Parish Pump Newhaven - February 22, 2013

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SPRING is emerging, slowly but surely. This column is written early in the week and we have just had two very lovely, crisp, sunny days showing Alfriston off at its best The water has receded from the flood plain and it is possible to walk on those fields again. The daffodils that line the bank opposite the Willows’ car park are in full bud with patches of snowdrops, crocuses and winter aconites to be seen around the village. We are coming to terms with the road works which will be with us for the next six weeks. Though there is no vehicle through-route it is possible to visit the High Street but please drive slowly to observe the new routes to the car parks. Full updated details of the works may be found on the village website at


PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH planning meeting for the summer fete to be held at 18 Hawth Hill on Saturday March 2 at 12.30pm. Regular stall holders and new helpers are all welcome. RSVP Jane on 898209.

WHIST DRIVE and raffle on Saturday March 9 at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall. All welcome, including beginners. Entrance cost is £2.50 per person including refreshments.

NEAR Tide Mills we discovered a big old piece of ship’s timber washed up by the recent storms. (There’s also a large anchor on this part of the beach). We crab-walked the waterlogged oak up the shingle bank and collapsed exhausted when one man and his dog turned up to help save the timber from going out on the next spring tide. Thank you Dave and Jack.


KINGSTON WI: A lively group of over 40 members was welcomed by the vice president, Beverly Wakeford-Brown, to the February meeting. She then told them the sad news of the death of John Houghton, who was the devoted husband of Betty, a former president of our Institute and an ardent member of ACWW (Association of Countrywomen World Wide). It was lovely that Betty was able to attend the meeting. To keep us all busy, several trips and activities will be available in the near future. Members were invited to sign up to view the snowdrops and hellebores at Pembury House, Clayton; to take part in Let’s Go Quizzical, the bi-annual County quiz; to attend the Eastbourne tennis tournament; and in August to travel to London to see a performance of Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre. For the knitters in our Institute, a request was made for them to pass on their skill to Year 3 and 4 youngsters. Peggy Nicholson gave us some information about the boxes of goodies/useful things we send to Romania each year. She told us that 42,000 boxes had been transported with each truck carrying 6,400 boxes, and the diary of the journey of the boxes is available on the Link Romania internet site. The speaker, Christine Holliday, gave us an illuminating account of her 34 years’ working in the back benchers’ library at the Houses of Parliament. Her reminiscences ranged from library work for Sir Anthony Blunt, watching Jim Callaghan’s boat sink at the 1986 Regatta on the Thames, at times working all night, writing a book on 20th Century Prime Ministers for £50 a Prime Minister, seeing Nelson Mandela escorted to the Houses of Parliament by Betty Boothroyd, observing in 2001 a youthful David Cameron devoting long hours to research and prophesying a starry future for him, to never ever having seen Tony Blair in the library, only his aides. The competition entitled Unusual Jobs/Tasks attracted several entries with Penny Crawley’s task for 15 years of cutting adverts out of the Teddy Bear Guide deemed to be the most unusual. Our next meeting is on Thursday, March 7 when Tim Willcox will tell us about John Sell Cotman, a Norwich artist. The competition will be Watercolours. (Janice Barber).


WESTGATE WI: A small boy pictured in front of a harvest scene on the South Downs was the entry point for February speaker Ian Everest’s local history talk. This covered a year in the life of a downland farm in the 1950s, recorded in colour on 16mm cine film. Manor Farm at Bishopstone near Seaford reached almost to Alciston and Alfriston and down to Tidemills and employed 20 men, 40 at harvest time. Ian was the small boy whose father worked on the 1,000 acre mixed farm. They lived in a tied cottage with a copper, mangle, tin bath and outside toilet. He described the changes that have taken place, for example, how oxen were replaced by heavy horses, such as Clydesdales, which, with World War II, were themselves replaced by tractors. The film, made by the farmer’s son, showed a wide range of agricultural work – ploughing, haymaking, silage making, corn cutting and standing up in sheaves (stooking), and the flax harvest featuring a busy Sussex spaniel. Later the combine harvester was a far cry from the work done by hand in the mid 50s by men working a 55 hour week. The next meeting is on March 13. Next crafts, February 27. (A Stephen).

