Parish pump Lewes - June 8, 2012

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THE JUBILLEE WEEKEND was a great success, in spite of the weather. The Big Lunch was a Big occasion even though it had to be spread between the two halls but a few brave souls picnicked on the Tye when the skies cleared and there were many more private parties gathering in homes to avoid the rain. The High Street was bedecked in patriotic splendour and there was a carnival atmosphere throughout the village.

HORTICULTURE: The Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society’s Early Summer Show will be at the War memorial Hall on June 9 from 1pm to 5pm. With the recent period of rain being followed by the very warm spell there should be some interesting displays this year.

THE 300 CLUB is due to meet at The Smugglers Inn on June 12th for two more lucky winners to become £50 richer.

FOLLERS MANOR garden will once again be open to the public on June 24 with the proceeds this year going to Heartstart. Heartstart are also asking for volunteers to be trained by the South East Coast Ambulance Service to join the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Heartstart team. For details telephone Colin Burden at 01323 871306.

LITLINGTON Kindergarten Summer Fete will be held on June 30 from 2 to 5pm in the Litlington Village Hall and Garden. There will be a bouncy castle, refreshments, raffle plants and produce and games.

THE OLD CHAPEL CENTRE Drop-in coffee mornings have closed for the summer but report on having great support during the winter months. More volunteers are called for and more information about this will be available nearer the beginning of the next season.


FOOTBALL: Barcombe Football Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held at 8pm on Tuesday June 12 at the Royal Oak, High Street, Barcombe. All interested persons are invited, particularly prospective new players and supporters. For further enquiries please call Tim Parsons on 01273 400601.

BOWLS NEWS: Wednesday, 23rd May away to Deanland. Jas Osmond 7, A. Thoughrogood 28: David Newman 15, D. Gambrell 21: John Osmond 23, G. Dunstall 9. Deanland won 58 to 45. Wednesday, 30th May home to Crowborough Wolfe. Jean Uridge 10, S. Clark 19: David Newman 15, P. Hounslow 28: Henry Bunney 21 I. Atkinson 21: Jas Osmond 13, D. Boobier 16. Wolfe won 84 to 55. On Saturday June 2 the club held the Wednesday Competition played over eight ends per round. Winners from the first round went on to a final thru’ knockouts and the losers played the other way. The winners section saw Jas Osmond beat Derek Stewart and John Blackmore overcame Fred Baldwin. Trophies were presented by Miss Muriel Pyne, the club president.


CRICKET: Chailey are away to Cuckfield in a league game tomorrow, Saturday, and home to East Dean and Friston on Sunday. Both games start at 2pm and supporters are most welcome.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825 722586. While at the church do view the new notice boards which have been made by Norman Stevens, who has a long connection with the church having been a choirboy. His workmanship is beautiful, and well worth seeing, it depicts fishermen in a fishing boat, with nets and fish. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Derek Heyman and at 6.15pm with David Muzzell. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the services.

MEN’S BREAKFAST is at the Free Church on Saturday June 23 at 8.30am for 9am. Richard Morgan will continue his fascinating account of his bike ride around England. The breakfast is free, though donations are always welcome, and a placed can be booked by calling 01444 471600.

VILLAGE INFORMATION Point session is on Tuesday from 10am until midday at The Coffee Stop, which is held at the Free Church.

PARISH COUNCIL The Planning and Environs Committee meet at the Reading Room, on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

ASTON MARTIN Owners Club Area 16 (which covers East and West Sussex) monthly meeting is at the Five Bells on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

CANNONBALL RUN the South Downs TR Group the Group’s most famous run of the year takes place on Tuesday. It is hosted by Paul and Jenny Cannon and is sure to contain twists, turns and surprises. Meet at the Five Bells at 7pm with deckchair, rug or lilo (swimsuit, bucket and spade are optional) to enable departure by 7.30pm at the absolute latest. There will be the opportunity to eat at the destination. Just turn up if you wish to join in the run but an email first to advising you’re coming would be helpful to gauge numbers.

NORTH CHAILEY WALK is being planned by Burgess Hill U3A on Thursday. For more information call June Taylor on 01444 484598.

ANNUAL SUMMER LUNCH in aid of St Peter and St James’ Hospice is being organised by the Newick and Chailey Support Group at The Old Rectory, Newick, by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Welton, on Sunday June 24 at 12.30pm for 1pm until 4pm. Tickets cost £20 and pre booking is essential by calling Glenda Blackaller on 01825 722607.

