Parish Pump Newhaven - April 12, 2013


THE CLERGY HOUSE: On April 16 gardener Pete Keefe will give a talk about the history and different features to enjoy in the garden at the Clergy House. The talk will last one hour starting at 11.30am. The talk is free to members of the National Trust but normal admission charges apply to non members.

A POTPOURRI OF MUSIC in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice and St Andrew’s Church will be held on April 20 at 7pm in St Andrew’s. The Lewes Jazz ensemble, Tony Mason and his harmonica, Gary Davis and his ukulele, the Alfriston Church choir and the Croakers will all entertain. Tickets adults £10 on the door.

MUCH ADO BOOKS will be hosting a workshop entitled Beyond Description - Writing in Response to Place. It will give an opportunity to hone skills at a one-day workshop focussing on using language to reflect a sense of place. Author Kay Syrad will lead the workshop which will feature a walk through the South Downs landscape painted by Philip Hughes in his book Tracks. The class is set for May 4 and further details and booking may be made by contacting Much Ado by e-mail at


GUIDED WALK of Bishopstone Village tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. Leader Philip Pople. Start Bishopstone Parish Hall. Tickets £6, including refreshments, available from Seaford Town Council and Linda’s Store. This event is in aid of the Mayor of Seaford’s Charities (Down’s Syndrome – Special Needs Support Group and St James’ Trust Seaford).

FELICITY LOTT, world-renowned singer (and another Bishopstonian like the mayor), will be in concert at Newlands School, Eastbourne Road, Seaford on Sunday April 21 at 2.30pm. Tickets £25, including afternoon tea, available from Seaford Town Council and Linda’s Stores. This event is also in aid of the Mayor of Seaford’s Charities (see above).

HIDDEN GEMS of Seaford Charity Photographic Competition. Entry forms are available until April 27 from M&Co and cost £3 each. This is yet another event in aid of the Mayor of Seaford’s Charities. (Consider yourselves lucky the Duke of Newcastle doesn’t live here any more or the Pump would have had to cover the British Empire).


CONCERT: Tomorrow, Saturday, the concert by Helen Parsons (clarinet) and Nicola Grunberg (piano) will be an introduction of the clarinet family with music from the 17th to 20th century on instruments ranging from the period basset horn to the modern-day clarinet by composers ranging from Bach to Acker Bilk. Concert goers will have an extra treat as they will be surrounded by the art of the exhibition, He Is Risen, and after the concert they will be welcome to stay with a glass of wine in their hand to view the artwork. It will be a great evening, not to be missed.

A TRIP to Madagascar. Kate Austen, who lives in Falmer, will be going to Madagascar in June to start a 12 month voluntary contract for a charity called Azafady. She will be working as a project developer for their Community Health team, working on projects to tackle high rates of maternal and child mortality in the Anosy region of Madagascar. Kate is seeking sponsorship to help fund her living costs. If you would like to help her and find out more you can link into We wish her every success and hope to hear from her when she reaches Madagascar.

WE ARE LOSING even more young people who live in the village, Sophia and Jonathan who live in Park Street are off to South Korea on April 17 to work as teachers. We shall miss them both and wish them well.


COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at Cliffe Church Hall (behind the church). Cakes, preserves, tombola and more. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: It was bitterly cold on Easter Monday, but even so, 31 people decided to brave the Arctic wind and pretend it was spring. It was a relief to have the ground drier underfoot and in the woods we were sheltered from the wind and were thrilled to see our first glimpse of this year’s lovely white wood anemones, sometimes called windflowers. Bluebell leaves were gaining height but no sign of any flowers yet. The walk started and finished at Blackboys and we passed Tickeridge Mill, always much admired and the iron streams near by. We came across a large herd of wild deer which is becoming a regular occurrence on our walks now, and stood aside on a lane to let two beautiful pony and traps pass by. Despite the cold wind everyone enjoyed the walk which was led by Roy. The next walk will be at Pevensey on Tuesday. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: The Head and Governors are painfully aware of parking and traffic problems around the school at drop-off and pick-up times and anxious both for the complete safety of children and potential nuisance to their neighbours. The school has been working with local councillors at town, district and county level to find ways of solving this problem. During the Easter Holidays, the Head has been speaking with local councillor and school governor Matt Kent, who has put together a questionnaire for parents which will be sent out next week. The school wants parents to complete the questionnaire within the time scale so that they can get as clear a picture as possible of the issues that contribute to traffic problems at these times. The county council is currently looking to improve road crossings, providing a real window of opportunity finally to deal with Church Lane’s traffic problems, which will only get worse as more children from outside Malling come to the school.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH says farewell to its Vicar this Sunday at the 9.30am Family Service. Al has been Vicar at South Malling since his licensing in September 2009 and during that time has conducted baptisms, weddings and funerals for many local people, connecting with their lives in important ways at very important and emotional times. He and his wife, Harriet have really built up children’s work in the parish during these three or so years, an achievement marked by the more than 60 children who attended the church’s Easter Eggstravaganza on Easter Saturday and the popularity of the Family Service which will also be marked by the baptism of little Usain Graham this Sunday. Al has also been an active Foundation Governor at South Malling School. The church has asked him to continue as Foundation Governor until July, so that he can complete the various responsibilities which governors take on each year. On Sunday afternoon there will be a reception in church at 3pm so that individuals can say their thanks and farewells, the reception will last for around an hour and there will be drinks and nibbles.

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RNLI: On Sunday I witnessed one of the most moving events I have ever seen and it involved Newhaven Lifeboat. It left Newhaven at 10am to go to Seaford where the crew scattered the ashes of one of their own, Gavin Butcher, in the sea opposite the Buckle car park. There were a large number of people there, many from Newhaven, who came to pay their last respects to this brave young man and it was an event he had planned himself, even down to making sure everyone who turned up was given a free ice cream from the van who was invited there by the family. Newhaven Lifeboat was joined by Eastbourne Lifeboat and Brighton Lifeboat plus the Coastguard helicopter from Lee on Solent and it was a fitting farewell to a man of the sea. Gavin’s son Michael has inherited his father’s love of the sea and is a cadet at T S Defiance, Newhaven and Seaford Sea Cadets.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: Newhaven Twinning Association is holding a quiz tonight (Friday) at the Hillcrest Centre at 7pm. There will also be a buffet supper but you should bring your own drink, hot drinks are available in the Hillcrest Café. Tickets are £6 per person or £36 per table for a maximum of six people, if you have not already booked please do so for catering purposes by telephoning Jan Marshall on 01273 612236.

ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH is holding a quiz night tomorrow (Saturday) at 6.45pm. Tickets are £5 per person to include food and you go on your own but please book in advance for catering purposes by telephoning 01273 514892.

YACHT CLUB: Eastbourne Rally Sovereign Race April 13 to 15. For full details telephone Mike Edwards on 07968 073678.

FREE COURSE: A free six week sensory play course for 0 to 5 year olds begins on Wednesday at Denton Island Community Centre and free crèche is available. Booking is essential so telephone Ronnie on 01273 311700 or email

FROM SEED to Table is a free seven week gardening course which starts on Thursday at Bay Vue amenity area next to the Hillcrest Centre from 11am to 1pm. It is for toddlers over the age of 3 years and a free lunch is included. There will be some healthy lunchtime activities. Booking is essential so ring Ronnie on 01273 311700 or email

MEECHING WI meet on Thursday at Meeching Hall, 9.45am when Mr P Molog will talk to members about Holland. New members/visitors welcome.

GARDENING SOCIETY members will enjoy a talk by Harry Townsend on A Fantasy Garden for Eccentrics at Newhaven Age Concern Day Club on Thursday at 7.30pm. Non members are always welcome for an admission charge of £2.

