Parish Pump Newhaven - June 28, 2013


MUCH ADO About Publishing. At the Old Chapel Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4.30pm, authors will be in discussion with publishers, editors and designers who turn manuscripts into books. Nigel Newton, publisher of Bloomsbury Books, will be in conversation with Suzy Johnson. Publisher Candida Lacey together with members of the Myriad Books editorial and design team will be in discussion with Lisa Cutts. Editor and publishing commentator Beverley Birch will be in discussion with author Paul Bryers and Suzanne Dean, creative director of Vintage Design, with editor Laura Hassan Vintage Editorial Director. Buy Tickets (£20) at Much Ado Books or by phone 01323 871222. To find out more visit

BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL for Philip Ayers: I asked Philip about how he heard the news and about the citation and Philip sent me the following. ‘I was astonished to receive a letter from the Cabinet Office in mid May asking whether or not I would accept the award of a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. When I recovered, I said - yes. The award is for services to transport. Helping set up the Cuckmere Community Bus (now the Cuckmere Buses) in 1975/6 was one of my first jobs when I transferred to Southdown from a company in the north west. The company has grown from a fleet of two buses running four days a week to eight buses running 365 days. It is a much bigger organisation too with around 60 volunteers compared with the original dozen or so. Norman Baker MP has been extolling its virtues around the country and in Parliament. This has brought considerable interest from far and wide and has enabled me to assist in setting up similar schemes on the Isle of Wight and Cumbria as well as potential schemes in Worcester, Durham, Tees-side and East London.’ Philip serves as a Director and Treasurer for the Sussex Community Rail Partnership, bringing local people closer to train services. At National Level he is Director of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships. His work as a JP for 20 years, Vice Chairman of the Sussex Eastern Bench and Chairman of the Eastern Sussex Advisory Committee to the Lord Chancellor were also mentioned in the citation. In his letter to me Philip says how grateful he is that he has been able to have the time to devote to his voluntary work and how very grateful to Christine for her support. He still drives regularly at weekends for the Cuckmere Community Bus and it still gives him a buzz to see the enthusiasm of local people taking control of their public transport needs. The award will be presented somewhere in East Sussex by the Lord Lieutenant, Peter Field, on a date to be advised.

WI NEWS: At the end of last month the Alfriston WI entertained about 30 members of the Bexhill Day Centre. They shared afternoon tea with strawberries and cream, a selection of sandwiches and home-made cakes and it was also a sunny afternoon. This month Mrs Chamberlaine gave an illustrated talk on Gardening for the Young at Heart. The pictures were of the many gardens she has been associated with from a brassiere planted with petunias hanging on a fence to large gardens, such as Wisley. There were also some interesting facts about the plants in local gardens and advice about plants suitable for chalky soil. It gave members renewed enthusiasm for tackling garden problem corners. Alfriston WI will be celebrating their 95th birthday this month. Members past and present will be meeting for a birthday tea. The next meeting on July 16 includes a talk entitled Motorina to Racing Driver.


FOOTBALL: Barcombe Football Club are seeking both young as well as experienced, talented, and committed players to strengthen their teams for the coming season. Membership is £40 per annum which includes registration, insurance and training fees, with discounts for full time students. Training commences in July. For all enquiries please contact Robert Peck on 01273 400587, or any player. You can register now.

STOOLBALL: We managed to play both our fixtures this week. A very close game against Plumpton at home. Barcombe 135 Plumpton 131. Then we were away to Ringmer. Barcombe scored 163, Janet Hughes 78 and Adele Woodhams 54. However, Ringmer went determinedly out to bat and scored 193. Sunday we played in Isfield’s tournament and won the runners-up cup. Paula Peters won the prize for most wickets and Lisa Colbourne won the prize for most catches. If you have recently been up the rec you may have noticed that a memorial bench has been erected dedicated to Carole Porter. We have raised specific funds from our mixed Stoolball tournaments and some generous donations for this bench. Carole was a lovely lady and friend and she is still very much missed.

CRICKET RESULTS: June 22 ESCL Div 2 Barcombe v Fletching: Barcombe 109 all out in 41.4 overs (Josh Wheatley 22, Extras 31). Fletching 110-7 in 39.1 overs (Joe Wheatley 4-35 Allan Trower 2-26). Fletching won by 3 wkts. Fletching 30 points Barcombe 7 points. ESCL Div 8. Seaford III v Barcombe II: Barcombe 168 all out in 43.2 overs (Mike Scott 47 Eddie Thomas 43 John Coppard 25). Seaford 170-4 in 37.4 over. (Alex Beck 2-33 Kane Black 2-45). Seaford won by 6 wkts. Seaford 30 points Barcombe 9 points.