MATERIAL PRICES have gone through the roof recently and the Design and Technology Department at Chailey School is really keen to cut costs by reducing the expenditure on materials. Many companies throw away their offcuts but Chailey School can help by reusing them. If you know a company or work for a company that has offcuts of veneer, pine, hardwood, sticky-back coloured vinyl or acrylic, please contact James Deacon at Arrangements can be made for collection.

COMMONS GRAZING: There is to be a gradual introduction of animals onto the Commons and as part of this project Sussex Wildlife Trust will be bringing six British white cattle to graze at Lane End Common this month.

HIGHWAY STEWARDS patrol their area to find any problems with the roads and help solve any issues local people have with the highways and our Steward is Rob Stevens. Not only will he report any potholes or other problems with the road, but he keeps an eye on the condition of our roads and liaises with the Highway authority in the hope that any issues can be dealt with before they become defects in the road. If you are aware of any problems or potential ones do contact Rob on 07748 768375.


D DAY: It wasn’t only the Queen’s jubilee that we were marking last weekend but the anniversary of the D Day landings. I was talking to John Glover who, I discovered, took part in the action himself. John is a regular member of our congregation here in Falmer. He was just 16 at the time of the landings. As he said, the army was accepting anyone who had a pulse at that stage of the war. John was a member of the Parachute Regiment and their objective was to capture and disable a gun battery that was a threat to the Allied troops. Due to poor navigation and bad weather a large number of troops were dropped far from the gun battery and so only 150 men were able to make the attack. They were successful and disabled the artillery but only 60 men came through unscathed. Happily, John was one of them and we all owe him and his comrades a huge debt of gratitude for their bravery.

FAT BOY: Last weekend also saw the two Fat Boy Slim concerts at the Amex stadium. These were not as loud as we had feared they might be. In fact on Saturday we could hardly hear anything. I had to take a carload of stuff over to the other side of the village and both sets of stewards were very cheerful and helpful. My man on the inside (my son) tells me that there was a good atmosphere and everyone was enjoying themselves. His only complaints were that there were huge queues for the bar and they also had to queue 15 minutes for the loos, which surprised me. I am not sure how many concert goers there were but it sounds as though they need to increase the number of loos before they increase the number of seats.

VISIT: We were so happy to welcome Anthony Cane back to Falmer for the day last Sunday. Now Chancellor at Chichester Cathedral, he came to join us at St Laurence and preach on Trinity Sunday. As always his sermon was thought provoking, interesting and entertaining. We say goodbye to Andrew Robinson this Sunday as he is retiring. I hope we will see him again on visits but he will be conducting his last service as our priest-in-charge.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: We have our big weekend here in Falmer this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday 9th and 10th. We will be having our annual flower festival with the church full to the brim with flowers and teas, cakes, stalls and games in the village hall and on the green. Things kick off at 10am on Saturday and 12.30 on Sunday.

CONCERT: We also have a concert on the Saturday afternoon with Sophia Bartlette playing violin and Erika Schilsky playing piano. This will be a great concert. Both Erika and Sophia have played for us before at St Laurence and both are consummate musicians. The start time is 5:30 and entrance is free with a retiring collection.


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday May 15, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Meic Goodyear and Mickie Lodge; 2, Roy Skan and Pat Elliott; 3, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett. May 22: 1, Mike Keeping and Ann Wykeham; 2, Peter and Irene Gannon; 3, Peter Cattermole and Martin Hall. Thursday May 17: 1, Nancy Wiginton and Mickie Lodge; 2, Pauline Brown and Suzanne Malley; 3, Nigel Osmer and Peter Gannon. May 24: 1, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan; 2, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole; 3, Mavis Druce and Francine Talbot-Limbrey. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

JUBILEE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at the Royal British Legion Club, Morris Road (Cliffe). If fine weather outside. Large cake stall, tombola, preserves and more. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

