MARGARET KNIGHT will celebrate her 100th birthday this weekend. We wish her a very happy birthday.
THE CLERGY HOUSE is spending an evening investigating the secret life of bats. Dr Sarah Yarwood-Lovett will give an informative talk on bats followed by a walk around the house and river searching out with detectors these fascinating creatures. The Alfriston Clergy House is home to the Natterers (Myotis nattereri) which are scarce in Sussex and are known to nest in buildings with large wooden beams. The bat evening runs from 7pm to 9pm on September 1. Booking is essential as the event is limited to 20 people. There will be a charge of £5 adults and children £2.50. Contact 01323 871961.
ELECTION of parish councillor held on August 16: There was a turnout of only 31.5 percent to elect a parish councillor for Alfriston. Keith William Halliday was duly elected gaining 132 votes.
FESTIVAL WEEK started last Monday with a delicious Village Supper at Deans Place Hotel. From Wednesday the art exhibition, sponsored by Moira House Girls’ School, opened and will be on display at the URC Hall until Bank Holiday Monday. This coming weekend has the very popular Quiz Night tonight, Friday, at the War Memorial Hall. Tomorrow, Saturday afternoon, the classic cars will once again be on show on the Tye along with Maypole dancing and a family fun run which starts at 2pm. The Smugglers are organising a Tug of War across the river which will be held about 3.30pm. The Eastbourne Scottish Pipe band will play during the afternoon. In the evening the Concentus Chorale Concert will be held in St Andrew’s Church starting at 7.30pm. On Sunday there will be an historic walking tour of the village at 11am and again at 2pm. Drusillas have sponsored the Family Fun Dog Show held on the Tye, which starts at 2pm. The Seaford Band will play throughout the afternoon and at 4pm there will be a display by the Seaford Dog Club. Throwing the wellie competition starts at 4.30pm. On Bank Holiday Monday there will be an early start for Car Booters to gather on the recreational ground at 7am. At noon there will be Maypole Dancing at the Clergy House with free admission to the house and grounds. From 2pm on the Tye there will be the Fair with traditional games and stalls, pony rides, Morris dancing, and throughout the afternoon the Johnny Spice Swing Band will play. The Festival Grand Draw and Dine Out Draw will be held at 5pm.
PARKING will be £1 all day on the Recreational grounds on Bank Holiday Monday.
ARTWAVE OPEN HOUSE 11am to 5pm tomorrow, Saturday, to Sunday September 2 at 16 Hill Rise. Art and refreshments for sale (in aid of St Leonard’s Church).
OPEN GARDEN at Driftwood, Marine Drive, noon to 5pm Saturdays and Sundays, 2pm to 6pm Monday, from tomorrow, Saturday, to Sunday September 9. Entry to the garden is free. Artists work and a photographic exhibition will be on display. In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
GAMES TOURNEY from 11am Sunday to Monday is organised by Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club in Seaford Bay (www.nssc.org.uk).
AN EXHIBITION of photographs, paintings and artwork 10am to 5 pm, August 25 to 27and September 1 and 2, 8 and 9 will be held in the Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club House, Marine Parade, Seaford.
FLOWER FESTIVAL at St Andrew’s Church, Friday August 31 and Saturday September 1, 10am to 5pm, Sunday September 2, noon to 6pm with a Festival Evensong Service at 6 pm. Refreshments will be available (01323 896567 for further details). As the start of the Flower Festival is Friday August 31 we won’t be having our usual end of month freebie coffee morning. Our fundraising Macmillan coffee morning will be held on Friday September 28.
WHIST DRIVE 2.30pm, Sunday September 9 raising money for Bishopstone Parish Hall. Entrance fee is £2.50 to include refreshments. All welcome.
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
CHARITY CONCERT: The Mayor’s Charity Concert takes place on West Quay Lawns (Huggets Green) tomorrow (Saturday) from noon to 11pm, in aid of Haydens Wish. The first band starts playing at 1pm and the line-up is Mood Indigo, The Officials, Reptilia, The Firm, Random and Stash. The internationally-acclaimed Rolling Stones tribute band The Railing Stains will headline the event. Admission is free and there will be a children’s funfair and food and drink areas.
