Parish Pump Newhaven - August 31, 2012


MARGARET KNIGHT had a string of parties and gatherings to celebrate her 100th birthday. On Sunday, her actual birthday, she walked to St. Andrews to share in the service and to also share a large birthday cake made for her. She had a series of birthday cakes produced by the organisation with which she has been associated. Margaret moved to Alfriston in the sixties whilst still Head of PE and Deputy Head of Eastbourne High School for Girls. She remained on the committee of the Old Girls of the school until 2010. Always taking an active part in community matters she was a founder of Abbeyfield Homes and was a Samaritan until five years ago when she gave up driving. She was also an active member of the Alfriston WI and a keen bowls player – both outdoor and short mat bowling. She gave up bowling too about five years ago because of failing eyesight but until then was a very skilful and competitive player. Margaret was still opening some of her many birthday cards on Sunday evening, including one from the Queen.

ALFRISTON FESTIVAL has left us all feeling exhausted but satisfied that a it was a job well done. Most of the week was taken up with fund raising events which were both entertaining and enjoyable. The final figure will not be reached for a day or two as overheads have to be deducted and monies counted.

MATTHEW ROSE and Friends will be giving a Gala Concert at St. Andrew’s Church on September 7 at 7.30pm. This is the first of a series of events to be held over the weekend details of which are available at Much Ado Books and Seaford and Lewes Tourist Offices.

GUIDED TOUR: Local historian, Kevin Gordon will be providing a guiding tour of Alfriston tomorrow, Saturday, from the Market Cross at 2pm. Tickets are £5 and are available on the day.


ARTWAVE OPEN HOUSE 11am to 5pm, now until Sunday at 16 Hill Rise. Watercolours, etchings, oils and refreshments will be available for sale (in aid of St Leonard’s Church).

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

EXHIBITION of photographs, paintings and artwork 10am to 5pm tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday and September 8 and 9, in the Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club House, Marine Parade, Seaford.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: St Andrew’s Church today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday noon to 6pm with a Festival Evensong Service at 6pm. Refreshments available (phone 01323 896567). As the start of the flower festival is today, Friday, we won’t be having our usual end of month freebie coffee morning. Our fundraising Macmillan coffee morning will be held on September 28 in the village hall. More details later.

WHIST DRIVE 2.30pm, Sunday September 9, raising money for Bishopstone Parish Hall. Entrance fee is £2.50 to include refreshments. All welcome.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

NIPPERS Play Day as part of the National Play Day Celebrations today (Friday) Fort Road recreation ground 1pm to 5pm. Phone 01273 514440/07796 267388.

ART EXHIBITION: The View from Newhaven, a retrospective exhibition celebrating the 80th birthday of local artist Harold Mockford and his years in Newhaven at the Hillcrest Centre today (Friday) 6.30pm to 9pm, tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday 11am to 6pm. Admission free. Hillcrest Café open throughout the weekend.

ARTWAVE continues this weekend with Victor’s House, 35 Meeching Road open 2pm to 6pm; 46 Fort Road open 11am to 5pm; Kai Crick, Newhaven Ferry Port 10am to 4pm; and Thyristane, Ringmer Road 11am to 5pm. Admission free. There are also several exhibitions at Newhaven Fort from 10.30am to 6pm. Admission charges apply but you get a discount on production of the Artwave brochure.

JUMBLE SALE at Age Concern Day Club, West Quay tomorrow (Saturday) 10am to noon. Free admission. New/used clothes, books, puzzles, bric-a-brac, tea, coffee.

FETE De NEWHAVEN tomorrow (Saturday) in the High Street, 9.30am to 2.30pm. Dieppe Market, community group stalls, live entertainment, children’s rides, magician and much more.

CHARITY BASH at The Engineer pub, tomorrow (Saturday) 2pm to 11pm in aid of Haydens Wish and Chailey Heritage. Six bands, The Riffz, Shot Rod, Fabulous Baker Boys, The Rockits, The Firm and Random. There will be a barbecue, face painting, raffle, tombola, cake stall, hog roast and a bouncy castle.

JAZZ NIGHT tomorrow (Saturday) Newhaven Fort 7.30pm to 10.30pm, doors open at 7pm. Enjoy an evening of live jazz in an atmospheric WWII setting with music from The Full Complement jazz band. 1940s dress optional. Licensed bar. Tickets £11 from Newhaven Fort 01273 517622.

THE OFFICIALS: Two years ago former Newhaven and Seaford Sea Cadet Rob Willis formed his own band while he and his fellow bandmates were all pupils at Seaford Head School. Now three of them are going to university and Rob is preparing to join the Royal Navy so the band will be playing their farewell gig at Newhaven Social Club tomorrow (Saturday) at 9pm. Go along and give these local lads a good send off. Members are admitted free, visitors £1.

ILLUSTRATED TALK by Peter Bailey, Memories of Old Newhaven, Tuesday at Hillcrest Centre, 7pm.

