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the planning and highways committee on Wednesday at 7.30pm in room 1 at the Civic Centre. The agenda for the meetings will be put on council notice boards. Details on www.telscombetowncouncil.gov.uk