Parish Pump Newhaven - July 19, 2013


DRIFTWOOD, Marine Drive, Open Garden on Sunday, 11am to 5pm, as part of the National Gardens Open Day Scheme.

GLYNDEBOURNE Open Garden on Tuesday, 2pm to 5pm, in aid of the Family Support Network. There will be a £5 entrance fee although children are free. Refreshments and stalls available. No dogs please.

THE TIDE MILLS next community beach clean is 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.

SERVICE: The Sea Sunday Service held at St Andrew’s on July 14 was a great success with representatives from several local organisations present. Thanks to the Rev Christine Doherty for standing in at short notice, and to Chris Laycock for organising the event. We all hope that Father Martin will make a speedy recovery.

KESTRELS: The two young kestrels in our elm tree made their first flight last Sunday afternoon to the house roof, somewhat unsteadily, and falling over each other whilst trying to negotiate the chimney pots. Fortunately, by evening, they were sufficiently airworthy to return to their nest and missed another unusual visitor, a young weasel napping in a garden glove on the lawn below. Unfortunately this precocious animal decided to have a scrap with the cat, but is making a good recovery in the care of Roger Musselle, and will soon be back to take on the rabbits.


CONCERTS: The last of our Falmer summer season’s concerts took place last Saturday, and what a fabulous one it was. The Zaffre Duo (Anne Hodgson on flute and Sally Course on harp) played their wonderful combination of instruments, giving us a programme filled with unexpected delights. I went home humming the last tune of the programme, a catchy salsa number called Caliente, which apparently means Hot.

EXTRA: Although the official Falmer musical season has finished, the good news is there is another concert coming up on July 27 at St Laurence Church, at our usual time of 5.30pm to 6.15pm. The debut concert Felice Fluti features Eleanor Carson, Helen Doble and Karen Rash. Felice Fluti are a newly formed local flute trio, and they will play a mixed programme of music including Debussy, Corelli and Mozart. There will be a retiring collection in aid of The Lymphoma Association and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research (Beating Blood Cancers).

FLOWER FESTIVAL: We are absolutely delighted our annual Flower Festival raised a whopping £1,800. The flowers in church looked spectacular and a lot of hard work went into organising the event but it was obviously well worth it.

NEWSWORTHY? I was collecting things from the village hall on Sunday and was curious to see a van parked in Falmer South with a young man working away at a laptop in the back. The van looked like the kind of thing you see in spy movies with a great big console next to the computer. The next time I came out I saw John Young from South East Today sitting in the back too. Rosemarie was hard at work in the hall selling tea and cake to hungry and thirsty people who had come to enjoy the delights of peaceful Falmer. Knowing she is much better at this kind of thing than me, I offered to wash up while she went to find out what the story was. It seems they were getting their report about the travellers in Brighton ready and had stopped in Falmer because it was a quiet place to get on with their work. They couldn’t be persuaded to come and have tea with us unfortunately, maybe next time.

BUSY BUSY: John Young could probably have found somewhere quite a bit quieter than Falmer last weekend. There was a huge conference of Jehovah’s Witnesses taking place at the Amex stadium so there was a lot of traffic and a great deal of coming and going of very smartly dressed people. The annual Kite Festival in Stanmer Park was also taking place. They had the best weather for the festival and you could see the brightly coloured kites up in the sky over Stanmer all weekend.

BEES SUCK: Researchers from the Sussex University Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects were busy studying the behaviour of pollinating insects at work on the brambles flowering in the field in Mill Street last week. They were studying exactly what the insects do apart from collecting nectar. They told us we could be on the lookout for marked bees, ones with numbers attached to their backs, later on in the summer as another study was starting. One of the researchers had Bees Suck on the back of his T shirt, his special interest was the study of ants.

Glynde & BeddinghaM

SWIMMING POOL: A very merry band of enthusiasts gathered last Saturday morning to dig and plant the shrubs kindly donated to the pool. Despite the heat, holes were dug and the pool now looks vaguely Mediterranean. The average temperature this week has been a heady 23 degrees so if you live in the village, do come along and enjoy the water. There will be a try-dive session at the pool for anyone keen to have a go at the underwater experience from 11am till 2pm and is open to anyone over the age of 8 years. Please contact Helen on 07816749516 for details.

FUEL CO-OP: The wonderful Fuel co-op had its first AGM on Tuesday, many thanks to the many people who attended. We heard from the ever-inspirational Johnny Denis and had wise words of advice from our local police officer on how to safeguard our fuel supply. If you rely on oil for your energy, please contact the co-op on to find ways of saving money.

