Parish Pump Newhaven - February 1, 2013

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ALFRISTON PLAYERS once again delighted audiences with this year’s pantomime, Captain Hook’s Revenge by Richard Coleman, directed by Nicola Osborne. Over 50 people were involved in the production and it is absolutely impossible to mention one over another. The cast obviously enjoyed themselves and infectiously shared their enjoyment with the audience so that the feeling in the packed hall was one of enthusiastic pleasure. The dozen or so young (some very young) dancers who opened the show with a disco routine set the mood for the evening. There was a little bit of slapstick, a bit of fairy dust and a bit of punk, some scary bits and lots of audience participation. Something to suit all moods. Caroline Adcock and William Green’s atmospheric painting of Kay Loadsman’s simple sets created the changing scenes. After the Saturday evening performance the cast gathered at The George to hear who had won the coveted Glass Head, Alfriston’s answer to Hollywood’s Oscar. There was unanimous approval that the Glass Head should be held for the duration of 2013 by Nick Cattell. Nick was Captain Hook. A rather stylish pirate who, though quite evil and was rightly booed during the show, was loudly cheered when receiving his award. The show donates to Seaford Lifeguard and to Children with Cancer (Polegate). And supports the Alfriston Memorial Hall and Alfriston Pre-school. The raffle takings go to the Alfriston Voluntary Community Responder Team and the Pantomime performances were dedicated to Rhys Watkins.

MEETING: The Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society will hold their next meeting on February 7 at 2.30pm in the War Memorial Hall. The speaker is Dr Michael Lynn talking about The effect of Climate Change on Gardening.

CANTILENA CONCERT: The all-female group, Cantilena, directed by Ray Maulkin and Kathryn Sargent and accompanied by the Florentine Quartet will be performing Vivaldi’s Gloria at St Andrew’s Church, Alfriston on Sunday February 17 at 6pm.

A CUCKMERE HISTORY talk will be given by Peter Bidmead on February 23 at Litlington Village Hall at 7.30pm. Peter will be talking about the history and many changes to the area since medieval times. For tickets, £5, including a glass of wine and nibbles, telephone Maggie at 870743.

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QUIZ NIGHT: Barcombe Tennis Club is holding a Quiz Night at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm. Tickets costing £10 (to include food) are now on sale in Barcombe Village Stores. There will also be a licensed bar. All welcome.

THE VILLAGE HALL have a gathering of Clubs and Societies tomorrow, Saturday, with an explanation of their activities. Come at 10am to see the vast variety of gatherings. See last week’s pump for some of the clubs etc. Refreshments will be available, coffee tea and bites.

SNOOKER: Monday, January 28, away to Uckfield A: James Stewart 67 (35) Steve Roberts 25, Jack Schaufler 27 Sam Mitchell 56, Tony Deakin 54 Adam Dadswell 38, Derek Stewart 9 Andy Carn 52, Harry Stewart 32 Dave Edwards 54. Club lost 2-3.

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SATURDAY saw the Arsenal Football Team coming to play at the Amex Stadium, and I would have liked to have known what their supporters or even the team members thought of the stadium and the surrounding fields covered in snow. Travelling down from London, I hope they appreciated the beauty of the setting. I was walking up the lane when one of the goals was scored, and the sound of the cheers always makes me smile.

SNOW: Now the snow has gone, and yes, it did look very picturesque but after a while it becomes irksome. I know one resident at Mary Farm was trapped there for seven days, it was impossible for her to get out with an ordinary car. I remember when we first moved to Falmer, the farmers were paid to clear the snow off the road in the village, but that was stopped over 10 years ago. The 15 year old lab enjoyed it though, she remembers her youth running and throwing herself in the snow to slide, these days she can’t quite get the speed, but she still managed to slide and students who saw her thought she was ‘real cool’.

CONCERT: I am really looking forward to the concert tomorrow, Saturday, when the Falmer Court Musicians will be presenting an exciting programme at St Laurence Church at 5.30pm.

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FIRLE CC: Preparations for the season have started early with nets at the County Ground on Wednesday evenings now taking place. However, we are looking to fill the role of club secretary and the combined role of fixture secretary/midweek and Sunday captain. The club also wishes to start up its junior section again in 2013, and is looking for volunteers to help our local aspiring cricketers. If you or anyone you know fancies any of these roles, please drop us a line, shauntreloar@me.com. These are pivotal roles at the heart of a club with a long history, but looking to grow.

