Parish Pump Newhaven - June 7, 2013


THE EARLY SUMMER Horticultural Show at the War Memorial Hall is open to the public tomorrow, June 8, from 1pm to 5pm. It is usually a splendid display from the horticultural society members. It will be interesting to see how the long, cold, wet winter and spring has affected the entries. It has been a challenge. The show will demonstrate how that challenge has been tackled. Interestingly, some flowering bushes in my own garden seem to have enjoyed a colder winter producing some fine blossom.

BIG LUNCH: Last year to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee the village residents took their picnics to the Tye (and War Memorial Hall) braving a rather wet lunch time but enjoyed it anyway. Another Big Lunch is planned for this coming Sunday, June 9 at 12.30pm on the Tye. Bring a picnic.

300 CLUB this month will meet at The Smugglers on June 11 at 8pm.

PRO MUSICA presents Music for the English Countryside on June 30 at 6pm at St Andrew’s Church. The programme will feature John Rutter’s The Sprig of Thyme. Attractive settings of British folk-songs for choir and wind ensemble. There will be a glass of sparkling wine at the end of the concert. Tickets are £10 available from choir members or at the door.


FUNDRAISING for Cancer charities, Research, Marie Curie and St Wilfrid’s Hospice at 42 Marine Drive tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday, 11.30am to 5pm. Ploughman’s lunches, coffee and cake, afternoon teas, raffles, books and other stalls. This event will be held inside if it rains. For further details phone 01323 873545.

ANOTHER of Wendy’s famous Strawberry Cream Teas will be held on Saturday June 15, 2.30pm to 4pm in the 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, June 15 and 16, 11am to 5pm as part of the National Gardens Open Day Scheme.

TIDE MILLS: The next community beach clean is at 10am on Sunday June 16, 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. The risk assessment says: It can be windy so wear something warm. Kids, dogs and even mother-in-laws are welcome as long as they are well behaved.


FREDERICK GLOVER, John to us, a member of our congregation at St Laurence, was on BBC Breakfast television on Friday. John and his colleague were members of the 9th Para Regiment who were dropped behind enemy lines in Normandy on the 6 June 1945. They had been invited by the BBC to talk about their memories, with the presenters and Colonel Stuart Tootal, whose book The Manner of Men tells the story of the experiences of the 9 Para during D Day. John has this week been invited back to Normandy in memory of that day June 6.

STANMER PARK on Sunday was full of people who had come to visit the Nature in the Park event. The weather was perfect for them and it was good to see so many people using and enjoying the park. Last Tuesday we also visited the park and stopped for coffee and met up with Ann Markwick and her friend, who were counting their questionnaires they had collected in protest about the proposed development of the park. We were most concerned to hear that architects had been employed to draw up plans of the possibility of a new road through the park from the Ditchling Road where the upper Lodge Cottages are, coming south down through the park. Please support the Stanmer Preservation Society in their efforts, you can see more by logging on to their website

LADIES GROUP: On Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall we welcome Sally Berkeley who will be talking about Gardens of the Medieval Queens. All visitors are welcome.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON TEAS: What a more pleasant place could there be than tea around the pond in Falmer; served in the Parish Hall from 2pm to 5pm with homemade cakes, baked by the villagers themselves. All proceeds are for St Laurence Church.


CRICKET: First XI are away to Dicket and the second XI are at home to Crowhurst Park III both matches start at 1.30pm. For more info can be found on their website

CHURCH: This Sundays service is at Beddingham for Holy Communion with Rev Bertie Keenan. It starts at 10.15am.

TENNIS CLUB: As it is that time of the year just a reminder that subscriptions to the tennis club are due £25 adults £12 junior or £60 a family. Contact Roger Taylor for more information at Harts Gorse , Beddingham BN8 6JY or for more information is the secretary.

FIRLE PLACE: We have now opened for the season after being closed for two years having the roof repaired and some internal work and refurbishment done. The house is open five days a week from Sunday to Thursday. The tearooms are open from noon to 4.30pm serving light meals and cakes all day and the house from 2pm with last entry 4.15pm.