COUNTRY MARKET will be at the Fete de Newhaven tomorrow, Saturday, but their regular market is on Thursdays at the Hillcrest Centre from 9.45am to 1pm. Home-made cakes, knitted articles, pickles, Indian delicacies, etc. Admission free. Free parking, café, disabled access.

CAR BOOT SALE in aid of Newhaven and District Lifeboat, Paradise Park car park Saturday September 8, 9am to 1pm. Sellers set-up 8.15am. Pitches £7 on the day, no food stalls permitted. To book, ring 01273 515964 or 01323 896306.

QUIZ NIGHT in aid of Mencap at their headquarters on West Quay Saturday September 8, 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Maximum six per team, £3 per head.

BATTLE OF BRITAIN DAY, Sunday September 9, Newhaven Fort. A day of 1940s celebration and commemoration. Featuring the Swingtime Sweethearts, Seaford Silver Band, Brighton Boogie Dancers, living history displays and more. Ring Newhaven Fort on 01273 517622.


POSTAL SHOCK: I have belonged to the twinning association for well over 25 years and during that time I have made many friends in both Germany and France. At Christmas time and in some cases birthdays too I have sent appropriate cards. Recently I posted a small birthday card and was shocked to be asked for £1.28 for postage. When I look at my Christmas card list I realise that at that price it would cost me nearly £35 for postage alone. I think I will have to send some of them an e-card in future. Meanwhile I can’t help feeling that the postal authorities have shot the goose that laid a golden egg by excessively hiking their charges.

BINGO NIGHT: On Friday September 7 in the Community House, Meridian Centre starting at 7pm. It is £4 for eight games plus a snowball and a flyer. Free refreshments; proceeds go to the Mayor’s local charity appeal.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow is in the Main Hall, Community House, from 8.30am until noon and has been arranged by the Peacehaven Liberal Democrats. Next week the Butterfly Nursery is holding the market. To book a table call 07949 742 924.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The Seahaven Scouts are holding a coffee mornings in the Community House foyer today, Friday, and will be serving teas, coffees and cakes. On Thursday next week INAA the local advice group will be behind the counter followed on Friday September 7 by Guide Dogs for the Blind.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the leisure and amenities committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre commencing at 6.30pm. Members of the public are invited to attend and may ask question during the first 15 minutes.

BOOT SALE: The Meridian Labour Party is holding a boot sale at The Dell, South Coast Road on Sunday September 9. The gates will not open until 8am and sellers are asked not to arrive earlier. Buyers and others will be admitted from 9am. Plenty of free parking on The Dell until 1pm when the sale ends.

COUNCILLOR’S SURGERY: Drop in surgery in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre on Saturday September 8. Councillors will be on hand from 10am until 11am to offer help and advice on local matters. An appointment is not necessary, just walk in.

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. There will be some fun activities followed by an act of thanksgiving and worship and then the picnic. All are welcome and should 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. More information on 078944 392 524.

U3A: Our AGM is at 2pm on Thursday in the main hall, Meridian Centre. Please come along and enjoy our usual sociable afternoon during which you will be able to vote in connection with existing and, hopefully, for extra new committee members. Also a representative from CTLA (Com Travel Lewes area) will give a brief outline of excursions, shopping trips, etc on offer. Members will need to show their membership cards as is practised by other U3A branches. Members wishing to submit, by post, to Maggie any items of painting, prose or poetry for our celebration competition are reminded that entries must be submitted by the end of September. If delivering by hand, please first telephone Maggie on 01273 584994. On a personal basis, Jean’s party invitations had, of necessity, because of limited health and safety regarding numbers, to be issued on an ad hoc basis and she apologises to all those not contacted. The acceptance list is now closed.

Rodmell & Southease

THE WI had a very entertaining talk given by Peggy Weeks on the hats she had collected from around the world on her extensive travels. Peggy was an amazing lady, in her 80s, nut brown from time spent in the sun, and wearing sandals and a short Greek toga type dress. A character bursting with life. The hats were amazing and we all had a guess which country they came from. Peggy had even crossed Russia on a train, sharing a sleeping compartment with Russian soldiers, and had also slept in a hut on Easter Island where someone kept knocking on her door throughout the night. She prefers to travel alone and mix with the natives of the country she is in. She has written many books about her life and travels and is still travelling and writing at her great age.

PUB QUIZ: My guests joined in the pub quiz on Sunday night and really enjoyed themselves.

SADLY I hear that the lock on the church safe, at Southease, has been expertly picked twice recently, and probably around £80 has gone missing. As these old historic buildings are so expensive in up-keep any donations taken are a blow to finances.

CHURCH: At Southease Church on Sunday a hymn was sung that was not familiar to me, but several lines in it I found fitting for the time we are in. One line was ‘Care thy children’s warring madness, some hope – wars seem eternal.’ Other lines were ‘Rich in goods and poor in soul,’ rather near the mark of this age don’t you think?