VILLAGE HALL: FVHPFC AGM November Chairman’s Report 2012: It is hard to believe that 18 months ago,when we had our last AGM, work on the hall refurbishment had not begun. It was with some bravery that volunteers started to take down the old wall at the back of the property, despite some doubting thomases, the time for talking was done. To be sure, the process from then to now has not been easy, legal issues, VAT issues, who actually owned the land, sale of the plot at the back to Charlie Bridge, cash flow, applying for more funding from LEEDA and The Henry Smith Trust, negotiating how a sizeable donation from the Gage family would be most effective, the relationship with the parish council, the list is endless. It is only the dedication and voluntary spirit of those involved that has kept this project on track, you know who you are, thank you very much. So far I have not even mentioned any building work. A team of volunteers cleared the back wall and demolished the tin sheds. The Firle Estate team removed the roof with Polegate roofing, and demolished the chimney, the ground was dug away at the back for the new build, leaving the site ready for Martletts Builders. Worries about the street being blocked were largely unfounded. The build seemed to go remarkably quickly and we thought we would be open for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend, but the parquet flooring failed to arrive and the decorating took a lot longer to finish than expected, also being in such a small village everyone was involved elsewhere, so reluctantly the opening was put off. Then it started to rain. Having had one of the driest winter and springs on record, this summer has been one of the wettest and most of that rain seemed to be coming into the hall, eventually it was found that the overflow from Charlie Bridges pond was blocked and the Victorian brick drain was leaking, Martletts put a pit with an overflow in place, which seems to be working. There has been an awful lot of work going on inside the hall for some time. John Parnell and his team stripped out the old decorating, others have scrubbed windows, painted, individually planed each flooring block, built and re-built the stage, painted the walls and ceiling again and again. I must mention Steve Ware who I think is intending to move in when he has finished. Thank you. The electrics are a work in progress by Richard assisted by Matt. So you can see much has been done, mainly pushed on by our project leader Ian, but egged on by Steve. While on the subject of thanking people, mention must be made of Penny, Mary and Damien who have done so much unseen work behind the scenes and of course all those who have given up their time over the last 18 months, you know who you are. Thank you. There is still much to do, but we are getting there. (Andrew Barr, Chairman).

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DISCO FOR ALL: Come and enjoy a swinging Disco to be held in Kingston Parish Hall on Saturday, February 9, from 7.30pm. Dancing to all types of music with Jaycee, whatever you want from the Sixties to Gangnam Style. Tickets at £10 each include fish and chips and desserts at an interval. Cash bar open all evening with Harvey’s beer, wine by the glass or bottle and soft drinks. Everybody from in or outside Kingston very welcome to this lively evening. Hurry to get your tickets from Brenda Neller (472720) or Brian Simmons (474303). Net proceeds to Kingston Church.

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BEETLE DRIVE with baked potatoes and banoffee pie tomorrow (Saturday) St Michael’s Church rooms starting at 6pm prompt. Adults £5, children £2.50. Booking in advance essential for catering purposes on 01273 515251.

AGM: Newhaven Historical Society AGM, Tuesday 7.30pm at the Hillcrest Centre. The meeting will be followed by a presentation of maritime slides depicting the 2012 Jubilee River Pageant and P&0’s 75th Anniversary at Southampton by Lord Greenway, the society’s president. Members admitted free, visitors £2.

QUIZ NIGHT: The twinning association Quiz Night is on Friday February 8 at the Hillcrest Centre, 7.25pm. Tables of five, £6 per person including buffet supper and hot drink. To aid catering please book in advance by telephoning Jan Marshall on 01273 612236 or emailing her janmarshall @hotmail.com

NEWHAVEN LIFEBOAT Quiz Night with fish and chip supper at the Lifeboat House, West Quay, Saturday February 9 from 7pm. Team of four, prizes for first and second teams. To book contact Lyn Davies on 01273 517488 or email rnlinewhaven.society@hotmail.co.uk

FILM SOCIETY: Tickets are now on sale at the Hillcrest Centre for the society’s second film of 2013. Potiche (15) is a French comedy with English subtitles starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu. Tickets £4.50. Café opens at 6.45pm, film 7.30pm.

