Parish Pump Newhaven - April 5, 2013

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EASTER WEEKEND: Though the sun did not shine all the time and there was still a sharp wind blowing, the village was once more alive. With the drains and the Tarmac work complete (one week early) visitors replaced the high-vis jacketed workman and made the High Street buzz again. It has been a long, quiet time with repairs following floods and snow but it is hoped that April will be the start of a busy year for all our traders.

THE 300 CLUB meet this month on April 9 at Deans Place Hotel at 8pm. All are welcome to witness the monthly draw and perhaps be tempted to join and have the chance of winning £50.


PLEASE NOTE: There will be no evensong at St Andrew’s Church on Sunday. (United Benefice Evensong with Benediction will be held at St Peter’s followed by drinks at the Rectory).

CLIFDEN NURSING HOME Songs of Praise is on Monday at 11am. This time it is St Andrew’s turn to lead with Pat Deane; please support this event.

THE DAFFODILS are finally out, a month late this year. It has been the coldest March in half a century, thanks to the jet stream heading south. Nevertheless, a woodpecker has started drumming in the old village and a pair of kestrels have inspected our elm. A skylark ascended at Tide Mills on Easter Monday where the South Downs National Park has erected a new notice board celebrating its first birthday. Maybe the jet stream and global warming could get together now...


EASTER: The Easter services at Falmer reached their high point for me on Easter Saturday in the evening, when we had our Easter Fires ceremony. We gathered at the church in near darkness and then made our way outside where the service began. A fire was lit and after lighting our candles from the fire we processed back into church, the light from our candles flickering on the walls and lighting up the artwork hung there. The church lights came on while we sang the Gloria and we had readings from the Old Testament before having the first Eucharist of Easter. It was a moving and special occasion. The service was followed by a bring and share party which was great fun and people had brought some delicious food. On the following day Sunday’s service was followed by an Easter egg hunt for the children.

EXHIBITION: Easter Saturday was also the unveiling of our Easter exhibition He is Risen which got a very positive response. The exhibition looks very good and the walls are filled with a variety of artwork and poetry. Do try to get out to Falmer to see it before it finishes at the beginning of May. Apart from the art it will be a good opportunity to see the church which is, unfortunately, seldom open except for services.

ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN: I spent some of last week driving about the country picking up artwork from the contributing artists. I went up to north London on Monday and brought back a fascinating contemporary print by Henningham Family Press. It arrived in Falmer safely. I spent part of Thursday collecting a very large painting from East Hoathly and that arrived in Falmer undamaged, however when I transported some work from one side of the village to the other, I found that the glass in one of the artworks had cracked.

BIRDS: In spite of the bitter cold I have noticed goldfinches and long-tailed tits collecting building materials for their nests and the ducks on Falmer pond are searching out sites. One goldfinch was carefully dismantling my washing line and pulling threads out of it the other day. I think Queenie the peahen will probably wait until later in April before she builds her nest.

MUSIC: We have some very interesting concerts coming up in April and May. April’s concert, on Saturday April 13, is called Introducing the Clarinet Family and features Helen Parsons (clarinet) and Nicola Grunberg (piano) playing music from 17th to 20th century on instruments ranging from the period basset horn to the modern-day clarinet. This will also be an opportunity to see the exhibition in the church and meet some of the artists as well as the musicians. We have no less than three concerts lined up for May – more details soon.


