Parish Pump Newhaven - July 20, 2012


HISTORIAN ASA BRIGGS will be visiting Much Ado Books tomorrow, July 21. He will be signing his memoir, Special Relationships - People and Places at Much Ado between 2pm and 4pm.

Much Ado, who actively support reading, has recently given more than £2,000 to two charities as part of their fund raising initiative, Prospero’s Project. Cate and Nash have now decided to dedicate a portion of the shop’s takings to charity after the very successful Christmas stocking fund raising drive. Now when customers spend more than £10 there will be a chance to vote for the charity to receive up to 10 percent of their spending. Charities to be supported will be changed every three months. Listening Books received £1,426.87 over the past three months and West Rise School of Eastbourne received books to the value of £902.88.The two new charities customers will be choosing between the Hillcrest Centre Cafe in Newhaven and the Monso Chi Preschool in Panama.

WI NEWS: At the June meeting Jackie Marsh-Hobbs talked about the history of Preston Manor in Brighton. The following week members visited the Manor and enjoyed seeing all the Victorian and Edwardian artefacts. There was also a chance to look round the garden and the adjacent 13 century St Peter’s Church which has some original wall paintings. The visit finished in true WI style with a walk across the park for tea and cakes.


PARISH PUMP: From next week all items for the pump must be with me on a Friday morning by 9am.

WI: Meeting of Barcombe WI held on Tuesday July 10. As our scheduled speaker was taken ill on the morning of the meeting, we were very fortunate to be able to get hold of George Rose to talk to us about The Benefits of Tai Chi. He offered to send the WI a sheet of exercises to get us started. We then all did a few simple exercises for the waist, neck, wrists and thigh muscles, and he demonstrated a few more advanced flowing movements with exotic names like White crane spreading its wings or Grasping the sparrow’s tail. There were a few questions from the floor, and we were all left wondering if this might be just the thing to remedy all our aches and pains.

CRICKET: ESCL Division One. Buxted v Barcombe, match cancelled 9 points each. ESCL Division Eight. Barcombe v Battle, match cancelled 9 points each.

BOWLS: Also called off ,all games.

SUMMER SALE: The Friends of Bevern View, are holding a Summer Sale at Bevern View, The Willows BN8 5FJ tomorrow, Saturday, from 1pm to 4pm. Everyone welcome.

RIDE AND STRIDE: Sussex Historic Churches Trust annual sponsored ride and stride event, September 8. Each year this event raises much needed money to help with the repair and restoration of East and West Sussex’s beautiful and historic churches. Sponsorship money, raised by individuals visiting as many churches/chapels as possible between the hours of 9am to 6pm, is divided on a 50:50 basis between The Sussex Historic Churches Trust and a church/chapel chosen by the cyclist/walker. In previous years the Trust has helped St Mary’s with repairs to its spire. Details are all available from John and Madeleine Simpson. Call 01273 400548 or e-mail Or visit

STOOLBALL: We played Wivelsfield Green at home on Tuesday July 10. It was a nail-biting match. As usual, rain interrupted play but the decision was made that we would play the last three overs of the game. We were chasing Wivelsfield’s score of 119 and on the 7th ball of the 15th over we equalled their score and on the last ball gained two more runs, so it was Barcombe 121, Wivelsfield Green 119.


OPEN GARDEN: Sunday, 11am to 5pm, Open Garden at Driftwood, Marine Drive, as part of the National Gardens Open Day Scheme. Entry to the garden is £3 which includes an art and photographic exhibition. Refreshments will be available.

SEA SUNDAY SERVICE: On Sunday July 8, St Andrew’s Church celebrated the annual Sea Sunday Service. It opened with an introduction explaining why the Seaside Parish of Bishopstone holds this service once a year. The congregation was reminded of the country’s dependence on the high percentage of imports and exports arriving and leaving by sea on ships manned by seafarers of many nationalities who depend on various services such as air/sea rescue around our coast. The address was given by the Rev Reginald Sweet BA, RN who has been an RN Chaplain at Sea as well as a former Chaplain at The Mission to Seafarers, Southampton. His address enlightened the congregation as to the work done by the Mission, including some thought-provoking examples of where seafarers in distress have been given aid and comfort by the Mission, and the proceeds of the collection were sent to assist the Mission. The service was supported by the mayors of Seaford and Newhaven, branches of the Royal British Legion from Seaford and Newhaven, together with Seaford Lifeguards and the National Coastwatch Institution, Newhaven. Thanks to Christopher Laycock for the contribution on Sea Sunday.

