Parish Pump Newhaven - July 6, 2012

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THE CLERGY HOUSE and the Sunday evening television programme Countryfile will be celebrating the life of Octavia Hill on July 8. Octavia was a social reformer and campaigner who led the campaign to buy the Clergy House, the first property to be acquired by the National Trust in 1896. This year marks the centenary of her death in 1912. From 11am to 4pm visitors to the Clergy house can hear Dickensian readings, listen to Victorian songs and learn about Octavia Hill’s life.

THE 300 CLUB will be meeting on July 10 at Deans Place Hotel at 8pm to once more witness the draw which will make two members £50 richer.

THE COACH HOUSE Gallery’s new exhibition is of paintings by William de Wilde and Elizabeth Brown from now until July 15.

MUCH ADO BOOKS will have a visit from Asa Briggs on July 21, 2-4pm. He will be signing copies of his latest book Special Relationships – People and Places. His portraits shed light on some of the fascinating characters of our time from John Reith to Penelope Lively; from Edna and Denis Healey to PD James.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

MADS: Rehearsals are well under way for the Mad Music Hall of Fun II, which will be performed in Meeching Hall from September 26 to 29 but Meeching Amateur Dramatics are still looking for some sheet music for songs including The Three Bells sung by The Browns, from the late 1950s. Anyone who can help please ring Tony Gibbs on 07912 965507.

RNLI Fete takes place tomorrow (Saturday) on Huggets Green,West Quay, 1-4pm. Free admission. Stalls, side-shows, displays, a hog roast, licensed bar run by The Ark. Lots of fun for all the family. The lifeboat house and lifeboat will also be open to the public.

FREE WORKSHOPS for those interested in being part of the Community Play The Port, The Beast and The Traveller to be performed at Newhaven Fort in September. These will be held tomorrow (Saturday), 10am-noon and 2-4pm. Telephone 07759 287769 or email

MUSICAL EVENING: There will be a fun musical evening in Denton Church Hall tomorrow (Saturday) at 7pm, all welcome. Tickets are £3.50, from 01273 514482.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: Helen Wagstaff will give a talk to members on Chutneys and Jams at South Heighton Village Hall, Monday at 7pm. Visitors welcome.

TEA DANCE: There will be a Tea Dance at Summerhayes Well-Being Centre on Tuesday 2.30-4.30pm. All welcome. Tea and cakes plus a lighthearted raffle. A donation of 50p would be appreciated.

BUGGY WALK Wednesday mornings 10.30-11.30am, meet at Denton Island Community Centre. No need to book for these walks, just turn up and all routes are suitable for buggies. For more information ring Lucy on 01273 517250 or email

ANNUAL FETE, South Heighton recreation ground Saturday July 14, 2pm to 5pm. Norcross Dancers, Seaford Dog Training Club, Children’s Games, raffle, tombola, other attractions. Organised by the South Heighton Village Hall Management Committee.

OLYMPIC FUN DAY: Using the 2012 Olympic Games as a theme Churches Together have organised a traditional sports day style event on Fort Road recreation ground on Sunday July 15, 2-4pm. It will begin with a Tribute to the Torch relay with the runners going from church to church ending up at the ground to launch the event at 2.30pm. There will be family races, sprint, egg and spoon, relay, tug of war and everyone competing will be put into a team representing a country. The winning team at the end will receive medals. There will also be a bouncy caste, puppets, dance, drama and a surprise guest linked to the Olympics. A barbecue will be available to purchase hot dogs and burgers. This is a day for all the family but children must be accompanied by an adult.

RNLI: Guesthouse Storytellers, Tales of The Sea 7.30pm July 10; Stories from Around the World, 7.30pm August 14, upstairs, Newhaven Lifeboat Station, West Quay, in aid of the Newhaven Lifeboat. Fish and chips served 7pm. Tickets from the Hillcrest Cafe or post a cheque to Ronda Armitage, Long Cottage, East Hoathly BN8 6QP. Please include your name, email address or phone number and which date you are booking for. Tickets will be emailed or you can collect on the door.


QUIZ NIGHT: Remember the quiz tonight, Friday, in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre starting at 7pm. Tickets cost just £2 per person but if you are playing as a team then tickets must be bought and paid for in advance at the information office which closes at 4pm. Don’t forget to bring your own food and drink.

OLYMPIC TORCH: I will repeat this information next week. Peacehaven Town Council in association with Peacehaven Community School presents the Peacehaven Olympic Torch on tour. It will be at the following venues: Saturday July 14, between 11am and 1pm in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre and finally on Saturday July 21 between noon and 5pm at the Peacehaven and Telscombe Summer Fair in Piddinghoe Park.