THE SAILING CLUB is holding a Taster Day on Saturday April 20 at Piddinghoe Pond from 10am to 4pm. If you have ever wanted to sail or windsurf but are not sure if you would like it now is your chance to find out. You can go along and have a taster sail and find out more about the club. For further details click on to the website or telephone Andrew Barns on 07881 901948.

STREET SURGERY: Meet your local councillors at the entrance to Newhaven Co-op between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Saturday April 20.

THE FILM SOCIETY is showing Goodnight and Good Luck at the Hillcrest Centre on Saturday April 20. This is a gripping drama directed by and starring George Clooney and is about the real-life conflict between the famous American TV newsman Ed Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House of Un-American Activities Committee during McCarthy’s communist witch hunts in the early 1950s. Tickets are £4.50 and are on sale now at the Hillcrest Centre. The café opens at 6.45pm and the film begins at 7.30pm.

QUIZ at Riverside Hall, West Quay, Saturday April 20, 7.30pm start. Entry £2 per person, maximum teams of six. Bring your own refreshments. Bookings can be made in advance by phoning 01273 517345. All proceeds in aid of Newhaven and Lewes Mencap.


TOWN MEETING: Remember on Tuesday at 6.30pm the annual Town Meeting will take place in the Anzac Room where residents will hear about the activities and work carried out by the town council over the last 12 months.

CINEMA: Song for Marion is being shown on Wednesday in the Community House starting at 7.30pm.Tickets from the information office cost £5 each.

RETIREMENT: Drivers past and present along with friends and supporters of CTLA (Community Transport for the Lewes Area) gathered at the Civic Centre in Telscombe Cliffs last Friday in party mood to say farewell to Gwyn Davies, who has been a stalwart of the group for 25 years. A magnificent buffet was laid on by members of the organisation. During the evening Gwyn was presented with a cut glass crystal decanter with matching glasses by Cllr Helen Livings. Many memories were shared by the speakers and amongst individual friends. Gwyn’s commitment to the organisation is such I don’t believe we have seen the last of him. It was a brilliant evening.

FASHION EVENING: I understand tickets for the CTLA Fashion Evening on Monday April 22 have been selling well but there are some still available. It is being held in the Community House, Meridian Centre. This is an opportunity for the ladies to buy well known high street brands at seriously reduced prices. The doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £6 which includes a glass of wine/soft drink. Call 01273 517332.

BRITISH NIGHT: Remember this is taking place on Friday April 19 in the Community House, Meridian Centre. It is a celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation. Tickets are available from the information office at £8.50 which includes a pie and mash supper. There will be music from the 50s to the present day. Bring your own drink.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Peacehaven WI will be in the Meridian Centre Community House foyer today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes from 8.30am until noon. On Thursday the Peacehaven Players will be behind the counter serving refreshments as part of their fund raising for their next production in June .Finally on Friday April 19 Mencap return to provide the teas and coffees.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow Saturday has been arranged by Peacehaven Horticultural Society in the Main Hall Community House from 8.30am until midday. Next week’s market will be organised by the Rainbow Nursery. To book a table contact 01273 579349.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: There will be a surgery tomorrow, Saturday, in the Meridian Centre from 10am until 11am. Councillors from both town and district will be there to talk with you about any matters affecting the town. It is a drop-in session on a one to one confidential basis so there is no need for an appointment.

HORTICULTURE: The Peacehaven Society hold their monthly meeting in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre on Monday. Doors open at 7pm for a prompt start at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Mark Saunders talking about small garden management and shrubs.

PEACEHAVEN WI: Most of our members braved the cold weather to attend the April meeting, plus one visitor. The president gave us results of the coffee morning, after which a report on the Federation Annual Meeting was read. Arrangements for our 90th birthday party in May were completed and details of the menu will be announced at the next meeting. It was agreed that the outing in October would be a visit to Cambridge and names were taken of those interested. The rest of the afternoon featured Andrea Murphy, a Medical Herbalist, talking about the advantages of herbal medicines, the oldest form of medicine known to mankind. She outlined many of the very useful herbs, including white willow, and lily of the valley, and suggested a potion to be made up and taken at the first sign of a cold. Having spoken off-the-cuff for an hour, there was little time left for many questions, but we certainly had food (or should I say herbs) for thought. We shall be pleased to welcome you to our next meeting on May 1. (Joy Allen).


