Parish Pump Newhaven - May 10, 2013

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CHRISTIAN AID WEEK begins on May 12 with house to house collections. Christian Aid spent £67.8 million in 2011/12 on healthcare, sanitation, education, agricultural development and other life-changing projects helping impoverished people in 44 countries. The Christian Aid church services, at Litlington on May 5 and on May 12 at West Dean and Alfriston, will focus on Christian Aid’s Enough Food for Everyone campaign. The speakers will be Caroline Giles at Litlington and the Rev. Keith Williams at West Dean and Alfriston. The service at Alfriston will be followed by a simple lunch organised by Jane Alvey. There are no tickets or a set charge but a Christian Aid collection box will be on prominent display at the exit. On May 18 there will be the Beating the Bounds sponsored walk. The walk starts at 8.20am. Contact Rachel on 01323 871592 if you would like to join the walk and/or would like to sponsor a walker.

THE ALFRISTON and Cuckmere Historical Society’s May meeting will be on May 16 at 7.30pm in the War Memorial Hall. The two speakers will be Robin Burnett and Graham Kean. Robin’s talk is entitled Paddle Steamers to Great Liners, about the history of the Royal Mail Line. Graham Kean’s subject is Flints and Finds. Graham is a enthusiastic amateur archaeologist with the Mid Sussex Archaeology Team, his talk will focus on local archaeology. All are welcome: members free, non-members £5.

THE 300 CLUB will be meeting at The George on May 14 at 8pm. Another chance to witness who will end the evening £50 better off - if you are a member, it could be you.


ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Women’s Section. Sunday, a laying up and Dedication of a New Standard will be held in the presence of the County and Branch Standards. Representatives from Sussex County Royal British Legion and Sussex County Women’s Section will be attending. All welcome.

ADVANCE NOTICE: Barcombe Garden Club Plant Sale is on Saturday, May 18, in the village hall from 9am to noon. There will be loads of annuals, some perennials, vegetables and herbs. Please bring a container with you to take your plants home.

BOWLING NEWS: The season has arrived with mixed results and weather. After two roll-ups the first game was away to Isle of Thorns on Wednesday, April 24. Rink one: John Osmond 9 Ann Duncan 25, Jasmine Osmond 15 Dave Lindsay 17, Shaun Smith 10 Mike Kirk 18. Barcombe lost 34-60. Saturday, May 4, away to The Crouch: Jasmine Osmond 10 P Budd 25, Les Line 19 Sandra Williams 10, John Osmond 18 D Budd 13, Shaun Smith 20 B Ireland 9. Barcombe won 67-57. If there is anyone wishing to play please ring Jasmine on 01273 400806. Sunday, May 5, home to Cross-in-hand: John Osmond 10 Derrick Weston 25, Jas Osmond 12 John Ewart 17, John Blackmore 9 Mary Hough 29, Les Line 10 John Loran16. Barcombe went down 41-87. Wednesday Competition was played as two sections as usual but with fewer entries. The outcome was John Blackmore beating Henry Bunney four shots to one in the final. In the losers’ section Ann Hills won four to three over John Simpson.


TIDE MILLS: The next community beach clean is at 10am on Sunday May 19, meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and a litter picker and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. For further information call Jim Skinner on 01273 517291.

AGM: The parish hall committee AGM will be held in the parish hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. The committee need support to enable this community asset to continue to thrive, come along and find out more. (Despite the rain, the May Fair was well supported raising £1,700 to support the Hall).

A WELL-PRESERVED Dornier aircraft (Flying Pencil bomber) found in the Channel has been in the news recently. Our local Dornier is less well preserved consisting of some metal scrap in discoloured downland soil. Curiously, a fine Luftwaffe oxygen cylinder turned up at Tide Mills a while ago and can be seen in the Martello museum, alongside a German gas mask found further down the bay. There are more WW2 relics out there.


VILLAGE CLEAN UP: There must have been 10 people who came to the organised clean up. It was hard work and took longer than expected, but Middle Street certainly looks clean and free of mud and weeds, there is plenty more to do and another date will be made for another go. Well done all those that turned out.