LEWES HISTORY GROUP: Our next meeting will be at 7.30 p.m. on Monday 11 June at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. The speaker will be John Davey, on ‘The Old Inns of Lewes’. Lewes is still quite well supplied with public houses, but there were once far more of these foci of civic life than there are today. In many cases the old inn buildings survive, converted to other uses, though some have disappeared altogether. John Davey is the son of Leslie Davey, whose books on Lewes history included ‘The Inns of Lewes, Past & Present’, published by the Friends of Lewes in 1977. As usual all will be welcome, and we will be serving coffee and biscuits before the meeting.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Last Saturday we had our annual breakfast walk, this time at Chailey Common. We were hoping to see the arrival of the special white cattle being brought in to control the growth on the ground of the Common as reported in last week’s Sussex Express, but instead , we had the most beautiful walk in the early morning. At 7.30am, 17 of us set off from Red House Common car park at North Common, Chailey. It was a mild overcast morning. After briefly heading eastwards we walked northwards across The Common with spectacular views ahead of us. Descending downhill we soon reached the north edge of the heathland and crossing a stream we moved onto pastoral farming land. Still heading northwards we passed Great Noven Farm and fields where cattle were grazing. Eventually we came to the Sussex Border Path.The route was well signposted with finger posts at every junction. We then headed westwards along the Path as far as Hammond’s Farm before turning to climb up to and through Great Wood. All along the route it was very peaceful and quiet except for birdsong. The only dwellings we passed were charming farmhouses. Heading eastwards with views of Chailey Windmill on the ridge we eventually reached Vale Farm where we followed a farm access road. This led us back to North Common again and our starting point. Having completed the walk we all then went to May Cottage Tea Rooms for an enjoyable breakfast. The walk was led by Jill and Graham. Next walk Wednesday 13th June A day’s outing in West Sussex. Amberley. Meet at Lewes railway station to catch the 09.18 train to Gatwick

Meeching Valley

Meeching WI had a resolutions meeting at which the vote for “Employment of more Midwives” was carried unanimously, this will go forward to the ACM and, if passed, on to Parliament. The talk on June 21 will be from Mrs Meg Heyworth, on Walking the South Downs Way. At the June meeting we are hoping that many members will turn up wearing Red White and Blue to celebrate Jubilee Year and for those Republicans among us how about just celebrating being British. There will also be a competition for the best decorated Jubilee hat. So plenty of time to get those ideas going. July 25 Ladies Day, we are hoping to go to Jempsons Bakery for lunch and visit the Stone Cross Mill for cream tea and tour. Book Club meets on the second Thursday of the month and is currently reading The Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander MacAll Smith. New members/visitors are always welcome. If you have any queries please ring 01273 515439.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Village Hall, Ditchling 10.35am to 10.55am; Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 11.15am to 11.45am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.45pm; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.50pm to 1.20pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2.25pm to 2.50pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 3pm to 3.40pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.50pm to 4.20pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.15am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.45am to 11.15am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.45am to 12.05pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 12.15pm to 12.40pm; South Rough, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm; Oldaker, Newick 2.25pm to 2.55pm.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

DENTON CHALLENGE. Denton PCC has combined with the local community to stage a unique event tomorrow (Saturday) from 1-5pm. Expanding on the usual church fayre in aid of St Leonard’s Church, Denton, they have set up the Denton Community Challenge. This will be run under the banner the Jubi-lympics which will take place on Denton Field, opposite the garage in Avis Road on the road from Denton Corner to Paradise Park. It is a real family event and all monies raised will go to charity – the beautiful flint church of St Leonards dating back to 1288 and the James Daniels Memorial Fund. The Trustees of this fund distribute money to local schools and sports clubs who are invited to apply for funds to aid sporting activities for local children. Newhaven Youth Marching Band will open the proceedings and Chris Baker, the lead singer from local band The Baker Boys will be the MC for the day. Arena events include dog agility, Zumba, the Norcross Dancers and Olympic events such as the sponge javelin. Local community groups are running various side shows and there will be model steam train rides, a tug of war, cake stalls and raffles. Refreshments will include baked potatoes with various fillings and the afternoon will end with a community barbecue. The winners will receive Gold, Silver and Bronze rosettes on the specially-made Jubi-Lympics podium and there is the opportunity for them to be photographed on the podium and buy the prints on the day.

NEWHAVEN FORT. There is a living history weekend tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday at Newhaven Fort. You can meet living historians and find out what military life was like in different eras from Napoleonic times to WWII. Enjoy guided tours and get hands-on with some of the artefacts usually kept behind glass. Usual admission prices apply.

