Parish Pump Newhaven - October 4, 2013


ABBEYFIELD are holding a coffee morning tomorrow, October 5, from 10am to noon serving coffee, cakes, books, bring and buy. Abbeyfield provides affordable, supported, sheltered housing for older people who want to remain independent without the worries of maintaining their own home. Abbeyfield is situated near the Alfriston school on North Road.

CHAIR BASED exercises are held at Abbeyfield on Fridays from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. These exercise are open to non-residents. For further information telephone 871767.

300 CLUB: The next meeting will be held at Deans Place Hotel on October 8 at 8pm. To be in the October draw and have a chance of becoming £50 richer it is necessary to be a member. For £10 a year there is a chance each month of winning £50 and sharing a sociable meeting once a month at a local hostelry. Apart from the prize money, all the money raised goes towards supporting the War Memorial Hall, a vital part of our village life. To become a member join the group at Deans Place on October 8 or give name and contact details, together with a cheque made payable to The Alfriston 300 Club, to Hicks, The Alfriston Newsagents.

THE CUCKMERE VALLEY Horticultural Society meeting will be on October 10 at 2.30pm in the War Memorial Hall when Jacqueline Aviolet will talk on Perennial Asters - History and Propagation. She will be bringing some plants along for sale.

LITLINGTON, LULLINGTON and West Dean Village Hall Committee has received grants from a variety of local and national grant providers to provide an ambitious building project that will create an outside seating area with level access to the hall and steps directly to the playground behind. The South Downs National Park Sustainable Communities Fund, Veolia Environmental Trust, Wealden District Council’s Community Grants Scheme and the Cuckmere Valley Parish Council have all generously contributed to enable this scheme to become possible. The village hall is also celebrating its 60th Anniversary. To mark the occasion there will be an exhibition of books, photographs, paintings, prints and memorabilia tracing the history and major events in the three villages it serves. Tea/coffee and cakes will be available at the Hall on October 12 and 13 between 10am and 4pm with the proceeds going towards the village hall. Peter Bidmead will give a short talk about the three villages at 10.30am on October 12.

THE ALFRISTON and Cuckmere Valley Historical Society will be holding its October meeting on October 17 at 7.30pm in the War Memorial Hall. The two speakers have very different approaches to local history. Jayne Shrimpton is a professional dress historian, a photo, artwork and picture dating expert and has worked on artworks all over the world. As well as writing books and articles for family history magazines she dates photos at the family history television show Who Do You Think You Are? Her talk will be entitled Looking at Family and Local History Photographs. The second speaker is Dr Sally White, an archaeologist and historian who has been curator of Worthing Museum and manager of Lewes Castle and museum. Her subject for the evening will be Lewes Castle. Dr White will talk about the history of this local monument. All are welcome. Admission: members free; non-members £5.


COFFEE MORNING: Another successful coffee morning raised £632 for Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday September 27 in the village hall. There was a raffle (run by Gladys and Ann) of prizes kindly donated by many generous people. A bring-and-buy produce stall heaved under the weight of fresh local fruit and vegetables together with marmalade, crumbles and lavender plants. The kitchen was crowded with delicious home-made cakes. The organisers have asked us to thank all who came to support this event, and to Andrea of Phoenix Cards for bringing her merchandise and donating a percentage.

THE VILLAGE GREEN is now comparatively green but 10 years ago it was largely chalky white- thanks to a major archaeological excavation that summer. The density of Saxon settlement under the grass surprised everyone and the star find was a high status privy- as well as a few actual Anglo-Saxons. So we now knew what happened after Rookery Hill was finally abandoned, people eventually took up residence on the other side of the Bishopstone Valley, or the Middle Saxon Shift as it’s officially known. Needless to say, the digging continued after a winter lull.


PARKING: I had to go out for the day on Saturday and realised as soon as I saw the number of cars in Mill Street that I wouldn’t be able to park in front of the house when I got back. Sure enough when I returned in the early evening every space was occupied by someone attending the Shakedown Festival in Stanmer Park. The website strangely advised people arriving by train to walk all the way down to Churchill Square and catch a bus out to Falmer, instead of telling them to catch the next available train, I am not surprised they chose to bring their cars. The festival described itself as a ‘non parking’ event and warned people not to park in the Marina car parks or in the vicinity of Falmer Station as there would be stewards looking out for this and their cars would be clamped. Unfortunately they had completely ignored Falmer, and the map that showed the location marked car parks on the university campus. The university had manned gates that were turning drivers away who were then coming straight down Mill Street and parking. Our sleep was disturbed for what seemed like most of the night by people returning to their cars and driving away after having a conversation at full volume. The rubbish in the street on Sunday morning was appalling and one man who had parked right outside our house was asleep in the back of his car. I hear that the event may not take place next year, I sincerely hope not.