LISTENING to Radio 4 (I’m an addict) I heard someone talking about the Ginkgo Tree, saying that it was a living fossil going back to 270 million years. We have a fine specimen in Falmer on the north side, at the end of Park Street leading into the woods; look high on the left hand side. It stands tall and statuesque and at the moment the leaves are not quite out.

EXHIBITION: We have said farewell to the art exhibition in St Laurence Church. The He is Risen exhibition has been an outstanding success with over 600 visitors coming through the doors. The service, led by Jeff Lake to close the exhibition, was very thoughtful and moving, Jeff called it the stations of the resurrection and led us round the church with readings and poems. Congratulations and thanks should go to Sue Barnes who organised the event and brought in exhibitors from all over East Sussex and London.

CONCERT: Sue mentioned the concert tomorrow, Saturday, and there will be another concert on Saturday May 18. The Pastores Ensemble present In Nomine St Laurence. This early music ensemble returns with a new programme for 2013. Both concerts are at 5.30pm entrance is free with a retiring collection.

IT WAS GOOD to see the Gough family who moved away from Falmer in St Laurence on Sunday with their daughter. Jane was married in St Laurence Church 25 years ago, congratulations Jane.

THE BIRDS all around are really lively, nesting and singing their hearts out. Just as I went to walk over the footbridge over the A27 I could hear cheeping in the ducts of the bridge, they must have been able to get into the structure from the underside, noisy but safe.


OVER 50S: On Wednesday May 22 we are off to Merriments near Hurst Green to see their Gardens. (To those who thought we were going to Nymans I am sorry to say they could not accommodate us so went to second choice). We leave Firle/Glynde at 11am. The cost of entry and the coach is members £21 and non members £25. We also have booked a tour of Shoreham Airport on Tuesday July 9 again leaving at 11am. To book your tickets ring 07933766896. Non members always welcome or if you would like to come to one of our meetings our next one is on Monday May 20 at 2pm at the Stables in the Ram.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI will be away to Chiddingly and the second XI are at home to Buxted Park, both matches start at 1.30pm. Firle Falcons At Firle Cricket Club, we appreciate children are not only the future of cricket, but also that regular exercise and team sport is important to the healthy development of children. We reach out to the local community and actively encourage boys and girls to join our club. We run different, age-divided teams (two under 11 teams, hard ball and soft ball, an under 12 team and an under 13 team) with supervised training from respected coaches. For more information go to or talk to the team at home matches.


CONCERT: Seaford Silver Band will be performing a concert at Kingston Church on Saturday evening, May 18, commencing at 7.30pm. They will be playing a wide ranging repertoire of music, including marches, arrangements of classical themes, compilations of music from the shows and films and modern pieces written specifically for brass bands. Come and listen to delightful music in the peaceful surrounds of Kingston Church and the surrounding countryside. Wine and nibbles will be served at the interval. Tickets at £7.50 available from Hugh Bailey (478213), Brenda Neller (472720) or Jennie Yates (473264). All proceeds from the evening will be for Kingston Church.


HISTORY SOCIETY: On Monday at 7.30pm in the King’s Church building, Brooks Road there will be a talk by Sue Berry on The Duke of Newcastle and his Political Allies. For five decades in the 18th century Thomas Pelham-Holles, Duke of Newcastle, used his family estates in Halland and Bishopstone to dominate the political scene in Sussex, and especially the borough of Lewes. Sue Berry looks at the way in which the Duke, his allies amongst the local gentry and his interest operated, and how they used their property and other means of influence. All welcome. Small entry charge on the door. Visit

COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at Cliffe Church Hall (behind church). Cakes, preserves, tombola and more. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On a calm sunny day last Wednesday, 17 of us set off from Newhaven Town Centre Bus Stop and soon found our way on to a path running along the West bank of the river Ouse, passing the huge waste incinerator. As we headed towards Piddinghoe we saw men collecting what were probably shellfish from the river bank. Before reaching the village we passed the church and a lake with many yachts moored there. Having crossed the C7 Lewes to Newhaven Road we then headed south westwards up out of the river valley up on to the Downs. From here there were glorious views eastwards all the way to Seaford Head with the sea beyond. Our route then took us southwards along a ridge through open country to the eastern edge of Peacehaven and the A259 Coastal Road. It was then a short distance to the coast where we stopped for a picnic lunch looking out over still waters. Suitably refreshed, we turned eastwards along the coast through Peacehaven Heights and Harbour Heights before reaching Harbour Hill. At this point we had spectacular views of Newhaven Harbour and the coast along to Seaford. Finally descending into the town we completed our very enjoyable walk through West Quay. The walk was led by Jill and Graham. The next walk is on Tuesday, Bexhill to Battle. Meet at Lewes Railway Station in good time to catch the 9.54am train to Bexhill. There is a group meeting on Wednesday, How Green was my Greenland, an illustrated talk by Graham Albon about this little known country. Cliffe Church Hall at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.

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BOWLING CLUB Open Morning tomorrow (Saturday) at Newhaven Bowling Club Fort Road from 10am to 1pm. If you have ever fancied trying bowls this is your chance. All equipment is provided but wear flat shoes or trainers. Light refreshments available. The club is looking for new members, ladies, men and juniors from beginners to experienced bowlers. The mixed membership is open to all ages and the club plays mixed and ladies matches at Newhaven and clubs between Hove and Eastbourne. Excellent clubhouse with changing facilities for visitors and a kitchen for light refreshments during matches. Junior section for seven years and above on Saturday mornings 10am to 11.30am.

ILLUMINATED GARDEN tomorrow (Saturday) at the Community Garden behind Tideway School 6.30pm. Bring a lantern if you want to, food, bonfire, all welcome. Suggested donation £2.50.

SEA CADETS: Newhaven and Seaford Sea Cadets TS Defiance have their Royal Naval Parade on Monday when the deputy area officer will travel up from Portsmouth to inspect the cadets. This is their most important event as they earn points to try and achieve a coveted Burgee or Penant for the Unit. Good luck to everyone taking part.

AGM: South Heighton Village Hall Management Committee is holding its AGM on Monday at 8pm at the village hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

MAYOR MAKING: Tuesday, 7.30pm Meeching Hall. Newhaven Town Council says goodbye to the current Town Mayor at this meeting of the full council after all his hard work and the new Town Mayor (as yet not named) will be sworn in. Many thanks to Councillor Graham Amy and his lovely wife Marlene for serving the town so well during Jubilee Year and at other events throughout 2012/2013.

GUEST HOUSE Storytellers present an evening of Seedy Tales on Tuesday at the Hillcrest Centre. Café opens at 7pm, stories begin at 7.30pm. Told by the Guest House Storytellers and friends. If you would like to tell a story of 10 minutes or less email John, Age 12 years plus, tickets on the door £4, concessions £3.

RNLI: Newhaven Lifeboat Society is holding its AGM on Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Lifeboat House, West Quay. Go along and learn of the achievements of the fundraising committee during the past year. Free admission, refreshments provided.

FREE COURSE: From Seed to Table, free weekly course for all the family starting on Thursday and running until June 27, 11am to 1pm at Newhaven Community Garden. Suitable for children from three years upwards. Free lunch included but please book in advance by telephoning Ronnie on 01273 311700 or email

MEECHING WI Resolutions Meeting Thursday in Meeching Hall at 9.45am. New members/visitors welcome.

MANAGING ANXIETY and Depression, low cost 10-week course Denton Island Community Centre starting Thursday, 6.30pm to 8pm. Booking essential, telephone Ronnie on 01273 311700 or email her

GARDENING SOCIETY: Laurie Manser will talk to members on Herbaceous Perennials at Age Concern Day Club, West Quay on Thursday at 7.30pm. Non members always welcome for an admission charge of £2.

FILM: The Dam Busters will be shown at Newhaven Fort on Thursday as part of Museums at Night festival to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the famous raids. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance, doors open 6.30pm, film starts at 7.30pm. The Fort café and exhibitions will remain open until the beginning of the film.