TALK: A well-attended and enjoyable evening was held in Piddinghoe Village Hall last week. A talk on and tasting of a variety of Belgian Beers from fruit to Trappiste monk made varieties was given by the proprietors of the Belgian Café Eastbourne, Greg and Stephan. People who were not normally beer drinkers were won over. Belgian beer is more expensive than British beer but makes up for this by its taste. Attendees remarked on its deliciousness and in one case a normally non-beer drinker exclaimed ‘it’s a beautiful drink’.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Wine and Social Club. All welcome in the lounge from 10am to noon. On Saturday April 20 the coffee morning will be hosted by the Ladies Club.

N WATCH: At our recent annual meeting the street co-ordinators reelected are Andy Watkins as chairman, Michael Clewett as vice chairman, Liz Coles as secretary and Andrew Howe as treasurer to lead and co-ordinate Polegate Neighborhood Watch for the next twelve months. To receive a newsletter please contact Andy Watkins on 485795 or Liz Coles 488136.

RAMBLING CLUB: On April 18 a leisurely walk, Off The Rails, nearly three miles, flat no mud, coffee at Horam. Bus 51 Post Office Coppice Avenue 9.07am, Polegate High Street 9.17am, alight at Sandy Cross, no stiles with Rick. Arlington, Selmeston and back to Berwick, up to 5 miles flattish, woody and perhaps mud, four stiles with Chris; Or Spot the White Bells, nine miles Hailsham and woods, fields, take picnic with Barbara and Paul. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

MEETING: The local history group meet on Friday April 19 when our speaker is John Eldridge talking about Growing up in Wartime Mayfield. Doors open at 6.30pm. Visitors welcome.

AGM for Eastbourne Local History Society takes place on Tuesday evening April 23 for members only, followed by, if time, a talk by Peter Allen. Meeting is at St Saviours Church Hall, Spencer Road, Eastbourne at 7.30pm.

MUSGRAVE MUSEUM is now open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am until 4pm. As well as showing paintings and artifacts collected by the late George Musgrave in his lifetime. The museum is now exhibiting various artists’ works. This can be seen at 77 Seaside Road, Eastbourne.


SPRING FAIR: Do try to get along to this event being organised by Ringmer Evening WI and being held in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 1pm. There will be plenty of stalls and games for all the family as well as a raffle and tombola. Admission is free.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on April 3 was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room, of the village hall on Wednesday commencing at 7.30pm.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: The parish council invites you to attend this meeting being held in the village hall on Thursday at 7.30pm. After the business of the meeting has taken place there will be a talk entitled The Great Sussex Sustainable Development Debate which will be given by Georgia Wrighton, Director of CPRE Sussex Countryside Trust. Refreshments will be kindly provided by Ringmer Evening WI. It is hoped many residents will attend this meeting to hear about the work of your council over the past year and its plans for the future.

NEARLY NEW SALE: Ringmer Tiddlers and Toddlers are holding this sale in the village hall on Saturday, April 20, from 10.30am to noon. There will be high quality clothing/equipment for 0 to 6 year olds.

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL Meeting at 11am on Sunday, April 21, following the 9.45pm service. This is when churchwardens are elected as well as new members to the Parochial Church Council. Reports are also received on the church’s activities over the past year and the accounts for the past year are put before the meeting.

