Parish Pump Lewes - May 4, 2012

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GARDEN CLUB: The plant sale is on Saturday, May 12, in the village hall, 9am to noon. There will be lots of annuals, some perennials and vegetables. There will be some boxes to take home your plants but it would be advisable to bring your own. It would be appreciated if pots and modules could be returned at a later date.

BOWLING CLUB: On Bank Holiday Monday starting at 6pm there will be a Club Night for all members and anybody who would like to come along to the green in the recreation ground to try their hand at bowling. We are a small friendly club needing more members, so please come along and join us in a pleasant evening of bowling, weather permitting. For details please contact Secretary Jas Osmond on 01273 400806.

FUN RUN: The annual Barcombe Fun Run/Walk takes place at 10.30am on Bank Holiday Monday. Entrants can run or walk the 10k or 6k family routes all off road, through the beautiful Barcombe countryside. There is also a mini run for under 7 year olds. The event is based on Barcombe Recreation Ground and participants should park in and around the village. Pre booked entry fees are £10, £5 and £15 for a family group of two adults and up to three children. Forms available from Barcombe Stores or from the Sussex Races website, or enter on the day. All profits will once again go to township projects around Ndola, Zambia, and this year, together with our partners, we hope to bring clean water to another community and support up to seven orphans through their education, as well as continuing to support orphan feeding projects and the HIV/Aids free football league. For further details please call Tim Parsons on 01273 400601,

WI: Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall, Resolutions Meeting.


THANKS to the parish council for arranging such an interesting annual meeting and to Meg Stroude, our county councillor, Sharon Davy, our district councillor, Crispin Kirkpatrick, the Commons Ranger and CPSO Stephen Knowles for attending. All their talks were most informative as was the question and answer session afterwards.

CRICKET sees Chailey at home (at the sports ground just off the A272) in a league game against Ardingly tomorrow, Saturday, and away to Rudgwick 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. Peter Martin and Teresa Wenban have been elected the new church wardens from April, following the resignation of Sarah Tillard and Chris Jones. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Tim Griffiths and at 6.15pm with John Goodway. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the services.

TRACTOR RUN: Vintage Tractor Road Run – a 30-mile round trip, in aid of charity – is on Sunday starting at 10.30am from the Five Bells. It is hoped that as many tractors as possible will take part, though road insurance is compulsory, and spectators will be most welcome.

INFORMATION POST: Village Information Point session is on Tuesday from 10am until midday at The Coffee Stop, Free Church.

STOOLBALL: Mixed stoolball team have a match against The Plums (a team whose home ground is at Plumpton College) at the sports ground, just off the A272, on Tuesday at 7pm. Spectators and prospective players most welcome. For more information call Kerry Lingard on 01825 722549.

BADGER WATCH at Wakehurst Place is the subject of two special Chailey Commons Society members’ evenings on Tuesday and Thursday. The cost is £10 for adults and £5 for children for the guided walk to see the badgers. Travel independently to meeting point at Wakehurst Place at a time to be advised. No cameras, mobiles or perfume but do bring torches. To book call 01825 722841.

RS OWNERS CLUB (East Sussex branch) meeting is on Wednesday at 7pm at the Five Bells. As with all meetings all Ford models, whether it is an RS2000, or an ST170, Fiesta/Focus ST are welcome. For more information call Ash Baldry on 07738538182.

CONCERT: Tickets are available for the Friends of St Peter’s Church Spring Concert featuring the Mid Sussex Choir, at the church, on Saturday May 12 at 7.30pm. To book tickets priced £10 (children under 16 free) call Fiona Pearl on 01825 723135 or email

JUMBLE SALE in aid of the Chailey Royal British Legion Women’s Section is at 11am on Saturday May 19 at the Free Church hall. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated at the hall on the Friday evening from 5pm or on the morning of the sale from 9am. Alternatively for collection ring Susannah on 01825 724335.

