Newhaven Village News

lciston & Selmeston

QUILT EXHIBITION: The Laughton branch of the Ouse Valley Quilters present a Quilt Exhibition plus a hands on demonstration on Saturday June 6 from 10am to 4pm in Selmeston Church. Refreshments available, sandwiches, cakes, cream teas and homemade cakes to take away. Free entry. Donations towards the upkeep of Selmeston and Alciston churches gratefully accepted.


WI REPORT: From Wendy Day: At the May meeting members discussed this year’s resolution - Failing to care: Assessment of Need in Long term care. What seemed to be a fairly simple proposal turned out to be very complex, particularly in terms of funding. It was decided that the delegate would decide for or against the resolution after hearing the speakers at the NFWI Annual Meeting. The next Alfriston meeting will be on June 16 at 2pm at the OCC. The speaker will be Margaret Kimber who will be talking about the RNLI. All visitors are welcome - a small donation would be appreciated.

THE EARLY SUMMER SHOW: By members of the Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society will be on June 13 from 1pm to 5pm at the War Memorial Hall. Once again there will be an opportunity to become inspired to grow and show and to admire the products of those who have.

SUSSEX DAY: Sussex Day is June 14. There will be music and dancing in The Square at 11.15am followed by the main event on the Tye at noon where there will be lots of stalls, music, storytelling and songs and dance throughout the afternoon.


HORSE MANURE: 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.

THANK YOU: For all those lolly sticks and plant labels. They will go a long way to labelling plants for sale on the stall outside the Lych Gate by St Andrew’s Church. Please leave any spare plants or cuttings there, all your donations help the church.

BEES AND WASPS: Despite the dry weather, the late spring and early summer flush of flowers brings bees and wasps into the garden. Don’t be fooled by the bee-flies and hover-flies, however they have no sting. Their wonderful mimicry is aimed at hungry birds busy nesting, so go easy on trimming back that vegetation in case you have young residents.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

CAR BOOT SALE: If you have found yourself with unwanted goods following a spring clean why not bring them along to the Newhaven Twinning Association’s bumper Car Boot Sale tomorrow, Saturday, at Paradise Park. The event will run from 9am to 1pm and there are toilets and refreshments on site. Traders should arrive by 8.30am and the charge will be £6 for cars and £8 for vans.


SUPPORT GROUP: The next meeting of the Peacehaven Hard of Hearing Support Group will be held on Friday June 12, from 10.30am to noon in the Charles Neville Room of the Meridian Centre. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other hard of hearing people and to make new friends in a relaxed and welcoming environment and to learn from their personal experience of living with hearing loss. It’s also an ideal opportunity to learn some useful communication skills that will help to reduce the feeling of isolation. Free refreshments and raffle. All welcome so put a note in your diary. For more information please contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre on 01323 722505.


COFFEE MORNING: The coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, is hosted by Centre Fund Raising. All welcome in the lounge from 10 am to noon. Many stalls including bric-a-brac, books, preserves, raffle, hamper draw, bring and buy stall. On Saturday 6 June 6 the coffee morning will be hosted by Polegate Drama Group. All welcome.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, 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 via Telscombe. Or, Harbour Stroll, two to five 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. On Sunday, Tye the Corner, 9.5 miles hilly 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. On Wednesday, Not a Beatle in Sight, 10 miles with Linda S. Meet at Eastbourne Station for 9.09am train to Rye, walk starts at Rye Station 10am. Dry lunch Peasmarsh.

WILDLIFE: Wildlife Weekend on the Spa Valley Railway, May 28 to 31, children’s wildlife trail, craft activities and garden display. Standard fare apply with a small additional charge for some optional activities. telephone 01892 537715.

TABLE SALE: On Saturday June 6 in aid of Polegate Drama Group. Tables cost £5, if booked in advance or £6 on the day. Open from 9am to noon in the Henry Twine Hall, Polegate Community Centre. Contact Jim Dobell on 483082 to book a table.

STATIONERY ENGINES: These are on display on Sunday June 7, 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: Slide show and talk by Alan Hodges, Eastbourne Thro The Ages, is held 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.

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.

POLEGATE WINDMILL: Music Day on Sunday June 14 is organized by Gerry Page. He will entertain on the mill plat together with any local musicians who would like to take part on the day.

MID SUMMER FETE: On Saturday June 20, on Lower Willingdon Triangle. Open from 1pm to 6pm. Local traders, many stalls, food stall, local history quiz, kids’ fancy dress, dog shows, tombola, bouncy castle, hog roast, fire and rescue, face painting, brass band, bake off, plants, Polefitr, Zumba and Karate. In aid of two local charities, Children with Cancer Polegate and JPK Project.

