Parish Pump Newhaven - June 14, 2013


THE GARDEN at Follers Manor, Seaford Road (by the Youth Hostel) is once again opening its doors under the National Garden Scheme. On June 15 and 16 from 2pm to 5.30pm there will be chance to visit this lovely garden. They have agreed that 20 percent of entry takings (£4, children free) will go to two local charities, Alfriston Heartstart and the Children with Cancer Fund, Polegate. 90 percent of monies made selling teas and cakes will be kept locally and 10 percent will go to the National Garden Scheme. There will be plants for sale and rustic garden furniture plus mobile horse jumps. Parking is available in the signposted field.

THE CUCKMERE VALLEY Horticultural Society held its Early Summer Show last Saturday. Exhibits of vegetables were quite sparse due to the cold spring weather but the display of flowers filled the hall with a fragrant mass of colour. About 200 people attended the event. Plaques were won by Anna Price (fragrant roses), Rosemary Gee won Best in Show and Mark Hurst’s slow gin was also a winner. Cups were won by Heather Hurst (flower arranging) Roxchel Angelis (large hybrid tea roses), Mark Hurst (photography, men’s flower arranging) and Rosemary Gee (vase of mixed flowers). Anastasia Jay won the new Junior Trophy for collecting the most points in the children’s sections and Will Johnston and Veronica Cowin jointly won the new Novice Cup (kindly donated by Roxchel Angelis) for the decorative classes. A lot of hard work was put in by the committee to make the event a great success.


CREAM TEAS: Another of Wendy’s famous strawberry cream teas will be held tomorrow, Saturday, 2.30pm to 4pm in Bishopstone Parish Hall. Tickets are available from Wendy Simpson (£3.90). This event is held to raise funds for Christian Aid. If you have any items suitable for the bric-a-brac/gift stall, or can provide a homemade cake, Wendy would be glad to have them.

DRIFTWOOD, Marine Drive, Open Garden tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday 11am to 5pm as part of the National Gardens Open Day Scheme. Barrack Cottage is also open on Saturday.

TIDE MILLS: The 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.

SUMMER has finally arrived but the northerly wind is still a bit cool on the beach. You probably think we mean the shingle replenishment at the Buckle but no, the original Bishopstone beach is actually under the busy junction between the A259 and Bishopstone Rd. Some years ago, service excavations revealed two-and-a-half thousand-year-old rock pools under the bus stop. As you shelter from the wind, see the old cliff line running up the south (Seaford) side of the valley, now a convenient dog-walking path.


NEST EGG? I was intrigued to read in the paper last week that birdsong can have an effect on the price of your house. Apparently if you have just one unusual bird within earshot it causes the value of your property to rise. I am not surprised, there is nothing more delightful than listening to birds singing, but I wonder if the hooting that Queenie, Falmer’s resident peahen, qualifies as an unusual birdsong?

TEAS TEASE: The Sunday Teas season is well under way in the village hall. I will be doing a stint this Sunday, do come along and say hello and sample some home-made cake. I can promise you banana and walnut loaf and lemon drizzle, but there will be other goodies too. I hope the weather will be nice.

WEDDING SEASON: We have had two weddings over two consecutive weekends in Falmer and there is a scattering of confetti on the path which makes me smile when I see it. Apparently it is bio-degradeable so it won’t be there for ever.

GROUND CONTROL: We have been trying to get our garden under control recently. Not an easy job, although the cold weather has meant that the weeds have not grown as much as usual. Some of our soil is rock solid and almost impossible to dig. After being flooded earlier this year and then being dry for a long time, the texture of the soil is like baked clay. We are going to need plenty of compost to dig in.

BIKERS: Is anyone else fed up with being mown down by cyclists riding their bikes over the footbridge? Three times recently, I have been almost knocked over by a cyclist coming up behind me at speed. Whether they are ignoring the cyclists dismount sign or whether it has become too worn to be seen I don’t know, I suspect they are ignoring it.

FOLK BAND: We have a splendid concert coming up next week on June 22. Duck Soup, a folk band, will be playing for us at St Laurence at the usual time of 5.30pm. The band is very well thought of and received a four star review from the Guardian for their last release. I just hope I will be able to attend as I will be rushing from a private view in the Hop Gallery in Lewes.