U3A: We are sure members and everyone else for that matter, will be pleased January is now behind us and we can look forward to the monthly talk on Thursday at the Baptist Church Hall, Newhaven. Dave Homewood will interestingly entertain us with Phonographs – Gramophones and Recordings. Doors open 10am, 50p entry at the door to cover cost of speaker, tea, coffee and biscuits. Please remember to have your membership cards handy. Apart from our established and valued interest groups, meetings, lunch clubs, excursions, singing group, coffee mornings etc, Hilary now offers Whist, Janet theatre trips and there is non-fiction reading, Meditation, puppet making. Lewes U3A offers a holiday, walks and talks and a floral demonstration by Seaford Evening Flowers Club. Phew. Get going and get in touch soonest. All details in Roma’s February newsletter. Jean always happy to do a publicity push. New committee members urgently sought. Maggie, Pam and Doreena must all step down in September in accordance with our constitution. These are all vital roles and must be filled. Please give this your consideration and step forward in good time. Anyone who is 50 years and above, male or female, semi or fully retired, is more than welcome to join our branch of the U3A (University of the Third Age). Certainly by 50 years and above I’m sure we all qualify for this particular university. Don’t be shy. Contact Sharon on 01273 589953.

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CINEMA: The February film Quartet will be shown in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Wednesday February 20. It is proving very popular and has been a complete sell out for the 7.30pm showing. As a result of public demand it has been decided to put on another showing at 5pm on the same day. Tickets at £5 each are available form the information office.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the policy and finance committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre at 6.30pm. Residents are welcome and may ask questions during the first 15 minutes.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Liberal Democrats. As usual it will be held in the main hall, Community House from 8.30am until noon. Next week’s market will be organised by the Conservative Party. To book a table call them on 01273 583975.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The Royal British Legion will be in the Meridian Centre, Community House foyer today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes. Next week on Tuesday the coffee morning will be held by Harlequin Studios. The Catholic Church will be behind the counter on Thursday followed on Friday, February 8, by the Kemptown Conservatives.

PEACEHAVEN PLAYERS: The summer show on June 14 and 15 will be a new showing of The Wow Factor. Rehearsals will be underway soon but if you are interested in theatre it is easy to get involved either on the stage or behind the scenes. A workshop for the next show is being held on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Meridian Centre. New faces are always welcome and to find out more just go along, and if you like it then get involved. Feeling shy? Then give Jim a call on 01273 582198 for details.

GARDENING: There are always things happening at Downlands Court throughout each week. Currently they are setting up a new gardening group meeting initially on Mondays, and are actively seeking new members. If gardening is your hobby why not join in. For more details just call 01273 588803.

BINGO NIGHT: There is a bingo night in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Friday February 15 starting at 7pm. Tickets are £4 for eight games plus a flier and a snowball. For those who wish to enter as a team a table is limited to eight players and must be booked and paid for in advance at the Council Information Office.

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WEALDEN BRASS was formed in 1979 with six players originally. With various musical directors, David Padget took over the role in 1998. The band now has over 26 members plus a training band section. At their concert in December they played Fanfare Jubiloso by James Curnow, followed by Something stupid by Carson Parks, where the soloists were Graham Bland and Neville Harris. This was followed by Carols of Shepherds by Philip Spark, music from Mama Mia by Abba and Winter Wonderland by F Bernard. Instant Christmas by R B Smith and arranged by Bruce Fraser. Members from the training band played Jingle Bells and Friends arranged by Jo Bushell, trained music teacher. The main band continued with Poncinella, the Best of Bond arranged by Darool Barry, Post Horn Gallop by Koenig soloist on garden hose was David Scrase. Mid Winter by Gustav Holst arranged by S Bulla, Deck the Halls arranged by Frank Bernaerts, Swing into Christmas arranged by Frank Bernaerts, Sussex by the Sea which is the band’s signature tune and finishing up with the National Anthem. The concert was at Trinity Church, Lower Willingdon on December 18.

POLEGATE STROLLERS, a friendly walking group who meet on Tuesdays welcome new members. For a programme and joining form please contact Jayne on 07761612132 or email jaynebigsby6@msn.com

WANTED history information on 6 Saffrons Road, Eastbourne. Please contact Ann Boniface on 430203 if you can help.

TRINITY CHURCH, Lower Willingdon is open every Sunday, despite the weather. Services commence at 10.30am. All welcome. We never close. Services are recorded; please ask if you would like to hear one them or visit our website http://trinitywillingdon.webplus.net

POLEGATE SINGERS meet on Wednesday evenings in the activity room at Polegate Community Centre. Feel free to come along and try us out, or email jane.twyman@sky.com for more details.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by the Social Section. All welcome in the lounge from 10am.