CROQUET CLUB: On Sunday April 21 and 28 there will be family croquet afternoons at the Cheyney Field from 2pm to 4pm. There will be plenty of games to amuse the youngsters whilst the adults try their hand at croquet. If you are interested please contact Johnathan Franklin on or phone him on 813189.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: On Saturday, June 8, in the village hall Daisy McKie is directing and co-ordinating a Music Hall. She has already got quite a few people willing to take part but could do with some more. If you are at all interested please get in touch with Daisy on 01273 814859. A rehearsal will take place during the evening of Friday, June 7.

SPRING SHOW: The RBL Horticultural and Home Produce Society Spring Show was held in the village halls on Saturday April 6, and was very successful. There was a fine display of daffodils and other spring flowers considering the inclement weather we have been having. The handicraft section was well supported with many fine paintings on the subject of My Favourite Place and items of embroidery. Every class in the cookery section had many mouth watering entries. The photographic judges needed a long time to find the winners of the two classes, Weddings and Reflections. The sunshine brought out near record numbers of visitors and it is hoped that they will be tempted to join us and display in the Summer Show on Saturday July 20.

First prize winners. Flowers: Large cupped daffodil and specimen, small cupped daffodil, specimen double daffodil, daffodils five different, daffodil different type, P Ball; trumpet daffodil, S Miller; specimen trumpet daffodil, M Meredith; specimen small cupped daffodil, E Bowler; double daffodil, M Meredith;

split corona daffodil, M Meredith; daffodil dwarf, J J Martin; daffodils, novice class, R Harris; specimen tulip, M Meredith; hyacinths, J Payne; polyanthus, M Meredith; pansies, M Meredith; flowering plant, V Duckett; flowering tree/shrub, M Meredith; bowl mixed flowers,L Lyon; cactus/succulent, J J Martin; bowl bulbs in bloom, J J Martin; stick of rhubarb, A M Bridger. Flower Arranging: Easter Wedding Bells, A Keeping; Say it with Flowers, H Hobbs; Spring in the Kitchen, R Hobbs. Cookery and Preserves: Coconut cake, S James; three milk rolls, S Miller; sausage plait, R Peters; savoury mousse, J Miller; bread and butter pudding, H Hobbs, five chocolate cookies, S James; two gingerbread men, M Berry; jar marmalade, E Hawkins, six eggs, S Hemington. Handicrafts and Hobbies: Painting, My Favourite Place, J Evett; needlework, J Godsmark; photo, Weddings, E Bowler; photo, Reflections, M Berry. Trophy winners: Moon Cup, most points in flower section, M Meredith; Elsie Relf Trophy, best flower exhibit, P Ball; John Barker Trophy, best handicraft exhibit, J Godsmark; Wyevale Trophy, most points in cookery section, E Hawkins and J Miller; Mary Williams Trophy, most points in flower arranging section, H Hobbs, A Keeping and R Hobbs.


EVENT: I forgot to mention in last week’s Parish Pump that my neighbour Lorna held her annual East Walk and Tea Party at her flat on Easter Monday. There must have been between 20 and 30 people coming and going and Lorna (who is a great cook) had a lovely spread of Easter fare for us all. There was a mixture of visitors from a church in Brighton and villagers from Rodmell and a good time was had by all.

ACCIDENTS: There have been yet more cars sitting on hedges or upside down in fields over the Easter period on the C7. I really don’t think people realise how dangerous this road becomes when we get snow or ice and they really should drive more carefully and according to conditions.

WI: As a fairly recent member in Rodmell and Southease WI I now get the WI magazine, WI Life and I have to admit it does have some interesting articles in it. One in particular caught my eye recently. It was written by Kevin McCloud dubbed the ‘thinking woman’s crumpet’ – no wonder I’m a fan. In it he stated that the really interesting homes are full of peoples stuff and reflected who they are. I could not have put it better myself Kevin, and for someone who is an icon of the property programme Grand Designs to say it, warms me to him even more. People who stay at my B&B write in my visitors book about all my books and interesting items. One even wrote in one of my past books visitors books that it made a change not to be an inmate in a modern minimalistic cell but in a cosy cocoon, that remark gave me immense pleasure.