HISTORY GROUP: On Monday at 7.30pm at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road a talk by John Davey on The Lost Industries of Lewes, rescheduled from March. Mention of Lewes these days does not conjure up images of an industrial town but, during the years that preceded and followed the Industrial Revolution, Lewes might genuinely have been described as a hive of industry. In this talk to the Lewes History Group, John Davey will trace the 19th century growth and the 20th century decline of the manufacturing industries that provided employment for most of the menfolk of Lewes for 100 years. Small entry charge on the door.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The bitterly cold easterly wind must have been the reason why none of the walkers who met at North Street car park wanted to do the planned long walk to Berwick railway station. The shorter walk to Glynde was turned into a shorter walk round the Downs above Malling, exploring areas not often walked by the group. After a couple of stiff climbs and enduring the icy blast straight from the Urals, all but one of the eight walkers retired to The Dorset, some for Sunday lunch, others simply to warm up and recover before the walk home. This was an enjoyable and bracing walk led by Hilda and Graham. The next walk is on Sunday at Firle. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

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THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.10am to 12.10pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2pm to 2.20pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 2.30pm to 2.50pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL Governors completed their work on the school’s three year plan at the full Governing Body meeting at the end of March. They have chosen the title From a Good School to a Great School, to show their confidence in the school’s children and staff. As reported last Friday, Friends (PTA) met governors and staff at an end of term tea party, enjoying an excellent range of cake baked, aptly enough, by one of the school’s learning assistants (and Foundation Governor), Mrs Anne Baker. It must have been the cake rather than the weather that led to some preliminary talk about this coming summer’s school fete, but there is nothing like starting to plan in good time to ensure real success. We hope that everyone is enjoying a well-earned holiday. The school looks forward to seeing the children back and refreshed on Monday April 15.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: After a solemn and meditative Good Friday service, the congregation enjoyed a lovely Easter celebration. On Sunday, church members join with St John sub Castro for their Worship for All service at 11 am. There will be no service at South Malling Church. Next Sunday (April 14), the Vicar, Revd Al Pickering will be taking his last service at both churches. The 9.30am service at South Malling will be a Family Service with the hope that as many people as possible can come. There will be a brief presentation that morning, but at 3pm the church is hosting a reception to say thank you and farewell to Al and his family, with more time available for individuals to say their farewells. All welcome, the reception will last about an hour.

BRIDGE VIEW FOOTBALL: Under 16s made an early morning trip to Worthing Dynamos and continued their good form. In the first half, View played some excellent football on a hard and bobbly pitch but only managed 1 goal from Nathan Roberts. They dominated the second half and, in their managers’ word, ‘produced a great display of how to play football.’ George Amiet-West placed a 30 yard ball in the top corner, Ben Earle thumped an 18 yard drive into the far corner, Nathan Roberts volleyed home for his second before Tom Crossman lobbed their keeper to make it 5-1. Congratulations to a team that is doing very well this season.

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RNLI Coffee Morning tomorrow (Saturday) at 2 Bay Vue Road hosted by Ann and Payne, 10am to noon. Tea, coffee, cakes, gifts, bring and buy. Lifeboat souvenirs, raffle. All welcome. Please go and support your local lifeboat.

STITCH FOR VICTORY Exhibition Newhaven Fort opens tomorrow (Saturday) in the school room and runs until April 14. Exhibition free with normal admission payment to the Fort.

YACHT CLUB Frostbite Race starts 10am Sunday. Telephone Mike Edwards on 07968 073678 for further details. The Eastbourne Rally Sovereign Race takes place from April 13 to 15, telephone Mike for details.

GUEST HOUSE Storytellers, Tuesday, Hillcrest Centre. Re-arranged evening of Tales of Mystery and Desire by Sarah Rundle postponed due to the weather. This evening will include stories from Japan and China and those who originally bought tickets can use them for this date. If you need a refund email or telephone 01825 873477. Tickets on sale at the Hillcrest Centre £6 in advance, £7 on door. Café opens 7pm, stories begin at 7.30pm.

QUIZ NIGHT (1): Newhaven Twinning Association is holding a quiz night and a buffet supper at the Hillcrest Centre on Friday April 12 at 7pm. £6 per person or £36 a table for a maximum of six people including supper, bring your own drink. Hot drinks will be available in the Hillcrest Café. Advance booking advisable, email, telephone 01273 612236.

QUIZ NIGHT (2): St Michael’s Church Rooms, Saturday April 13 6.45pm. £5 per person to include food, go on your own but book in advance for catering purposes, call 01273 514892.