SMALL GRANTS SCHEME: The deadline for applications for small grants under the parish council’s small grants scheme is June 30 and requests received by the parish council office by this date will be considered at the meeting of full council on July 17. Grants are usually in the range of £100 to £500 and applications from groups and organisations are assessed on their merits and in 2011 17 organisations were supported. A grant application form can be obtained from Vera Grainger, the parish clerk, on 01825 740409 or downloaded from the community website

MORRIS DANCING is at The Horns Lodge today (Friday) at 8pm with Old Star Morris and Long Man Morris.


Offham & Hamsey

AFTER SUCH an awful week with so much rain and a thoroughly depressing weekend with rain, rain and more rain, it is a joy to sit writing this column on Monday morning with the sun streaming through the window and the sight of Blackcap not shrouded in rain mist at the moment. I felt so sorry for those who had their gardens open over the weekend to raise money for charity and hope that the British spirit prevailed in spite of the heavens opening up.

HAMSEY: A reminder that Sunday will be the first Evensong of the summer season at this much loved church. Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 6pm, which will be a Rogation Service, both at Hamsey Church. At St Peter’s there will be Sunday Club in the rectory at 10.15am as usual and Parish Communion at 10.30am followed by coffee in the church hall.

PARISH COUNCIL: Hamsey Parish Council meet on May 10 in the village hall at 7.30pm. It has been reported that last Thursday’s annual parish meeting was quite a lively one with discussions regarding the proposed expansion of the Offham travellers site which for many reasons did not gain support from the parish council or those residents who attended to give their views.

HAMSEY SCHOOL PTA continue to fund raise with great success. Back in January the quiz and curry night raised £500, as did the sale of coffee, tea and cakes at Seedy Saturday in February. There was a clothes swap in March and coffee and cakes sales are often on offer before and after school. With a staggering £1,000 raised in a short time the money is a tremendous help for the school. Last term the PTA covered the cost of coaches to take the children swimming and helped towards paying for the school pond to be re-made and made safe. The curry and quiz night would not have been such a success without some generous donations of food and raffle prizes. Donations of food from the Spice Merchant and Shanaz Restaurants in Lewes and some really nice raffle prizes with a family portrait photography voucher donated by David Hoad; Anna Archer, a massage therapy session at her clinic in Barcombe; the Blacksmiths Arms and Chalk Pit Inn donated free meals: Brighton and Hove Albion, tickets to a game; with local plumber Gary Kaye donating a lovely Cognac; and local artist Tom Walker who donated pictures. Steve Baldwin from Cooksbridge also donated vegetables from his allotment which helped to make the vegetable curry. The mums and dads of the PTA gave up a lot of time to prepare, cook and serve the food and drinks and clear up afterwards. Last but not least the quiz master, James McCauley. Following the generous donation from the PTA and time given by parent volunteers the school pond has now been reinstated complete with a fence, gate and pond dipping platform and the pond can now be used in Forest School times, as well as in more traditional lessons. The pond is already home to some tadpoles and it is hoped that before long it will become a habitat for a range of pond life. Thanks to the hard work of the PTA, parents, donors etc the very popular Hamsey CP School have an exciting summer ahead of them.

VILLAGE HALL: Jenni Toomey, clerk to Hamsey Parish Council, who also manages all the bookings of the village hall, gives an insight into who actually uses the hall and lists some of the classes that take place there which you might like to join. Monday mornings Yoga with Robin Tassie. For details ring 07847 821923 or email Monday evenings dance classes. Details from Tuesday mornings, 10am to noon, Bumps and Babies Group. The group have recently opened up to toddlers because of the fantastic facilities at the hall. There is soft flooring and toys for babies. This is part of the support network that NCT offers to parents in the local area. Although there is no charge, NCT suggest that those who go along donate £1.50 to the NCT. Tuesday evenings, Sussex Police Choir. Contact New members welcome. Wednesday evenings, Yoga with Fiona Condie, email Thursday mornings, Yoga with Dot Bowen The hall is available to hire for parties and celebrations. For details call 07762 118985 or look at the details on

STATION: Do you live close to Cooksbridge Station? If so Parish Cllr Ian Ginn asks if you have noticed all the work undertaken by the Station Partnership Group of local volunteers, including three new planters on each platform, sponsored by local firms Covers and Hartley Quinn Wilson. These planters will need regular watering over the summer months. If you feel that you can help from time to time, please contact Ian on 01273 483896. Hartley Quinn Wilson are sorting two watering cans in their office for use and there is an outside tap in their car park.

