Parish Pump Newhaven - June 15, 2012


EARLY SUMMER SHOW: Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society held their Early Summer Show last weekend and once again there was a huge array of superb exhibits of flowers, fruit and vegetables. The photography and art classes were especially popular this year. The Alfriston allotment holders put in some high quality exhibits with special mention to be given to Rosemary Gee who won Best in Show. Other winners included Frances Stevens, who yet again won the Jubilee Cup for her roses, George Gulland who won the photographic cup jointly with Mark Hurst and Silvia Daw who won all three flower decoration classes. Liz Hall produced a perfect set of strawberries from her allotment to win a first prize. The show was very well attended. The much larger Summer Show will take place on August 10 and 11.

EXHIBITION: The Rt Hon Lord Healey’s exhibition of photographs entitled People and Places, sponsored by Steamer Trading, was launched with a fundraising evening on behalf of the Chaseley Trust. The trust supports people with severe physical disabilities through residential, respite and day care. The exhibition demonstrates what a very fine photographer Lord Healey is. To find out more about the Chaseley Trust visit To see Denis Healey’s photographs until June 28 visit The Coach House Gallery, High Street, Alfriston.

PRO MUSICA is having a Right Royal Do at St Andrew’s Church at 5pm on June 24. Ray Maulkin and Kathryn Sargent will be leading a musical evening. Tickets £8, children under 14 free, at the door. Visit

FOLLERS MANOR GARDEN will be open on June 24 between 11am and 5pm. Follers Manor is situated past Deans Place and before the Youth Hostel on the Seaford Road. Parking available in a nearby field. Tickets are £4 with funds raised going to Heartstart.


CREAM TEAS: Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be strawberry cream teas in St Andrew’s Church Parish Hall, 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Proceeds from the teas, stalls and raffle will go to Christian Aid. Wendy Simpson would welcome donations of cakes and/or raffle prizes.

OPEN GARDEN: Driftwood at 4 Marine Drive, will be open on Sunday from 11am to 5pm as part of St Wilfrid’s Secret Garden Scheme. Refreshments, plants and garden decorations will be available. The suggested entry fee is £2 or by donation. Ring 07985 457982 or see

LITTER PICK: The next beach clean at Tide Mills is at 10am, on Sunday; meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and a litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. For further information, call Jim Skinner on 01273 517291.

THANKS to the people (including Paul Collinson at Norton Farm) responsible for the Bishopstone Diamond Jubilee Beacon. Beacon Hill, where the beacon was situated, is thought to have a history of beacons going back to 1375.

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

DENTON CHALLENGE: Congratulations to everyone concerned in the Jubi-Lympics on Denton Recreation Ground last weekend, they planned this event for a year and it paid off. The two charities, St Leonard’s Church and the James Daniels Memorial Fund, must have made a lot of money and all ages had great fun. Congratulations too to Chris Baker from the Fabulous Baker Boys who donated his services to act as a superb compere. I actually did the Challenge, 12 events (which were tough for adults) and won one of their lovely gold rosettes.

SUSSEX DAY tomorrow (Saturday) will be celebrated on the War Memorial Green opposite Mencap at 11.45am. The Sussex Charter will be read by Leonard White and this will be followed by the raising of the Sussex flag on the fourth flagpole. The Town Mayor, Councillor Graham Amy, will be in attendance and the musical fanfares will be played by Heidi Watkins.

CHILD SAFETY EVENT: There is a free Child Safety event at Newhaven Fire Station on Monday from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Go along and see the fire engines and pick up safety tips in and around the home.

NEW SHORT WALKS: Following the success of the Healthy Walks every Friday from 10am to 11am from Summerhayes, NCDA have introduced a new programme of shorter walks for those who find walking for an hour too long. Starting from Summerhayes every Monday from 2pm to 2.30pm, free drinks provided. Just turn up ready for a 2pm start. On Wednesdays there is a ladies walk from 10.30am to 11.30am starting from Denton Island nursery, buggies welcome and the Friday Morning one hour Healthy Walks from Summerhayes are continuing. All these walks are led by trained leaders and are free of charge.

CONSERVATION TRUST: Newhaven Conservation Trust is holding its AGM at the Hillcrest Centre on Monday at 7pm. The meeting will be followed by an illustrated talk by Geoffrey Mead on Sussex Industrial History. All welcome.

TRAMPS SUPPER: St Michael’s Church is holding a Mid-Summer Tramps Supper on Wednesday. This is one of their most popular events, it is a progressive meal offering a different menu at different venues around the parish. Tickets are £5 and you do not have to be a member of the church to take part in this event. To reserve your place contact Martin on 01273 515251.

