Parish Pump newhaven - December 7, 2012


SIT AND GET FIT is a chair based exercise class to increase muscular strength and mobility suitable for all ages. Stephanie Wadlow is running a class at the Old Chapel Centre on Tuesday mornings from 9.30am to 10.30am, followed by coffee. Each session costs £4.50. There is an invitation to try a taster session. For any further information telephone Stephanie at 07919 398317 or 01323 870619.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING in the village is now in full swing. It is so much easier to shop in Alfriston than joining the crowds in the two big towns of Eastbourne and Brighton. All the village restaurants, pubs and hotels are also geared up for the festive season and are taking bookings. The recent crisp sunny weather has given the village and surrounding countryside a very beautiful, wintery look, but we are very lucky and live in an area of outstanding natural beauty.


WHIST DRIVE: The next whist drive to raise funds for Bishopstone Parish Hall will be tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 7.30pm. Cost £2.50 per person including refreshments. All welcome for a light-hearted evening’s entertainment.

COFFEE MORNING: The Mayor’s Christmas Coffee Morning will be held tomorrow, Saturday, 10.30am to 1pm in the parish hall. There will delicious home-made cakes and a raffle. Come along and get in the festive spirit.

BEEKEEPERS: Life’s got tougher for our Bishopstone organic bee-keepers this week. Honey bees have already been hit by mites and the weather. EU regulations are now making things more challenging with new regulations for jars, labelling and honey composition which is increasing the cost of honey production. Not quite the bee’s knees.


THE WEATHER: After the miserable weather we managed just a few dry and sunny days, and I was personally thankful, Thursday I visited Winchester for the first time and was so impressed, Friday after lunch in the Swan I walked over the fields and through the woods to Stanmer House for tea and cream scones with friends sitting by the log fire, Saturday was a whole day in Chichester where we really enjoyed the Advent Procession in the Cathedral. The music was glorious and the readings read by a wide spectrum of people. So you see I was really glad to have the fine dry weather for those few days.

TREES: Walking over to Stanmer Park via the University campus we were intrigued to see men marking out spaces on already prepared drills, we questioned them and they informed us that they were going to plant out 2,500 sapling trees and shrubs. They did ask us if we would like to volunteer to help but we quickly declined and wished them well. We then noticed the lab who was with us, she had been rolling down the hill on the leaves, and had painted her head with the markers.

SHEEP: Monday morning I bravely went to the allotment, and was treated to a round-up of sheep from the field at the bottom. They had a collie to help, but it really did not look as if it was doing the job properly, the sheep were flying everywhere, then suddenly they all calmed down and walked into the sheep box. I was told that they had eaten all the grass on the field, and had escaped that morning onto our allotments, that was before they realised I wasn’t aware of their escape, I was asked if they had created much damage, but they hadn’t managed to get up as far as our allotment.

ART AND CRAFT FAIR: Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday Falmer Christmas Art and Craft Fair, from 11am to 5pm both days, in the Parish Hall. Lots of beautiful art work will be for sale, and the refreshments sound good too, mulled wine and mince pies and for those wishing to have lunch, there will be homemade soup and freshly made sandwiches. There will also be a cake stall, with cakes made by Falmer villagers. We hope to see you all there.


OVER 50s CLUB: Thursday, trip to Horsham leaving Firle and Glynde, Beddingham at 1am for a visit to there Christmas Market, and time to visit the museums and anything else in Horsham. Cost of ticket is £15. Then on Monday December 17 we have our Christmas lunch at the Ram Inn. This year the cost of dinner is £12 per person. If you would like to join us at either ring 01273 858307.

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WILDLIFE JUMBLE: Tomorrow, Saturday, at Hellingly village hall from 10.30am onwards. There will be clothes, books, bric-a-brac, refreshments, cakes and lots more. Admission is 30p. Please do not bring things along to the hall on the day, please ring 01825 873003 or 07720391081 if you would like to donate.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Tomorrow, Saturday, Christmas music by Wealden Brass, mulled wine and mince pies in Hellingly Parish Church from 3pm to 5pm. Tickets are £5 phone (01323) 841685.

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly: Holy Communion on Thursday at 9.30am (BCP) and 8am every Sunday (CW). This Sunday there is also a Holy Communion (CW) service at 10.45am and Evensong at 6.30pm. Upper Dicker: 9.15am Holy Communion (CW).