CRICKET: There were over 60 juniors bounding around the cricket pitch last Sunday morning, involved in various matches, despite the heat. Many thanks to Phil for organising such an eventful and well supported event. There will be a colourful Caribbean night on Saturday July 27 at the club house in Glynde with prizes for the most elaborate costumes.


BONFIRE BINGO: Today, Friday, evening go along to the Charles Hunt Centre, have fun and help Hailsham Bonfire Society raise vital funds for the firework and bonfire society parades in October. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm.

LADIES’ NIGHT: This evening, Friday, from 8pm at the Hailsham Memorial Institute, Western Road. Members free. Non-members welcome, entry £10. Call 01323 840459 for more information.

GARDEN PARTY AND FETE: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 4pm at Woodside Hall, Polegate Road. Fun for all the family. Many popular stalls, cream teas. Free entry and parking. More information on (01323) 841670 or visit

FOOTBALL: Hailsham Town Football Club begin their pre-season campaign under the new management team of Andy Goodchild and Howard Stevens tomorrow, Saturday, against Ryman League side Chipstead. The match kicks off at 2.30pm, and will be followed by the Reserves against Chipstead Under 21s at 4.30pm. Entry is £2.50 and includes entry to the Reserve game. Bar, tea hut and burger bar will be open.

SUPER QUIZ NIGHT: Tomorrow, Saturday, at the Summerheath Hall. Tickets are £4 pp. Bring your own food and drink. 7pm for 7.30pm start. Raffle. Booking advised on 01323 840382.

ST MARY’S: This is the eighth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), The Dishonest Manager, 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, Surprising Grace. 6.30pm Choral Evening Prayer, Children of God.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday Richard and Jill (01323) 832303 will be leading a north-east Rushlake Green walk of five miles. There are two short hills and this route may possibly be muddy if wet. If you wish to go along, ring the walk leaders for the details.

1-2-1 READINGS: The Corinthian Church and Healing Association are holding private 1-2-1 readings between 10am and 2pm on July 27 at Primrose Hall. If you would like to know more visit

BINGO NIGHT: If you are bored indoors on Thursday and fancy a laugh and a chance at winning your neighbour’s pennies go along to the Maurice Thornton Pavilion, this and every fortnight on a Thursday eve from 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. The more you spend the more you can win. Refreshments also available.

SHOWTIME: On July 27 Hailsham Choral Society are presenting a show featuring songs from favourite musicals at Hailsham Community Hall conducted by John Kotz and Barbara Edwards. Tickets £8 from the Camera Centre.

BRIDGE AFTERNOON: In aid of Hailsham Old Pavilion Society this event on July 28 will be at Union Corner Hall from 2pm for 2.30pm start. Teams of four, £6 per person, to include afternoon tea. Please call Peter on (01323) 840305 to book.

AUDITIONS: There’s no business like show business, sang Ethel Merman, and that is exactly what the Ropemaker Theatre Company is planning to bring to the Pavilion theatre on Saturday, November 9. The theatre company’s aim has always been to present affordable productions to the community, and to this end, is now announcing the plan to stage celebrating the good olde days.

The evening will be extra special because it is not only for the community but by the community. Those of us of a certain age will remember the television series The Good Old Days featuring a host of variety acts, encouraged by the MC, who stood on a podium with gavel in hand, spouting extraordinarily long words. Well, this is what is being planned. RTC are looking for speciality acts, jugglers, magicians, actors, singers, comedians, acrobats, snake charmers etc to appear on the evening. Some acts have already been booked, but there’s plenty of room for more. Auditions will be held on 7 September. If you are interested or knows somebody that can do a turn, contact Hailsham Pavilion on 01323 841414, go to, or leave a message on their Facebook page.

POTTERY MAKING: Book your place now at Dippee Doodahs for a social evening on Thursday. Whilst drinking tea and eating cake you can enjoy Green Man pottery making from 6.30pm. Dippee Doodahs is on Hailsham High Street opposite the Camera Centre. Please ask to have your name put on the list if you are interested on (01323) 843019.