GUESTS: For some years now one of my regular B&B visitors has been Pat Woodcock who used to live in Lewes over the Singer Sewing Machine shop at 47 High Street. He was there from June 1955 until September 1960 and has fond memories of various places and people in Lewes, one being the Four Seasons Club where Glyndebourne stars and various stars of stage and screen hung out, including the notorious Harvey Holford. Pat also has memories of the Light family, who purchased the printing machinery from Baxters Print Works when it burnt down. Pat, now in his late 80s, lives on the Isle of Sheppey. He wonders how many people he knew are still around in Lewes.

TREES: Many trees of heaven that grow in abundance around here I notice are dying, including two I my garden, one of which is dripping a sticky sap as though it’s distressed.


GUIDED TOURS: I am giving a guided tour of Seaford tomorrow, Saturday, departing from the Tourist Information Centre at 10.30am. I will also be providing a tour of Alfriston which will leave from the Market Cross at 2pm. This will be your last chance for the tour this year so come along and learn more about our local history. Tickets are £5 from the Tourist Information Centre or on the day.

OPEN HOUSE: Last weekend I visited 54 Stafford Road, which will be open again this weekend from 11am to 5pm. There will be lots of fantastic arts and crafts to buy as well as refreshments at Wendy’s Café (try one of her exotic cakes). I was impressed not only by the large range of items on display but also the quality. Parking is not easy but do try to get along to have a look.

CELEBRATING CUCKMERE: There are lots of activities on this weekend as part of the Celebrate Cuckmere Festival arranged by the Friends of Cuckmere. Get yourself along to the Seven Sisters Centre at Exceat this weekend where lots of activities are planned. there is free entry and even free parking. There will be walks, talks and craft events and a Photographic Competition. The event runs from 9.30am to 4pm today and tomorrow. Contact Mary on 01323 325914 for further details.

POTTERY: Aberdeen House is the building set back from Steyne Road at the junction of South Street. It will be open this weekend from 11am to 6pm so you can see the pottery and some of the other artworks on display. Tea and cakes for sale.

ROAD WORKS: Sections of the A259 between Newhaven and Seaford will be repaired over a period of two weeks starting from Monday. Two-way traffic lights will be in place from 9.30am to 4pm starting Monday for seven days and then again Wednesday September 12 for a further six days. There are likely to be long delays.

TIDE MILLS: I will be providing a guided tour of the Tide Mills on Sunday. The tour starts from the Buckle Car Park at 2pm. Tickets are £5 from the Tourist Information Centre or on the day. Please wear sturdy footwear for this walk. The walk will end at Seaford Sailing Club where refreshments will be available and you will have a chance to see some of the artwork and paintings that are on display as part of the Artwave Festival. The cafe will be open from 10am to 5pm.

DRIVERS BEWARE: The speed limit in Seaford is 30mph and the Sussex Police have recently been enforcing this limit with speed checks in Eastbourne Road and Alfriston Road. Don’t get a fine, stick to the limit.

GOLF COURSE MEETING: There is a meeting of the Seaford Head Golf Course Committee at 37 Church Street on Tuesday 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.

BONFIRE: Believe it or not tomorrow, Saturday, is the start of the bonfire season when Uckfield have their celebrations. Seaford Bonfire Society are doing well in preparing the celebrations for this year which will take place on Saturday October 20. The Badge Night will be the evening before at the White Lion Pub. The new programme is now being sold. The next open committee meeting which was due to be held on Thursday has been cancelled as most of the members are on holiday. The next meeting is on October 4.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Lord Healey is the Honorary President of the Seaford Photographic Society and it was his 95th Birthday this week, Happy Birthday Denis. The new season for the society starts soon. They meet at the Chyngton Methodist Church in Walmer Road on Fridays from 7pm. The next meeting is next Friday. Look at their website at which was some splendid examples of some of members’ work.

IT’S DARK: I love watching our street lights going out one by one at 1.30am. As each light goes our more and more stars can be seen. I understand from the police that crime has actually gone down since this scheme was introduced. And it saves our tax money too.


BINGO: There will be a bingo evening at Telscombe Civic Centre tonight, Friday, with a 7pm start. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball and flyer game. Cash prizes and free refreshments at a half-time break. Come along early to ensure you get a seat and join in the fun. It’s a friendly evening and is a perfect opportunity for getting out and meeting new people. Net proceeds raised will go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund.

COUNCILLORS SURGERY: 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. 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.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the planning and highways committee on Monday 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 will be put on council notice boards and will usually also be available on the council’s website at

SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a meeting of the local Breast Cancer Support Group on Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm in the Civic Centre. The group gives social support to anyone with breast cancer, or anyone with concerns about it, friends, relatives or those awaiting diagnosis. The meetings are friendly and relaxed with tea, coffee and delicious cakes and a qualified therapist providing reflexology or hand massage. If you prefer to have a one-to-one chat, or for more information, please ring Pat Dunkley on 01273 582952 or 07760 300467.

RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION is holding a meeting in room 1 at the Civic Centre on Thursday at 7.30 pm. Please note that they have now changed their meetings to the first Thursday of each month commencing September 6. 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.