Parish Pump Newhaven - August 10, 2012


WI NEWS: On July 17 the Alfriston WI welcomed the well known musician and conductor, Janet Cannetty-Clark to their meeting. Her talk was entitled On Being a Woman Conductor in Vienna. ‘Not only was this talk informative and interesting but hugely amusing’ reports Christine Jackson. In Ms Cannetty-Clark’s honour the members sang Jerusalem and followed this with a full WI tea. Then there was a busy business meeting as there is no meeting in August.

THE PLEASURE OF CROCHET will be in the spotlight over the coming weekend, August 11 and 12. Much Ado will host a weekend with author Vanessa Mooncie celebrating the publication of her new book, Crocheted Accessories. The author will be signing copies of her book on Saturday from 2pm until 5pm. Crafters are invited to drop in to meet the expert and bring crochet challenges along. Anyone who purchases a copy of Crochet Accessories will be invited to drop in for a free crafting session on the afternoon of August 12. Some material will be provided although anyone with their own needles or wool is welcome to bring them along. For details visit the website or call the shop on 01323 871222.

A NEW EXHIBITION will be starting this week at the Coach House Gallery. Young landscape painter from Lewes, Jaime Etherington along with Virginia Grove will be exhibiting their work until the end of August.

THE ALFRISTON FESTIVAL runs from August 19 to 27. Tickets for the Festival Supper at Deans Place Hotel on August 20, the Revue on August 23, the Quiz Night on August 24 and the Concentus Chorale Concert on August 25 are now on sale at Hicks, The Newsagents. Programmes giving full details of the week’s events are available in all shops in the High Street.


OPEN GARDEN at Driftwoos, Marine Drive,11am to 5pm on Sunday. Entry to the garden is £3 which includes an art and photographic exhibition. Refreshments will be available (see

LITTER PICK: The next beach clean at Tide Mills is at 10am on Sunday August 19. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and a litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. For further information, call Jim Skinner on 01273 517291.

FUNERAL SERVICE for Peter Wright at 2.30pm on Monday; St Andrews Church, Bishopstone.

FOSSIL sea urchins, locally known as Shepherd’s Crowns, are a familiar curiosity of the local Downs and beach. Preserved in flint and virtually indestructible, they have five distinctive rays, like starfish. Ken McNamara has found that they fascinated our ancestors way back in the Stone Age because the rays also resemble a five-pointed star. The rays were even redesigned as stickmen with a bit of tough drilling. The power of the sea urchin to protect from evil made it a valued grave good and a lucky charm in more modern times. When we came to Bishopstone, we were told to toss one over your shoulder when found in the field. In Newfoundland, where there are no sea urchins but lots of old Sussex immigrants, they toss a quartzite pebble instead.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.40am to 12.40pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.50pm to 2.20pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2.35pm to 3.00pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 3.10pm to 3.40pm.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

QUIZ NIGHT: The twinning association and football club are hosting a Quiz Night today (Friday) at 7.30pm at the football club in Fort Road. Bring a team of four or come alone. Cash prize for the winning table.

COFFEE MORNING tomorrow (Saturday) 10.30am to 11.30pm Denton Church Hall. Refreshments, raffle, books, bric-a-brac, home-made cakes home-made greeting cards, proceeds to St Leonard’s and St Mary’s churches.

LARK IN THE PARK: South Heighton village hall committee’s annual music festival takes place tomorrow (Saturday) on South Heighton recreation ground 6pm till late. The 2012 bands are The Fabulous Baker Boys, Welcome to Nutsville, Brass Monkeys. £6 adult and £3 for 12 to 18 year olds. Accompanied under 12s free.

DIEPPE RAID: The 70th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid takes place on Sunday at the Canadian Memorial, Southway. Standards line-up on Denton Island at 2.30pm and march down Bridge Street to Memorial Green in time for the service and wreath laying at 3pm. Parking is available on Denton Island which is a five minute walk.

GUEST HOUSE STORY TELLERS are holding an open floor evening on Tuesday at the Lifeboat House, West Quay. There will be a fish and chip supper at 7pm followed by stories from 7.30pm. Bring a story of 10 minutes or less to tell (not read) or just come and listen, age 12 plus years welcome. Tickets for storytelling are available from the Hillcrest Café, Hillcrest Centre (all proceeds to Newhaven Lifeboat), tickets for fish and chip supper optional £3.50.

MEECHING WI: There is an informal meeting in Meeching Hall on Thursday at 9.45am. New members/visitors welcome.

FETE de NEWHAVEN: This year’s Fete de Newhaven when the Dieppe Market pays another visit to the town takes place in the High Street on Saturday September 1, 9.30am to 2.30pm.

PUMPERS GET-TOGETHER: I have been asked by a Parish Pump correspondent if we can have another get-together at Christmas. I was asked if we could do a summer picnic but only had a response from two Parish Pump correspondents. If any correspondents would like a Christmas Lunch (at their own expense) I am happy to organise it. Please email me


BINGO: There is another games evening in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Friday August 17 in aid of the Mayor’s local charities.