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Glynde & Beddingham

JUST A REMINDER that in the spirit of healthy communication, both the parish council and the Glynde Estate are keen to hear from anyone in the parish who would like to give feedback on, or would like to get involved in, the various projects coming up. Please feel free to contact any of the parish councillors or the estate manager if you would like to have your say.

SEED BANK: If you grow your own vegetables and are concerned about the quality and sustainability of food produced and available to us all today, why not come along to the next meeting of the Sussex Community Seed Bank in The Trevor Arms on Sunday, at 4.30pm? The Seed Bank has been set up by a passionate group of local people who come together every six weeks or so to share ideas, enthusiasm and open-pollinated seeds with a view to eventually being able to save seeds from plants we have grown ourselves and so become more resilient and self-sufficient. It’s a great way to learn about vegetable growing and all aspects of gardening. This Sunday we will be looking at companion planting and be given a tour round the new Sussex Community Seed Bank website which has been set up with the support of The Millennium Seed Bank and contains a wealth of essential information on seed saving.

COMMUNITY SWIMMING POOL: As the weather got better this week, the temperature in the pool continued to rise and reached a heady 20 degrees by the end of the weekend. The water is sparkling and children enjoyed splashing around, jumping on and off lilos over half term. It is still possible to obtain membership if you live in the village please go to for more information.

THE TREVOR ARMS: The chickens have arrived. The run and the coop are looking good and it all seems to be a hit with families visiting the pub. There are four healthy, happy hens and a cockerel, although we are still waiting for our first egg. New paving is being laid this week and planting continues in the garden. The snowball quiz was well attended on Wednesday, many thanks to everyone who came and gave generously to St Wilfred’s Hospice. There are still more horses and jockeys for sale for the race night coming up on June 28 at 7.30pm, in aid of the children’s charity, Wipe Your Tears. Please speak to Robert behind the bar in the pub.

FLOWER SHOW AND FETE: Where has the year gone? We saw the flower show program posted through the door this week. They celebrate their 145th anniversary this year with the continued enthusiasm and support of the president, the Right Honourable Viscount Hampden. All entry forms for exhibits can be submitted to Glynde or Firle stores. This year’s event takes place on August 10 on the recreation ground in Glynde. For more information about this wonderful, traditional village show, please take a look at the facebook page or feel free to email the committee on

CRICKET CLUB: This weekend Glynde and Beddingham first XI are playing Middleton CC away; our second XI play Middleton II at home; our third XI play Seaford III at home and our fourth XI play Sidley CC III away. Forthcoming social events include the race night on June 15, nice food, a few drinks and place your bets. A fun race night for all the family.

SUNRISE OVER CABURN: This week’s early morning walks have yielded yet more sensory delights. Although the lambs have gone and the cowparsley is almost over, the hedgerows are full of the heavy snowlike hawthorn blossom filling the air with a heady scent and the ash trees hold clusters of keys just waiting to helicopter down to the ground. Spring is sprung and the grass is certainly ris.

CHURCH SERVICES: This week’s church service will be at 10.15am at Beddingham church.


FARMERS’ MARKET tomorrow, Saturday, at the Cattle Market from 9.30am to 12.30pm. You can buy local meat, chicken, sausages, bacon both green back and smoked, cheese, honey, bread and homemade cakes, also vegetables. Various craft stalls will be there to buy that present that is different. You can also buy your bedding and vegetable plants for your garden, at very competitive prices. Talk to the stallholders they will be happy to speak to you and give you advice about their produce or products and all look forward to seeing you there. Do not forget the Market Cafe for you tea or coffee, bacon sandwich or whatever takes your fancy.