FREE COURSES for children run by Denton Island Community Centre. On Wednesday April 17 a free six week sensory play course starts for 0 to 5 year-olds, free crèche available. This takes place at the Community Centre and booking is essential. On Thursday April 18 a free seven week gardening course From Seed to Table begins.This is for toddlers over the age of three and will be held at Bay Vue amenity area next to the Hillcrest Centre from 11am to 1pm. Free lunch is included and there will be some healthy lunchtime activities. Again booking is essential so telephone Ronnie on 01273 517250 or email


TOWN MEETING: On Tuesday April 16 at 6.30pm the annual Town Meeting will take place in the Anzac Room where residents will hear about the activities and work that has been carried out by the town council over the last 12 months. There will be presentations on the biosphere, the work of the Citizens Advice Bureau and a presentation by Sussex Police on their work. Any resident who wishes to ask a question should send it to the town clerk by April 9 so that the facts may be gathered to provide a full answer at the meeting.

SAVE A LIFE: Remember the local NHS blood donor team will be in the Community House on Wednesday from 2pm to 4.30pm and later from 5.30pm to 8pm. This is a drop in session and new donors are always very welcome. Regular donors who would like a specific time can book it by calling 0300 123 23 23.

CINEMA: A Song for Marion is being shown on Wednesday April 17 in the Community House starting at 7.30pm.Tickets from the information office cost £5 each. For those who find travelling difficult why not take advantage of the CTLA coach door to door service at a combined travel and entrance cost of £9. Full details are available from the information office.

OPEN GARDENS: Due to the unseasonal weather getting out into the garden has not been easy. Anyone wanting to open their garden to the public in the summer should contact the town council at the Meridian Centre for details. The closing date has been extended to April 30 in view of the poor conditions that have kept many of us indoors.

FASHION EVENING: On Monday April 22 CTLA have arranged a fashion evening for the ladies to be held in the Community House, Meridian Centre. The doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. Many well-known high street labels can be viewed, tried on and bought at greatly reduced prices. Entrance tickets cost £6 which includes a glass of wine/soft drink. Call 01273 517332 for more information and to purchase your tickets.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Guide Dogs for the Blind will be in Meridian Centre Community House foyer today serving teas, coffees and cakes from 8.30am until noon. On Tuesday a new group, the Meeching Am Drams, will be in the kiosk. Thursday sees the return of the Catholic Church behind the counter followed on Friday April 12 by Peacehaven WI.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Evangelical Church in the Main Hall Community House from 8.30am until midday. Next week’s market will be organised by the Peacehaven Horticultural Society. To book a table contact 01273 589502.

COUNCIL MEETING: There are no council meetings this week. The next is the Town Meeting on Tuesday April 16 as mentioned above.

BINGO: Remember there is an evening of bingo on Friday April 12 in the Community House starting at 7pm sharp. Eight games for £4 plus a flyer and snowball game with cash prizes to be won. There will be free refreshments during the evening.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: There will be a surgery on Saturday April 13 in the Meridian Centre from 10am until 11am. Councillors from both town and district will be there to talk 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; just turn up.

BOOT SALE: There will be a boot sale at The Dell, South Coast Road on Sunday organised by the Peacehaven Horticultural Society. The gates will open to admit sellers from 8pm. Buyers will be admitted from 9am until 1pm. Parking is free on The Dell during the morning only.


MEETINGS: Eastbourne Area Epilepsy Group holds regular meetings, social events and information days. More information from Andy Evans on 400510 or email

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Windmill. All welcome in the lounge from 10am to noon.

QUIZ NIGHT: The twinning association are hosting a quiz night tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 7pm at the Community Centre. Tickets are £5 per person to include a buffet. To book your ticket please call 486021.