VANDAL: A mysterious vandal has been at work in our back garden. We had a row of solar powered lights along the edge of the lawn and we discovered over the weekend that every one of them had been knocked over and some broken with the lamp pushed into the hedge. This seemed like a strangely specific kind of attack. Why just break the lights? We decided that the damage must have been done by one of the night visiting animals we get in the garden. We have had regular visits from badgers over the summer and a lot of fox droppings have appeared lately so I’m hoping it was one or the other.

HARVEST FESTIVAL: On Sunday we will be celebrating Harvest Festival at St Laurence. The church should have a good show of home-grown produce considering the summer we have had. Donations of produce will be auctioned off after the service. The service starts at 10am and all are very welcome.

CONCERTS: Not long now before the first of the Autumn season of concerts at St Laurence. So you think you know English Song? is at 5.30pm on Saturday October 19. Soprano Sue Mileham and pianist Kevin Allen, promise us a trip through the 20th century looking at well-known composers (Quilter and Warlock) and their lesser- known counterparts (William Lloyd Webber, Peterkin and Dring). The concert is free with a retiring collection.

FINALLY, all good wishes to my co-Parish Pumper Rosemarie, for a speedy recovery from her operation.

Glynde & Beddingham

MISSING: On September 7 two female Jack Russells went missing from Pigeon House in Glynde. Their names are Molly and Maisy, they are tri-coloured and have not had their tales docked. If anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts we would be very grateful if they could contact the estate office on 01273 858224.

MEMORIAL PARADE: There will be a quiz and curry night today, Friday, at Glynde social club to raise funds for the remembrance parade. Tickets are £6.50 each and available on 01273 858969 or 858416.

VILLAGE STORES AND TEA ROOM: Debbie and David are planning a Christmas Craft Fair in the tea room, so if you live in the village and would like the opportunity of selling your handmade crafts, please speak to Debbie in the shop. There are no charges involved, all they ask is that you make a small donation to the memorial parade. They are also looking for people to sing Christmas carols during the fair, so please do step forward if you would like to be involved.


SENIORS’ FORUM: Lewes District Seniors’ Forum invites members and friends to our Older People’s Day celebrations. An afternoon of light entertainment (a miscellany of songs, music, poetry and prose) on Wednesday from 2pm to 4.30pm at St Thomas a Becket Community Hall, Cliffe High Street.

NT LEWES CENTRE: On October 10 there will be a meeting at Priory School, Mountfield Road at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Dr Sally White who will be talking about Sussex Piers – disappointed bridges or palaces of delight. No n members welcome £3.