WOMEN’S World Day of Prayer. This year the annual service, prepared by the women of France, will be held at St Thomas’s Church, Cliffe High Street, at 1045am. Rev Judith Bevan, Curate of St Anne’s Church, will be the speaker on the theme, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. The service will be followed by a ploughman’s lunch. All are welcome - men, women and young people.

HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP: February 25 will be the last chance to take up our Monday Madness offer, of two meals for the price of one. Bring a friend, or come with a current member, and sample one of our delicious home-cooked lunches, £5.50 for two courses (£5 for a member). Only warning, we serve the meal at 12.30pm, so come early.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The planned walk at Henfield, on inspection a week earlier, proved to be far too muddy and flooded for a group walk. It was decided that a bracing walk from Firle would be a better option. However, on Sunday February 10 this presented challenges of a different kind with very strong cold winds and heavy rain. Nine people turned up for the walk, determined not to let the weather beat them. The route took us south, out of Firle and along the old coach road and then gradually making our way up to the South Downs where the full force of the day’s weather hit us. We then headed south eastwards through the mist and driving rain to Firle Beacon and slightly beyond before finding a slow and muddy descent, eventually joining the coach road once again and making our way back to Firle. The weather didn’t dampen our spirits and we had a good, exhilarating walk. The next walk is on Sunday, Rushlake Green. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start and be prepared for mud.


SOUTH MALLING School has been on holiday with other local schools this week, after a very busy and rewarding third term. Particularly notable was the choir’s trip to the O2 Stadium for the Young Voices Concert. If you would like to get some idea of how exciting that was, click onto the school’s website and look in the gallery section. The atmosphere is almost palpable in the vivid range of photographs uploaded there. On the last Friday of term three, work on Design Technology and Financial Education blossomed into the very practical Enterprise Day Fair mentioned last week. The products which children had costed themselves, and made to sell at the fair should have brought in profits which will go towards plans for activities and equipment which children have identified, each for their own class. Once again, check the website to see some of the activity that went into preparing for the event. It all seemed to go very well. We’ll let you know when the children have evaluated the event just how successfully their plans worked out and whether they can afford everything they are hoping for. The school is looking forward to seeing all its children back on Monday morning, fully refreshed after a relaxing holiday. As spring sets in, the work they have been doing in the school grounds, and plans for a developing outdoor curriculum, should begin to bear fruit.

BRIDGE VIEW UNDER 16s: There was no match last Sunday because their manager, Dave Amiet, ran the Brighton Half Marathon for the Connor Saunders Foundation, a charity that provides qualified football coaching for disabled children and for families who cannot afford to pay for their children to go to mainstream clubs. He says that the last time he ran in a race like this was when he was 19. He was 50 the previous Tuesday and wanted to do something special. He finished in 2.35, which really pleased him. Special congratulations to him and to all others who ran the race. It was quite a way to celebrate a 50th birthday and for such an appropriate good cause.

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THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.40am to 12.40pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.50pm to 2.20pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2.35pm to 3.00pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 3.10pm to 3.40pm.

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NIPPERS inset day playscheme Monday, Shakespeare Hall, Fort Road. Open 8am to 6pm. Hours by arrangement. To book telephone 01273 514440/07796 267388.

BOOK CLUB: The Ark, West Quay Monday at 7pm. Free monthly book club to discuss books chosen by members. This month they are discussing Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor. New members welcome. Nice friendly group.

CHARITY QUIZ in aid of the British Heart Foundation on Monday February at 8pm in The Ship Hotel. Teams of four. If you haven’t got a team you can slot in. Raffle. No need to book, just turn up.

INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day of Prayer Friday March 1, times of services vary. This is a global ecumenical movement of prayer organised and led by Christian women. Each year women from a different country prepare the day and this year it is led by the women of France who are calling the faithful together to observe a common day of prayer.

FREE WORKSHOP Newhaven Community Garden led by local artists and carpenters, Saturday March 2 10am to 5pm. Lunch provided. You will be working with two experienced tutors and have a lovely relaxed day in the garden with lunch provided. You can try making a willow sculpture or improve your DIY skills and learn to make garden furniture. Booking essential. To book and to get directions to the garden telephone Jenny Leon on 01273 311700 or email

SHORT TALKS: International Women’s Day. Newhaven Fort has organised a series of short talks on Sunday March 10 to cover the lives of Britain and abroad throughout the 20th and 21st centuries including the Continieres of the French Army at 1pm, an Edwardian Wife at 1.30pm, the Suffragettes 2pm, the Russian Women’s Death Battalion 1917 2.30pm, The Commonwealth Countries League Education Fund 3pm. All talks must be booked in advance, telephone Newhaven Fort on 01273 517422.