Glynde & Beddingham

STOOLBALL: Lewes Ladies Hockey team have formed a new stoolball team to give them something to do in the summer. Their first match was played on June 5 against the fearsome Glynde Butterflies at the rec. The hockey ladies batted first and after a difficult start, amassed 102 runs. The far more experienced Butterflies raced past the total and ended with a comfortable win. Rosie Norris and Bryony Johnson led the scoring, backed up by Shirah Mustarde, whose fielding had earlier matched her surname. Stoolball practices are every Tuesday and Wednesday at 6.30pm on Glynde rec and new players are always welcome.

WELCOME PACK: It can be quite disorientating when one has just moved into a new community, so a small group of village residents got together with the aim of creating a Welcome Pack to help newcomers to settle in and find their bearings more quickly. This wonderful resource has now been delivered to all new residents in the Glynde and Beddingham area with 100 percent positive feedback. The A4 folder contains invaluable information on services and businesses in the parish as well as interesting wildlife information encouraging readers to keep their eyes and ears open as they stroll around the local countryside.

THE TREVOR ARMS: A small dwelling has appeared in the garden to accompany the chicken run. Nestled in a corner, the fetching little blue and while house seems to be attracting young visitors who have great fun running up and down the staircase and spying on their parents from the upstairs window. The Sussex Community Seed Bank met last Sunday and much useful information was shared as well as the inevitable enthusiasm that always seems to bubble up when a group of gardeners gets together. Many thanks to all who attended and don’t forget to have a look at the website www.sussexcommunityseedbank. Forthcoming events include Folk Night on Monday, when we are looking forward to another inspirational evening of exceptional local musical talent. do come along at 8pm.

GLYNDE PLACE: This magnificent and newly restored Elizabethan country house is now open to the public throughout June on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The grounds and tearoom are open from 1pm til 5pm and there are house tours at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. This home to the VIIth Viscount and Viscountess Hampden is well worth a visit, offering a glimpse of life in a traditional English country house.

CHURCH SERVICE: This Sunday’s service will be held in Firle at 10.15am.


CONCERT: East Sussex Communion Choir is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a performance of Haydn’s Creation. With professional soloists Lucinda Houghton; Paul Austin Kelly; and Stephen Charlesworth, together with a professional orchestra, led by Chris Phipps and Conducted by Nicholas Houghton. The concert will be performed at Lewes Town Hall on Saturday June 29 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12; (students and U16s £6). Available from Lewes TIC 01273 336770; and East Sussex Music Service 01273 336770. Also on the door subject to availability.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The weather has been perfect, recently, for walking and so have the sightings of the wonderful spring flowers. The combination of the two have seen many more walkers joining us than usual but all very welcome. Our next walk is an evening walk and will start 6pm from Southover in Lewes. Contact leader on 07771 774492 for details. This walk will be a Lewes, Kingston Circular ramble. If you haven’t already had our summer walking programme, do pick one up from the Walking Shop or the Tourist Information Bureau. Or find us at

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.10am to 12.10pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2pm to 2.20pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 2.30pm to 2.50pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

QUIZ NIGHT tonight, Friday, organised by Newhaven Twinning Association at the Hillcrest Centre at 7.30pm. Money raised from the quiz and the raffle will go towards supporting the newly-established links between young families in La Chapelle St Mesmin. Tables for up to six people, £20 booked in advance. Singles at £4 and groups can reserve seats or take a chance on the night. Food can be purchased at the Hillcrest Café from 6.30pm but bring your own drink. To book ring Jan or email

FILM SOCIETY: Tomorrow (Saturday) Hillcrest Film Society will be showing Looking For Eric directed by Ken Loach in the Art Room at the Hillcrest Centre. Postman Eric Bishop is a football fanatic whose life is descending into crisis. After meditating with his fellow postmen and smoking stolen cannabis he hallucinates about a visit from the famous footballer Eric Cantona who plays himself in a match-winning performance as he gives the other Eric a pep talk. This 2009 film is an uplifting and amusing social drama. Hillcrest Café opens at 6.45pm, film begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4.50 from the Hillcrest Centre or on the door subject to availability.


SILENCE. Rare screening of the 1924 documentary featuring footage of Captain Scott’s Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole. Newhaven Fort tomorrow (Saturday) 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm. Tickets £6, £5 from Newhaven Fort.

GUEST HOUSE Storytellers meet on Tuesday at the Hillcrest Centre 7.30pm, café opens at 7pm. Elizabeth Scott makes her debut performance of The Last Child. This is a full-length performance and not to be missed. Tickets £4, £3 on the door.

