Parish Pump Newhaven - August 17 2012


OLYMPICS 2012: It is not possible to ignore the last 17 days of emotion and it feels necessary to somehow claim some part of it for ourselves. With a little poetic licence I can do just that in this column. Howard Eaton’s company in Cooksbridge built and made work the glorious five rings which were quite breathtaking when raised with cascading fireworks during the opening ceremony. Alfriston’s link is that we know Howard. He comes to help out the technical side of the Alfriston Player’s pantomime.

SUMMER SHOW: The Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society held its annual Summer Show last Friday and Saturday. Although this year’s growing season has not been the most favourable the exhibits were superb especially in the flower sections. It was well attended, helped by the glorious summer weather. Sylvia Daw, Brian Dingley, Jim Hall and Hannah Weatherhead all won novice cups and Seaford resident Ken Lloyd won the Alfriston Cup for his vegetables. Cups were also won by Sheila Hamilton for her pot plant, Jill Butcher for her jams, chutney and baking, Heather Hurst for her flower arranging and Hilda Burton for her flowers. Hilda’s vase of mixed garden flowers was also judged to be Best in Show. The real star of the show, however, was allotment gardener Guy Eves, who only two years ago won a novice cup. This year Guy won four awards including the prestigious RHS Banksian Medal for the highest number of points scored in vegetables, fruit and flower sections.

COFFEE MORNING: On Saturday August 18 at 10.30am to 12.30pm the Lewes Constituency Conservative Association will be holding a Coffee Morning at Rossmere House, Lower Laines, The Furlongs. It is a chance to meet local Councillors Cllr Steve Harms from Wealden District Council and Cllr Nick Bennet from East Sussex County Council. Katy Bourne, who is a candidate for the Police Commissioner Elections, will also be present. There will be stalls of cakes and plants plus a raffle. Everyone is welcome. Donations of £2 at the door.

ALFRISTON FESTIVAL: Tickets for the Supper, Revue, Quiz and Concert are on sale now at Hicks, The Newsagents.


LITTER PICK: The next Tide Mills beach clean is at 10am on Sunday; 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. Call Jim Skinner on 01273 517291.

ARTWAVE OPEN HOUSE: 11am to 5pm, Saturday August 25 to Sunday September 2 at 16 Hill Rise, Bishopstone. Watercolours, etchings, oils and refreshments for sale (in aid of St Leonard’s Church).

ARTWAVE Open Garden at Driftwood, Marine Drive, noon to 5pm Saturday and Sundays, 2pm to 6pm Monday, from Saturday August 25 to Sunday September 9. Entry to the garden is free. Artists’ work and a photographic exhibition. Refreshments will be available. Proceeds and donations in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

GAMES TOURNEY starting 11am, Sunday August 26 to Monday August 27, is organised by Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club in Seaford Bay (

FLOWER FESTIVAL Come and See, St Andrew’s Church, Friday August 31 and Saturday September 1, 10am to 5pm, Sunday September 2, noon to 6 pm with a Festival Evensong Service at 6 pm. (01323 896567 for further details).

FETE: This year’s fete was a great success. The total raised to date is £2,500. Thank you to everyone who helped.

IN RESPONSE to Rouser (Sussex Express, June 22), Peter Page decided to keep the dinosaur toe bones in the picture. He found them while digging a cess pit at Holme Farm in 1983. Ed’s old employer, the Booth Museum, is still interested in displaying them if he changes his mind, especially as we now know that there were at least two local Iguanodon species 130 million years ago.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

MADS: Tonight (Friday) Meeching Amateur Dramatics are holding their annual general meeting at 7.30pm in Meeching Hall. It is a good time to go along and join this talented society and learn more about their September Music Hall of Fun 2 which is on from September 26 to 29. Tickets go on sale September 1.

RNLI: Newhaven, Peacehaven Flag-week takes place in Newhaven, Peacehaven, Piddinghoe, Denton, Mount Pleasant and Telscombe Cliffs from August 20 to 27.Please give generously to this worthy cause.

ARTWAVE: The annual visual arts festival for Lewes District opens on August 25 and runs until September 9. Newhaven has more venues than ever before this year. There is a retrospective exhibition celebrating the 80th birthday of local artist Harold Mockford on August 31, September 1 and 2. Hillcrest Open Exhibition and Studios are open over the Bank Holiday weekend August 25 to 27. Newhaven Fort has photography exhibitions from August 25 to September 9 from 10.30am to 8pm. The Fort is also exhibiting Andrew James images in the Masters Gunners Quarters during the same period. 46 Fort Road has exhibitions from five women artists including

Jewellery, paintings, prints, cards and more. Kai Crick’s stunning photography of the local area, mainly shot at night, is on show at Newhaven Ferry Port, Railway Approach from August 24 to September 9, 10am to 4pm and Paul Hopcroft is holding his second exhibition of his abstracts/local themes in oil and acrylics at Thristane, Ringmer Road on the last weekend in August and the first two weekends in September from 10am to 5pm. Last but not least the popular Victor Stuart Graham is extending a warm welcome at Victor’s House, 35 Meeching Road where you will find a variety of exhibitions on the first two weekends of September from 2pm to 6pm.

