Parish Pump Newhaven - March 22, 2013


PRO MUSICA will be performing an abridged version of Hayden’s Creation at 6pm on March 24 in St Andrew’s Church. The concert will last about an hour and a quarter. Tickets £10 and children under 14 years free.

COFFEE MORNING: Alfriston Cricket Club’s annual fund raising coffee morning will be held at the War Memorial Hall on March 30 from 10am to noon. There will be a variety of stalls including books, bric-a-brac, plants, toys and cakes. The club will use the funds raised towards improvements of their facilities, in particular a new ride-on roller. Everyone is welcome. For information about becoming a player telephone the Club Captain John Harmer at 01323 870270.


EASTER at St Andrew’s Church. If you are able to help with decorating the church on Easter Saturday, March 30, from 10 am please contact Jane Lucy on 898209. Anyone wishing to make a donation towards Easter Lilies and flowers in memory of a loved one should contact Jane 989209 or Hilary 896567.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no evensong at St Andrew’s Church on Sunday April 7. United Benefice Evensong with Benediction will be held at St Peter’s followed by drinks at the Rectory.

COFFEE MORNING: The Bishopstone and Norton community coffee morning will not be held in March as the last Friday of the month is Good Friday. The next one will be Friday, April 26.

EXHIBITION: Last Saturday was the opening day for a new exhibition on Sea Breezes and Sea Beans at the Martello Tower (Seaford Museum). A big thank-you to everyone who helped to make this day a success, in particular to the Mayor, despite her recent visit to A&E, and her Consort, another busy Bishopstonian.

IN SPITE of the windy weather, Friends of Tidemills were out in force collecting rubbish last Sunday, it was particularly difficult for volunteers to open rubbish bags. Jim Skinner was conspicuous by his absence and all wish him a speedy recovery.


ARTIST TALK: I am due to take part in an event organised by the Beyond Church at the Good Companions Pub in Brighton on Sunday evening at 8pm. This will be part of a series of presentations and discussions they have had during Lent, involving artists talking about their work and inspiration. This Sunday’s meeting will feature artists taking part in the He is Risen exhibition at St Laurence Church here in Falmer. I have to say I am in a state of trepidation as I am not keen on talking about my work, however I am sure the crowd will be friendly, and we don’t have to talk for very long. The artists taking part include poets and a photographer as well so it will be very interesting to hear what they say. Anyone is welcome to come along to listen and join the discussion.

EXHIBITION: A reminder that the aforementioned He is Risen exhibition can be seen at the First Eucharist of Easter service on Saturday March 30 at 7pm. This will be followed by a bring and share party at the village hall.

MORE ARTS: Falmer’s arts profile is getting bigger and bigger. The Brighton Festival Fringe brochure is out on the streets now and we have our first concert as part of the Fringe this year. You can also get the details of events online at

MOTORCYCLES: The Royal British Legion Riders Branch will be stopping at Falmer tomorrow (Saturday) as they journey across to Portsmouth. They are expected here at around 9.30am and they will then make their way along the A27 stopping at Tangmere en route. They are making a stop here due to Falmer’s association with the army, which frequently camped in the fields above the village in days gone by, as can be seen in many old postcards. The RBL Riders Branch, an ex-services motorcycle club is an official branch of the British Legion and they raise funds through their events. They should be quite a sight (and sound).

FOOTBALL: Last Sunday’s Albion match against Crystal Palace happily went off without trouble in spite of a record turnout. I must say the noise from the crowd was pretty loud, but even with such a large number of fans there were only three arrests.

MARATHON: At the time of writing I have not yet heard how the Running Rev did in last Sunday’s Barcelona Marathon, but I do know it was considerably hotter over there than it was here.

EASTER SERVICES: Maundy Thursday service with footwashing at 7pm. March 29, Good Friday service at noon. March 30, First Eucharist of Easter at 7pm. March 31, Easter Day sung Eucharist at 10am.


