Parish Pump Newhaven - 21 September 2012

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ART GALLERY: When the Cows Come Home is a new art gallery tucked away in the old cowsheds at Berwick Court Farm. It brings together a lively mix of contemporary work by local and other artists, including paintings, sculpture and ceramics. The gallery will be holding its launch event on Sunday from 3pm to 6pm when it will be officially opened by the High Sheriff of East Sussex, David Allam.

300 CLUB met this month at the Smugglers Inn with the usual warm welcome and generous nibbles. There was a good turnout of about twenty members to witness two more lucky winners. It is the time of the year to renew membership (or join) the 300 Club. For £10 a year there is a chance each month to win £50 and also know that the profits from the membership are going towards the upkeep of the Alfriston War Memorial Hall. It is also a most enjoyable way to meet up for a drink and a chat as the draw takes place at a different village hostelry each month. To join pick up a membership form from Hicks, The Newsagents.


VISIT: Seaford Natural History Society’s visit to West Beach, Newhaven is at 1pm on Tuesday. Meet at West Beach car park (Grid Ref TQ 449000). For further information, phone 01323 491964 or visit the website

COFFEE MORNING: Macmillan’s Biggest Coffee Morning is from 10.30am to noon on Friday September28 in the Parish Hall. There will be a bring-and-buy produce and preserve stall. Everyone is welcome.

WINE TASTING: A wine tasting event is at Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club on Saturday September 29 at 7.30pm.

SWALLOWS: Our second and very late brood of swallows (four youngsters this time) has been exercising its wings in preparation for a first migration. As late as the eighteenth century, Gilbert White still wondered if swallows hid at the bottom of the village pond over winter. The garage has become somewhat out of bounds with the parents flying in low at considerable speed not to mention other hazards like getting the car peppered. At least we now know they’ll all soon be gone to South Africa.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.40am to 12.40pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.50pm to 2.20pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2.35pm to 3.00pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 3.10pm to 3.40pm.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

SCHOOL FETE tomorrow (Saturday) Meeching Valley Primary School 11am to 2pm raising money for the children at the school. Lots of stalls and things to do food, drink, ice cream, children’s fun fair rides. Admission 50p for adults, children free.

CHARITY EVENING at the Hampden Arms, South Heighton tomorrow (Saturday) 5pm to 8pm. Olympic torchbearer Kate Steer will be there with her torch and you can have your photograph taken with the torch and I am coming up in my Gamesmaker uniform with photos and memorabilia. All proceeds to the Waves Charity so go to South Heighton and take advantage of this unique opportunity.

OPEN WEEKEND at Denton Island Bowling Club tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday 10am to 1pm. Free trial for those aged 8 years old and over. Non members welcome. For more information call 01273 515610/516433.

COMMUNITY PLAY The Port,The Beast and the Traveller takes place tomorrow (Saturday) at Newhaven Fort at 7.30pm, doors open 6.45pm. Free tickets are available for the dress rehearsal tonight (Friday) and returns may be available on the door tomorrow. To check availability telephone the Fort on 01273 517622. Haven Harmonies Choir will take part in the play and can be heard singing at the Fort today, Friday, at the open dress rehearsal.

POPPY WALK: The annual Royal British Legion Poppy Walk takes place on Sunday from Newhaven Fort to Seaford Martello Tower, dogs allowed. The walk is to raise funds for a services charity. Details and sponsorship forms available by telephoning 01273 514258/01323 491329 or from Seaford Royal British Legion Club, Claremont Road, Seaford.

FILM SOCIETY: The first film My Week With Marilyn on Saturday October 20 at 7.30pm has already sold out so the society is putting on an additional performance at 4.30pm, doors open at 4pm. Tickets available at the Hillcrest Centre £4.50 each so get them quickly.

MADS: Meeching Amateur Dramatics latest production Mad Music Hall of Fun opens on Wednesday and plays nightly at 7.45pm until Saturday September 29 at Meeching Hall. Tickets are £8 available from Meeching estate agents, High Street, 01273 516100.

VOLUNTEER ACTION DAY at the Community Garden near Tideway School, Thursday 3pm to 5pm. This is a relaxed, fun session to complete various projects around the garden. You can go for the whole session or drop in when you can, tea and cake provided. For further details and directions contact Jenny Leon at NCDA on 01273 612539 or email

MACMILLAN Coffee Morning, Newhaven Enterprise Centre, Denton Island. Join Claire and Kathryn in the breakout area for coffee and cakes. If you would like to donate a cake please do so, the more they have the more they will raise for the charity.

RNLI: Newhaven and District Lifeboat Society would like to thank all those who gave their time and help to organise two fund-raising events on September 8 and 9. The boot sale at Paradise Park raised £292.72 and the fun day at the Buckle caravan park in Seaford raised £1,757.44 plus an additional £340.05 was raised from the sale of souvenirs.