NEW MARKET: As part of the regeneration of Hailsham it is the intention of Hailsham Forward to launch a market located in Vicarage Field. Register now if you would be like to hire a stall. It is hoped to attract independent producers of affordable quality goods. If you are not sure if your products fit the criteria, then please ring the number below. It is important that the goods on sale are neither in conflict with the Friday nor Farmers’ Markets already in situ at the Cattle Market site. Pitch rents are yet to be confirmed but would be in the region of £20 for the day and people should register an interest now with Micky Caira, Deputy Town Clerk at Hailsham Town Council on (01323) 841702.

ST MARY’S: This is the second Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Joy in Heaven, 2.45pm Holy Communion at Emmanuel, 6.30pm Evening Prayer, God’s amazing grace.

OPEN GARDEN: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society will be holding its annual Open Garden and Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon at Bates Green Farm, Arlington. Homemade cakes, refreshments, books, plants and HOPS merchandise. Entry fee is by donation and all are welcome, sorry no dogs.

BONFIRE QUIZ: This evening, Friday, at Union Corner Hall on Friday June 7 at 7pm. Teams of six cost £6 per person to include a ploughman’s. BYO drink. Bookings on 01323 441514 or pay on the door. Don’t forget Bonfire Bingo next Friday June 14 at the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. If you wish to know more about the Bonfire Society, members meet at Hailsham Memorial Institute, Western Road on the first Monday of every month from 8pm. All welcome

TWINNING CHOIRS: Free concert tomorrow, Saturday at 7.30pm. Hailsham and District Twinning Association are pleased to announce that they have two choirs Singing for Fun who will perform many songs from the shows and a choir from our twinned town in France, Gournay en Bray. Also a young local female soloist. Tea, coffee and biscuits, donations to the church.

KNITTING GROUP: Knit’Inn Nights this month are on June 9 and 30 at 7.30pm and are on the second and last Tuesday of every month. An informal group gathers to share their enjoyment of all things yarn, including stories. Generally at least one current piece of knitting or crochet is brought along to work on, but showing off finished pieces and asking advice about patterns and methods is also par for the course. Sources for materials is another regular topic, but non-knitting related matters tend to crop up too. So that unless there is a simultaneous reach of a complicated part of a pattern there is at least an undercurrent of chatter. Come to the King’s Head for the next Knit’Inn Night or contact Su (07591 631749) for further information.

160 YEAR CELEBRATION: On Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm at the Charles Hunt Centre there is a party to celebrate the end of Hailsham Horticultural Society’s 160th year. They would love to see past, present and prospective members. There will be refreshments and quizzes. Entry is free. All are welcome.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday Gill (01323) 849741 and Jo (01323) 842193 are leading the 4.5 mile Cowbeech circular. If you just fancy a stroll, also on Wednesday, then Nobby (01323) 440624 will lead you from Barcombe along the riverbank to the Anchor pub. If you would like to go on either of these walks, please contact the walk leader for the details. For general information about Hailsham Ramblers please ring Secretary, Jill, on (01323) 843530.

RHYME TIME: Hailsham Library hosts a fun half hour fortnightly when you can sing rhymes and play instruments with your baby. It is free and the next session is on Wednesday from 9.45am to 10.15am.

ORGAN CLUB: On June 12 Alex Payler will be playing a Yamaha EL900M organ at the Pavilion, starting at 7.30pm, with doors open at 7pm. All meetings are at the Pavilion on the second Wednesday of each month. Non-members are most welcome at all meetings. For more info on any show contact Charles Clegg on 01323 762411, or visit and go to the Hailsham Organ Club page.

GARDEN TOUR: On Thursday from 11am Head Gardner, Stuart Reid, will be leading a 90 minute tour of Michelham Priory exploring the seven acres of historic gardens. Price includes entrance to house and grounds, tour and soup and roll in the care. Admission is £15.50 for non-member, £10 for Friends of Michelham Priory and SAS members. To register please call (01323) 844224, email or visit www.sussex

LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Admission is free on Friday June 14 to a 40 minute concert entitled Three Centuries of Songs. The concert is to be held in Hailsham Parish Church at 1.10pm, perfect for a restful break while you listen to songs by the world’s great composers sung by Hailsham’s own mezzo-soprano, Linda Grace. Featuring songs by Bach, Handel, Rossini, Debussy, Poulenc, as well as Schubert’s Achtstuck (Nocturn), which is sometimes described as one of the most beautiful songs ever written. Donations gratefully received at the exit.