BOWLS: Thursday, June 20 home to Seaford: John Osmond 15 G Warren 13, John Blackmore 7 Danny Freelove 25, Les Line 13 J Warren 8, Jas Osmond 9 C Alexander 17. Barcombe lost 44-63. On Sunday the club held the Michael Bannister Memorial Invitation Triples. Sixteen teams from around Sussex competed in two groups over a series of five ends and one game of eight ends (Lunch times). At the last moment Des Foord overcame last year’s winners, The Prodigals to earn a place in the final against The Wanderers ( Tony Pipe). Over three ends Des won 5-1. The Shields were presented by Muriel Pyne (Club President) and John Osmond (Chairman) thanked every one for taking part in a splendid day’s entertainment. He thanked all the members for their great work on making the tournament successful.


OPEN GARDEN at 44 Marine Drive tomorrow, Saturday, 1pm to 5pm, in aid of Breast Cancer Research. There will also be a cake and craft stall plus strawberry teas will be available. Also Open Garden at Driftwood, Marine Drive on Sunday, 11am to 5pm, in aid of St Wilfred’s Hospice Secret Garden Season. Teas, cakes and light refreshments will be available.

SUMMER FETE stall holders’ final planning meeting will be on Saturday July 6,

12.30pm to 2pm, hosted by Jane Lucy at 18 Hawth Hill. Light lunch provided.

A FANTASTIC £825 was raised for Cancer Charities at the 42 Marine Drive Open Garden weekend. Many thanks to all those who came, donated items to sell, bought raffle tickets and ate the produce. Even the sun shone. Thanks also to Jonathan Morris for use of angle grinder and generator to rescue ice-age mammal bone before this week’s exceptionally high tides. Having the experts down also revealed that a couple of old dog-walking flint finds were dropped by French Neanderthals.

Glynde & Beddingham

TREVOR ARMS: And they’re off. Do not forget the race night tonight at our wonderful local pub. It is in aid of the children’s charity Wipe Your Tears so please support this worthy cause. Horses go to post at 8.30pm. Next weekend is alive with 60s music to complement the Jazz Festival happening at Glynde Place. The Trevor will be holding a beer festival and Night North will be playing during the day on Saturday so the air will be thick with soul, ska and R&B. That night we welcome back the fabulous Smoke Stack and on Sunday evening we will be entertained with 60s garage from The Repeat Prescriptions. It promises to be an exciting weekend so polish up your vespa and bring it along.

CABURN TRANSFORMATION: Following an environmental impact assessment and approval by Natural England, the lower fields on the village side of Mount Caburn have been ploughed over and sprayed with herbicide with the view to cultivating stable turnips. Although this has dramatically changed the look of the hill, rest assured that the footpath to the top of Caburn remains untouched and walkers are still free to reach the summit from this side. Should anyone have any queries or concerns, please contact Nick Harvey, who farms the land on 07710031820.

ROAD CLOSURES: With the Love Supreme Jazz Festival at Glynde Place just around the corner, there are to be some road closures in the village. Keep your eyes peeled for signage. For details of the festival please visit

MEMORIAL PARADE: There are still a few pitches left for the fund raising boot sale which starts at noon on Saturday July 6 at Glynde Recreation Ground. Cars are £5 and vans £10. Bookings are on the day or by email to

SWIMMING POOL: The average temperature this week dipped to a graceful 18 degrees celcius, which didn’t seem to discourage a large group of 12 year olds from enjoying the delights of swimming al fresco on Saturday. Even if the water does not feel Mediterranean at the moment, all who partake in the delights agree there is a particularly restoritative, almost magical quality to the water. This could be because it is fed by a spring straight from our much loved Mount Caburn, or it could be the sharp intake of breath needed at first, sending unusually sudden amounts of oxygen to the brain. Either way, there is no doubt you emerge from the pool feeling restored. Membership is still available at

