Parish pump Newhaven - February 14, 2014


TIDE MILLS community beach clean at 10am on Sunday. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. For further information, email Jim Skinner ( or phone 01273 517291; or contact Peter Mason ( or phone 01323 893096.

ST ANDREW’S Electoral Roll. If you have joined the congregation since March 2013 and would like your name to be added to the church electoral roll, please get an application form from Hilary or John (deadline for applications is Sunday March 9).

WET WEATHER: The unseasonally wet weather is still making headlines. But it is not quite the same as in the last decade, with a more southerly wind this time. It was strange to see lost fishing gear floating past towards Newhaven and not Seaford, and old groynes reappearing on the beach 27 years later. Even stranger was finding a giant dog cockle and dark peat with pale rushes thrown up from offshore. No doubt there is more change on the way.


PARISH COUNCIL: On Thursday February 6 Charles Dudley from the University of Sussex came to the meeting to outline and discuss the university’s building plans that will be undertaken during the next five years. He began with news that the newly built Child Care Centre would be officially opened in March, the Freeman Building would undergo a complete internal revamp, the Cooperative Store on campus, which is running to full capacity, hope to have the opportunity of a new extension, there were plans to have more cash points available on campus and the Albion footballers, who currently train in Falmer, would be moving to their new site in the summer, and there are plans for redevelopment of the current Sports Centre. Talking of sport Charles did say that the University of Sussex are currently the National Frisby Champions. Congratulations to them. The main reason for Mr Dudley’s visit was to show and explain the major new developments envisaged for the campus, to accommodate up to another 2,000 students, they plan to convert the Mantel building for residential use whilst demolishing East Slope residences and rebuilding more modern and desirable housing; the car park below E Slope will also be used for building, and this will be replaced by car parking space on the east side of the new buildings. There are also plans for the Science Blocks to be renewed and extended on to the Science Car Park, and to replace these car parking spaces, a two storey car park is planned for the west side of campus. This plan is extensive to be realised over the next five years, but the University hope to keep the green feeling of the campus, and a new road will be built to alleviate traffic travelling through the centre of campus, and make it safer for pedestrians. It was interesting to hear that there were students from 100 different countries attending the university. The chairman of the parish council thanked Mr Dudley for attending the meeting and giving such clear details of the new plans. Other items discussed at the meeting were the growing numbers of cars that are entering the village on Albion match days. How they get past the stewards manning the entrances is unclear, and it was agreed that this would be monitored. The parish council had also been liaising with the Lewes District Council planning authorities about the number of lorries shedding their loads of soil on the land behind Court Farm. The planning enforcement office will again be approached and a report will be made at the next meeting.

RAIN: The amount of rainfall over the past few weeks created a flow of water through the valley on the east side of Ridge Road, at the bottom of the valley, it dispersed after a few days, but with the forecast of further rain, it will probably reappear.

CONCERTS: The concert last Saturday at St Laurence was a great success. Four glorious voices and an amazing pianist performed to thrill the well attended occasion. The next concert will be Unfenced, a vocal jazz trio, on Saturday March 1 at 5.30pm.


OH DEAR what a week we have had, there I am grumbling about the water in the village and those poor people on the Somerset levels and beside the Thames. This wretched weather doesn’t seem to deter Eric and Elsie (my esteemed squirrel friends) who are still sharing the nuts with the rest of the gang. The woodpecker has now mastered hanging on to the nut feeder, there isn’t a perch, and I am sure the whole population of the tit family are now residing in Firle. We are pleased that a jay has started to frequent the garden, there is always plenty of food thrown over the lawn by the birds as they feed.

CURIOSITY: This week’s curiosity, there remain by the Savoy Hotel and theatre two lamps that were originally powered by gas. The gas was supplied unwittingly by the guests of the hotel, to give you some idea there is a lane local to them call Farting Lane. Makes you wonder what Victorian Londoners ate? You really couldn’t make that one up.