FLOWER SHOW: Remember Peacehaven Horticultural Society’s annual show in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Entrance is free with a schedule obtainable from the information office. A chance not only to see the best but an opportunity to buy some items which are auctioned off at the end of the show. Best quality produce to be had at bargain prices. Don’t miss it.

SPEED INDICATOR: After months of not working I see the Slow Down sign in Sutton Avenue is in use. I’ve driven through at 25mph and even 20mph and it still lights up with the same message. I am beginning to wonder if it would send out the same message if I rode by on a bicycle. Come on ESCC get it right, the message is intended for speeding drivers travelling at over 30mph not every passing motorist.

MORNING MARKET: There is no Saturday market tomorrow in the Main Hall, as the hall will be used for the annual flower and vegetable show.

HARVEST FESTIVAL: I learn that the churches in Peacehaven are coming together to celebrate the event this year by holding a Harvest Picnic at 3pm in the South East corner of the Telscombe Tye on Sunday September 9. More details nearer the date but meanwhile make a note in your diary. All will be welcome.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the East Sussex Disability Association are in the Community House foyer between 8.30am and midday serving teas, coffees and cakes. Next week on Thursday the Peacehaven Players will be behind the counter offering drinks and food as they continue fund raising for their next production. Then on Friday August 17 the Kemptown Conservatives will provide your refreshments.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the planning and highways committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. The public are invited to attend and may ask questions on relevant matters during the first 15 minutes.

BOOT SALE: INAA the local advice group are holding a boot sale at The Dell, South Coast Road on Sunday. The gates will open at 8am to enable sellers to set up. Buyers and dealers will be admitted between 9am and 1pm. During the period of the sale cars may be parked free on The Dell.

MUSIC NIGHT: In aid of the Anthony Pilcher Bone Cancer Trust there is a concert in the Meridian Centre on Sunday August 18. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. This event is being sponsored by Natwest and tickets can be bought from the Peacehaven branch on the South Coast Road. There is a ploughman’s and a drink included with the tickets which cost £5 per person.

DOWNLANDS COURT: Residents of Downlands Court are holding an in-house Fair on Sunday from 1.30pm until 4pm and invite friends and family to visit them. This is something of a new venture for them so let us hope this bringing of people together is blessed with fine weather. Anybody requiring further information can contact Sue on 01273 588803.

PEACEHAVEN WI: In August we usually organise a coach trip but, in this special year, we had an Olympic themed games afternoon for our members. The Queen (our president in white gloves and a splendid crown) opened proceedings, then teams of four had great fun competing in six different specialities such as indoor bowls, quoits, ludo and dominoes. Physical effort and much laughter was followed by a very tasty cream tea. After tea we had questions on national flags and capital cities of competing countries to give a final score for the medals ceremony. It was a very well organised and enjoyable afternoon. Our next meeting is on September 5 at 2.30pm when we will have a speaker from Chestnut House. Visitors very welcome. For further details telephone June Garland on 01273 580016.

Rodmell & Southease

SUMMER SHOW: If you like a good afternoon out, why not put Saturday August 18 in your diary. This is the day that Rodmell Horticultural Society pulls out all the stops to give us a wonderful event called the Summer Show. It’s held on the sports field from 2pm to 4.30pm. Adults £2, children free. Fun dog show and children’s races, barbecue, Pimms tent, teas and home-made cakes, produce stall, side shows, tug-of-war, classic cars, birds of prey. Music by Mid Sussex Brass Band. Applause Outdoors 212 performance artists, What’s Coming Out of the Box? will perform Spread the Love at this years summer show. Spread the Love is a walkabout piece, exploring sensory responses to the question What is Love? Cover designs for this years programme by Emma Godson, Sophie Putnam, Madeline Sellick and Rowan Sellick.

QUIZ: Tuesday August 21, Rodmell WI have a Mad Hatter’s Quiz. Visitors welcome at 8pm.

BEYOND THE TORCH RUN workshops are to be held on Thursday August 23 and are free to residents. An interactive website has been launched where anyone can upload photos, poems, memories etc. There is a tab for Rodmell. In due course a map with chosen extracts will be published and an exhibition of the art from the workshops held at The Crypt, Seaford in September. Local paralympian and artist Kristina Veasey invites you to go Beyond The Torch Run. Why not take up the offer

OVCN: The Ouse Valley Cycle Network will be one of the charities Waitrose is promoting during the month of August. The OVCN project is working to create a network of safe shared village links utilising the route alongside the river from Lewes to Newhaven. Please support the OVCN project by shopping in the Lewes Waitrose and putting your green buttons in the OVCN box.

FRIENDSHIP: Reading an article on friendship in a magazine the other day, it seems the powers that be who do this research state that friendships don’t last that long. Well I hate to disappoint them but my longest friendship with Daphne is now 68 years. We grew up together and I have many friendships of 40 years plus. We are like a network, always there for each other, and ready to stand by and help. My friends are my most precious possessions and I love them all. I’m sure this applies to many readers who also have long friendships.

