Parish pump Newhaven - August 3, 2012


THE MUSIC FESTIVAL is about to begin today, Friday. A feast of music will be available all week in the village. Details may be found on or from leaflets in stores in the High Street.

THE SUMMER Horticultural Show will open its doors on August 10 at 1pm to 5pm and on August 11 from 11am to 4.30pm. This is always an interesting and well visited show when plans and ideas for next year’s planting can be made while admiring others efforts.

GUIDED TOUR: On Sunday, local historian Kevin Gordon will be providing an Historic Guided Tour of the village setting off from the Market Cross at 2pm. Tickets for this one hour tour are £5 and available on the day.


PETER WRIGHT: We record with regret the death of Peter Wright of Eadric House, Bishopstone Green, after a prolonged illness. He was a retired garage owner from the mechanical age of motoring, and was responsible for official vehicles at the Houses of Parliament. Between puffs of his briar pipe, he could tell you stories about MPs and peers, as well as some trade secrets. His Devonian wit will be missed, not least at Linda’s Stores.

PRE-FETE Afternoon Tea today, Friday, 2pm to 4pm in the Parish Hall. Please come along with your home-made cakes for the cake stall, and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Home-made preserves and any other items for the fete stalls will be gratefully received.

FETE AND DOG SHOW tomorrow, Saturday. Classes include: Fancy dress, waggiest tail, best six legs, prettiest bitch, most handsome dog, best veteran (9 years and over), junior handler (up to 14 years), and dog most like owner. Entry fee is £1 per class. Entry forms are available from Linda’s Stores, Bishopstone Station (01323 899486). The Fete, in aid of St Andrew’s Restoration Fund, opens at noon. There will be stalls, refreshments, games, Punch and Judy, Seaford Silver Band and Longman Morris Men.

OPEN GARDEN: Sunday, noon to 6pm, Open Garden at Driftwood, Marine Drive, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Entry to the garden is £3 which includes an art and photographic exhibition. Refreshments will be available.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

SUMMER FAIR tomorrow (Saturday) at the Mencap headquarters, Riverside Hall, West Quay, from 10am to 3pm. Lots of stalls and a Grand Draw. They had to cancel their table sale due to lack of support so do go along and support this worthy cause.

FLOWER SHOW: Newhaven Gardening Society’s popular annual show takes place tomorrow (Saturday) at Southdown School, Church Hill. Doors open to the public at 2pm and entry is free but donations welcome. There is garden produce ,flowers, handicrafts, domestic and other stalls and refreshments are available.

THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Next talk Tuesday 7pm for 7.30pm (please note a change of speaker) at The Hillcrest Centre. The South Downs with Monty Larkin. This illustrated talk will consist of a medley of the geology, natural and un-natural history and farming on the South Downs. The speaker has been involved with landscape and wildlife conservation of the East Sussex Downs for much of his life. Members, free entry. Guests welcome £2 entry.

PLANNING MEETING: The town council’s planning committee will be meeting on Tuesday to discuss the latest applications. The meeting will be held in Meeching Hall at 7.30pm.

THE TWINNING ASSOCIATION is holding a Quiz Night on Friday August 10 at the clubhouse of the football club in Fort Road Recreation Ground. Bring a team or come as you are. Match day food and drink will be available to buy at half time and before the off. £2.50 each with a maximum team size of four. Advance booking advisable. Cash prize for winning table. Newhaven Twinning Association and the football club are hosting the event. For help, booking and information call Jan on 612236

COFFEE MORNING Book and Cake Sale, Denton Church Hall, Saturday August 11 at 10am. All proceeds to St Leonard’s Church, Denton.

LARK IN THE PARK: South Heighton Village Hall Committee’s annual Music Festival. Saturday August 11, 6pm till late. The 2012 bands are Tasteless, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Welcome to Nutsville and Brass Monkeys. South Heighton Recreation Ground.

THE ANNUAL Dieppe Memorial Commemoration service, which will probably be the last in its present form, takes place on Sunday August 12 at 3pm at the Canadian Memorial, South Way. Parking is available on Denton Island and the memorial is a five minute walk. The Standards will form up on Denton Island at 2.15pm and march to the Memorial in time for the service.

