Parish Pump - March 16 2012

THIS is the latest Parish Pump news from the Sussex Express.

Each week we provide a round-up of local news from the villages.


AT THE SAFE MEETING held at Deans Place last Friday Peter Chapman, an experienced Traffic Engineering Consultant, presented a suggested design for traffic control in the village High Street. This included intelligent wireless traffic lights and areas of surface treatment which has in other villages proved to slow traffic and guide pedestrians towards safer crossing points. Residents were invited to speak and it became obvious that one man’s answer is another man’s problem. Deliveries to the businesses between the proposed traffic lights could prove to be more than a little difficult and the prospect of 21st century traffic lights decorating medieval buildings challenges the aesthetic aspect of the High Street. Nothing was resolved but interest is high and energy still being given to this ongoing problem with support from East Sussex County Council, the Police and Norman Baker MP, Minister of Transport. I did hear that the first recorded meeting over the traffic problems in Alfriston was held in the late nineteenth century and then the problems were caused by horse and carts. A tree was planted in the square as a deterrent to speeding. Plus ca change.

RAVILIOUS IN PICTURES, a presentation by James Russell to be given on March 27 is now to be held at Deans Place Hotel. The change of venue is due to a high demand for tickets. Doors will open at 6.45pm for a 7pm start. The hour long event will include a slide show and discussion of the people and places that inspired Ravilious. Tickets cost £10, including light refreshment and a 10 percent discount on purchases made that evening. Tickets are available from Much Ado Books at 01323 871222 or visit

FRIENDS OF CUCKMERE will be holding a public meeting to launch this new group on March 31 at 2pm at the Pump Barn, Exceat Visitors Centre; free parking and tea at 3pm. No charge. The speakers will include Charles Peck, Vice Chair of the South Downs National Park, Tony Whitbread, Chief Executive Officer of the Sussex Wildlife and Barry Yates, Warden of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. There will be an opportunity for discussion. The Friends of Cuckmere is to be a non-political, non-campaigning body. All who love the Cuckmere landscape and cares about its future can join. For more details contact Tom or write to Tom Shindl at County Hall, St Annes Crescent, Lewes BN71UE.


CONGRATULATIONS On Sunday March 4 Di Moreton climbed 1,037 steps to the 38th floor of the Gherkin in London in aid of NSPCC celebrating 25 years of Childline. She finished in a time of 12 mins 33 secs. (The quickest time was a staggering 4 mins 35 secs.) At the top of the Gherkin, Di enjoyed a glass of champagne while she looked out across London. Di hopes to raise about £300 and would like to thank everyone for their support and generous donations.

YOUNG MAYOR’S AWARDS The Mayor wants to remind everyone of the awards 2012. Nominations are needed by Wednesday March 21.

GIRLS NIGHT IN is tonight (Friday) – tickets from M & Co, Seaford.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW (Bishopstone Spring Show for Horticultural and Home Produce) will be on 17th March at the Bishopstone Parish Hall. Staging will be 9 -11 am and judging will commence at 11.15. The main show will be open for visitors 2 - 4.30 pm; presentations will be made at 4 pm. Tea and cakes will be served. Schedules are available now at Linda’s Stores and at St Andrew’s Church. This event is in aid of the Mayor’s chosen charity WAVES (Family Support Service).

TIDE MILLS LITTER PICK The next beach clean is at 10 am, on Sunday 18th March; meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and a litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. For further information, call Jim Skinner on 01273 517291.

The East Beach anchor was spotted on last weekend’s exceptional low tide- but buried in sand except for a fluke.

EVENING OF local farming nostalgia will be held at Bishopstone Parish Hall on Saturday 14th April at 7.30 pm. The evening will begin with an illustrated talk by Ian Everest called “From the Sussex Ox to the Fordson Major”. Wine and cheese will be available during the interval, followed by a showing of the classic cine film “A year in the life of Manor Farm, Bishopstone”. Tickets cost £7.00 and are available from Linda’s Stores. Money raised will go towards the upkeep of the Parish Hall.

NEWS If you have any Bishopstone news/events you want to publicise, please let us know at either the usual email address, or via the Parish Pump envelope on the notice board by St Andrew’s Church lych gate.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

RNLI. One of Newhaven Lifeboat’s most popular fund-raising events is being held tomorrow (Saturday) in the Hillcrest Centre, Fort Road, Newhaven from 10am-12.noon. The Book Sale is where you can pick up some real bargains, both fiction and non-fiction so go along and support this worthy cause.

