Parish pump Newhaven - July 27, 2012


CHARLESTON MANOR, West Dean, is hosting the annual fund raising event on behalf of All Saints Church, West Dean on July 29 between 2pm and 5.30pm. There will be stalls selling crafts, plants, books and pies, a tombola and of course teas with homemade cakes and scones. The Heathfield Silver Band will play. The Service of Summer Praise will be held at 5pm. Entrance is £3 adults; car parking is free. Unfortunately dogs cannot be catered for, even in the car park, as there are wild fowl in the grounds.

MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Alfriston Summer Music Festival begins on July 31 to August 4. Once again the village is looking forward to welcoming Jeremy Young and Daniel Bhattacharya and their very talented professional friends who perform each day during the week. All details of the programme can be found on their website at, or on posters around the village.

THE ALFRISTON FESTIVAL committee is busy checking out the long range weather forecast. After the summer of rain that we have had there has been some furrowed brows and hasty meetings drawing up contingency plans to answer the problem ‘what if it continues to rain’. However, I am writing this with the sun pouring through the window and, along with all Alfristonians who take part in the Festival, hoping it can last a few more weeks. The Alfriston Festival runs from August 19 to 27. Programmes are available throughout the village and in local tourist offices and on the village website at


SAILING WEEK: From Monday until Saturday August 4 Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club Sailing Week in Seaford Bay commencing 11am on Monday (weather dependent).

AFTERNOON TEA: Pre-Fete Afternoon Tea on Friday August 3 from 2pm to 4pm in the parish hall. Please come along with your home-made cakes for the cake stall, and enjoy a cup of tea of coffee. Home-made preserves and any other items for the fete stalls will be gratefully received.

DOG SHOW: On Saturday August 4 the fete and dog show. Classes include: Fancy dress, waggiest tail, best six legs, prettiest bitch, most handsome dog, best veteran (9 years and over), junior handler (up to 14 years), and dog most like owner. Entry fee is £1 per class. Entry forms are available from Linda’s Stores, Bishopstone Station (telephone 01323 899486).

THE FETE in aid of St Andrew’s Restoration Fund, opens at noon. There will be stalls, refreshments, games, Punch and Judy, Seaford Silver Band and Longman Morris Men.

OPEN GARDEN: On Sunday August 5, noon to 6 pm, Open Garden at Driftwood, Marine Drive, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Entry to the garden is £3 which includes an art and photographic exhibition. Refreshments will be available.

THIS WEEK includes the feast day of St Lewinna, alias Leofwyn or Levine, the first female celebrity in the history of Sussex. She is a local saint claimed by several St Andrew’s churches, but scholarly opinion now links her with Bishopstone. She was martyred in the Dark Ages (about the year 671) as Sussex was the last pagan kingdom in England. Her fame was such that her relics were stolen by a Flemish monk in the eleventh century so she is also remembered in Bergues this week.The guilty monk left some of her bones behind, but nobody knows where they are.

Mobile Library

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.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

THE TWINNING ASSOCIATION is inviting all its members, and people interested in joining the association, to come to a social evening on Monday evening. You can expect a buoyant atmosphere with a number of the group having returned recently from the Loire Valley. Members and friends are bringing a plate of finger food and a little drink for the table for all to share. We expect to be entertained with tales of fun, embarrassment, and pioneering. There will also be a show of pictures, plans and ideas for the future and more. If you or your organisation is interested in making a French connection in La Chapelle or hosting people here in the Newhaven area then this is an opportunity to find out more. If you don’t know anyone who is going and you would prefer to go with a member then give Jan a call on 612236 and she will find a member near where you. The evening starts at 7pm at Meeching Hall on Monday.

HILLCREST FILM SOCIETY. An exciting new project is being planned for Newhaven, the Hillcrest Film Society. The seeds have been sown and the equipment installed. The society will be based in the Art Room at the Hillcrest Centre and the blinds are up, the screen will be in place by the time this goes to press and professional projection equipment is also being installed this week. It is hoped to launch the society in September or October and the films will be shown on Saturday nights with approximately 10 films a year. Under the chairmanship of Bill Kocher a committee is being formed and he would like to hear from anyone who would like to be involved with the society. For more information or to come along to a meeting to hear more about it without obligation email

WARTIME PASTIMES: To celebrate the Year of Sport in 2012 Newhaven Fort is inviting people to a Summer Sports and Games Day on Sunday. Try out a variety of wartime pastimes in their not-so-modern pentathlon. Visit their PT instructors and complete their challenges and you could win a prize. Telephone the Fort on 01273 517622 for more details.