VILLAGE MARKET: Laughton Village market in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. This will be our Christmas Market so why not come along and buy your Christmas fare for the freezer or to order for delivery. Stalls will include cakes, meat, cheese, eggs, preserves, fresh vegetables etc. Gift stalls will include jewellery, craft etc. There will be the usual raffle. Refreshments available including bacon rolls, tea, coffee, cake and biscuits. Entrance free. Hope you will all turn up.


NT LEWES CENTRE: On Thursday there will be a meeting at Priory School, Mountfield Road at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Judith Kinnisan who will be talking about My Oxford Canal Family. Non members welcome £3.

HISTORY GROUP: Our next meeting, at 7.30pm on Monday, will be our Christmas meeting. We shall be serving mince pies and mulled wine in the interval, rather than the usual coffee and biscuits before the meeting. John Kay will speak about The History of Southover Grange, a well known and much loved feature of the town. For three centuries this was the home of the Newton family. It then passed through a number of hands, not all of them caring, before its purchase after World War II by Lewes Borough Council, for the benefit of the town. It descended to Lewes District Council, who are now evaluating their property portfolio, and earmarking much of it for disposal. Alarms about the Grange’s future were raised when it was announced that the Lewes Registry Office were moving away next Spring, and that weddings would no longer be conducted at the Grange. After the interval Ian McClelland will lead a brief discussion of the history group’s next move forward, and we shall hold our first ever AGM. The venue is the King’s Church Building, Brooks Road. As usual all will be welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday November 20 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter and Irene Gannon; 2, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Meic Goodyear and Mickie Lodge. November 27: 1, Simon Fishburn and Richard Pearson; 2, Paul Allen and Roy Skan, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson. Thursday November 22: 1, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 2, Peter Gannon and Marie Young; 3, Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell. November 29: 1, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 2, Peter Walters and Peter Cattermole; 3, Nigel Osmer and Jennifer Wilson. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Four intrepid members took part in a walk in Ashdown Forest recently. Although the forecast had been for a dry day it rained on the way there and the group experienced low cloud or drizzle at times during the walk. They also found it very wet underfoot but fortunately they all were wearing wellington boots. Starting from the Churlwood car park on the A 275 just north of Chelwood Gate they first went north east to find a long straight ride which had been used as an emergency landing strip in World War 2. Then on to Stone Quarry Road and a path towards Chelworth House. Crossing the A 275 the group then went west to Gosses Farm and onto a ford. However this did not have to be crossed as the route took the group uphill through Stumblewood Common and Press Ridge Warrten back to the car park. A light lunch was then taken at the nearby National Cats Centre where the group also looked at the many cats for which homes are being sought. The next walk is on Wednesday, Ardingly and Balcombe. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

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CONCERT: Maestro Academy Players are presenting their annual end of year concert tonight (Friday) in Meeching Hall at 7pm. Tickets are £6 available from Maestro Music in the High Street, telephone 01273 517999 or on the door.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Meeching Valley Primary PTFA Christmas Fair takes place today (Friday) from 3pm to 4.30pm in the school hall. Everyone welcome, entrance 20p for adults, children free.

EXTRAVAGANZA: Newhaven’s annual Christmas Extravaganza takes place tomorrow (Saturday) in the High Street from 9am to 4pm. There will be the market, craft and community stalls, live seasonal music and carols, Santa’s grotto, childrens activities and rides, magician and much more. Fun for all the family. The Breakout Centre in Newhaven Square will also be open.

STREET SURGERY: Meet your local councillors in the High Street tomorrow (Saturday) between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

MENCAP Christmas Fair takes place tomorrow (Saturday) in the Riverside Hall, West Quay between 10am and 3pm. Lots of stalls, grand prize draw and refreshments.

POLICE CHOIR: There will be a concert performed by the Police Choir in Denton Church, tomorrow (Saturday) at 7.30pm. Admission £5, tickets obtainable by telephoning 01273 514482 or on the door subject to availability.

VICTOR’S CHRISTMAS: Artist Victor Stuart Graham is opening his house at 35 Meeching Road tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday for you to purchase unique Christmas presents. Open both days 2pm to 6pm. Modern Retro Antique, new decorations and boxes, the history of the Christmas Tree, driftwood boats, marine assemblages, paintings, jewellery, embroidery, automata, functional tableware, ceramics and seasonal cards.

