Newhaven Village News


THANK YOU WI: The Alfriston WI hosted a fashion show as part of the WI’s 100 Years celebrations. A packed hall enjoyed the parade of models, adults and children, who showed clothes from two village shops, Peppa K and The Apiary.

The evening, which included refreshments during the interval, was a generous gift from the WI to the Ladies of Alfriston. From the chat in the hall and the applause throughout the evening, the gift was very much appreciated.

FARMERS’ MARKET: The Farmers’ Market brought a good crowd to the village last Sunday. The weather was warm and sunny just right for exploring the stalls stocked with local produce.

The village website, events page, has some photographs of the day including an unexpected visit from Edwina Curry who met up with new local MP, Maria Caulfield and Councillor Philip Ede.

Many of the stall holders plan to return for Sussex Day on June 14.

SALE AND EXHIBITION: The Art Club is holding their Annual Sale and Exhibition from tomorrow, May 23, to May 25 from 10.20am to 5.30pm in the War Memorial Hall. Framed and unframed paintings will be for sale at realistic prices and refreshments will be available.

Please note, however, there are no facilities for credit cards. Entry is free.

MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Rathfinny Music Festival is at the beautifully situated Rathfinny Wine Estate over the weekend of Friday June 12 to Sunday June 14.

The London Conchord Ensemble is featured with guest singer Felicity Lott.

There is a packed and varied programme with concerts being performed throughout the days. Food is available and of course there is plenty of overnight accommodation in the village for visitors.

Booking has been brisk.

For full information visit the Rathfinny website or telephone 01323 87022.


FREE HORSE MANURE: Available on west (Newhaven) side of Bishopstone Road between Bishopstone Estate and Bishopstone Pond: help yourself, but please return or replace the bags.

BANK HOLIDAY: It’s the spring and last bank holiday for a while on Monday. It has ancient roots going back before banking. Previously Whit Monday (after the white garments of people being baptized that day) it may go back further to Beltane which was the prehistoric beginning of summer. The days are getting noticeably longer but there’s still a chill in the air.


LIGHTING THE BEACON: On Sunday, the Diocese of Chichester is launching its Strategy for Growth, starting with lighting beacons throughout Sussex, including a beacon at Firle at around 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, evening. People are meeting at Firle Church at 7pm and walking up (or you can drive). There are refreshments afterwards, back at the church. All are welcome.


CHURCH NEWS: On the last Sunday in May, The Reverend Daniel Merceron will lead the Trinity Sunday service as Priest in Charge of our recently extended united Benefice. Folkington welcomes the congregations of Alfriston, Littlington, Lullington and West Dean at 11am for a service of Holy Communion. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the church giving us all the chance to get to know each other.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Friday: Deans Road, Alfriston 11.15am-11.55am; East Dean Village Hall 12.20pm-1.20pm.


OPEN EVENING: Peacehaven Players Amateur Dramatics are holding an open evening on June 2 from 8pm in the Main Hall, Community House, Meridian Centre; to include a free acting workshop and refreshments.

FUN FAIR: The fun fair will be at the Dell over the bank holiday weekend.

COFFEE MORNING: The coffee morning in Community House on Tuesday will be organised by the Kempton Conservatives and on Thursday by Pet Rescue. Please pop along for a coffee and cake from 8.30am to noon.

MARKET: TOmorrow’s charity market has been organised by the Peacehaven Evangelical Church.

The cakes will be made by Vi so guaranteed to be scrumptious.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a planning and highways meeting in the Anzac room on Tuesday at 6.30pm, residents welcome.

QUIZ: Peacehaven Town Council is running a quiz on Friday June 5. If you wish to join in, please contact Debbie 01273 585493.

CLOSED: The Information office and Town Council office will be closed on bank holiday Monday, May 25.


COFFEE MORNING: The coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, is hosted by Polegate Residents Association. All welcome in the lounge from 10am to noon. On Saturday May 30 the coffee morning will be hosted by Centre Fund Raising. All welcome in the lounge from 10am to noon. Many stalls including bric-a-brac, books, preserves, raffle, hamper draw, bring and buy stall.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Coffee at Chilly Farm, 5 miles with Mavis M. Meet at Pecvensey Market Square 10am bus 99, 9.23am Terminu Road stand E to Memorial Hall. Or, Stanmering and Chattring, 9 miles with Naomi and Pete. Meet Stanmer Park near Falmer 9.45am GR 337096, PH option. Meet and park in car park eastern side of church near pond. Sorry no leader for Sunday walk. Saturday May 30, Church to Lido, 5 miles with Tony W. Meet at Elim Church, Newhaven, 10.20am bus 12A, 9.23am Terminus Road Stand J, finish at Satldean. Or, Harbour Stroll, 2 to 3 miles with Thelma. Meet at Cinema, Crumbles Retail Park at 10.15am bus 99 at 9.43am Terminus Road stand E to Asda bus stop. Leader at start. Sunday May 31, Tye the Corner, 9.5 miles with Tony W. Meet bus 12A, 9.16am Terminus Road to Telscombe Tye where walk starts 10.30am. Dry lunch, YHA Southease, finish Denton Corner.