ARTWAVE begins this weekend with the following exhibitions open to the public free of charge tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, Hillcrest Open Exhibition and Studios noon to 5pm; 46 Fort Road 11am to 5pm; Kai Crick at Newhaven Ferry Port (opens today) 10am to 4pm; Thyrlstane, Ringmer Road 10am to 5pm. More houses will be open next weekend. Newhaven Fort also has a series of exhibitions, paid admission but there is a 50 percent discount voucher in the Artwave 2012 brochure.
FILMSPOT is presenting Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory at Newhaven Fort on Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are £6, children £4 which includes a Willy Wonka themed treat. Advance booking is recommended – ring the Fort on 01273 517522 or email email@example.com
PARALYMPIC CYCLISTS: Newhaven Town Mayor Councillor Graham Amy will meet the cyclists taking part in London 2012 Paralympic Games off the 8.20am Dieppe Ferry on Bank Holiday Monday and they will proceed to Lewes Road recreation ground where a reception will be held in their honour.
FILM SOCIETY: Plans are well ahead for Newhaven’s own film society which will be based at the Hillcrest Centre. Popular films will be shown on the third Saturday of each month starting on Saturday October 20 with My Week With Marilyn. Admission will be £4.50pm and full details are now being finalised.
MADS: Tickets go on sale on September 1 for Meeching Amateur Dramatic Society’s autumn production Mad Music Hall of Fun II. It will play in Meeching Hall from Wednesday September 26 to Saturday September 29 at 7.45pm. Tickets are £8 from Meeching estate agents, telephone 01273 515566.
NIPPERS: National Play Day Celebrations take place on Friday August 31 from 1pm to 5pm on Fort Road recreation ground. Telephone 01273 514440/07796 267388 for more details.
FETE DE NEWHAVEN: Saturday September 1, 9.30am to 2.30pm, High Street. Great family day out. The Dieppe Market, community stalls, live entertainment, children’s rides and a magician plus lots more so go along and join in the fun.
ENGINEER CHARITY BASH takes place on Saturday September 1 in aid of Haydens Wish and Chailey Heritage. 2pm to 11pm admission £4, accompanied children under 14 years free. Six bands, The Riffz, Shot Rod, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Rockits, The Firm and Random; barbecue, face painting, raffle, tombola, cake stall, bouncy castle.
JAZZ NIGHT: Enjoy an evening of live jazz at Newhaven Fort on Saturday September 1 7.30pm to 10.30pm, doors open at 7pm. The Complement Jazz Band will play in the atmospheric WWII setting so go and dance the night away, 1940s clothing optional. To book tickets telephone 01273 517622.
GIVE BLOOD: The team will be in the Main Hall, Meridian Centre from 2pm until 4.30pm with an evening session from 5.30pm until 8pm.
BINGO NIGHT: The Mayor’s next bingo evening will be at 7pm, Friday September 7 in the Community House, Meridian Centre.
BALLS OF WOOL: The information office has a bin in their office to collect old balls of wool on behalf of Homecoast House. The wool is needed by the residents for a project aimed at developing some manipulating exercises for fingers. Any left over balls of wool would be most welcome.
PEN TO PAPER: This is the name of a writing group who meet each Saturday from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Downlands Court, Roundhay Avenue. It is a small friendly group who would welcome anyone who is interested in writing. Ring Sue on 01273 588808.
MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow in the Main Hall, Community House, from 8.30am until noon has been arranged by the Seahaven Lioness Club. Next week the Peacehaven Liberal Democrats are holding the market. To book a table ring 07932 448 721.
COFFEE MORNINGS: There are two coffee mornings in the Community House foyer next week between 8.30am and midday. Coastland Church is serving teas, coffees and cakes on Thursday and the Seahaven Scouts will be behind the counter on Friday August 31.
