Parish pump Newhaven - April 11, 2014


TALK: The Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society will be hosting a talk at the War Memorial Hall on April 15 by Philip Fenech, Head Gardener, entitled Unfurling the Garden of Firle. The talk will begin at 7.30pm and will be preceded at 6pm by a visit from Rapkyns Nursery with a collection of plants for sale.

ALFRISTON CRICKET CLUB will be holding their annual fund raising coffee morning at the War Memorial Hall on April 19 from 10am to noon. There will be a variety of stalls selling cakes, books, produce, bric-a-brac, tombola and, of course, a raffle.

EASTER EVENT: The Organist and Friends will be providing another musical entertainment on Bank Holiday Monday, April 21, at 12 noon in

St Andrew’s Church. Ray Maulkin and his friends will be performing an informal, relaxed event lasting about 45 minutes with a retiring collection for the church.

THE SMUGGLERS INNE will be having a Hog Roast (weather permitting) in their garden on April 19 from 1pm.

ST GEORGE’S DAY, April. 23 The Smugglers Inne will be having a Curry and Quiz Night starting at 6.30pm. The supper consists of two courses, starter and main with a vegetarian option available. The curry and quiz is £9.95 per person. The quiz on its own is £2 per head and starts at 8pm. To book (essential) telephone 01323 870241 or email

AGM: Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Historical Society will be holding their AGM at the April meeting at the War Memorial Hall on April 24 at 7.30pm. As is the custom, the formal business will be 
dealt with as quickly as possible. The speaker for the evening will be Richard Filmer whose talk is entitled 
Traditional Kent and Sussex Trades, Crafts and Industries. His presentation will 
illustrate the place of traditional craftsmen in the south east of England. Admission is free to members; non members £5.


FREE HORSE MANURE available on the west (Newhaven) side of Bishopstone Road between Bishopstone Estate and Bishopstone Pond: help yourself, but please return the bags.

ON PALM SUNDAY there will be an 8am Eucharist and Blessing of the Palms and a 10.15am Sung Eucharist with a Blessing of the Palms and Procession at St Andrew’s Church.

SAILING CLUB: Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club races are on Sunday at 11am on the sea by Marine Parade, Seaford, starting at the clubhouse 

POLICE West Ward panel meeting is on Tuesday, 7pm to 8pm, in Bishopstone Parish Hall.

MAUNDY THURSDAY is on April 17. There will be a 7.30pm Eucharist of the Last Supper and Vigil at St Andrew’s Church. On Good Friday an hour at the Cross will be held at 2pm, while on Holy 
Saturday night Lighting of the New Fire and Renewal of Baptismal Vows will be held at 7.30pm. Finally, on Easter Day there’s an 8am Eucharist and 10.15am Sung Eucharist.

TIDE MILLS community beach clean is at 10am on Sunday Apil 20. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove 
(off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. For further information, email Jim Skinner (

THE CLOCKS have gone 
forward but what with a fine layer of Saharan dust and other people’s air pollution 
settling on us, combined with the local flowering of the oil seed rape crop, you may be forgiven for staying indoors last week.


CONGRATULATIONS to Richard (Rick) Curtis who completed the Brighton Marathon last Sunday in an amazing time of 3 hours and 3 minutes and also raised over £500 for the Rocking Horse Appeal.

EXCITED: The village is very excited about the arrival of twins to Donna and Mick, we look forward to watching them grow and one day, enjoy seeing them walking around the village.

FAREWELL: Dolly and Jamie with their two children have moved to Lewes and we wish them well and hope they will be as happy there as they have been Falmer.

EXHIBITION: Sunday April 20 will be the first day for the public to see the art exhibition In the Beginning. If last year’s show is the bench mark it will be par excellence. The exhibition is in the church and will be open for two further weekends after Easter, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.