DOG CLUB: A new free dog club is opening in Newhaven with the launch at the Scout Hut on Wednesday from 6pm. The club is for dog owners and anyone who loves dogs and the aim is to promote community involvement to monitor and report dog-related anti-community behaviour and to promote the enforcement of dog control orders with regard to dog fouling. Free educational seminars on health checks and canine first aid. Nutritional and grooming information, puppy and adult classes (nominal fee charged for classes). Annual dog show. For further information telephone 07779 581722 or email Check out the website

MEECHING WI: Karen Martin will talk to members about Hypnotherapy Explained at Meeching Hall on Thursday at 9.45am. New members or visitors welcome.

GARDENING SOCIETY: Trevor Povey will give a talk to members on The Railways of the Dyke at the Age Concern Day Club, West Quay, on Thursday at 7.30pm. Non members always welcome £2 admission.

YACHT CLUB Mid-Summer Barbecue at Southease Bridge. For more details telephone Gerald Simmons on 01273 515189.

SUMMER FAIR: St Michael’s Summer Fair on Saturday June 22, 2.30pm to 4pm in the Rectory garden. Lots of things for all the family, handicrafts, kitchen and garden items, nearly-new, gifts, books, puzzles and Rick Sharpe International. Games include plate smashing, treasure map, board games, tombola, raffle. Cream teas served in the church hall. A warm welcome is extended to the Newhaven community.

PARADISE PARK: Green fingered events for your diary. A kaleidoscope of hardy plants for lasting Summer colour. Timely Talk: The Cottage Garden Revisited, 3 July 11am in the coffee shop. All welcome (with free tea or coffee in the interval). The British Cactus and Succulent Society’s Summer Show July 6 and 7, 10am to 4pm. Chance to see rare and interesting cacti and succulents. Plant Pest Weekend, July 27 and 28, 10am to 5pm. Advice and help from our resident plant doctor, David Fitton MBE. Spring through summer, enjoy a quieter late night shopping every Friday ‘til 8pm. Our plant doctor, David Fitton MBE, will be at the information centre most weekends (10am to 5pm.) Plant Helpline: 01273 616004.


OPEN GARDENS: More than half a dozen Peacehaven gardeners are opening their garden for residents to view on Sunday June 30 from 10am to 2pm. There is a small charge and the money raised will go to Care for the Carers, an East Sussex charity. Tickets are £3 per person. To obtain your ticket contact”> This event is being sponsored by Paradise Park.


MARKET: For some months every Monday in the Community House Foyer there has been a fresh vegetable stall. Apparently this facility has now been discontinued.

CINEMA: Remember on Thursday the film Love is all You Need is showing in the Community House main hall starting at 7.30pm. Tickets at £5 are available from the information office.

CIVIC SERVICE: Following her recent election the Mayor Cllr Rachael Coles will attend a 9.30am Service at the Church of the Ascension, Bramber Avenue on Sunday. All are welcome to join with her.

BINGO: There is an evening of bingo in the Community House on Friday June 21 in aid of the Mayor’s charity which starts at 7pm sharp. Eight games for £4 plus a flyer and a snowball game. There will be free refreshments during the interval half way through the evening. There is plenty of free parking available.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The Meridian Evening WI will be in the Meridian Centre Community House today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes from 8.30am until noon. Next week on Thursday the Seahaven Scouts Active Support group will be behind the counter. Followed on Friday June 21 by the Meeching WI.

COUNCIL MEETINGS: On Tuesday there is a meeting of the planning and highways committee in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. Residents are welcome to attend and may ask questions on relevant matters during the first 15 minutes of the meeting.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Liberal Democrats and is in the Main Hall Community House from 8.30am until midday. Next week’s market will be organised by the local advice group INAA. To book a table contact them on 07956 589 577.

PEACEHAVEN PLAYERS: The theatre group are presenting their new show The Wow Factor in the Community House, Meridian Centre today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday. The company always welcome new comers to help with the many roles both behind the scenes as well as on stage that go to putting on a show. If you would like to get involved call Jim on 01273 582198. Alternatively they are holding an Open Evening on July 2 at 8pm in the Meridian Centre Community hall.

HORTICULTURE: The monthly meeting of the Peacehaven Horticultural Society will be in the Anzac Room,Meridian Centre on Monday starting at 7.30pm. Mick Lynn will be talking about Gardening for Wildlife. There is always a welcome for new members so why not come along.

