Parish Pump Newhaven - May 11, 2012


A JUBILEE BAZAAR will be run by the WI at the War Memorial Hall tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, from 2pm to 4.30pm. There will be cake and produce, plant and paperback book stalls, a raffle and chocolate tombola etc. Everyone will be welcome.

THE COACH HOUSE GALLERY is exhibiting works by Anthony and Julia Wilson until May 14 from 10am to 5pm Monday to Sunday. This will be followed from May 17 to June 3 with work by Colin Merrin and Sarah Burges, who run the Lansdowne Gallery in Lewes. Their work will be of local downs landscape and Sarah’s ceramics. Colin will be working in the side gallery space giving a chance to see practical painting at work.


CONCERT: The choir Vivace will be holding a concert at St Andrew’s Church tomorrow, Saturday. Tickets cost £7.50, including a drink and refreshments, from Linda’s Stores or can be ordered on 490038 or 894533.

ROGATION SUNDAY at 10.15am on Sunday, will be celebrated with a visiting speaker David Burden, who is a member of the Farm Crisis Network and a committee member of the National Park Authority.

RACE: Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club will hold the Middle Distance Race in Seaford Bay on Sunday.

HISTORIC TOUR of Tide Mills on Sunday at 2 pm. Meet at the Buckle car park. Tickets at £5 are available from the Seaford Tourist Information Office. For further details contact Kevin Gordon 491707.

THE OLD ELM TREE in our garden has sprung into leaf, hiding a nesting kestrel and her eggs. Our remaining elms are now concentrated mainly on the Sussex coastal fringe. These magnificent trees are threatened by fungal disease spread by a bark beetle. Bishopstone is part of a Dutch Elm Disease Control Area. Please help to keep these special trees healthy. Look out and report any elm trees showing signs of dieback (rapid browning of the leaves which starts with one branch) to Bishopstone Parish Pump.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

HAVEN HARMONIES Spring Bonanza tonight (Friday) in Meeching Hall 8pm to 10.30pm. Following last winter’s hit show the choir are back to entertain you. Licensed bar with wine, beer and soft drinks. Admission by advance booking only, tickets £7 from 01273 567660/07967 438772.

SEA CADETS: Newhaven and Seaford Sea Cadets are holding their biggest annual fund-raising event, the popular Race Meeting tomorrow (Saturday) at Newhaven Enterprise Centre,Denton Island. First Race 7.30pm. Tickets £8 which includes a fish and chip supper, bar, raffle. For catering purposes please book your tickets in advance, 01273 615096,

DANCEHAVEN: It is with great regret The Nomads have had to cancel their music festival and laser light show scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday. This is due to logistical problems but they are already working on the 2013 event so it is only postponed for a year.

BOWLING CLUB: The bowling club is holding an open day tomorrow, Saturday, at Fort Road recreation ground.10am to 4pm for adults and juniors (7 to 18 years). All welcome to go along and have a try. Bring some flat shoes or trainers, light refreshments available. Ring captain Doug Booth on 01273 516530 for more information or click on to their website

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI is holding its Resolutions Meeting on Monday when there will be a debate by members. The meeting is in South Heighton Village Hall at 7pm and visitors welcome.

PLANNING MEETING: The town council is holding a planning meeting on Tuesday in Meeching Hall at 7.30pm. The latest planning applications will be considered, members of the public are welcome to attend.

RNLI AGM on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Lifeboat House. Cheese and wine will be served. This is an ideal opportunity for new volunteers to put themselves forward to help out at the various events held throughout the year in aid of Newhaven Lifeboat.