FOGGY NIGHT: Several years ago circa 1989 my wife and I went to Brighton for a light supper with good friends on leaving around 11pm we drove back to Firle , the night was bitterly cold and a blanket of fog made it a slow drive home. On turning off the A27 the gates of Firle Place were open, the park was shrouded in fog and created a layer pattern, you could only drive at 5mph. It was surreal beautiful but strange. Three quarters up the drive I saw two people on my right I asked Penny did she see and she said ‘Who wants to be out at 11.30pm on such a night.’ I stopped and saw two children, a boy of 10 years old and a girl of 5 to 6 years old. Their dress was of late Victorian style and the boy had his jacket over the girl’s shoulder, suddenly I could see nothing and slowly drove home. I said to Penny you saw like me, I need to go out again to the park, I drove around towards Horse Pond and back down the drive not a sight of anything. Next day I was told off by the farmer for driving over the park. Anyway weeks later I related what we had seen to some elderly residents and was told of a story that two young children had ran away from their drunken father and were trying to get to their grandparents in Alciston. As I was told it they were found huddled in a hedge together and they died of hypothermia. As I remember the night in November it was bitterly cold, freezing and foggy. Fact, fiction, true, false, a figment of our imagination? No. It will be with us forever.

CHURCH SERVICE: The Sunday service is at Firle at 10.15am for Holy Communion.

OVER 50S: Next meeting is on Monday. Come along and enjoy, it starts at 2pm and we finish around 4pm. Included is tea and cake. If you would like to come but need transport do give us a ring Sally 07543365684 or Penny 08933766896. Time to plan some trips for the summer so get your thinking caps on.

LIBRARY: If you have not done it yet and love to read books why not join the library that comes into the village fortnightly and is at the shop on Thursday at 9.15am for half an hour. Good choice of books, DVDs and if you already belong to the Lewes library and have a card you can use it there. If they don’t have what you are looking for they will get it for you. So do come along and use it.

QUIZ NIGHT: This month’s quiz is Bonfires so come along and enjoy the entertainment, questions, and food. Its on Friday February 21 at 7.30pm. Cost of a ticket is £8, includes the food, teams of up to six allowed. Ring Hazel 07980167203 so she knows how many to cater for.


WELCOME to the first of many news reels from the hamlet of Folkington. We would like readers to be aware of our beautiful parish church which dates back to the 13th century, primarily medieval but with some Victorian additions. We are one of a few churches who still continue to use the Book of Common Prayer as well as the King James Bible. St Peter Ad Vincula is set on the Northern edge of the South Downs in stunning countryside just off the A27 west of Polegate. All members of the congregation are friendly and we welcome newcomers. We organise many social events and always have coffee and biscuits after every service. Many of the church members come from outside of the village from areas such as Polegate, Eastbourne and Pevensey Bay.

CHURCH SERVICES: Holy Communion is held on the first Sunday of every month at 10.30am. Other Sundays are Mattins also at 10.30am. This Sunday, at 10.30am, we welcome the Reverend Colin Pritchard who will lead the service.

ORGANIST: We are currently in need of an organist if anyone might be interested. We have a 1917 Henry Speechly Organ which has been extremely well maintained, it is in a beautiful antique oak case.

EVENTS: Members of the village who would like to promote events or make announcements please do so by contacting Liz on 01323 648179.