100 YEARS AGO: In May 1913 Rev F. Clyde Harvey wrote: The last Church Council decided to ask Mr Lacy Ridge to inspect and advise upon the state of the roof of the north aisle of the Church. He came on Friday, April 18 and was met by Mr Churchwarden Towler, Mr A K Burtenshaw, Sidesman and Mr Blackman, who provided ladders and took him up. He will send his report to the Churchwardens. I believe he recommends an asphalt roof, the new idea in such roofs. This should be much cheaper than lead! We have had no repairing for a long while. There was a time, some years back, when we faced restorations of £500 or £600 over and over again, and got it! We do not value our old Parish Church less than we did! We shall require £80 at least. Mr Towler will bring round the list.

HISTORICAL and Natural History Society next meet on Wednesday at the Methodist Church Hall, starting at 7.30pm. All welcome. Visitors £2.50. This meeting is put on by the chairman of the society, Davd Bourne, who will be talking with slides about the History of the Hailsham Printing Works that at one time was his family’s business. A trade that was in the town for 200 years.


COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon in Cliffe Church Hall (behind church). Cakes, preserves, tombola and more. You can ask about booking tickets for centenary events and also buy merchandise. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday May 14, Butler Pairs: 1, Peter and Irene Gannon; 2, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Paul Allen and Rosemary Land. May 21: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Sheila Cripps and Jill Higham, Peter and Irene Gannon. Thursday May 16 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 2, Nigel Osmer and Adela Thomas; 3, Rozanne Mendick and Ruth Maxwell. May 23: 1, Alan Disney and Irene Gannon; 2, Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell; 3, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan, Anne Wykeham and George Hearn. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

HISTORY GROUP: Lewes History Group talk on A Turbulent History of Pub Life in Lewes at King’s Church building, Brooks Road, 7.30pm Monday. For centuries the many Lewes inns and public houses were the centre of the town’s social life, including its politics, its entertainment and its bonfire. Some might argue they still are. Mathew Homewood’s talk will develop the story told last summer in John Davey’s Old Inns of Lewes to take a closer look at what went on in some of these establishments, and the problems faced by many a landlord. He will tell the tale of the devastating summer of 1907, when the authorities purged Lewes of 12 of its drinking establishments, and will also introduce us to the pub that never was; the Robin Hood. All welcome. Small entry charge on the door.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

FISH FESTIVAL tomorrow (Saturday) Huggetts Green, West Quay, 9am to 3pm. Newhaven’s biggest and best annual community event. Local fish sales and fish cookery, children’s parade, fairground rides, Dieppe Market, live entertainment, Brillo the Clown, Punch and Judy, community games including Newhaven Tennis Club, Up the Tempo, art displays, community stalls, admission free.

SUMMIT SPECIAL tomorrow (Saturday) to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of both the Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II and the Conquer of Everest. Denton Field opposite Tates garage site from 1pm. Sports day challenges and entertainments for all ages provided by local sports and social clubs. All ages catered for, proceeds go to St Leonard’s Church Denton and the James Daniels Memorial Fund. Marching bands, dog agility, tug of war, steam train rides, beer tent and more. The day ends with a community barbecue.

HOSTS WANTED for visitors from Newhaven’s twin town La Chapelle Saint-Mesmin over August Bank Holiday weekend, August 23 to 26. Single, double beds, rooms for family required. If you can help contact Norman Hopson on 01273 588193 or email

GUEST HOUSE STORYTELLERS: Elizabeth Scott makes her debut with Newhaven Guest House Storytellers with a full-length performance of The Last Child. Elizabeth has been working on this piece with Roi Gal-Or, one of the leaders of the International School of Storytelling. Cafe opens at 7pm, stories begin at 7.30pm £4, £3 on the door.