A SOUTHDOWN FARM IN THE FIFTIES: Ian Everest will be showing his remarkable film, recorded in the 1950s, of the annual cycle of activities on a local farm throughout the farming year. The film illustrates just how much farming has changed during many of our lifetimes. This event, sponsored by the Lewes District branch of CPRE Sussex, will take place at the King’s Church Building, Brooks Road at 7.30 pm on Wednesday. All are welcome and there is no entry charge. Light refreshments will be available.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO Harvest Festival service on Sunday will be at 11am with Rev David Farey preaching, followed by a bring and share lunch in church to which all are invited. The retiring collection is in aid of the Chichester Diocese’s Harvest Appeal, Equipping the Saints, for the five West African dioceses with whom the Diocese is partnered Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cameroon. The money raised will provide training for ministers of the Gospel (ordained or lay) that will equip them to resource others too. Now for some news: last Saturday, September 28, was a re-dedication of the Finnish War Memorial in our churchyard in the presence of the Ambassadors of Finland and Russia. This was followed by speeches and a very happy reception where wine and good food flowed. The other news is from Michael Blencowe, Community Wildlife Officer, Sussex Wildlife Trust. He said ‘Over the past year I have been supporting local volunteers with their plans to create a small haven for wildlife and a beautiful place for reflection in a corner of St John’s Churchyard. In 2013 we let the area grow wild so we can find out what plants and animals occur there naturally. We will be holding our next meeting at 11am on Saturday October 12 (meet in the churchyard. Anyone interested and would like to know more, please come along and join us.’ Finally, a hearing aid has been found on the floor of the church. It’s labelled Demalogic and is being kept safely in the hope that someone will report it lost.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The climb out of Lewes by the old racecourse to Blackcap is very steady. There was some sort of do on, where they were serving champagne, when we passed the stables. We later learnt that it was a promotion for the Susie Smith Stables who are based there. We briefly joined the South Downs Way before dropping down, on a chalky track, to pass the site of the Medieval Village of Balmer. A short section of the track was wet and extremely slippery. Two mountain bikers and one walker succumbed to the effects of gravity when they lost traction, with a very muddy outcome. At Housedean two of the group chose the half-day option and caught the bus back to Lewes. The remaining five climbed up to join Juggs Road which we followed back into Lewes. The views, as ever, were wide and wonderful. Hilda and Graham led the walk. The next walk is on Sunday at Cowden. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start and bring a picnic. Walk will finish at 3pm.

ALLOTMENT SHOW 2013. The Allotment Show held on September 22 in the Town Hall was even more popular this year with many more entries. Malling Area did particularly well. From Queens Road Allotments, Graciala Rye won the best bouquet with Mahess Jeeawock gaining first prize for the most unusual vegetable (a Margose, a bitter vegetable which normally grows in a warm, humid climate). Dave Champion from Earwig Corner Allotment had a big smile on his face after winning a first for his pot plant, with two seconds and two third prizes for a good range of others. In fact everyone who entered from Earwig Corner won at least a first prize. Once again, everyone agreed it was a good show: warm, friendly and uplifting. Well done to the organizers and exhibitors.

Mobile Library

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

THE RNLI is holding a Table Top Sale at the Hillcrest Centre tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am to noon, set-up from 8.15am. Free parking. You can have your own table to make some money for Christmas or just go along and pick up a bargain while supporting this good cause. For further details telephone Lyn on 01273 517488 or email There will also be a fundraising event for Newhaven Lifeboat on Saturday October12 at St Michael’s Church, Newhaven. Brighton Male Voice Choir will entertain at 7.30pm, tickets are £7.50 each available from Derek 01273 514841or Peter 01323 492309 or email as above.

PLANNING MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s planning and development committee will meet on Tuesday at 7.30pm to discuss the latest applications. This will be followed by a meeting of the Public Environment and Open Space committee. The meetings take place in Meeching Hall.

GUESTHOUSE Storytellers next meet on Tuesday at the Hillcrest Centre. Stella Kassimali has been researching Dionysos, the God of wine, fruitfulness and abundance of life. Stella through her Greek heritage will bring depth and richness to this ancient myth and her story will be accompanied by Artemis Apostolaki on the cello. Tickets are £6 in advance or £7 on the door,available from the Hillcrest Cafe. The Cafe opens at 7pm and the stories begin at 7.30pm.

YOUTH CLUB: A new youth club for 16 years and over is being launched at the Breakout Centre, Newhaven Square on Wednesday 7.30pm to 9.30pm. New Vision is run by youth worker Sara Alexander who runs the successful Rock Solid Youth Club at Shakespeare Hall. The idea of New Vision is to keep contact going with older teenagers who have outgrown the younger youth group. It will be a social chill-out where they can exchange information useful to this age group, hold discussions, receive mentoring and realise the opportunities that are available to them.

HILLCREST FILM SOCIETY reopens their new season on Saturday October 19 with a French comedy-drama Untouchable. Tickets are £4.50 and are on sale now Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm at the Hillcrest Centre reception or email The Hillcrest Cafe opens at 6.30pm for meals, drinks and light refreshments, the film starts at 7.30pm.

NEW CAFE: I visited the new cafe at the top of the High Street the other day and had a nice cup of coffee. It is spotlessly clean, very light and airy and there is plenty of room between the tables. The prices seem very reasonable and I recommend you to give it a try. It is nice to see that end of the High Street buzzing again.