GARDENING GROUP: Downlands Court, Roundhay Avenue are forming a new day time group that meet every Monday. They are looking for new members to join in and would welcome anyone with an interest in practical gardening. For more details contact Sue on 01273 588803.

THE DELL: There is a Boot Sale at The Dell on Sunday arranged by the Butterfly Nursery. The gates will open for sellers at 8am. Buyers will be admitted from 9am until 1pm. There is plenty of free parking on The Dell but only during the period of the sale after which all gates will be locked so do be careful not to get shut in.

CARAVAN SHOW: Local Company Stewart Mouland are holding a show on The Dell again this year between June 20 and 23. As usual there will be plenty of motor homes to be seen. So if you are a keen traveller but are freaked out by hotel charges this could be of special interest to you.

YOUTH FOOTBALL: It will not be long before a new season of football starts. The Peacehaven Youth Football Club are looking to start an under 10’s group for the coming season. So if your son is under 10 years of age on August 31 and is keen to play then contact Sue Youth Club Secretary on 07767 400055 for more details.

ROAD CLOSURE: This is advanced warning that the A259 South Coast Road will be closed to east bound traffic from July 1 for three days between Fairlight Avenue and Sutton Avenue. There will be a marked diversion route via Telscombe Cliffs Way, St Peter’s Avenue, Arundel Road West and Sutton Avenue in both directions. Vehicle access for west bound traffic will not be affected by these works. Motorist are asked to park vehicles during this period off-road or in another location otherwise your vehicle may be towed away. Check with the bus company for any alterations there may be to their service during this time.

FATHERS’ DAY: Don’t forget that Sunday is Fathers’ Day, so show him how much you love and appreciate him with a card and maybe even a small gift.

PEACEHAVEN WI: Our June meeting started with the president reading out cards of thanks from members and guests in praise of the 90th birthday celebrations. Thanks were extended to those who had worked to make the evening a great success. The new Mayor of Peacehaven was present, together with her consort, also contingents from the East Sussex Federation and local WI’s. We then had a report form our treasurer on the recent holiday to Wales, which was enjoyed, notwithstanding the constant rain. Meeching WI sent their delegate to inform us of the annual general meeting also in Wales (Cardiff without the rain). She gave a very interesting account of events and told us that the resolution for shop closures in the High Street had been passed. After tea, which included a delicious birthday cake, enjoyed by all, marking the 90th birthday of one of our members, we were treated to a series of slides on Bygone Country Life, about the village of Bishopstone and farming in the past. This was vastly different from the mechanical methods that we know today. All in all a busy and pleasant afternoon. Does it whet your appetite to join us at the next meeting? July 3 and King Henry VIII. (Joy Allen).


COFFEE MORNING: John and Jenny Payne are holding a coffee morning at their home Sunrise, Laughton Road tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. There will be the usual stalls, raffle, bring and buy and plants. Proceeds will go to the Bible Society.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on June 5 was: 1, Pam Brook and John Weston; 2, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 3, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett. The club next meets on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. Club contact 01273 814220.

PARISH COUNCIL: There is a casual vacancy for a parish councillor to be filled by co-option at the council’s meeting on Thursday, July 11. Further details on how to apply are available from the clerk to the council or, in his absence, from the chairman Cllr John Kay. Phone 01273 813242 or e-mail Applications to be received by Friday June 21.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Most of the initial work on the playing surface has now been completed, well done to those concerned. The ground just needs some rain at night and sun in the day to get the turf to take and the grass to grow. There are still lots of jobs to be done around the ground before the new season starts, the teams will be back training at the beginning of July and the club is always happy to welcome new faces to their lengthening list of volunteers. On the social side, Hailsham Theatres are presenting A Cabaret of Two Halves at the Caburn Pavilion on Friday June 21 and Saturday June 22. This event is suitable for all the family and features singing, dancing (the local Ringmer dance group are taking part), comedy sketches and a live band. Tickets are priced at £8 for adults and £6 for concessions and can be bought online at or from the club bar during opening times. Tickets may be available on the night but it is advisable to pre-book as seat numbers are limited. Other events planned for the summer are an Eggheads style team quiz with multi-choice answers to the 10 question topics which will take place on Saturday, July 13 and on August 17 there is planned a 70’s/80’s music night, period dress optional and hopefully a barbecue as well.

