Parish pump Newhaven - June 8, 2012

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THE JUBILLEE WEEKEND was a great success, in spite of the weather. The Big Lunch was a Big occasion even though it had to be spread between the two halls but a few brave souls picnicked on the Tye when the skies cleared and there were many more private parties gathering in homes to avoid the rain. The High Street was bedecked in patriotic splendour and there was a carnival atmosphere throughout the village.

HORTICULTURE: The Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society’s Early Summer Show will be at the War memorial Hall on June 9 from 1pm to 5pm. With the recent period of rain being followed by the very warm spell there should be some interesting displays this year.

THE 300 CLUB is due to meet at The Smugglers Inn on June 12th for two more lucky winners to become £50 richer.

FOLLERS MANOR garden will once again be open to the public on June 24 with the proceeds this year going to Heartstart. Heartstart are also asking for volunteers to be trained by the South East Coast Ambulance Service to join the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Heartstart team. For details telephone Colin Burden at 01323 871306.

LITLINGTON Kindergarten Summer Fete will be held on June 30 from 2 to 5pm in the Litlington Village Hall and Garden. There will be a bouncy castle, refreshments, raffle plants and produce and games.

THE OLD CHAPEL CENTRE Drop-in coffee mornings have closed for the summer but report on having great support during the winter months. More volunteers are called for and more information about this will be available nearer the beginning of the next season.

Meeching Valley

Meeching WI had a resolutions meeting at which the vote for “Employment of more Midwives” was carried unanimously, this will go forward to the ACM and, if passed, on to Parliament. The talk on June 21 will be from Mrs Meg Heyworth, on Walking the South Downs Way. At the June meeting we are hoping that many members will turn up wearing Red White and Blue to celebrate Jubilee Year and for those Republicans among us how about just celebrating being British. There will also be a competition for the best decorated Jubilee hat. So plenty of time to get those ideas going. July 25 Ladies Day, we are hoping to go to Jempsons Bakery for lunch and visit the Stone Cross Mill for cream tea and tour. Book Club meets on the second Thursday of the month and is currently reading The Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander MacAll Smith. New members/visitors are always welcome. If you have any queries please ring 01273 515439.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

DENTON CHALLENGE. Denton PCC has combined with the local community to stage a unique event tomorrow (Saturday) from 1-5pm. Expanding on the usual church fayre in aid of St Leonard’s Church, Denton, they have set up the Denton Community Challenge. This will be run under the banner the Jubi-lympics which will take place on Denton Field, opposite the garage in Avis Road on the road from Denton Corner to Paradise Park. It is a real family event and all monies raised will go to charity – the beautiful flint church of St Leonards dating back to 1288 and the James Daniels Memorial Fund. The Trustees of this fund distribute money to local schools and sports clubs who are invited to apply for funds to aid sporting activities for local children. Newhaven Youth Marching Band will open the proceedings and Chris Baker, the lead singer from local band The Baker Boys will be the MC for the day. Arena events include dog agility, Zumba, the Norcross Dancers and Olympic events such as the sponge javelin. Local community groups are running various side shows and there will be model steam train rides, a tug of war, cake stalls and raffles. Refreshments will include baked potatoes with various fillings and the afternoon will end with a community barbecue. The winners will receive Gold, Silver and Bronze rosettes on the specially-made Jubi-Lympics podium and there is the opportunity for them to be photographed on the podium and buy the prints on the day.

NEWHAVEN FORT. There is a living history weekend tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday at Newhaven Fort. You can meet living historians and find out what military life was like in different eras from Napoleonic times to WWII. Enjoy guided tours and get hands-on with some of the artefacts usually kept behind glass. Usual admission prices apply.

SPOKEN MEMOIRS. Go along to the Hillcrest Centre, Hillcrest Road, Newhaven on Monday June 11 between 6.30-8pm to share your stories and memories with the team behind the community play The Port, The Beast and The Traveller which will be performed at Newhaven Fort in September. These interviews are for oral history. Free oral history training relating to this project takes place on the following dates at the Hillcrest Centre, Wednesday June 13 7.30-9pm, Friday June 15 10am-4pm, Tuesday June 26 10am-4pm, Saturday July 7 10am-12 noon. On the first and last session Islida Almeida-Harvey from East Sussex Records Office will be in attendance. For further information or to book a place email or telephone 07759287768

FREE COURSE on Managing Stress and Anger on Mondays at Summerhayes Well Being Centre, Marshall Lane (behind Arrow Tyres) noon-2pm on the following dates June 25, and July 2 and 9. Spaces limited. To book, tel 01273 612360 or email

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: Meg Heyworth will give a talk to members on Monday June 11 about Bird Watching at South Heighton village hall at 7pm. Visitors are welcome.

