Parish Pump Newhaven - June 22, 2012


COFFEE MORNING: The Community Coffee Morning will be held at the parish hall on Friday June 29, from 10.30am to noon with free coffee and cake. If you need a lift please contact Sally Eyton-Lloyd on 894520. These coffee mornings are held regularly on the last Friday of the month, unless notified to the contrary in the Parish Pump.

RACE: Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club Diamond Anniversary Race is scheduled to take place in Seaford Bay at 4pm on June 30 (weather dependent).


CHARITY: There will be a Cream Tea at Jackie Bishop’s home, 4 Clare Road, between 2pm and 6pm on Sunday. £4 entrance in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice to include raffle, plants and tombola.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Lucy Gearing is leaving us to work full-time in a local nursery and will also be studying childcare. Lucy is the last of the Gearing family to leave Wallands, her dad Vic worked as a caretaker for us for many years. Goodbye Lucy and good luck. Our Patina parade will be on Friday July 6. Please come and support the children.

JUBILEE WEEKEND: As I was away for the Jubilee week-end it would be lovely to have some feedback about the Neville Green celebrations and the table top sale from someone, anyone? It is your Parish Pump for Neville residents, talk to me.

SWITCHOVER: Has anyone else been experiencing any problems with TV switchover? I didn’t realise the DVD player also had to be tuned as well as the TV so was getting more and more frustrated as we appeared to have no BBC channels for recording. My wife had suggested we might have to do this which I ignored, so she asked our neighbour Chester Funnell who agreed with her and of course it turned out they were both right.

CHRIST CHURCH: On Sunday at 10.30am Rev John Gordon will be leading worship and Roy Hall from the Peace School for the Deaf, Tanzania will be speaking to us. There will be coffee and cake after the service. On Wednesday the Think Tank will be meeting at 7.30pm. Roy Watkinson will be leading our thoughts on What use is the United Nations. A warm welcome awaits you at Christ Church.

LUNCH: We had a lovely Fathers Day lunch at the Yew Tree and on the way back took a detour up to the Glyndebourne Wind Farm. We stood right under it and didn’t hear a sound but perhaps it wasn’t windy enough. Maybe it is noisy when there is a high wind as it would obviously be going round much faster. We will take another trip up there when the wind is more ferocious.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

MEECHING WI: Do not forget the coffee morning today (Friday), members have all the details. Cakes and prizes for the tombola needed please. The trip to Jempsons and the Windmill on July 25 costs £18 but members pay for their own food.

GARDEN GADABOUT: Seven Newhaven gardens will be open to the public tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am to 5pm including the Community Garden above Tideway School. For security reasons anyone interested is asked to telephone 01273 514173 for the addresses.

THE YACHT CLUB is holding its Midsummer Barbecue on Sunday. This will take place at either Tidemills or Southease depending on the weather. Telephone Angela Simmons on 01273 515189 for details.

PLANNING MEETING: The planning application committee will meet in Meeching Hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm to discuss the latest planning applications.

CASTLE HILL Nature Reserve are holding two events which are open to all. On Wednesday there will be a talk by Geoffrey Mead at Newhaven Fort at 7.30pm. He will illustrate his talk on Sussex Literary Landscapes with slides and it will give an inspiring history of the countryside and towns of Sussex plus the playwrights, poets and novelists whose work has been inspired by these landscapes. On Sunday July 1 there is a Nature Views and War Walk, meet in Newhaven Fort car park at 10am. The walk is approximately two miles and will last two hours. Led by the Castle Hill Group and the Lewes District Council Ranger go along and learn about the wildlife and the history of this nature reserve, there are some great cliff top views. Both events are free but donations to the Castle Hill Nature Reserve would be appreciated.

SUMMER FETE: Meeching Valley Primary School is holding its Summer Fete on Saturday June 30 from 11am to 2pm. Organised by the PTFA the fete will raise money for the children at the school. Entry is 50p for adults and free to children. There will be many stalls with a lot of exciting new ones this year. All welcome even if you are not connected with the school.