MEECHING WI: The trip to Jempsons and the Windmill on July 25 costs £18 but pay for your own food at Jempsons. Departure is from Lower Place at 9am. Do not forget the coffee morning on Friday June 22, cakes and items for tombola please. Also at the June meeting we are hoping you will all be patriotic in red, white and blue and there will be a competition for the best decorated hat. The next meeting will be on June 21, at 9.45am at Meeching Hall.

SPONSORED WALK: Carl Edwards from St Michael’s Church is walking from Newhaven to Eastbourne and back tomorrow, Saturday, to raise money for Christian Aid. To sponsor him telephone Margaret on 01273 515709.

JAZZ NIGHT: Tickets are on sale for the Armed Forces Jazz Night at Newhaven Fort on Saturday June 30 from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Go up and enjoy an evening of live jazz in the atmospheric World War II setting performed by the Full Complement Jazz Band. Dance the night away and if you wish dress in 1940s clothing. The evening is designed to celebrate the work of our Armed Forces. There will be a licensed bar serving lagers, ales, wine, cider and snacks. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are £11, from Newhaven Fort, 01273 517622.

RNLI: The popular Lifeboat Fete takes place on Huggetts Green, West Quay on Saturday July 7. More details nearer the time.


LIBRARY HELP: To help make it easier to renew books and CDs the library has introduced an automated telephone renewal line. All you need to do is call 0345 60 80 195. You will need a membership card and a PIN number both available from the library.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been organised by the Seahaven Lioness Club from 8.30am until noon in the Main Hall, Community House. Next week the market is being arranged by the Meridian Athletic Football Club. To reserve a table ring 07950 589304.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today Friday, INAA, the local advice group, are in the Community House between 8.30am and midday serving teas, coffees and cakes from the refreshment kiosk. There is a full house next week with the Kemptown Conservatives in on Tuesday, Peacehaven Catholic Church on Thursday and on Friday June 22 is the Meeching WI no doubt serving their famous cakes with the drinks.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is no meeting on Tuesday. The next will be a full council meeting chaired by the Mayor on Tuesday June 26 in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre commencing at 6.30pm.

BOOT SALE: Peacehaven Scouts are holding a boot sale at The Dell, South Coast Road on Sunday. The Stewart Mouland Caravan Sales will be on The Dell from Wednesday to Sunday (June 20 to 24). Due to the excessive rain The Dell sometimes becomes unsuitable for heavy vehicles. The holding of these events will very much depend upon the state of the ground and of the prevailing weather conditions beforehand.

BINGO NIGHT: Friday June 22, starting at 7pm, the Mayor is holding another night of numbers in the Community House, Meridian Centre. A total of eight games for just £4 plus a flyer and snowball game. Bring your own food and drink.

PEACEHAVEN WI: June was a busy month. First we had our meeting where we heard of the positive vote for more midwives at the national AGM at the Albert Hall, were told about the group holiday in Suffolk where some of our members enjoyed five sunny days and then were entertained by an interesting and enthusiastic talk, with slides, by Kevin Gordon on the Lost Village of Tidemills. Two days later we had our 89th Birthday Party with a tasty meal followed by an evening of golden oldies songs. Our meeting next month at 2.30pm on July 4 has a talk on My life as a Couture Dressmaker. Visitors always welcome. Details from June Garland 01273 580016.

Rodmell & Southease

JUBILEE PARTY: On Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm the sun came out and so did 200 villagers from Rodmell, Northease and Southease onto the cricketing field. Under warm sunshine and blue sky everyone enjoyed a hog roast for the adults, barbecue for the children and provisions for vegetarians. Huge thanks go the parish council for providing free mugs to every child, the WI for super gold medals which were presented to winners of the children’s games and to Sam Barlow and Claire Young who organised all these plus the toddlers play area. Kim Mercer presented the most amazing cakes, a crown complete with jewels and a Union Jack cake which was cut by a little four year old whose birthday happened to be that day. Of course it would not have been so successful without the food provided by local ladies and gents who brought salads, coleslaw and strawberries. Many villagers put up gazebos for the event and Paul Mellor and Don Ford did a roaring trade under a large canvas tent which kept the beer and Pimms cool. Thanks go to Richard Sellick and Henry Brown for ferrying all the heavy equipment and of course the band who kept us all entertained. Finally, the interest in the event was piqued by Simon Tull’s beautiful posters and tickets. When we all got home and saw what dreadful weather had been endured in London we felt we had been truly blessed. Thank you everyone. (Jenny Brown).

SWITHCH OVER: It was a pleasure to switch on the TV and see a sea of happy faces – that was when one could get a decent picture, or a picture at all. Since the switchover. I have spoken to so many people who had the most awful reception on their TVs which was a great shame as they had so looked forward to seeing the great occasions with clarity. I know older people like my mother are having great problems sorting out all the TV stations and are pushing buttons all over the place, it’s just too much for them. Oh for the simplicity of the past.