ROTTINGDEAN Flower Club next meet on Wednesday at 2.30 pm in the Whiteways Centre. The demonstrator is Debbie Dann on the theme of Poetically Floral, with a competition for members entitled Tropical. Come along and enjoy a friendly, creative afternoon, visitors are very welcome (£4).

COUNCILLOR’S SURGERY on Saturday July 14 from 10am until 11am in the Meridian Centre when councillors from county, district and town will be available to speak confidentially on a one to one basis to residents on any local matters. Drop-in surgery – no appointment is necessary.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been organised by the Peacehaven Evangelical Church from 8.30am until noon in the Main Hall, Community House. Next week the market is being arranged by the Harlequin Dance and Drama Studio. To reserve a table ring 01273 581742.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, INAA the local advice group is in the Community House foyer between 8.30am and midday serving teas, coffees and cakes from the refreshment kiosk. Next week it is Peacehaven Bowls on Tuesday serving the refreshments and then the Peacehaven Players will be behind the counter on Thursday.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the leisure and amenities committee on Tuesday starting at 6.30pm. Members of the public are always welcome and may ask questions during the first 15 minutes.

DONKEY DERBY This annual event by the local Lions Club is at The Dell, South Coast Road on Sunday. The first race is at 1pm. All donkeys are ridden bare back by experienced children aged 10 to 15 years old. Lots of fun and stalls etc. Come along for an afternoon of fun and support a very hard working and worthwhile local charity.

BINGO NIGHT: Don’t be put off by the date, it could be your lucky night. It is charity Bingo in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre on Friday July 13 starting at 7pm sharp. Eight games for £4 plus flyer and snowball game. There are free refreshments during the evening but bring your own food and drink if you wish.

FAIR: Peacehaven and Telscombe Fair is held in each town on alternate years. This year it will take place at the Sports Park, Piddinghoe Avenue, Peacehaven on Saturday July 21 from noon to 5pm. It will be opened by former Brighton and Hove Albion player Kerry Mayo. There are many stalls and a packed schedule of arena events. Free entry and parking and a leaflet with fuller details is available from the information office. Free transport to and from the Fair can be booked by ringing Community Transport on 01273 517332.

Rodmell & Southease

THE COFFEE CLUB was lucky to have a really nice morning on Thursday June 28. In fact it was so warm people were seeking shade under a large garden umbrella kindly put up by Marcus and Jenny Brown, who were our hosts at Abergavenny House. The coffee, tea and cakes were soon demolished and appreciated. I hear that £50 was made for Riding for The Disabled which Jenny has supported for years. Many thanks to all the organisers. The next Rodmell Coffee Club meeting will be in September and donations will be for the Macmillan Nurses.

DIARY DATE: Saturday July 14, concert in St Peter’s Church, which incidentally has just suffered yet more damage from vandals wanting to make a quick buck, so they took copper off the roof leaving it vulnerable to rain damage. Fortunately a villager was on hand to get it quickly sorted out.

CRICKET: Matches are Sunday July 15 against Pathfinder CC, and on Sunday July 22 against East Dean CC. Both matches are home fixtures with a 2.30pm start on the sports field. All welcome.

AUGUST EVENTS include our ever popular Rodmell Summer Show on Saturday August 18 on the sports field. On Tuesday August 21 Rodmell WI have a Mad Hatter’s Quiz at 8pm. All welcome.

ADVANCE NOTICE for Saturday November 10. There will be a Southease and Rodmell joint fundraising talk and film by Ian Everest (who happens to be a friend of mine) on Sussex Farming Nostalgia. This is an evening not to be missed as Ian is locally famous for his talks which are very popular.

OUTING: I, due to reasons beyond my control, missed an outing with Burgess Hill Wine Circle, Cruising in the Chilterns on Saturday. They had a lovely sunny day so I hope they all enjoyed it. I apologise for cancelling at the last moment.

NEIGHBOURS: To have good neighbours is a blessing, and over the past few years my neighbours have certainly been a blessing to me in hours of need. Lorna rushed me up the hospital late one night last year when I fell down stairs, and Cindy helped me out this weekend when I became ill. I am extremely grateful for their care and kindness.

POEM: I thought the piece in our parish magazine which Ron Miller calls The Faith of the Thomas Believer had a verse in it which hopefully would appeal to all seeking peace and contentment in this greedy manic world of ours: I believe in a future on this earth when all will be God-centered and God-conscious, when we all learn to live in love and peace, in the fellowship of brothers and sisters.

Even if you are non-religious it would be nice to think that at some time we could all live in peace.

SERVICE: The Thanksgiving Service for the life of Mary Clother was a lovely gentle occasion, which I’m sure Mary would have appreciated. Her family projected just the right sentiments to remember this quiet, gentle lady with a dry sense of humour. Mike always got along with her so well, as his humour is much the same. I shall miss seeing her on her walks around the village which she did frequently in the past, but not so much in later years when her health was failing. I think most people that knew her would say the smile lingers on in many peoples memories.