CHURCH SERVICES: The Sunday service this week will be at 10.15am at Firle.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: In anticipation of hot balmy days in June, we usually schedule in an evening walk to avoid the heat of the day. However, this year we had the evening walk but with a very strong wind and not particularly hot. On Saturday last, Vivien led a ramble from Lewes to Kingston and back and followed the route from our very first publication, 10 Walks around Lewes. Nine people braved the wind, all prepared with windproof coats and often holding onto headgear to prevent it taking off. Everyone enjoyed the bracing air and some rounded the evening off with a drink at the King’s Head in Southover.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO: On Sunday, there will be a 9.30am joint service at our sister church at Malling, rather than the usual 11am service in St John’s, and the preacher will be Archdeacon Philip Jones. Also that day the United Service organised by Churches Together in the Lewes area will be a service of Evening Prayer at 6.30pm at St Anne’s Church and all will be welcome. Between 3pm and 5pm on Sunday, Southover Woman’s Action Network will be hosting this women’s forum in Southover Church followed by tea and cake in Southover Church gardens. All women are welcome and please let Church End, Southover, know if coming Tel: 483307. Advance notice that on Saturday July 6 The Sussex Police Choir will be giving a free concert in St John sub Castro Church from 7.30pm with a retiring collection towards St John’s restoration appeal for which the police are most generously giving their time free.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session in the Corn Exchange from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm on Thursday.

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

JAZZ NIGHT tomorrow (Saturday) Newhaven Fort 7.30pm, doors open 7pm. Dance the night away to live jazz band The Full Complement in the atmospheric WWII setting. Tickets £11 from Newhaven Fort, 01273 517622.

TENNIS: Junior tennis for 14 year olds and under every Monday 5.30pm to 5.15pm from July 1 to September 9 at Court Farm Road. Free for club members. Mini tennis 5.05pm (11am) in summer holidays every Tuesday for five to nine year olds. A small charge per session. Both sessions are taken by the club coach Jared Leach. Other sessions available. Telephone 01273 512162 for details or email

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a full Newhaven Town Council meeting on Tuesday in Meeching Hall at 7.30pm. Members of the public welcome.

PARENT FORUM: Friendly informal group meets at Denton Island Community Centre on Friday July 5, 1pm to 2.30pm, children under 5 years welcome. Go along and have your say about what you would like to see happening in your area. No need to book, just turn up. For more details telephone Ronnie on 01273 517250 or email

RNLI SUMMER FETE Saturday July 6 Huggetts Green, West Quay, 1pm to 4pm. The Lifeboat House and lifeboat open to all. Excellent fun for all the family, bouncy castle and children’s activities, displays throughout the afternoon, hog roast and food stalls, beer tent. Raffle. Free entry.

LIFEBOAT DISPLAY: See Newhaven lifeboat in action on Sunday July 7 subject to operational activities. Helicopter and lifeboat display off Seaford beach 11am.

GUEST HOUSE Storytellers in aid of the RNLI. Special evening at Newhaven Lifeboat House, Tuesday July 9, Snow White Blood Red. Fairy stories for adults with guest professional storyteller Jamie Crawford supported by Newhaven Town Council. People are invited to book a slot to tell a story, maximum 10 minutes or you can sit back and let your spirits rise or your blood be curdled. Optional Italian supper 7pm £4, stories 7.30pm tickets £5 in advance from the Hillcrest Centre.

FILM SOCIETY: Tickets are on sale now at the Hillcrest Centre £4.50 for the next film, Son of Rambo, to be shown on Saturday July 20. A heart-warming nostalgic comedy about two boys with a big video camera and even bigger ambitions. Café open 6.30pm for food, film starts at 7.30pm.

MEECHING WI: The meeting on June 20 at the Meeching Hall started with the president welcoming members. Then the minutes of the last meeting were read out by the secretary. This month’s speaker gave a talk entitled Hypnotherapy Explained. An excellent speaker on a fascinating subject which was of great interest to all the members. Now that summer is here several events are coming up. On Friday July 5 there is an interest group outing for a tour around the Eastbourne Underground Theatre. Any members wishing to go to this are recommended to meet at Lower Place bus stop to catch the 9.27am bus to Eastbourne. There is a coffee morning at a member’s house on Thursday July 11 from 10.30am to noon with a raffle and bring and buy stall. There is an outing to Battle and Finchcocks on August 2, money to be paid at the next meeting. There are still a few places left on this outing if anyone is interested. The book club choice for this month is My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult a very good read but keep a box of tissues handy as it is a real tear jerker. There are places available on the book club if anyone would like to join. The next meeting is at Meeching Hall on Thursday July 18 at 9.45am. This will be an informal meeting with a decorated hat parade so remember to bring your hats ladies. New members/visitors are always welcome. If you have any queries please ring 01273 515439.