QUIZ NIGHT: The twinning association is holding a Quiz Night at the Hillcrest Centre on Friday June 14 at 7.30pm. 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 in the Hillcrest Cafe from 6.30pm but bring your own drink prizes awarded to contestants at the winning table. Money raised from the quiz and the raffle will go towards supporting the newly-established links between young families in La Chapelle St Mesmin. To book ring Jan Marshall on 01273 612236 or email Jan Marshall at

FILM SOCIETY: Hillcrest Film Society will be showing Looking For Eric directed by Ken Loach in the Art Room at the Hillcrest Centre on Saturday June 15. 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 French 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 Cafe opens at 6.45pm, film begins 7.30pm. Tickets are £4.50 from the Hillcrest Centre.

THE GREAT WHITE SILENCE: Rare screening of the 1924 documentary featuring footage of Captain Scott’s Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole. Newhaven Fort Saturday June 15 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm. Tickets £6/£5 from Newhaven Fort.


CINEMA: The film for June is Love is all You Need. It is showing in the Community House on Thursday June 20 starting at 7.30pm. Tickets at £5 are on sale now in the information office. For pensioners or those unable to use public transport, CTLA are offering transport plus entry to the film for just £9.50. For further details contact the Council Information Office on 01273 585493.

HOUSING ADVICE: For anyone who is having difficulty paying their rent/mortgage and need advice on their rights as a tenant or owner, or maybe need to find somewhere to live, or have problems maintaining their home there is a regular drop in surgery held every Monday from 9am to 12.30pm in the Peacehaven Community House, Meridian Centre offering help and advice.

MUSICAL FESTIVAL: This event will be at the Piddinghoe Sports Park on Saturday June 22 from noon to 11pm. It will include workshops, a skate jam, funfair, stalls and a variety of different musical groups. Entrance is by ticket at £5 or £20 for five tickets, one being free. There are still tickets available from the information office or by calling them on 585493 but they are now beginning to sell out fast so don’t delay.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Mencap 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 Catholic Church will be behind the counter. Followed on Friday June 14 by the Meridian Evening WI.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Guide Dogs for the Blind and is in the Main Hall Community House from 8.30am until midday. Next week’s market will be organised by the Liberal Democrats. To book a table contact them on 07932 448 721.

PEACEHAVEN PLAYERS: After many weeks’ rehearsing the Peacehaven Players are pleased to present a brand new show in the Community House, Meridian Centre on June 14 and 15. The Wow Factor is uniquely a musical within a musical. For tickets call 01273 681861 or email

THE DELL: The Mayor’s Boot Sale at The Dell last Sunday was blessed with fine weather and was one of the biggest seen there for some time. The next one at this venue will be arranged by the Butterfly Nursery for Sunday June 16.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a drop in surgery in the Meridian Centre from 10am to 11am when councillors from town and district will be available to talk to residents about any matters relating to Peacehaven. No prior appointment is necessary and discussions are confidential.

FIRE SERVICE: It is always sad to hear of families that have lost their lives due to a fire. All too often shown on television. Statistic reveal that you are twice as likely to die in a home fire if you do not have a working smoke alarm. Our local fire service offer a home visit to give helpful advice which includes fitting a free smoke alarm. This is a service that I can truly recommend having used it myself. To book a free visit call 0800 177 7069 Monday to Friday between 8.30am to 5pm.

TOWN CLERK’S BLOG: Our Town Clerk Kevin Kingston writes a resumee every Friday about developments in the town which can be read on the Town’s web site It is a good way to keep up to date with local happenings.


VICTORIAN MUSIC HALL: Do try to get along to this event being held in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, evening commencing at 7.45pm with members of Ringmer Dramatic Society and others taking part. The Music Hall is being directed by Daisy McKie and there will also be a sausage and mash supper. Tickets price £8 available from Middletons or phone 814859. Do bring your own drink and glasses. Seating will be at tables and there will be ample opportunity for audience participation.