A COFFEE MORNING on Saturday February 5, in aid of Polegate Residents Association takes place at St Johns Church Hall from 10am until 11.30am. Please join us for bingo, raffle and news from the village. New members are welcome. The annual membership is £2.50 per household and can be paid at any coffee morning or by telephoning 487630.

RAMBLING CLUB: On February 7 the brick makers walk, nearly 5 miles mainly flat, tracks and woods, near Laughton. Could be muddy in places, four stiles with Howard and Hilary. Or a longer walk of 10 miles One Giant Up and One Giant Down, Lullington Nature Researve, could be muddy, take picnic with Margaret. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground at 9.30am. The AGM is at St Johns Church Hall on February 8 from 2pm and 4pm.

HIRE OF THE CENTRE: If you wish to hire any of the rooms at Polegate Community Centre, which consist of hall and stage, lounge, activity room, kitchens and two committee rooms. Telephone 482434 between the hours of 10am to noon, and 2pm to 4pm, when the office is open for hire charges and vacancies.

LECTURE: Rosalind Hodge, archivist of Jevington and Willingdon parish archives, will give the second of the monthly lectures of the Eastbourne Natural History and Archaeological Society 2013 season. Mrs Hodge will be taking a look at some of the records of these villages held at the County Record Office and by the parish churches. Rosalind will be providing glimpses into their social history including examples from the parish registers from the 16th century and the log books of both schools and parish magazines. She has family connections with both parishes going back many generations and will draw on her extensive knowledge of these Sussex parishes. Her Power Point presentation begins at 7.30pm on Friday February 8 at the WRVS Russell Centre, Hyde Road, Eastbourne. Non members welcome, £2.

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FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are away to near neighbours Hailsham FC in an SCFL Div One league fixture. Kick off at The Beaconsfield is 3pm. On Tuesday they are away in the league again, this time at Sidley FC with a 7.45pm kick off. The second team are at home on Saturday when they entertain Littlehampton in the Reserve Section premier league and kick off at The Caburn is 3pm.

FAMILY QUIZ: A reminder of this event which is being organised by Ringmer Primary Home School Association tomorrow evening, Saturday, at the school from 6.15pm to 8.15pm. Please either contact the school on 812343 or Angela on 813860 for information or tickets.

EXTRAORDINARY Annual General Meeting being held by Ringmer Twinning Association in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Tuesday, at 7pm. Advance notice that this association will be holding their first fundraising event of the year which is a coffee morning/bring and buy sale in the village hall on Saturday, February 16, from 9.30am to 11.30am. Please do try to support this event.

EVENING WI: At its meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall Richard Ratcliffe’s talk is entitled Musicals, Madness and Mayhem. New members will be made most welcome.

FLOWER CLUB: On Wednesday at 2pm in the village hall Stephanie Laing will give a demonstration entitled Turning the Table. Visitors (£4) and new members welcome.

ACOUSTIC MOODS: Probably the last Acoustic Moods to be organised by Loft and Barbara Longhurst is being held in the village hall on Saturday, February 9, with the proceeds going to Breast Cancer Care. Over the last few years Loft and Barbara have raised a great deal of money for various charities with the Acoustic Moods which have proved so very popular.

TABLE TOP SALE at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form on Saturday, February 16, between 10am and noon. If you would like to book a table or would like further information please contact Ruth Whitlock on 01273 812220 ext 253 during school hours, or e-mail rwhitlock@ringmeracademy.org Table top pitches are available at £5 if pre-booked, so don’t leave it too long if you wish to have one as the college are already taking bookings. Set up is from 9am but the college regrets that they cannot accept individual food stalls. Refreshments will be available and free parking on site.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: The society’s spring production will be Strictly Murder by Brian Clemens which will be directed by Jayne Marshall-Roelich and will be performed in the village hall on the evenings of Wednesday to Saturday, March 20 to 23, commencing at 7.45pm each evening. It is 1939, where an English couple are living in idyllic isolation in a rustic cottage in Provence. The peace is about to be shattered, and not by the coming war. Tickets now available at £8 in one of three ways: Online with a debit or credit card www.ticketsource.co.uk/ringmerdramaticsociety; by phoning Denis Drinan on 07753 317373; or by e-mail denisdrinan@talktalk.net. Please ensure you clarify which night and which seated area (front six rows or raised back six rows). Tickets will also be available from Middletons later this month.

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LIFE IS MANIC at the moment, as I’m clearing an office of around 37 years, and making it into a downstairs bedroom so Mike can come home from hospital. I would advise anyone who does not have a regular clear out to do so, and not leave it to friends and family, because it is an awful thing to have to do especially when you are on a time limit. Without all the help from wonderful friends I think I would have ended up in Never, Never Land, if you get my meaning.

