Parish Pump Newhaven - October 12 2012

Alfriston

ROGER BLACKMORE, a lecturer in climatology, will be giving a talk entitled Weird Weather; A taste of things to come? at the War memorial Hall on October 14 at 4pm. Tickets £3 with tea, cakes and discussion.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Historical Society’s October meeting will be held on October 18 at 7.30pm in the War Memorial Hall. Jeremy Hodgkinson and Kevin Gordon will be the speakers. It is difficult to imagine that during the Tudor and early Stuart period the Sussex Weald was the main iron producing region for Britain. Jeremy Hodgkinson is President of the Wealden Iron Research Group and author of several books including The Wealden Iron Industry. The subject of his talk is The Sussex Iron Industry. Local historian Kevin Gordon will talk about the Cuckmere Rive - from Source to Sea. All are welcome to this evening of local history. Admission is free to members and £5 to non members.

THE COSMOFIL Film Club.Indochine, directed by Regis Wargniez and starring Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Perez, Jean Yanne and Lunh Dan Pham will be shown at the War Memorial Hall on October 26 at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The film was nominated for many awards and won the Academy Award in the category of Best Foreign Language film in 1992. Tickets cost £7, or £5 for Cosmofil students, free to those under 20. Please note that wine is available at £1 a glass. Booking preferred but not necessary.

ALFRISTON Christmas Cards are now available after services at St. Andrew’s Church. I know it is ten weeks to go before Christmas week but it is time to start to think about posting to those friends overseas. Each pack of cards contains five each of two designs from original paintings by local artists Janet Banham and Jackie Hurwood and cost £4 a pack of ten cards. The money raised will help conserve St Andrew’s Church.

Bishopstone

TIDE MILLS Litter Pick and Marine Conservation Society Beach Survey. The next beach clean is at 10 am on Sunday October 21; meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and a litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. For further information, call Jim Skinner on 01273 517291.

AUTUMN CLEAR-UP: The Vicarage grounds clear-up is on Saturday October 27, 10am to noon. All are welcome to come and help tidy the steps, paths and drive of the Vicarage grounds.

THIS WEEK sees the 25th anniversary of the hurricane or great storm as it is officially called. Biddy remembers it well waking up in the night with the whole house shaking in the high wind. Newly arrived in Bishopstone, Ed assumed it was just a south coast autumn gale and went back to sleep. He dreamt someone was breaking glass outside- it was actually roofing tiles hitting the ground. As to reminders, there are still uprooted trees in Rookery Wood from that night.

GLYNDE & BEDDINGHAM

OOMPAH DAY: Glynde Memorial Parade Committee would like to thank everyone who donated prizes for the tombola on Oompah day at the Trevor Arms and also for everyone’s support.

KINGSTON

PARISH COUNCIL: As the only other independent observer at the meeting I was somewhat surprised to read the Kingston Parish Clerk’s comment questioning the accuracy of the Parish Pump report in the September edition. However I agree with the clerk that any doubts can soon be dispelled by checking through past council minutes, agendas and reports.

LEWES

COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at the Royal British Legion Club, Morris Road (Cliffe). Cakes, preserves, tombola and more. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

