Parish Pump Newhaven - April 27, 2012


COFFEE MORNING: The community coffee morning will be held at the parish hall today, Friday, 10.30am to noon, free coffee and cake. If you need a lift please contact Sally Eyton-Lloyd on 894520.

Whist Drive at the parish hall, 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Entrance fee, which includes refreshments, is £2.50. A light hearted evening where beginners are welcome. This event is raising funds for the upkeep of the Parish Hall.

DEANERY LADIES’ Breakfasts invite all ladies to join them for a healthy breakfast, pleasant company, and an interesting speaker. For further details contact Lily Holland on 892199. The next breakfast will be tomorrow, Saturday, (8.30am to 10am) at Ripe Village Hall when the speaker will be Mrs L Benn, wife of the bishop. Cost £4. Contact Jane Anderson, 870075, three days in advance.

TALK: Ian Everest’s interesting and enjoyable, sell-out talk on April 14 raised £420 towards the upkeep of the parish hall.

IN RESPONSE to Rouser (Sussex Express, April 13) on the safety of the old downland rifle ranges, the artist Edwin Douglas had problems with bullets whizzing over his property, Fox Down, as far back as 1898. The Victorian tradition continued into the 20th century. You can still find the occasional WW2 cartridge at Tide Mills and WW1 lead bullets on the beach not far away. One range was on the shore until eroded by the sea, no doubt to the relief of fishermen and sailors alike.

STORMS: After last week’s storms (Sussex Express, April 13, p 2) beachcomber Albert found a wooden belaying pin from the age of sail on the tide line.


Denton &

South Heighton

WARNING to dog owners who have had their pets clipped at Paris Grooming since June 2011. They have asked me to say their appointment diary has been stolen. This contains telephone numbers, dogs’ names and breeds (no addresses). The theft has been reported to police but owners who have visited the shop in the last 10 months are asked to be on their guard and keep their dogs safe.

BAKER BOYS: Tonight (Friday) The Fabulous Baker Boys are playing at the Hope Inn. They do not often have a band there so go along and support them. The band starts playing at 9pm.

MADS: Meeching Amateur Dramatics is holding a bumper fund-raising games evening tomorrow (Saturday) in Meeching Hall at 7.30pm.Tickets are £4. To help with catering, ring Tony on 07912 965507 to book.

NEW SHOP: It is always good news for Newhaven when a new shop opens in the town and Treasure Chest will open in the old Gills fruit and vegetable shop at the end of the High Street at the end of the month or early May. This is to be similar to Cash Converters where you can take unwanted goods like cameras, DVD players etc to sell. You can also buy good-quality second-hand items there.

TOWN MEETING: Newhaven Town Meeting will be held at the Hillcrest Community Centre on Wednesday at 7pm. During this meeting the Community Awards will be presented.

GUEST HOUSE STORYTELLERS: The next meeting takes place on Tuesday May 8. It is entitled Look Through the Window, What Do You See? Anyone can go along and tell a story that is personal to them. The meeting is in The Hillcrest Centre and the cafe opens at 7pm, stories begin at 7.30pm. Admission is £4, concessions £3 on the door.

RACE NIGHT: Newhaven and Seaford Sea Cadets’ most important fund raiser of the year takes place at Newhaven Enterprise Centre, Denton Island on Saturday May 12. The first race is 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 which includes a fish and chip supper. There will be a licensed bar and a raffle. To purchase or reserve your tickets telephone 01273 615096 or email

DANCEHAVEN: One of the biggest music festivals ever to be staged in Newhaven takes place at the football club on Saturday May 12. This coincides with the 125th anniversary of the club. The Festival opens at noon and continues until 11pm. The pitch will be the stage and a magnificent lazer-light show is planned from 8.30pm. This family event staged by The Nomads is all in aid of charity. DJ Thomas Gandey will headline the Festival and is flying in from Germany especially for the event. Local and international soloists will supply music throughout the day along with other top DJs. Tickets are £10 and are on sale at all branches of Roys off-licence and online at Children under 14 free providing they are accompanied by an adult.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: At our meeting in March we found out about Tai Chi. All exercises must be done slowly, this helps the whole body to relax and will be more beneficial. George Rose gave this talk; he was so enthusiastic and had originally started Tai Chi because of health problems. He now gives classes and has 80-year-olds attending. He also goes to schools to talk to the youngsters. Quite a lot of business followed including the annual general meeting which will be in the Albert Hall, London and the annual meeting at Eastbourne. The April meeting was our first summer evening meeting with a very entertaining speaker talking about and acting the sketches of Joyce Grenfell. Not only did she remind us of Joyce by her looks but the accents for each sketch were good. Small changes of costume also made such a difference. The sketches were the Nursery School Class, School Reunion and one about Time Does Not Always Heal. In June we are making small cakes for the Jubilee Street Party at South Heighton. We are also having a stall at the Jubilympics at Denton on June 9. At our next meeting, on May 14, we shall be discussing the resolution on Midwifery which will be voted on at the annual general meeting in London. All meetings are held at South Heighton Village Hall on the second Monday of the month at 7pm, except Bank Holidays. Any visitors or new members most welcome. (J Jennings).