MADS present a comedy thriller A Tomb with a View by Norman Robbins, May 16 to 18 inclusive and May 24 and 25, at Meeching Hall at 7.45pm Tickets are available now from Meeching Estate Agents, Newhaven High Street 01273 515566.

RACE MEETING in aid of Newhaven and Seaford Sea Cadets, Denton Island Enterprise Centre, Saturday May 18, first race 7.30pm prompt. Tickets are £8 to include a fish and chip supper, bar and raffle. To book tickets telephone Helen on 01273 615096 or email

HILLCREST FILM SOCIETY present Le Havre at the Hillcrest Centre on Saturday May 18 at 7.30pm, Café opens at 6.45pm. This is a funny, warm-hearted and offbeat film about Northern Europe’s attitude to desperate refugees from the developing world. Set in Le Havre it has a solid, old-fashioned look with a contemporary theme. You will find it a satisfying and loveable film. Tickets on sale at the Hillcrest Centre at £4.50 each. If you are unable to get there you can reserve them by emailing

CHARITY DAY at the Ship, Newhaven High Street, Sunday May 19 from 12.30pm to 10.30pm in aid of Resolution Post Dramatic Stress Disorder. Barbecue, eat as much as you want for £5. Three bands starting with the popular Tasteless at 12.30pm, The Firm and Badger Attack to round off the day. Play Your Cards Right, raffle and more. If you want to donate anything for this worthy cause call into the Ship and mention Tom Sawyer.

CLASSIC CARS at Newhaven Fort Sunday May 19 including cars from several decades staged by Southern Classics Society.


ANNUAL COUNCIL MEETING: This yearly meeting takes place on Tuesday to elect the new Peacehaven Mayor and Deputy Mayor and will be held in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. Residents are invited to attend to see who is elected and watch the short ceremony where the chains of office will be transferred.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: On Sunday the society is holding a coffee morning and a plant sale from 10am to noon at their hut in Piddinghoe Sports Park. At this time of the year club members often have a number of plants they have grown which are surplus to their needs. It is these quality items that are for sale. There are both flowers and vegetables ready for planting out that are available at sensible prices. Various other garden products such as fertilisers will also be on sale in the hut.

BARBERS: If you have been surprised to find the barbers in the Meridian Centre closed this week you may like to know that the shop is reopening from today, Friday.

COFFEE MORNINGS: INAA will be in the Meridian Centre Community House today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes from 8.30am until noon. Next week on Tuesday Peacehaven Horticultural Society will be behind the counter while Thursday sees the Church of the Ascension in the foyer offering refreshments. The St Laurence Church will return on Friday May 17.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by Peacehaven Players and is in the Main Hall Community House from 8.30am until midday. Next week’s market will be organised by the U3A. To book a table contact them on 01273 586774.

BINGO: There is an evening of bingo in the Community House in aid of the Mayor’s charity which starts at 7pm sharp. Eight games for £4 plus a flyer and a snowball game. There will be free refreshments during the interval half way through the evening.

MUSIC FESTIVAL: Peacehaven’s festival will be held at the Piddinghoe Sports Park on Saturday June 22 from noon until 11pm. Entry is £5 or buy four tickets at £20 and get another one free. Tickets have been on sale since Friday May 3 and the festival is expected to be a sell-out so to avoid disappointment buy early from the information office or call them on 585493. In addition to a number of nationally known and local bands there will be workshops, a skate jam, a funfair, various stalls and many other attractions.

THE DELL: The John Lawson’s Circus will be making its annual visit to The Dell between May 10 and 12. Special vouchers offering all seats at £7 each are available from the council information office and can be used when buying tickets. Look out for posters around the town for details of how to obtain tickets.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: There will be an opportunity to talk with councillors from district or town when they hold a surgery in the Meridian Centre from 10am to 11am tomorrow, Saturday. This is a drop in surgery so no advanced booking is required. All talks and advice is confidential.