REMINISCENCE SESSIONS: Every Monday from June 10 until Monday, August 12 in the village hall from 2pm to 4pm you are most welcome to attend these free sessions sharing your memories of the local area with others. Bring old photographs of life in Sussex to unlock the past. This is part of the Ale and Hearty project by the heritage organisation Strike a Light. For more information contact Nicola Benge on 07727 006538 or e-mail

MEN’S CLUB: At its meeting on Tuesday in the Church Room commencing at 7.30pm the speaker will be Robin Norris who will bring the New Zealand connection with St Mary’s to those attending in his talk and power point presentation. Visitors welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on May 29 was: 1, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett; 2, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 3, Daivd Coutinho and Steve Cocking. The club next meets on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. Contact for the Club 01273 814220.

COFFEE MORNING at Sunrise, Laughton Road, by kind invitation of John and Jenny Payne on Saturday, June 15. There will be the usual stalls, raffle, bring and buy and plants. Proceeds will go to the Bible Society.

CONCERT: On Saturday, June 29 the East Sussex Community Choir will be celebrating their 25th anniversary with a performance of Haydn’s Creation at 7.30pm in Lewes Town Hall. Tickets are available from Lewes Tourist Information Office or telephone 07803 702178.

Rodmell & Southease

BUSY WEEKEND: We were lucky with the weather again last weekend which was just as well since Rodmell had a lot of functions on. On Saturday it was the jumble sale in aid of village hall funds, this meant that the village was very busy. Chaos rained when a party of German tourists, in a coach, attempted to drive down the village ignoring the road sign, Not Suitable for Coaches, despite my shouting and arm waving over my garden wall, and further down the village where it gets very narrow other villagers tried to deter them. They were going to Monks House, who plainly state in their details sent to tour companies that coaches cannot get down the village. No sooner had this coach gone down then my gardener Rob had to dissuade another coach from also driving down the village, followed a little later by another. Mayhem is probably a better word than chaos. On Sunday a party of hikers had parked early in Monks House car park almost filling it up, and this was on the day when we had our open gardens event in Lower Rodmell. Mayhem again, especially as Monks House was open that day as well and all parking was needed, plus someone had parked badly and made access to the car parking in the field very difficult so some of us were sent to try and find the culprit. Eventually the were found and order of some sort was regained. The joys of living in an ancient village that was just not built for cars.

OPEN GARDENS: The Open Gardens Day was very successful and many thanks go to all those who organised and helped out.

WE NOW HAVE an ice cream van that occasionally comes to the village and I love ice cream. Unfortunately I always miss it and the same thing happened on the Open Gardens Day. I had been helping out with the teas in the village hall telling myself, after this I’ll treat myself to a large ice cream. I came out just to see him driving off. The teas in the village hall were so successful, and I’ve never seen so many people tucking in to the home made cakes and tea whilst the queue never stopped all afternoon. The people washing up serving and collecting dirty crockery were kept on the go all the time. Carol Putnam must be commended for having washed up all afternoon. Well done Carol.

TALK: On the Sunday evening we had Dr Andrea Zanardo, Rabbi of the Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue giving a talk on the subject of Torah (Jewish Law) and his reflection on Jewish/Christian relationships. It was a good evening in good company and the food was delicious. Thanks to Marcus Brown backed up by wife Jenny.

RECYCLING: Have you received your waste food bin yet? I have contacted the office to have ours taken back as we’ve nothing to put in it as we have our own recycling unit, our goat Tine, plus the pheasant, the cat, the birds, nothing gets wasted. I put a small bag out for the dustmen about once a fortnight, also our recycling bins get collected once a fortnight. Burning waste goes on the wood burner or in the incinerator and things like plastic cartons get used in the garden and greenhouse. There are two compost heaps in the front garden, one in the orchard and one in the goat paddock. Clothes go to charity shops or Raystede, who also take egg boxes and the inside of kitchen rolls and toilet rolls as they are used for the small animals such as hamsters and mice to hid in and play with.

