Telscombe

Telscombe news
Telscombe news

FLOWER CLUB: Peacehaven and Telscombe Flower Club meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 2pm for 2.30pm start at the Civic Centre for floral demonstrations. Chairman 01273 586191, treasurer 01273 581341.

DANCE CLASS: Every Tuesday from 9am to 9.30am for pre-school age 2 to 4 year olds, £3.50 per session, at the Civic Centre. Contact Anneli Smith via Civic Centre, 01273 589777.

YOGA: Mondays from 7.15pm to 8.15pm at the Civic Centre. Contact Jane email: janechantyoga@hotmail.co.uk phone: 07703 167895.

SUMMER FAYRE: This popular event will be taking place in Chatsworth Park, Telscombe Cliffs on Saturday July 8 from 1pm to 4.30pm. If you would like a stall, please contact Telscombe Civic Centre on 01273 589777.

ZUMBA CLASS: Every Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm at the Civic Centre. This is an exhilarating, effective, easy to follow, Latin inspired, calorie burning dance fitness party. Just drop in and join the fun. £5 per class or five classes for £20. Contact Alex Murphy 07988 610269.

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU: If you need advice, a representative from the Citizens Advice Bureau is at the Telscombe Civic Centre on the last Tuesday of each month from 10.30am to 12.30pm and at Peacehaven Library, Meridian Centre on Tuesdays 9.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3pm. No appointment is necessary. You can also obtain advice by contacting Adviceline on 03444 111 444 or at www.citizensadvice.org.uk

FOOTNOTES: As Chaplin, the large black and white cat has appeared to select the cottage as a permanent residence, I have made enquiries of the neighbourhood and discovered he recently moved here with a young couple, whom he had also adopted. They were happy enough with his choice of a new home, and so I began to stock up with cat food again. As cats do he has selected his armchair and scowls at anyone who attempts to shift him. I have many trees in the garden and he has made several unsuccessful attempts to climb them, reminding me of when I lived in London, next to a little old lady who had a large and tall tree in her front garden and a ginger and white cat called Alfie, with whom I was great friends. One day there was a terrific furore outside and although desperate as a ten-year old to see what was going on, I was forbidden to leave the tea table until my meal was finished, (those were the days). I eventually shot outside my front door, to see a fire engine, a crowd of people and the little old lady all looking up at the tree. As I stood at the back, I felt a furry body rubbing my legs and looked down to see Alfie. I picked him up and we joined the throng. After a while a neighbour happened to glance behind him and saw me and Alfie, both of us engrossed in the drama. ‘Isn’t that the cat, the one the kid is holding?’ The rest of the crowd turned and the old lady shrieked with relief and grabbed Alfie from my arms. The crowd dispersed, the firemen took down their ladders, using language I didn’t understand at the time, but do now, and our quiet Streatham street returned to normality. Alfie outlived the old lady and my parents allowed me to adopt him on my fathers’ condition that if he climbed any trees, he had to find his own way down, which of course, is what he did frequently and with great relish. Have a good week and go safely.

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