FIRESITE DASH: South Street Bonfire Society Firesite Dash, 11am October 21. The Firesite Dash is an easy race, fun-run or walk of four miles around Lewes visiting the firesites of the seven famous bonfire societies. Start on the Railway Land and finish at the Snowdrop Inn in time for lunch. Entry £5 per person, entrants in bonfire costume or fancy dress £4. To enter email firesitedash@yahoo.co.uk or call Fraser on 07951 000048 or enter on the day at the start from 10am.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday September 25, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Ann Wykeham and Susan Louis; 2, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 3, Peter Gannon and Martin Hall. October 2: 1, Meic Goodyear and Roy Skan; 2, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 3, Nancy Wiginton and Mickie Lodge. Thursday September 27: 1, Nigel Osmer and Frank Hibbert; 2, Tony Redshaw and Liz Thornton; 3, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson. October 4: 1, Di Johnstone and Janet Cattermole; 2, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 3, Nigel Osmer and Jennifer Wilson. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Tuesday October 2, 14 members of the group met in front of The Bull on The Green at Newick and enjoyed a six mile walk, mainly along country lanes, fields and woods. We walked towards Newick Church and through its churchyard before entering Founthill Wood. This led us to the tiny hamlet of Sharpsbridge by the River Ouse. Here there is a raised path, known as a Clapper Bridge, provided for pedestrians when the river has flooded the road. We followed some well-established paths across fields, many growing corn-on-the-cob, until we came to the grounds of Barkham Manor and crossed the A272 towards Valley Farm. We stopped for coffee close to a small landing strip for light aircraft. There were stunning views and we saw the distant spire of Fletching Church. When we reached Fletching, we spent 15 minutes looking around the lovely parish Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin dating from the 12th century. Some of us found the plaque on the Sheffield family tomb in memory of the historian Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) who wrote The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. It was also here that Simon de Montfort prayed before the Battle of Lewes in 1264. After leaving Fletching, we made our way through an orchard, over fields and past Fletching Mill Farm until we came to a wooded area. This eventually led us back towards Newick and the start of our walk. Six of us enjoyed a well-earned drink at The Bull before returning home.

The next walk is on Wednesday at Copsale. Meet at top North Street car park at 9.30am. On the same evening, at 7.30pm at Cliffe Church Hall, we will be holding our group meeting and Ian Rumley-Dawson will be giving an illustrated talk on The Wildlife of the Isle of Mull. Visitors are welcome.

newhaven

RNLI Book Sale tomorrow (Saturday) at the Hillcrest Centre at 10am. A great selection of books at low prices with all proceeds going to the local lifeboat, admission 25p per person.

SAILING CLUB: Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club are holding RYA courses tomorrow (Saturday) in Basic Skills, Powerboat Training, Better Sailing and Youth Sailing. For more information on any of these courses contact Andrew Barns 07881 901948 or email trainingnssc.org.uk. You can visit the club’s website on www.nssc.org.uk

BALLROOM FITNESS: Do you love watching Strictly Come Dancing and wish you could do it? Would you like to learn to dance but don’t have a partner? Well now you can in a unique ballroom dancing class that will keep you fit and is taught in a line like Line Dancing. You learn the basic steps in ballroom and Latin without the embarrassment of stepping on your partner’s toes. Classes take place in the newly-refurbished Shakespeare Hall, Fort Road on Tuesday evenings at 7.45pm and on Wednesday mornings at 11am for one hour. The cost is £4.30 per person and there is no need to book, just turn up and you are not tied in to doing a course. Qualified instructor and you can ring her on 077864 25758 for further details.

PUBLIC MEETING: There will be a public meeting about Lewes Road recreation ground on Thursday from 7pm to 8.30pm. This coincides with the soft launch of KEH/LDC’s outline plan for Newhaven and there will be an opportunity to share and discuss the current information. Councillor James Page, Leader of Lewes District Council and other council representatives will attend. Lewes MP Norman Baker is also hoping to be present. All welcome.

MEECHING WI meets on Thursday in Meeting Hall at 9.45am when Mr P Hill will talk to members on Rockies to the Prairies. New members/visitors welcome.

GARDENING SOCIETY: Wing Commander Patrick Coulcher will give an illustrated talk to members on Thursday on the Natural History of the Isles of Scilly at 7.30pm in the Age Concern Day Club, West Quay. Non members are welcome to attend for £2 admission including tea and a biscuit.

SOIREE of music, poetry and art to raise money for the Breakout Community Centre will take place at the centre in Newhaven Square on Friday October 19 at 7pm. Refreshments are included in the entrance fee of £2.50 and tickets should be purchased in advance from the Breakout Centre which is open Monday to Thursday 10am to 12.30pm. All welcome to come along.