FRIENDS and my lovely god-daughter Sharon have been keeping an eye on me, and making sure I had some breaks, one being a great night out at Ringmer on Saturday night to a Ploughman’s Supper and entertainment by the wonderful singers of Lewes Operatic Society, organised by Lewes Rotary Club.

RODMELL PANTO: The other being The Great Rodmell Panto, Jack and the Beanstalk. It was a wonderful Panto and was enjoyed immensely by the audience. Richard Roberts (with hair) played his part with gusto, David Stearman, the new Dame, was great and obviously enjoyed the part. There were gripes from the Old Dame, Paul Mellor, who was having a break this year apart from writing and directing. I understand from wife Liz that stress was of a much lower factor in their household this year. Paul’s daughter Libby was Mandy and obviously loved her part especially the singing, as did Spencer Prosser who played Jack Strapp (Dames older son) he has a great voice and stage presence. Lindy Smart played the Dowager Countess Abergavenny (is it Downton Abby next Lindy?) Jo Wettern was made for playing the part of the Dowager’s headstrong and beautiful daughter. Georgina Prosser was Fannie, the village blacksmith in leather apron and short shorts. If she was our blacksmith it would be a very popular venue for the male riders and Steve would retire on the profits. Scott Sherwood, the massive muscle bound Aussie, sent women’s temperatures rising as Bernard Birdbrain (the giant’s dim henchman). Calm down girls he’s taken, and you didn’t stand a chance! He’s a great character and played the audience well. Richard Sellick (the giant’s slimy henchman) obviously enjoyed playing an out-of-character part as he’s part of a lovely family, and daughter Rowan is following in dad’s thespian footsteps and has beauty as well. I loved the harp played by a cool Wendy Shaw who also happens to be very glamorous. Jane Finch (Nurse Tilly Lint) buxom and bold, whose going to be ill next. Guy Smart who is actually growing at an amazing rate at last, played the Giant. At long last I can say that my admiration went to Jacob Prosser and Henry Last who played Buttercup the Cow. I don’t know which one was the back end, but to be bent over in a hot costume with your face near someones backside for quite some time takes courage. Well done lads. Now to thank all those behind the scenes without whom this panto would never have happened. Set, design and production Celia Berridge, Eleanor Le Patourel, Claire Young; music, uncle Andy Stewart and Tim Rabjohns; lighting Martin Burnaby Davies; wardrobe Kim Mercer and Pat Alcorn; front of house Liz Mellor, Fiona Roberts; raffle organiser Sarah Last; raffle administrator Lesley Prosser (what, no Ian Bell); stage crew, members of the cast. PA to the director Sarah Jay; cast hospitality Pauline Burnaby Davies; the bar The Abergavenny Arms, our local pub. Jack and The Beanstalk was sponsored by Hilton, Sharp & Clarke. Hopefully I’ve included everyone and my comments will be appreciated in the right sense. Well done everyone.

BIRDWATCH: I’m sure a lot of readers have taken part in the Big Garden Birdwatch run by the RSPB and the world’s biggest wildlife survey. I did my hour and have sent it off. There is a lack of wrens and starlings in my garden this year. In fact I can’t remember when I saw a starling and they used to be everywhere at one time. Sadly a pheasant hit by a car going to Newhaven got clobbered by my car as well, and the car behind yesterday. I hate hitting wildlife but pheasants in the Piddinghoe area seem to be extremely stupid and just run out in front of you, probably to escape the shooting parties. The C7 road is littered with bodies of pheasants, and magpies are doing very well with road kill.

SADLY Rodmell has lost another senior resident who has been here many years. I won’t name him, but will leave it up to the family if they would like to give me a little write-up.

SNOWDROPS: Southease churchyard will soon be a picture with its abundance of snowdrops.

QUIZ NIGHT: There is a Quiz Night on Saturday February 23, 7.30pm in the village hall. Tickets from David Stearman 471181 and Susan Brickell 858628.

PLANT SALE: The plant sale at Southease is on May 6.

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FOLK CLUB: The guest at Seaford Folk Club tonight, Friday, is Jed Grimes, a musician from the north-east who was very popular when he visited Seaford before. The club meet at the Royal British Legion at8pm.

FASHION SHOW: Mayor, Linda Wallraven, is holding a charity Fashion Show at M&Co, 43 Broad Street, tonight, Friday, at 7pm. The event is in aid of the Mayor’s Charities Seaford Down’s Syndrome and Special Needs Support Group and St James’ Trust (Seaford). Tickets are £6 each and are available from the store.