KINGSTON WI: Our February meeting began with the usual WI business including notices of the different activities available to members, the treasurer’s report, forthcoming events, followed by a break for tea and biscuits. After this we settled down for a talk entitled The Suffragist Movement. Do you know the difference between Suffragettes and Suffragists? Many of us at Kingston WI didn’t, before we had a visit from Frances Stenlake who explained it all, beginning with a picture of a Brighton bus with the name Dame Millicent Fawcett on its front. The suffragists were the less militant of the two groups and the founder was Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett. She was the wife of Henry Fawcett, the radical MP for Brighton, and sister of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson who was one of the first female doctors and had a hospital named after her. The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital still exists in London. Dame Millicent was the celebrated leader of the Suffragists or National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) which fought for women having the vote by peaceful means. They feared that the militant action of the Suffragettes or Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), would alienate any potential supporters of women getting the vote. However, Dame Millicent rarely criticised them as she admired their courage. Lewes was not a hotbed of suffrage protest, unlike Brighton and even Cuckfield where Edith Bevan was prominent. The Mid-Sussex Times reported the suffrage movement’s activities, including the march from Brighton to London via Cuckfield in 1913 but the Sussex Express appeared less supportive. The suffragettes, which was founded by Emmeline Pankhurst in 1903, protested by chaining themselves to railings and breaking windows. A suffragette, Emily Davidson, threw herself in front of the king’s horse at the Derby in 1913 and was killed. Many were arrested and jailed, where they went on hunger strikes and were often brutally force-fed. Both societies fought for their cause for up to ten years before they agreed to stop until the First World War ceased. Lloyd George, who became Prime Minister after Herbert Asquith, promised to help the suffrage movement. In December 1918 women over 30 were given the vote but it wasn’t until 1928 that women over 21 were enfranchised on the same terms as men, and one person one vote was only achieved in the 1950s. Our competition, Notable Women in the early 20thCentury was won by Janice Barber.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Tuesday 11 of us enjoyed a brief respite in the weather for our circular walk starting at Fletching village. The route took us across wide flat fields, which were largely muddy and water-logged, but offered outstanding views of the countryside all around, and eventually we emerged to cross the A272 between Piltdown and Newick. We then followed the trail across more fields through a pretty landscape to Sharpsbridge. A little way along the lane we turned into fields once more following a high meandering path along the River Ouse and eventually crossing a stile into a field which led us up to Newick Churchyard. From there we walked into Newick village and enjoyed a pleasant and welcome coffee break. Suitably refreshed we carried on back across the A272 and through a small housing estate to rejoin fields leading across a boggy area serviced by a fairly new bridge. Eventually we came out onto a lane behind Sheffield Park and walked the half a mile back to Fletching village. A very enjoyable and pretty walk, led by Sally, appreciated all the more due to the fine weather. Next week we have a walk and a talk. Our AGM followed by a talk on The Meridian Way, a long distance footpath created by two of our members, Hilda and Graham Heap, will be held on Tuesday at Cliffe Church Hall at 7.30pm and on Wednesday Sally will lead another walk for us, this time on the Ashdown Forest. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: If you need home care or know someone else in Lewes who does, you may be interested to know that the church runs its own not-for-profit home care service called Southover Community Care. Registered by the Care Quality Commission and trading since 2011, the service offers practical and friendly care, tailor-made to meet any individual needs, to help clients remain in their own home as long as possible. The manager would arrange an initial visit to discuss a client’s requirements and draw up a care plan together. Please contact 07866 301384 or for more information. Thank you to everyone who has bought craft items made by the Mothers’ Union in Cyangugu, Rwanda. We will be giving £350 to the MU to support their children’s feeding clinics. A Fair Trade stall also raised £100 for the church from the sale of hot drink products. Our next Alpha Course starts on February 20 and provides an informal and relaxed opportunity to explore the basics of the Christian faith; contact Steve Daughtery on 01273 472018 for more information. Services this Sunday, 8am communion, 10am morning service with communion, 11.15am informal service (church hall), 6.30pm informal service with musicians and singers.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

WEATHER: I hope everyone is bearing up all right in this terrible weather. The one consolation is we are better off than those poor people in Somerset. But please look out for your neighbours, especially if they are elderly, do their shopping and check on roofs, fallen trees etc in your neighbourhood.

TOWN COUNCIL SURGERY tomorrow (Saturday) in Sainsbury’s foyer between 10am and noon. It is your chance to meet your local councillors and put your questions to them.

BARN DANCE tomorrow (Saturday) in St Michael’s church rooms, Church Hill. £6 for adults, £3 for children. Must be booked in advance on 01273 510573 or 01273 973301.

FILM SOCIETY: Hillcrest Film Society presents Searching for Sugarman tomorrow (Saturday) at 7.30pm in the Hillcrest Centre. Cafe opens at 6.30pm. This is an intriguing story about a Detroit folk singer Sixto Rodriguez, known as Sugarman, who made two well-received,but non selling albums in the 1970s and then disappeared. He became an icon in South Africa and two of his fans from there set out to find out what happened to him. Tickets are £4.50 each from the Hillcrest Centre reception today, Friday, or on the door.

TASTELESS: The popular local band have reunited to give one of their rare appearances at The Hope, the pub by the beach tomorrow (Saturday) from 9pm so go down and welcome them back on the gig scene.

PLANNING: Newhaven Town Council’s Planning and Development Committee meet at Meeching Hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm to discuss the latest applications. This will be followed by a meeting of the Public Environment and Open Spaces Committee.

MEECHING WI: Theatre director Brian Freeland will talk to members of Meeching WI about Around the World in Eighty Plays on Thursday in Meeching Hall at 9.45am. New members and visitors welcome.

GARDENING CLUB: Newhaven Gardening Society is holding its annual general meeting at the Age Concern Day Club, West Quay on Thursday at 7.30pm. Non members are welcome to attend for £2 admission to include tea and biscuit.