SPOKEN MEMOIRS. Go along to the Hillcrest Centre, Hillcrest Road, Newhaven on Monday June 11 between 6.30-8pm to share your stories and memories with the team behind the community play The Port, The Beast and The Traveller which will be performed at Newhaven Fort in September. These interviews are for oral history. Free oral history training relating to this project takes place on the following dates at the Hillcrest Centre, Wednesday June 13 7.30-9pm, Friday June 15 10am-4pm, Tuesday June 26 10am-4pm, Saturday July 7 10am-12 noon. On the first and last session Islida Almeida-Harvey from East Sussex Records Office will be in attendance. For further information or to book a place email or telephone 07759287768

FREE COURSE on Managing Stress and Anger on Mondays at Summerhayes Well Being Centre, Marshall Lane (behind Arrow Tyres) noon-2pm on the following dates June 25, and July 2 and 9. Spaces limited. To book, tel 01273 612360 or email

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: Meg Heyworth will give a talk to members on Monday June 11 about Bird Watching at South Heighton village hall at 7pm. Visitors are welcome.

GUEST HOUSE STORYTELLERS. Michael Harvey is the storyteller on Tuesday June 12, telling Stories from the Black Mountain, his collection of Breton fairy tales about beauties, beasts, strange companions, bizarre marriages and ruthless atonement. Tickets are £6 in advance or £7 on the door. Tickets from The Hillcrest Café or from Ronda Armitage,tel 01825 873472.

SPONSORED WALK. Carl Edwards from St Michael’s Church is walking from Newhaven to Eastbourne and back on Saturday June 16 to raise money for Christian Aid. He is leaving early and hopes to be back in Newhaven about 7pm. To sponsor him telephone Margaret on 01273 515709.


CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, is our half term Messy Church event from 10.30am to 1pm. Lots of craft activities followed by a short act of worship and a free lunch. All welcome but children need to be accompanied by an adult. Worship at 10.30am on Sunday will be led by Rev Michael Davies and will include Holy Communion. For the more energetic there will be a church walk at 12.30pm.


THE BOWLS CLUB will be playing away at the Isle of Thorns tomorrow, Saturday, and will play Buxted Park at home on Sunday. They also have the following mid week games Tuesday Mid-Sussex Lindfield at home, plus a game against John Spriggs Crawley Town away. Games commence at 6pm.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are away to Hailsham, the second XI are playing Buxted Park at home, the third XI have an away game against Crowhurst Park III and the fourth XI are at Temple Grove against Hailsham IV. All these matches will commence at 1.30pm. On Sunday Newick are playing at home against Sussex Martlets at 2pm. The junior under 11 year old have an evening games away against Lindfield, this will commence at 6pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St. Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am, and at 10.30am Morning Service with Holy Communion.

AFTERNOON CLUB: On Thursday the Afternoon Club will be meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Tony Turk and his subject The Hisotry of The Newick and Chailey Railway Station. If you require further information please telephone 01825 722154 or 722650.


BEACON LIGHTING: It was a delight to see so many residents supporting this event at The Dell last Monday. There was a little bit of trouble getting the beacon to light much to the good hearted amusement of the crowd. However seeing the TV news later showing other towns lighting theirs I was struck by the fact that they used a gas flared basket whereas Peacehaven used a traditional basket packed with tinder and wood. Ours was a true replica of past historic events.

FLOWER CLUB: On Wednesday June 13 the Rottingdean Flower Club are in the Whiteway Centre at 2.30pm when Carolynne Meer will demonstrate five arrangements around a theme of recycling. The event is open to visitors at a cost of £4.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow June 9 has been organised by the Peacehaven Conservative Party from 8.30am until 12 noon in the Main Hall, Community House. Next week the market is being arranged by the Seahaven Lioness Club. To reserve a table telephone them on 01273 513016.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today Friday the Meridian Evening WI are in the Community House between 8.30am and midday serving teas, coffees and cakes from the refreshment kiosk. There are two coffee mornings next week on Thursday Joan Goldrich will hold another of her coffee mornings in aid of the Peacehaven War Memorial fund and INAA the local advice group will be behind the counter on Friday June 15.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the policy and finance committee on Tuesday June 12 in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. Residents are welcome to attend and ask questions during the first 15 minutes.

BOOT SALE: The Telscombe PTA is holding a boot sale at The Dell, South Coast Road on Sunday June 10. Sellers will be admitted from 8am and buyers please note that access will be from 9am until 1pm. Free car parking on The Dell until shortly after 1pm when the gates will be locked and access will only be by foot.

COUNCILLOR’S SURGERY: Councillors will be available in the Meridian Centre on Saturday June 9 from 10am to 11am for residents who wish to raise local issues but are unable to get to Council meetings.