SNAPPERS is a new photographic social group that was formed as a follow-up to the community photographic competition that attracted a large entry. Membership is free and they meet at Summerhayes, Marshall Lane on the last Wednesday of each month 4pm to 5pm. Monthly competitions, guided photo walks, share tips, guidance and knowledgeable advice. Opportunities to become a community photographer. All ages and abilities welcome but children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book, just turn up. The May competition is to photograph anything that looks like an M. If you cannot attend the group send your entry to

MEECHING WI: In April Ian Everest gave a most interesting talk on Bygone Country, when he spoke of Bishopstone Farm where he grew up. Many of the local ladies recognised the names of people and places he mentioned. The coffee morning on Friday April 27, made a good profit much to the pleasure of the treasurer. The group meeting on May 2 was very well attended and the speaker tempted fate in the title of his talk It Won’t be Alright on The Night. The speakers blew a fuse but he carried on regardless. There were some exceptionally good raffle prizes, many thanks to Chrissie and Caroline of Claremont WI. Also many thanks to all who contributed to make the occasion go smoothly. 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. May 17 is the resolutions meeting. We hope to incorporate discussions and, if time, a light quiz.

At the June meeting we are hoping that many members will turn up wearing red white and blue. There will also be a competition for the best decorated Jubilee hat. Plenty of time to get those ideas going. New members/visitors are always welcome. If you have any queries please ring 01273 515439.

MAD: Meeching Amateur Dramatics first 2012 production Is Cash on Delivery, a fast-moving comedy by Michael Cooney and it opens on Thursday. For the first time their production will only play over long weekends due to diminishing audiences on early weekday evenings. They play is on the following weekends nightly at 7.45pm with a Saturday Matinee at 3pm. May 17 to 19, May 24 to 26 (evening performances only). Tickets are £8 for evenings and £7 for matinee available from Meeching Estate Agents 01273 515566 or from Tony on 07912 965507.

GARDENING SOCIETY: Thursday 7.30pm Newhaven Day Club, West Quay. Phil Belden will give an illustrated talk on Dragons and Damsels in Your Garden. Non members always welcome.

QUIZ NIGHT: Newhaven Football Club, Friday May 18, 7pm for 7.30pm. Licensed bar, tombola, nibbles. Teams of 4 £10 but individuals welcome £2.50 to take part in the quiz. Enter on the night or ring 01273 513450 to register your team.

JUMBLE SALE in South Heighton Village Hall, Saturday May 19 10am to12.30pm, admission 30p. Good quality jumble required, telephone Clare on 01273 516422.

ST MICHAEL’S Church May Fair takes place on Saturday May 19, 3pm to 4.30pm. Cream teas will be served.


QUIZ EVENING: The Evangelical Church is holding a quiz on Friday June 8 at 7pm in the Friendship Centre, Mayfield Avenue. There are tables of eight but if you are on your own they will happily find you a table. All pre booked tables must be paid for in advance. Tickets are £2 per person and available by telephoning Jean on 589708, Lesley 586245 or the church 587732. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Tea and coffee will be available during the interval.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been organised by the Peacehaven Players from 8.30am until noon in the Main Hall, Community House. Next week the market is being arranged by the Peacehaven Horticultural Society. To reserve a table telephone them on 01273 589502.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, INAA the local support and advice group will be serving teas, coffees and cakes from the Community House refreshment kiosk between 8.30am and midday. There are two coffee mornings next week. Seahaven Scouts are there on Thursday, and St Laurence Church will be behind the counter on Friday May 18.

COUNCIL MEETING: A meeting of the planning and highways committee will take place in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre on Tuesday starting at 6.30pm. It will be with the councillors newly elected to it at the council meeting last Tuesday. Residents may attend all council meetings and ask relevant questions during the first 15 minutes.

BINGO NIGHT: Don’t forget there is another of the ever popular Mayor’s Bingo Nights today, Friday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre starting at 7pm. There are money prizes to be won. It is just £4 for eight games plus a flyer and snowball game.

FORTIES NIGHT: Tickets are available from the information office for the appearance of KAS the Forces Sweetheart in the Main Hall Community House on Friday May 18 starting at 7.30pm. It will be a fun night of singing those popular songs that kept spirits high in those dark days of WWII. Tickets are £5 each and bring your own food and drink. Spam sandwiches perhaps. Ration Books will not be required.

HORTICULTURE: Peacehaven Horticultural Society’s trading hut at Piddinghoe Sports Park will be open on Sunday from 10am until noon. I am told that there will be another plant sale when some members will be offering their surplus stock.