CINEMA: The next film showing in the Community House, Meridian Centre is the much publicised Les Miserables on Saturday March 9. Please note due to the length of the film the programme will start at the slightly earlier time of 7pm. Tickets at £5 are available now from the information office.

OPEN GARDENS: There are some very beautiful and colourful gardens in Peacehaven and it is nice when a passer-by stops to congratulate the gardener with a few kind words. Very often there is an equally pleasant garden out of sight at the back. The town council is inviting gardeners to enter the new Open Gardens. Visitors will pay a small sum to view which will go to the Mayor’s local charities. For further details contact the town council on 01273 585493. The closing date for entries is April 1.

HARD OF HEARING: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre is running an Introduction to Lip-reading and Sign Language at the Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club House Marine Parade, Seaford every Wednesday March 6 to May 8 from 10.30am to 11.30am. All are welcome, the deaf, the hard of hearing and normal hearing people. The complete 10 week course is £25. For more details or to reserve a place contact 01323 722505 or

COFFEE MORNINGS: Genesis Research Trust will be in the Meridian Centre Community House foyer today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes from 8.30am until noon. There are two coffee mornings next week, on Thursday the Peacehaven Players will be behind the counter, followed on Friday March 1 by the Evangelical Church.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Rotary Club and is in the Main Hall Community House from 8.30am until midday. Next week’s market will be organised by Meridian Athletic. To book a table with them telephone 07811 195 627.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is no council meeting on this Tuesday. The next one will be a full meeting of the council on March 5.

BLOOD DONORS: Remember the NHS Blood and Transplant team will be in the Community House, Meridian Centre today, Friday, from 2pm to 4.30pm and again from 5.30pm to 8pm. Donors who would prefer a specific time may be able to book an appointment by calling 0300 123 23 23.

WRESTLING: Tomorrow, Saturday, is the American Rumble Spectacular. This unique event is being held in the Community House Meridian Centre starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are available in advance from the information office at £10 for adults and concessions at £9.

FIGHT THE FAT: Pensioners and overweight children are being encouraged to take exercises in the outdoor gym recently installed in the Jubilee Park under the watchful eye of fully trained instructors. This free course will last six weeks starting in early March. For more information or to sign up for the course call the town council offices on 01273 585493.

OPEN DAY: The Meridian Surgery is holding an open day especially for their registered patients tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until 2pm. It is an opportunity to come and meet local health professionals and services who are able to help with their health and wellbeing needs. It will cover a broad range of topics from yoga, relaxation and massage to sports injuries and pain management. There will be a children’s corner, women’s and men’s health and exercise needs. It is hoped to broaden patient’s knowledge of a wider range of facilities available to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.


FILM: Skyfall will be shown in the village hall today, Friday, 7pm for 7.30pm. Admission £3. Refreshments available.

TALK: There will be a talk in Piddinghoe Village Hall on Wednesday at 7.15pm, Old Time Farming in and Around Piddinghoe and The Ouse Valley by Ian Everest. Entrance £3. Refreshments available. All welcome.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, is hosted by the Cuckmere Valley Pentaque Club, at the Community Centre in the lounge from 10am. For more info contact our secretary Alan Ranger on 489340.

POCOCKS EXCAVATION is the topic given by Jo Seaman at Eastbourne Local History Society on Tuesday evening, at St Saviours Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne. Doors open at 7pm, meeting starts at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.

POLEGATE WINE and Social Club meet on Tuesday when we will taste wines with Pat and Rodney. We meet in the lounge at the Community Centre, at 7.30pm. For more information contact Alf Harris on 485134.

POLEGATE STROLLERS no longer meet at the Jubilee Tree. For information on when the walks take place please contact Jayne Bigsby at or telephone 07761612132. New members welcome.

EVENTS taking place at Polegate Community Centre can now be found on Facebook. To access go to Facebook, then type Polegate Events in the Facebook search bar, click on events and you will see the events listed in date order. If you click on like you will be automatically be updated whenever new events are posted.