MAPPING THE FUTURE is a project being presented by members of the Coastal Futures Group in Shakespeare Hall,Fort Road, Newhaven tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am-12 noon. People are invited to come along and study two maps each casting light on the future faces of Seaford Bay, Newhaven and the Ouse Valley. The first map shows predicted changes to the local coastline by 2150 and the second map shows potential routes for shared cycling and walking routes between Newhaven and Lewes via the Ouse Valley and the villages. This is displayed by the Ouse Valley Cycle Network which is a ,local group supported by the South Downs National Park Authority. The maps, ideas and plans can be seen and discussed by all members at the meeting. To reserve a place at the meeting or for more information contact Jan Marshall on 01273 612236 or email You can also click on to the following websites or

NEWHAVEN YACHT CLUB is holding a Nautical Evening with a meal tomorrow (Saturday) at 7pm in Riverside Hall, West Quay, Newhaven.

ST PATRICK’S DAY is tomorrow (Saturday) March 17 and most of the pubs in Newhaven will be celebrating in style. The Ark has an Irish Band playing, Newhaven Social Club is celebrating the Patron Saint of Ireland and so is The Hope Inn, by the beach.

CONSERVATION TRUST. Newhaven Conservation Trust is hosting an illustrated talk by Peter Bailey MBE assisted by Maurice Balcombe on Tuesday March 20th in the Hillcrest Centre, Hillcrest Road at 7.30pm. The talk will be about The Lost Gems of Newhaven and entrance is by donation. There will also be a raffle to raise funds for the Trust.

GET MOVING. Adult Exercise Sessions are being held on Thursdays at 6pm in Shakespeare Hall, Fort Road, Newhaven. The sessions cover a variety of activities and cost 50p a session. For more information and to book a place contact Sally on 01273 612539.

GUEST HOUSE STORYTELLERS are already selling tickets for their April event. It is a rare opportunity to hear International Storyteller Rou Gal-or telling wise and funny stories both from traditional sources and his own remarkable and inspiring life entitled Talking to the Stars. His stories take place on Tuesday April 10th, Hillcrest Café opens at 7pm,stories begin at 7.30pm. Advance tickets cost £6 from the Hillcrest Café.

MAYOR’S QUIZ. A date for your diary, Town Mayor Councillor Steve Saunders is holding a Quiz Night on Friday April 20th in Meeching Hall, Fort Road, Newhaven 7 for 7.30pm. More details nearer the time.


Peacehaven WI Our March meeting started with a tasty ploughmans lunch, which helped the business section fly by. We arranged details of our Coffee Morning on Friday March 24 and the coach for the ACM on March 28. Also we picked the winner of our annual bursary which can be used for educational/leisure purposes. After tea, Mr Harding gave us an enthusiastic talk, with slides, on castles in SE England. Next month’s meeting will be 2.30-4.30pm with a speaker on “Amsterdam”. For further details phone June Garland on 01273 580016.

FIRST RESPONDERS: The group held a very well attended Open Evening on Friday March 9 in the Telscombe Civic Centre. An excellent presentation by Dr. Philip Ashton explained exactly what the First Responder teams do and Joy Ashton demonstrated the equipment they carried after training by the South East Coast Ambulance Service. Clearly there are a number of local residents who are interested in becoming involved. A new training course will be starting soon but it is not too late to join in even if you could not get to the open evening. For more details visit their website or contact Phil and Joy Ashton on 01273 587714 for an update.

ADULT GYM: For some time the town council have been planning to provide a free outdoor adult gym. It has been delayed a little while a suitable site was sought. The equipment has now been ordered and installation should commence in the Meridian Park during March and all being well open for use in April.

WAR MEMORIAL: I was pleased to see the thermometer in the Meridian Mall has moved up showing how much money is in the War Memorial building account. On March 1, Joan Goldrich held another fund raising coffee morning in the foyer and thanks to local support was able to add a further £90. The site for the memorial has been cleared ready for the ground work and it is hoped to have the project completed by the end of 2012.

BINGO EVENING: The bingo night on Friday 9th raised just over £119 towards the Mayor’s charities. The free refreshments during the break proved popular. The next bingo night will be on Friday April 13. I do hope there is nothing significant about the date.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow 17th has been organised by Friends of Meridian School from 8.30am until 12 noon in the Main Hall, Community House. Next week the market is being arranged by the Meridian Athletic Football Club. To reserve a table call them on 07950 589 304.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The Meridian Evening W.I will be serving teas, coffees and cakes from the Community House refreshment kiosk today Friday 16th between 8.30am and midday. Next week is fully booked once again with Kemp Town Conservatives behind the counter on Tuesday followed on Thursday by Peacehaven Catholic Church and the Peacehaven W.I in the foyer on Friday 23rd.