TOY FAIR: There will be a Toy Fair at Polegate Commnity Centre on Sunday from 9am to 6pm. All welcome in the Henry Twine hall.

DINING TRAINS: Spa Valley Railway, Thursday, lunch time fish and chips. Sunday May 31, High Weald Belle, luncheon train, booking essential. Contact Spa Valley Railway via website or telephone 01892 537715.

STATIONERY ENGINES: These are on display on Sunday 7 June, at Groombridge Railway Station, on the Spa Valley Line. A display by the Sussex and Kent Weald Stationery Engine Group. More info from or telephone Alan Cullen 01342 327852.

TALK: There will be a slide show and talk by Alan Hodges, Eastbourne Thro the Ages, at St Marty’s Church Hall, Willingdon on Monday June 8 at 7pm. Entry £3 including refreshments. In aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

GUIDED WALK: ELHS guided walk around Hampden Park in June, please contact Maureen on 485971 or email Also contact me for proposed excursion to Spa Valley Railway in July.


HISTORY STUDY GROUP: Lewes was one of Alec Clifton-Taylor’s Six More English Towns which first appeared on television in 1981. The history group will meet at 7.45pm tonight (Friday) in the village hall to revisit the key features that were broadcast at that time.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: Ringmer welcomes its visitors from Geschwenda and Belgentier for its Twinning Partnership Reunion 2015. The highlight will be our Dance Festival tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall. The show from 2pm to 5pm will include performances by Ringmer Academy, Empire Dance Studio, Bettina, and the Tanzteufel Dance Group. Our Barn Dance at 7.30pm will be led by Tony Dunn. Soft drinks and nibbles will be available, but bring your own alcoholic drink. All welcome. Entry to both events is free.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday May 13, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Joan Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams; 3, Jenny Charman and Michael Slot. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

BOWLS CLUB: Last week’s results: Ringmer v Saltdean 95-44, Ringmer v Maresfield 92-41. If anyone missed the open morning and would still like to have a go, we are at the Green on Saturday morning between 9am and 10am and Tuesday evening from 6pm to 8pm. Please come along and see us.

OPEN GARDEN: Ryders Well House, Ryders Well Lane, off the A26 just about opposite Wellingham Lane, will be opening its garden in aid of St Peter and St James’ Hospice on Sunday May 31 from 2pm to 5pm. Set in 4.5 acres, there are herbaceous borders, lawns, pond, stream garden, mature trees, wild garden and a shady courtyard for teas.

FLOWER CLUB: Ringmer Flower Club would like to thank those who attended the morning market for their support. It was a very successful morning which was greatly enjoyed and raised a substantial amount for club funds. Thank you so much.

Rodmell & Southease

SEEDLING SALE: The spring seedling sale on Saturday May 16 put on by Rodmell Horticultural Society was a great success. Gardeners brought, bought and swapped their seedlings with other local gardeners. This is always a good event.

SOLD: I’m amazed at how many houses in the Newhaven area have sold notice boards outside. One agent in particular seems to be doing very well. I wonder if this areas is now seen as up and coming. As prices are more reasonable here, first time buyers can actually afford to buy in this area.

RAT-RUN: If you are driving towards Lewes between 4pm and 6pm, you may find the C7 traffic backed up to Southease at times as people use it as a rat-run from Lewes to the coast road. It is the same in the other direction in the mornings at times, when people are driving to work at Lewes and the universities and, of course, the school runs.

FENCE: One of our local farmers has recently put up a very substantial fence near Northease. Perhaps he’s fed up with cars leaving the road and ending up in his fields when the roads get slippery with ice or rain. The standard of driving on the C7 doesn’t improve, especially the tail-gating problem, which so many people who stay here in the village comment on.

VERY BUSY: Our pub, which is the hub of the village, run by the lovely Jon and Lucie, is becoming so buys at weekends and Thursday nights (steak night) that if you are thinking of having a meal there, it’s advisable to book, especially if you are one of the many walkers doing the South Downs Way.