THE WOOD CLUB have at last finished cutting up the large tree trunks into logs. Noisy whilst it lasted, but done for the benefit of the village and in consultation with the Environment Department of Lewes.

SADLY I have to report the death of Ray Putnam, husband of carol, who has nursed him for some years now. I hope with Carol’s permission to give more details about Ray after his funeral on Thursday August 16 at Rodmell Church. Our condolences go to Carol and family. Ray was a much liked man. It’s so sad that Rodmell is losing so many of its long time residents.

MOVING: Susan Rowland, a long time friend of mine from University of Sussex days, is hoping to move to the New Forest from Offham. She and Lynda have put their cottage on the market and she phoned to tell me so it was not a shock for me to see it in the paper. I can tell you it’s in perfect condition as both Sue and Lynda share perfection as a state of mind. Sue is a well known local writer of small books and a well known cartographer. She and Lynda have worked hard over the years in playing a big part in local affairs.

TRAFFIC: I came up Ditchling Beacon on Saturday morning and it was a nightmare getting behind cyclists, because I won’t overtake unless it is safe, but cars behind get impatient and try to pull out and overtake just as cars come around the bends. One has to be patient on this steep bendy road.

GREASE comes to Rodmell on Saturday August 18 from 7pm till late at the sports field. Chilli supper, fireworks, Hit and Miss quiz. Prize for best dressed Danny and Sandy. Everyone is encouraged to come in Grease outfits or 1950s dress (but not compulsory). Tickets £7 adults and £3 children on sale new from Flint Barn, South Farm Close 01273 470471 or Tamblin, The Street 01273 471614.


OLYMPIC TORCH: Wow, haven’t the Olympics been fantastic. There has been so much excitement with the games, and the opening ceremony but remember that it was the Olympic Torch that started everything off. Kate Steer from Seaford was one of the torchbearers and she will be at the Real Deli Café in Broad Street tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am with the actual Olympic Torch. Please go along and take your camera and you can have your picture taken with the torch. All donations raised will be shared between the Church Army Academy in Nairobi, Kenya and Waves Seaford Family Support group.

BOWLS OPEN DAY: The Crouch Bowling Club is having an open day tomorrow, Saturday, at the club-house in the Crouch Gardens. Doors are open from 10am to noon and there will be refreshments and cakes for sale. You can also find out more about the club and have a go at target bowls.

THE CRICKET CLUB are playing at the Salts Recreation Ground tomorrow, Saturday, in a Sussex League match against Crawley CC. The match starts at 1pm so go along, take a picnic and support your local team.

LOW FLYERS: It is Eastbourne Airborne this weekend so each afternoon be prepared for some low-flying aircraft passing over the town en-route to the show.

BOOT FAIR: Sunday morning sees another of the popular Rotary Boot Sale and Craft and Produce Markets at the Martello Fields. If you want to book a pitch call 01273 513162. The market is open from 9am to 1pm and there is free parking.

LIGHTS AND STARS: Most of our streets are now in darkness at night after the street-lamps are turned off to save energy, I have been out a couple of times now and it is unusual to see Seaford in darkness. I know some people are not happy about this but at least this scheme makes the stars more visible especially this weekend when it is the annual Persid’s Meteor shower. This celestial event is well worth staying up for.

CHARITY LUNCH: Seaford stalwart, Rita Evans is hosting a charity lunch at Diella’s Restaurant in Dane Road on Thursday at 12.30pm. Donations will be shared between a number of local charities and if you would like to attend or are able to provide a raffle prize please call Rita on 01323 896877.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a full meet of the town council 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.

PUT SEAFORD ON THE MAP: You may remember there was consternation when Seaford was missed off the official Olympic Torch map. Now you can make sure that Seaford does have its space on the map by looking at This project, sponsored by the Arts Council allows you to add your pictures and is the idea of Seaford’s very own Paralympian, Kristina Veasey. Some super pictures have been posted already so take a look.

HELP NEEDED: Seaford Live is the mini festival of music which this year is on between Monday September 10 and Sunday September 16. If you are able to volunteer to help make this event a success please call Ian on 07805 013456.


COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the planning and highways committee on Monday at 7.30pm 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

THE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION is holding a meeting at the Civic Centre on Monday at 7.30pm. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues, and you will have the opportunity to put forward your views and proposals for Telscombe. All Telscombe residents are welcome.

FOLK MUSIC: Every Thursday evening during August, a group of traditional folk music enthusiasts, Village Folk, will be meeting in Telscombe Village Club in Telscombe Village (via the C7 and Gorham’s Lane) to swap songs. The session will last about an hour and each week a different member will sing and play and delve a little into their roots and influences. All are welcome to go along and join them. Thursday August 16 features Dan Quinn, master of the melodeon, with roots in East Anglia.