AUTUMN FAIR: Danni Bruce,organiser of last Saturday’s Autumn Fair in South Heighton Village Hall would like to thank all the stall holders and visitors including Town Mayor Councillor Julie Carr for supporting the event. The winner of the beautiful cake made by Danni of Peachy Cakes was Michelle Alford who guessed the correct weight. £172.80 was raised for St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne. She is hoping to run a Christmas Fair on similar lines but that has still to be confirmed.

CONGRATULATIONS to Jacky Cole, Deputy Town Clerk who has been officially named as Newhaven’s new town clerk. Jacky has worked very hard for the town and for Newhaven Twinning Association and everyone is delighted with her new appointment.


MACMILLAN CANCER: The Bring a Bag; Buy a Bag as part of the fund raising day in the Community House last Saturday was very well supported and a total of £250 was made. At the time of writing I still await details of just how much the residents’ association raised for their coffee morning as part of the national World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. This worthwhile organisation does so much to alleviate the pain and suffering of terminally-ill patients. We all surely know somebody who has contracted cancer.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Peacehaven Mayor in the Main Hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. The next market will be organised by the Guide Dogs for the Blind Saturday October 12. To book a table contact them on 07766 514 161.

COUNCIL MEETING: The next sub committee meeting is for the Planning and Highways on Tuesday October 15 in the Anzac Room Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. There will be a 15-minute period at the beginning of the meeting when residents may ask question.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the Peacehaven Evangelical Church are holding a coffee morning in the Community House foyer from 8.30am until midday. Next week on Tuesday Peacehaven Horticultural Society will be behind the counter. On Thursday Peacehaven Catholic Church will be offering the refreshments. Followed on Friday October 11 by U3A.

BLOOD DONORS: Remember the NHS Blood and Transplant team will be in the Community House, Meridian Centre today, Friday, from 2pm until 4.30pm and again from 5.30pm until 8pm. If you are a regular donor could you bring along a friend who has not given before? As you may know there is a shortage of blood currently. It is possible to book an appointment if you would like a specific time to donate by calling 0300 123 23 23.

BINGO: On Friday October 11 there is a bingo night in the Community House in aid of the Mayor’s local charity starting at 7pm sharp. Eight games for £4 plus a flyer and a snowball game. Cash prizes to be won and free refreshments during the interval half way through the evening. Plenty of free parking.

WRESTLING SPECTACULAR: A visit has been arranged for Saturday October 19 in the Community House starting at 7.30pm until 10pm. There are still a few tickets available from the information office at £10 for adults and concessionary at £9. There are also Family tickets for two adults and two children under 16 years for £36. Something different for a good night out.


COWBOYS: You’ve heard of Cowboy Builders? The latest menace, Cowboy Gardeners. Recently, a World War Two Veteran in Piddinghoe was so conned. He was asked, out of the blue, for £95 for cutting his hedge. He paid up. He hasn’t got a hedge. Please advise all vulnerable people in your area of this latest prey on the elderly.

FREE EVENT: On a brighter note, Meridian Mature Citizens’ Forum is inviting everyone to a free event in Piddinghoe Village Hall, Monday from 2pm to 4pm. Subject Bringing Village Archives To Life. This will give advice on how to preserve records that bring the past alive and preserve them for future generations. The event is free and teas and cake are available. Due to limited space, please contact Kate Davies on 01273 516207 or email


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

QUIZ NIGHT: The twinning association are holding a quiz night at the Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday. All welcome from 7.30pm, followed by our AGM. Further details from Amanda on 486021.

THE BOWLS CLUB is having an AGM on Tuesday at Polegate Community Centre. See centre notice board for more details.

POLEGATE SINGERS meet on Wednesday evenings at the Community Centre. Do come along and join us. More information from Helen Stiles on

THE WI meets on the second Thursday of the month in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre, from 2pm to 4pm. Visitors welcome. For more details ring Ann Parrini on 489332.

SENIOR CITIZENS club meets every Monday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm. Come along and join us for tea and biscuits and see what else we have to offer. We meet at the Community Centre. All welcome.