THESPIAN NEWS: Plumpton Players will present their 2012 production of ‘Stopped Interrupting’, a two act comedy by Nick Broadhead, on Thursday August 30, Friday August 31 and Saturday September 1 at Plumpton at 8pm in the Village Hall. This production is a play within a play with most actors playing two different roles and is suitable for all ages.

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS: There was certainly plenty going on in the village to mark HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and thanks go to the organisers of the various events for their hard work. It was good to see a high turnout of both participants and onlookers for the procession and then the subsequent fete. We have not had many such events for some time now so perhaps we may see a return to the good old days particularly as there is now a desire to build a new sports pavilion and fundraising will be a prime objective.

TV SWITCHOVER: The first phase of the switch to digital TV has taken place and hopefully there have been no problems. If you are experiencing any difficulty or wish to make certain you are prepared for the next phase, SALC has organised a drop-in session for Tuesday in All Saints’ Church annexe between 10am and 2pm to tackle any concerns that people may have and ensure that their Tvs are ready for the phase. There is no admission charge and tea, coffee and cakes will also be provided free, Sounds like a good excuse to turn it into a social occasion, too.

CONGRATULATIONS: Henry Lintott recently celebrated his 80th birthday and I gather that matron let him out to celebrate with old friends who included Graham and Heather Reed and Dave and Mary Baker who had all travelled down from Ludlow for the occasion.

WALKIES: To enjoy a local walk tomorrow (Saturday) join the Footpath Society at Ashcombe (on The Ridge where the entrance to the racecourse turns off TQ376 146) at 2pm ready to set off on a three and a half mile hike taking in Novington Manor, the racecourse, The Ridge, Plumpton College and finishing at Ashcombe for tea. Ring 01273 890598 to find out more.

JUMBLE ALERT: Honeybees will be holding a sale next Saturday (June 16) in the village hall at 2pm. Apart from bargains galore there will be cakes, refreshments and tombola. If you have items to donate for the sale take them along on the morning or ring 01273 890761 if you need to arrange for them to be collected.

THIEVES AT WORK: Yet again garden equipment has been stolen from a shed in the village and this is the second time the thieves have struck at the same location. So lock up your possessions and if you are offered cheap goods do not buy but note the details and ring the police on 101 to report a suspicious activity. The police will also security mark equipment free of charge which can make it difficult for criminals to pass on stolen goods or make it easier to trace such items back to the owners.

PARISH COUNCIL: Plumpton Parish Council meets in the village hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm. The meeting is open to the public.

ACCOMMODATION NEED: Plumpton College Wine Department lecturer, visiting from China, needs accommodation to rent, in or near Plumpton Green, from August. The accommodation must be suitable for himself, his young child at a local primary school and his mother in law. If you do know of anything suitable, please contact Chris Foss, Head of Wine Department, Plumpton College 01273 890454. Email


QUIZ NIGHT – Ringmer Stoolball Club are running their first fundraising quiz night of the season tonight, Friday, 8th in the Cricket Club bar commencing at 7.15pm. It only costs £1 per person to enter with teams of up to 4 people. There will be the usual food and raffle.

COFFEE MORNING – Do remember the Coffee Morning being held at ‘Sunrise’, Laughton Road by kind invitation of John and Jenny Payne tomorrow, Saturday, 9th from 10 a.m. - 12 noon. This is in aid of Lewes District Churches Homelink. If you require transport please ‘phone 812501.

BRIDGE CLUB – The result of the duplicate pairs played on 30th May was - 1. Alan Disney & Roy Skan, 2. Pam Brook & John Weston and 3= Frank Hibbert & George Montgomery and Valerie & Peter King. The Club next meets in the Symons Hall on Wednesday, 13th at 7.30 p.m.

FASHION SHOW - This is being held in the Village Hall on Saturday, June 16, doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and tickets cost £5. Why not go along and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with friends, watch a fashion show and then try on and possibly buy a selection of High Street clothes at reduced prices; the clothes and accessories are from M&S, Next, Debenhams, Principles, BHS, River Island, Dorothy Perkins, Oasis and a few designer names. All items are between 30 percent and 60 percent off, sometimes even 80 percent off, and start from around £5. It is surplus clothing and will be in season. You can buy on the night using debit cards or cash. The show is in aid of the Village Hall Extension Appeal and is being run in association with Travelling Trends. Tickets are available from Liz Owen on 01273-814220 or at Ringmer Wine Store on Springett Avenue. Seats are limited so buy your ticket early to guarantee a place.