GARDEN SHOW: Garden Show at Firle Place on Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday at 10.15am there is Palm Sunday Communion at Beddingham. On Monday there is Evening prayer at 6pm and on Tuesday there is Evening Prayer at Beddingham. On Wednesday there is Evening Prayer at 6pm. Friday April 18 there is Quiet Meditation and reading of The Passion at Glynde. The last of the Lent lunches will be held in the hall on Monday at 12.30pm.

FIRLE OVER 50s: Two dates for your diary: On April 28 at 2pm in the hall, a talk by Geoffrey Mead on Coasting Along Sussex – a pictorial journey along the shoreline from Chichester Harbour to Rye Bay, looking at beaches and cliffs, marshes and sand dunes, but also ports, resorts and sleepy hollows. The journey takes us to deserted shores and crowded proms, busy ports and historic towns. On May 20 we have a trip to High Beeches to see the lovely gardens, leaving Firle/Glynde and Beddingham at noon. For members cost is £20 but non members always welcome to join us at our meetings or on our outings. Email or 07933766896. If you are unable to get to Firle for the talk do ring me on above number as I’m sure we can find someone to pick you up.


HISTORY GROUP: Talk on Monday, 7pm for 7.30pm at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road, Lewes Business Stories: WE Clark & Son, Jewellers. Back in 1919, Wilfred Ernest Clark purchased an existing jewellery showroom at 1 Cliffe High Street (that had been going since 1819) and laid the foundations of a passion that is now in the hands of the third and fourth generation, John and David Clark. David will tell the story behind the business success over nearly 200 years, including the early days, the WWII years, its expansion into Eastbourne and the 2012 amalgamation of its two shops in Lewes at 224 High Street. All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY: The Lewes Town Committee of the Children’s Society ran a street collection with coffee morning and cake sale on Saturday March 29 which raised an amazing £747 for the work of the society. The committee would like to thank everyone who supported this event.

GARLAND DAY organised by the Knots of May is on May 5. Children to gather with their garlands of flowers at 10am in the Gun Garden. Last entries by 10.30am. Judging takes place between 10.15am and 10.45am while dancers will be performing in the Gun Garden. Procession at 11am from castle to shopping precinct. More dancing in the precinct and then at John Harvey Taverns and the Dorset Arms.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The mud that has made our walks really difficult over the last few months is gradually drying up and on our last walk we avoided it to some extent by taking to the hills. We started walking from Ringmer Churchyard and made our way across the fields to Upper Stoneham Farm. We followed the A26 to the Earwig at Malling and then made our way to Malling Nature Reserve. Here our coffee stop was brought to an abrupt halt by a sudden sweep of hail which fortunately didn’t last too long. Climbing to the top of the Downs we enjoyed panoramic views in all directions and the walk along the ridge to Glyndebourne Lane was breathtaking and exhilarating. Crossing the Lane, we passed the wind turbine which provides most of the electricity for the Opera House before descending to Ringmer via the outskirts of Gote Farm. An amazing 29 people enjoyed the walk led by Jeannette. The next walk is on Wednesday, Polegate to Berwick Station. Meet at Lewes Station in good time to catch the 9.44am train to Polegate. At our next Group Meeting on Wednesday we are having an illustrated lecture on Travels in the Galapagos Islands. This will be at Cliffe Church Hall at 7.30pm, visitors welcome.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Collections from our congregations recently have raised £1,108 for work by the Christian charity IPASC on improving health (including training local health professionals) in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and £1,227 for development work in Rwanda on safe drinking water, nutrition, education and healthcare. Diary dates: This Sunday the combined choirs of Southover and Ringmer will sing the well known oratorio The Crucifixion by Sir John Stainer at 6.30pm in Ringmer church. Everyone is welcome. On April 26 at 8.30am the guest speaker at the Lewes Churches’ Breakfast at the White Hart Hotel in Lewes is Susi Bechhöfer, a German Jew and Kindertransport survivor who escaped the Nazis and has a miraculous story to tell. All are welcome: please reserve your breakfast (£9 cooked, £7 continental/unwaged) by calling 01273 473600, 474399 or 472114. Services, Palm Sunday (April 13): 8am communion; 10am morning service with communion; 11.15am informal service (church hall); 6.30pm informal service. On Tuesday April 15 and Wednesday April 16 the church will be open midday – midnight, set out with a variety of creative ‘installations’ for exploring the Easter story. Suitable for all ages. Please drop in any time. There will also be a short service on Wednesday at 8pm. Good Friday (April 18): 10am all age service. Easter Sunday (April 20) 8am communion; 10am main celebration, including children’s Easter egg hunt; 6.30pm informal service.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL broke up last Friday after a busy week, including a very happy (early) Easter service in the parish church. It was a beautiful spring morning for children to walk down the lane and through the conservation area to the church, and the sun was shining through the stained glass east window to welcome them. The acting Vicar, Revd Jeremy Bamber, used the window with its various scenes from Holy Week and Easter to illustrate his talk as children read their poems and prayers and sang the Easter songs with the enthusiasm you would expect from this very musical school. We hope that the sun continues to shine on them through their well-deserved holidays. The school is looking forward to welcoming them back on Tuesday April 22.