YACHT CLUB: Commodores Christmas Party tomorrow (Saturday), Riverside Hall. Telephone Ann Headon on 01273 885952.

ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH: Christingle Service 3.30pm, all welcome..

FLOODLIGHTS: Several people have sponsored St Michael’s Church floodlights during the month of December. These are Janet and Jill in memory of the family with love, Margaret Henderson, Jo and Martyn Edwards for Liam’s birthday, Doris Dennis for her husband Tony, Brian Young in memory of Vera Young, Judy Lawson in memory of Allen Lawson, Doris Cheeseman in memory of Bert Cheeseman, Val Nunn in memory of a much missed family, Jean Woolston in memory of her dear husband Derek, Sandra and John in memory of their families, Eileen Simmons love for her husband Ron, Claire Lock, Eric Merifield, June and Kath, Carey family members, Gill Beal in memory of Fred with much love, Mary Avenell for all the homeless, Kath Knight in memory of her husband Ted, Jo Edwards remembering her Dad.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI are giving members some seasonal entertainment provided by the duo Encore in the village hall on Monday at 2.15pm. New members and visitors welcome to attend.

PLANNING MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s planning committee will be held on Tuesday at 7.30pm followed by a full council meeting in Meeching Hall.

GUEST HOUSE Storytellers are presenting a special seasonal evening at the Hillcrest Centre on Tuesday. Mulled wine and other seasonal fare will be available in the café which opens at 7pm. Stories begin at 7.30pm, entitled Winter Tales there will be dark tales of magic and wonder of light, imagination and spooky stories of ghosts, ghouls and goblins. Please bring a candle or tea light. Admission is £4, concessions £3 on the door.

MEECHING WI is holding its Christmas Lunch in Meeching Hall on Thursday. New members and visitors welcome. For details and to book a place telephone 01273 515439.

FILM SOCIETY: Tickets are on sale for the Christmas film which is the original version of the Marilyn Monroe classic Some Like It Hot, also starring Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. There will be two performances, a matinee at 4.15pm and an evening showing at 7.30pm. The Hillcrest Café will open 45 minutes before each showing serving cream teas before the matinee and a hot meal before the evening performance. Ice cream will be available at both showings. Tickets are £4.50 from the Hillcrest Centre or on the door subject to availability.


CINEMA: A short reminder about the latest Bond film Skyfall showing at the Community House Main Hall on Wednesday December 19 starting at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 each and are available from the information office now.

CANDLELIT CAROLS: The Evangelical Free Church on the South Coast Road is holding a Carol by Candlelight service on Sunday December 23 at 6.30pm followed by mince pies, tea/coffee. All are welcome. Their Christmas Day service is at 10am and all are welcome to join in.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: Peacehaven will greet the festive season in the Meridian Centre on Thursday December 20 from 3pm, to 7pm. There will be many stalls selling wonderful Christmassy items, plus Santa’s Grotto, bell ringers and Carol singers. A personal appearance of Gully is due at 4pm. All proceeds will go to the Mayor’s Charity. For further details contact Steve at the town council office 585493.

HOLMBUSH BUS X6: I am advised that this bus service has been moved to Fridays. The pick up from Sutton Avenue is at 9.50am.

BINGO EVENING: The last of the Mayor’s charity bingo nights for this year is on Friday December 14 in the Community House. It starts at 7pm sharp and there are 8 games plus a flyer and a snowball for £4. There are free refreshments during the evening but bring along your own food and drink if you wish.

FLOWER ARRANGING: Rottingdean Flower club’s last meeting of the year is on Wednesday December 12 at the Whiteways Centre starting at 2.30pm. Nationally renowned demonstrator Stephen McDonnell will demonstrate his interpretation of Frosty Festive Fantasy. There will be some seasonal refreshments and visitors are welcome (£4).

XMAS XTRAS: The Mayor’s Local Project Fund is collecting boxes of chocolates, luxury biscuits Christmas puddings, mince pies, Christmas cakes and other small gifts. These will be packed into small hampers and presented by the Mayor’s helpers to some of our elderly residents. All donated items are being collected in the council’s information office up until Tuesday December 18. All contributions will be gratefully received and will we hope add to some people’s pleasure over the Christmas period.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow is in the Main Hall, Community House, from 8.30am until noon. It has been arranged by the Seahaven Lioness Club. Next week the Peacehaven Horticultural Society is holding the market. To book a table with them call 01273 589502.