We live next door to the pub and find Jon and Lucie very amicable neighbours. If you live near a pub you need to learn to live with a few inconveniences such as noise and parking, but on the whole we don’t have much trouble and it can always be sorted out by talking. Quite often pubs that are music venues cause bad feeling by not asking bands to keep the noise down. As our pub only now has the occasional music evening and are quite considerate about noise, we don’t have much of a problem. I usually leave a pub card in the B&B rooms and tell people if it’s too noisy just ring them on your mobile and ask for the noise to be turned down. There’s always a solution. I love live music in pubs, it’s an age long tradition.

LETTER WRITING: I read in the press recently that letter writing is becoming fashionable again, good. I write loads of letters to people all over the world who love getting ‘snail mail’. So readers, get writing again and keep our post offices open and our postal workers in jobs. Also hand writing is an art that is fast disappearing.


OPEN MEETING: Friends of Seaford Library are holding an Open Meeting today, Friday, at St Thomas More Church, Sutton Road at 7pm for existing, potential members and supporters. There will be a welcoming glass of wine to all attendees. Email

FILM: Seaford Community Cinema is showing Interstellar cert 12A, tonight, Friday, at 7.30pm The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane. Tickets £6, £5 and £3.50. Advance Tickets are available at Seaford Tourist Information Centre, Church Street or

FUN DAY: Family Fun Day and Fun Dog Show, Martello Fields tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4pm. There will also be stalls, displays, funfair, classic cars, food and drink.

BOOT FAIR: There will be a Boot, Craft and Produce Fair at Martello Fields on Sunday. Stall holders 7.30am pitch fee £8. Buyers 9am to 1pm, free entry and parking. Organised by the Rotary Club.

OPEN GARDEN: There is an Open Garden at 13 Bowden Rise on Sunday from 11am to 4pm. There will be tea, cakes, tombola and raffle. Entry £2 all proceeds to St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

WEDDING FAIR: A Wedding Fair will be held at Seaford Head Golf Club, Southdown Road on Sunday when there will be a range of exhibits and suppliers.

AGM: Seaford Seniors Forum AGM is on Tuesday at The Baptist Church, Belgrave Road starting at 2pm. For details ring 01323 893801.

WI: Seaford Sweethearts WI are holding their monthly meeting on Tuesday at Claremont Hall at 8pm. New members welcome.

HALF TERM EVENT: Children’s half term event at Seaford Museum and Heritage Society, Martello Tower from 10am to noon on Wednesday. Adults £2, children and members £1. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tel: 01323 898222.

TOWN COUNCIL: The planning and highways committee are meeting on Thursday, 7pm at Seaford Town Council, 37 Church Street.

CONCERTS: Lunchtime concerts at St Leonards Church, Church Street. Saturday May 30 at 1pm, Practicall Musicke has been together for 20 years in various guises but always with the same two core members. They will be playing 17th and 18th century music on instruments of that period. If you can’t make this date there will be another concert on Saturday June 6 at 1pm. This time it will be Chris Christodoulou playing the Greek Instrument Bouzouki and will be accompanied by Malgorzata Czapor on the piano. These concerts last about an hour, although they are free there is a retiring collection.

SEAFORD CON CLUB: Please support Curry Night at Julies Kitchen at the Club tonight, Friday. Food being served from 5.30pm to 8pm. Entertainment tomorrow, Saturday, is Nick Truscott. Come along for a good night.

HEARING BUS: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile information and advice service for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be visiting Broad Street, Seaford from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday June 18.

The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss.

For further information please contact: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:


CLAIRVOYANT EVENING: Clairvoyant Evening with Marlene Woolgar, 7.30pm Saturday May 30 at the Civic Centre. An evening of insight with acclaimed clairvoyant Marlene Woolgar. Her depth of mediumship allows her to bring forward the unique and individual character of the spirit communicator during most links. All proceeds from this event will go to Blind Veterans UK. Contact: 01273 391455.

BINGO: Eight games played for £4 plus an additional Snowball and Flyer game. Free refreshments at half-time break. Proceeds to the Mayor of Telscombes’ charity fund. Friday May 29, 6.45pm for 7pm start at the Civic Centre. Contact: 01273 589777.

TELSCOMBE CLIFFS WI: Centenary AGM. There will probably be a live screening of the AGM at the Royal Albert Hall, June 4, 2pm to 4pm at the Civic Centre. Contact: 01323 492281.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a Planning and Highways meeting at the Civic Centre on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

FOOTNOTES: At last, warm enough to sit in the garden and feel the warmth of the sun. The blossom is all out now and looking very pretty. The smell of cut grass and the gentle burr of lawnmowers fills the air. The fields around us are full of ripening crops, adding their own patchwork colours to the scenery. Spring is in full flood and summer is beckoning in the distance. Even Jack has been sunning himself on the lawn, rolling on his back to let the warmth play on his belly, whilst I in Panama and shorts recline beside him. Absolute bliss. Enjoy your weekend and week.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

CHALK FARM HOTEL: I often visit the garden centre behind Chalk Farm Hotel as Graeme and Sue, who run it, are so helpful in advising me which plants to buy. Last Friday I also went into the hotel itself to find out what events are forthcoming. I was too late to mention the coffee morning on May 20 but there will be another one on June 18, when the students with learning disabilities will be helping out. Please make a note of this in your diary and also Chalk Farm’s Summer Fayre which is from 11am to 3pm on July 12.

