Parish Pump Newhaven - April 13, 2012

Alciston & Selmeston

VILLAGE MARKET: Alciston and Selmeston Village Market will be held on Tuesday, 10.30am to noon in the village hall. There will be home made cakes and bread, preserves, local free range eggs, books and good quality bric-a-brac. A selection of great craft stalls, refreshments and bacon sandwiches available. Free entry.


THE ZUMBA CLASS has changed venue. It will now be one class a week at the school from Monday at 7.30pm to 8.30pm. All enquiries contact Louise at 07786 425758.

THE RURAL LIVING Roadshow will be visiting the War Memorial Hall on Tuesday from 2pm. Representatives from Health, Pensions, Older People and Rural Independent Living agencies will be available to answer questions and give information about local services that are available for older people to continue living in their homes in rural areas.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society will be meeting on April 17 at 7.30pm in the War Memorial Hall when the head gardener of Fittleworth House, West Sussex, will give an illustrated talk on Nature in the Garden. Rapkyns Nursery will also be visiting with plants for sale before and after the talk.


WE REGRET to record the death of Sheila Burgess of Bishopstone Granary on April 5. She had only recently gone to stay with her daughter nearby. Sheila loved crosswords and animals. We met her over an abandoned fox cub, and her cat Bella was a stray found in the wood store. Sheila will be sorely missed at the village fair where she organised the children’s lucky dip bran tubs.

CASSIE, the Mayor’s dog has also passed away, sadly just short of her 15th birthday. The spaniel could be seen happily racing around the green in the evening, having patiently waited for Linda Walraven to return from a long working day.

EVENING of local farming nostalgia to be held at the parish hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm is fully booked. 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. Money raised will go towards the upkeep of the parish hall.

REMINDERS: Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club Open Days (starting 10am) are on April 14 and 15 at Piddinghoe Pond and Seaford Marine Parade respectively.

VILLAGE FAIR: Your help is still needed with the village fair, books, bric-a-brac welcome. Leave at Linda’s Stores.

TIDE MILLS LITTER PICK: The next beach clean is at 10am, on Sunday; meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). For further information, call Jim Skinner on 01273 517291.

CONSULTATION: E-On has circulated its offshore windfarm proposal for comment. In response to our enquiry, E-On admits that their attractive underwater photograph with shipwreck and diver was not taken in Sussex.

MANTELPIECE: In response to Rouser (Sussex Express 30 March p14) the original Mantell-Piece was a slab with dinosaur bones, now on display at the Natural History Museum and Shipwreck museum (Hastings), and satirised by the Victorian poet Thomas Hood.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

SPRING WALK today (Friday) led by a South Downs National Park Ranger. Meet at Summerhayes Wellbeing Centre ready to leave at 10am. The walk will last about one hour. Telephone Jenny on 01273 612539 to book as places limited.

COFFEE MORNING tomorrow (Saturday) in aid of Newhaven Lifeboat.10am to noon at 2 Bay Vue Road by kind permission of Derek and Ann Payne.

YACHT CLUB: Tomorrow (Saturday) a talk by Mike Edwards and Richard Mitchell on Buoyage and Lights Recognition followed by a meal at the Yacht Club HQ. Contact Ann Headon on 01273 885952 for details. Members will be taking part in the Eastbourne Rally and Sovereign Tower Race from April 20 to 22. More details from Mike Edwards on 07968 073678.

MOTORCYCLE RALLY: Sussex British Motorcycle Owners Club at the Fort on Sunday. Spectacular gathering of classic motorbikes, music and entertainment throughout the day. Doors open 10.30am, normal admission prices apply. For more details telephone the Fort on 01273 517622.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: Pat Bryer will give a talk Choice Joyce – a flavour of Joyce Grenfell in South Heighton Village Hall on Monday at 7pm. Visitors welcome.

COOKING FOR FUN: Free three-week course starting Tuesday at Summerhayes Wellbeing Centre. Telephone Ronnine on 01273 515404 to book.

CREATIVE SPACE is a needlework and craft group that meets at the Hillcrest Centre on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. Open to anyone interested in learning or improving their creative skills in sewing, knitting, crochet and many other crafts. Members can learn a particular craft or work on their own personal project. New six-week course begins on Tuesday. Telephone June on 01273 510890.