HIGH STREET CRAFTERS: This popular crafting group meets on the third Tuesday of every month from 1.30pm to 4pm at Hailsham Methodist Church hall. They try an assortment of unusual and quirky crafts and this month were using wood bark on greetings cards. There is no knitting or sewing. The group enjoys a very wide age range and welcomes all to enjoy trying something new as well as a number of social events and quizzes throughout the year. For more information or to come along please ring Brenda on (01323) 440519 or email


KEEP FIT: It may be the end of term but Keep Fit with legs,bums and tums will continue as usual on Tuesday evenings throughout the school holidays. 6pm to 7pm £5 per class. If you haven’t been before come along and have your first class free. For more info call Claire Lyons 07773 194040.


WESTGATE WI: When his wife died from the skin cancer melanoma, July speaker Harry Townsend set up a charity to raise awareness and fund research for a cure for the disease affecting millions. So far £400,000 has been raised. Former assistant curator at Kew Gardens, Harry took us on a fund-raising journey to New Zealand, full of fascinating detail and hilarious, quirky anecdotes. He set out to walk the 800 miles from Wellington at the southern end of North Island to the northern tip, taking 68 days. Pushing his trusty wheelbarrow, George, along the hard shoulder of the main highway, Harry the Wheelbarrow Man became well known in the small, hospitable towns along the route as he handed out leaflets and received donations. George acted as a catalyst in New Zealand which has the world’s highest incidence of melanoma (1 in 25). Pictures showed the Desert Road Summit, vineyards, an idiosyncratic garden boasting an imitation giraffe, an art deco public toilet and beautiful murals and mosaics in tiny places of habitation – if there’s a spare wall, paint it. For an interview, when Harry asked the mayor if he should bring George, the response was, ‘of course, you’re nobody without your wheelbarrow’. In a final quip, he warned us not to tangle with an ostrich. Next meeting on August 14 is a social gathering. Next crafts is August 28. (A Stephen).

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Corn Exchange, High Street, on Wednesday from 2pm to 4.30pm and 5.30pm to 8pm.

FARMERS’ MARKET will take place in Lewes precinct on Sunday July 21. This will be a monthly event in addition to the market on the first Saturday of each month.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our coach trip on July 10 provided everybody with three choices on how to spend the day. There was a choice of a long or short walk or a visit to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. The latter proved to be a popular choice and people were interested to experience the homes and gardens of our rural ancestors covering a period of six centuries and discover their crafts and skills. The long walk took walkers from Bury Hill to East Dean and they soon joined the Monarch’s Way, which follows the route the future king Charles II took when he fled to France after the Battle of Worcester. After climbing to the top of the Downs through Houghton Forest they were rewarded with wonderful views of the coastal plain towards the sea and Bognor Regis and then continued on to Stone Street, a Roman Road, in a remarkably good state considering the lack of maintenance over the last 2,000 years. Striking west, we then followed the same route as the shorter walkers who had started on the A29 near Slindon. The walks ended with descending past part of Goodwood racecourse to Charlton. It had been a hot day where the party appreciated the fact a good part of the walk had been in woodland as well as having the opportunity of thirst quenching drinks in the Fox public house at Charlton before returning by coach to Lewes. The next walk is on Wednesday. A Day’s Outing in West Sussex, Arundel. Meet at Lewes Railway Station to catch the 9.16am train to Gatwick and bring a picnic.

TABLE TOP SALE: St John’s Table Top Sale will be tomorrow, Saturday, 9.30am to 1pm in Cliffe Church Hall. All welcome, free entry. Coffees, cake, scones available all morning.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

HELP JASMINE: I have an incredibly brave young neighbour who has been having treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital and now they can do no more for her. She knows the situation and walks round Newhaven with her puppy looking like Sinead O’ Connor with a large grin on her face. Her parents have set up a charity to make sure she has everything she wants and needs and to help other youngsters like her. If you would like to contribute click on to the website reference Jasmine.

FILM SOCIETY: Hillcrest Film Society will be showing Son of Rambo tomorrow (Saturday) at the Hillcrest Centre. It is a heart-warming story of two young boys who have a big video camera and even bigger ambitions. Tickets are available on the door at £4.50. Café opens at 6.30pm, the film begins at 7.30pm.

RAFT RACE: The Lewes-Newhaven Raft Race takes place on Sunday with the first raft leaving Lewes at approximately 11.30am. 10 rafts are taking part including one from The Ark in Newhaven and the theme this year is music.

NIPPERS is celebrating its 40th birthday celebrations on Wednesday with a free event Play in the Park on Fort Road recreation ground from 2pm to 4pm and a junior disco in Shakespeare Hall for 3 to 12 year-olds from 5pm to 7pm. Admission to the party/disco is 50p per child. Nippers holiday playscheme runs from July 24 to September 3 and booking is essential. Tel: 07796 267388/01273 514440 for further details.