is preparing for a busy week. On Thursday (Maundy Thursday) it will be hosting a joint Communion Service with St John sub Castro, Southover and Christ Church at 7.30pm. This is a solemn service for a very solemn occasion, marking the last supper of Christ and his disciples and the time when he established the Holy Communion service before going out into the Garden of Gethsemane to face arrest, brutality and death. Thursday’s service will follow the Tenebrae pattern where the church is gradually darkened as the service ends, and people leave in silence. On Good Friday, there will be a short service of meditation following the Iona style of worship which people have found to be very moving and involving. On Saturday, by contrast, there will be a children’s Craft Morning from 10am to noon in church, including an Easter Egg Hunt. This Sunday starts off the solemnities of a very important week for the church with a lighter hearted family service with the distribution of palm crosses for Palm Sunday, beginning as usual at 9.30am.

SUSSEX WILDLIFE is holding a reptile training day in South Malling churchyard, on Saturday April 26. Further details are available online at or telephone 01273 497561 and will be provided closer to the date.


HORSES: David Marchant told me that horses are walking along the pavement behind his house in Sheepfair. Our Police Community Officer Julie McNirlan originally said that ‘horse riders were allowed on the pavements’, but she corrected this saying that, ‘horses are not allowed on the pavements’. If you witness this happening, contact the police on their non emergency number and report it. This could be an accident waiting to happen with not only the size of the horse but the droppings that may be left behind.