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on April 11 include Circular Walk Around Heathfield, 5 miles Weald lands, some road walking six stiles with Mike. Or Long Man Circular, 10 miles mainly downland, some forest, take picnic with Dorothy. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

GARDNERS’ SOCIETY next meeting is on April 11 when Kev Reynolds’ talk is Nepal – Visions of Glory, at Polegate Community Centre at 7.30pm. More information from Diana Pearce 482413.

HELP NEEDED for groups of people to organise adverts for the Community News magazine. This involves finding new advertisers when spaces become available and liaising over the designs or where they want to go. It is not difficult but just needs a bit of time usually between August and December. Please think about it. More info from John Rogers on 484631 or email

CUCKMERE VALLEY Petanque Club, for more info contact Andy Ranger our secretary on 469340.

COFFEE MORNING on Saturday April 13, at the Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Wine and Social Club. All welcome in the lounge from 10am.

GARDENERS’ SOCIETY Spring Show March 30. It rained, it snowed and the wind had an icy chill. Was this our spring weather when the narcissi should have been out in all their glory. Never mind, our gardeners came up trumps and produced some beautiful blooms in time for our show and there were also other bulbs and flowers on display. In our society there are plenty of good cooks and this was evident in the domestic section which was inundated with a great display of cakes, together with jars of marmalade and lemon curd. The wine and liqueur section is small but those entering are full of enthusiasm to promote the hobby. Hobbies also abound with the paintings and handicrafts, which proved to be very popular, taking over a very large section of the hall. It seemed our flower arrangers were all on holiday this year so the decorative section was rather small, but the Garden Show at our new venue, at the Community Centre, was very successful despite the weather. The trophies were presented by, Alan Clingo, president of the society. First prize winners were: Section One Narcissi: Nine vases of one bloom/stem distinct varieties, D Cooke; One bloom of trumpet narcissus, D Cooke; one bloom large cuped narcissus, D Cooke; one bloom small cupped narcissus, D Cooke; nine blooms or stems mixed (any type), Mrs D Goldsmith.

Section Two General: One vase four stems hellibores (any variety), A Harris; one vase spring flowers (four varieties), Mrs R Haynes; one vase polyanthus or primrose (five stems), Mrs D Gearing; one vase four stems flowering shrub (four varieties), Mrs S Smith; one pot polyanthus or primrose, 2, A Harris; one pot any other spring flowers or bulbs, Mrs D Goldsmith; one pot of three hyacinths, A Harris.

Section Three Narcissi: One bloom trumpet, Mrs R Haynes; one bloom large cupped, A Harris; one bloom small cupped, Mrs R Haynes; one stem double, Mrs D Rideout; one stem Tazette or Jonquilla, Mrs R Haynes; one bloom not previously specified, A Harris; three blooms trumpet, A Harris; three blooms large cupped, Mrs R Haynes; three blooms small cupped, Mrs R Haynes; six blooms or stems mixed, T Voyce; one pot of any type, Mrs D Gearing.

Section Four Domestic: Apple cake, Mrs D Rideout; six pieces of flapjack, Mrs A Parrini; six raisin buns, Mrs A Parrini; six jam tarts, Mrs D Rideout; six cup cakes, Mrs J Kemp; Victoria sandwich, Ms C Tipton; one quiche, Mrs A Parrini; six sausage rolls; Mrs A Parrini; jar of marmalade, 2, Mrs D Rideout; jar of lemon curd, Mrs A Parrini.

Section Five Home Made Wines: Bottle of red wine (dry), R Reeve; bottle of red wine (sweet), R Reeve; bottle of white wine (dry), R Reeve; bottle of white wine (sweet), R Reeve; two bottles of wine not concentrate (two kinds), R Reeve; bottle of liqueur, R Reeve.

Section Six Paintings and Handicraft: Oil painting, 2, R Blackwell; water colour, Mrs R Haynes; acrylic, R Blackwell; one item any other medium, A James; adult hand knitted garment, Mrs B May; childrens fancy hand knitted, Mrs A James; one piece of patchwork, Mrs M Brian-Davis; one piece of embroidery, D Shanks; one item of crochet, Mrs R Haynes; one other knitted article, Mrs R Haynes; one any other handicraft, R Blackwell, handmade greetings card, R Blackwell; handicraft class for men, M James.