TAKEN OVER: For several years the blackbirds have built their nest in the climbing honeysuckle on the wall outside my kitchen window, but this year it has been taken over by a pair of pigeons. It is so close to the window that I have a good view of the comings and goings and watched one day as a magpie decided to enter the domain, but was quickly dispensed with. For the past week in spite of the driving rain and wind the hen is sitting fast and watches me carefully when I move the blind in the morning and evening. I am used to seeing fledgling blackbirds drop from the nest which are tiny, but pigeons are a different matter and I have not got the heart to shoo her away. It reminds me of the time when I saw a mouse pop out from behind the altar in Streat Church where I used to sing in the choir. I told the lady next to me that next time I went to clean the brass I would take a trap with me. Her answer was, ‘you can’t do that as the little mouse has the right to be here just as much was we do’. Hence my reluctance to interfere with the pigeon, although I know that a lot of people class them as pests.


FALMER POND is blessed with the visits of emigrating geese and we are always delighted to see them, but the geese we saw on the Isle of Amrum in the north of Germany from where we have just returned, were in plentiful number. On the way to catch the ferry at Dagebull. I was amazed at the hundreds of geese flying in the sky and landing on the wet lands we were crossing. We had been invited there to Amrum for a wedding of the grandson of the family we have known for 52 years. The wedding was very different and planned together by the bridal couple; only the church service was traditional. We were blessed with blue sky and sunshine all day. We were all taken to the reception venue in a vintage double-decker red bus. The wedding photos were taken on the beach among the sand dunes and at the given signal we all released pink and blue air balloons into the air, each one carrying a message. I wonder if ours will reach the UK? It was a lovely occasion and we were very happy to be part of the celebration.

EVENT: We have just heard on the grapevine that there will be another football event in the Amex Stadium shortly, this is one that is not on the fixture list, but it would certainly help organisers of different clubs in the village to know when events at the stadium will take place and if they clash with village dates. I have looked on the website but can only see the Fat Boy Slim event. It is very frustrating and, to my knowledge, three dates of events in the village have already had to have been altered. It does not help us to come to terms with the stadium being here.


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday April 17 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Richard Burnett and Meic Goodyear; 2, Nancy Wiginton and Clare Nankivell; 3, Pauline Brown and John Western. April 24: 1, Meic Goodyear and Robin Parris; 2, Nancy Wiginton and Clare Nankivell, Peter and Irene Gannon. Thursday April 19: 1, Nigel Osmer and Peter Gannon; 2, Adela Thomas and Susan Louis; 3, Ron and Margaret Buddery. April 26: 1, George Hearn and Ann Wykeham; 2, Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell; 3, Francine Talbot-Limbrey and Mavis Druce, Alan Disney and Adela Thomas. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: We recently enjoyed the first of our three annual coach trips which enable us to explore and walk in new areas. Twenty members took part in a coach trip to East Hampshire where they had a walk in the rolling Downs of that area. Starting at the Queen Elizabeth Country Park the walkers climbed Butser Hill and then took a route through some ancient byways. Some members opted for a longer walk on part of the South Downs Way and the former Meon valley railway line to West Meon while others went up Park Hill to look down at East Meon where their walk finished. They then had time to explore this beautiful village where a number of gardens were open and cream teas available in the village hall. While a cold wind blew for most of the day the visibility and views were excellent and the party enjoyed going to a part of the South Downs which, was new to many.

The next walk is on Bank holiday Monday at Isfield. Meet at Lewes bus station Waitrose stop to catch the 9.41am Bus 29 to Isfield. New walkers very welcome. There will be an illustrated talk on The Lost Villages of Sussex on May 16 in Cliffe Church Hall, 7.30pm. All welcome.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall 12.15pm to 12.45pm; Chalvington post-box 1.55pm to 2.15pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2.20pm to 2.45pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm.