FILM SPOT is presenting Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory at Newhaven Fort on Sunday August 26 at 2pm. Tickets are £6, children £4 which includes a Willy Wonka-themed treat. Advance booking is recommended and you can book tickets at the Fort on 01273 517622 or email


BINGO: Remember there is another evening of bingo tonight, Friday, starting at 7pm in the Community House, Meridian Centre in aid of the Mayor’s local charities. It is just £4 for eight games plus a flyer and a snowball game. Bring your own food and drink.

HEDGES: As I walk around Peacehaven I am struck by the amount some bushes have grown in recent weeks with many now overhanging the pavements. For the disabled, the blind and even mums with push chairs these obstructions make life very difficult especially if there has been rain. So I was very pleased to see my neighbour out with a step ladder giving his fuchsia bushes a trim. Next time you leave the house check your pavement area and if necessary make an effort over the weekend to trim back any overhang. Passersby will appreciate your neighbourliness.

HORTICULTURE: Despite it being a difficult year for gardeners weather-wise the Peacehaven Horticultural Society put on a very good show last weekend at their annual show in the Community Hall. Their monthly meeting for August is on Monday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre when Mark Saunders will give a talk on the Vegetable Garden. This is a very topical subject with the national upsurge of interest in growing your own. The meeting starts sharply at 7.30pm and visitors are always welcome.

MORNING MARKET: There is a Saturday market tomorrow in the Main Hall, Community House, from 8.30am until noon arranged by INAA the local advice group. Next week the Seahaven Lioness Club is holding the market. To book a table call them on 01273 513016.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the Kemptown Conservatives are in the Community House foyer between 8.30am and midday serving teas, coffees and cakes. Next week there is just one coffee morning on Thursday when the Peacehaven Catholic Church will be behind the counter offering drinks and food.

COUNCIL MEETING: There are no further council meetings during the remainder of August. The next meeting will be for the leisure and amenities on Tuesday September 4.

THE DELL: There is a Food and Ales Festival at The Dell, South Coast Road tomorrow, Saturday, followed by the William Cole Fun Fair who will visit from August 24 to 27. The next boot sale is being arranged by the Meridian Labour Party for Sunday September 9.

MUSIC NIGHT: Last chance to get tickets for the charity evening concert in the Meridian Centre tomorrow, Saturday, in aid of the Anthony Pilcher Bone Cancer Trust. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets can be bought from the Peacehaven branch of Natwest on the South Coast Road. There is a ploughman’s and a drink included with the tickets which cost £5 per person.

CINEMA: The next film to be shown in the Community House, Meridian Centre will be on Wednesday September 26. Details of the film are yet to be advised.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at Community House, Meridian Centre on Wednesday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

Rodmell & Southease

GARDENERS: This lovely weather has certainly brought all the gardeners of the village out from the outdoor sounds throughout on Saturday. People were obviously making the most of the fresh air having been at work during the week, and getting their gardens done on Saturday so they could all enjoy their Sunday as a day of rest. Farmers were also working late to make the best of the weather.

THE EVENINGS are drawing in so quickly, and it makes me so cross that when we have the really late light evenings we have the lousy weather so can’t make the best of them.

BUTTERFLIES: I did a bit of butterfly watching over the weekend but failed to see much of a selection, mainly cabbage whites, a few red admirals, tortoise shells and small orange ones with spotted wings which I couldn’t make my mind up on, even though I checked my book. I haven’t seen yet, any of the small blue butterflies which I love. I grow many of the old species of flowers which butterflies love, plus, there are always nettles in the goat pen which many species of wildlife love.

OLYMPICS: I have watched bits of the Olympics such as the equine events, synchronised swimming and diving, mainly because I like the elegance of these events. My main pleasure has been seeing so many happy spectators and watching the body language of the athletes. I found that if I actually sat for any length of time to watch I fell asleep so it was snatches here and there. The thought of making competitive sport in schools compulsory fills me with horror as not everyone is competitive (me for one) and it can completely ruin your aspect on school life and make you very unhappy. I loved it when we went for country nature walks, swam or did skating or horse riding just to enjoy the sport and being with our friends. Competitive actions as I remember, caused lots of bad feelings with friends at school. Let those who like it do it, but leave others alone to enjoy sport in their own way. I have to admit that popping in from the garden on the odd occasion I glimpsed the wonderful gymnasts working with ribbons and hoops and I was hooked. Not only were they all so beautiful, but the costumes were superb and the music lovely, and the choreography was so well done. It was a joy to watch. I could only take the ending ceremony for an hour and if I was to sum up the whole of the Olympics the bits that gave me the most pleasure were the Queen and James Bond (aren’t we lucky to have royalty with a sense of humour?) and the look on Mo Farah’s face after winning his races. Let’s hope the Para-Olympics get as much good feeling and publicity as these competitors have already had to fight just to recover let alone fight to win a medal. To sum up the whole event wasn’t it lovely to see people out communicating with each other and the joy on all those happy faces.