NIPPERS Playscheme runs until August 31 and is open 7am to 6pm at Shakespeare Hall, Fort Road recreation ground. Hours by arrangement £2.25 per hour paid in advance. Telephone 01273 514440/07796 267388 for a booking form.

MENCAP Summer Fair is being held in Riverside Hall, West Quay on Saturday August 4. Having had to cancel their table top sale through lack of support I hope people will go along and support the fair as it is a worthy cause. It is open 10am to 3pm and there are lots of stalls including a Grand Draw.

GARDENING SOCIETY Annual Show takes place at Southdown School on Saturday August 4. Doors open to the public at 2pm, entry is free but donations are welcome. This is always a popular event and there is garden produce, flowers, handicrafts, domestic and various other stalls. Refreshments will be available.

BREAKOUT CENTRE in Newhaven Square is only open on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in August. Although the volunteers are members of the various churches in Newhaven this centre is open to the whole community whether they are churchgoers or not. So why not drop in for a cup of coffee between 10am and noon and make new friends.

PARISH PUMP next week. When you read this I shall be in the middle of my work as a volunteer Gamesmaker at the Olympic Games and I am away from Newhaven until Monday August 6. I have written next week’s Parish Pump from the copy people kindly sent me in advance but if you haven’t sent anything in and want an item put in the edition on Friday August 3 please email it to The absolute deadline is 10am Tuesday morning July 31, if she receives copy later than that it will not appear.


CINEMA: There is a showing of The Five Year Engagement on Saturday August 4 in the Community House, Meridian Centre starting at 7.30pm. Tickets at £4.50 are available from the information office.

WAR MEMORIAL: Joan Goldrick and her helpers held another coffee morning earlier this month and successfully raised a total of £76.60 for the War Memorial fund.

WIZARD OF OZ: I attended the afternoon matinee of the Harlequin Dancers’ latest production which was a sell-out. A whole range of dancers from tiny tots to adults showed off their talents. The whole show was a delight and mums, dads and grandparents must have been thrilled to see their loved ones performing.

BINGO: The Mayor is holding another bingo night on Friday August 3 in the Community House. Meridian Centre starting at 7pm sharp. There are eight games for £4 with the option of playing a flyer plus snowball game. There are cash prizes to be won and free refreshments during the interval.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been organised by the U3A from 8.30am until noon in the Main Hall, Community House. Next week the market is being arranged by the Recycling Project. To reserve a table telephone them on 07932 448 721.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the Samaritans are in the Community House foyer between 8.30am and midday serving teas, coffees and cakes. On Friday August 3 the Peacehaven Evangelical Church will be behind the counter.

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

THE CIRCUS Wonderland is at The Dell, South Coast Road for a two week summer season from July 24 until Sunday August 5. The box office is open from 9am until 8pm on site or telephone 07531 612240.

U3A: Coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, 8am to noon in the main hall and foyer, Meridian Centre. Usual tasty bacon sandwiches, cake, tea, coffee, tombola, raffle, books, bric-a-brac, puzzles. Donated items and offers of help very welcome. Monthly talk, Thursday at the Baptist Church, Newhaven. Reuben speaking on From Sponges to Spearheads. Note doors open 10am for 10.15am start. Guests of members welcome, 50p entry at door. Our August newsletter contains, as usual, much to be enjoyed, digested and events to be applied for. Please particularly note our new fee of £12 pa and applications for renewals are due by August 31. Please post or hand to Roma. For enquiries to join our U3A branch telephone Sharon on 01273 589953. Membership is open to both male and female, 50yrs and above and no longer in gainful employment.

Rodmell & Southease

SHOPS: Seeing all the shops which are becoming empty in Lewes is devastating, as it’s almost like the rot setting in, for example look at Newhaven Centre. Something has to be done before it’s too late as Lewes is such a lovely place beloved not only by its own people but by tourists as well. It would be a real help if a post office could be opened in one of the empty shops as it’s such a slog up that hill, to our one and only post office in Lewes. When you get there the queues are horrendous, in fact I often drive out to Ringmer Post office and see other villagers out there. I try to do my bit by shopping in Lewes most of the time, and try very hard to use all the smaller shops as we don’t want to lose them do we?