PEACEHAVEN WI: The first day of May, the sun came out, and we had an excellent attendance to the meeting. Our president spoke about the forthcoming resolution regarding the closure of High Street shops, which will be discussed at the National federation Annual General Meeting in Cardiff next month. After tea the hall was buzzing with a bring and buy sale, which proved very successful. See you on June 1. (Joy Allen).


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DRAMA: Polegate Drama Group’s production of The Shellseekers, based on the great modern romantic novel by Rosamund Pilcher, taking place until May 11 inclusive. Evenings at 7.45pm and Saturday matinee at 2.45pm. Tickets adults £8, children and students £6 available from Archer and Partners, 48 High Street (483348) or online at

COFFEE MORNINGS: Tomorrow, Saturday, a coffee morning at Trinity Church Hall in aid of Christian Aid. All welcome from 10am. Also tomorrow, Saturday, a coffee morning at Polegate Community Centre lounge, hosted by Polegate WI, 10am to noon. Again all welcome.

AFTERNOON TEA Garden Party in aid of MS Society Cake Break, tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm at 13 Dover Road, Polegate. Please come and join Shirley and Paul for a cup of tea and a cup cake. Entrance by donation, raffle, cup cake sweepstake, tombola, guess the weight of the cake.

HELP WANTED for a pensioner who has just upgraded her computer from Windows XP to Windows 8. Tuition on using Word, Access and Exel documents. Please contact Maureen on 485971 or email

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on May 16 include a leisurely walk, Bygone Steam and Water, nearly three miles Heathfield, old steam line. Edge of woodland to the lakes. Two inclines, may be muddy after rain. Coffee available in town. No 51 bus from Polegate High Street, 9.17am. No stiles with Sue. Or a longer walk of nearly five miles, The Brickmakers Walk, mainly flat, tracks and woods near Laughton, could be muddy in places, four stiles with Howard and Hilary. Or nearly nine miles, Over the Hills, But Not Far Away. Downland hills and fields near East Dean, 6 stiles, take picnic with Jean and Betty. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

TABLE SALE and coffee morning at Polegate Community Centre on Saturday May 18, from 10am to noon. Table Sale in the Henry Twine Hall and coffee morning in the lounge. In aid of funds for a new kitchen.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW are visiting Eastbourne on May 23, at Eastbourne Bandstand, and are interested to hear from folk who have an interesting story to tell on the history of Eastbourne. If you can help please contact Khalid Khan at Antiques Roadshow, BBC Bristol on telephone number 0117-974-2310 or email

LOOKING FOR Derek who worked in Central Radio, Langney Road, Eastbourne in the 1960s. He was a radio engineer. Please contact Michael Ockenden on or Maureen on 485971 if you can help.

THE LADIES CIRCLE meet on the second Tuesday of the month, except August, at Polegate Community Centre at 2.30pm, for slides, talks, outings and social afternoons. Please contact Evelyn on 482402 or email

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


FOOTBALL CLUB: The season is now over for the Ringmer first and second teams but there is still a game at The Caburn next week when the club hosts the Reserve Section Cup Final on Tuesday, between Eastbourne United and Hassocks with a 7.30pm kick off. On the social side, tonight, Friday, in the bar from 7.30pm the ska/soul/funk band Fat Belly Jones performs. There is no charge for this event and non-members are welcome to attend. Next Friday night there is a Race Night being organised by the Veterans Team in aid of Ian Linstrem. Finally, tickets are going fast for the Hailsham Theatre’s cabaret evening A Cabaret of Two Halves which is on June 21 and 22. Tickets are available during club opening times and are priced at £8 adults and £6 for under 16s and OAPs.

LADIES’ PAMPER Evening at Ringmer Primary School tonight, Friday, from 6.30pm to 10pm. Admission on the door is £6 which includes a free glass of wine or soft drink.

QUIZ EVENING at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form tonight, Friday, from 7pm to 9.30pm.