WOMEN VERSUS CANCER: Just a little reminder about the coffee morning at Glynde Reading Room tomorrow, Saturday, 11-30am to 12-30pm. Raffle and cake help me send Louise and her bike to Cuba.


EASTER SERVICES: On Maundy Thursday, there will be a Service of Holy Communion at 7.30pm. Then on Good Friday, March 29, there will be a Meditative Service at 11am, immediately followed by a Simple Lunch at Kingston Parish Hall, with free entry but donations please at the lunch to be given to Caring and Sharing, a charity which raises money for projects in poorer countries throughout the world. Finally on Easter Day, Sunday, March 31, we celebrate the resurrection of Christ with a joyful Service of Family Communion at 9.45am.


WESTGATE WI: She was a reformer and a revolutionary and her name was Eleanor Rathbone MP, the subject chosen by speaker Sybil Oldfield who outlined the life of a great pioneer of women’s emancipation. Born in Liverpool in the 1870s into a family of reformers, Eleanor went first to Oxford and then worked as an unpaid social worker in her home town. By 1910 she had become the Liverpool Suffrage Movement incarnate. Serving on the City Council, during World War One she helped dependent women, starting a campaign for family allowances to be paid directly to women. After the war, equal citizenship was still not won and Eleanor, now in her fifties, became a fearless Independent MP, antagonising all the main political parties. After World War Two, Beveridge backed her as part of the vision for a new Britain and the Welfare State. She died in 1946 aged 73. Two comments sum up this formidable character who wanted to help women worldwide: ‘She fused ardour with selflessness’ and ‘She was quite a woman’. This excellent talk was followed by a much applauded Easter Bonnet Parade. Next meeting is on April 10. (A Stephen).

U3A: The University of the Third Age, Lewes Lectures 2013. Incident at Gondokoro: The Rise and Fall of Consul John Petherick by Dr John Fletcher at the Council Chamber, Lewes Town Hall, 2.30pm Tuesday. In February 1863 Welshman John Petherick lost his diplomatic post, his livelihood and his precious reputation following a clash with three famous glory-seeking explorers in the heart of Africa. On the bi-centenary of his birth, Dr Fletcher seeks to re-examine the cold case of Petherick’s disgrace. Lewes Lectures are free and all are welcome.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our last Sunday walk was in the Holtye Area at the Kent/Sussex border. With a cold spell coming up after a week of spring-like temperatures, and still being considerably wet underfoot, it was no surprise that only eight people turned up. Due to the muddy conditions we shortened our walk to just over four miles. We started at Cowden, where our footpath followed in a westerly direction and passed through beautiful little woods and fields before turning south and coming out on a country lane and beside Furnace Pond and the pretty landscaped gardens of Furnace Farm. We left the country lane at Holtye Common Mill, where we climbed up a hill towards Holtye Golf Ground. As it was very busy, we had to negotiate a safe passageway with the golfers. We soon reached another golf course where a stream in the middle of it marked the border between Kent and East Sussex. The walk ended with walking uphill through allotment gardens towards Cowden Church, and back to the car park. A lovely pub lunch awaited those who had wisely booked a table ahead, as it was Mothering Sunday. Wolfgang led the walk in this beautiful area. The next walk is on Sunday. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. The walk will take us over Mount Caburn and into Glynde. Here there is a choice of returning to Lewes by train or continuing on to Firle and Berwick. Bring a picnic if doing the longer walk.

BRIDGE CLUB: Jack Cripps Salamander Plate won by Ron and Margaret Buddery. Thursday February 28, 2nd Championship Pairs: 1, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 2, Alan Disney and Rita Hartnell; 3, Janice Bell and Tony Redshaw. March 14 Butler Pairs: 1, Pauline Brown and Clare Nankivell; 2, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan; 3, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole. Tuesday March 5, 1st Ladder: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Simon Fishburn and Mickie Lodge; 3, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone. March 12 Butler Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Matt Read; 2, Richard Burnett and Meic Goodyear; 3, Janet Cattermole and Peter Waters. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.


THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.40am to 12.40pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.50pm to 2.20pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2.35pm to 3.00pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 3.10pm to 3.40pm.


EASTER FUNDAY tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. Denton Island Nursery. Face painting, Easter egg hunt, craft activities, stalls.

CHARITY FAIR in aid of Rick Sharpe International charity to raise funds for container clinics, medical supplies and community projects for Africa. Tomorrow, Saturday, Breakout Centre, Newhaven Square 10am.

SUMMITS is then title of a talk with Cliff at Denton Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm For further details ring 01273 515439.

GUIDED TOURS at Newhaven Fort tomorrow, Saturday, at 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Advance booking essential. Tours included in admission price at Fort. To book a place telephone 01273 517622.

CANVASSING TRAINING: Councillor Carla Butler (LibDem) is running a training session on Monday, 6pm to 8.30pm when Cllr Butler will be teaching people how to learn to use the canvassing system Connect and also how to go out in groups to canvass. Meet at 6pm at Meeching estate agents, High Street. Optional curry afterwards, take your own drink. If you want to go for a curry ring Cllr Butler on 07876 162395 so she can book a table.

GROW COOK and Shine for those who love cooking and trying new food. Free course starting with indoor sessions on March 27 and April 3 followed by outdoor sessions on April 10, May 8, June 5 and July 3, 1pm to 3.30pm. For more information and to book a place telephone Jenny on 01273 311700 or email her at

GOOD FRIDAY, March 29, Churches Together in Newhaven will be holding their Traditional Walk of Witness. Meet at the War Memorial Gardens in South Way at 11.30am and process to Sainsbury’s car park at the Drove for an open air service at noon. If you cannot walk that far meet the procession at Sainsbury’s.


CINEMA: A Song for Marion is another of the recent spate of films that have followed in the wake of The King’s Speech. It is unashamedly aimed at a slightly older audience. It is being shown on Wednesday April 17 in the Community House starting at 7.30pm. Tickets as usual are available at £5 from the information office.

BRITISH EVENING: The Company, With Style Entertainment will host the evening on Friday April 19 in the Community House at 7.30pm with music from the 50’s through to the present time. It is to celebrate the Queen’s Coronation. The audience are invited to pick their favourite era and come dressed accordingly. There are still a few tickets available from the information office at £8.50 each which includes a pie and mash supper but bring your own drinks.

OPEN GARDEN: There are many keen gardeners in the town who have wonderful floral displays in the summer. The Peacehaven Council are inviting gardeners to enter the Open Gardens show. As part of the Mayor’s local charity project your visitors will pay a small entrance fee. In order to have time to do some planning if you would like to join in this new venture the closing date for entry is April 1. All you need to do is call the council on 01273 585493 for more details.

TOOL THEFTS: The police are reporting that there has been an increase in the Peacehaven area of tool thefts from work vans. Don’t make it easy for thieves. Ensure that all doors are locked whenever you leave the van. If you have a garage then use it and if it is parked on a driveway consider installing security lighting.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The East Saltdean Access Group will be in the Meridian Centre Community House foyer today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes from 8.30am until noon. Next week on Tuesday the Peacehaven WI will be behind the counter followed on Thursday by the Peacehaven Players working hard in anticipation of their next production in mid-June. There will be no coffee morning on Friday March 29 as the Community House will be closed for the Good Friday Bank Holiday.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Recycling Project in the Main Hall Community House from 8.30am until midday.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the leisure and amenities committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room starting at 6.30pm. Residents are always welcome to attend and may ask questions during the first 15 minutes.

QUIZ NIGHT: Remember there is a charity quiz night today, Friday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre starting at 7pm sharp. It is £2 per person. Those who wish to play as a team are limited to eight per table and must book and pay in advance at the information office. Bring your own food and drink to ensure an enjoyable evening.