BACK ON dry land, our nesting kestrels successfully raised two youngsters in the old elm tree at the bottom of the garden. Despite the wet, windy weather and an attack from the crows, they fledged last week and are already active along Bishopstone Road.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

GRAND EXHIBITION tomorrow (Saturday) at the Hillcrest Centre from 2pm to 5pm. Hosted by Bob Jarvis exhibits include paintings, drawings, scale models of cars and aeroplanes. There will also be games and music, free light refreshments and snacks available. Free entry and everyone is welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult.

ART EXHIBITION Carbon War at Newhaven Fort from July 23 to November 4. The exhibition shows wildlife that are threatened with extinction because of carbon emissions and how people can make simple changes in how they live to use the world’s resources more sustainably and lower the carbon footprint. Created by Clare Hackney and Gillian Toft of Highlight.

NIPPERS Playscheme July 23 to August 31, 7am to 6pm. Hours by arrangement £2.25 per hour paid in advance, Shakespeare Hall, Fort Road recreation ground. Ring 01273 514440/07796 267388 for a booking form.

TEDDY BEARS PICNIC run by Munchkins Parent and Toddler Teddy Bears Picnic/mini Olympics (weather permitting) Thursday 12.30pm to 2pm Green next to the Hillcrest Centre. 50p per child, bring your own teddy bear and picnic. Open to anyone with children under five years old, including other siblings. Just turn up for lots of fun. For further details contact Janet 01273 515301.

MENCAP had to cancel their table sale on Saturday July 14 due to lack of support as only two tables were booked, but do go along and support their summer fair at Riverside Hall,West Quay on Saturday August 4 from 10am to 3pm. Lots of stalls including a Grand Draw.

RNLI: Apologies to readers of Parish Pump for putting the storytelling evening at the Lifeboat Station in last week’s Parish Pump, July 14. The date should have been Tuesday August 14. Presented by the Guest House Storytellers the evening will raise money for Newhaven Lifeboat. A fish and chip supper will be served at 7pm and stories begin at 7.30pm. Tickets from the Hillcrest Centre Café.

GOOD LUCK to all the people from Newhaven and surrounding areas who are involved in London 2012 Olympic Games. I know several people who are either volunteering (like myself) or are paid employees. I will be writing next week’s Parish Pump (July 27) but will be away at the Games from Monday July 23 to Monday August 6. Any copy for August 3 and August 10 should be emailed direct to by 10am on the Friday before publication at the latest.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: Our resolution meeting in May, which we conducted ourselves, was very successful. We were all in favour of more midwives being required but did discuss all issues very seriously. Also that month we attended the group meeting at Meeching WI at which the speaker’s talk was It Will Not Be Alright on The Night, and of course there was a hiccup with the power. These things happen. In May we decided to have all our meetings starting in 2013 in the afternoons. June was a busy month with the Jubilempics at Denton where we had a stall with a good collection of baskets, all with different contents, for sale. Our speaker that month was Clare Carpenter who writes children’s books encouraging children to follow their dreams if at all possible. Her talk was called Roots and Wings as she is a firm believer that your roots do influence your life. We then had a Jubilee celebration tea with strawberries and cake. We also made cakes for the Jubilee street party at South Heighton. July we all learnt about home made jams and chutneys with tasters. In August we are going to Seaford Museum, an educational outing, and later in the year we hope to have a coach to Brighton Pavilion for a tour with a guide. We really do seem to have been quite busy these last three months and had very good speakers at our meetings. We meet every second Monday of the month in South Heighton Village Hall. The October meeting, our AGM, will be at 7pm but from then on at 2.15pm. (J Jennings).


QUIZ NIGHT: The Mayor would like to thank all those who came along to the quiz night on Friday July 6. Your support enabled a total of £505 to be raised in aid of the Mayor’s local charity fund. The winner of the quiz was U3A which proves that the seniors of Peacehaven have age and brains on their side. The next opportunity to put your brains to the test is on Friday September 21. Make a note in your diary and I’ll remind you nearer the date.

CINEMA: There is a showing of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre starting at 7.30pm. Tickets at £4.50 are available from the information office. The next film to be shown is The Five Year Engagement on Saturday August 4. Tickets are available now.