RNLI: Go along to the Lifeboat House, Riverside, West Quay on Saturday March 1 for an evening of Sea Shanties performed live by Hard Pressed at 7.30pm. Tickets are just £5and can be obtained from Lyn 01273 517488 or email Have an enjoyable evening and support our local lifeboat.


DISTRACTION THEFTS: Sussex Police are reporting a spate of distraction thefts from car parks particularly larger one like supermarkets. Typically a person may approach you saying there is a nail in your tyre. They will try to draw you away to the alleged problem and meantime another person will steal bags,purses,laptops or any item of value, even your shopping. Drivers must ensure that all doors are shut/locked and trolleys not left unattended to prevent the stealing opportunity.

BREAK-INS: Burglars also appear to be active in the town. We all need to be more vigilant by keeping doors and windows shut/locked. Do not allow strangers into your home and if you are suspicious about the identity pass they show then check the validity with a phone call but look for the number in the telephone directory and do not use the one on their pass.

INFORMATION: For those with a computer Sussex Police have a very good information site at It is well worth receiving regular news-sheets from them to learn what is happening near to you and thus keeping one step ahead of the rogues. These notifications are not meant to alarm you only to alert you and keep you safe.

RECYCLING BINS: Regular users of the bins situated in the Eastern Co-op car park will have noticed they have been removed. This has nothing to do with our town council. If you have any complaints/issues with their removal you need to contact Thomas Coulson on 01293 441348.

SUMMER FAYRE: This year the event will take place on July 26. It is normally held on alternate years by Peacehaven and then Telscombe Cliffs. This year it is Peacehaven’s turn, however due to major construction work at our sports centre and the new Big Park land during June, July and August, it is not possible. So it is proposed to hold the fayre again in Chatsworth Park, but that is subject to the agreement of Telscombe Town Council at their next Council meeting.

CINEMA: The film Captain Phillips will be shown in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Wednesday starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are available at £5 each from the information office.

BINGO: Tonight, Friday, there is an evening of bingo in the Community House main hall Meridian Centre starting at 7pm. There are eight games plus a flyer and snowball games for just £4. There are free refreshments during the interval half way through the evening.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by UKIP in the main hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. The next market on Saturday February 22 will be organised by Harlequin Studios. To book a table contact them on 07981 925 742.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the Royal British Legion will be in the foyer of the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees and cakes. On Tuesday the Seahaven Lioness Club will be offering refreshments followed by the Peacehaven Labour Party on Thursday. On Friday February 21 the local advice group INAA will be serving refreshments.

COUNCIL MEETING: On Tuesday the Planning and Highways committee are meeting in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. Residents are able to attend and can ask questions during the first 15 minutes.

HORTICULTURE: On Monday Peacehaven Horticultural Society will be holding their monthly meeting at 7.30pm in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre. Seasonal Plants will be the subject of a talk by Stephen Moore from the Rapkyns Nursery.

AND FINALLY: Spread the love. Remember today, Friday, is Saint Valentine’s Day. A day to declare your love for someone near and dear to you. It may even be somebody who is unaware of your feelings. You will need that special card, so if the occasion has slipped your mind you had better get a move on.


VALENTINE’S Coffee Morning at Polegate Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. Raffle, hamper, jigsaws, bric-a-brac. For more information contact Wendy or John on 484631.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by the Kitchen Fund. All welcome in the lounge from 10am to noon.

FRIDAY CRAFT GROUP run by members of the Eastbourne and South Wealden MS Society has started at Polegate Community Centre on Friday mornings from 10am to 1pm. We are a friendly bunch who enjoy all types of craft projects including knitting, crochet, card making and quilting, patchwork etc. If you would like to join us contact Val Liles on 460336 or Shirley Hannam on 488035.

SINGING: We are waiting to welcome you to our small and friendly choir. Our repertoire is varied, ranging from musicals to songs of yesterday and tomorrow. Gentlemen we need you especially to give harmony and balance. Do come and have fun on Thursday evenings. The Downland Singers, Trinity Church Hall from 7.30pm to 9pm. To find out more telephone 484189 or email

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on February 20 include a Leisurely Walk, No Betting Slips or Photo Finish, nearly three miles. Meet at Polegate Rec at 10am. Coffee at Polegate, no stiles with Rick. Or a five mile walk, Wilmington Alfriston Circular, downland and fields, six stiles with Marianne; or Spring High Weald Linear, nearly five miles in morning or nearly four miles in afternoon. Hellingly, Horam, Heathfield. Fields and woods. Tea at end, café picnic. Bus 51 at 9.47am from Polegate Medical Centre to Hellingly Village Hall. Lunch at Horam where 51 bus returns at 19 and 49 mins to Polegate. Afternoon walk continues to Heathfield. Tea before returning on 51 bus at 08 and 38 mins past hour. With Graham.