CAR BOOT SALE - Do take note of this sale being hosted by Ringmer Community College on Saturday, June 23. The sale will take place on the school playing fields (entrance in Harrisons Lane). Cars will be £5 in advance, £8 on the day and set up can commence from 8.30am with buyers gaining entry from 9am. For further information please ‘phone Mr. J. White at the school on 01273-812220 ext. 223.

GREEN WASTE - Ringmer Parish Council has arranged with Mr Steve Usher, General Manager of KPS Composting to make a one-off trial collection. The date has been fixed from Saturday, July 7. The KPS lorry will park in Anchor Field (on the area where the old Youth Club building used to be) by courtesy of Lewes District Council, the Ringmer Football Club and the management of the Surgery. Further details will be shown on the Ringmert Parish Council website and in the Parish Pump.

RINGMER VOLUNTEERS - Last Thursday, May 31 this Group cleared the Barcombe car park end of Path 4,also the start of Paths 7b and 2b, the Wellingham Lane end. The Uckfield road ends of Paths 12 and 13 also received attention. Please ring Dave on 01273-813654 if you find a Ringmer footpath requiring attention. The Group needs litter pickers for many areas in Ringmer, equipment will be provided. Please seriously consider spending an occasional few minutes helping to clear the village and also to keep your own particular road tidy.

Rodmell & Southease

WITH SADNESS: It was with sadness I read in our parish magazine that Peter Foster had died and his funeral took place on May 18. Peter was a lovely man, very eloquent and with a great sense of humour. He enjoyed being in Rodmell’s famous pantomimes and was always able to get a laugh form his audience. Condolences to his family, I and many others feel it was a pleasure to know him.

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS: Details of our village celebrations will follow later.

BUS SERVICE: For those who want to go into Brighton but don’t want to take the car, take the 130 Bus. Community Transport (Brighton and Hove area) Ltd is a non-profit voluntary sector organisation. Bus 130 is their first venture in providing a timetabled local community bus service which has been serving Rodmell, Iford and Kingston since 2009. With effect from May 2012, the service is being extended to the Winterbourne area of Lewes, to provide a direct route to and from Brighton. Direct to Brighton via the A27 £2 single, £3 return, concessionary pass holders travel free. Mondays to Fridays. If you get on the bus at 9.30am in Rodmell you get to Brighton Railway Station at 10.16am. For details ring 01273 677559 email website It’s a lot cheaper than parking in Brighton.

FALMER: I do hope the poor residents of Falmer didn’t have too much of a hard time from noise, traffic etc from the events at the stadium over the weekend. Many people I know won’t now drive to Brighton when there’s anything on at the new stadium. They say it’s too much hassle with the traffic. I can’t say because I don’t drive into Brighton now, but skirt around it on the by-pass or go the back way via the villages.


PART NIGHT street lighting proposals. East Sussex County Council are proposing a part night lighting scheme in Peacehaven, Telscombe and East Saltdean. This will involve turning off some street lights totally after midnight, reducing the number of lights in some streets and dimming street lights on the main South Coast Road between midnight and 6am. East Sussex County Council are holding an event where you will be able to see detailed maps of your area at the Meridian Centre, Peacehaven on Saturday June 23 between 9am and midday. You will have the opportunity to tell ESCC your thoughts and talk about any concerns you might have. Plans of the proposals for Telscombe and East Saltdean are also on display until July 19 in the Telscombe Civic Centre between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. You will also find all the information and be able to comment online at between June 23 and July 9.

CONCERT: Diamond Jubilee Concert by Royal Pavilion Harpist, Andrew Ballantyne, Sunday at 6pm. A relaxing evening with the Royal Pavilion Harpist at St Nicholas Church, Saltdean Vale. Tickets cost adults £6, children £4 and are available on the door. Refreshments will be available. Proceeds for Church funds.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the planning and highways committee on Monday at 7.30pm in room 5 at the Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can ask questions during a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda for the meetings will be put on Council notice boards a few days before the meeting and will usually also be available on the Council’s website at

THE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION is holding a meeting at the Civic Centre on Monday at 7.30pm. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues, and you will have the opportunity to put forward your views and proposals for Telscombe.

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

NEW CLASS: A new circuit class will start on Tuesday June 19 from 6pm to 7pm at the Civic Centre. The class costs £4 per session; bring a buddy and receive your session free; book five sessions in advance and only pay for four. The class will entail the qualified trainer taking you through a total body workout. Each session will provide plenty of variety which they hope will bring some fun to the class. See their website for details