RNLI: An evening of stories will take place organised by the Guest House Storytellers on Tuesday August 14 at Newhaven Lifeboat House, to raise money for Newhaven Lifeboat. It is an evening of stories from around the world so bring along a story or just sit back and listen. Fish and chip supper served at 7pm, stories begin at 7.30pm. Advance booking necessary and tickets are on sale at the Hillcrest Cafe.


CINEMA: Remember there is a showing of The Five Year Engagement tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre starting at 7.30pm. Tickets at £4.50 are available in advance from the information office.

WAR MEMORIAL: Joan Goldrick and her helpers held another fund raising coffee morning on Friday July 20 adding a further £74.62 to the War Memorial fund. Anybody wishing to make a donation to this fund will find a special donation box attached to the wall close to the Community House entrance in the shopping mall.

BINGO: Remember there is another bingo evening tonight, Friday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre starting at 7pm sharp. It is just £4 for eight games with the option to play a flyer plus snowball game. Enjoy an evening out and bring your own food and drink to help with the concentration.

FLOWER SHOW: Peacehaven Horticultural Society is holding their yearly show in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre on Saturday August 11 from 10.30am to 2.30pm. This is an open show which means it is not solely for members and anyone may enter an exhibit. A schedule with full details is available from the information office for just 50p. The entry form must be handed in to any of the addresses shown therein by 7pm on Tuesday. A popular closing highlight of the show is at the end when many of the exhibits of flowers and vegetables are auctioned off. There are always some wonderful top quality produce to be had at bargain prices. Don’t miss it.

GENTLE EXERCISE: Not everyone finds it easy to exercise for the recommended 30 minutes each day and for those who may find it a little taxing Downlands Court offer a gentle chair based exercise session in their lounge at 11am each Tuesday for £1. Just go along to Downlands Avenue to join in or for more details ring Sue on 01273 588803.

MORNING MARKET: There is a Saturday market tomorrow organised by the Recycling Project from 8.30am until noon in the Main Hall, Community House. Next week there is no market as the Main Hall will be used for the annual flower and vegetable show mentioned above.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the Peacehaven Evangelical Church are in the Community House foyer between 8.30am and midday serving teas, coffees and cakes. Next week on Thursday the 1st Peacehaven Rainbows will be behind the counter, followed on Friday August 10 by the East Sussex Disability Association who will provide your refreshments and be happy to explain what the association can do for those who find getting around a little difficult at times.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is no council meeting on Tuesday. There is just one meeting in August and that is for the planning and highways on Tuesday August 14 in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm.

Rodmell & Southease

OLYMPICS: Well at last the Olympics have started after all the hype. I endeavoured to watch the opening ceremony, which I followed for the first hour, then upon waking up on the settee at 10.30pm, I decided I really could not keep awake so went to bed. I really enjoyed the Queen and Mr Bond and the corgi’s. The whole set up was ingenious, and one has to appreciate all the work and enthusiasm involved, even someone like me, who is not a sport enthusiast. I believe a few people from the village were in the opening ceremony and I thought I noticed one as a suffragette but I may be wrong. I’ve yet to find out.

I SPENT SUNDAY peacefully on a boat gliding up the Thames from Runnymede to Windsor where we had lunch in an Italian restaurant. Windsor was very busy but the drive up was not at all bad, neither was the drive back. There were many shuttle buses ferrying people from London to Windsor and back, and everything appeared to be going smoothly. On the way home our party stopped at The Dog and Duck, a little old pub that has not been tarted up and where you can enjoy a real pub atmosphere and good food. It’s situated on the Dorking Road at Kingsfold, Nr Horsham and like Rodmell suffers from traffic speeding past and evidently it also has high accident rate.

EVERY SO OFTEN a person gets a stunning moment in life which brings you up with a jolt. Such an experience hit me when I was walking past the art gallery in Lansdown Place and my eye was caught by Maria a magical sculpture made up of recycled vandalised bus shelter glass and resin by a very clever sculptor named Steve Yeates. I had to go in and look at the rest of his work. It did not disappoint me. I may even have been tempted to buy it, had I the right place to display it. Do go and see this remarkable work which has made ugly vandalism into a thing of such magical beauty.