Rodmell & Southease

EARTHQUAKE: I did not take kindly to being woken up by a tremendous bang at around 3am on Friday morning. I thought at first a cupboard had fallen off the wall or a water tank had blown up, so quickly got up to investigate. Not finding anything in the house I looked out onto the road in case there had been an accident. Having checked that Mike was OK I went back to bed thinking maybe I’d had a bad dream, only to hear on the 7am news that an earthquake had happened in Sandwich, Kent, and other areas had heard and felt the effects of it. A lot of people, including Mike, slept through it, but a lot more wondered what it was and were surprised when they heard the news.

GOOD NEWS: Readers who knew Don Norman, who lived for many years with his wife Maureen in Magnolia Cottage, Kingston will be pleased to know that Harvey, his beloved black Labrador dog, has found a loving home with the Smart family in Rodmell. Don will surely rest in peace now.

MEMORIES: I had a glimpse of nostalgia this week when I heard the song Venus sung, I believe, by Frankie Avelon. My first appearance at the Royal Albert Hall, London was to be the Goddess Venus standing on a revolving plinth in a beautiful pale green diaphanous gown whilst nubile young women and athletic young men danced around me to the music. This was long ago but it took years for me to get rid of the name of Venus given to me in jest. It is a good memory.

COW PARSLEY: The cow parsley is making our highways and byways look beautiful with its swathes of delicate white flowers.

BAGS OF GOODS: I do wish the young men and women lugging great bags of goods around the doors to sell, under the name Manor Farm, could sell their goods in other ways for their own sakes. We’ve had them around this area fairly frequently and people can only buy so many tea towels, kitchen items etc. they are always polite and tell you that they are re-habilitated young offenders but it frightens older people to have persistent sales at their door.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: I will write about the flower festival and art exhibition that happened on May 23 and 24 next week, as I am writing this for publication before the event.


COMMUNITY CINEMA: Seaford Community Cinema is showing The Theory of Everything cert. 12A at The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane tonight, Friday, 7.30pm. Tickets £6, £5 and £3.50 advanced tickets from Seaford Tourist Information.

CONCERT: There is a Lunchtime Concert at St Leonard’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, starting 1pm and will last approximately one hour. Performing are Practicall Musicke, this is an opportunity to explore the exciting and relatively unfamiliar repertoire from when the music of the Renaissance had evolved into that of the Baroque. Entry is free but there is a retiring collection.

QUIZ NIGHT: Seaford Constitutional Club, Crouch Lane is holding a quiz night tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 8pm for more information please ring 01323 890087.

THE BIG EVENT: At Downs Leisure Centre on Sunday from noon to 4pm. There will be a fun fair, arena displays, car boot and more. Stall Holders/car beet sellers email Stefanie Watts.

LECTURE: A dramatized version of the story by the popular Victorian novelist and short story writer Mrs Gaskell will be given at the next East Blatchington Lecture on Tuesday 2nd June at St. Peter’s Church, Belgrave Road at 2.30pm. Mrs Gaskell wrote Cranford and Wives and Daughters and also wrote for Charles Dickens Household Words and All the Year Round. She was also the first to write a biography of Charlotte Bronte The Life of Charlotte Bronte.

She was born Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, her novels gave a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society including the very poor. The lecture will be given by Past Mayor of Seaford Carolyn Lambert a lady of many talents who is also a professionally trained singer.

Tickets including refreshments at £7 available on the door and also from the Newbury Tully Estate Agents, Church Street.

NOTE FOR YOUR DIARY: The popular Concentus Choir is back in town on Saturday June 13 at St. Leonard’s Church. Tickets are available from Newberry TullyEstate Agents, Church Street 01323 643358


SUPPORT GROUP: The Breast Cancer Support Group meet on the first Wednesday of each month. 1pm to 3.30pm at Telscombe Civic Centre. Contact:

RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: Telscombe Residents Association meet on the first Thursday of each month at the Civic Centre, 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Contact: 01273 583123.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: First Saturday of each month 10am to 11am at the Civic Centre. No appointment is needed. Come along and see your local councillors.

MEETING: The Amenities and Civic Centre Committee meet at the Civic Centre on Monday at 7.30pm. The Policies and Resources Committee will meet at the Civic Centre on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

SUMMER FAYRE: Stalls are now being booked for the Telscombe and Peacehaven Summer Fayre at £10 each. E-mail or phone for a booking form or download from the documents section of the website. The date is Saturday, July 11 from 1pm to 4.30pm in Chatsworth Park, Telscombe Cliffs. Contact: 01273 589777.

FOOTNOTES: The plethora of plant sales and garden fetes, etc., have had Jack and myself busily travelling the local lanes and by-ways in search of seeds and plants for the garden. We are lucky to have a lovely lady gardener, and she tells us what she thinks we need, and Jack and myself return laden with plants and seedlings etc., I am always pleased with how cheaply I can get plants from these little garden sales. I pay much less than going to a nursery, and they are invariable accompanied with a potted history from the seller, together with advice about their upkeep. Jack is always made a fuss of and it makes for a lovely morning or afternoon out. Sometimes a cup of tea and a home-made cake is also available.

We merely have to watch everything blossom.