RESIDENTS’ MEETING: Two responses were received to represent our Neighbourhood from Chris Rowland and Lucy Ruddy who have agreed to represent Nevill on the committee. Lucy attended the meeting on behalf of Nevill Lewes Neighbourhood. This is an opportunity for the community as a whole to shape decisions affecting it. It will be a lengthy process, self managed by the community. It is a huge undertaking in order to get the town we want with housing so that families can stay in the town. There are to be consultations followed by a referendum to obtain something the whole community agrees to. At the moment the chair is councillor Susan Murray until a non town councillor can be found. Lucy has agreed to be a member of the Nevill Residents Association executive and was elected unanimously after a show of hands. Nevill Bus Route The Passenger Transport section at ESCC have received details from Ruth O’Keeffe about people’s feelings and all the information on numbers of objectors to the change. She will be submitting the petition to the council meeting in May. She has been told that they will be conducting survey work during February and March and meanwhile the bus route will remain unchanged. Bench: There is evidence that the old bench faced outwards. It is not clear what will happen as the cost will be £1,000 to change it. Megan Miller said she was resigning as co-ordinator of collections for the Friends of Lewes Victoria Hospital after 12 years during which over £10,000 was collected from the estate for the hospital. There will not be any more collections but donations directly to the hospital are always welcome. AGM Monday May 19. Do your best to attend and have your say about the Nevill Estate.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Congratulations to Daisy Butcher Yr4 who has got through to the second round of Chris Evans’ Radio 2, 500 words story competition. She has done extremely well as there were 118,000 entries. A huge thank you to everyone who donated, spent and helped at the jumble; we managed to raise a record-breaking £1099.00 for Friends of Wallands. Huge thanks for the wonderful response to our call for volunteers for our Medieval Mayhem Fayre. We’re doing well for volunteers for the Medieval Fayre but are still very open to offers of help. We are nearing the end of our football league season. We were held to a draw by Southover A team and won against the B team. Mrs Taylor reported back how clear it is to see the improvement in the standard of the football that is being played by all schools. We went to Eastbourne to compete in the South Downs area netball tournament. Wallands played five games winning four and losing one. This meant both Wallands and Southover schools finished on the same points and goal difference was the only way to decide who had won. With 25 goals scored Wallands were the overall winners, putting them through to represent the South Downs at the Sussex Games at the K2 later in the year.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, is our school holiday Messy Church event from 10.30am to 1pm. Craft activities, act of worship and lunch. No charge, all welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult. Worship on Palm Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev John Gordon with Holy Communion. After the service there will be a church walk. On Maundy Thursday we will be going to join with South Malling Church for a service at 7.30pm. Next Friday being Good Friday we will have a service led by Rev John Gordon at 10am. Members of our congregation will be taking part in the Walk of Witness through Lewes that will be leaving Irelands Lane at 6pm.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: Easter Services: Maundy Thursday, Eucharist 7.30pm. Celebrant Rev Judith Bevan, Preacher Canon Richard Moatt. Good Friday, Meditations 2pm,¬ 3pm, Canon Richard Moatt. Walk of Witnesses 6pm from St Pancras Church. Easter Sunday, Holy Communion 8am Celebrant Rev Judith Bevan. Sung Eucharist 10am Celebrant Canon Richard Moatt. Easter egg hunt to follow service.

PELLS SCHOOL: Last Thursday it was Pells School Easter service at St John Sub Castro Church. Families, governors, children and staff enjoyed singing Easter hymns and songs and listening to Year 5 and 6 children narrating the Easter story. The school choir singing Walk in the Light was a great way to end the service, which was followed by drinks, biscuits and chocolate eggs kindly provided by members of St John’s church.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

SPRING EASTER FAYRE tomorrow (Saturday) Denton and Mount Pleasant Social Centre, in aid of the Rockinghorse Appeal 11am to 3pm. You can visit the Easter Bunny between noon and 2pm. There will be Easter Cakes and Bunny Biscuits and lots of stalls including Peachy Cakes, Easy Dine and many more. Easter stalls where you will find great Easter and early Christmas presents. There is an Easter raffle and a lucky dip. At 1pm there is an Easter Egg Hunt and you can have your face painted like an Easter Bunny. So it will be a great day out for

the whole family as there is something for everyone.

EASTER FAYRE at Newhaven Day Club, West Quay, tomorrow (Saturday) 10am to noon. Nearly new clothes, jumble, bric-a-brac, raffle, cakes, teas

and coffee. Free entry.

BARN DANCE in aid of Blind Veterans UK tomorrow (Saturday) Newhaven Fort 7pm. Caller Alan Mars. Tickets £7.50 to include a ploughman’s supper from the Fort or 01273 391455.Or email

SOCIAL CLUB: Newhaven Social Club in Bridge Street proudly present internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Chris Murray on Monday at 8pm. A fantastic night of ska, reggae and roots. Non members welcome for an admission fee.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI meet on Monday at 2.15pm. Birthday Meeting with comedy songs/poetry and pose with John Cave at South Heighton village hall.