PARKING: There has been some not very intelligent parking around the village of late. Someone parked a small white car right where the delivery van for the pub has to unload for the cellar and so he had to park in the middle of the road on a busy weekend, thus cutting off the right of way for village drivers down The Street and causing a hold-up along the C7 for about 10 minutes. The pub has a car park, as does the village hall and Monks House, so please use them.

SAD NEWS: For those readers who were at Sussex University in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in the late 60s onwards I have some sad news about a much loved secretary named Roseta Palmer. She died on Friday April 5 and would have been 100 on April 14. She was such a kind, smiley person, and even though she moved up to the Cotswold’s to be near her son in later years, many of us still kept in touch with her. When she came back here for a break we met up for lunch. She and her husband also ran the Sun pub at Plumpton many years ago, although strangely enough she was not a pub person. I have always said I want to end up being like Mrs P as she was so fondly known, and it was in fact the tag that I gave her and it stuck for years. Her smiling face, gracious ways and kindness will always be remembered by those that knew her and worked with her.

SPRING: At last spring has sprung and over the weekend I was able to work in the garden for hours. The magnolias are waiting to burst into flower and there are daffodils everywhere. I have them in vases all around the house as well as in the gardens as I love their cheery yellow colour. The birds are singing and mating and I feel very sorry for a jackdaw that I feed outside my kitchen door, as he has a damaged wing that he drags along. He can fly, but not too well, and he does not seem to do too well at the mating game, so tried it on with one of my tame collared doves, in desperation I suppose. She gave him short shrift and looked amazed at his audacity, poor fellow.

BABY ANIMALS are arriving thick and fast now and many people will be tempted to give them homes because they look so cute. Please give it careful thought before you purchase. Remember they grow up and need a lot of care as they depend on you. Going on holidays needs a lot of thought as you can’t expect neighbours to keep looking after them. Owners being at work all day means an animal can get lonely and cause problems. If you take on baby goats or orphan lambs they can be great escape artists and there are many shrubs in gardens that can poison them. To be fair to the animals and the centres which end up looking after them, please give it careful thought.

PUB EVENTS: Today, Friday, Live music from 8pm. On April 27 please note that the pub will be closed from 8pm for a private party. April 28, Quiz Night from 8pm. Booking a table is recommended. Monday May 6, The Sussex Spring Sing Folk Festival from 2pm to 10pm. Food served all day.


PHOTO COMPETITION: Seaford Town Council are holding a photography competition to raise funds for the Mayor’s charities (The Seaford Downs Syndrome Support Group and the St James’ Trust) The theme for the competition is Hidden Gems of Seaford and entry forms are available from M&Co at 43 Broad Street. Entry to the competition (which closes on April 27) is £3 per photo.

QUIZ AND BINGO: The Dance Company have arranged a charity quiz and bingo evening tonight, Friday, for the St James’ Trust from 7pm at the Club House in 11 Blatchington Road. Tickets are £3.50 each (maximum 6 per team) For further information call Donna on 01323 873558.

THE FOLK CLUB meet at the Royal British Legion at 8pm every Friday evening. The guest tonight is Geoff Higginbottom, a great entertainer and musician whose songs and anecdotes went down so well when he last visited the club.

BOOT FAIR: Seaford Scouts are hosting a charity Boot Fair at Seaford Head Lower School tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am to 1pm. If you are interested in a pitch you can arrive at 8.30am. It is £8 for a car and £12 for a van. Call 0844 414 6086 for details.

FREE CONCERT: There will be a lunchtime concert at 1pm tomorrow, Saturday, at St Leonard’s Church. American born Noelle Casella (violoncello) and Sebastian Grand from Guernsey (piano) will be playing music by Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, Glazunov and Faure. The concert lasts approximately an hour, there will be free admission with a retiring collection.

FOOTBALL: Seaford Town play Broadbridge Heath at the Crouch Ground tomorrow, Saturday. This is a league match and kicks off at 3pm. Your support for your local team would be appreciated.