BOOT SALE: Provided the ground is in a usable state the first of this year’s boot sales at The Dell, South Coast Road will be on Sunday and is organised by Telscombe Cliffs Nursery. Sellers are reminded that the gates open at 8am and buyers are admitted from 9am until 1pm. There is plenty of free parking on The Dell.

READING: The library will be closed on bank holiday Good Friday and Easter Monday so make sure you have enough to read especially if it turns out to be wet. Any books can be renewed on line. For those who do not have a computer it is now possible to renew books by ringing 0345 60 80 195 which is a 24 hour service. All you need is the membership number from your library card and a PIN number. If you do not have a PIN number ask for one from your library.

COUNCIL OFFICES: For the duration of the Easter Bank Holiday the information office and the council offices will close at 4pm on Good Friday and will re-open at 9am on Tuesday April 2.

RUBBISH COLLECTIONS: On Monday the collection will be as normal. For collections from Tuesday to Friday, March 29, the bins should be put out one day earlier. From Easter Monday, April 1, through to Friday, April 5, bins should be put out one day later. Normal collection dates will resume on Monday April 8.

KERBSIDE COLLECTIONS: The collection dates for the recycling bins are correctly shown on the calendars delivered to all households early in the New Year. I am told copies are available on the web site if your calendar has been mislaid.

LINE DANCING: Southern Stomp has been teaching line dancing for over 18 years and is starting a new class next month aimed at beginners who have never tried line dancing or maybe are returning to it after a break. It is a friendly and enjoyable activity besides being a fun way to get some exercise. No partner is required so why not give a try. For more information and to see if this class would suit you call Joy on 01273 587714.


TALK on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Piddinghoe Village Hall on and tastings of wide variety of Belgian beers Trappiste to Fruit etc by Greg Carona of the Belgian Cafe Eastbourne. Tickets available until tomorrow, Saturday, £8.50 from The Gardeners Arms Lewes, The Abergavenney Arms Rodmell or from Terry Penn 01273 510200.

FILM NIGHT on Friday March 29, 7.30pm in Piddinghoe Village Hall is Bringing up Baby starring Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn.


BINGO: Friends of Willingdon Community School are holding a bingo evening tomorrow, Saturday, eyes down at 7pm. Details at or telephone Andy Webb a on 481101.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by Neighbourhood Watch. All welcome in the lounge from 10am to noon.

POLEGATE WI meets on the second Thursday of each month in the lounge at the Community Centre at 2pm. For more info please contact Avril Parrini on 489332.

WINE AND SOCIAL CLUB are having a talk about the lifeboats on Tuesday. Visitors welcome at our meetings on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the Community Centre coffee lounge at 7.30pm. For more information contact Alf Harris on 485134 or Sheila Smith 483222.

RICHARD SALMON is our speaker on Tuesday evening at the Eastbourne Local History Society, meeting, St Saviours Church Hall. Doors open at 7pm, meeting starts at 7.30pm. His topic for the talk is Railway Carriages Brought Back to Life. Visitors welcome.

TRINITY CHURCH, Maundy Thursday at 3pm, Olivet to Calvary will be performed by the Downland Singers and friends. Come along and join in the journey through Holy Week and listen to this much loved and popular work by J H Maunder. Tenor solo Rod Brown, Baritone solo Fr Michael Maine, organ Alastair Macfadyen, musical directory Jennie Macfadyen.

OBITUARY: Gladys Colbran 1920-2013. Gladys or Glad as she was known served the community in many ways. As a parish and subsequently town councillor, she also found time to serve on the PCA becoming vice chair and chair for two years. She and her husband John were great supporters of the Windsor Club, especially when fund raising was involved. She cooked breakfast for the participants in the club darts marathon while John was up all night scoring. She also gave her time to voluntary work at the William Daly Centre. She will be sadly missed. (Joan Shoesmith).