MEECHING WI: Mr Padget’s talk on Stanley Holloway’s Life and Legacy was very interesting. During his career he produced 55 monologues and also entertained such diverse audiences as radio listeners and the forces. He was also invited to take part in a Royal Command Performance. Our next speaker on April 19 is Ian Everest talking on Bygone Country Life. April 27 is the coffee morning at the Meridian, cakes needed please, also donation for the tombola. Please do not forget World Women’s Walk on Sunday April 29. We will be meeting at 10am on the west side of the river bridge. You may join in at any point between the bridge and the Hope. If it is raining we will abandon it, but please donate towards our charity. Group meeting on Wednesday May 2 at Meeching Hall, tickets are £3. The AGM at the Albert Hall is fully booked; June 6, Windsor Castle, please pay at the April meeting. July 25 Ladies Day, we are hoping to go to Jempsons Baker for lunch and visit the Stone Cross Mill for cream tea and tour. Book club meets once a month; currently reading The Linden Walk by Elizabeth Elgin. New members/visitors are always welcome. If you have any queries please ring 01273 515439.

CEMETERY WALK led by Ian Everest 10am to 11am Friday April 20. Meet at Summerhayes Wellbeing Centre. Book in advance as places limited, ring Jenny Leon on 01273 612539 or email her jenny.leon

MAYORS CHARITY QUIZ takes place in Meeching Hall on Friday April 20 at 7pm for 7.30pm. £3 per person (max six per team). Contact the town council on 01273 516100 to enter.

FAMILY FUN DAY. Lottery funded event run by NCDA/Sompriti on Saturday April 21 at Denton Island Community Centre 11am to 3pm. Using the theme Celebrating Cultures it is a day celebrating food, music, dance and art from around the world. There will be a variety of stalls, face painting, dragon dance, Indian dancing, African drumming, art workshops, cookery demonstrations and more. Go along and join in the festivities.

BIKERS RALLY and live music at the Engineer Pub starting at 5pm Friday April 19 and continuing Saturday April 20. Free entry but collection for Help For Heroes. Live music throughout the weekend from Tasteless and Random.

PLANT SALE on Saturday April 21, 10am to 11.30am Denton Church Hall. Refreshments available, plants and cakes needed to sell, contact Ann on 01273 514482 if you have any to donate. All proceeds to Denton Church.

QUEEN’S JUBILEE TEA: St Michael’s Church Rooms, Saturday April 21, 3.30pm. Teas for sale and traditional community singing. Ring Ann on 01273 514841.

ILLUSTRATED TALK: Galapagos, a Journey with Jenny, Saturday April 21 at 7pm in Denton Church Hall. Tickets £4 including refreshments from Ann on 01273 514482. All proceeds to Denton Church.


COUNCIL GRANTS: Twice a year the town council makes grants to local organisations to assist with specific projects that are beneficial to residents. The closing date for funding applications is Friday April 27. The necessary forms are available from the information office. All requests will be reviewed by the Grants Committee on Tuesday May 22.

CIVIC AWARDS: The Mayor of Peacehaven is introducing these awards to thank and recognise the outstanding contributions of some of our hard working residents and businesses. Nominations for potential recipients should be handed in before Monday April 30. A simple form is available from the information office or may be downloaded from the council web site.

HORTICULTURE: The next meeting of the Peacehaven Horticultural Society will be held in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre on Monday. Doors open at 7pm for a prompt start at 7.30pm. The topic will be The Flower Show. Are you ready? Peter Collett will be giving members ideas and suggestions.

SUNDAY LUNCH: Kate Davies chair of the Meridian Forum tells me that the Newhaven Sunday Lunch Club is now open at the Newhaven Day Centre every weekend. Sunday roast, dessert and coffee costs just £5.50. To book a lunch call Kate on 01273 516207. Transport is available at a small charge and can be arranged by calling Frieda on 01273 581770. All are welcome.

FORTIES NIGHT: KAS described as the Forces Sweetheart will be singing songs from the WW2 era on Friday May 18 in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre from 7.30pm. She has already sung on TV and Radio as well as major events throughout the UK. Tickets are £5 each from the information office. You can bring your own food and drink.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been organised by the U3A from 8.30am until noon in the Main Hall, Community House. Next week the market is being arranged by the Labour Party. To reserve a table call them on 01273 307444.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, INAA the local advice group will be serving teas, coffees and cakes from the Community House refreshment kiosk between 8.30am and midday. Next week Harlequin Studios will be behind the counter on Tuesday followed on Thursday by the Seahaven Scouts. On Friday April 20 Guide Dogs for the Blind will offer the refreshments. All are local organisations that are fund raising.