MEECHING WI: Ian Everest will be talking to members on Thursday at 9.45am in Meeching Hall. The title of his talk will be The Women’s Land Army. New members and non members welcome.

COUNTRY MARKET. Newhaven Country Market is holding a Special Easter and Spring Market in the Hillcrest Centre on Thursday from 9.45am to 1pm. Wide range of local products and crafts with a Spring and Easter theme. Admission free.

THE GARDENING SOCIETY meet on Thursday at 7.30pm in Age Concern Day Club, West Quay. Barbara and Edward Echlin will be giving an illustrated talk on Edible Gardening. Non members welcome for an admission fee of £2 to include tea and biscuits.

MAD: Meeching Amateur Dramatics present an Easter Family Extravaganza at Meeching Hall, on Saturday April 19 from10am to 3pm. Easter Egg Hunt, stalls, refreshments and more. All welcome.

FILM SOCIETY: Hillcrest Film Society presents Silver Linings Playbook (15) on Saturday April 19 at 7.30pm (cafe opens at 6.30pm). After a spell in a mental institution former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents to try and reconcile with his ex-wife. But more problems arise when he meets the mysteriousTiffany who has her own troubles. Starring Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence. Tickets £4.50 from Hillcrest Centre Reception.


SORRY: My apologies for the absence of the column last week. Many thanks to a few who kindly enquired about my health when Peacehaven was missing from the Parish Pump section. However we are up and running again now.

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING: Attendance at last year’s meeting was pretty poor. This is an important meeting held once a year when the residents can hear what has been happening in the town over the last 12 months with an opportunity to ask questions. The event this year is on Tuesday at 6.30pm in the Community House. There will be several presentations. Katy Bourne, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex Police, will talk about her role. Chris Bibb from Lewes District Council, who is the Project Officer for Peacehaven’s Big Park project, will provide a progress report. Our local PCSO Ryan Welby will give some details about Operation Crackdown which deals with anti-social behaviour. Finally Sue Sayer/Stephen Salt will talk about the Peacehaven Pioneers project. So make it a must to do item and come along. There will also be refreshments available.

GIVE BLOOD: I know I keep banging on about these donations but it really can be a life or death situation when operations are cancelled because of a shortage of this precious commodity. You may think it does not affect you, but after giving birth some mothers need a transfusion so it might be closer to home than you think. The next donor session is on Wednesday in the Community House from 2pm to 4.30pm and with an evening session from 5.30pm until 8pm. Regular donors please do come along. Of course new donors are always very welcome. It is all so easy and to think you could be a life saver for someone.

WORLD WAR I: You may have read in last week’s paper that the local Royal British Legion are proposing to commemorate the commencement of the conflict during August. Peacehaven did not exist at that time but eight servicemen from Telscombe/Telscombe Village fell during the war and their names are dedicated on the new War Memorial in the Meridian Park. However the RBL would like to hear from any relatives or family to receive photographs or memorabilia that may be of interest All items will of course be returned. If you can help please contact Councillor Alan Sargent at

MORNING MARKET: The market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre has been arranged by the Peacehaven Evangelical Church from 8.30am to noon. The next market is on Saturday April 19 and will be organised by U3A. To book a table contact them on 01273 586774.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The coffee morning today, Friday, has been arranged by Meeching WI who will be in the foyer of the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. Next week there are just two bookings, on Tuesday the Seahaven Lioness Club will be behind the counter serving those welcome morning refreshments. Followed on Thursday by Seahaven Active Scout group. will offer teas, coffees and cakes. There is no coffee morning on Good Friday.

COUNCIL MEETING: There are no sub committee council meetings this Tuesday which will be replaced by the annual Town Meeting, see details above.

BOOT SALE: The first of the boot sales this year on The Dell South Coast Road has been arranged by the Seahaven Lionesses. Gates will open at 8am for sellers and the public will be admitted between 9am and 1pm. There is plenty of free parking on The Dell but the gates will be locked after the sale so make sure you are away by then.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: Remember there is a councillors’ surgery tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until 11am in the Anzac Room Meridian Centre. Councillors will be there to help and advise on any matters that affect you or the town. This is a drop in surgery so no appointment is necessary, just turn up.