BEES: There has been a lot of publicity about whole hives of bees being wiped out by disease which could affect the pollination of some plants. In the past my roses have had semi circles cut out of their leaves and this is down to leaf cutter bees. This does no harm unless the roses are intended for showing. This year I have found little piles of earth in my lawn which I thought was due to ants. However after some research I discover they are caused by mining bees. Fortunately these are harmless and do not sting but it is best to brush the mounds of earth over the lawn because if they are flattened by the mower they make excellent seed beds for weeds.

QUIZ NIGHT: Remember the Mayor’s extra charity quiz on Friday May 4. The venue is the Community House, Meridian Centre starting at 7pm. Tickets are £2 from the information office. Bring your own food and drink.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been organised by the Peacehaven Evangelical Church from 8.30am until noon in the Main Hall, Community House. Next week the market is being arranged by the Peacehaven Liberal Democrats. To reserve a table telephone them on 07932 448 721.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the Meeching WI will be serving teas, coffees and cakes from the Community House refreshment kiosk between 8.30am and midday. Next week the Peacehaven Players will be behind the counter on Thursday hoping to raise funds for their next production in June. Followed on Friday May 4 by Joan Goldrich who is offering refreshments to boost the building funds for the new Peacehaven War Memorial that is being erected in the Meridian Park.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the leisure and amenities committee in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre on Tuesday starting at 6.30pm. All council meetings are open to residents who may ask questions during the first 15 minutes.

THE DELL: The John Lawson’s Circus big top will be at The Dell from today, Friday, until Sunday. Show times are Friday 4.30pm and 7.30pm, Saturday 2pm and 5pm and finally at 2pm on Sunday. There is no boot sale on this Sunday. The next one will be on May 6 at the new times of 8am for sellers and 9am for buyers. All future boot sales will adhere to these times and finish at 1pm.

Rodmell & Southease

PARISH ASSEMBLY: Rodmell Parish Assembly in the village hall at 7.30pm tonight, Friday. Come along and support our hard working parish councillors.

WELL DONE Jill Harrison and friends, who made over £2,000 on Wednesday April 18, at Jill and Neville’s lovely house at Southease for Friends of East Sussex Hospices. Despite the awful weather, it was very busy when I was down there.

THE SERVICE at Southease Church on Sunday was very well attended. Several of us arrived early and sat on the seat outside just taking in the lovely view and enjoying the sunshine.

WI: Sadly I did not make it to the WI meeting last week as I was feeling a bit under the weather. Evidently the speaker Julie Pinell gave a talk on Your Memories, and Don’t Lose Them, which I’m told was very interesting.

VISIT: I am off to visit the Shri Swaminarayan Mandi Hindu Temple in Neasden, North London, on Sunday. I find learning about other cultures and beliefs interesting. I will report on the visit next week.

IF YOU want to have an afternoon of laughter take a three-year-old to Blackberry Farm. It is a wonderful place for adults and children alike. I went with my friend’s three-year-old and his gran, and we laughed from start to finish. Especially when granny turned a pod-like piece of play apparatus around a little too fast for its contents, her grandson, who went spinning out of control for a moment, to be followed by a very irate comment from a little boy who did not like all the laugher that followed as it bruised his dignity. ‘That was not funny’, said the affronted little boy who had to be placated by my saying, ‘Well granny’s face was so funny when it happened.’ Three year olds can be very sensitive, especially boys. He had his own back watching two oldies, come down on rush mats on the slides. What laughter there was then.

SEEDLINGS: It was lovely pricking out seedlings in the greenhouse on Saturday and Sunday. I dare not put many of them out yet as we are still having severe frosts in this area.

MY GUEST who stayed last week was caught up in two accidents at the university and stadium junction as she was going up to Woodingdean. I think they happened on April 18 and 19 and both seemed serious..