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on March 28 include: As Before With One Lump Added and One Lump Removed, 4.8 miles fields, lanes, woods leader will be at Hellingly start point, approx 11 stiles with Peter S. Or Over the Hill and Far Away, 10 miles, one steep climb otherwise easy walking from Golden Galleon Pub, take picnic no stiles with Mike. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.


LENTEN LUNCH: The last of the simple Lenten Lunches will be held in the Church Room today, Friday, from noon to 2pm.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: If you haven’t as yet got your tickets for Strictly Murder by Brian Clemens, the play being performed by members of RDS, you can still go along either tonight or tomorrow evening to catch this very good play. Performances commence at 7.45pm and tickets can be purchased on the door at a cost of £8.

COFFEE MORNING: The bowls club are holding their Spring Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon at the Bowls Club Pavilion. All are welcome. Subscriptions for the coming season will be collected from members at this event. There will be a raffle and cakes, bring and buy, books and jigsaw stalls. Entrance 50p which includes your coffee and a biscuit.

SILVER SURFERS: There are still a couple of places available on this class which is taking place at Ringmer Community College tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. If you would like to attend or require further information please contact Ruth Whitlock, Learning Resource Manager on 01273 812220 ext. 253 or email

FOOTBALL CLUB: The first team are at home again this weekend, weather permitting, and are due to play Pagham at The Caburn on Saturday with a 3pm kick off. Meanwhile the Reserves are away to Littlehampton on Saturday, also with a 3pm kick off. On Sunday morning at 11am the Veterans play Hassocks away at The Beacons in the semi-final of the Fred Pretty Cup and are hoping to repeat their success in this competition of the previous two seasons. Due to the awful weather we have been experiencing it is always wise to check if games are on with the club before travelling. The club webmaster, Malcolm Crouch, keeps the website fully up to date so if he knows the status of the matches, it will be on the website

HOLY WEEK SERVICES: On Palm Sunday those attending St Mary’s will commence their service at 9.45am in the village hall with the Baptist Church and then process to the church for the service which will include the reading of the passion. At 6.30pm there is a service of Music and Readings. On Maundy Thursday the service at 7.30pm recalls the Last Supper and includes the ceremony of foot washing. The service is followed by a vigil. On Good Friday there will be a service of Hymns and Readings in the Shopping Precinct at 9.15am, at 10am a children’s Bun Service in church and at noon there will be Three Hours Devotion at which the preacher will be the Curate Revd Sally Epps. On Saturday the Easter Vigil will commence at 7.30pm and on Easter Day there will be an 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Easter Eucharist and Evensong at 6.30pm.

NEARLY NEW SALE: A reminder that this is being held at Ringmer Primary School on Sunday, from 10.30am to noon. There will be lots of items on sale for children aged 4 years and upwards.

ART EXHIBITION in the Church Room over Easter weekend and on display will be a fine collection of the work of our local artists. A good number of the paintings will be for sale so do try to attend at some time over the weekend. Opening times are Friday March 29, Saturday March 30 and Monday April 1 from 10am to 4.30pm and on Easter Day, March 31, from 2pm to 4.30pm. Refreshments available.

VILLAGE HALL: The Village Hall Charity AGM will be held at 7pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall. The meeting is open to all members of the public and it is hoped there will be a good attendance.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on March 13 was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan, Valerie and Peter King; 4, Liz and Tim Owen. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall. Contact number 01273 814220.

VILLAGE QUIZ: Another enjoyable and successful quiz organised by the Village Support Group raised £1,151 for St Peter and St James Hospice. The winning team on 81 was Maureen Jackson’s closely followed by Liz Owen’s 80.5 and the Saunders/Pratt’s with 77.5. Thirty eight teams took part. Although some thought the questions harder, overall scores were similar to previous years. Many thanks to the usual team for all their hard work.