THE DELL: The William Cole Fun Fair will be on The Dell, South Coast Road over the Bank Holiday weekend from today, Friday, until Monday.
CINEMA: Magic Mike will be shown in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Wednesday September 26. Tickets at £4.50 from the information office.
COUNCILLOR’S SURGERY: There is a drop-in surgery in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre on Saturday September 8. It is not always easy to get to Council Meetings. So councillors will be on hand from 10-11am. No appointment necessary.
CLOSED: The council offices will be closed from 4pm today, Friday, until 9am on Tuesday during the Bank Holiday.
RUBBISH COLLECTION: There will be no collection on Bank holiday Monday. All collections will be the day following your normal collection day but not necessarily at the usual time. The collection for Friday August 31 is on Saturday September 1.
HARVEST FESTIVAL: The churches of Peacehaven and Telscombe have come together to hold a Harvest Picnic in the South East corner of Telscombe Tye on Sunday September 9 starting at 3pm with plenty of fun activities. All are welcome: bring something to sit on, a drink and some food. If possible bring a little extra food to put on the table for others to share. Ring 078944 392 524.
Rodmell & Southease
BUSY WEEK: On Tuesday August 14 I went to the yearly gathering of Wivelsfield Reunion 2012. It started with tea, coffee and biscuits at The Cock Inn, then a very interesting talk was given by genealogist and archive researcher Ian Waller entitled Up With The Lark: Agricultural Labour Ancestors. We had a very nice lunch then it was time to walk it off so we went up to the church and that part of the village coming back to the pub for tea, coffee, biscuits and drinks. Many thanks go to Ian Everest and Jeanette for all their hard work, and to Sheila Blaire.
SUMMER SHOW: Saturday was a wonderful day for the Rodmell Horticultural Society Summer Show. Lots of people came and enjoyed themselves.The exhibits were very good, especially the photographs, and my friend Lorna Melia was thrilled to win a cup and get several prize labels. As usual the minds of village children were very imaginative and we had some great entries in the various classes. The Rodmell Produce Stall had some great rhubarb for sale and apples, vegetables, jams and chutneys.
IN THE EVENING we were back down in the marquee for the entertainment of Grease Comes to Rodmell. The lads and lassies of Rodmell, from all age groups, danced and sang to the music of Grease the Musical and there was a contest to see how much money could be collected by the T Birds (the lads) and the Pink Ladies. We had a lovely chilli supper with French bread and you could fill your plate as many times as you wanted.
THE SERVICE of Thanksgiving for the life of the late Raymond Thomas Putnam (Ray) of Rodmell, took place at St Peter’s Church on Thursday August 16. It was very well attended. Ray enjoyed his golf so it was nice to see Seaside Golf, a poem by John Betjeman, written on the back of the order of service in memory of so many rounds at St Enodoc when the tide was out.
WILD MORNING: The Wildlife Rescue and Animal Service ( WRAS) are holding a special event at St Leonard’s Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am to 2pm. There will be lots of fun for kids, including face-painting, stalls, games and a tombola. All money raised will go towards saving British wildlife. Contact Kate Cuddis on 01825 873003.
ARTWAVE: There are lots of events on in town this weekend for the Artwave festival so get out and get visiting. The Tourist Information Office have full details.
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 off East Street) as there is lots to see there, especially at this time of year.
ART AND TEA: The cafe in the Sailing Club at the Buckle end of Marine Parade always provides a warm welcome (and good tea and home made cakes). If you have not been before this weekend is a great time to visit as there will be photographs and art on display as well as a variety of crafts and jewellery for sail (sorry sale). The exhibition will be open tomorrow, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am to 5pm.
DOG DAY: Seaford Dog Rescue Service are hosting a Family Fun Day and Dog Show on the Martello Fields tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4pm. There are a variety of doggie style events and stalls as well as a fun-fair and a beer tent (presumably for the humans). Things start off at 10.30am with a Canine Fancy Dress Competition with other categories being judged throughout the day. At 11.30am there will be a fly-ball display which is always popular and at 1pm a display by the Alpha Guard Canines. The show finishes at 3.40pm.