TRINITY DINERS next lunch club takes place on Friday February 21 at 12.30pm. To book your place please contact Jennie on 484189. Meet at Trinity Church Hall.

MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION: Polegate Sketching and Painting Group are holding a Members’ Exhibition of work tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to noon in the Henry Twine Hall, Community Centre. A social group, Polegate Sketching and Painting Group has been running for over 20 years with up to 30 members. The group runs two classes weekly; Monday evening at Bernhard Baron Cottage Homes, Tuesday morning at Polegate Community Centre. For the last nine years we have been led with good humour by professional artist Richard Liley, BA (Hons) FRSA, RTS, who is also an Open College of the Arts tutor, the classes provide a creative environment for beginners as well as serious painters.


SUPPER CLUB: Celebrate Valentine’s Night, tonight, Friday, 7.30pm to 10.30pm in the village hall. Book a table for a three course buffet supper at £10 per person. Bring your friends, Valentines, own drink and glasses. Tickets must be bought in advance of the day and are available from Daisy 01273 814859; Bren Bonner 01273 813303 or the Ringmer Wine Store (10 percent discount on drinks). Wine, dine and dance the night away. Proceeds to the Village Hall Appeal.

RINGMER DEBATES: The next in the series of Ringmer Debates takes place tonight, Friday, at 7.30pm in the village hall. The theme for this one is What are benefits for? Entry is free, though donations are requested for tea and coffee.

FOOTBALL CLUB: After yet another washout last weekend we are hoping that we will get to play some football this weekend. Tomorrow (Saturday) the first team have an away fixture when they are due to travel to Pagham for a SCFL Div 1 match with a 3pm kick off at Nyewood Lane. Meanwhile the second team are due to be at home to Hassocks on Saturday in a Reserve Section Premier league match also with a 3pm kick off time at The Caburn. On Tuesday evening the first team have another league fixture when they are at home to Horsham YMCA with a 7.45pm kick off. Hopefully there will be a let up in the wet weather which will enable us to get onto the pitch and prepare it for these matches but please check with the Club website before travelling as this contains all up to date information regarding game cancellations. The new table tennis table is proving popular with members, along with the pool table and darts, and are giving members something to do when the footy is rained off. The club is open to new members so why not pop in one evening and see us.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist, 6.30pm Evensong.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday February 5, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Frances McGuckin and Alan Grindley; 2, Valerie and Peter King; 3, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

FOODBANK: Ringmer Baptist Church are now running a food bank in Ringmer. It will be distributing food in Ringmer Village Hall from 1.30pm to 2.30pm on Mondays. Food will be supplied by Fareshare Brighton, donations from local churches, organisations and businesses. We will be catering for clients that are low income families hit by a crisis that is not their fault such as redundancy, reduced working hours or something as seemingly small as an unexpected bill. Others may be victims of domestic violence, people experiencing benefit delay or facing debt problems or those hit by illness. The foodbank will be open to referred clients only. Referrals can be made via the Citizens Advice Bureau, Children’s Centres, Housing Officers, Job Centres, schools, doctor’s surgery etc. The type of food that clients would expect to receive from the foodbank are as follows: tinned soup; tinned tomatoes; dried pasta; tinned vegetables; tinned meat; chocolate; a number of tea bags/coffee sachets. This would be dependent on the donations received. If you feel that you qualify please see one of the referral agencies. If you are able to donate any of the above food please email us

JUMBLE SALE: Advance notice that next Saturday (February 22) there will be a Jumble Sale in the village hall at 2pm. Jumble may be left at the hall before the sale between 10am and 11am.

Rodmell & Southease

RAIN, rain everywhere and looking down from the Offham Road across the fields you would think we lived in the Lake District. As I’ve been driving around in my warm car, I can’t help but feel sorry for all the mums I see, who have been fetching their little ones from school, and are hurrying to get home and get out of soaked clothes into warmth. Meanwhile we have men and women who work for the services, striving to keep everything going in very unpleasant circumstances. We need to thank them and encourage them, not demean them. I’ve always f0und encouragement and thanks gets better results than moans and groans. Of course there are times when we have to vent feelings of discontent but positive rather than negative attitudes seem to get better results.