GUEST HOUSE STORYTELLERS. Michael Harvey is the storyteller on Tuesday June 12, telling Stories from the Black Mountain, his collection of Breton fairy tales about beauties, beasts, strange companions, bizarre marriages and ruthless atonement. Tickets are £6 in advance or £7 on the door. Tickets from The Hillcrest Café or from Ronda Armitage,tel 01825 873472.

SPONSORED WALK. Carl Edwards from St Michael’s Church is walking from Newhaven to Eastbourne and back on Saturday June 16 to raise money for Christian Aid. He is leaving early and hopes to be back in Newhaven about 7pm. To sponsor him telephone Margaret on 01273 515709.


BEACON LIGHTING: It was a delight to see so many residents supporting this event at The Dell last Monday. There was a little bit of trouble getting the beacon to light much to the good hearted amusement of the crowd. However seeing the TV news later showing other towns lighting theirs I was struck by the fact that they used a gas flared basket whereas Peacehaven used a traditional basket packed with tinder and wood. Ours was a true replica of past historic events.

FLOWER CLUB: On Wednesday June 13 the Rottingdean Flower Club are in the Whiteway Centre at 2.30pm when Carolynne Meer will demonstrate five arrangements around a theme of recycling. The event is open to visitors at a cost of £4.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow June 9 has been organised by the Peacehaven Conservative Party from 8.30am until 12 noon in the Main Hall, Community House. Next week the market is being arranged by the Seahaven Lioness Club. To reserve a table telephone them on 01273 513016.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today Friday the Meridian Evening WI are in the Community House between 8.30am and midday serving teas, coffees and cakes from the refreshment kiosk. There are two coffee mornings next week on Thursday Joan Goldrich will hold another of her coffee mornings in aid of the Peacehaven War Memorial fund and INAA the local advice group will be behind the counter on Friday June 15.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the policy and finance committee on Tuesday June 12 in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. Residents are welcome to attend and ask questions during the first 15 minutes.

BOOT SALE: The Telscombe PTA is holding a boot sale at The Dell, South Coast Road on Sunday June 10. Sellers will be admitted from 8am and buyers please note that access will be from 9am until 1pm. Free car parking on The Dell until shortly after 1pm when the gates will be locked and access will only be by foot.

COUNCILLOR’S SURGERY: Councillors will be available in the Meridian Centre on Saturday June 9 from 10am to 11am for residents who wish to raise local issues but are unable to get to Council meetings.

Rodmell & Southease

WITH SADNESS: It was with sadness I read in our parish magazine that Peter Foster had died and his funeral took place on May 18. Peter was a lovely man, very eloquent and with a great sense of humour. He enjoyed being in Rodmell’s famous pantomimes and was always able to get a laugh form his audience. Condolences to his family.

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS: Details of our village celebrations will follow later.

BUS SERVICE: For those who want to go into Brighton but don’t want to take the car, take the 130 Bus. Community Transport (Brighton and Hove area) Ltd is a non-profit voluntary sector organisation. Bus 130 is their first venture in providing a timetabled local community bus service which has been serving Rodmell, Iford and Kingston since 2009. With effect from May 2012, the service is being extended to the Winterbourne area of Lewes, to provide a direct route to and from Brighton. Direct to Brighton via the A27 £2 single, £3 return, concessionary pass holders travel free. Mondays to Fridays. If you get on the bus at 9.30am in Rodmell you get to Brighton Railway Station at 10.16am. For details ring 01273 677559 email website


Jubilee Day: Wow! What a fantastic day with lots of fun on Martello Fields, great music and finished off with a beautiful full moon, laser lights and our beacon. Thank you to all the volunteers who made the day so memorable. Thank you to Michael Staples for arranging for the Union Flag to be flown on the Martello Tower over the last year. On Sunday it is raised to celebrate the birthday of the Duke of Edinburgh.

New Book: A new Seaford history book has just been published. A Seaford Treasure Chest by Diana Crook is a wonderful collection of facts and cuttings about Seaford – I say facts, if you want to read about a sea-monster captured in Seaford Bay or Wendy the talking cat, you had better buy a copy. Available this weekend from Seaford Museum (the book not the talking cat!)