OPEN HOUSE: 54, Stafford Road will be open each day this weekend from 11am to 5pm. There will be lots of fantastic arts and crafts to buy or just admire as well as refreshments at Wendy’s Café (try one of her exotic cakes). There will be a silent auction and rock-n-roll music as well as crafting workshops.
OPEN POTTERY: Tucked away just off of Steyne Road near the Jubilee Garden is the Aberdeen House Pottery which will be open tomorrow, Saturday, as part of the Artwave Weekend. Visit between 11am and 6pm and you will find a wide range of art and crafts and of course pottery. Tea and cakes available in the garden. Aberdeen House is at 41 Steyne Road. Telephone 07973 559146.
GUIDED TOURS: I will be providing guided tours of Alfriston as part of the Alfriston Festival this weekend. They will be departing from the Market Cross at 11am and 2pm tomorrow, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. Tickets for my last Seaford and Tide Mills talks next weekend (my last of the year) are now available from the Tourist Information Office. There is a charge of £5 for my tours which all last over an hour.
FOOTBALL: Seaford Town FC will be playing Loxwood FC at the Crouch on Monday. Kick off is at 11am so pop along and support your local team.
DONKEY DERBY: The Lions Club of Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford are holding their ever popular Donkey Derby, this Bank Holiday Monday. The event will be opened by the Mayor at 12.30am and there will be regular races throughout the afternoon. Fun fair and beer tent and lots of other attractions including a Punch and Judy Show. Pick up a free programme and a list of runner and riders, from the Tourist Information Office or call 01323 895607.
COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the planning and highways 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.
CLOSURE: The Civic Centre will be closed on Monday.
FOLK MUSIC: Thursday sees Pete Cooper in Telscombe Village Club, a fiddle player who sets the London folk scene alight. All welcome.
BINGO: There will be a bingo evening at the Civic Centre on Friday August 31, with a 7pm start. Cash prizes and free refreshments at a half-time break. Come along early to ensure you get a seat. Proceeds to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund.
WORKING HORSES on Telscombe Tye/Heritage Fest. Saturday September 8, from 10.30am will see the return of the working horses on Telscombe Tye. This has been organised by The Friends of Telscombe Tye. You will be able to see the horses and have a horse and cart ride. This year there will be added attractions such as owls, Morris Dancers, children’s activities, environmental groups, a barbecue, ice creams and much more. A fun and informative day, so please come along, making sure you wear appropriate footwear. Telscombe Council have organised a two free mini bus services to the Tye which will be running throughout the day, one from Peacehaven and Telscombe and the other from East Saltdean. Further details and a time table are available from the Civic Centre, or on their website www.telscombetowncouncil.gov.uk under key council documents.
HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Also on Saturday September 8, three significant historical buildings will be open to the public in Telscombe Village as part of The National Heritage Open Days. Stud Farm and St Laurence Church will be opening their doors in the morning for the day and in the afternoon the Telscombe Village Club will also be open and hosting an art and craft fair with many high quality stalls. You will also be able to purchase tea, coffee and cakes Telscombe Council have organised a free mini bus to Telscombe Village leaving from the Tye at Gorham Way at approximately 12.50pm and 2.50pm, returning at approximately 1.25pm and 3.25pm. Further details and a time table are available from Telscombe Civic Centre, or on their website www.telscombetowncouncil.gov.uk under key council documents.
FIREWORKS: To round off the day on Saturday September 8 and in celebration of 2012, Telscombe Town Council have organised a firework extravaganza on Telscombe Tye commencing at 8.30pm for 20 minutes. This display will have the theme of the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics. Prior to the commencement of the firework display from 7.30pm, there will be a barbecue and ice creams. The council have organised two free mini bus services to the Tye, one running from Peacehaven and Telscombe and another from East Saltdean, there will be two runs, one arriving at the Tye at approximately 7.15pm and the other at approximately 8.15pm. Further details and a time table are available from the civic centre or website. Appropriate footwear is advisable.