OPEN MORNING: If you are thinking of taking up bowls why not go along to the bowls clubhouse tomorrow, Saturday, morning when an Open Morning is being held from 10am to noon. The club are looking for new members. Bowls will be provided for you to have a go and the only stipulation is that you wear flat soled shoes. Refreshments will be provided. If you cannot manage tomorrow then an Open Evening is being held on Tuesday, from 6pm onwards. The result of the matches played last week were: Ringmer v Southwick Park 64-63, Ringmer v Colmans Hatch 115-38 and Ringmer v Royal Sovereign 91-44. On Sunday the Inter Club Mower Cup was held with twelve pairs taking part. The weather was good and the winners were R Berry and A Hardy.

CATS PROTECTION are having a flag day in Ringmer tomorrow, Saturday, when collectors will be in the shopping precinct. When adult cats are rehomed from this charity they are neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and flead. As a lot of cats come to the charity without having had anything done this results in high vet bills so all contributions will be gratefully received.

PLANT SALE at the Vicarage garden tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 4pm. Donations of plants would be most welcome and can be taken to the Vicarage this evening, Friday.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: It is hoped there will be a good turnout of members and others who might be interested when a reading takes place in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Tuesday, of Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters which has been adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs. The story is a spoof on Macbeth which tells how three witches saved a nation from the clutches of the ghastly Duke and Lady Felmet. There are quite a few characters in this play which the society are proposing to put on in November, 2013 to be directed by Graham Stapley. The play reading will commence at 7.30pm and auditions will be held on Thursday May 23 in the Symons Hall again at 7.30pm. If you might be interested in taking part but neither of these dates suit you please get in touch with Graham on 01273 812976 or e-mail him on gstapley@btinternet

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on May 1 was: 1, Jenny Charman and Michael Slot; 2, Pam Brook and John Weston; 3, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith. The club next meets on Wednesday in the village hall. Contact 01273 814220.

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WATER: Not having water for almost a day recently, it made me appreciate how lucky we are to have water at the turn of a tap. Villagers turn up trumps on these occasions. The pub phoned me to say water in bottles (courtesy water supplied and managed by Water Direct) was being delivered to the pub and several villagers kindly carried some over to me. When you know families in other countries have to walk miles to get water, and then carry it back we must appreciate how lucky we are.

MORE CRASHES on the C7 last week and the road was, I hear from our postman, closed for many hours on Thursday when a motorcyclist was hurt. Then there was a five car pile up near Piddinghoe a day later, plus another minor one nearer Newhaven in the same week. This is not a road for speeding on as it has too many blind junctions and bends.

CATS: Our rampant pheasant seems to have left us for the moment but we now have more cats appearing. Two are Siamese, one is a very young one who I fear won’t live long if it keeps hopping across the C7, and the other is a darker older looking one. The young one is so cute and interesting to watch but I hope they all keep clear of our nesting birds and their young. Sadly we’ve had to inform several owners about cat deaths as when they get hit on the road they crawl into our garden or field to die. We’ve also had to bury a few as we couldn’t find who owned them. Our own beloved cat died many years ago hit by the milk lorry when he rushed home to greet us on our return from holiday. I love cats but cannot bear the thought of another getting killed.

THE LOVELY WEATHER has been much appreciated by everyone and people seemed to enjoy the great outdoors at the Bank Holiday. Our pub was so busy at the weekend especially on Bank Holiday Monday when they held a May Day Sussex Spring Sing. It was hosted by villager Elle Osbourne and friends and I thoroughly enjoyed sitting in my garden listening to the wonderful music from the pub garden. I also went over for a short time in the evening. It was a great event and the pub was packed.

AGM: On Monday, Rodmell Parish Council AGM in the village hall at 8pm. All welcome.

SADLY Rodmell Scottish Country Dancing, which has been in existence for the past 17 and a half years, has had to close due to increasing age of the members and associated aches and pains, old age not to be recommended. Michael Isitt and his wife Christine state it has been a long and happy experience and perhaps younger Rodmellians might like to revive it at some time in the future. Michael would be happy to pass on free of charge whatever tapes/CDs and other equipment they may require.

SPEED: There is a gathering momentum across the UK for 20mph speed limits where we work, live, shop and play. Maybe this will also encourage more walking to school etc and cycling leading to more fit people thus saving the NHS a lot of money to be spent on those, such as the increase in dementia patients, a time bomb for the future. It needs sorting now.