A FILM SOCIETY is being launched on Saturday October 20 at the Hillcrest Centre with My Week with Marilyn. This is the film that brought Michelle Williams an Oscar nomination for her terrific performance as the 20th Century screen icon Marilyn Monroe. Set in the 1950s the film is based on the memoirs of Colin Clark who worked on the film The Prince and The Showgirl which co-starred Laurence Olivier. Kenneth Branagh plays Olivier and Eddie Redmayne plays Clark, just down from Oxford University who had a brief affair with Monroe during a break in filming. It is a certificate 15 film and there are showings at 4.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are £4.50 each available from the Hillcrest Centre. The Hillcrest Café opens half an hour before each showing. Films will be shown on the third Saturday of each month.

JUMBLE SALE: Newhaven Mencap are holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday October 20 between 12 noon and 3pm at the Mencap headquarters, Riverside Hall, West Quay. Donations of clothing are required, ring 01273 517345/07803 623008 to arrange collection. Mencap Riverside Hall is also available to hire at competitive rates. Anyone interested in hiring the hall should telephone the above numbers for further information.

THE YACHT CLUB is holding its Trafalgar Night celebration at the Mencap Riverside Hall on Saturday October 20 at 7pm. Cliff Dargonne will give a talk and presentation on the 50th Anniversary of Climbing Mount Everest by Sir John Hilary and Sherper Tensing. There will be a meal and a Toast to Admiral Lord Nelson, nautical dress is optional. Telephone Ann Headon on 01273 885952 for further information.

NCDA: Newhaven Community Development Association are looking for volunteers to represent our organisation at our offices at 31a High Street which will be opening to the public from January for a few hours each day. We are looking for willing, enthusiastic and flexible volunteers to help us make this possible. Volunteers will be meeting people from the local community who will call in for advice, guidance and signposting into the services we offer. Training opportunities will also be available in the weeks leading up to Christmas and the New Year for our volunteers. If you feel you could spare a few hours each week and would like to join us please contact Sally on 01273 311700 or sally@ncda.org.uk

NEWICK

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open from 10am to 11am today, Friday, in the village hall and again in the Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am till noon. There will be a good selection of cakes, savoury meals, eggs, plus vegetables preserves, plants, flowers as well as handmade cards and knitted items. Orders can be taken for most things. And of course you can enjoy a coffee, tea and a natter.

SERVICES at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are Holy Communion 8am (BCP) followed by morning Service Holy Communion (CW) at 10.30am.

MICHAELMAS FAIR at the Barn Centre on Saturday October 20 from 1.30pm till 4.30pm. A great opportunity to commence your Christmas shopping. Lots of children’s activities, various stalls, and you can also enjoy afternoon tea. Funds raised are for St Mary’s Church.

ON SUNDAY October 21 there will be a Service in Memory of Loved Ones at 4.30pm. Tea will be served after the service. All are welcome, especially those that have been recently bereaved.

peacehaven

A KINDNESS: Along with dozens of others I queued for a flu vaccine last Saturday. After a while I felt a little light headed and might have fallen down but for the lady behind who caught hold of me. She took me to a seat in the surgery where I soon recovered. She poked her head around the corner later to ask if I needed a lift home but I made it under my own steam. I just hope she may be a Sussex Express reader so I can say thank you. This neighbourly caring is surely at the very core and spirit of Peacehaven.

ELECTRIC BLANKETS: The nights are getting chilly and electric blankets will be coming out of storage. On Friday October 19 from 9.30am until 11.30am a free professional safety check is available in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre. Money off vouchers will be given for any blanket that fails. Lewes District Council will offer a collect and return service for persons unable to get to the venue. To use this service contact Environmental Health on 01273 484354 or email ehealth@lewes.gov.uk”>ehealth@lewes.gov.uk by October 16.