Denton &

South Heighton

Lions Club is holding a fund-raising weekend tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday at Paradise Park in aid of Young Carers and they will be launching their Seahaven’s Biggest Pumpkin Challenge which is sponsored by Paradise Park. The competition is open to youngsters up to 16 years and entry forms and pumpkin starter packs are available at Paradise Park for a small donation. Judging will take place on Saturday September 29 at 2pm. More informationon

VICTOR’S OPEN HOUSE: The popular Newhaven artist Victor Stuart-Graham is opening his house at 35 Meeching Road on the following weekends in May from 11am to 6pm, 5/6, 12/13, 19/20, 26/27. Victor’s assemblages and sculptures will be on show alongside fellow artists Jonathan Alden’s box art, mixed media, recycled, Carol Butler’s hand embroidery, Tina Balmer’s oil paintings, Wanda Sowry’s automata in natural woods and Helen Dessent’s papier mache animals. All the items on show are available to purchase.

FANCY DRESS KARAOKE at The Ark, West Quay, tomorrow (Saturday) from 8pm. The theme is fairies or pirates so get down there suitable dressed for a fun evening, admission free.

YACHT CLUB: Dieppe Dash tomorrow (Saturday) till Monday. Weekend sail to Dieppe organised by Sussex Yachts, Brighton. Free berthing in Dieppe, power and sail. For full details telephone Mike Edwards on 07968 073678.

MAYOR MAKING: Newhaven Town Council is holding its annual meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm in Meeching Hall. During the meeting Town Mayor, Councillor Steve Saunders, will hand over his chain of office to the new Mayor, Councillor Graham Amy. On behalf of the residents of Newhaven I express thanks to Cllr Saunders for all his hard work for the town during the past year.

GUEST HOUSE STORYTELLERS will meet at the Hillcrest Centre on Tuesday. The Hillcrest Café opens at 7pm and stories start at 7.30pm. The theme of the May meeting is Look Through the Window,What Do You See? Anyone can go along and tell a story. Admission £4 (concessions £3) on the door.

HAVEN HARMONIES Spring Bonanza. Meeching Hall, Friday May 11, 8pm to 10.30pm. Following last winter’s hit show the choir are back to entertain you. Licensed bar with wine, beer and soft drinks. Admission by advance booking only. Tickets £7 telephone 01273 567660/07967 438772.

THE BOWLING CLUB is holding an Open Day on Fort Road recreation ground from 10am to 4pm Saturday May 12. Adults and juniors (7 to 18 years) are all welcome to come and have a try. Bring flat shoes or trainers, light refreshments available. Telephone captain Doug Booth 01273 516530 for more information or click on to the website

THE SEA CADETS are staging their annual fund-raising Race Meeting at Newhaven Enterprise Centre, Denton Island on Saturday May 12. The first race is 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 which includes a fish and chip supper. There will be a licensed bar and a raffle. To purchase your tickets telephone Helen on 01273 615096 or email

QUIZ NIGHT: Newhaven Football Club and Amanda Wilkins are staging a fun quiz evening on Friday May 18 at the club on Fort Road recreation ground, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this month. 7pm for 7.30pm. Licensed bar, fun tombola where you win a prize every time. Teams of four £10 a team including nibbles on each table. If you have not got a team just come down and we will slot you in. Or just come down for a drink at the bar and a go on the tombola. Entries on the night or book in advance,pay on the night. Advance entries to


IN Aviemore Scotland last week we had an experience which, had it happened in the south, I wonder if we would have received the same response. We arrived in Fort William looking for the locks known as Neptune’s Falls. We arrived in a car park and asked a lady who said it was some way to go. She said if we could wait for 15 minutes she was getting some petrol she would be back. Sure enough she arrived, took us to the falls, and showed us the road back to Aviemore