COFFEE MORNINGS: St Laurance Church is in the Meridian Centre, Community House foyer today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes. Next week starts with a very special coffee morning on Tuesday hosted by the Telscombe Cliffs WI who are raising funds for the Martlets Hospice. On Thursday the refreshments are being served by the Peacehaven Catholic Church followed on Friday December 14 by the Meridian Evening WI.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a committee meeting of the planning and highways committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. Residents are welcome to attend and may ask questions during the first 15 minutes about matters affecting the town. The last full town council meeting scheduled for December 18 has been postponed and will now take place on Tuesday January 22.

COUNCILLOR’S SURGERY: The last surgery of the year will take place in the Meridian Centre tomorrow, Saturday. It is an opportunity to talk with a councillor in private about any local issues. No appointment is necessary and the surgery is open from 10am until 11am.


FISH AND CHIPS supper followed by a quiz £6, in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm. Please advise Bill Pierce 01273 513162 or email in advance to enable ordering of food.

ON DECEMBER 1 we held a Gift, Cheese and Wine afternoon. We were pleasantly surprised to have visitors, not only from the village, but from Brighton, Eastbourne and as far afield as London.


A DICKENSIAN Spectacular celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens tomorrow, Saturday, at 10 am at Trinity Church, Lower Willingdon. An invitation is extended for you to come and enjoy a miscellany of festive music and drama and dance presented by the Downland Singers, St Andrew’s Drama Group, Coppice Dance and in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Victoria. There will also be the opportunity to browse a while in Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe. If you would really like to enter into the spirit of the occasion Victorian dress would be welcome. Programmes priced £3 available at the door to include seasonal refreshments.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Gardner’s Society. All welcome in the lounge from 10am. We are holding all of our future meetings at the Community Centre. More details on our activities from Sheila Smith on 483222 or Diana Pierce on 482413.

POLEGATE SINGERS proudly present their Christmas Entertainment, Songs and Music for Christmas, in the Community Centre main hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm. Entry by donation only. More information from Sue Wraight on 07772617033 or email

RAMBLING CLUB: On Thursday, leisurely walk, the Holly and the Ivy, two to three miles, flat, no mud, meet 9.45am at Co-op car park. All leisurely walkers welcome at Guardian Court, 11am for coffee and nibbles with Rick. Rolling Up and Rolling Down, five miles downland walk from East Dean, could be muddy, four stiles with Roger L. Or Pre-Christmas In Alfriston, eight miles with Rosalind. For either of these walks meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground at 9.30am on Thursday.

PCaSO: Isla Bamforth thought having her waist-length hair chopped off in memory of her grand-father Bob Cutting might be a good way of helping the local Prostate Cancer Support Group. The Eastbourne group, part of the national charity PCaSO Prostate Cancer Network, has been raising funds for a quiet room at the District General Hospital. That goal is now one step closer thanks to Isla’s amazing £740 sponsorship. A pupil at Tollgate Junior School, Isla asked her friends and family to sponsor her when she had her long hair cut off in September before her 11th birthday. More and more people wanted to contribute much to Isla’s amazement. Both her grand-fathers have been affected by prostate cancer. Thankfully her paternal grand-father went to see his GP early after his symptoms appeared and has recovered well following treatment. The Eastbourne PCaSO Group was delighted to learn plans for the quiet room are now quickly progressing at the hospital. The room will afford a greater degree of privacy for when patients are informed of the outcome of prostate and other investigations. It will provide space to discuss and ask questions about treatment options and plans. The next meeting is on Thursday at 7pm in the Post Graduate Centre, Eastbourne District General Hospital. Consultant oncologist Dr F Mckinna will give an update on plans for the new radiotherapy services in Eastbourne. Please contact Graham Hatfield on 01323 749258 or e-mail if you require further details.


SILVER SURFER: It is still not too late if you would like to attend the Silver Surfer session at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and noon. Please contact Ruth Whitlock, learning resource centre manager on 01273 812220 ext 253 to book a place or for more information. All sessions are free of charge.

COFFEE MORNING: The bowls club are holding a coffee morning at the Bowls Club Pavilion tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. All are welcome. There will be a cake stall, bring and buy and a raffle. Entrance 50p to include coffee and a mince pie.

JUMBLE SALE: Do remember that this event is being organised by the Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, commencing at 2pm. Please bring any jumble you wish to donate to the hall as near to noon as possible.