MINIBUS DRIVER: The WRVS urgently need a volunteer minibus driver on alternate Thursday mornings for a few hours to transport older people to and from their coffee mornings. All out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed. If you can help please contact Jan on 01273 611441 or emailgetwellstaywell@wrvs.org.uk”>emailgetwellstaywell@wrvs.org.uk

NEWHAVEN ART CLUB: After many years of meeting at the Bishopstone Village Hall the club is moving to the Peacehaven Evangelical Church in Mayfield Avenue and will meet on Monday afternoons from 2pm until 4pm. The club is always pleased to welcome new members of all abilities who have a love of painting. Details about their activities can be seen at www.newhavenartclub.co.uk/”>www.newhavenartclub.co.uk or contact Vikki Blann on 01273 515548.

THEFTS: There has been an increase locally of stealing from stables of tack, rugs and also horse trailers. Additionally garden power tools are being stolen throughout Sussex. The police urge owners to review their security and to call 101 if anything is seen or heard that is suspicious. The information can fill in the bigger picture and help to apprehend the thieves.

BINGO NIGHT: Remember there is a charity bingo session in the Community House, Meridian Centre at 7pm tonight, Friday. Tickets are £4 for eight games plus a flier and a snowball. Bring your own food and drink.

CINEMA: The film Anna Karenia will be shown in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre on Saturday October 20 starting at 7.30pm. Tickets priced at £4.50 are now on sale at the information office.

COUNCILLOR’S SURGERY: There is a drop in surgery tomorrow, Saturday, in the Meridian Centre from 10am to 11am. Any help, assistance or information you may need is available via a one to one chat with your local councillor.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow is in the Main Hall, Community House, from 8.30am until noon. It has been arranged by Guide Dogs for the Blind. Next week the Peacehaven Labour Party is holding the market. To book a table call them on 01273 307444.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The counselling group INAA are holding a coffee morning in the Meridian Centre, Community House foyer today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes. Next week on Tuesday Peacehaven Horticultural Society will be behind the counter, followed on Thursday by the Seahaven Scouts. Finally on Friday October 19 the Cameo Group will be serving the refreshments.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a full town council meeting on Tuesday starting at 6.30pm in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre. Residents are welcome to attend and will be given an opportunity to ask questions during the first 15 minutes if they wish on matters relating to the town.

PEACEHVAEN WI: A very tasty ploughman’s lunch was enjoyed by more than 30 members before our October meeting. The business section completed, we had a competition for a craft item, the winners to be chosen from a very varied selection of entries - pottery, silverwork, art, patchwork and soft toys. After tea we held our annual meeting where two new committee members were elected and our president, Joy Allen, stood down after seven years in that position. She was presented with flowers and a gift to show our appreciation. This was followed by a 20 Questions quiz, greeted by moans and groans but much hilarity. November’s meeting will start at 2pm. Details from June Garland on 01273 580016.

ringmer

FOOTBALL: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are at home in the second round of the John O’Hara League Cup versus Midhurst and Easebourne. Please note that there is an early kick-off time of noon at The Caburn. At the time of going to press, the second team have no fixture this weekend but keep an eye on the local press or the club website www.ringmerfc.co.uk as these things often change. In the social club the ladies and gents darts league, the pool league, whist, cribbage and short mat bowls are all back in action after their summer breaks and all teams welcome new players with open arms. Just pop into The Caburn Pavilion for more information.

MOTHERS’ UNION: At its meeting in the Church Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm our own curate the Revd Sally Epps will be the speaker. Her talk is entitled Journey in Faith. Sally is a most popular person and her talk should prove very interesting.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on October 3 was: 1, Simon Webster and Richard Newton; 2, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 3, Liz and Tim Owen. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday in the St. Mary’s Room of the village hall commencing at 7.30pm.

TRAVELLING TRENDS Fashion Show. On Friday, October 19, you are invited to attend a fantastic fashion sale of high street clothes at hugely discounted prices. The venue is Ringmer Primary School and the doors open at 7pm. There will be a short fashion show starting at 7.30pm following which you can choose from a wide selection of bargain in season clothes to try on and buy. No ordering, all available on the night. Tickets are just £5 (to include first drink) or £6 on the door. Tickets available from Clare on 813425 or the school office on 812463. All proceeds to Ringmer Primary Home School Association Registered Charity No 1102025.