COMMUNITY GAMES: I have joined forces with Wave Leisure to run a bigger and better Community Games on Fort Road recreation ground and other venues from July 25 to September 3. The organiser is Brett Crowhurst, the Wave Leisure Manager at Shakespeare Hall, and I will be helping at the activities and generally promoting sport in the community. I will also be running rounders taster sessions as it would be nice to develop this into a Newhaven team to play in the League. The official Opening Ceremony is on July 26 between 2pm and 4.30pm with the closing ceremony on August 30 between 1pm and 5pm. Full programme available from Wave Leisure. This is an incentive to get young people between the ages of 5 and 16 years active.

LIVING HISTORY WEEKEND at Newhaven Fort Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28. This is a multi-period re-enactment weekend featuring groups portraying military life from Napoleonic times to WW2. Demonstrations and workshops throughout the weekend. Limited free tickets are available for Newhaven residents from Newhaven Town Council offices, 18 Fort Road.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: The last three months we have had very interesting and varied speakers. Starting with Japanese Culture in April, which is very different from ours. Originally feudal with a military dictator followed by a brutal civil war with modern Japan emerging about 150 years ago. Still controlled by an Emperor and many women are not very involved with business and deal with the many festivals each year. Girls Festival, girls are given a special doll and Boys Festival, boys are given flags and a Samurai doll. Ancestors Remembrance Day ends with the release of lanterns. May saw our Resolution Meeting and a talk about ACWW (Associated Countrywomen of the World) which many members do not know much about. Also we hosted a group meeting. Our speaker was Henry VIII, a gentleman who also carries out this role at Hampton Court. History was so much more interesting with him. In June we had slides and a talk about the many birds that visit this coastal strip and we hope to do a walk next year around Tide Mills and the nature reserve, even though it may be a slow walk. Finally in July we had The Language of Flowers. All the hidden meanings and this practice originated in the 1700s in Turkey. It really is so much nicer to receive a bouquet, hidden message, than just a text. Forthcoming events are a visit to Newhaven Museum, a ploughman’s in September before our annual meeting in October. We meet on the second Monday of the month at 2.15pm in South Heighton Village Hall and any new members or visitors will be made most welcome. (J Jennings).


MAYOR’S QUIZ: There is another of the ever popular quiz nights on Friday July 26 in the main hall Community House starting at 7pm with the proceeds going to the Mayor’s fund for local charities. The cost is £2 per head. If you wish to play as a team the maximum is eight to a table which must be pre-booked and paid for at the information office. Enjoy the evening and remember to bring your own food and drink.

CINEMA: There will be a showing of The Great Gatsby in the main hall, Community House on Saturday July 27. Tickets are available from the information office at £5 each. For those who find it difficult to reach there is no need to miss out. An inclusive ticket is available for door to door travel with CTLA. For more details speak to the information office.

OPEN GARDENS: The first ever Open Gardens in Peacehaven took place on June 30. It was supported by 45 people and raised £139 for the Care for the Carer charity. Thanks go to all those who took the opportunity to admire some residents’ gardens and also to Paradise Park who sponsored the event.

WRESTLING: Last year this event proved very popular and was a sell out so it has been booked for a return visit on Saturday October 19. Tickets at £10 for adults and £9 for concessionary went on sale from July 8 at the information office. So if you do not want to miss the return of this spectacular event an early purchase is recommended. For further details contact Debbie on 01273 585493.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The Woodingdean Methodist Church will be in the Meridian Centre Community House today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes from 8.30am until noon. Next week on Thursday Seahaven Scouts Active Support group will be offering refreshments in the Community House foyer followed on Friday July 26 by Peacehaven Bowls Club.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the U3A and is in the Main Hall Community House from 8.30am until midday. Next week’s market will be organised by the Peacehaven Scouts. To book a table contact them on 07798 635 156

COUNCIL MEETING:There is no council meeting on Tuesday. The next meeting will be of the full council on Tuesday July 30 in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. Residents are welcome to attend.

BOOT SALE: The Harlequin Dance Studio have arranged a boot sale on The Dell, South Coast Road on Sunday. The gates will open for sellers at 8am and buyers will be admitted from 9am until 1pm. Parking is free on The Dell during event but gates will be locked thereafter so be sure to remove your vehicle as recovery would not otherwise be possible until Monday.