WI: Lewes Neville WI meeting on April 18 was well attended. The speaker was Jayne Shrimpton on the techniques of dating family history photos and how portrait photography developed over the years. Forthcoming events are Lunch Club first Wednesday of the month, visit to Spring Barn Farm May 9, 11.30am and AGM Albert Hall May 30. The meeting May 16 at 8pm is the Resolutions Meeting.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Sports Relief. Thank you to everyone who gave so generously to this worthy cause. We have just banked the last amount bringing the total to £2,434.07. Friends of Wallands Spring Fair, Saturday May 26. We really need help to make sure this event can take place. If you can spare some time to help set up, during the event (2pm to 4pm), or clear up afterwards, it will help make this an enjoyable day for everyone and raise funds for the school. Please help if you can. Even 30 minutes would be appreciated. Please email our chair at or put a note in the Friends of Wallands (PTA) pigeon hole behind the office if you can help. Patina Pot Luck Supper 6.30pm to 10pm, Yr 6 families. Come and share supper with friends while raising money for the Patina Moving On Parade. Tickets for this event will be on sale from Tuesday in the junior playground at the end of the school day, adults £1, children 50p, or you can complete the tear off slip and put in an envelope with your money in the collection box on the front desk.

ST MARY’S Social Centre Cottage Pre-school are having a fund raising evening on May 12 at 7.30pm. It is in the main hall and the 60s band The Hustlers (who returned there last year for the first time since the 1960s) are playing again. There will be a bar and raffle. Tickets are £5 from Claire Lyons on 477986.

THE COTTAGE PRE-SCHOOL is now offering extended hours on Mondays and Wednesdays until 3pm. Karen can be contacted on 474979 for more information.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship at 10.30am on Sunday will be led by Robert Hinchliffe and at 6.30pm by Rev John Gordon. Next Friday is our Friendship Lunch between noon and 1.15pm. A warm welcome awaits you. On Wednesday April 25, 25 people, representing at least five different churches in the town, joined in a session of the Christ Church thinktank on Contemporary Society and Contemporary Religion. Professor David Hutchinson gave a carefully thought out and well presented talk on Who Pays For The Environment? Based on his wide experience in London and Japan. He provided a lot of interesting information and stimulated much worthwhile discussion.


ART EXHIBITION and sale. In the Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 3pm. Entrance £1 to include coffee/tea/squash (children free). This event is being organised by Lewes District Art Club and 40 percent of all the sales made will be given to the Village Hall Extension Fund. There will be paintings on show in a variety of styles and in a range of media and also cards and other art works also for sale.

BRIDGE CLUB: The results of the duplicate pairs played on Wednesday April 25 was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 4, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery. The next meeting of the club will be in the Symons Hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

PLANT SALE in the Vicarage garden on Saturday, May 12, from 10am to 4pm. Donations of plants will be appreciated on the day before the sale.

MORNING MARKET: Ringmer Flower Club are holding this event in the village hall on Saturday, May 12, from 10am to noon. There will be all the usual stalls as well as a tombola.

SILVER SURFERS: Again a reminder to those over 50 years who might be interested in this class which will be held at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form on Saturday, May 12. The class is free and for more information or to book a place do contact Ruth Whitlock, Learning Resource Centre Manager on 01273 812220 ext. 253.

MUSIC FESTIVAL: Ringmer Twinning Association Diamond Jubilee Music Festival. Visitors from Ringmer’s partner communities of Belgientier in France and Geschwenda in Germany will be arriving in Ringmer from May 16 for the signing of the official partnership agreement with Belgentier on Saturday, May 19 and to participate in the association’s Diamond Jubilee Music Festival on the Friday. Do come along to the village hall on Friday, May 18, for an evening of music by La Chorale de la Cle de Sol de Belgentier, Das Kinder and Jugendblasorchester Wolfis and the Ringmer Folk and Blues Club. Cheese and baguette buffet provided. Drinks from the licensed bar. For tickets please contact Barbara Longhurst on 813574. The German band will march from the village hall to the village fete on Saturday, May 19, at 2.20pm and play in the arena. They and the French singers will also perform from 6.30pm to 7.30pm followed by the folk and blues at the hog roast on the Green in the evening.

Rodmell & Southease

ON ST GEORGE’S DAY I was walking past Lewes Station, in the pouring rain, when I heard chanting. Looking around I could not see the source, until I reached the road down to the station car park where a group of lads, dressed like Knights of Saint George and all wet through, made their merry way to the Lansdown Arms pub where they no doubt ended up even more good humoured.