GIVE AND TAKE MORNING: Freegle is a local online re-use group, which aims to find homes for unwanted items, keeping them out of landfill. They are holding a Give and Take morning at the village hall (Rogers Room) on Saturday, October 27, between 10am and noon. Please try to go along and find out how it works, meet other Freeglers and the moderators. Even if you aren’t a computer user, please do go along and see them, they are keen to help if anyone needs anything or wants to give things away. If you like, you can bring something you don’t want and see what you can take away for free! Coffee and cakes will be available. Freegle looks forward to seeing you.

TABLE TOP SALE and Christmas Craft Fair. Advance notice that Ringmer Community College will be holding this Fair on Saturday, November 24between 10am and 1pm at the college. Table top pitches are available for £5 if pre-booked. It is regretted that the organisers cannot accept individual food stalls. For more information or to book a table please contact Ruth Whitlock, Learning Resource Centre Manager on 01273 812220, ext. 253 during school hours or e-mail rwhitlock@ringmeracademy.org

THANK YOU: Jan Gander would like to thank all her friends who sent her get well cards during her recent illness. She would also like to thank the people she has met at the shopping precinct who have come up to her with their kind words and good wishes. She also thanks Carol, Wendy and her dear mum for all the help and support they have given her.

rodmell & southease

THE HARVEST SUPPER was a lovely event. I would like to thank very much all those who give their time to organise this lovely evening and to thank the speaker Mike Ellis on his talk on The Secret Tunnels of South Heighton. It’s amazing how many things went on around this area in the war that we don’t know about, but now the secrets are coming out.

FUN DAY: Ouse Valley Fun Day organised by the Lewes FC Community and Education Scheme, on Monday October 29 from 9.30am to 3pm at Rodmell Cricket Club, the sports field. Open to boys and girls who live along the Ouse Valley, aged 5 to11 years of all abilities. Places are limited, pre-booking essential at community@lewesfc.com or call 07591 163252.

NOSTALGIA: I hear the evening of Farming Nostalgia on Saturday November 10, 7.15pm for 7.30pm start in the village hall, has only a few tickets left. The speaker is Ian Everest a friend of mine, and he is a great speaker. Tickets are £7.50 to include wine and finger buffet. In aid of Southease and Rodmell Churches.

PARISH MAGAZINE: I thought this piece that our rector the Revd Geoff Daw wrote in our parish magazine was definitely food for thought: We need to thank those who work on the farms and in the factories, in the shops, and most important, in our own homes, who provide us with out daily needs. Saying thank you is very important, it encourages whoever we say it to, and it reminds us of our mutual dependence on others. Thank you is such a simple thing to say, so why don’t we say it more?

HARVEST FAMILY SERVICE is on Sunday at 11am at Rodmell and for a quieter service at Southease at 11am. We will be giving to the homeless in Brighton at our Harvest Festival Services this month. Please bring Harvest produce (vegetables, fruit, cakes, jams, pickles etc) or just bring along an envelope with cash inside marked For the Homeless and place it in the collection on that day. All will be appreciated.

BUGSY MALONE: My god-daughter took me to see Bugsy Malone put on by Lewes Operatic Society, in the town hall. All performances sold out and it was very good. My god-daughter’s daughter played the part of Tallulah, her first big part and I may be biased but I thought she did really well. Congratulations Raphy to you and your fellow thespians who at a very young age did so well. Fifty in the cast were 9 to 15 years old.

THE IFORD SCRUMPERS came to get a few apples from our orchard to make juice at the weekend. When I looked outside my door this morning there were two containers of fresh apple juice waiting for me. Thank you folks. Our orchard had its worst year ever this year, in over 40 years.