B&B bookings are coming in thick and fast, so people must be thinking of summer holidays and the amount of people walking the South Downs Way is increasing year by year. As these walkers do it by the day a new attitude is needed by B&B proprietors to one nighters as I’m hearing more and more tales of walkers having difficulty finding accommodation. I often wonder when those that do not like one nighters going on holiday themselves would they like to be turned down, while for example touring abroad. I think not. From an article I read it seems single people are also not happy because of single-person supplements, other costs, and prices being geared towards couples, families and groups.

I AM SORRY to hear that John Eccles is no longer doing his Rouser page any more as I’m sure many people found it interesting. Although I was surprised to see recently a photo of my grandmother in her governess cart.


TALK: The National Trust Seaford Association (NTSA) will meet on Wednesday at Cross Way, Steyne Road, at 2.30pm. The talk by head gardener, Andy Jesson, will be about Sheffield Park in the Spring. New members (including non NT members) are welcome. For further information about the NTSA visit our website on

SAVE OUR NHS: There will be a meeting on March 13 at 7.30pm at the Old Plough, Church Street, (5mins from station/bus). There will be a speaker from Keep Our NHS Public, a UK-wide organisation dedicated to stopping the privatisation, by stealth, that this government has been doing for some time and is continuing to do, without public knowledge or consent. Everybody loves and uses/needs the NHS to be free and available for all, no matter what their ability to pay being an issue. Most people are not aware of what is happening right under their noses and need to be informed, as is their right. All welcome.


HALF TERM ACTIVITIES February 15 to 23. There is a complete feast of frolics and fun available this half term via the Wave Leisure Trust. They include gymnastics at Seaford, football at Peacehaven, the OFSTED registered Holiday Play Scheme at Lewes Leisure Centre, inflatable sessions at Ringmer, kayaking and scuba courses at Seaford Head Pool and sea-scooters in Newhaven. The Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford will be hosting a skate school, family badminton, pre-school trampolining, gymnastics and their weekly roller disco on Saturday. Lewes Leisure Centre is offering the all day play scheme, ideal for working parents and kids alike, as well as fun sessions in the swimming pool in the afternoons. Peacehaven Leisure Centre will offer the ever popular Big Bounce, tots time, football frenzy, family roller skating and of course the Friday night Roller Disco. Ringmer Swimming Pool is offering fun sessions and tasters in the afternoons. Seahaven Swim and Fitness Centre in Newhaven will be offering a different pool session every afternoon, and will be offering the sea-scooters on Wednesday. Seaford Head Pool will be offering an intensive Kayak course on Monday and Tuesday morning, water-polo on Wednesday and scuba sessions on Thursday along with fun sessions in the afternoon. Seaford Head Sport facility at Seaford Head Lower School will be running a three day climbing camp from Wednesday. The fun also continues both weekends with roller discos at Peacehaven on Friday and Lewes and Seaford on Saturday. For younger children there are also soft play centres at Dino’s in Seaford, Magic Castle in Peacehaven and Ocean Adventure in Lewes, please ensure you arrive in plenty of time. You can pick up your activities brochure from your local centre, at the website or at one of the following locations: Lewes Tourist Information Centre; Lewes District Council Offices High Street, Southover Road and Fisher Street; Council Office, Fort Road, Newhaven and Newhaven library; Peacehaven Town Council offices and Peacehaven library; Seaford tourist information centre and Seaford library.

FLOWER CLUB: This newly formed club will be holding their first meeting at Telscombe Civic Centre on Wednesday. Doors open at 2pm for a 2.30pm start. There will be a floral demonstration by Margaret Williams, Time after Time. Tickets are £5 to include refreshments and can be obtained by ringing the chairman on 01273 586191 or the treasurer on 01273 581340.

VOLUNTEER CARERS: The Association of Carers is a very small local charity based in Hastings. The service works by recruiting volunteers who then undertake the task of doing the sitting. This is unique because it not only benefits the carer by giving them a much needed break, but also the cared for person too, as they have a companion for a few hours once a week. They need to find volunteers and are hosting a coffee morning for potential new volunteers where you can find out more on Friday February 28 from 10am to noon at Community House, Meridian Centre, Peacehaven.