HAVING BEEN Titaniced out in the past weeks, we now have the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the Olympics for the next few months. Rodmell will celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee with a great hog roast on our village sports field on Sunday June 3. There will be lots of fun and activities. I and many of my friends have found that we can’t actually get excited about the Olympics but maybe it will excite us nearer the time.

THE CUSTOMS found lorries carrying lots of boxes of plastic carrier bags supposedly for charities recently. It turns out that it is a big business for people who are making a great deal of money out of pretending to be charitable. They collect and sort these clothes and re-sell them. The money in most cases does not go to the charities who are named on the bags. The safest thing to do with your unwanted clothes or items is to take them to the charity shops, or in the case of many, notify them as many now do pick-ups.

HOSPICES: May I stress to readers that hospices, those places that give people such devoted love and attention in their last days, are in dire straits and could do with more money. We have great ones in Sussex, let’s support them as much as possible.

A FRIEND OF MINE died recently in St Peter and St James Hospice, her name was Diane Winsome Pepper and I always found her to be a lovely, gentle and compassionate lady who had lived in Lewes for some time and was well liked and known to many in all walks of life. Her funeral was at St John the Baptist Church, Lewes on Friday April 27. It always surprises me when I go to funerals (and I seem to go to many these days) how much you learn about people you have known for years and never knew about them. Diane had been a great adventuress and had lived in many countries and had even learnt to fly at a young age. Her son and other friends and relations gave us many memories at the funeral and were very proud that Diane had been one of the first people to wear jeans and use a Biro. Diane was 78.

DIARY DATES: Southease village is holding its Summer Plant Sale on Monday, 12.30pm to 4.30pm. This is always worth going to. On Saturday May 12 Rodmell has its Seedling Sale/Swap in the village hall from 10.30am to noon. You can sell or swap spare plants and seedlings, and have coffee and cake as well. Saturday May 19, Jumble Sale in aid of village hall funds.

PARISH COUNCIL: The annual parish assembly, Rodmell Parish Council, took place in the village hall on Friday April 27 at 7.30pm. It was a good meeting which did not go on too long but was very informative. I was surprised to find that 50,000 cars a week use the C7 when many could just as well use the A26. The main subjects at most meetings are Broadband, the C7 and dog attacks. We thank members of the parish council for their work for us.

BEWARE: Check out the bus timetable before you travel as it’s been changed.

VISIT: I visited with friends, the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple at Neasden, North London on Sunday. It was a great experience and very interesting, especially the service, which was lovely. The people were all very gentle, welcoming and kind to us. Next to the temple was an Indian supermarket, a restaurant and a coffee shop which sold lovely sweets and ice cream of all flavours. All very clean and well run. There were many families there, nearly all getting ready to do a sponsored walk for Macmillan Cancer Fund.


BON VOYAGE: Members of the twinning association are visiting Bönningstedt and Crivitz in Germany this weekend. My wife and I joined them last time and we had a thoroughly enjoyable time with our German hosts. For further information contact Mark Brown on 01323 893861.

THE FOLK CLUB meet tonight, Friday, at 8pm at the Royal British Legion Club. They will be raising the roof with another musical Singers and Musicians night.

OPEN DAY: The Mercread Road Youth Centre has recently had a massive makeover and now is able to provide a range of facilities for the Seaford community. If you have not yet been inside, pop along tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and 4pm. You will get a warm welcome and there will be fund-raising and other activities.

CAKE COMP: The Friends of the Crouch are holding a Fairy Cake competition tomorrow, Saturday. Please donate 12 fairy cakes decorated on the theme of Springtime. Prize for the winner. Take your clingfilmed tray of 12 cakes to the stall in the landscaped area of Crouch Gardens. For further information call 07808 964796.

PLANT SALE: St Peter’s Church in Belgrave Road, is holding a plant sale tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. There will be plants, seedlings, garden produce and a chance to buy or donate unwanted garden tools. There will also be refreshments.