THE FOLK CLUB will be meeting tonight, Friday, at the Royal British Legion Club. Doors open at 8pm (although the bar is open earlier) and the guests tonight are Barber and Armer a splendid folk duo from Brighton.

SPRING FAIR: Once again Save The Children Week is with us and to raise funds a Spring Fair is being held tomorrow, Saturday, in St Leonard’s Hall, from10am to noon. There will be plants, bric-a-brac, raffle, cakes and coffee as usual. There will also be a street collection on that day and house to house collections during Save The Children Week, so please give what you can.

COUNCILLOR SURGERY: Seaford Liberal Democrat Councillors are holding a drop in surgery tomorrow, Saturday, at 37 Church Street between 10am and noon. No appointment is necessary, just pop in and they will be pleased to help.

GUIDED TOURS: I will be providing an historic guided tour of Seaford tomorrow, Saturday, starting from the Tourist Information office in Church Street at 10.30am. I will also be providing an historic tour of Alfriston at 2pm the same day starting at the Market Cross. Tickets for either event are £5 and available from the Tourist Office or on the day.

ROCK N ROLL: Rock band Tongue and Groove and will be playing at the Constitutional Club at the Crouch tomorrow, Saturday, night. Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are £12.50. This is an over 18yrs event arranged to make funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Call Lorna Allen on 01323 891614.

PARLIAMENT TALK: I will be giving a lecture about the history of the Houses of Parliament at St Peter’s Church Hall on Tuesday at 2.30pm, to raise funds for the church Raise the Roof project. Tickets from Stephen Newberry Estate Agents and also on the door.

THE BONFIRE SOCIETY will be meeting at 7pm on Thursday at their headquarters at the White Lion Pub. This is an open committee meeting and you have a chance to join and meet other members. Call Kevin Start on 07801 840201. The society are determined that the celebrations will be even better than last year. Join them, dress up and have fun.

A REWARD of £2,700 has been put up for evidence leading to the conviction of the woman who recently tried to buy poison to kill animals in central Seaford. Police are dealing with the matter and if you have information they can be contacted by telephoning 101. Further information on a special leaflet now available in the Tourist Office.

CRICKET: The cricket club are pleased to announce that Kevin Ramsay from Barbados has agreed to play for them this season. Kevin is 22 years old and a right-hand top order batsman and bowls spin. We all wish him well and look forward to seeing him score many runs at the Salts.

EXCHANGE GARDEN: A huge and cheery thank-you to Lindsay Thomas who is stepping down as the co-ordinator of the Exchange Garden. In the five years she has been in the role she has transformed a scrubby patch of land at Crouch Gardens into a thriving community garden used by a wide range of Seaford folk from young to old. Well done Lindsay and best of luck for your future projects.

CONTACTING THE POLICE: I have witnessed dozens of people trying to contact the police by going into the police station when the desk is not manned. It is only open from 10am to 2pm. Sussex Police are good with technology but for many Seaford people the Police Station is still their first point of contact with the force when something goes wrong. I recently witnessed a tearful elderly lady ringing the police from their yellow help phone in the pouring rain. Cannot another phone be provided on the police counter for members of public to use when the Tourist Office is open so at least they don’t get wet while waiting for the police to deal with the call? Remember that the non-emergency number for the police is 101. Write this number down and keep it next to your phone. In an emergency or if you think a crime is being committed dial 999.

LUNCHTIME CONCERT at St Leonard’s Church on Saturday May 5 at 1pm given by Duo Figaro, a violin and viola duo. The concert, which lasts about an hour, has free admission with a retiring collection.


BINGO: There will be a bingo evening at the Civic Centre today, Friday, 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.

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. 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

SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a meeting of the local Breast Cancer Support Group on Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm in the Civic Centre. The group’s aim is to give social support to anyone with breast cancer, or anyone with concerns about it, friends, relatives or those awaiting diagnosis. The meetings are friendly and relaxed with tea, coffee and delicious cakes. They have a qualified therapist providing reflexology or hand massage. If you prefer to have a one-to-one chat, or for more information, please ring Pat Dunkley on 01273 582952 or 07760 300467.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: The date for the next councillors’ surgery will be on Saturday May 5 from 10am to 11am. This will be held at the Civic Centre and is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town or district councillor. There is usually a county councillor present too and a representative from the local police. Please make the most of this opportunity to meet your town councillor and come along on Saturday. No appointment is necessary.

RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: The residents association will be holding a coffee morning from 10am to 11am on Saturday May 5 to coincide with the councillors’ surgery. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues. All Telscombe residents are welcome. They look forward to seeing you there.