WEDDING: It was nice to see in our parish magazine that at least we’ve had one wedding. On June 16 Michael Sword-Daniels married Anne Palmer. May they share great happiness. It was only recently that Liz Sword-Daniels (Michael’s daughter) was married so it’s a busy year for the family. Just to make me feel older I used to pick the three Sword-Daniels girls up from school in my car. The journeys were most entertaining. Remember girls? The shop in Dyke Road and tubs of ice-cream come to mind.


JUBILEE 1897: Don’t forget that the play about Queen Victoria’s Jubilee is on tonight, Friday, at 7pm at the Barn Theatre. The play has been produced by the Seaford Youth Drama Group and tickets are available from Seaford News in Broad Street and Stephen Newberry Estate Agents on Church Street.

BOOT SALE: Seaford Scouts are holding another one of their popular boot sales at Seaford Head Lower School tomorrow, Saturday 9am-1pm. If you wish to book a pitch call 0844 414 6086.

STRICTLY FOR THE BIRDS: RSPB coffee morning in the St Leonard’s Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. Stalls, a tombola and a plant sale as well as an RSPB sale. Activities for all ages are included in the 50p entrance fee (which includes a cuppa). More details from Ian Muldoon on 01273 476852.

JUNGLE FUN: Cradle Hill School are having a Jungle Carnival at the school tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon from noon until 4pm. There will be lots of stalls, rides and games for the kids and a licensed bar for the adults. Arrive by 1pm to see the procession of the Carnival King and Queen.

HISTORY WALKS: I will be providing a guided tour of Seaford tomorrow, Saturday, setting off from the Tourist Information Office at 10.30am. I will also be doing a guided tour of Alfriston at 2pm tomorrow, Saturday, setting off from the market cross. The cost of the tours is £5 and tickets are available at the tourist information office or on the day.

COMMUNITY GARDEN: The Exchange Community Garden (East Street) is open tomorrow, Saturday, and every Saturday in July and August from 10am to noon as well as Wednesday mornings when it is open from 9.30am to 12.30pm. This super garden is also opening as part of the Mayor’s Open Garden Trail on Sunday from 1pm to 6pm. It is well worth a visit.

MAYOR’S GARDENS: There will be at least eight local gardens open on Sunday to raise funds for the Mayor’s Charities. There will be lots to see with teas and plants on sale too. A ticket costing £5 will get you into all of the gardens so it is great value. Call 01323 894870 for details.

BOOT FAIR: The Rotary Boot Fair will be on the Martello Fields on Sunday from 9am. There is always lots to see and buy and look out for Seaford Bonfire Society who will be there too. If you want to book a pitch call the Rotary on 01273 513162.

IN THE MOOD? There will be a Swing concert on at the Barn Theatre on Sunday evening at 7.30pm. Tickets are £9 and are available from the Tourist Information Office.

THE STAMP CLUB will be meeting on Wednesday evening at the Cross Way Centre. Doors open at 7.15pm. The talk this week is by Bob Deakin talking about Spanish and German stamps. All philatelists are welcome. Call 01323 890699 for details.

BLOOD: The National Blood Transfusion Service will be at the Seaford Baptist Church on Thursday. If you wish to donate blood there will be two sessions from 2pm to 4pm and again from 5.30pm until 8pm.

VOTE: Make sure that you are on the Voters Register or you will not be able to vote in forthcoming council or national elections. There will also be a vote for a police commissioner for Sussex in November and you will not be able to vote if you are not on the list. If you have any queries call Lewes District Council’s helpline on 01273 484116/7.

BOER WAR: I was very pleased to see that the owner of the house Vereenging in Crouch Lane has replaced his house sign. The house was built in 1902 and named after the place in South Africa where the Boer War Peace Treaty was signed that year. It is good to see a little piece of Seaford history replaced.

SHAKESPEARE: There will be performances of The Scottish Play (Macbeth) in the Crouch Gardens next weekend. Advance tickets (£12) are available from the Tourist Information Office.

PLAYS: Seaford Little Theatre presents a double bill of two one act plays, The Browning Version and Fumes Oak. Evening performances at 7.45pm on July 20, and 23 to 28 (matinee July 21 at 2.30pm). Tickets from Sussex Eyecare, Broad Street.


COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the grants committee at 7pm followed by a meeting of the policy and resources committee at 7.30pm 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 at

THE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION are holding a meeting at the Civic Centre on Monday at 7.30pm. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues, and you will have the opportunity to put forward your views and proposals for Telscombe. All Telscombe residents are welcome. They look forward to seeing you there.

WI: Telscombe Cliffs WI will be holding their monthly meeting at the Civic Centre from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday. New members are always welcome. For any queries or more details please telephone Pat Grey on 01273 583778.