WALKERS: B&B was manic over the Bank Holiday as it seemed walkers were keen to get away from the celebrations to the scenic tranquillity of the South Downs. This meant that I missed out on going to some of the things I would like to have gone to. There was just so much on. Sadly I missed the carriage procession which I love to see because I love the horses. I managed to see the concert and have been amused to hear people’s comments about it.

OLYMPICS: Don’t settle down too much yet, we’ve the Olympics soon. What will London be like then?

SUMMER FETE: Northease Manor School is holding its summer fete and dog show tomorrow, Saturday, 1pm to 4pm. Lots going on here. £1 adult, dog classes £3 each.

THE RECTOR Rev Geoff Daw is on sabbatical during July and August. Let him have a bit of peace, the answer phone will be off. Have a great break Geoff. You can however contact the Curate, Rev Marcus Brown and bend his ear, or Rev Mary Sitwell or the reader Hugh Bailey. Phone numbers in the parish magazine.

WI: On Tuesday the WI have an interesting talk for their monthly meeting, The History of Shopping in England by Gilly Harlcrow. Visitors, as always, welcome at 8pm, cost £2.

COFFEE CLUB Thursday June 28, 11am to 12.30pm at Abergavenny House, Mill Lane. All welcome.

THE SPIDERS are around. One must have got into my tumble dryer because when I took some sheets out a very large black spider walked decidedly wonky across the floor, having just gone round and round. I very bravely put him out in the shed to recover from his big ride in the tumbler. My cousin, who is also not a spider fan, had a huge one under her pillow. A good night’s sleep did not follow after that shock. Ants are also everywhere at the moment, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. They love Nippon which kills them off so at least they enjoy their last feast. Put a drop down and in a few moments you have an ant rave, they go mad for it.


FOLK CLUB: Mistaken Identity are a group who specialise in acapella and their voices will be gracing Seaford Folk Club this evening, Friday, from 8pm at the Royal British Legion Club.

COFFEE MORNING: Seaford and District Horticultural Society are holding a coffee morning at the St Leonard’s Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.30am to noon. There will be quality plants for sale including roses and sweet peas. Entry is £1 and includes tea and biscuits.

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

FREE CONCERT: St Leonard’s Church will be hosting another of their popular concerts tomorrow, Saturday, at 1pm. This weekend there will be an organ recital by David Force. These concerts have been very popular over the last five years and usually last about an hour. For further information call 01323 894216.

BONFIRE OPEN DAY: Seaford Bonfire Society wish to thank everyone for their support during the Jubilee celebrations last weekend when they had a stall, took part in the parade and built and lit the beacon. If you are interested in joining why not pop along to their HQ at the White Lion pub on Sunday. Members of the society will be there from 11am to 4pm. There will be advice and examples of costumes and also accessories for sale.

FISH: The owner of the Seaford Angler, the tackle shop in Blatchington Road, tells me that the mackerel are abundant in Seaford Bay at the moment particularly at high tide.

OPEN GARDEN: The Seaford Community Garden at the Crouch will be open for visitors and potential helpers on Wednesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm. The Exchange Garden is well worth a visit and packs a lot within its four walls including flowers and vegetables. There is always an expert on hand to seek advice for your own garden.

COUNCIL MEETINGS: Unfortunately Seaford Town Council has stopped putting details of their meetings on their website in time for me to add them to the Parish Pump. If you wish to know about forthcoming meeting please give them a call on 01323 894870.

GARDEN TALK: If you read the Daily Telegraph I am sure you will be aware of their gardening correspondent Helen Yemm. Helen will be coming to the Baptist Church, Seaford on Thursday June 28 as a guest of the horticultural society. The title of her talk is Downsizing Without Tears. Tickets cost £5 (£3 for members) and are available from Stephen Newberry Estate Agency in Church Street. This should be a fascinating lecture and is not to be missed.

COLD CALLERS: On Bank Holiday Tuesday, last week I was disturbed at the door by a cold caller representing Unicef. When I checked his credentials he was actually a salesman from an advertising company in Brighton. The matter was reported to the police, Seaford Town Council and Lewes District Council as the company was completely flouting the Seaford Wide No Cold Call Zone. Always check the identity of people who call at your door.


THE TOWN COUNCIL runs a small grants scheme and is inviting local organizations to apply for a grant of £500 or under. Application forms are available from the Civic Centre between 9.15am and 4.15 pm Monday to Friday or can be printed from the website (listed under Key Council Documents). Completed applications should be returned to Telscombe Town Council, Civic Centre, 360 South Coast Road, Telscombe Cliffs BN10 7ES by Friday June 29 at the latest, for consideration at a meeting on July 9.