BOOT SALE: The next boot sale at The Dell is on Sunday. The organisers are the Seahaven Scouts Active Supporters. Gates will open for sellers to set up at 7am. Buyers will be admitted from 8am until noon. Advance warning from May 6 all trading times will move forward by one hour. This means sellers will then be admitted from 8am and buyers from 9am. The event will end at 1pm.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: Remember there is a surgery tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until 11am at the Community House, Meridian Centre when residents may ask the elected councillors questions relating to town matters. No appointment is necessary and discussions are on a confidential one to one basis.

BINGO NIGHT: It is bingo night in the Community House, Meridian Centre today, Friday, starting at 7pm sharp. There are eight games for £4 plus a flyer and snowball game. All proceeds will go to the Mayor’s local charities appeal. Remember to bring along your own food and drinks.

COUNCIL MEETING: The next meeting of the policy and finance committee is in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre on Tuesday starting at 6.30pm. Residents may attend and will be given the opportunity to ask questions during the first 15 minutes.

CINEMA: The film this month is the much acclaimed The Artist. It is being shown in the Community House, Meridian Centre from 7.30pm on Wednesday April 25. Tickets at £4.50 are available from the information office.

FASHION SHOW: A final reminder that Peacehaven’s Young Mayor Megan Foster has organised this show in the Main Hall, Community House on Wednesday starting at 7.30pm. It will be an opportunity to buy high street clothes at bargain prices. Admission is by ticket only available from the information office at a cost of £6 which will include refreshments. All proceeds will go to the local abc fund a charity that arranges outings for disadvantaged children.

U3A: Fund raising coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, 8am to noon, Main Hall, Meridian Centre. Tea, coffee, toast, bacon sandwiches available. Yum yum. tombola, books, puzzles and bric-a-brac. The usual nice, friendly browsing morning. Donated items very welcome. Also help on the stalls or in the kitchen. Don’t be shy. Above all just come along.

PEACEHAVEN WI: April’s meeting was well attended and we had three visitors. We heard it was a profitable month as the coffee morning did well, plus two of our members won prizes in the 300 Club. Arrangements were made for our visit to Hole Park in May and for choice of menu for our institute birthday party in June. There were reports on the visits in March to the ACM in Eastbourne (where the main speaker was TV’s Katie Derham on Musical Mishaps) and to the V&A Museum in London to see Cecil Beaton’s collection of portraits of the Queen. After tea, Mr Rushton gave us a talk, with slides, on Amsterdam which was very interesting and informative and his photos were excellent. Next meeting will be on May 2 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Details from June Garland 01273 580016.

Rodmell & Southease

I FORGOT to say in last weeks PP that villagers who made the effort to go to Monks House for coffee and cakes with Rodmell Coffee Club on March 28 had a wonderful time. Monks House garden was a picture, and the cakes were so good, plus the weather was sunny and hot. Many thanks to Alli Pritchard for letting us have Monks House for the meeting and to Judith Bradbury, Sam Barlow and Sarah Last for being such good organisers. I can’t wait for the next one but I’m not sure of the venue.

QUESTIONNAIRE: People of the village who completed the questionnaire about what they would like in the village may like to know that 83 percent were in favour of more coffee and cake events (you bet). 61 percent were interested in a lunch club, 52 percent liked the idea of a programme of talks, 48 percent expressed interest in a film club.

I WAS TAKEN by my lovely god-daughter Sharon to see her daughter Raphaella in Oliver at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne on Good Friday. Not only did she pick me up and wine an dine me before the performance but she also drove me home again, which made it a very enjoyable day out, especially as she had to drive back to Wannock at 11pm. The performance was so good. It was by the Rattonians Youth Group who started performing in 1984 and have a reputation for delivering high quality good value entertainment in Eastbourne. I thought all the youngsters were great but there were outstanding performances by Mrs Sowerberry – Robyn Nash, Oliver – Alex Dry, Fagin – Ben Chaffin, Nancy – Aimee Dyer and my favourite Bill Sykes – Ben Gurney who reminded me of Cain in Emmerdale with his dark looks. I understand the youngest performers were only seven and it was remarkable how well they did. One has to admire the dedication of the parents, especially the mums, who drive the performers to and fro and act as chaperones as well as doing their jobs and looking after their families. It’s great to see children occupying themselves in being creative and not destructive.