Folk Club: The guest tonight (8pm at the Royal British Legion in Claremont Road) is John Kelly an accomplished singer. Check out their website

Boot Fair: Seahaven Scouts are having one of their popular Boot Fairs at Seaford Head Community College in Steyne Road tomorrow. Doors are open from 9.30am although sellers are allowed to set up from 8.30am. For further information about this or future fairs call 0844 4146086.

MP Surgery: Norman Baker MP will be holding a surgery tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 37, Church Street, Seaford. Contact his office on 01273 480281 for an appointment. He can also be contacted by letter at 23 East Street, Lewes BN7 2LJ

Sussex Art: Last week I popped into the Crypt to see the Society of Sussex Painters exhibition. There is some beautiful and unusual artwork to be seen at this free show which is open daily from 10.30am to 4.30pm until Thursday. (closes at 3.30pm on the last day)

Summer Fete: St Lukes Church in Walmer Rd are holding their Summer Fete tomorrow from 2-4pm There will be cakes, refreshments, a raffle and even birds of prey. Adults 20p kids free.

Twinning Meeting: Bingo and Fish ‘n’ Chips in the Council Chamber at 37, Church Street, Seaford. Please let Garry know on 01424 201610 if you wish to have fish and chips and ensure you are there in time for a 7.30pm start – there may be no-one downstairs to let you in after this time!

Boot Sale: Seaford Rotary Club boot sale on Sunday morning at the Martello Fields. There are also crafts and produce to be bought. Selling starts from 9am and there will be free parking. For further information or if you would like to book a pitch call 01273 513162.

Sporting Seaford: The Seaford Sport Exhibition is still on at Seaford Museum but this Sunday there are also a couple of other events worth a visit. Blatchington Tennis Club in Belgrave Road is open to the public from 10am to 4pm. There is free coaching, a ball machine and a speed gun to see how fast your serve is. Call 01323 892322 for further information. Cycle Seahaven is holding a bicycle festival at the Salts. You can try a ride on some top-quality bikes and take an obstacle course. There will be vintage bikes, old costumes and cycle jumble. Both events are suitable for adults and children.

Give Blood: The National Blood Transfusion Service will be at the Seaford Baptist Church in Belgrave Road this coming Thursday. There will be two sessions from 2pm to 4pm and again from 5.30pm until 8pm.

Ghost Music: I will be assisting Peter Martin, Joy Lewis and Derrick Hughes in another performance of the popular “Ghost Music” at Alfriston War memorial Hall next week. Lots of Seaford people asked me when it was next going to be performed as the poetry and prose is all related to Seaford and nearby coast. Tickets from Steamer Trading in Alfriston and include a meal! Call me on 01323 491707 for further details.


PART NIGHT street lighting proposals. East Sussex County Council are proposing a part night lighting scheme in Peacehaven, Telscombe and East Saltdean. This will involve turning off some street lights totally after midnight, reducing the number of lights in some streets and dimming street lights on the main South Coast Road between midnight and 6am. East Sussex County Council are holding an event where you will be able to see detailed maps of your area at the Meridian Centre, Peacehaven on Saturday June 23 between 9am and midday. You will have the opportunity to tell ESCC your thoughts and talk about any concerns you might have. Plans of the proposals for Telscombe and East Saltdean are also on display until July 19 in the Telscombe Civic Centre between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. You will also find all the information and be able to comment online at between June 23 and July 9.

CONCERT: Diamond Jubilee Concert by Royal Pavilion Harpist, Andrew Ballantyne, Sunday at 6pm. A relaxing evening with the Royal Pavilion Harpist at St Nicholas Church, Saltdean Vale. Tickets cost adults £6, children £4 and are available on the door. Refreshments will be available. Proceeds for Church funds.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the planning and highways committee on Monday at 7.30pm in room 5 at the 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

THE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION is holding a meeting at the Civic Centre on Monday at 7.30pm. 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.

TELSCOMBE CLIFFS WI will be holding their monthly meeting at the Civic Centre from 2pm to 4 pm on Wednesday. New members are always welcome. For any queries or more details please telephone Pat Grey on 01273 583778.

NEW CLASS: A new circuit class will start on Tuesday June 19 from 6pm to 7pm at the Civic Centre. The class costs £4 per session; bring a buddy and receive your session free; book five sessions in advance and only pay for four. The class will entail the qualified trainer taking you through a total body workout. Each session will provide plenty of variety which they hope will bring some fun to the class. See their website for details