LIGHTS OF LOVE SERVICE: The annual service in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice will take place at Ringmer Parish Church tomorrow, Saturday, commencing at 4pm by the Christmas Tree outside the church and then proceeding into church.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on November 28 was: 1, Pam Brook and John Weston; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Valerie and Peter King. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village all.

CAROL CONCERT being given in St Michael’s Church, Lewes in aid of the Pestalozzi International Village trust. The programme will consist of music for the Christmas season, audience carols and contributions from some of the Pestalozzi students. The concert commences at 7.30pm on Wednesday.

CHRISTMAS TEA: The Evergreen Club are holding this event in the small hall of the village hall commencing at 2pm on Thursday. There will be a bring and buy stall and a raffle. It is hoped that many will attend this event and support the club.

ROTARY CLUB Christmas Tree of Goodwill will be visiting Ringmer next week. On Thursday, it will commence at 6pm from Springett Avenue and proceed along the south side of the village. On Friday, December 14, it will again commence at 6pm from Broyle Lane and then go on to Christie Avenue.

EXTRAVAGANZA: Christmas Extravaganza Cafe Theatre and Play Reading. Do remember to get your tickets for this event when members of the dramatic society will be telling the enchanting tale of Toad of Toad Hall by A A Milne. This is taking place in the village hall on Saturday December 15 from 2pm to 5pm and tickets price £5 for adults and £2.50 for children are available from Middletons. A tasty afternoon tea will also be served.

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PARISH COUNCIL: Parishioners are invited to the village hall on Tuesday at 2pm to take part in SID training. SID is a mobile temporary Speed Indicator Device aimed at alerting passing motorists to their speed and raising awareness of the 30mph limit through the village. The training is to be carried out by ESCC supported by our PCSO and should take less than an hour. After volunteers have been trained the parish council can set up a rota and arrange to borrow the equipment from ESCC on a regular basis. Last year, the parish conducted a survey into broadband use in Rodmell and Northease, confirming huge frustration with the existing speeds. ESCC has earmarked funds for the poorest served areas of the county and has asked for residents to reconfirm their demand for better broadband. Please register your views at to reinforce our case. With the frost of the season, please note that last year’s supply of road salt is still available and is strategically placed with individuals around the village. Please see the website or ask a parish councillors for details.

CHRISTMAS is really getting on the way now, and I’m sure so many people are worrying about the expense of it all, especially those with children. I heard a little rhyme on the radio today which seemed appropriate for the position of the situation that many people may find themselves in at this time of the year it was: Don’t spend too hard on your credit card, come the day you’ll have to pay.

OUR SCHOOL had a Christmas Fair on Friday November 30. It was a lovely occasion with some good things to eat and buy, and it was lovely to see the church being used as well. I personally do feel churches should be used for more than worship, because as congregations fall, these lovely old buildings require more money spent on them, and many are like empty containers just sitting there. Ours is used regularly by the school and we have concerts occasionally. It’s really another case of use them or lose them.

READING Cooksbridge, Offham and Hamsey’s Parish Pump where Mavis talked about noisy rave music going on yet again, it does make you think, don’t these people realise people move into the country for some peace and quiet and are usually fairly tolerant if the music encroaches on them until 11pm as nobody wants to be a kill joy, but farmers and farm workers are up and working very early and need their sleep, older people, people with small children and those that are sick also need their sleep, so why don’t people lower the noise levels after 11pm. Maybe when the rave is over and they are all zonked out farmers should go and give them a dose of their own music and see how they like it. I believe Falmer also suffers like this, from the university.

CHRISTMAS DRINKS: Rodmell held its Christmas drinks evening on Saturday December 1, to meet the new people of the village and catch up with all other villagers whom we don’t always get to see much these days. As usual it was a lovely evening.

SERVICE: The Advent Service of Light was fairly well attended on Sunday December 2, and as usual was a beautiful service. It used to be packed out but seems to get less each year these days.

CAROL SINGING: Please check the notice boards. There will be the usual two nights of carol singing. We do know that one will end at our pub, and the other at Bankside (a traditional venue). Please note that children (and adults) are all very welcome to join this traditional event, even if you have to leave early. The collection will go to a children’s charity.


LATE NIGHT SHOPPING: Don’t forget it is Seaford’s Late Night Shopping evening tonight, Friday, and many of the shops will be open late. I will be in town with the bonfire society so come along and say hello. Also remember to pick up your voting slip for your favourite Seaford shop. Every entry gets a chance to win £100 at their favourite Seaford shop. There is a ballot box in the Tourist Information Centre.