Section Seven Decorative: Mother’s Day petite exhibit, Miss D Pierce; Anything New, miniature exhibit, Mrs D Rideout.

Cup Winners: Mollie Jones Cup, best exhibit section one, D Cooke; Nelson Wingrove Cup, most points section one, D Cooke; Ron Goodman Cup, best exhibit section two, A Harris; Joanna Simmonds Cup, best exhibit section three, Mrs D Gearing; PGS Intermediate Cup, most points section three, A Harris; Easter Cup, best exhibit section four, Mrs A Parrini; Shoesmith Cup most points section four, Mrs A Parrini; Iris Wiggs Cup, best exhibit section five, R Reeve; Small Wine Cup, most points section five, R Reeve; David Williams Cup, best exhibit section six, M James; Hurst Cup, best exhibit section six, D Shanks; Twine Cup, most points section six, classes 59 to 67 only, Mrs R Haynes; Olive Simmonds Trophy, best exhibit section seven, Mrs D Rideout; PGS Cup (Spring) most points section seven, Miss D Pierce.

Judges were Mr M Moss, Mr P Martin, Mrs B Gough and Mrs P Reeve.


FOOTBALL CLUB: This week sees lots of football at The Caburn. Starting tonight, Friday, the club play host to the local Mid Sussex Championship side AFC Ringmer who meet Old Varndeans II in a league fixture. Kick off time is 7.30pm and there is no admission charge. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are at home to Chichester in Div One of the SCFL with a 3pm kick off time at the Caburn. Then on Tuesday the first team are at home again, this time to Pagham, also in the SCFL Div One with a 7.45pm kick off time. Tomorrow, Saturday, the Reserves travel to East Preston for their reserve section premier league match and please note that kick off time at East Preston is 4.30pm. On Wednesday evening the Reserves have a home league fixture against Eastbourne United with a 7.45pm kick off at The Caburn. The Veterans hope to get their Fred Pretty Cub semi-final at Hassocks played this weekend. At the time of going to press the Mid Sussex League website shows this as an 11am Sunday morning kick off at The Beacon but last weekend’s Hassocks match day programme has the fixture down for Monday evening at 7.30pm so please check the local press or with the club before travelling.

SPRING SHOW: The RBL Horticultural and Home Produce Society Spring Show is tomorrow, Saturday in the village halls and the doors will open to the public at 2pm. There are numerous classes comprising flowers, flower arranging, cookery and handicrafts and the very popular photographic section. There are two fundraising stalls, one for produce, one for books and DVDs. The exhibits will have been judged and the show gives you the opportunity to meet friends whilst commenting on the judges’ decisions. The show closes at 4.30pm and all exhibits left behind are auctioned for show funds.

U3A GARDENING GROUP: There appears to be sufficient interest to start a second gardening group. An inaugural meeting will be held at 2.30pm on Wednesday at Penn House, Lewes Road. Those on the waiting list have been contacted but anyone else who may be interested is welcome to attend the meeting. Further details from Bob on 01273 812784.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on March 27 was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 3, Jenny Charman and Michael Slot. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall.

SPRING FAIR: Once again Ringmer Evening WI are holding a morning of fun for all the family at their annual Spring Fair in the village hall on Saturday April 13 from 10am to 1pm. There will be stalls and games for all ages and prizes to be won. Buy your spring wardrobe from the nearly new stall. Enjoy the homemade cakes and treat the children to a dip in the chocolate fountain. Browse at the handmade crafts and bric-a-brac. Try your luck at the raffle and tombola. All this and much more, and admission is free.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: Advance notice that this meeting will be held in the village hall on Thursday, April 18, at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Georgia Wrighton, Director of CPRE Sussex Countryside Trust, whose talk is entitled The Great Sussex Sustainable Development Debate. It is hoped that this meeting will be well attended. Refreshments will be kindly provided by Ringmer Evening WI.