NP&S LIONS are holding a Young Carers’ charity event at Paradise Park on Saturday September 29. This is the Biggest Pumpkin Challenge Competition. Judging takes place at 2pm so entrants must ensure their exhibits are in place by then. For further details email or click on to the website npslions.couk

NEWHAVEN IN BLOOM: Congratulations to Gill and Corinna Weaver from Geneva Road who won the trophy for the Best Overall Garden in this year’s competition. Congratulations too to Bobi Whitfield landlady of The Ark Pub on West Quay who won the Newhaven Chamber of Commerce Trophy for the Best Pub Garden with their first entry.

WEEKLY QUIZ: The Hampden Arms in South Heighton started their weekly quiz on Wednesday nights this week when the winning team has the chance of winning£100,000. Each member receives a scratch card where they can win that amount. Teams of up to six pay £1 per person to enter and the surplus money from each week’s quizzes goes towards a bumper Christmas Quiz at the Hampden. The monthly charity quizzes will continue and the next one is in aid of Amanda Wilkins’ sponsorship for Macmillan Cancer Support in the Run To The Beat half marathon on April 28. No expenses will be taken out from any money donated to Amanda from the Hampden and she will be running a raffle with all monies going to Macmillan.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: The August meeting was a visit to Seaford Museum. It was a typical summer’s day, dull and breezy. Over 20 members attended a nostalgic tour. Many exclamations of ‘I remember that’ and ‘my grandmother had one of those’ could be heard. The cash register similar to Open All Hours was tried, also pulling the handle to send the money whizzing through the air to the cashier for change. We ended the visit sitting round the large table in the committee room with jam and cream scones and tea in lovely china teacups. All very enjoyable and informative of the past and possibly next year we will visit Newhaven Museum. September meeting was a ploughman’s, silent auction and quite a lot of business following the summer break. Our next meeting on October 8 at 7pm will be the annual meeting. All meetings are held in South Heighton Village Hall on the second Monday of the moth. From November all meetings will start at 2.15pm. The November meeting will be a talk with slides on the Commonwealth Graves Commission by Ian Everest. (J Jennings).


QUIZ NIGHT: Remember this evening, Friday, starting at 7pm in the Community House, Meridian Centre there is another of the ever popular quizzes in aid of the Mayor’s charity. Tickets cost £2 per person. If you want to play as a team you must book and pay in advance at the information office. Bring your own food and drink.

GRANT APPLICATIONS: Local organisations are invited to apply to the town council for small grants. Application forms are available from the Town Council Offices, Community House, Meridian Centre or can be downloaded from their web site”> The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday September 28.

KEMPTON HOUSE: I have been reminded that for the over 55s there is a lunch every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday that is home cooked on the premises. There is a varied two course meal plus tea or coffee for just £3.75. To book please phone 01273 585984 at least one day beforehand which helps with the buying of fresh meat and vegetables. Kempton House is on Sutton Road or by car it is accessible from Cavell Avenue.

LADIES ONLY: I understand there are still some tickets available at £6 for this year’s Ladies Evening which is being held at the Meridian Hall on Friday October 5. Admission is by ticket only and will include refreshments, a glass of wine or fruit juice plus a door prize. There as some very well known High Street labels to bring a sparkle to your wardrobe at greatly reduced prices, also stalls displaying handbags, jewellery and crafted cards to browse around. In previous years this event has been a sell out. Tickets are limited so do call Joy on 01273 587714 to reserve your seat.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow is in the Main Hall, Community House, from 8.30am until noon and has been arranged by the 3rd Peacehaven Guides. Next week the Meridian Athletic Football Club are holding the market. To book a table call them on 07950 589 304.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The Meeching WI is holding a coffee morning in the Community House foyer today, Friday, and will be serving teas, coffees and cakes. Next week on Thursday the Seahaven Scouts will be behind the counter while on Friday September 28 there will be a coffee morning to raise funds for the Macmillan Nurses, a very worthy cause that needs your support.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting on Tuesday of the Policy and Finance committee starting at 6.30pm in the Anzac Room. As usual residents can attend this meeting and will be able to ask questions during the first 15 minutes.

CINEMA: The comedy film Magic Mike will be shown in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Wednesday starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4.50 each and are available from the information office.

BOOT SALE: There is a Boot Sale on Sunday at The Dell, South Coast Road which has been arranged by the Telscombe Nursery. The gates will open at 8am for sellers only. Buyers will be admitted from 9am until the event closes at 1pm. There is always plenty of free car parking on The Dell so not far to carry those bargains. There is only one more Boot Sale at this venue this year on Sunday October 7.


FILM NIGHT: Piddinghoe Classic Film Night in the village hall tonight, Friday, The Artist. Doors open 7pm, film starts 7.30pm, price £3. Refreshments available.

Rodmell & Southease

AUTUMN: What a splendid autumn we are having, and at last there appear to be lots of butterflies about. I stood and watched them on the buddleias at Lewes Garden Centre and there were lots of red admirals, peacocks and cabbage whites but I did not see any of the smaller types. There has been a lack of blackbirds and thrushes this year, two of my favourite species of birds.