LITTER PICK: The Friends of Cuckmere have arranged a litter-pick on Sunday Morning from 10am to noon. Meet at the Pump Barn at Exceat Visitor Centre which is easily accessible from the 12 bus. (If you need to drive you can pick up a free parking permit from one of the leaders). You will get equipment but it is best to take garden gloves and to wear stout footwear. For further information call 01323 871938.

MUSEUM ARCHIVE: On Sunday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm, Seaford Museum archives will be open to the public. The archives have a large collection of local material and volunteers (including myself) will be there to assist you.

CABLE CARS: Seaford Lecture and Literary Club will be meeting again at St Leonard’s Church Hall on Tuesday evening (doors open at 7pm). The guest speaker will be Ian Gledhill talking about the Cable Cars of San Francisco. Call 01323 899987 for further information.

SEAFORD LIVE: For the last few years SeafordLive has provided some fantastic live music in the town. If you are involved (or want to be involved) they are having their AGM on Tuesday evening at 8pm at the Constitutional Club in Crouch Lane.

ARMY CADETS: Seaford Army Cadets is currently recruiting boys and girls aged between 12 and 18 years. Cadets take part in a number of activities including fieldcraft, first-aid, music sports and shooting. Cadets have the opportunities to gain valuable qualifications (70 percent of cadets say that membership helped them get a job). The cadets meet in Seaford on Monday and Wednesday evenings. See www.armycadets.com or call Sergeant Kevin Falconer on 07786 366082 (Seaford) or 01273 552222 for details.

SHHHH: I was pleased to see that St Peter’s Church at East Blatchington was mentioned in the national press last week. Last September they launched a CD which simply recorded the peace and quiet of this lovely church. The CD has been a success with requests for it coming from around the world. If you want to hear the quiet for yourself, just pop along to the church.

LITTLE THEATRE: Tickets for the Little Theatre’s production of The Titfield Thunderbolt (February 15 to 23) are now on sale at the Box Office at Sussex Eyecare in Broad Street. For further information call 01323 899344.

60+ CLUB: Mavis of the Seaford Sixty Plus club tells me that the club is currently recruiting. This friendly group meet on Tuesdays between 10am and noon at their club-house in the grounds of the Downs Leisure Centre. There are good bus connections and plenty of free parking. There is a small charge but the first two sessions you attend are free, so why night pop along and see how you get on. They play Scrabble, whist and there is even a choir. For more information call 01323 896422 or 01273 611438.

TOWN COUNCIL: There are no council meetings this week but the latest newsletter is available from 37 Church Street.

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COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: The next councillors’ surgery is tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am. This is at Telscombe 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.

YOUNG PEOPLE’S Film Show and Games Morning tomorrow, Saturday, from10am to noon, at the Civic Centre. There will be films, table tennis and pool. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Entry is free, and refreshments will be available to purchase. This is held on the first Saturday of the month, to coincide with the councillor’s surgery and coffee morning.

COFFEE MORNING: Telscombe Residents Association will be holding a coffee morning from 10am to 11am tomorrow, Saturday, to coincide with the councillors’ surgery and young people’s event. 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 at 7.30 pm 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 for the meetings will be put on council notice boards a few days before the meeting and will usually also be available on the council’s website at www.telscombetowncouncil.gov.uk

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’s aim is to give 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. They have 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.

MEETING: The residents association are meeting in room 1 at the Civic Centre on Thursday at 7.30pm. 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 and new members are very welcome. They look forward to seeing you there.

QUIZ NIGHT at the Civic Centre on Friday February 8 with a 7.30pm start. Teams of up to eight players at a minimal cost of £2 per person. Please bring your own food and drink. There will be a bottle of wine for each winning team member. There will also be a raffle and net proceeds will go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund, so please ring and book in a team to help raise funds, it will be a fun evening. Ring 01273 589777 to book in your team or visit the Civic Centre reception.

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FILM SOCIETY: Uckfield Film Society’s February showing is Rashomon, the 1950 film that introduced director Kurosawa and Japanese cinema to western audiences at the Venice Film Festival where it won the highest award, the Golden Lion. Considered to be one of Kurosawa’s masterpieces, it concerns a heinous crime and its aftermath, recalled from different points of view. Rashomon can be seen at the Picture House on Sunday February 10. For membership enquiries, ring 01825 764909.