RODMELL WOOD CLUB has now distribute the wood to its clients and we are now waiting for the financial results to see if it was all worth while. Hopefully our field will recover from the churning up it got from the big machinery used, in the unfortunately bad wet weather.

RAYSTEDE: Here is an appeal from Raystede for one of the Rodmell donkey’s who went into their care when the owner died. Molly and Mouse were much loved by villagers and visitors alike as they spent most of their time being petted whilst looking over the flint wall of their home: Molly came to Raystede in October 2011 along with her companion Mouse. Unfortunately Molly and Mouse lost their owner who had cared for them for over 20 years. It was a very sad affair because the donkeys were very well known and loved in their village and their elderly owner was very attached to them. Unfortunately, Molly is now suffering from a condition called Panniculitis. This is when the fatty layers under the skin become inflamed and begin to die off. There is not always a reason why, but we believed Molly’s condition started because of an infection from an insect bite. Molly is in discomfort and is currently on daily pain relief and antibiotics. However, her condition will not improve unless we take away the fatty layers that are dying off. Obviously this means Molly undergoing treatment at a specialist veterinary hospital. The vets have very kindly offered to reduce their fees quite significantly but still the treatment and aftercare will run into a four figure sum. Could you help Molly by donating a gift for her care? Mouse, being Molly’s pair bond is standing by her side and will travel and stay with Molly at the Equine hospital whilst she is having her treatment, which we have every reason to believe will be successful. Molly is still reasonably young for a donkey and a strong, determined fighter. We are confident she can handle the treatment and with Mouse by her side we feel together they can get through this.

SEAFORD

SEAFORD CINEMA: The film tonight, Friday, is Even the Rain a gripping tale of greed and profiteering in South America. The film was released this year and is certificate 15. The film will be shown at the Barn Theatre, 7pm for a 7.30pm showing.

FOLK CLUB: The guest tonight, Friday, is Jon Heslop, a wonderful singer songwriter from Cornwall. The club meet at the Royal British Legion from 8pm.

MP SURGERY: Norman Baker MP will be holding a surgery tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 37, Church Street. He will be happy to assist with any problems but you will need to contact his office on 01273 480281 for an appointment.

OYEZ: Best of luck tomorrow, Saturday, for our Town Crier, Peter White who is taking part in the 60th National Town Crier Competition at the Priory Meadow Shopping Centre, Hastings. His first cry will be at 11am followed by another at 2pm. Later in the evening Seaford Bonfire Society will be marching through Hastings as part of their bonfire celebrations. A good day to go to Hastings to support Seaford.

BOOK SIGNING: Seaford author Giles Paley-Phillips will be signing copies of his new children’s book Tamara Small and the Monster’s Ball tomorrow, Saturday, at Waterstone’s in Eastbourne.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: The Exchange Garden at the Crouch celebrates its 5th birthday tomorrow, Saturday. Well done to all those who have made this a popular and important community amenity.

BONFIRE: I was honoured to march with the Seaford Bonfire Society at the Eastbourne celebrations last weekend. There was a good turn-out of Seaford Boys and Belles and they all did the town proud. Well done! remember the programmes for next weeks event are now on sale at Seaford News in Broad Street and at the Tourist Office.

REMEMBER THE STORM? I bet you remember where you were 25 years ago on Tuesday. That night Seaford woke to find caravans, huts and sheds scattered to the wind, dozens of trees felled and countless tiles ripped from roofs. It took a while to put things right again and we must thank our twin-town of Bonningstedt for paying for the trees to be replaced. Thank goodness we had a newly built sea-defence beach or things would have been a lot worse.

NATURAL HISTORY VISIT: On Tuesday afternoon the natural history society will be visiting Lane End Common, Newick in search for fungi of all shapes and sizes. All that rain earlier this year should make for good conditions. If you would like to join them or find out more information about the Society contact Anne Fletcher on 01323 491964.