PUPPY: Have villagers seen Marcus and Jenny’s little puppy yet? He is so adorable and much loved. I wondered how long it would be before they had another dog since their lovely old dog died a few months ago. One thing’s for sure he will have a wonderful home.

SUMMER SHOW: Saturday August 18, our great Rodmell Summer Show. More news nearer the date.

OUR SENIOR CITIZENS never fail to amaze me. Last week I had a lady of 84 who was walking The South Downs Way on her own for a charity, stay with me. She is not in good health and has to report to her doctor at each stage of her walk. We have agreed that if she makes it to the end she will write and give me details. She does not want her name and details disclosed until she has completed the walk. She is remarkable and puts many, including me, to shame. I hope all goes well for her.


COMMUNITY GARDEN: The Exchange Community Gardens will be open on Saturdays from 10am until noon during in August as well the regular Wednesday mornings 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. I am always amazed to see how much variety can be seen in such a relatively small space.

GROW SHOW: Seaford and District Horticultural Society are proud to announce their 110th Agricultural Show tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon between 1.30pm and 4pm at the Waves Leisure Centre at Sutton Corner. Admission is free so pop along to see the plants and produce.

FREE CONCERT: There will be a lunchtime concert at St Leonard’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, at 1pm. The concert will be given by the Brighton Chamber Ensemble a versatile, mixed ensemble of strings and wind players. They will be playing Mozart’s String Quintet KV406 in C minor and Beethoven’s String Quintet in C major, Opus 29. The concert lasts approximately an hour with free admission and a retiring collection.

GUIDED TOURS: I will be giving a historic guided tour around Seaford tomorrow, Saturday, leaving the Tourist Office in Church Street at 10.30am. The tour last about an hour and a half and the cost is £5. tickets are available from the tourist office and on the day. In the afternoon I will be giving an historic guided tour of Alfriston departing from the Market Cross at 2pm.

MUSIC AND DANCE: The Seaford Musical Theatre are holding a Junior Showcase tomorrow, Saturday, evening at the Barn Theatre from 7.30pm. They promise a fun evening with a variety of music and dance. Tickets available at the door are just £5 (Children and concessions half price) For further information call 07710 426321.

FUND DAY: Seaford Museum and Seaford Martello Rotary are partners for this years Fund Day event at Seaford Museum. There will be lots of stalls and refreshments too. If you are fired up with the Olympics, come along and see the Seaford Sport Exhibition too. The Museum is in the Martello Tower on the Esplanade and will be open from 11am to 4.30 on Sunday for this event.

CEMETERY TOUR: I will be conducting an historic Guided Tour of Seaford Cemetery on Sunday departing from the cemetery gates at 2pm. £5 tickets are available from the Tourist Office in Church Street and on the day. This is a one hour tour where you learn about the history of the cemetery and some of the people buried there.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the council planning and highways committee at 37 Church Street on Thursday a 7pm. Members of the public are welcome and can ask questions at the start of the meeting. An agenda is available online or from the council offices.

PEACE EVENT: On Thursday evening Seaford Quakers will be commemorating the sufferings of the people of Nagasaki in the Crouch Peace Garden with Japanese music, readings, and candlelight. Join them, from 8.30pm-9pm.

HEALTH: East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is having a 14 week consultation programme from July 4 to September 28 with regard to possible changes at the DGH. The NHS are considering centralising services to the Conquest Hospital in Hastings which will cause considerable hardship to people in Seaford especially those without their own transport. I would urge you to contact the consultation team if you are concerned about this. Jon Freeman of the Seaford Seniors is happy to give more details about the proposed changes and about a forthcoming consultation event. Call him on 01323 899256.

LIGHTS: Have you noticed how our street lights are slowly being replaced with white bulbs? I presume they are more energy efficient but they are better than the older yellow ones.


COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: The date for the next councillors’ surgery will be tomorrow, Saturday, 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.

COFFEE MORNING: The residents association will be holding a coffee morning from 10am to 11am tomorrow, Saturday, 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.

TELSCOMBE CLIFFS WI will be holding their monthly meeting at the Civic Centre from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday. New members are always welcome. For any queries or more details please telephone Pat Grey on 01273 583778.

FOLK MUSIC EVENINGS: 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 features Annie Winter, Chichester’s most beautiful singer.