THE BIKE which has been locked to the bus stop in Rodmell for weeks no is a mystery. I hear that a member of the parish council has put a note on it asking who owns it.

B&B: One day this week I had 25 phone calls asking for B&B for this weekend. I pass on numbers of other B&Bs but I knew that the village ones were full. People who are walking really need to book ahead. I say this every year and still there are people seeking B&B at the last moment. If you are walking the South Downs Way book ahead or at least carry a small tent with you so you have some sort of shelter.

NOISE: When people move into the countryside they should not expect peace and quiet as the countryside has many noises such as farm traffic, field cutting and cultivation, smells from fertilizers, animal noises, hedge cutting etc. It’s no good moving into the countryside and then complaining about its natural noises. I love to hear neighbours cocks crowing and tractors and horses going up and down the village, plus the collared doves and many other birds doing the Dawn Chorus.

EVENTS: I’m always happy to put news of future events in PP but not too far ahead, so please would people write me out details and pop them in my letter box around one or two weeks before the occasion.

ACCIDENTS: There seems to be a spate of small accidents on the C7 most of the time, and when I am out gardening at the weekends the amount of honking at people coming in or out of the village at the junction is a regular noise. If people came through the village at 30mph which is marked everywhere it would give them time to slow down and see the cars trying to get out on this blind junction. I forgot to mention an accident a few weeks ago on the C7 when a car sailed through the hedge on the bend at Spring Barn Farm and ended up in the middle of a field. It’s a field that usually has animals in it so I hope none was hurt. Someone did phone and tell me but it slipped my mind to write about it at the time.

OLYMPIC TORCH: I did not go to see the Olympic Torch come through Lewes as I had a lunch planned with friends, but it was nice to hear that so many people enjoyed themselves and it’s lovely to see a sea of smiling faces. I went to see the Olympic Village some months ago with Lewes B&B Group and it was a really good experience, but as I’m not a sports fan I cannot get excited about the Olympics, although I do appreciate that it means a lot to those interested in sport.

IT WAS WITH a certain amount of sadness that I see the dairy farmers are having such a hard time. The British Isles has always been known for its farming and good produce so it’s up to all of us to support our farmers and buy British when every we can. I love to see cows in fields and it would be a sad day if they became a rare sight. Let’s back up our farmers, they need it.


PEACE CAMP: Mandy and I went to the Peace Camp Art Installation at Cuckmere Haven last week. It was an adventure walking alongside the riverbank at 1.30am but it was certainly worth the effort, being a beautiful and thought provoking experience, and oh the wonderful stars.

OLYMPICS: Well today is the day. Seaford doctor Reg Sutton was an outstanding swimmer and represented Team GB in the Olympics at Amsterdam (1928) Los Angeles (1932) and also the infamous Berlin Olympics of 1936 when he was the Captain of the British Team. Also a big well done to Seafordians, Danny Rowe, Daniel Crowley and Kate Steer who were Olympic torchbearers when it visited Sussex last week.

CRICKET: The cricket club are playing at the Salts Recreation Ground tomorrow, Saturday, in a Sussex League match against Lewes Priory CC. The match starts at 1pm so go along and support your local team.

COUNCILLOR SURGERY: Seaford Liberal Democrat Councillors are holding a drop in surgery tomorrow, Saturday, at 37 Church Street between 10am and noon. No appointment is necessary, just pop in and they will be pleased to help.

AGM: The St James’s Trust, a charity which does so much to assist local people is holding its AGM on Thursday evening at 7pm at the headquarters in Blatchington Road.

THE BONFIRE SOCIETY will be meeting at 7pm on Thursday at their headquarters at the White Lion Pub. This is an open committee meeting and you have a chance to join and meet other members. The bonfire night this year has been set for Saturday October 20 and plans are in place for a bigger and a better event than last year. Membership entitles you to march with the society both in Seaford and venues across Sussex.

CEMETERY TOUR: Tickets are now available at the Tourist Information Centre for my next tour of Seaford Cemetery on August 5. Call 01323 897426 for details.

FUND DAY: Seaford Museum will be hosting their popular Fund Day on August 5. To book a stall there give them a call on 01323 898222.

PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION: The Fiends of Cuckmere invite entries for a competition, Alfriston to the Sea, to coincide with their Celebrate Cuckmere event in September. There are three classes for children, adults and professionals.

Further information can be found on their website at