OLYMPIC GAMES: There are 200 free tickets available from the information office to watch the opening ceremony of the games on a large screen in the Community House on Friday July 27 starting at 7.30pm. Bring your own food and drink.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been organised by the INAA Advice group from 8.30am until noon in the Main Hall, Community House. Next week, following their success on the quiz night, the market is being arranged by the U3A. To reserve a table telephone them on 01273 586774.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, The Peacehaven Catholic Church are in the Community House foyer between 8.30am and midday serving teas, coffees and cakes. Next week on Thursday the Seahaven Scouts will be behind the counter, and the Samaritans will be serving the refreshments on Friday July 27.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is another meeting of the planning and highways committee on Tuesday starting at 6.30pm. Residents are welcome to attend and may ask questions during the first 15 minutes.

FAIR: There is a packed afternoon of fun for all ages at this annual event in the Sports Park, Piddinghoe Avenue, Peacehaven tomorrow, Saturday, from noon to 5pm. Former Brighton and Hove Albion player Kerry Mayo will perform the official opening ceremony. Parking and entrance is free. For those who need it there is free transport to and from the Fair which can be booked in advance by ringing Community Transport on 01273 517332. A leaflet with fuller details of the programme is available from the information office.

THE DELL: The circus comes to town. From Monday the Circus World Entertainment will be at The Dell, with a show starting at 6pm. I have no further details at the moment so look out for posters around the town.

TEAM GB: The NHS has adopted this title which means Give Blood. Many well known stars give blood regularly. The medical team will be in the Community House on Wednesday from 2pm till 4.30pm and from 5.30pm until 8pm. Giving blood is vital to the success of normal events like having a baby to major surgical operations. So if you have thought about giving blood please go along as new donors are always welcome and it only takes a short while but you could be saving someone’s life.

CHARITY MUSIC NIGHT: The Anthony Pilcher Bone Cancer Trust sponsored by NatWest is presenting a special musical event at the Meridian Centre on Saturday August 18. The programme includes performances by several different groups. The doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets are £5 each which includes a ploughman’s and a soft drink. They are available from the Peacehaven branch of the NatWest bank or by telephoning 01273 583234. All proceeds will go to the charity.


LITTLE THEATRE: The latest event at the Little Theatre in Steyne Road is a double bill. The Browning Version by Terence Rattigan and Fumed Oak by Noel Coward. Tickets for performances for tonight and the rest of the week are available from Sussex Eyecare in Broad Street. Telephone 01323 894938 for more information.

FOLK: Seaford’s very own folkster, John Cave, is appearing at the Eastbourne Underground Theatre (under the library opposite the station) tomorrow from 10am to noon. It’s free admission and there will be tea, coffee and cakes for sale at the interval. Pop along to support John.

CONSERVATIVE SURGERY: Seaford Conservative Councillors are holding a drop in surgery tomorrow at 37 Church Street between 9.30am and 11am. No appointment is necessary, just pop in and they will be pleased to help.

STREET FAIR: Ashurst Road (opposite the Seaford Head Community College in Steyne Road) is holding a street fair tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 12.30pm. There will be plants, cakes, Fairtrade food and bric-a-brac. There will even be bacon sarnies for lunch. All proceeds to charity.

FOOD FESTIVAL: The Family Fun Day and Food Festival is on at the Downs Leisure Centre at Sutton Corner on Sunday from 10am to 4pm. There should be stalls and plenty and food and drink including the Rotary Club’s splendid beer tent. Many local societies will have stalls and there will be live music. Sounds fab.

OUR SAINT Lewinna was a local girl who was killed for her religious beliefs in the year 690AD. She was buried in a local church, probably St Andrew’s at Bishopstone and was soon revered as a saint. In 1058 a thieving Belgian monk arrived at the port of Seaford to steal her bones. Her feast day is on Tuesday so take a take a moment to think about her.

BRICKFIELDS: There will be a BIG wild picnic on Thursday between 11am and 2pm at the Brickfields site on Marine Parade ( near the junction with Claremont Road). There will be bug hunts, owls, stalls and plenty of fun and space for kids to run around. Bring you own food for a picnic. Entrance is free. For further information call Julie on 01323 896911.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the Community Services 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.


ROTARY COLLECTION: Members of Newhaven Rotary Club will be collecting at Sainsburys in Newhaven for Canine Partners today, Friday. This is an organisation which trains dogs to be helpers to disabled people. The dogs can make life easier for their owners and will be at Sainsburys to demonstrate just how helpful they can be. All money collected will go to Canine Partners to enable more dogs to be trained. The dogs are trained to open doors, help with shopping and to raise the alarm if their owner needs help in an emergency. This is just a small selection of how dogs can help.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the town council’s planning and highways committee on Monday in Room 1 at the Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can ask questions during a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda for the meetings will be put on council notice boards a few days before the meeting and will usually also be available on the council’s website at