FARMER’S FAIR: Seaford Farmer’s Market is holding an Evening Christmas Fair tonight, Friday, at the Clinton Centre from 5pm to 9pm. There will be lots of good local produce (including an opportunity to buy your Christmas Turkey) and crafts and this would be a good starting point if you are going to make up a Christmas Hamper. There will be live music and refreshments including plenty of mince pies and mulled wine. You can even order your Christmas tree.

MACMILLAN EVENT: We all know how Macmillan do much splendid work with cancer care so please support them this year as they meet outside the Plough in Church Street between 5pm and 7pm tonight, Friday. There will be music, a raffle and a tombola and also a postbox for Santa (every child posting a letter will get a small gift). There may even be some refreshments.

OFFICE MUSIC: The Office Bar is a super little watering, hole tucked away down Saxon Lane. Tonight, Friday, there will be a barbecue and live music. Pop in for a pint during the evening jollities.

SANTA’S GROTTO: Santa will be in his grotto at Cherish, a new shop next to the station. From 5pm tonight, Friday.

FOLK CLUB: The guest at the Folk Club tonight, Friday, is Phil Hare who has a reputation as an accomplished guitarist. The club meet at the Royal British Legion from 8pm.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: There will be a Christmas Fair tomorrow, Saturday, in the Clinton Centre from 10am to 5pm. There will be stalls and homemade arts, crafts, gifts and food. Entrance is free.

ADVENT MARKET: There will be a super Christmas Market today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, at the Dovecote Garden in West Dean (at the back of Exceat Visitor Centre). There will be plenty of Christmas stalls in the Nag’s Barn and tea, coffee and cakes in the Cart Barn in front of a crackling open fire. Locally grown Christmas Trees are available. There is free entry and free parking (in the field opposite the church). All proceeds will go to West Dean Church. This is a delightful venue and will be well worth a visit.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: St Leonard’s Church Hall will be the venue for a Christmas Warm-Up Bazaar tomorrow, Saturday, morning from 10am to 12.30pm. Entry is £1 which includes a drink and a mince pie.

CHRISTMAS SONGS: Music, seasonal songs and carols will be supplied by the Archway Choir at the Plough tomorrow, Saturday, morning from 10.45am. Santa will be there with small gifts for any children attending. Mulled wine and mince pies will be kindly provided by Phil and his staff. This is not a fundraising event so there is no charge (though donations are always gratefully received). It is the Lioness Cub’s way of acknowledging the support given them throughout the year by the people of Seaford.

CINEMA: The Community Cinema are having two films tomorrow, Saturday, Hugo 2D a children’s film with a matinee performance at 2pm and in the evening the recent box-office success The Artist. Tickets will be going quickly so get along to the Tourist Office to buy your tickets.

CHRISTMAS QUIZ: The Constitutional Club in Crouch Lane are hosting a Christmas Quiz tomorrow, Saturday, evening. Call 01323 890087 for details.

CAROL CONCERT: The Ashdown Singers will give their annual carol concert at St Thomas Moore Church, on Sunday at 3pm. The concert is free but there will be a retiring collection for Lewes district churches Homelink project. Refreshments available after the concert in the church hall.

NEPALESE GIFTS: There will be a sale of gifts made by Nepalese women at The Palm Tree Drop-In Centre (opposite side of the road to Tesco) on Monday from 10am to 3pm.

MAGIC: The speaker at The Seaford Lecture and Literary Club on Tuesday evening is John Schofield talking about Magic. Doors at the St Leonard’s Church Hall open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. I was speaking there last week and would like to thank everyone for such a warm reception.

COMMUNITY GARDEN: The Exchange garden in Crouch Gardens will be open from 9.30am to 10.30am on Wednesday morning. It is well worth a visit. Pop along and look at the late autumn flowers and produce. Some may also be available to sample.

COMMUNITY SINGING: The Silver Silver Band will be at St Luke’s Church Hall on Wednesday at 7pm to accompany some carols. Go along and sing along. Afterwards there will be mulled wine and mince pies.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the council 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. An agenda is available on-line or from the council offices.

PETROL STATION: The rumour is that the old BP petrol station near the railway station has been acquired by Morrison’s. This is good news as the petrol will be cheaper and will also pull down the cost at other local petrol stations.