TICKETS are now on sale for Polegate Drama’s next production of See How They Run, an hilarious war time farce by Philip King. Tickets at £8.50 for adults and £6 for children are obtainable from Archer & Partners, 48 High Street, 483348. Production takes place from Wednesday October 30 to Saturday November 2. Or online at

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on October 10 include Upper Dicker – Arlington Circular, five miles fairly flat, field tracks, road and 17 stiles with Dave C. Or A Walk in the High Weald, nearly 10 miles passing the pubs at Vines Cross, Warbleton and Rushlake Green and Old Heathfield. Includes a section of the Cuckoo trail, take picnic, several stiles with John R. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

COFFEE MORNING and Autumn Fair in aid of 1st Polegate Brownies at the Free Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. All welcome.

EXHIBITION: The Church Street Art Group who are tutored by Teresa Currie are having their annual exhibition and sale of original artworks, photography, prints, cards and other crafts on Saturday October 12, 10am to 4pm in St Mary’s Church Hall, Willingdon. There will be light refreshments available all day and commission from the sale of work will go to church funds and Family Support Work.

PCaSO Prostate Cancer Network. Eastbourne Support Group. Dr Ashok Nikapota, Consultant Clinical Oncologist at the Sussex Cancer Centre and Worthing and Southlands Hospital, was welcomed to the September meeting as guest speaker. He gave an interesting talk about high dose brachytherapy. This is a newer treatment for prostate cancer and will be available locally in the near future. He explained the theory behind it in that a high dose reduces the duration of the radiotherapy treatment. He also elaborated on the procedure and research comparing this treatment with other treatments. September was also time to reflect on five years of the quarterly newsletter now sponsored by Converteco. Mike, the editor, chose to mark this with a collection of photographs from past issues and fundraising events. Earlier in the month some of the group collected £107.33 thanks to the generosity of customers shopping at Tesco in Lottbridge Drove. 209 items of literature were taken by members of the public wanting to know more about prostate cancer. Our monthly meetings (except for August) also provide opportunity to find out more from the experts and ask questions in a less formal setting. Tea and coffee are provided. The next meeting is on Thursday at 7pm in the Post Graduate Centre, Eastbourne District General Hospital. All are welcome. Speakers will be Debbie Davis and Jackie Welch, Community bladder and bowel advisor’s, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. Please contact Graham Hatfield on 01323 749258/641513 or e-mail if you require further details or visit our website:


COFFEE MORNING: Delta’s Coffee Morning takes place tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall from 10am to noon. There will be a tombola, raffle and cake stall. Everyone welcome. Apologies about the incorrect date being given in the September Parish Magazine and in a previous edition of the Pump.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are at home to table-topping East Preston and hope to repeat their impressive win of last Saturday against second placed Hassocks. Kick off time at The Caburn for this league fixture is 3pm. The second team are away to St Francis Rangers in the Reserve Section Premier, also with a 3pm kick off. On Sunday the youth team are at home to Newhaven with an 11am kick off. At the time of going to press there are no mid-week games scheduled but fixtures can change so please check local press for details. On the social side the darts (men’s and ladies), pool, cribbage and short mat bowls are all back in action and always welcome new players. Just check with the club for more details.

HARVEST SEVICES: On Sunday Harvest Thanksgiving is celebrated at St Mary’s and the services are: Holy Communion 8am; Family Service 9.45am; and Evensong 6.30pm. From 2.30pm to 4.30pm you are invited to come along to the church to look at the harvest decorations and to see an exhibition about some of the charities the church supports. There will also be a display made by the children of the primary school which should be well worth viewing. Tea and cake will be served.

ST MARY’S MEN’S CLUB: Ian Loughborough’s regiment was sent to the Falklands in 1982. At 7.30pm in the Church Room on Tuesday Ian will be giving a picture presentation of his personal account. Visitors welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on September 25 was: 1, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 2, Sandra Dudley-Williams and John Evett; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The club next meets on Wednesday in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall. Contact Number 814220.

BOWLS CLUB: The end of season match results are as follows: Ringmer v Gildredge Park 109-62, Ringmer v Newhaven 63-13, Ringmer v Vicarage 57-56, Ringmer v Peacehaven 54-77, Ringmer v Portslade 79-37, Ringmer v Wadhurst 34-52 and Ringmer v Frant 64-60.

Rodmell & Southease

CHILLI DAY: Southease was lucky to have reasonable weather for its annual Chilli Day, and although I could not get to it, much to my disappointment, I’m sure it was a great success. I’m hoping that Adrian Orchard will be able to keep me up to date on how it went, then I can put it in next weeks column.