JAZZ NIGHT: Saturday June 30 Newhaven Fort 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Go and enjoy the Armed Forces Jazz Night with live music from the Full Complement Jazz Band. This will take place in the atmospheric WWII setting of the Romney Hut, 1940s dress is optional. Go along and dance the night away and celebrate the work of our Armed Forces. Doors open at 7pm. There will be a licensed bar serving a range of lagers, wine, ales, cider and snacks. Tickets cost £11 and are available from Newhaven Fort (01273) 517622.

RNLI: The Outdoor Living Weekend at Paradise Park was a great success for the RNLI Newhaven Fundraisers who were in attendance with a display. Due to the generosity of the Paradis Park shoppers over £260 was raised in support of the RNLI. Visitors to the Fish Fesitival at Huggetts Green also showed their support for the Newhaven Lifeboat with their donations in excess of £150. The monies raised includes sales of tickets for the Jubilee Summer Grand Prize Draw due to take place at the Lifeboat Jubilee Summer Fete on Saturday July 7 at Huggetts Green. Pitches for the Summer Fete event are still available and can be booked by contacting Peter Mercer at


STREET LIGHTING: East Sussex County Council is proposing to make changes to our street lighting in Peacehaven, Telscombe Cliffs and East Saltdean. The public are invited to have their say on the proposed changes tomorrow, Saturday, in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre between 9am and noon.

OLYMPIC TORCH: Peacehaven Town Council in association with Peacehaven Community School presents the Peacehaven Olympic Torch on tour. It will be at the following venues, on Saturday July 7 between 11am and 1pm at Epinay Park. On 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.

CINEMA: For those who missed the recent showing of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel there is by popular demand a second opportunity to see it on Tuesday in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre starting at 8.15pm. Tickets at the normal price of £4.50 each are available from the information office.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been organised by the Meridian Athletic Football Club from 8.30am until noon in the Main Hall, Community House. Next week the market is being arranged by the Peacehaven Scouts. To reserve a table telephone them on 01323 891320.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, Meeching WI are in the Community House between 8.30am and midday serving teas, coffees and cakes from the refreshment kiosk. Next week the Seahaven Scouts will be behind the counter on Thursday serving refreshments followed on Friday June 29 by the University of the Third Age (U3A).

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the full council on Tuesday presided over by the Mayor starting at 6.30pm. Members of the public can attend and may ask questions during the first 15 minutes.

THE DELL: Stewart Mouland Caravan Sales will be on The Dell until Sunday with an extensive display of mobile motor homes. The next boot sales will be arranged by the Harlequin Dance and Drama Studio on Sunday July 1.

BINGO NIGHT: Remember tonight, Friday, the Mayor is holding another fund raising bingo night. It commences at 7pm sharp 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 to round off a good family evening.

FOOD AND FLOWER Market every Monday in the Community House foyer from 10am until 2pm. Local traders all selling fresh produce. For more details contact 01273 585493

Rodmell & Southease

SATURDAY dawned a lovely day, sunny but windy and not too hot, so I was surprised when I went along to Northease Manor School to find that their summer fete had been cancelled because of expected bad weather. A young lady was greeting people with apologies and taking down names. I asked her to direct people towards Southease Open Gardens just down the road as that way people would not lose out on an afternoon’s outing.

OPEN GARDENS: I made it to Southease Open Gardens on Sunday afternoon and met up with friends for a chat. It seems these days that I meet more people I know at Southease than in Rodmell. The gardens were lovely and Corner Cottage is like a scented heaven of garden rooms. The pigs at Rock Cottage were getting a lot of attention and were certainly enjoying wallowing and rooting in the area that is their home. If you want an area cleared, pigs do a wonderful job, manuring it as they go. I was delighted to spend a little time chatting to my friend Rachel in her lovely garden. We don’t meet up so much these days but when we do we have many laughs. It was a lovely surprise when Rachel gave me the latest CD of her oldest son Ned who has a group named the Scoundrels who are under exclusive license to Blue Horizon Ventures in New York and are doing well. I have known the Wyndham boys since they were little, as for years I took them to and fro school, and became very fond of them. It is lovely to see how they are now progressing as young men and I have to look up to them as they are now all well over six feet tall. I was pleasantly surprised by the Scoundrels’ musical talent and if you want to hear them look them up on It’s nice to hear how local youngsters are doing and encourage them.