Chalk Farm Hotel is an ideal venue for wedding receptions and is also licensed to hold civic weddings. On May 15 the old barn was beautifully decorated for a wedding luncheon for 45 people, which was to be held there on the following day. The colour scheme for the chairs and table arrangements were purple and white and there were sparkling lights in the ceiling. It looked like fairyland. The wedding party would also be able to socialise in the fully licenced Orwell lounge bar, the inglenook and the Orwell room, and there was to be an evening finger buffet.

A marquee can also be provided when required and there are some lovely bedrooms available for the bride and groom or guests who wish to stay the night. In fact nothing is overlooked.

For further information visit or email or ring 01323 503800.

MUSIC: Owen Donovan will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Tom Fitzpatrick will also be performing there between 1pm and 3pm on Sunday.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Marcella will be providing live entertainment at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at the Wheatsheaf. On Bank Holiday Monday the Wheatsheaf opens at 11.30am and there will be a gourmet barbecue.

WINDMILL: Polegate/Willingdon Windmill will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday and also from 2pm to 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday. Visitors can have a guided tour of the four floors to the mill, and for those less mobile the museum on the ground floor is also very interesting. Light refreshments will be available.

OPEN GARDENS: The Open Gardens season in support of the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital is just about to start. On Tuesday you can visit the lovely gardens at Folkington Manor from 10.30am to 12.30pm or from 2pm to 4pm. From the A27 towards Lewes turn third left into Folkington and follow the open garden signs. Also, make a note in your diary for Gilly Keef’s open garden for the Friends which will be held at Flint House, Church Street Willingdon on Wednesday June 24.

BUTTS BROW WI: The group will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall to discuss the Resolutions.

MEETING: Wannock Artists will be holding their next monthly meeting at 7pm on Friday May 29 at Wannock Village Hall. The demonstration by Josie Tipler will be of a local scene in chalk pastels. New members can join at £16 per annum and visitors are also welcome at £4 on the night which includes refreshments. Contact details are .

SUMMER CONCERT: The Glen Chorale will be presenting their summer concert at 2.30pm on Monday June 1 at Wannock Village Hall. The concert will then be repeated at the same time and venue on Monday May 8. The programme is called Ages and Seasons and follows a theme from childhood, maturity and into old age. Songs include all in the April evening, Vilia, my love is like a red red rose, locus iste and the mermaid. The musical director is Ansy Boothroyd who studied at the Royal College of Music and teaches at Eastbourne College and Christ’s Hospital Horam. Tickets are £6 each to include refreshments. For further information please ring 01323 482623.

CHURCH CONCERT: St Mary’s Church will be hosting a concert from 7.30pm on Monday June 1 with talented performers in the church family, both young and old. Directed by Michael Stumbles there will be various musical styles with solos and ensembles, singers and instrumentalists. Admission is free. There is a retiring collection for the music fund, supporting Children with Cancer.

ART EXHIBITION: Teresa Currie’s new art group was started in January 2014 at St Mary’s Church Hall in Decoy Drive Hampden Park. The group meet there on a Wednesday from 12.30pm to 2.30pm and cover a wide range of mediums and subject matter.

They will be having their first exhibition from 10am to 5pm on Saturday June 6 in the same venue. On display and for sale at affordable prices will be original artworks, prints, limited edition prints, photography, painting on wood, painted furniture, crafts, wire and cane sculpture and artists’ cards. Refreshments are available all day and there is ample parking to the front of the hall in the car park and there is also disabled access. For details and samples of the students’ work visit .

JEVINGTON & FILCHING WI: The group will be celebrating their centenary this year and to celebrate it they will be having a mixed stall of all sorts of WI items at Jevington Church Fete on June 13, and in addition they will be putting floral decorations in St Andrew’s Church Jevington. The fete will be held from 1pm to 5pm.

CONGRATULATIONS: Once more to Jennie and her team for providing a delicious meal at Trinity Church Hall on May 15. There was also a raffle with the proceeds going to Christian Aid. The next monthly lunch will be at noon on Friday June 19. For more information or if you would like to book, please ring Jennie on 01323 484189.