In case you think Jack and I are lazy so and so’s, the reason we have our lovely lady and the nice man who mows the lawns, is because my work as an actor and scriptwriter, takes up a good deal of my time still. I am also getting quite old now, with arthritis and difficulty in bending and carrying heavy loads, so as I have never managed to teach Jack to use a spade, he is old like me as well. We have to rely on others to help us. But, life is still fun and both of us enjoy it, despite the handfuls of pills, every day for him and me. Go safely and enjoy your week.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

CANON MARTIN ONIONS: Fr Kevin Agnew announced at the morning Eucharist service at St Mary’s Church Willingdon last Sunday that Fr Martin Onions had sadly died on the morning of Friday May 22. It was a great shock to everyone. Fr Martin was only in his early fifties. He had been the parish priest at St Mary’s for over 12 years up until June 2013 when he became Rector at the Holy Cross Church in Uckfield. But he had kept in touch with everyone, attending the pantomime staged by Willingdon Church Players in January, and the following month he was at the ordination service of Fr Michael Maine, who had been curate at St Mary’s before becoming vicar of Holy Trinity Church Cuckfield. Condolences were offered to Fr Martin’s widow Gill and the family.

REPORT: From Cllr John Pritchett: Following the recently held parish council elections, I would like to give my grateful thanks and those of my fellow Willingdon Residents’ Association councillors, to all the residents who supported us, not forgetting our newsletter deliverers. We have all been elected and we promise as always to do our very best for Willingdon and Jevington Parish and all its residents. We do hope that residents will come along to our parish council meetings so that they can see at first-hand how the council is run, and perhaps in the future think about standing. It would be particularly great to see some young people showing an interest.

COUNCIL MEETING: The full Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council meeting was held on May 18 when John Pritchett was unanimously elected to serve for another term as chairman of the council. Howard Coote was re-elected as vice-chair, Andy Watkins as chair of finance and policy, Fran Pritchett as chair of planning, Jim Gleeson chair of amenities, Martin Cooper chair of cemetery, Richard Nunney chair of recreation, Christina Lynn chair of events, John Pritchett chair of the office/toilet project, and Jo Carr as chair of personnel sub-committee.

The parish council is in the process of having a new website which should be up and running within the next month. All the other appointments and information should be easy to find.

CONGRATULATIONS: To John and Fran Pritchett who recently celebrated their Golden Wedding with family and friends.

MUSIC IN THE PARK: This will be taking place from noon to 4.30pm on Sunday June 7 at Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground and is an event not to be missed. Music will be provided by Lawrence Gillians, Con Brio, Howlin’ Blues and the Kingfisher Scout Band. There will be a large number of stalls, and food outlets. Plenty of fun activities are being provided for the children including fairground rides and a bouncy castle. The dog show and agility course will be starting at 1pm. Music in the Park is being sponsored by Peter Shoesmith, Tesco Express, Ross and Co, St Anne’s Vets, The Landscape Group, Willingdon Residents Association and Wilmoths. Admission is free and all monies raised from this event will be shared between Chalk Farm LDC and Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance.

MEETING: Wannock Artists will be holding their next monthly meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall. The demonstration by Josie Tipler and 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 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 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.

DIARY DATE: Do keep Saturday June 13 free as Jevington Village Fete is being held that day from 1pm to 5pm in the rectory fields next to St Andrews Church. It will be well sign posted and there will be free parking. Attractions include Punch and Judy, craft stalls, hog roast, plants, produce stalls, tombola, cream teas, a drinks tent with real ale, fun dog show, artisan bread, card stall, book stall, bric-a-brac, clairvoyant, coconut shy, Sussex cheeses, barrow of booze, and Matthews mouse town. There will be live music from the Hot Club of Jevington, Gypsy Jazz Quartet.

GRAND TOTAL £1,471: Wendy Quinn recently entered the Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings half marathons, as well as the Brighton marathon for the JPK Sussex Project which has been formed to provide a supported living centre for people with a learning disability based in Eastbourne.

Wendy gained sponsorship for all these events and raised £746. Sandra Fowlie, her running partner, entered the Eastbourne half marathon and Brighton marathon and raised a further £725 through sponsorship for the JPK. Jill Parker, Willingdon resident and chairman and project co-ordinator said ‘I am so grateful to Wendy and Sandra for undertaking these events to raise money for the JPK. Pounding the streets for hours in training and then undertaking the challenge itself cannot be considered one of the most pleasant pastimes, by my way of thinking.

MESSY CHURCH: The first Messy Church afternoon in St Mary’s Church Hall was a huge success. The next one will be held from 3pm to 5.30pm on Saturday June 6 and everyone is most welcome to come along and join in the craft activities, a bible story, songs and a meal together lasagne, salad and home-made cakes. There is no charge for Messy Church and there is no need to book in advance. Messy Church is held on the first Saturday of the month except August and December. To find out more please ring Fr Kevin Agnew or Kate Agnew on 01323 502079.