SUMMER FAIR: Remember this event is held alternately by Peacehaven and Telscombe. It is being staged this year by Telscombe in Chatsworth Park from 1pm (the official opening is by Simon Kirby MP at 2pm) tomorrow, Saturday. There will be plenty for the whole family to enjoy, however parking for cars may be a little difficult for this event so walking is probably a better option.

GIVE BLOOD: Remember the blood and transplant team are here in the Community House today, Friday, from 2pm to 4.30pm and again from from 5.30pm until 8pm. Please give if you can or book an appointment if you prefer by calling 0300 123 23 23.


TICKETS are now on sale at Archer and Partners, 48 High Street for Polegate Drama presentation of two Murder Mystery evenings, which will take place on Friday August 2, and Saturday August 3. Both start at 7.30pm. Bring your own food and drink. Tickets £8 or £15 for both nights.

LOCAL HISTORY: The local history society are meeting today, Friday, when our speaker is Alexandra Loske, on the History of Brighton Pavilion.

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

OPEN GARDEN in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice at 57 Windmill Road, Polegate, from 10am on Sunday. All welcome. Telephone 637871 for more information.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Kings Centre, Edison Road, Eastbourne on Wednesday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.


VILLAGE SUMMER FAIR: You can pick up more Grand Draw tickets from the table in the shopping precinct tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 11am. Ticket stubs should be taken to Freeman Forman along with the money or brought along to the Fair on July 27. Children 11 years and under can also register and collect a plastic gnome for painting/decorating at a cost of £2.50 to be brought along to the Fair on July 27 for judging.

SUMMER SHOW: The RBL Horticultural and Home Produce Society Summer show is tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall and the doors will open at 2pm. There are numerous classes for flowers, fruit, vegetables, flower arranging, cookery and preserves and the ever popular painting and photographic classes. The show closes at 4.30pm and all exhibits left behind are auctioned for show funds.

OPEN GARDEN: Family Support Work and Knowles Tooth are holding this event at Glyndebourne, by kind permission of the Christie Family, on Tuesday, from 2pm to 5pm. Entrance will be £5, children free; there will be stalls and refreshments. There is wheelchair access in most places. Sorry no dogs.

BRIDGE CLUB: The results of the duplicate pairs played on July 10 were: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster, Pam Brook and John Weston. The club next meets in the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact number 01273 814220.

RINGMER BOWLS: The results of the matches played last week were as follows: Ringmer v Vicarage 80-53, Ringmer v Barcombe 76-48, Ringmer v Rotherfield 59-77 and Ringmer v Groombridge 60-70. The club also had its annual tournament when clubs around Sussex are invited to come and play at Ringmer. The weather was very good and the winning club was Portslade. Many thanks to all who helped and supported on the day as everything went like clockwork. This event was sponsored by Freeman Forman this year.

THANKS: Dennis and Jenifer Leister wish to thank everyone who attended their Open Garden with Cream Teas on July 13. Everything was sold and together with generous donations of £252, a total of £450 was raised for St Mary’s Church Fabric Fund. A very big thank you to all.

Rodmell & Southease

TV SIGNAL: Many people are getting awful reception on BBC channels, and this has been going on for weeks now. When you are confined to the house as Mike has been for some time now, a TV is important as it’s your main entertainment. Many isolated old people, the disabled, and people who just want to come home and relax to watch the TV, and are paying good money to do just that, are not getting their value for money. It’s not good enough. The old system did not play us up, it was a case of if it worked why change it? They changed it and it does not work. The people on the helpline number are very patient as they must be very busy dealing with irate customers, who like me spend at least 10 to 30 minutes being instructed only to be told you need a new scart-lead. I’ve yet to find who sells our sort. I will keep you posted.

COUNTRY FAIR: The school country fair on Saturday at the sports field was a great success. There was a gentle breeze, the sun shone and there were a great many happy families enjoying themselves. Well done school, and all the organisers. It was great.

CRICKET: Rodmell Cricket Club is playing at home on the sports field against East Dean CC on Sunday. All matches start at 2.30pm and all are welcome.

NEW STALL: The new produce and craft stall is gaining interest. It operates for two afternoons per week during the summer months, on Wednesday and Friday from 1pm to 5pm, beside the village notice board by the village hall.

VISITORS: I’m sure the new youth hostel at Itford is doing well as the good weather has brought in lots of visitors to our area. It seems that nearly half of single people did not take a holiday last year, with more than half blaming single-person supplements and other costs pricing them out of the market. We really need to give people more available accommodation with parking for cars and coaches in the Lewes area. For those who wonder what I feel about the Premier Inn, I dislike the design, but feel some such thing is needed to accommodate the huge influx of people wanting to visit Lewes and spend their money here.