OPEN GARDENS: On June 15 and 16 Southease have their Open Garden Day from 2pm to 5pm. This is always a lovely event.

JAZZ: On June 16 at our pub we have Piers Clarke and friends playing Jazz, this is to celebrate my birthday. All welcome. More on this next week.


THE FOLK CLUB will be meeting tonight, Friday, at the Royal British Legion Club. Doors open at 8pm (although the bar is open earlier) and their guest is Quicksilver so you can expect not only good music but a bit of a laugh too.

WILLKOMMEN: A warm welcome to our German friends from Seaford’s twin town of Bonningsted who are visiting this weekend. There will be lots of events for them and I will be providing one of my guided tours, let’s hope the weather stays sunny.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning at the St James Trust Centre in Blatchington Road tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. The morning is to raise funds and raise awareness of Epilepsy. As well as refreshments there will be a tombola and people to give you more information about epilepsy.

SUMMER FAIR: Seaford Primary School are holding their big Summer Fair tomorrow, Saturday, at the school in Wilkinson Way. As always there will be lots to see and do, including go-karts, a climbing wall, birds of prey, and lots to eat and drink, including paella and candyfloss. There will be live music and beer and Pimms too. This perfect summer event starts off at noon with a rainbow carnival procession along Wilkinson Way.

MARATHON: The Newhaven Peacehaven and Seaford Lions Club are hosting their half-marathon on Sunday. Best of luck to all those running, jogging or just ambling around the route. As 95 percent of the route is off road, there should not be too much distraction to traffic but watch out for participants at Exceat and roads to the west of the town.

GARDEN PARTY: Mr and Mrs Logan will be opening their beautiful garden at 31 Sutton Avenue on Sunday from 1.30pm to 5pm. There will be a tombola, stalls of bric-a-brac and lots of home-made cake. Entertainment is being supplied by our very own Seaford Silver Band. Funds raised go towards Seaford in Bloom, the Exchange Garden and Mary’s Meals (look at for details of this splendid charity that feeds schoolchildren).

TUESDAY OPENING: A smart new cafe/deli will be opening in Dane Road on Tuesday at 8am. The cafe will also be selling local beers and food with a maritime flare. It will be open from Tuesday to Saturday 8am to 5pm. I wish them the best of luck with their venture.

STAMP CLUB: On Wednesday, Seaford and District Stamp Club will be meeting at the Cross Way Centre at 7.15pm. This meeting welcomes visitors from Lewes Stamp Club. The meeting is open to all stamp collectors. For further information contact the club on 01323 890699.

PARISH COUNCIL: There is a full meeting of Seaford Town Council 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.

MAYOR: Our new Mayor has attended his first few events (he seems to have had fun at the Fire Brigade open day). His nominated charities are the Seaford Downs Syndrome Support Group and the local Waifs and Strays Group who try to match animals with suitable owners. I wish him the best for his term in office and with his fundraising.

DRESS SHOP: The Lingerie shop at 2 Old Tree Parade closed a few weeks ago but has been swiftly replaced with a smart new dress shop called Reds. Reds has lots of new and nearly new dresses for sale so if you are looking for a posh frock for a special occasion you know where to go. It is open from Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5pm.

PELHAM ARMS: There has been a pub in Pelham Yard since the 1700s. Its previous names include the Duke of Cumberland’s Head, the Hole in the Wall and more recently the V-Bar. Unfortunately it has now closed having supplied the town with beer and merriment for over 250 years. I understand that planning permission is sought to turn the building into accommodation.

FOOD STOREHOUSE: How sad that in these days of computers and flash cars and gadgets, that there are still people who go hungry, even in our own local community. The Seahaven Storehouse aims to provide basic foodstuffs to needy local families. To find out more on how you can donate, contact Dawn on 07921 844930.

PHOTOS: We have three tall cranes in town at the moment and I have asked the crane drivers to take some pictures for me so they can be kept at the museum. Many of the pictures have been put on the museums Facebook site.