WANTED information on the history info 6 Saffrons Road, Eastbourne. Please contact Ann Boniface on 430203 if you can help Gildredge Hotel and photo prior to demolition. Also a note of the first vicar of All Souls’ Church, Susan’s Road, and picture of the Reverend J B Fletcher 1881-1904 for Peter Wood, emails Where in Eastbourne was a stone sundial in the 1930s, with a stone ball at the bottom and straight sides with the sundial on top. For Maureen Copping. Also are there any members of the Hedger family still living in Eastbourne. Any descendants of George Hedger who migrated to Australia and died in Sydney on 28 January 1898. Ada Mary and George Hedger migrated to Australia in 1839. For Lorraine who can be contacted at who has just written a book on her family history. Trying to find the original number plate of a 1926 Rolls Royce car delivered to D K Hall, at Sundridge, Dittons Road, Eastbourne, who was involved with the London and Lancaster Insurance company. This is for Sue Jones. Please contact Maureen Copping on 485971 or email if you can help with any of the above.

TRINITY CHURCH, Maundy Thursday at 3pm, singers are invited to join the Downland Singers for a performance of Olivet to Calvary by J H Maunder. There will be four rehearsals on Thursdays February 28, March 7, 14 and 21 at 7.30 pm. A knowledge of the work would be helpful or the ability to sight read. For further details please speak to Jennie on 484189.

RAMBLING CLUB: On February 28, a leisurely walk, It’s All Down Hill, two to three miles easy walk from golf course to Hikers Rest. No 12 bus meet by South Downs Way bus stop at golf course 10.15 am approx, no stiles with Joan. Or A Tale of Two Towns, Wealden Walk No 7, six miles Cuckoo start and finish via Glyndley and Priesthawes, flat start at rec, about five miles. Or a longer walk Stiles, Vines and White Chimneys. nearly nine miles undulating good views to Rushlake Green. Tea available at end in Horam. Meet bus No 51 Polegate Medical Centre at 9.41am to Sandy Cross, Heathfield 10.20am GR 583203. Cars to Horam with Graham.


SIMPLE LUNCH today, Friday, will be held at 18 Christie Avenue, by kind invitation of Joan Evett, from noon to 2pm. The one next Friday, March 1, will be held in the Church Room.

HISTORY STUDY: At its meeting this evening, Friday, at 7.45pm in the village hall John Kay will be talking on The History of Southover Grange. According to a date and initials on a fireplace Southover Grange was constructed in 1572 and was privately owned until its acquisition by Lewes Borough Council in 1945. It has been much in the news recently when it was discovered that its long-standing lease to the county council was being terminated, so that it would no longer serve as a register office.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: As from tomorrow, Saturday, tickets will be available for the society’s production of the murder/mystery play Strictly Murder by Brian Clemens which will be performed in the village hall from Wednesday to Saturday, March 20 to 23, at 7.45pm each evening. Tickets are priced at £8 each and of course can also be obtained by going online to or by phoning Denis Drinan on 07753 317373 or e-mailing him on Please ensure you clarify which night and which seated area (front six rows or raised back six rows).

SOUPER SATURDAY: Do try to get along to the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, between noon and 1.30pm and enjoy a bowl of home made soup for £2.50 with free refills available. This event is being organised by the Village Hall Fundraising Committee.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs was: 1, Pam Brook and John Weston; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Liz and Tim Owen. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

WOMEN’S World Day of Prayer service will be held on Friday, March 1, at St Mary the Virgin Church, at 10.30am. It’s title is I was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me and the order of service was prepared by the women of France who came from a great diversity of backgrounds. Everybody is warmly invited to attend and refreshments will be served in the Church Room after the service.

RACE NIGHT: Ringmer Primary Home School Association are holding this event on Friday, March 1. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Tickets are just £2 or £3 on the door. All profits are to enhance and re-develop the outside area of the whole school. The association has an offer for auction on the night of a pair of final dress rehearsal tickets for Glyndebourne, a service at the Busy Bee Garage, £50 theatre ticket vouchers donated by Stanley and Partners and two vouchers worth £50 for Lewes Golf Club. Please do go along and support this event. There are also many other prizes to be won which can be bought prior to the night. Please phone 01273 812860/812463 for details.