OPEN GARDENS: This is the first time that Peacehaven has held an open garden event. On Sunday from 10am to 2pm there is a good opportunity to view some of the best local gardens. There is a small charge but the money raised will go to the charity Care for the Carers. Tickets at just £3 per person are available from”> The event is being sponsored by Paradise Park.

GARDEN TALK: The free monthly informal gardening talk at Paradise Park is on July 3 when Mark Curtis’s topic will be The Cottage Garden Revisited. The attractiveness and history of the cottage garden for wildlife and gardeners alike is explored. The talk starts at 11am with a short break for a free cup of tea or coffee. All are welcome but note there will not be a talk in August.

BEETLE DRIVE: The first of the Mayor’s charity events held in June was well attended and raised a total of £177 towards the fund to help local organisations.

WRESTLING: The first ever programme held in Peacehaven proved extremely popular and was a complete sell out. Enthusiasts will be pleased to know that another event has been booked for Saturday October 19 from 7.30pm to 10pm in the Community House. Tickets from the information office will be on sale from July 8 at £10 for adults and concessionaires at £9. In addition this time there will be available a family ticket for two adults and two children for £36.

GIVE BLOOD: Remember the Blood and Transplant team will be here in the Community House, Meridian Centre today, Friday, from 2pm until 4.30pm and again from 5.30pm until 8pm. So if you missed giving a donation during their visit on Wednesday do go along today Friday 28. Whether you are a new donor or a veteran your visit is important.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The Royal British Legion will be in the Meridian Centre Community House today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes from 8.30am until noon. Next week on Tuesday Ian Buchanan will be in the foyer. Thursday sees the Peacehaven Catholic Church behind the counter. Followed next Friday July 5 by INAA the local advice unit.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Labour Party and is in the Main Hall Community House from 8.30am until midday. Next week’s market will be organised by the Rainbow Nursery. To book a table contact them on 01273 579349.

PEACEHAVEN PLAYERS: Remember the local theatre group is holding an Open Evening on July 2 at 8pm in the Meridian Centre Community hall. Whether your interest is acting on stage or helping behind the scenes the first step is to go along to the open evening. They will pleased to see you.

THE DELL: The East Sussex Disability Association is holding a car boot sale at The Dell,South Coast Road on Sunday. The gates will open for sellers at 8am and buyers will be admitted from 9am until 1pm. Cars can be parked on The Dell during the event but the gates are locked thereafter so make sure not to be shut in.

MOVING: The Peacehaven Town Clerk has been notified that the Co-operative Chemist is seeking permission to move from the Co-op Superstore to the Meridian Surgery. Anybody wishing to make representation or objection to this application must do so in writing by July 14. These should be sent to Claire Berry, Pharmaceutical Contracts Officer, 187 Ewell Road, Surbiton,Surrey KT6 6AU. Be aware that any comments submitted will be shared with other interested parties and the applicant or others also under the Freedom of Information Act.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Pre School. All welcome in the lounge at 10am.

STEERING MEETING of Friends of Willingdon Community School, is held on Tuesday at 7pm in the Community Suite at the school, all welcome. We particularly want to involve local residents and businesses in helping us to enrich the pupils’ learning experience. So if you would like to get involved then please contact us. Jayne Bigsby.

SUMMER FAIR at the Community Centre on July 6, from 11.30am to 3pm. Table sale, tables at £8 each, to book contact Wendy Rogers on 484631 or email Games for children, fancy dress, age groups, preschool Fairy Tale Character, 6 to 8yrs TV character, 9 to 14yrs costumes made with recycled materials. Bouncy castle, Morris Men, miniature railway.

ROSALIE invites all of her friends to join her at Trinity for a summer tea, to be held on July 11, please contact Jennie Macfadyen by Sunday June 30 if coming for catering purposes. Telephone 484189.