TABLE TOP SALE at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form on Saturday June 22 to coincide with the Green Car Day taking place for Year 6 students from 12 local primary schools from 9.30am to 1.30pm. Year 6 students from each school have made an electric car which they will be racing against each other on a track at the Community College. There will also be a barbecue, cake stall and cream teas along with other side stalls. If you would like a table at this event, bookable in advance for £5, please contact Ruth Whitlock on 01273 812220 ext. 253 or e-mail

VICARAGE FETE: Advance notice that this is being held on Saturday June 29 commencing at 2pm. There will be lots of stalls including tombola, plants, cakes and produce, toys and books and sideshows and refreshments. Donations for the stalls to the Vicarage on the morning of June 29.

BOWLS CLUB: The result of last week’s matches was: Ringmer v Uckfield 65-67, Ringmer v Maresfield 75-79, Ringmer v Haywards Heath 56-58.

Rodmell & Southease

IT IS VERY SAD to hear about the number of dogs that go over the cliffs along this coast but if a rabbit or bird attracts their attention they will go after it. Many years ago one of our beagles chased a rabbit a good half mile from the edge of the cliffs near Cuckmere and it was with horror we saw him getting nearer the cliffs whilst we were chasing him. It was only kind people capturing him for us that saved the day, and the dog. From that day onwards all my dogs have been kept on leads when they are anywhere near cliffs.

BLACK PANTHER: So a black panther has been sighted yet again in the Sussex countryside. Sightings of these big cats have been going on for years and I know of quite a few people who have seen them in and around Rodmell. Quite a few years ago now, one ran out of the entrance to Springbarn Farm Park at about 11pm as we were driving home from Lewes. All I can say is that it was big and black, and bounded across the road in front of me in two or three great leaps. I was so pleased I didn’t hit it.

AUTHOR: It was nice to see the article on Amanda M Clarke and the book she has written because she was at one time a neighbour and was at the time married to Tom Morrell. She always said she would write a book, and I believe she started it whilst here in Rodmell so it’s taken her some years. Well done Amanda you’ve made your dream come true.

FAMOUS PEOPLE: It’s amazing how many famous people have lived, and in fact still live, in Rodmell or had connections with it. I can remember the singer Joe Brown spending weekends at our pub in the old days when Connie and Albert ran it and it was a real old country pub about half the size that it is now. Quite a few musicians of fame had it as their hidey hole drinking place and we had some really entertaining evenings there. Connie and Albert moved to Glynde Place in a flat, then moved on to Firle so they stayed in the area.

OPEN GARDENS: Southease Open Gardens tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday 2pm to 5.30pm. This is always a big favourite with the public who usually fill this tiny hamlet on these open days. Whilst in the area, why not walk over Southease bridge to view the new youth hostel at Itford Farm.

ON JUNE 17 I have to admit to being 70. To celebrate I am having a champagne and cake picnic with music at a riverside venue for friends and family, followed by a Jazz evening in the Abergavenny Arms, which will be open to all jazz lovers. I especially hope some of the musicians I have sung with and known from Rottingdean Jazz Club and Lewes Jazz Club will come along and have an impromptu fun evening with Piers Clarke and friends. It would be lovely to have a really good get-together and catch up on old times. A good many of my friends are reaching their four score and ten birthdays this year. One was married in secret in Jersey on her 70th and others are doing their own special thing, or are trying to keep quite about it, and pretend it isn’t happening. Each to their own.

WI: On Tuesday Rodmell and Southease WI has an interesting speaker for their meeting when Dr John Penn will give a talk on the Geology of the Ouse Valley. Visitors welcome at 8pm in the village hall.

MONKS HOUSE special events in June: On Wednesday botanical painter Vicky Maplin leads a day’s sketching in the garden. Friday June 21, 7.30pm to 8.30pm, summer lecture in Rodmell Village Hall, Leonard and Virginia as I Remember Them by Cecil Woolf. Booking is essential for all special events at Monks House. Phone 01273 474760 or see


THE FOLK CLUB will be holding another of their popular Singers and Musicians nights at the Royal British Legion Club in Claremont Road tonight, Friday, from 8pm.

FLOWER SHOW: St Leonard’s Church Hall will be hosting the horticultural society Flower Show tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.30am to noon. There will be lots of plants to buy as well as delicious cakes. There will also be gardening advice available and a chance to join the society, all for just £1 which includes a cuppa.

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

OPEN DAY: The St James’s Trust in Blatchington Road will be having an open day tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am. There will be cakes for sale and live music. Some of the volunteers will be there to tell you about their work with the elderly and the disabled in town. There will also be a ploughman’s lunch available at a small charge. Free entry.