REGISTRATION DAY: Seahaven Harriers Ladies and Girls Football Club will be holding their registration day tomorrow, Saturday, at South Heighton Village Hall, between 9.30am and noon. Anyone who would like to come along and join us in match play or just to train, will be very welcome.

SEAFORD FUN DAY will be on Sunday at the Downs Leisure Centre. Last years event was a smash, so why not come along and make this year even better, enjoy the dancing, singing, music and the many stalls, the weather is looking good, so, see you there.

CRICKET: For the cricket fans Seaford first XI entertain Ditchling at the Salts. Lets hope they can continue their climb up the table. Good Luck to them.

CORRESPONDENT: The Sussex Express would be keen to hear from anyone willing to put together a weekly report on local events and news in Seaford for the parish pump. Anyone who would like to offer their services can please contact Sally Funnell on 01273 v484702.


SUMMER FAIR: Don’t forget the summer fair being held in Chatsworth Park tomorrow, Saturday, from 1pm to 5pm. Entertainment to include a fun fair, climbing wall, Argus bouncy castle, fire engine, animal handling, birds of prey, lamb weighing and sheep shearing, Telscombe School’s samba band and a penalty shootout to name but a few. Arena events start at 1pm with Morris Dancers followed by Try Tots Rugby display, line dancing, bonnie baby competition (0 to 6 months and 6 to 12 months), Harlequin Dance Studios display, children’s games, Meridian Athletic Football Club display and a tug of war. The raffle will round off the day at 4.30pm with the first prize being a digital TV plus many more fantastic prizes. The proceeds of the raffle will go to the Mayor of Telscombe and Peacehaven’s charity fund, so please buy lots of tickets. There will also be plenty of stalls and a variety of food outlets. It should prove to be a wonderful, fun packed afternoon and entry is free. There will be limited parking on site with access via Park/Central Avenue.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the planning and highways committee on Monday at 7.30pm in room 1 at Telscombe 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

BINGO EVENING: There will be a bingo evening at the Civic Centre next Friday, July 26, 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.


SUMMER OUTFITS: The sun’s come out at last, and so have all the entrants for the Funniest Bloke’s Outfit Contest, eg black socks and shoes, long, faded carnival shorts with half an unidentifiable tattoo underneath, and a tatty old t-shirt with a funny picture or comment on the front. They even walk funny. Thank goodness we use tissues now or they’d all be wearing knotted hankies instead of back-to-front baseball caps. Why oh why can’t they learn from our Continental cousins who look smart, fresh and fashionable when the sun shines? There’s no excuse for their terrible dress sense. After all, we women all look great in the summer.

UCKFIELD FESTIVAL has been very successful so far. Many people watched Uckfield’s Most Talented, came to the Big Day and attended the Kit Car Grand Prix. Today, Friday, has the opening of the Art Trail (3pm to 9pm), the last of the Festival Club (6pm to 7.30pm) with Barber and Taylor playing. Today, Friday, is also the start of the Roots and Blues weekend (8pm). All three are at the Uckfield Civic Centre. At 9.30am there is a guided walk starting at Bridge Cottage taking in the Buckham Hill and Shortridge area. Tomorrow, Saturday, sees Hempstead Meadow Nature Reserve Open Day with guided walks from 10am to noon. At 3pm to 6pm there is the Summer of 1913, a Country Fair, a nostalgic look back at how the Edwardians enjoyed the last summer before the Great War, entrance free. Bring the children to enjoy the Maypole, period games, rides, stalls, Magic Lantern Show, a Camera Obscura, see a view of the world 360 degrees as if you were 15ft tall. Uckfield Concert Brass will be playing, and there will be short sketches from that era. Enjoy a cup of tea and a cake. This will be followed by Music Hall Entertainment, 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Tickets £4 but £2 refund if you are in Edwardian costume. This all takes place at Hempstead Lane Play Park and Field, adjacent to the Guide’s Osborn Hall where the Music Hall will be staged for your delectation. To access Hempstead Play Park and Field, walk through Hempstead Meadows from the Waitrose car park, or walk along Hempstead Lane from the Cinque Ports in the High Street. Parking is very very limited so we suggest you park in Luxford Field car park. See See festival programme for more details, available from Uckfield Civic Centre hallway, the library or on line