THE SONG There’s a Hole in My Bucket, came to mind last week when I picked up one of my plastic buckets and noticed a hole in it. As we have had wood mice in residence at one time and another over the winter period, I surmised that I perhaps surprised one at some time and it leapt into the bucket and then couldn’t get out so decided to eat its way out.

THE WI Jumble Sale on Saturday March 16 in the village hall did not do as well as usual, but a big thank you should go to the organisers and helpers who no doubt worked hard at it as usual.

BULBS are popping up everywhere at the moment and the bank outside Sunnyside is starting to look very spring like with its host of golden daffodils, all starting to come out. I just hope cars don’t drive all over them and that parents stop their children walking all over them, as they were put there by me to make a pleasing entrance to Lower Rodmell. Other verges in the village are also suffering car damage where people park or just won’t wait for a clear road and drive over verges to get by.

SPRING SHOW: Tomorrow, Saturday, we have our lovely Spring Show in the village hall. As always the organisers will probably worry about if there are enough daffodils for the show. There are usually plenty of entries and it’s a very popular show so do come along.

I SEE that parents have raised £2 million in an attempt to save St Aubyns Prep School in Rottingdean. St Aubyns is a well loved school and many children from this area have been pupils there over the years. Previously it was a boys boarding school and Rudyard Kipling, who at one time lived in Rottingdean, sent his son Jack there as it was a feeder school for Eaton. I spent many hours waiting to pick my friends three boys up. I also had friends who worked there, and attended the concerts, garden parties, sports days and Christmas Carol services. The boys always seemed happy there and in later years girls were accepted. A lot of people would be sad if it was to go.

JAZZ: The Jazz group Souzaphonic went down very well at our pub, The Abergavenny Arms, on Sunday evening. There was an Irish buffet at a very reasonable cost which was much appreciated. It was lovely for me to be able to go and meet up with musicians of the Jazz world that I have known for many years, and also to see former members of Lewes Jazz Club, in which Mike and I were involved with for its duration at the Con Club, Lewes for a number of years. The line up on Sunday was Simon D’Souza saxes, Terry Seabrook keys, Nigel Thomas acoustic bass and Alex Eberhard drums. We look forward to the next Jazz event. Elle Osborne also did a star turn on Sunday. Elle is a villager and a well known folk singer and recording artist. Elle is running the Sussex Spring Sing on Monday May 6, 3pm to 10.30pm at the Abergavenny Arms. There will be four folk song workshops led by Elle, see the website for details


MUSEUM AGM: Tonight, Friday, sees the annual general meeting of Seaford Museum and Heritage Society. The guest speaker is Richard Hunter, an internationally acclaimed historian on the subject of ships figureheads. He is currently restoring our old friend Phoebe, the figurehead which has long been on display at the museum. The meeting starts at 6.30pm at the Little Theatre, Steyne Road.

FILM NIGHT: The film at the community cinema this evening is Drive (cert 18) which is a gritty American crime drama released in 2011. The film has been critically acclaimed and was nominated for Best Film and Best Director awards at last year’s BAFTA’s. The curtain rises at 7.30pm and tickets are available from the Box Office at Seaford Tourist Information Centre, or on the door.

QUIZ NIGHT: Seaford Rotary are holding a quiz night this evening, Friday, at Seaford Head Lower School, from 7.30pm. Teams of four cost £30 which includes dinner. For further information call 07971 611431.

FOLK NIGHT: You can make a silk purse from a pig’s ear. Tonight, Friday, the guests at Seaford Folk Club are Silk Purse (mother and daughter Sue and Lindsay Rule) who were formed from another folk group called Pigs Ear. They play traditional folk and also some of their own harmonious compositions. The club meet from 8pm at the Royal British Legion Club.