RODMELL VILLAGE Produce and Craft Stall, which took place on Wednesday’s and Friday’s throughout the summer, did really well and was a great success, thanks to all of those involved in supplying it and running it. Let’s hope it happens again next year.

THE ROADWORKS which took place along the C7 throughout our village recently really slowed the traffic down. Let’s hope the wooden posts alongside the road which have been put in have the same effect. It was difficult for me to get in and out of my driveway whilst it was all going on, but the men working on it were really helpful in seeing me out and I would like to thank them.

THE MEETING of Lewes Town and Country B&Bs took place at Isfield Village Hall recently and was very well attended. I am the only member in this village and had my annual inspection last week, which I passed I’m pleased to say. People are still phoning for B&B, many at the last minute, so I and the other B&Bs in the village have to pass them on to other villages and towns as usually we are all full up. Since the area became a National Park it’s manic for accommodation, and I hear the new youth hostel at Itford is doing well.

I WENT with my friend of many years, Prof Kayoko Muramatsu from Japan, to Alfriston last week. Kayo has recently retired as a Prof of English Literature at the age of 70 which she tells me is the retirement age in her culture. She has over the years translated many of Virginia Woof’s books into Japanese and some are on the bookshelf in Virginia’s room in Monks House. My friend Ann Lyons, who visited from Wales recently, was so taken by Monks House she has booked the holiday apartment there for November. She tells me it is charming.

ABSEIL: On September 21 Marcus Brown, our curate, abseiled over Peacehaven Heights, 160ft, to support a fundraising event for the church at Denton. He will admit that the scariest part was going over the edge, but once that was conquered it was like walking down the cliff face. Lots of photos were taken to prove he did it, although he says the worst part was the 200 steps back up to the top. Well done Marcus.

HELP: I require a little help from readers if possible. I am trying to find a book written by Margaret Rose Caldecott who was the mother of Col Guy Westmacott of Rodmell, a great friend of mine. This remarkable lady was off travelling and shooting on her own in Tibet around 1894. She also worked her way across the desert with the Bedouin’s. When reaching a new encampment she would immediately go to the ladies tent. Having made friends with them, they would recommend her to the men and she would then be helped on her journey. The book was published in 1908 and is called From Monte to Mosul. As it was published anonymously there was considerable speculation in the press as to who this mysterious and enterprising English lady, known to the Arabs as the Emiri, or Princess, might be. This lady was a remarkable person who led a most interesting life, much of which Guy wrote about in the book Memories, a special book for his friends, I am proud to have one of these books.

JUMBLE SALE tomorrow, Saturday, in aid of church funds, in the village hall.

THANK YOU: I keep forgetting to thank the lady from Seaford who wrote to me about starlings. The starlings seem to have moved from the countryside to the seaside as she has seen plenty. Thank you also to readers for their kind letters and phone calls on a certain issue of late and their support.


AGM of the East Blatchington Pond Conservation Society on Wednesday at 7.30pm at St James’ Clubhouse, Lower Hall, Blatchington Road. All welcome. DVD display of pond restoration dating from 1980s and talk from pond manager. Find out more about us on (under Clubs/Associations).

CHARITY FASHION SHOW: Seahaven Lioness Club and M&Co present a charity fashion show at Seaford Golf Club, Firle Road on Thursday starting at 7pm. Tickets, priced £6 per person, are available from M&Co or from Stephen Newbury Estate Agents. Coffee is included and there will also be a bar available. Proceeds are going to Cancer Research UK, LIBRA (which researches blood disorders) and other organisations in the local community supported by the Lionesses.


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

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY at the Civic Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am. This is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town councillor. There is usually a district or county councillor present too. Make the most of this opportunity to meet your Councillor and come along on Saturday. No appointment is necessary.

COFFEE MORNING: Telscombe Residents’ Association will be holding a coffee morning from 10am to 11am tomorrow, Saturday, to coincide with the councillors’ surgery. 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.

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 councillors’ surgery and coffee morning.

MP’S SURGERY: Simon Kirby MP will be holding an advice surgery at Telscombe Civic Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am. You will need to make an appointment to see him and this can be done by one of the following means, phone 01273 589178, email

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