QUIZ NIGHT: A reminder about this Quiz Night being held in the village hall on Saturday, March 2 in aid of the Pestalozzi International Village Trust; registered charity 1098422. Teams of four. Admission £7.50 per person payable at the door, but booking is essential to 01273 472801 or to Finger food provided but you are asked to bring your own liquid refreshments.

PILATES: Abbe Denness now has seven pilates classes in Ringmer during the daytime and evening and is welcoming newcomers as some spaces have arisen in some classes. Please contact Abbe for further details or look at her website for further information Mobile 07828 642 181 or e-mail Abbe is also happy to come to your house for one to one pilates and body conditioning or small group work if you prefer. Her new term starts on Monday.

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AT LAST some dry sunny weather and many people have been trying to make the most of it, yours truly included. I spent several hours gardening on Saturday and Sunday, having a clear up, moving pots of bulbs around and cutting back shrubs and roses. Rob the gardener even gave the lawns a quick trim.

BIRDS: I think there is a sparrow hawk in the area and it gets to know when I feed the birds. Sadly two of the collared doves have been taken, with just two piles of feathers left on the lawn, plus part of a wood pigeon was found in the orchard. The birds are very nervous at the moment running the gauntlet of the many cats which seem to be in the area as well as these flying predators.

AGM: Rodmell Horticultural Society hold their annual general meeting on Tuesday. The speaker will be Michael Blencowe who is a wildlife officer with the Sussex Wildlife Trust. He is very good at organising walks and talk and knows a lot about the lovely Trust land in this area. Everyone welcome so do come along.

MANY PEOPLE will remember Linda and Derek Dartnell who lived in Wheelwrights up Mill Lane. They moved to the West Country to a place of their dreams a short while ago. Sadly Linda died recently after a short illness. She was a lovely talented lady and she and Derek were such a happy couple. They did a lot for the village including keeping the churchyard well mown for three years. Our condolences go out to Derek and family. Life at times can be so unfair.

REPORT: I was very pleased to read in the press recently that disused shipping containers have been found to be an economic, simple, quick, cheap and eco-friendly solution to the problems of poverty in Southern African townships as well as over here. They can be converted into clinics, nursery schools, soup kitchens, job centres and student accommodation. At one time, in the past, old railway carriages were also used in a similar fashion. A case of if there’s a will there’s a way.

CARE: With all the awful reports on hospital and care homes hitting the news I would like to say have faith as there are people who really care about caring for people out there. My mother was in a good care home in Kingston for three years but due to circumstances I had to move her to another home at Ringmer, not a nice prospect for a 93 year old just before Christmas. I am very impressed with Lime Tree House and my mother has settled in well. I went to a meeting for staff, relations and residents on Valentine’s Day and it was a pleasure to see so many happy faces. The resident choir sang us a song and then Michael, another resident, gave us a folk song. When asked for comments they were very positive. It goes to show that a home can be good and respectful to our seniors. It also gives relatives peace of mind.

SOMETHING to look forward to. On Wednesday March 27 at 7.30pm there will be a concert in St Peter’s Church sung by the Lea Graham Quartet. Afterwards there will be cheese and wine in the village hall with a raffle. Tickets are £5 with all profits to Hope-In-The-Valley Riding Group for Physically Disabled Children. Tickets are available from Jenny Brown on 01273 473939.


CHRISTIAN AID: St Peter’s Church (the Church on the Hill at East Blatchington) are hosting another Christian Aid lunch today, Friday, with two sittings at noon and 1pm. For further information call 01323 894899.

IMPOSTER: The film tonight, Friday, at the Seaford Community Cinema is BAFTA winning and widely acclaimed documentary film The Imposter. This is the story about a French conman who fools everyone into believing he is a missing boy from Texas. Tickets from the box office at the Seaford Tourist Information Office or on the door if tickets are still available.

FOLK CLUB: If skiffle is your thing pop along to the Seaford Folk Club this evening, Friday, at the Royal British Legion. Guests Richard Walder and Ron Turner will be playing a variety of entertaining folk music including some skiffle. Door open at 8pm although you can attend earlier for refreshments.