COFFEE AND CAKES: I’ve now heard the next coffee and cake morning is on Monday April 23 and includes a mah-jong tester session. Come along either to take part or just have a cake. I hope to have more details soon.

I WENT TO PIDDINGHOE on Good Friday morning to watch the skipping in the street. It was a lovely day and it made for a very jolly occasion which is an old tradition. I could not stop for the pancake race and Easter Egg hunt or the hot cross buns etc as I had a very busy day ahead of me.

THE OUSE VALLEY villages have been a picture this spring, and the lovely display of daffodils, at the junction of Wellgreen Lane and the C7 were a lovely sight to see. We who live in this area are so lucky to live in such beautiful surroundings.

LIVING LANDSCAPE Photo Walks. Ouse Valley photography competition and Artwave exhibition. Be inspired by the natural beauty of the Ouse valley and join free local walks, bring along your camera. Open to all, contribute photos to a valley wide competition. Categories are children, amateur, art photographer, best in village/town. Great prizes from a local business and online photographic exhibition. All photos to be exhibited at a special Artwave exhibition. Join the online exhibition at and send one entry per category to Contact Susan Thompson 01273 477070 for details of summer walks.

WI: April 17, 7.30pm Share Your Memories and Don’t Lose Them. A talk by Julie Pinell in the village hall. Visitors welcome.

CLOTHES SALE: Friends of East Sussex Hospices, Expensive Mistakes, fashion fundraiser at Southease Place by kind permission of Neville and Jill Harrison on Wednesday from 10am to 4pm. Entrance £3 including coffee. Lunch available.


THE FOLK CLUB is on tonight, Friday, at 8pm at the Royal British Legion Club. The guest is Derek Gifford who has been singing folk songs for over 30 years and, since retirement from the day job, is now occupied as a full time folk performer. It has been far too long since the lad from Lancashire was last in Seaford.

CONCERT: There will be a Lunchtime Concert in St Leonard’s church tomorrow, Saturday, at 1pm. The concert will be given by Practicall Musicke a group of musicians performing music from the Renaissance and Baroque period. Free admission with a retiring collection and it lasts approximately an hour.

OPEN DAY ONE: Seaford and Newhaven Sailing Club are holding open days this weekend. Tomorrow, Saturday, at Piddinghoe Lake, they are offering the chance to try Dinghy Sailing in a free accompanied taster sail (please come suitably dressed). See for details.

OPEN DAY TWO: Sunday at the Seaford and Newhaven Sailing Club House at the Buckle, Marine Parade will be open from 10am and you can see the facilities and to collect general information on the club and training as well as watching the regular weekly racing.

RUBBISH: Remember the council tip at Cradle Hill is now has its summer opening hours, Monday to Sunday 9am to 6pm.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the council finance and general purposes committee at 37 Church Street on Thursday 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.

BONFIRE SOCIETY: I attended the monthly meeting of the Seaford Bonfire Society last week and it was packed. The SBS really has been going from strength to strength since the brilliant parade and firework display last October, it can only be better this year.


TOTS AND TUMS CLASS: Alex Parsons is a personal trainer specialising in pre and post natal exercise. Her Tots and Tums class came about after the birth of her daughter. She found that time to exercise with a new baby was difficult enough but also trying to find baby sitters for a new born baby made exercise take a back seat. What she really needed was a class where she could take her baby with her, so she formed her own class. Tots and Tums is a Mum and Buggy exercise class without childcare worries, bring your baby along in the buggy. The class includes lots of Power Pushing to keep the babies happy with frequent stops to give Mum a fat burning and tummy toning workout. Classes take place in Seaford and will be starting in Telscombe Cliffs from April 26 in Chatsworth Park at 9.15am. To book your space or for more information call Alex on 07540 551054 or email

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING will take place at the Civic Centre on Wednesday at 8pm. This is a meeting for electors of Telscombe Cliffs, East Saltdean and Telscombe Village to ask questions of councillors, and an opportunity for councillors to update electors on the work of the council over the last year.