CUCKMERE TALK I: Local historian Peter Longstaff-Tyrell will be giving an illustrated talk about the Cuckmere River on Tuesday evening for the Literary and Lecture Club. They meet at the St Leonard’s Church Hall at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. For further details about the club call 01323 899987.

MARKET: It was good to see that the new Seaford Farmers Market was such a success. Why not pop along the the Clinton Centre opposite Tesco to catch the locally sourced produce and goods. The market is open from 10am to 2pm every Thursday. As well as a great range of things to buy there are also refreshments, loos and even music. For further information call 01323 654104.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a full meeting of the town council at 37 Church Street on Thursday at 7pm. Members of the public are welcome and can ask questions at the start of the meeting. An agenda is available on-line or from the council offices.

CUCKMERE TALK II: I will be giving an illustrated talk to the Alfriston History Society on Thursday evening at 7.30pm. My talk is about the Cuckmere River and the second speaker is Jeremy Hodgkinson talking about the Sussex Iron Industry. There is a small charge for non-members. In the meantime I have just joined the Friends of Cuckmere and was delighted to be told that I am the hundredth friend. If you would like to join why not visit their website at www.cuckmerefriends.org

DANCE FOR CHARITY: Ever fancied leaning how to ballroom but haven’t a partner? No problem. Come along to a fun afternoon of easy ballroom/latin with no embarrassing partnering up. Really easy but lots of fun & fundraising for Cancer Research as you waltz away. £5 for one hours dance tuition and then afterwards £2.50 for an afternoon tea, very civilised. There will also be a mystery raffle with a Strictly theme. All proceeds to Cancer Research. Meet at 1pm on Thursday at Mercread Youth Club. Ring Louise 07786 425758 to let her know you are coming, so that they have enough scones baked.

BOWDEN HOUSE: The demolition the old Bowden House School in Firle Road has commenced. This Edwardian building had unfortunately become unfit for purpose. Take a last chance to see the old school but do take a look at the new one too which is a modern and attractive design. I am pleased to report that the brass memorial from the Great War has been rescued and repositioned in the new building.

ROTTEN SEAFORD: Tickets for my lecture on November 2 about the parliamentary history of Seaford on are now available at Seaford Museum and the Tourist Information Office. Call 01323 897426 for details.

COUNCILLOR: Seaford Councillor Adrian Campbell will be running in the Beachy Head Marathon later this month to raise funds for the St James Trust and Seaford Downs Syndrome Support Group. If you wish to sponsor him call into Linda’s Stores at Bishopstone Station or check www.mycharitypage.com/adrian

TELSCOMBE

WRVS urgently requires a volunteer minibus driver on alternate Thursday mornings for a few hours to transport older people in the Peacehaven and Telscombe area to and from their coffee mornings. All out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed. Come and join their team and help make a difference to the lives of older people in your community. Please contact Jan on 01273 611442 or email getwellstaywell@wrvs.org.uk.

FREE TESTING: Lewes District Council are once again offering a free electric blanket safety check which will take place on Friday October 19 from 9.30am to 11.30am in The Anzac Room, Meridian Centre, Peacehaven. If your blanket fails, money off vouchers for new blankets will be given out. For residents in rural areas of the district or anyone who is unable to attend the venue, Lewes District Council will offer a collection and return service. If you would like your blanket collected or to make an appointment please contact Environmental Healty on 01273 484354 or email ehealth@lewes.gov.uk by October 16.

SUMMER FAIR STALLS: Telscombe Town Coucil is organising a Summer Fair which will be held in Chatsworth Park on Saturday July 20 from 1pm. The pitches measure 4.5m wide by 12m deep, and stallholders will be required to provide any tables, chairs or gazebo’s etc they need for use within the marked pitches. Please note there is no power or water available in the park, therefore if you require power to your stall you will also need to arrange your own generator. All stallholders are required to have their own public liability insurance valid for the day of the Fair, and a copy of the certificate will have to be given to the council by 19 June 2013 at the latest. If you would like to book a pitch at a cost of £10, forms are available from the Civic Centre.