FREE CONCERT: Sussex Flutes will be performing at St Leonard’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, lunchtime from 1pm. The repertoire will include music by Vaughan-Williams, Satie, Bridge and Grieg. The concert lasts about an hour and there will be a retiring collection.

CHILDREN’S FILM: Tomorrow, Saturday, the Community Cinema is showing one of my favourite films Ponyo. This a truly beautiful fairy story of a boy who finds a fish that turns into a girl. Children and adults love the film which uses the voices of Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett. The film is on at the Barn Theatre at 2.30pm and tickets are available from the box office at the Seaford Tourist Information Office or on the door if tickets are still available.

AGM: Seaford Natural History Society meet at St Luke’s Church Hall and on Tuesday afternoon at 2.15pm they will be holding their AGM. There will also be a talk about the Sussex Biodiversity Records centre. If you would like to know more information about the society contact Anne Fletcher on 01323 491964.

ART LECTURES: Seaford Literary and Lecture Club will meet on Tuesday evening at 7pm in the St Leonard’s Church Hall. Their guest will be Sara Berry giving an illustrated lecture entitled Behind the Scenes at the National Gallery.

TICKETS for the next Blatchington Lecture are now on sale at Stephen Newberry Estate Agency. The illustrated lecture (by Kay Blackburn) is about Michelangelo. Her previous lectures have been very popular so buy your tickets soon.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the council finance and general purposes 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.

MAGIC SHOW: The Sam Jones Magic show is coming to the Barn Theatre on Saturday March 9. This promises to be a fun packed show of mayhem and madness with magic, puppets, comedy and music with Seaford’s favourite comedy magician, Sam Jones. Tickets are available by calling 07710 426321 but be quick because I hear that half the tickets have already been sold.

SCHOOL CROSSING: Parents at the Primary School and the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association are campaigning for a zebra crossing to be placed across Belgrave Road near the junction with Kingsmead. The campaign is being promoted by a local group Think School Travel and they ask that you sign their e-petition (see which has a list of all current e-petitions in East Sussex.

LIBRARY: It is good to see the foundations of our new library have now been laid and I look forward to it being opened. The temporary library still has a huge stock of books and access to the internet etc. It is in Blatchington Road near the pond and has lots of easy parking and disabled access.

NEW SKILL: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre is a lottery funded charity which provides resources for the deaf and hard of hearing. They will be running a 10 week Lip Reading and Sign Language Course in Seaford starting on Wednesday March 6. This course is open to all, including hearing people who wish to communicate better with deaf people. The course costs just £25 and will be held at the Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club at the Buckle end of the seafront. For further information call Mary on 01323 722505.

BEACH: On Monday the second phase of the annual Environment Agency shingle recycling work will start, which will mean that large bulldozers and lorries will be taking over our beach. This work will be going on for about three weeks. The beach will still be accessible but do be careful when when you walk across the beach as there will be lots of diggers and a sharp drop to the water’s edge.

HOST FAMILIES: Austrian exchange students are in need of host families to look after them whilst they are studying at Newlands School. If you have a spare room in a welcoming family home please give the organiser a call on 01323 887842. A weekly payment is provided as well as support from the school.


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

COMMUNITY FLOCK: Rams were put with the council’s sheep on Telscombe Tye a few weeks ago and tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am, the sheep will be scanned to see if they are with lamb. It will be taking place on the Tye near Gorham Way and anyone is welcome to go along to watch the event. Ewe won’t want to miss it.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: On Monday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Room 1 at Telscombe Civic Centre. This is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town or district councillor. Please make the most of this opportunity to meet your town councillor and come along on Monday. No appointment is necessary.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the Planning and Highways Committee on Monday at 7.30pm 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. 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 website at

INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day is taking place on March 6 from 5pm to 8pm at Community House in the Meridian Centre. It is celebrated all over the world, mostly in Asian countries. It was set up to make people aware of the problems faced by women and to give women regardless of age, nationality or religion a fun day out. There will be raffle prizes like beauty treatment vouchers, Indian food, tea and coffee and snacks to purchase. There will be stalls with beauty treatments, haberdasheries, jewellery, arts and crafts. Local resident Ayesha Choudhury is organising the event and would like to invite all ladies to come and forget their problems for a few hours, unite and have fun. If you are interested in having a stall at the event please call her on 07796 446683.