SADLY Rodmell is losing so many of its long time seniors and in the past weeks we have lost Peter Foster, Norman Atherton, and now Mary Crowther who was sitting conversing with us at the Jubilee celebrations recently. Brenda Fleet has also moved to Ditchling Common after spending many years in Rodmell and spending hours in our church over the years doing her lovely floral displays which were much appreciated by parishioners. She will be missed.

LAST YEAR I had two gentlemen staying here who were going to do a cycle trip from Tunbridge Wells to Paris along the Avenue Verte to Paris. This weekend one of them, Roger Coupe, turned up to stay again as he was undertaking the same trip on his own but meeting up with his son in Paris. He enjoyed last year’s trip with David Parker so much he decided to do it this year. He kindly gave me a write-up of last year’s trip.

OPEN GARENS: I see that Iford have Open Gardens in Lower Iford on Sunday, and Kingston have their Village Fete tomorrow, Saturday 1pm to 4pm. There is always so much going on along the valley.

AN EXCITING DAY for Joan Ellis and yours truly on Wednesday when we will be at Storrington helping with research with the Department of Oncology from Oxford University. This time we are having 3D photographs taken of our faces and hands and we will be doing a taste and smell test and a mouth swab test. This is to do with genetic research. They will, I feel, be very surprised at my hands, as on my mother’s side of the family the girls have a small finger as the third finger on each hand. I came out differently as I have no second joint in my first finger on each hand and a small crooked finger as my last finger on each hand. Trust me to be different. I will let readers know how we get on in next weeks PP.


FOLK CLUB: The guest tonight, Friday, is Greg Russell who I am told is a talented young guitarist with a powerful voice. The club meets at the Royal British Legion at 8pm. All welcome.

OPEN DAY: Seaford Fire Station is open to the public tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 3pm for an open day. The whole family is invited along to meet the crews and to find out more about our local fire-fighters. There will also be displays throughout the day.

CONCERT: The German town of Appen is twinned with Polegate and is a short distance from our own twin town of Bonningstedt. The Appen Choir (called Voice and Spirit) will be singing with the Concentus Chorale tomorrow, Saturday, evening at 7.30pm at the Downs Leisure Centre. Tickets are available from Stephen Newberry Estate Agents in Church Street (last time this concert was put on the 200 tickets quickly sold out so don’t hang around if you want to attend).

HEARING VAN: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre works to provide a no charge mobile information and advice service for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people living in East Sussex. Their vehicle is equipped to offer equipment demonstrations, hearing screening tests plus a hearing aid maintenance and battery service. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users experts will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. The van will be in Broad Street on Monday between 10.30am and 3.30pm. For more information call 01323 722505.

COUNCIL MEETING: Details of all council meetings are now shown on the council website. There is a meeting of the Council Planning and Highways 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.

THE NETBALL CLUB are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year by getting involved in various school fetes, fun days and leisure events to promote the club and raise awareness. Also on July 8 they are holding a mixed tournament for local businesses and groups. Anyone interested in joining our club or wanting more information please phone Clare Flack on 07724 956649.

TREAD THE BOARDS: Seaford Musical Theatre is auditioning for their next show at the Barn Theatre in September. It is a rock and roll musical called We Built This City and if you are interested in joining, either to take part or assist in the production, the show director Paula Woolven would love to hear from you. Give her a call on 07710 426321.

CROUCH GARDENS are an oasis of peace and pleasure in the centre of our town and it always surprises me that more people don’t pop inside. It is the home of the Community Garden, the Peace Garden, a bowling club and our football club. To find out more information a new free leaflet is now available from the Tourist Information Office. Pick one up when you are next passing.

HISTORIC TOURS: My next tours of Seaford and Alfriston are on July 7 and tickets are already available at the Tourist Office as are tickets for my next Tide Mills walk on July 15.


BINGO EVENING: There will be a bingo evening at the Civic Centre on Friday June 29, with a 7pm start. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball and flyer game. There are cash prizes and free refreshments at a half-time break. This is a very popular event so come along early to ensure you get a seat and join in the fun. It’s a friendly evening and is a perfect opportunity for getting out and meeting new people. Net proceeds raised will go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund.

BARBECUE and Quiz Garden Party at Telscombe Cliffs Community Church on Saturday June 30 at 1pm. The cost is £6 per person. Anyone is welcome to go along and join in.