CINEMA: The next film is not until Wednesday May 21 when there is a showing of The Railway Man in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre starting at 7.30pm. The experiences of Eric Lomax begins when he was one of thousands of Allied prisoners of war who were forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during WWII. Tickets are available at £5 each from the information office.

NO COLD CALLING: Sign posts will shortly be appearing around both Peacehaven and Telscombe Cliffs streets as Cold Calling is banned. Soon stickers will be arriving through your letter boxes. Do display them in your windows or doors to reinforce the message and make sure that our homes are safe from rogue traders.

PEACEHAVEN WI: April 2 proved to be one of the warmest days of the year so far which was reflected in the good attendance. After the minutes of the last meeting were read the draw for the WI bursary took place and a report was given on the 97th Federation annual meeting in Eastbourne. The coffee morning was a success in spite of a slow start, thanks to all those who helped. The speaker for the afternoon was Mr B freedland who gave us a fascinating insight into the lives of the women of the Raj in India many years ago and how they suffered great deprivation after moving to an unknown country with such different cultures from those they had left behind. Our next meeting is on May 7. (Joy Allen).


FLOWER CLUB: On Wednesday the club will hold its AGM promptly at 7pm and this will quickly be followed by the first demonstration in the new programme entitled Off Cuts, Overs the Stumps and the demonstrator will be Pat McDonald. Subscription for the coming year will remain at £10. At meetings there will be an entrance fee of 50p for members and £2.50 for visitors who always receive a warm welcome. This year’s programme includes eight demonstrations of flower arranging, the annual dinner, an afternoon tea party, an outing, a Christmas workshop, a Christmas lunch and the inevitable jumble sale. This all involves plenty of fun, some great tuition and inspiration in the art of flower arranging and untold opportunities to just socialise. Do you think I will get a prize if I guess the theme for Wednesday’s demo?

EASTER SERVICES: Sunday will be Palm Sunday and there will be services at All Saints’ church at 8.30am and 10.30am and then 6.30pm. Sunday School will be held in the annexe at 10.30am. April 17 will be Maundy Thursday and the Eucharist of the Lord’s Supper and Watch will take place in All Saints’ at 8pm. Then on Friday next there will be a Devotional Service at East Chiltington church at 3pm and the Good Friday Liturgy will be held at All Saints’ at 8pm.

WHAT BODY? To celebrate their 20th anniversary Plumpton Players are staging a repeat performance of Habeus Corpus and back into the limelight steps that old trouper Bob Leeds, no doubt determined to repeat the success of the first staging and taking a short break from haggling for keen prices for the local oil buying group. The play, by Alan Bennet, is full of humour and an enjoyable evening is on the cards from April 30 until May 2. Tickets, at £8, a from the village store or 01273 890883. Doors and the bar open at 7.15pm in readiness for curtain up at 8pm.

EASTER RACING: Prepare for an extravaganza of racing at Plumpton on Easter Sunday and Monday. This is probably the top meeting of the year and there will be attractions for the entire family, alongside great excitement on the track. Take along a picnic or enjoy on-site catering in the restaurant or from various other outlets. Accompanied under-18s get in free, otherwise admission starts at £10 to include a race card. Racing starts on both days at 2.20pm.

CLERK WANTED: Plumpton Parish Council is seeking a new Clerk. Job description and application forms available from the current clerk, Jean Stewart on 01272 891416 or Closing date for applications is April 17.

BROADBAND UPDATE: Although BT claims to have seven or eight mbs of speed running along the telephone cables in Plumpton most of us know that those mbs never reach our homes. However, ESCC asserts that the Plumpton exchange is now firmly on the list for upgrade to Superfast broadband and that orders for the service will be being taken before the end of the year.