COUNCIL MEETING: There are no Tuesday council meetings in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre until April 3rd when the planning and highways committee will convene.

QUIZ: There is a quiz night on Friday 16th in the Main Hall, Community House, Meridian Centre starting at 7pm. Teams are limited to 8 per table. Tickets are £2 per person and are available from the information office in advance. Make sure you book your place early. These quizzes are always a sell out. Bring your own food and drink to make a good evening of it. All proceeds to the Mayor’s charities.

BOOT SALE: The first Boot Sale of the year at The Dell, South Coast Road will be run by the Sea Cadets on Sunday 25th. The gates will open for sellers to set up at 07.00am. Buyers will be admitted from 08am until noon. No need to search for a parking place as there is plenty of free parking on The Dell itself.

WIND FARM: E.ON are proposing to develop the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm around 13km from the Sussex Coast along a stretch from Newhaven to Shoreham. There will be an exhibition of what is proposed in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Wednesday March 21 from 12 noon until 8pm. This is one of 12 consultations along the coast prior to them submitting a planning application during the second half of 2012. They would like to show you more of their proposals and seek your opinions.

HORTICULTURE: The Peacehaven Horticultural Society is holding their monthly meeting in the Anzac Room, Community Hose on Monday 19th. Marion Couchman will talk about Westminster Abbey and Gardens. Doors open at 7.00pm for a prompt start at 7.30pm. New Members are always welcome and there is a short break for refreshments.

VACANCY: Those of you who read the Town Council’s web site will have noticed that a part time job as an Assistant Information Officer is currently advertised. Call 01273 585493 for an application form. The closing date is Friday March 30, with interviews on Tuesday

April 10.

CINEMA: Advanced information is that the next film in the Community House will be The Artist on Wednesday 25th April. During 2012 this film has received numerous Awards and Nominations both in Britain and America. Tickets at £4.50 are available from the information office.


Fashion Show Local fashion store M & Co in Broad Street have organised a fund-raising fashion show tonight, in support of Seaford Mayor and her chosen charity Waves – the local support group who do so much to help Seaford families. This is one of the Mad March Marathon range of fund-raising events the Mayor is promoting. The fun starts at 7pm and models will include some Waves volunteers. Tickets are just £5 and are obtainable from M & Co, from 37 Church Street (Tourist Information / Town Council Office) and from Pat Case on 01323 890643.

Folk Club Tonight is another of the popular “Singers and Musicians” nights at the Folk Club. Come along and enjoy the monthly ‘do it ourselves night’, either to perform or to listen.

It starts at 8pm at the Royal British Legion in Claremont Road.

Conservative Surgery

Seaford Conservative Councillors are holding a drop-in surgery tomorrow at 37 Church Street between 9.30 and 11am. No appointment is necessary – just pop in and they will be pleased to help.

Charity Lunch The Inner Wheel Club of Seaford is holding a Soup, Ploughman’s and Pud Lunch tomorrow (Saturday) at St. Leonards Church Hall from 12 noon until 1.30pm. There will be a Raffle. Tickets are £6 which can be bought at the door. Proceeds will go to Inner Wheel Charities.

Children’s Workshop

St Peter’s Church is hosting a Children’s Workshop at the Church Hall in Belgrave Road tomorrow from 2pm to 4pm. To book a place at this fun event for children call 01323 893172

Quiz & Stew The Austin A30/A35 Sussex Car Club are holding a quiz at the 60+ Club, adjacent to the Downs leisure Centre, Sutton Road tomorrow from 7pm. Tickets are £5 which will include a supper of Irish Stew (after all it is St Patrick’s Day). All ticket income will go towards Coastwatch in Newhaven. For tickets contact Pauline on 01323 895216


Meeting Cancelled – The Planning & Highways Committee meeting for Telscombe Council scheduled for Monday 19th March has been cancelled due to lack of business.

Council meeting – there will be a Council meeting on Wednesday 21st March 2012 at 7.30 pm in Telscombe 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 meeting 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

Windfarm Proposals – A reminder that a public exhibition regarding the Rampion Offshore Windfarm takes place on Wednesday 21 March between 12pm to 8pm at Community House, The Anzac Room, Meridian Centre, Peacehaven, BN10 8BB. Don’t miss your opportunity to view the proposals and make your comments.