FUN DAY: Those marvellous ladies from the Seaford Inner Wheel Club will be holding a family fun day on the Martello Fields tomorrow, Saturday, from noon to 4pm. There will be a car-boot sale, bouncy castle, puppeteers, dog show and fancy dress competition. There will also be refreshments and lots more. Call 01323 351042 if you want further information or want to book a car-boot pitch. This event will help raise funds for Waves, our local family charity.

CONCERT: Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a lunchtime concert at St Leonard’s Church at 1pm which will be given by James Shenton (violin) and Ellie Blackshaw (violin/viola). James studied violin and piano at the Guildhall school of music and has worked as a with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Ballet Rambert. Ellie studied Violin and Viola at the Royal College of Music and has built up a considerable musical career for herself in and around Sussex. The programme will include music by Mozart, Leclair, Wieniawski and Shenton. The concert will last approximately an hour and has free admission with a retiring collection.

SUMMER FETE: There will be a fete at St Luke’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 4pm. There will be lots to see and do including face-painting and games for children and stalls, a raffle and tombola for the adults. There will also be refreshments including hot-dogs. Entry is 20p but children get in for free.

CONCERT: St Leonard’s church will be full of music tomorrow, Saturday, as in the evening there will be another concert. This is a two hour amateur concert and will include piano, violins and song. There will be refreshments available in the interval and the concert is free but with a retiring collection. The concert starts at 7pm.

BOOT FAIR: The Rotary Club are having another of their popular boot fairs on Sunday on the Martello Fields. There will be a good selection of local produce and food. Gates open at 9am.

SHADOWS IN CONCERT: The Undercover shadows are a tribute band to Cliff Richard and the Shadows and they will be playing in concert on Sunday evening at the Barn Theatre from 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the Tourist Information Centre or on the door.

POND DIPPING: The Seaford Natural History Society will be pond-dipping in Friston Forest on Tuesday afternoon. I hope the weather stays fine. If you are interested in joining this friendly group call 01323 491964.

HEARING HELP: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre provides free help and advice for those with hearing difficulties. Their special vehicle will be parked in Broad Street on Thursday from 10.30am to 3.30pm. They will be providing free demonstrations and screening tests.

BLOOD DONOR SESSION: If you are a blood donor there will be two sessions at the Baptist Church in Belgrave Road on Thursday. The first is from 2pm to 4.30pm and the second is from 5.30pm to 8pm. Call 0300 123 23 23 for details.

DISTRACTION THEFT: I was saddened to hear that an elderly shopper had her purse stolen and money taken from her bank recently. She was distracted when a woman tried to give her a £5 which she said that she had dropped in Morrison’s. Her purse was stolen from her handbag and it is clear that the thieves had noted her PIN number at the checkout because cash was later taken from her bank. Do be careful when using your PIN number and beware when approached by strangers bearing gifts.

SEAFORD SALE: The Tourist Information Centre is having a sale of local souvenirs, cards and books. Some are really cheap so call in while stocks last.

FACEBOOK: If you are interested in local history why not join Seaford Museum’s Facebook page where you will find lots of interesting pictures and information.


GRANTS SCHEME: The town council operates an annual small grants scheme whereby the council invites local groups and organisations who work for the benefit of Telscombe Cliffs and East Saltdean residents to apply for funding. They consider applications twice a year and the first meeting for this financial year is at the beginning of July. The deadline for completed applications is Friday October 28. Forms can be obtained from the council offices at the Civic Centre or on the website, under the Council Documents section.

QUIZ NIGHT at the Civic Centre today, Friday, with a 7.30pm start. There are still a few tables available so please ring and book up to 4pm today, or turn up on the evening. Teams of up to eight players at a minimal cost of £2 per person. Please bring your own food and drink. There will be a bottle of wine for each winning team member. There will also be a raffle and net proceeds will go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund, so please ring and book in a team to help raise funds, it will be a fun evening. Ring 01273 589777 to book in your team or visit the Civic Centre reception.

GALA DINNER AND DANCE at Telscombe Civic Centre on the evening of Saturday July 6, 7pm to 11pm. There will be a two course sit down lamb shank or vegetarian supper with live music from Top Secret and Elvin Pageley. Tickets cost £15 each. There will be a licensed bar. Ring 01273 589777 or go to the Civic Centre reception between 9am and 4pm to book or for further information.