RINGMER LINK: Three years ago Barbara Marsden moved to Ringmer from Burgess Hill, and was incredibly happy to find people would greet her in the shopping precinct, even if they did not know her. On finding out about the Link Scheme she was delighted to hear how brilliant volunteers were demonstrating such neighbourly community care. The scheme has been going since 1977 but unfortunately some volunteers are now finding it too difficult to continue. If you could take someone to the doctors or hospital, change a light bulb for a senior person, do some weeding, sew on a button or stay in a house for the gas man to call, while a parent goes to school to collect a child, then please telephone Barbara on 01273 814675 or e-mail her on With help this scheme can be modernised and reinvigorated so it can continue assisting people for many years to come. Whether you are retired, working part time, between jobs or a student with some time available Barbara would love to hear from you.

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THE WEATHER: To the delight of all, the golden orb has appeared in the sky again, just to prove it has not forsaken us. The wind chill factor is still bitter, a bit like the politics of the moment, not particularly welcome.

THE NEW YHA South Downs had its open day on Easter Sunday. It is where formerly Itford Farm was situated and has retained many of the old and historic features. I went to see what this £3 million renovation had to offer to the many people who are now walking the beautiful South Downs Way. The hostel offers a contemporary take on country life, including new state-of-the-art facilities. I was very impressed with it. The rooms were beautifully done out, very reasonable in price. There are patios, quiet rooms and the restaurant area was very welcoming with lovely home made cakes and coffee and tea. On a summer’s evening I can see many people from surrounding villages as well as walkers may enjoy popping into the restaurant, which I hear may be open until 9pm. I know it will be very useful to me, as I don’t like to be out for too long as I am a carer, as well as being on hand for B&Bs and a gentle stroll with sustenance at the end is very welcoming. However, we must not forsake our pub for pastures new as it is making big efforts for the village and is a wonderful place to visit. Remember if you don’t use it you may well lose it, so give it your support. I hope to give you a list of its April events in next week’s Parish Pump.

MUSIC: On March 27, on an extremely cold evening, the Lea Graham Quartet gave us an evening of mixed music in a very cold church. In fact it was so cold the singers kept their coats on for most of the time and we all stood up at intervals to stamp our feet, shrug our shoulders and wave our arms to keep warm. Afterwards we all retreated to the warmth of our village hall for a wonderful selection of cheeses and wines, hot drinks were also welcome. Despite the cold it was a good evening and proceeds went to Hope In The Valley Riding Group. The price was £5 per head which I think was very reasonable and well worth the money. Many thanks go to Jenny Brown and her helpers.

WI: I forgot to mention in last week’s Parish Pump that Lindy Smart gave the WI a demonstration of decorating eggs for Easter with vegetable dyes and also on creating designs on paper using water dyes that give a marbling effect. I often wonder how this remarkable lady finds time in her busy world to seek out and do these amazing hobbies. I have to admit in younger years I loved to do artistic things, but these days as I try to de-clutter the cottages to make things easier in the future, I turn a blind eye to the temptation.

FARMERS: I’m sure we have all felt so sorry for the poor farmers, in places that have had such a deluge of snow, and have the thankless task of digging out livestock in the hope some may be alive. After years of building up herds to lose them so tragically must be heartbreaking. Let’s hope also farmers don’t lose sheep and lambs to dog worrying of stock this year. There have been awful cases in past years.

EVENTS: Tomorrow, Saturday, is the churchyard clear-up. Just turn up any time between 9.30am and noon with a few tools. On Sunday after the 11am service of Holy Communion it will be the Parochial Church Council AGM. Sunday April 14, Open Garden at Lane House, at the top of Mill Lane, from 10am to 3pm. This is an invitation from Sacred Earth, a day to learn about biodynamic preparation and permaculture gardening. The WI next meet on April 16 with a talk on English As She is Spoke by John Davey in the village hall at 8pm. On Friday April 19, Rodmell Parish Assembly at 7.30pm in the village hall. Saturday April 20, a quiz is being organised by members of the village hall committee.