FREE CONCERT: The local U3A will be performing this morning, Friday, at the Cross Way Church. The concert (from 10.30am to 11.45am) is free but there will be a retiring collection. There will also be refreshments and a raffle. Call 01323 897360 for details.

A STITCH IN TIME: The haberdashery in the toy shop has been so successful that it has moved out to its own premises in Broad Street. Stitch is due to open today with a wide collection of wools, cottons and other accessories.

THE FOLK CLUB meet at the Royal British Legion at 8pm this evening, Friday. Their guest tonight is Polly Barrett who started her musical career busking on the streets of Cork. Her mellow voice and folksy songs are bound to delight.

BOOT SALE: Our Scouts are holding another of their popular boot sales and the Seaford Community College (Lower School) tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 1pm.

POP UP AND POP IN: The Crypt Gallery is often closed at the weekend but the committee have come up with good way to keep it open by inviting artists and craft stalls to fill the vacant weekends. This is good news as it will mean this beautiful space will be used more often. Pop in this weekend to see Celia’s unique handbags and much more.

MP SURGERY: Norman Baker MP will be holding a surgery tomorrow, Saturday, morning at 37 Church Street. He will be happy to assist with any problems but you will need to contact his office on 01273 480281 for an appointment.

CEMETERY CLUB: The Little Theatre hosts this play from tomorrow, Saturday, evening for a week at 7.45pm each evening. This is a moving play with plenty of humour. Tickets are available from Sussex Eyecare in Broad Street.

TEA DANCE: There will be a charity Tea Dance at the Mercread Centre in Mercread Road (off East Street) on Thursday from 1pm to 3pm. This is a light-hearted fundraiser for the Seaford Lionesses and Citizens Advice Bureau. You don’t need to know how to dance and there will be plenty of tea and cakes. Call 07786 425758 for details.

RUN FUN: Seaford Striders are the town’s running club. They cater for all ages and abilities so if you fancy joining why not pop along to one of their meetings every Monday and Wednesday at the Downs Leisure Centre. Their website has lots more information, a diary of runs and photos.

DOG BAN: Remember the seafront dog ban is now in place. This means dogs are not permitted to be on the beach between Martello Tower and the start of Bonningstedt Parade (where the barriers cross the path). You can still walk your dog along the seafront esplanade between these points but your dog must be on a lead.

POWER BOATING: Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club are offering training in the use of powerboats. The course starts at the end of the month. Contact for details.

JUNIOR LIFEGUARD: Seaford Lifeguards (who quite rightly won two community awards from the Mayor recently) are providing National Lifesaving Academy courses for children aged seven to 14 years in Seaford. This will ensure your children/grandchildren are safe on the beach but it also includes bodysurfing and games. The course is not due to start until August but will be very popular so book your places now. Call 07412 628673 for details.

BOOK SALE: The Friends of Seaford Library are holding a bumper book sale next weekend and are asking for donations of books and DVDs. Call Anne on 01323 898367 if you can assist.

ANNE BICKMORE: Many of you will know Anne (she probably taught your kids to swim). She has established a charity (The ABC Fund) to assist children in need, particularly those with disabilities or children who are ill. If you are able to help in any way, either by volunteering or by making a donation please call Anne on 01273 584151.

MARINE WILDLIFE: Unfortunately the seal stranded at Cuckmere Haven did not survive but others have been seen nearby. The crane driver at the old Beachcomber site tells me he has seen several porpoise playing in the bay and this has been confirmed by some members of the sailing club. How wonderful to see these beautiful creatures so close to Seaford.

SEAFORD MUSEUM now has a Facebook page where many old pictures of the town are posted. You can also request historical information about the area. Please friend the site.

THE FRENCH MARKET in Church Street will be open from 8am next Friday, May 17.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at Seaford baptist Church Hall on Thursday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.


COUNCIL MEETINGS: The annual council meeting will be taking place on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber at Telscombe Civic Centre. At this meeting the Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be appointed for the forthcoming year, and councillors will be appointed to the various council’s committees. 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