LEVEL CROSSING: Network Rail has now told the parish council that the proposed works at our level crossing cannot take place until 2015. That has to be good news as it means that the threat to our architectural heritage and to our safety is being delayed again. My personal belief is that, apart from safely preserving an architectural treasure, the chance of human error at a crossing is far less of a risk than that of mechanical or electrical failure or reckless behaviour at automated barrier crossing.

COLD CALLERS: Concerns have been expressed to me about people knocking at the door selling, taking surveys or for other reasons and some find it intimidating. Recently some young people claiming to be from Eastbourne and unable to find work were doing the rounds. Police advice is that one should have no dealings with such callers and most certainly never let them into the house. ID cards are so easy to produce on a computer that they are of little significance.

Rodmell & Southease

BEES: Going out into the garden around 8pm one evening I was amazed to hear loud buzzing and found the flowering currant bush alive with bees, all diligently working away collecting pollen. Obviously the night shift.

HOLIDAY SEASON: Now the holiday season is upon us and mums and dads are trying to juggle jobs and school holidays, so let’s hope the weather will be kind to them as it helps the finances if it is, as outside activities can be almost money free with a bit of imagination.

I can remember having wonderful times rock pooling, picnicking, camping etc as a child. These days with the commercial aspects being thrown at children on TV and on electrical gadgets it must be a nightmare for parents. I keep any free vouchers, tokens, offers in papers, for people I know who have children as a family day out can cost a fortune. Tourist Information Office have lots of brochures for free and it’s worth going in a looking at them.

SPRING SHOW: Rodmell Horticultural Society Spring Show was a great success as usual. The village hall was ablaze with colour and there

were some very inventive flower arrangement in kitchen implements. The children’s classes were very good and Lorna Melia romped away with the first and second prizes in the photographic entries. Many thanks to the organisers, cake bakers, tea ladies and all who made it a great afternoon.

SEEDLING SALE in the village hall on May 10. WI: On Tuesday Rodmell and Southease WI have Trevor Weeks from the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue as their speaker. Visitors welcome at 8pm in the village hall.


TEMPORARY CLOSURE: The Post Office branch within Goodfayre at Central Court in Central Avenue will be closing on Tuesday at 5.30pm for a refurbishment, re-opening on Tuesday April 29 at 1pm. This is part of a three year investment and support programme by the Post Office which will see about 6,000 branches converting to new style branches. The aim is to create a more modern and convenient retail experience for customers including (a) a modern open plan environment for customers (b) the same products and services with the addition of car tax (c) longer opening hours. Other local Post Offices for use during this time are situated in the Co-op at the Meridian Centre and at 138 South Coast Road, Peacehaven.

GOODFAYRE STORE at Central Court in Central Avenue will also be closed during the above dates for refurbishment. Watch this space for news of special events that will be taking place following the re-opening of the Post Office and Goodfayre store on April 29.

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING for Telscombe and East Saltdean will be held on Wednesday in the Council Chamber of Telscombe Civic Centre at 8pm. It is an opportunity for electors of Telscombe Cliffs, East Saltdean and Telscombe Village, to express their views and ask questions about issues in the town. It is also an opportunity for councillors to give updates from the last year and aims for the future. Duncan Kerr, the new Chief Executive of Wave Leisure will also make a short presentation on the Wave Leisure Summer Programme.

EASTER CLOSURE: Telscombe Town Council offices will close for the Easter break at 4.30pm on Thursday and re-open on Tuesday April 22 at


REFUSE COLLECTIONS: Monday no change, Tuesday to Friday, April 15 to 18, please put bins out one day early to allow collection one day earlier, ie, if your normal day is Tuesday, please put bins out on Monday; Monday to Friday, April 21 to 25, collections will be one day later with Friday April 25 being collected on Saturday April 26. Normal collections resume on Monday April 28.