ON WEDNESDAY June 12, Willingdon Library celebrated 50 years in the present building. At the library, on approaching we saw a notice outside that said we were entering a Silence Zone. How that takes me back to the days when talking in the library was forbidden. Only talk in whispers to the staff and no one else. Once inside we were taken back to 1963 with photos and pictures of the library as it was on 12 June 1963 when Mabel Hatfield was in charge, along with Mona Plumbley and another member of staff. The present building replaced an earlier wooden building at the rear of the present library. There were pictures on the wall of events that took place in 1963 that we were asked to answer, also a book in order to write our memories of the early days of this library. I wrote in this book, as my family and I arrived in September 1963 to Lower Willingdon, and on my visit to the library as a very shy reserved teenager, I was told in no uncertain terms to put books away on the shelf as I passed the returns trolley by Mrs Hatfield. Thus began my stint as one of the volunteers at the library, first of all sorting out books to go out to the housebound. I did go out for a short time delivering these books, but as a non-driver it was difficult to link up with another driver. Then I was given the task of filing the fiction books under the authors in alphabetical order. When Mrs Hatfield found out I was working in an office, and knew how to file documents, I was transferred to the nonfiction section where I had to learn the Dewey number system. Also on show was Mrs Hatfield’s manual typewriter. This was used to type out the tickets that used to be inside the books. How things have changed over the last 50 years, now the library has four computers, fewer shelves and even fewer books.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Winter Garden, Eastbourne from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm on Tuesday.


HISTORY STUDY GROUP: At its meeting this evening, Friday, in the village hall at 7.45pm the speakers will be Colin and Judy Excell and the title of the talk is Family History in Sussex. May 2013 saw the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Sussex Family History Group of which Colin is chairman.

VICARAGE FETE: Do try and get along to this very popular event in the Vicarage Garden tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 5pm. There will be lots of stalls, sideshows and refreshments. Please bring any donations for the stalls to the Vicarage tomorrow morning.

CONCERT: Tomorrow evening, Saturday, why not go along to Lewes Town Hall at 7.30pm and enjoy the performance of Haydn’s Creation being given by the East Sussex Community Choir who are celebrating their 25th anniversary. Tickets £12; Students and under 16s £6 are available from Lewes Tourist Information Centre or telephone 07803 702178.

FLOWER CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday in the village hall there will be a flower arranging demonstration by Pam Bryant entitled This Time of Year. The competition for members is Garden by Design (foliage only). New members and visitors are always welcome at the meetings.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on June 19 was: 1, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Dave Coutinho and Steve Cocking, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery. The next meeting is on Wednesday in the village hall at 7.30pm. Contact number 814220.

SUMMER FETE: Ringmer Primary Home School Association are holding their annual Summer Fair on Friday, July 5, from 6pm to 8pm. This event is open to the whole community. There will be a barbecue and licensed bar, bouncy castle, lorry and pony rides, a grand raffle with the first prize of £200 and much much more. Do try to get along and enjoy the fun.

OPEN GARDENS: Various gardens in Ringmer will be open on Saturday and Sunday, July 6 and 7, from 2pm to 5pm each day. Admission to all gardens £5 (accompanied U16s free). Tickets with map, which must be bought before visiting any of the gardens, will be available from the village hall car park (just opposite the village green). This event is being organised by the Ringmer Support Group in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice. Do try to get along to view the different types of gardens both large and small. Tea will be served in two of the gardens. There will also be a sale of paintings and plants. If you have any queries please phone Jayne Marshall-Roelich on 07923 535294 or Bob Cairns on 01273 812784.

BOWLS CLUB: The results for last week were Ringmer v Hellingly 64-60 and Ringmer v Isle of Thorns 86-48. The club held its annual Charity Evening on Wednesday, June 19 and the weather was good. Well done to everyone involved for such a fantastic evening. The charity this year was Prostrate Cancer and a total of £411 was raised. Thanks to everyone who came along.

Rodmell & Southease

I AM going to send the article about Ellen Walsh (Sussex Express, May) a keen birdwatcher who came home from a trip to Central America with a bot fly maggot in her toe, to a friend of mine who lived out in Gambia for years, as her husband was an entomologist. I remember Dorothy telling me that when she first went out there, she noticed little pieces of skin popping up like little doors on her legs. When she had a friend look at them she was horrified to find they each contained a maggot which had to be hooked out and the wound thoroughly cleaned up to avoid infection which set in quickly in such a hot climate.

CELEBRATION of 400th anniversary of Rodmell’s 1613 Bible. We are celebrating this event tomorrow, Saturday in St Peter’s Church with readings, hymns and music. Do come and enjoy listening to the wonderful language of this Bible. It will be a short celebration and finish with a glass of wine.

THANK YOU: I would like to thank all those kind people who sent cheque donations to The Stroke Association to me for my birthday, as I requested, and I have sent them on.