AT EASTER I could not help thinking how much the Easter season had changed since I was a child. For a start it was the time when we went into white summer socks and thinner clothes, leaving thick socks and winter clothes behind. I had saved up my pocket money and ordered my choice of Easter eggs for my friends from our local sweet shop. On Good Friday I would go with my grandmother to the local baker where we would pick up our pre-ordered hot cross buns, put them in a wicker trug, cover them with a pure white linen tea towel and hurry to get them home whilst warm, where they would be spread with home made butter and eaten with relish. I would be given a very elaborate Easter egg on Easter Sunday morning and a length of wide satin ribbon for my hair. We were not allowed to shop, play out or make a noise. People would dress up and perambulate along Brighton seafront or take walks out into the country. How times have changed.


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 food is available). Tonight sees another of their popular Singers and Musicians evenings when the floor is open for you to sing or play.

HISTORIC TOUR: I will be providing an historic tour of Seaford tomorrow, Saturday, starting from 37 Church Street at 10.30am. I will promise a good tour of the town which lasts for over an hour. Tickets are £5 and are available from the Tourist Information Office or on the day.

TOWN CRIER: Our Town Crier is the guest speaker at a meeting of the Friends of Bonningstedt tomorrow, Saturday, evening at 37, Church Street at 7.30pm. There will be fish and chips and a raffle. For further information call Garry on 01424 201610.

HISTORY TALKS: There will be two local history talks at Bishopstone Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, evening to raise funds for the Mayor’s Charities. I will talk about Sussex Churches and Phil Armstrong of Seaford Museum will show some of the hidden photos from Seaford Museum. Tickets are just £7.50 which include refreshments. They are available from Seaford Town Council or at Linda’s Stores at Bishopstone Station.

BIBLE TALK: Seaford Jehovah’s Witnesses are holding a talk at their Kingdom Hall in West Street on Sunday at 10am. The talk is entitled Does Death End it all?

CEMETERY TOUR: I will be providing an historic guided tour of Seaford Cemetery (Alfriston Road) on Sunday afternoon at 2pm. I will explain the history of the cemetery and some of the people who are buried there. Our cemetery is one of the largest war graves in the south of England. Tickets are £5 and are available from the Tourist Information Office or from me, on the day at the cemetery gates.

SENIORS AGM: Seaford Seniors are holding their AGM at Seaford Baptist Church in Belgrave Road on Monday from 2pm to 4pm. The speakers will be Martin Burke, the CEO of Sussex Housing and Care (who I am sure will give an update as to the replacement of the Cheney Care Home) and Catherine Ashton of East Sussex Primary Care Trust ( I thought they had been abolished so I will be interesting what she has to say).

YOUR TOWN Your Voice. On Tuesday Evening Seaford Town Council is hosting a meeting for local businesses at the St James Centre in Blatchington Road. For further information contact the council on 01323 894870.

MUSEUM TALK: Peter Fellows is an aviation historian and has a wide knowledge about Shoreham Airport and everything relating to flying in Sussex. He is the speaker of Wednesday night at Seaford Museum when he will be talking about local aviation hero Henry Coxwell, a pioneer of ballooning. The talk starts at 7.30pm but turn up early for a seat. There is a small charge.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a full council meeting 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.


COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: Evening councillors’ surgery Monday in room 1 at Telscombe Civic Centre 6.30pm. Come along and discuss local issues with your councillor.

PARISH COUNCIL: Planning and highways committee meeting in room 1 at the Civic Centre Monday. Public question time for first 15 minutes.

WI meeting at the Civic Centre Wednesday at 2pm. Why not come along and meet new friends.

MEETING: Annual town meeting on Wednesday April 17. The meeting starts at 8pm at Telscombe Civic Centre. Written questions to the town clerk by Wednesday April 10.