JUMBLE SALE in aid of Rodmell Church Restoration tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm in the village hall. Entrance 20p. If you have jumble that you wish to donate, please bring it to the village hall in the morning between 9.30am and noon. We cannot accept any electrical goods or large items. If you would like your jumble to be collected, please contact Christine Isitt on 475943 or Brenda Dartnell on 470847. Any prizes for the raffle would be appreciated.

COFFEE CLUB starts again on Wednesday (in the garden at Drummon House unless the weather is bad, in which case it’s in the village hall). It is open to villagers and friends and runs from 11am to 12.30pm. Small donations will be asked for to go to Macmillan Nurses as that week is the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Let’s hope it is a nice day.

QUIZ: On Saturday September 29 there is the very popular quiz and fish and chip night, 7pm for 7.30pm start in the village hall with our excellent quiz master, Rev Geoff Daw, running the evening. Why not make up your own team of eight or come along and join one of the other teams? Tickets £10 from Lindy Smart (478151) or Jenny Brown (473939). This is also in aid of church funds.

HARVEST SUPPER: Friday October 5 the annual Harvest Supper, 7pm for 7.30pm start. Yet another very popular and well supported event in the village hall. Tickets £8 from Joan Polglass (475756), which will include an excellent cold buffet supper, apple pie, glass of wine and a speaker. I find it hard to believe that this year as gone so fast and it’s time for Harvest Festival again already.

TRAFFIC: Those of us that live on or near the junction of The Street and Mill Lane with the C7, call it tooters corner at weekends as people trying to get onto the C7 from the lower end of Rodmell and those waiting to turn up Mill Lane from the C7 constantly get tooted by motorists driving too fast. We also hear a lot of sirens going off at the weekend from police cars and ambulances in the area. More accidents I suspect.

STADIUM: The new football stadium at Falmer has acquired the title, blot on the landscape, from walkers doing the South Downs Way, and I am constantly being asked how it, and the incinerator, got permission to be built in such prominent positions in areas of outstanding views and beauty and especially because of having gained National Park status in this area. Many who have stood and gazed a the wonderful views form Ditchling Beacon despair at this blot on the landscape and ask could it not have been built somewhere else? A question now asked by many. However it’s here now, and gives pleasure to many who most probably have not even seen it from Ditchling Beacon or are even aware at the devastation of what once was a beautiful and tranquil village when I was a child. Such is progress.

CUBS AND SCOUTS: The Rescheduled tea and cakes fund raising will be on Sunday from 2pm to 4.30pm in the garden of Stile Cottage (opposite Monks House).


COMMUNITY CINEMA: It is great to see a cinema back in Seaford. The first night, this evening, has been sold out but don’t be disappointed in future, the Tourist Information office has details of how you can join the cinema and book tickets for future screenings.

FOLK CLUB: Seaford Folk Club is back with a welcome return to Steve Turner, a highly accomplished performer of traditional music and song. Steve is a fine singer, renowned for his uniquely individual English concertina accompaniments and interpretation of many types of songs. The club meet at the Royal British Legion in Claremont Road at 8pm tonight, Friday.

ART AT THE CRYPT: The Farley Yard Arts Trust have taken the Crypt for the next week for their exhibition Picasso at Play which will on from tomorrow, Saturday, until Thursday from 10am to 4.30pm.

OPEN GARDEN: The Exchange Garden at the Crouch will be open again tomorrow, Saturday, morning between 9.30am and 12.30pm. If you have not yet visited this splendid garden please pop in to see them. There is no charge and there is always someone there to help with horticultural advice.

FOOTBALL: To support your local team Seaford Town FC, get along to the Crouch tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am when they are playing Southwick.

FASHION SHOW: M&Co in Broad Street are holding a fashion show on Thursday at 7pm to raise funds for the local charity Homelink. There will be an autumnal theme to the show. For more information call Margaret Slattery on 01273 515603.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the Community Services Committee at 37 Church Street on Thursday evening 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.


COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the Planning and Highways Committee on Monday at 7.30 pm in room 1 at the Civic Centre and a meeting of the Village Club Committee on Wednesday in the Village Club, Telscombe Village. 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

BINGO EVENING: There will be a bingo evening at the Civic Centre on Friday September 28 with a 7pm start. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball and flyer game. There are cash prizes and free refreshments at a half-time break. This is a very popular event so come along early to ensure you get a seat and join in the fun. It’s a friendly evening and is a perfect opportunity for getting out and meeting new people. Net proceeds raised will go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund.

APPLE DAY: This popular event returns to Stanmer Park on Sunday September 30 from 11am to 5pm. Entry is free but parking costs £3. It will be by Stanmer Church (BN1 9PZ for your sat nav). There will be orchard tours, apple play, children’s activities, a café and cookery, apple identification, Sussex apples display; live acoustic music and choir; rare Sussex apple trees; a launch of a new book Apples and Orchards in Sussex plus much more. For more information visit