ARTS: The Crypt Gallery will be holding a Shared Exhibition with Artist in Residence, John Amos from tomorrow, Saturday, until Thursday. There will be six other exhibitors in the gallery, Jaime Etherington, Marion Prentice, Richard Walsh, Lisa Joffe, Hazel Holden and Lesley Harvey. The gallery will be open free from 10am to 4.30pm. Worth a visit.

COUNCILLOR SURGERY: Seaford Liberal Democrats will be holding a surgery at 37 Church Street tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and noon. No appointment is necessary, just pop in and they will be pleased to help.

SUNDAY SHOPS: Remember that many Seaford shops, including Toytown are open on Sunday. There is plenty of free parking including the council car-park just off Broad Street in Sutton Road.

TABLE TOP SALE at the Downs Leisure Centre on Sunday between 9am and noon. All 70 tables have already been booked so it should be worth a visit. If you want to book a table for a future event call 01323 493029.

TRAFFIC: If you are heading eastwards from Seaford on Sunday, watch out for the Sussex Coast Marathon which will be crossing some of the roads around the Birling Gap area.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Seaford Town FC are playing Eastbourne United at the Crouch on Tuesday evening. Kick off is at 7.30pm so why not go along and support your local team.

LECTURE CLUB: Seaford Literary and Lecture Club are holding their AGM at the St Leonard’s Church Hall from 7.30pm on Tuesday.

THE GARDEN CLUB will be meeting on Wednesday evening at 7.30pm at the Clinton Centre. Their speaker is Ray Hale talking about a walk in an English Country Lane.

TALK: Dr Sally White lives in Seaford but used to manage Lewes Castle. She is the guest speaker at the Seaford and District Horticultural Society on Thursday evening. The event is for members only but if you are interested in joining call 01323 898733.

QUIZ NIGHT: The bonfire society are holding a Quiz Night on Thursday starting at 7.30pm. The venue is the Old Boot in South Street and the cost is £2 per person. For further information call Rachel on 07786 690305.

LIBRARY: Work is now well underway to build our new library. To allow access for construction traffic, the adjacent street, Warwick Road will now be closed until December 20. I am a little disappointed to read that the library will include a cafe. We have many good cafes in the town and I would prefer that the space is used for more books. However if the cafe draws residents and provides a warm cosy refuge for library users, it can’t be too bad. Don’t forget that the temporary library in Blatchington Road still provides an excellent friendly service with good access and good parking.

BOOKS: Talking about books, I have always had a friendly welcome at the Wise Book shop at 14 Sutton Road. The bookshop has a good stock which is always changing and all proceeds are forwarded to the Family Support Work charity. They are open 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturday.

OPERA: The world renowned singer Felicity Lott is holding a concert on behalf of the Mayor’s Charities at 2.30pm on Sunday April 21 at Newlands School. Tickets are £25 each and are bound to sell out, so contact the town council on 01323 894870 to get yours.

SPONSORED WALK: Seaford Martello Rotary Club are holding another of their sponsored walks in aid of the Sussex Air Ambulance in May. This walk starts and ends at the Martello Fields where the club’s beer tent will be waiting to revive you after the 13 mile walk. Registration packs cost just £6 and are available now by calling 07934 183021.

GUIDED TOURS: Tickets for my historic guided tours of Seaford, Tide Mills and the cemetery are now available from the Tourist Information Centre. Telephone: 01323 897426 for details of times and dates.


BINGO EVENING: This is a week earlier than normal today, Friday, as next Friday is Good Friday. Unfortunately there was a printing error last week which said it was on the 15th, apologies for any inconvenience caused. It will be at Telscombe Civic Centre starting at 7pm. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball for 50p each individual ticket and a flyer game for £1 a sheet. This is a special Easter edition and will include a raffle. 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.

COUNCIL MEETINGS: There will be a meeting of the Amenities and Civic Centre Committee on Monday at 7.30pm in room 1 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

EASTER CLOSURES: The Civic Centre will be closed on Good Friday and on Easter Monday, re-opening at 9am on Tuesday April 2.