PHONE CALL: I had a phone call last Sunday evening from Roger and Marie-Monique Huss who lived in Barn House for some years and were lovely neighbours and good friends of mine. They purchased a run down Châteaux in France and have spent some years making it into a lovely B&B. It was a big shock to speak to Roger and hear he had made the French TV news and newspapers and been arrested. It turned out he had suffered a blood clot in his brain whilst driving on the motorway, gone through the central reservation, travelled 100km going the wrong way through heavy traffic and ended up driving through the pay kiosk and crashing. The police arrested him, tested him for drink and drugs, whilst he was handcuffed, and then realised there was something very wrong as all tests were negative and he had no memory of what had happened. He had an emergency drive to hospital where they operated on him to clear the blood clot from his brain. He was sent home a week later and it is considered a miracle he did not kill himself or any others and did not end up under one of the big lorries using the motorway. Roger has no memory at all about what happened but I bet a few people on that motorway will have it imprinted on their memory for a good while. I am so relieved he is okay as he and Marie-Monique are such kind people.

STOLEN: The present owners of Barn House are very upset at having a statue from Thailand, which has great sentimental value, stolen from the wall outside their main front door in the last two weeks. It happened to be around the same time the sports pavilion on the Croft also had vandalism attacks, but it’s obviously not known if there is any connection. They feel it would be lovely if it were returned to them and restore their faith in human nature. Rodmell gets very little vandalism and it would be good if people would be vigilant and report strange happenings to the police.

THE FUNERAL of villager Brett Young, who died so tragically just recently, took place yesterday, Thursday.


FOLK CLUB: Seaford Folk Club are holding one of their popular Singers and Musicians nights this evening, Friday, at the Royal British Legion Club. The fun starts at 8pm but arrive earlier if you want some food.

LIVE GIG: Talented local band Siglo21 are playing at the Boot Inn tomorrow, Saturday, evening. I have heard their music on-line and they play some good music.

ART SHOW: Seaford Art Club are holding their annual exhibition at the Crypt Gallery this week. Doors open at 10.30am each day from tomorrow, Saturday, until Thursday. There will be over 100 works of art on display and admission is free. There will also be gifts and cards for sale too. It is good to see that the council are making far more use of the Crypt and this beautiful medieval building is open more often.

ARMED FORCES DAY: This is taking place on the Martello Fields tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 4pm. There will be community stalls and refreshments and a parade of Veterans from 12.30pm. The Rotary club will be there with their Tavern in the Tent too. For further information call Gemma Hamilton on 01323 894870.

TABLE TOP SALE: There will be a sale at St Thomas More Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 1pm. All proceeds go to worthwhile charities including the Macmillan Fund and the fund to improve facilities at the hall. To book a table at this or future events call Anne on 01323 890270.

OPEN GARDEN: 4 Sunningdale Close (off Southdown Road) will be open tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 5pm in order to raise funds for St Wilfrid’s Hospice. For further information call 01323 899296.

PEACE VIGIL: Seaford Quakers are holding a short vigil in the Peace Garden off East Street tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 11.30am. For further information call Ralph Taylor in 01323 873399. Although Ralph tells me this event is an alternative to Armed Forces Day I rather like to think that it actually complements it.

PETER JAMES: This famous local crime writer is talking about his work and his new book Dead Man’s Time at St Peter’s Church Hall on Tuesday at 2.30pm. Tickets are available from Dewberry-Tully Estate Agency in Church Street and are £5. My wife has read all of Peter’s books and tells me they are brilliant and all based on the local area.

GUIDED TOURS: Tickets for my next guided tours of Seaford, Alfriston and Tide Mills are now available from the Tourist Information Centre. Tel: 01323 897426 for details.

PARISH PUMP: After several years I have decided to retire from the parish pump but Michael Brown has agreed to take on the task. He can be contacted at


EVENING SURGERY: Monday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at the Civic Centre a councillors’ evening surgery. This is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town or district councillor. Please make the most of this opportunity to meet your town councillor and come along. No appointment is necessary.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the Planning and Highways Committee on Monday at 7.30pm in room 1 at Telscombe 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 on the council’s website at

GRANTS SCHEME: Telscombe 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 Monday. Forms can be obtained from the council offices at the Civic Centre or on the website, under the Council Documents section.

SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a meeting of the local Breast Cancer Support Group on Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm in the Civic Centre. The group’s aim is to give social support to anyone with breast cancer, or anyone with concerns about it. If you prefer to have a one-to-one chat, or for more information, please ring Pat Dunkley on 01273 582952 or 07760 300467.

RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION are meeting in room 1 at the Telscombe Civic Centre on Thursday at 7.30 pm. 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 and new members are very welcome. They look forward to seeing you there.