BOWLS OPEN DAY: The Crouch Bowling Club (Crouch Gardens) are hosting three open days over the Bank Holiday weekend. Either today, Friday, tomorrow, Saturday, or Monday you can go along between noon and 2pm for a free taster session for this popular sport.

PLANT SALE 2: There will be a plant sale every day over the weekend at the Exchange Garden. So pop along between noon and 3pm each day and visit this special corner of Seaford. You may even get a bargain and there are refreshments too.

CONCERT: There will be a Lunchtime Concert in St Leonard’s Church, tomorrow, Saturday, at 1pm. The guests are Duo Figaro which consists of two talented musicians, Lucia D’Avanzo (violin) and Peter Mallinson (viola). Both are graduates from the Royal College of Music. The concert, which lasts approximately an hour, has free admission with a retiring collection.

PEACE GARDEN: This beautiful oasis of quietude was opened last year by Sheila Hancock. If you haven’t been before, why not pop in between 1pm and 3pm over the next three days and find out from the Quakers how the garden was made.

SHOPPING: We really must support our local shops, if not, like the latest victim Happit in the High Street, they will close down. Seaford is still a good and friendly place to shop with none of the parking hassles of Eastbourne, Lewes or Brighton. I was very pleased to see the Little Shop in the High Street open this week as Green Village Trading selling locally sourced art and books (they even sell my book). Pop in and say hello to Jo.

THE CRICKET CLUB are playing at the Salts tomorrow, Saturday, in a Sussex League match against Keymer and Hassocks CC. The match starts at 1pm so go along and watch your local team.

ROTARY WALK: I hope the weather is good on Sunday for the Martello Rotary Martello Walk which will take place between Martello Towers 74 (Seaford) and 73 (Eastbourne) if you see them cheer them on their way, or better still sponsor one of them.

BANK HOLIDAY: There should be plenty of yachts in the bay on Monday as our Sailing Club is holding the Birling Gap Sailing Race. And if you are taking a bank holiday stroll along the prom why not call into the museum which will be open on Monday from 11am to 1pm and again from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

ME/CFS: If you suffer from this debilitating condition, you are not alone. There is a coffee morning and meeting at the Pavilion Café, Dane Road on Wednesday morning at 11am. For more details, see

LECTURE: Jeremy Hodgkinson will be speaking at Seaford Museum on Wednesday evening telling us all about the fascinating story of the Wealden Iron Industry, recalling when Sussex was the industrial heart of the nation. The lecture begins at 7.30pm but get there early for a seat. For further information call 01323 898222.

THE STAMP CLUB will be meeting on Wednesday evening at the Cross Way Centre. Door open at 7.15pm. The talk this week is 1940 – A Desperate Year by Dr Jim Etherington. All philatelists are welcome. Call 01323 890699 for details.

BLOOD: The National Blood Transfusion Service will be at the Seaford Baptist Church on Thursday. If you wish to donate blood there will be two sessions from 2pm to 4pm and again from 5.30pm until 8pm.

TOWN COUNCIL: We welcome Alan Latham as the new representative for East Seaford on town council. I am sure like all good councillors he will always put the needs of his constituents and Seaford first. The annual report for the council is now available from the Tourist Information Centre (and hopefully soon on the council website). It lays out clearly what the council have achieved in the past year and comes as recommended reading for all council tax-payers. If you want to know more there is a full council meeting at 37 Church Street on Thursday at 7pm. Members of the public are welcome and can ask questions at the start of the meeting. An agenda is available on-line or from the council offices.

MAKE IT SIMPLE: I notice that the council have put signs up in Kedale Road saying that ‘carriageway patching’ is taking place, what happened to the good old English word roadworks or are they purposefully trying to confuse us?


CIVIC CENTRE: Telscombe Civic Centre will be closed on Monday as it is the Spring Bank Holiday.

WI: 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.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee on Wednesday at 7.30 pm in room 1 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

CONCERT: There will be a live screening of the Diamond Jubilee Concert at the Civic Centre on Monday June 4 at 7pm. Ticket price is £5 to include light refreshments and there will be a pay bar. Tickets are on sale now at Civic Centre Reception, Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm. These are selling fast, so buy them soon to avoid disappointment.