SPRING CONCERT: Our very own Silver Band are holding their Spring Concert on Sunday evening at 7pm. This will be a wonderful occasion which includes a bagpiper, Seaford Primary School Choir and the Seaford Chamber Orchestra. The venue is Seaford Head Upper School and tickets (£6) are available from Carole Electra and Crosby’s (or turn up on the night). There will also be refreshments and a raffle.

CHYNGTON ESTATE: The Residents Association for Chyngton Estate (RACE) will be meeting on Tuesday evening at 7pm in St Luke’s Church Hall. All are welcome to discuss issues affecting those that live in the Chyngton Area. Call Jean on 01323 899593 for further information.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the council finance and general purposes committee 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.

QUIZ NIGHT: The Constitutional Club are hosting a quiz night on Thursday evening at 7.30pm. The quiz is presented by Seahaven FM and Seaford Martello Rotary Club. Tickets are available from the Seahaven FM office which is just behind the Office Bar in Saxon Lane.

CLASSICAL CONCERT: Dame Felicity Lott will performing at Newland’s School next weekend. Felicity is a renowned opera singer who has delighted audiences around the world for over 30 years. This is a rare opportunity to see her in concert. Tickets are £25 (which include refreshments) and are available from Seaford Town Council (01323 894870) or from Linda’s Store at Bishopstone Station (01323 899486).

CHARITY WALK: Seaford Martello Rotary are holding a charity walk on May 5 to raise funds for the Sussex Air Ambulance. Registration is open now (call 07934 183021).

TABLE TOP SALES: St Thomas More Church will be hosting a monthly table top sale starting on May 25. This is to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and the restoration of the church hall. Tables are £10 and if you are interested in participating please call Anne on 01323 890270.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Seaford and District Horticultural Society are recruiting new members. If you like to grow your own plants, fruit and vegetables or enjoy gardening generally, why not join them. The membership secretary is Sylvia Carter who will be happy to give you more information. Membership is just £6 per household per year so give her a call on 012332 891954.

YOUNG MUM/DAD? The Strollers meet at the Salts Cafe at 9.45am every Tuesday for a brisk walk along the prom. The strollers are parents and carers of children under 5 years and prams and buggies are welcome. For further information contact the Seaford Children’s Centre on 01323 464550.

I AM ALSO advised that there are spaces available at Chyngton Methodist Church Pre-School for children aged between 3 and 4 years. Call 07971 433164 for details.


YOUR CHANCE TO DANCE: This spring sees those of you wishing to learn to Line Dance given the opportunity you have been waiting for. Your local Line Dance club is starting a new basic beginners’ class aimed at those that would like to take up this popular form of dancing. No partner required and a warm welcome and patient teacher guaranteed! This class will give you a great work out for your mind and body as well as a smile on your face and a spring in your step. The new class starts on Tuesday at Telscombe Hall, from 7pm to 8pm and costs £5. For more information call 01273 587714 or visit the website at

SEAHAVEN’S Tastiest Tomato Challenge, April 27. NP&S Lions Club in partnership with Paradise Park, are running a sponsored tomato growing competition called Seahaven’s Tastiest Tomato Challenge. For a small donation to the Lion’s good cause Young Carers pick up your starter pack from the foyer in Paradise Park on Saturday April 27 between 10am and 4pm and receive some tomato seeds, pot, compost and growing instructions. Bring back your fully grown tomato(s) on Saturday August 31 before 2pm in the Paradise Park cafeteria, to be judged by the Plant Doctor on their supreme taste. There are two class winners, below 16 years of age and above 16 years of age. For further details Tel: 01273 512123 or email:

TOWN MEETING: The annual town meeting for Telscombe Town, which incorporates Telscombe Cliffs, East Saltdean and Telscombe Village takes place next Wednesday at 8pm in the Council Chamber at Telscombe Civic Centre. Councillors will update residents on the work of the council over the last year and questions can be asked by the town’s electors.