SUMMER SHOW: Let’s hope the weather will be good for Rodmell’s Summer Show tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm to 4.30pm. Notices are all over the village so you can’t miss it. Do come along and take part.

WALKING: From the number of people walking The South Downs Way a lot of people were trying to avoid the Olympics for the peace of the countryside. They are all telling me that the wild flowers are lovely this year.

TREES: Have readers noticed that a lot of trees are starting to change colour already and swallows are gathering on the wires. Does this mean that autumn is already approaching.

IT WAS LOVELY TO SEE the Day family in church on Sunday as they came back to the village for a quick visit. Robert Webber along with family and mum Trix, also paid a visit to church, so it was a lovely surprise to see them as well. I also managed to have a quick word with Helen Aiken (as was) and her young family on a visit to mum and dad.


TRIATHLON: After all that fun watching the Brownlee brothers win gold and bronze in the 
Olympics why not go and see some tri-athletes in person. The South Coast Triathlon is on tomorrow, Saturday, morning with a swim in Seaford Bay, cycling along the seafront and of course a run too. Roads along the seafront will be closed from 8.30am to 3pm.

OLYMPIC TORCH: The Olympics are over but the Paralympics are on the way. The games have been a great boost to national pride and millions went to watch the Olympic torch progress around the country. Kate Steer from Seaford was one of the torch holders and she will be at St Luke’s Church in Walmer Road tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am with the Olympic torch. All donations raised will be shared between the Church Army Academy in Nairobi, Kenya and Waves Seaford Family Support group.

CONSERVATIVE SURGERY: Seaford Conservative Councillors are holding a drop in surgery tomorrow, Saturday, at 37 Church Street between 9.30am and 11am. No appointment is necessary, just pop in and they will be pleased to help.

COMMUNITY GARDEN: The Exchange Community Gardens is open tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until as well the regular Wednesday morning session from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Please pop along to the garden (inside the Crouch Garden) as there is lots to see there, especially at this time of year. I am always amazed to see how much variety can be seen in such a relatively small space.

FOOTBALL: Yes the football season has started and our very own Seaford Town Football Club will be playing a home match at the Crouch tomorrow, Saturday. They are playing Wick and kick off is at 3pm. Why not go along and support your local team.

MARATHON: The Olympic marathons were watched by nearly a million people live and many more millions at home. On Sunday you too can watch a half-marathon live when the race starts at 9am from the Martello Fields. A 10k, 5k and fun run also set off at the same time. Because of this event many roads along the seafront will be closed during the morning.

IMPORTANT: Between 6pm and 8.30pm on Thursday evening there will be a consultation regarding proposed changes to healthcare cover for Seaford. I have read the consultation document and there is a good chance that the NHS will centralise acute healthcare for Seaford to Hastings. This will only cause problems and difficulties for Seaford people and their relatives who face a long and difficult journey to the Conquest Hospital. If you are not happy with this plan please attend this important meeting at the Baptist Church in Belgrave Road. For further information contact the Seaford Seniors on 01323 899256 or read the consultation document at

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.

SEAFORD CINEMA: It has taken a long time coming but a small group of enthusiasts have managed to re-launch the Seaford Cinema which will be based in the Barn Theatre. The website gives all the information you need including a list of films. You should book early for the launch film (All in Good Time) on September 21 as the director Nigel Cole (whose films include Calendar Girls) will be the special guest.


QUIZ NIGHT at Telscombe Cliffs Community Church, Buckhurst Road, Saturday September 8 6pm for 6.30pm start. £6 per person to include buffet supper. In aid of the charity Turn on the Tap.To book a table call Val on 01273 301314.

FOOTBALL: Players, officials and referees came together from Peacehaven, Whitehawk and Crawley to learn basic life support and how to use heart defibrillators. South East Coast Ambulance Service supported the Connor Saunders Foundation by donating the first two defibrillators and training for this event. Joy and Phil Ashton (SECAmb trainers from Telscombe) said it was marvellous to see rival teams work together for such a worthy cause, highlighting the true spirit of sportsmanship among friends. The Connor Saunders Foundation continues to raise funds and purchase more defibrillators which it intends to give to as many neighbouring football clubs as possible; making it safe to play home or away, for players and their supporters.

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 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 23 sees Noel Dumbrell with 80 years of memories from Ashurst in West Sussex.