BOOT SALE: Sadly the Mayor’s charity boot sale at The Dell on Sunday May 6 had to be cancelled. After the departure of the circus and some heavy rain the ground was waterlogged and too wet for vehicle use. Hopefully things will be better for the Friends of Meridian School who will be at the South Coast Road site on Sunday. Please note of the new times of 8am when the gates will open for sellers to set up. Buyers will be allowed in from 9am until the close at 1pm.

TRAVEL MARKET: Now in its fourth year a wide range of holidays will be on offer from well known travel companies on Wednesday May 23 in the Community House, Meridian Centre. Doors will open at 6pm until 8pm. Entry is free and there is a free prize draw too. The evening is being hosted by the Cooperative Travel.

STOP SMOKING: Free NHS advice and support is available at a drop in clinic at the Peacehaven Clinic on Mondays 4.30pm to 7pm or Wednesdays 9.30am to 11am. No appointment is needed; just turn up. These are not groups; everyone will be seen on their own. For an appointment on an alternative day call Denise on 07780 955 693.

COUNCILLOR’S SURGERY: From 10am until 11am in the Community House, Meridian Centre tomorrow, Saturday. No appointment is necessary and you can get help and advice from a councillor in confidence on a one to one basis.

CINEMA: The next film to be shown in the Community House is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday but I am told that it is sold out. Fear not however as I believe it is hoped to show it again sometime in June. Meantime the next film already booked for Wednesday June 20 is The Help. Tickets are £4.50 from the information office.

PEACEHAVEN WI: May’s meeting required us to put our thinking caps on. Following the usual monthly announcements, our president read out the Resolution which will be debated at the national AGM in June, this concerns the provision of more midwives for our ever-expanding society. It was discussed and then passed unanimously. We finished the meeting with a quiz of light-hearted trivia. Next month’s meeting is at 2.30pm on June 6 when we will have Mr K Gordon speaking on The Lost Village of Tidemills. Visitors welcome. (June Garland).

WAR MEMORIAL: You may recall I reported that on Friday May 4 Joan Goldrich was holding a coffee morning in the foyer of the Community House in aid of our new War Memorial. As a result of your support she raised £87.76. I would remind you that there is a donation box in the shopping mall should you wish to contribute to the building fund.

Rodmell & Southease

THE WEATHER: What a dreary Bank Holiday. I feel so sorry for those who have to work and look forward to theses breaks to relax in. I spent the time picking out seeds in the greenhouse, cooking for the freezer and cleaning.

VISIT: I did however manage to get a day off to go with friends on the Lewes District Seniors Forum (LDSF) visit to the Festival Theatre in Chichester to see Penelope Keith in The Way of the World, which was rather like a Brian Rix Medieval farce. I think most people enjoyed the second half much more than the first, noting the number of people snoozing in the first half, even I dozed off for a few minutes. It was however a great day out and we enjoyed a very tasty lunch in the Cloisters and a walk around the town. All in all it was very successful and I would like to thank all the organisers. As it was heavily subsidised at £15 per head I don’t suppose we can expect a lot of outings like this, but we’d like more even if it means paying a little more. Thank you so much LDSF.

GARDENING: Much to the surprise of Rob the gardener, a hen pheasant flew up when he was using the strimmer on part of the back garden. Having found many birds eggs of various kinds of late that I noted had been eaten and left over the lawns, I suspected she may be sitting on a nest and I was right, so we’ve had to leave her in peace for the time being. I just hope the cats don’t find her or the rather large dog fox we have around, plus a grey squirrel. She is very brave to sit it out with everything going on around her. Can’t wait to see how many chicks she has.

WALKER: I had a lady walker stay recently for a couple of days. I believe she said she was in her 80s. She had a cataract done a couple of days before she set off from Cumbria on a train with her dog Bob, who had never been on a train before, to go to Eastbourne to start walking the South Downs Way. She told me she had already had one knee replacement but the other needed doing so she was walking in short bursts. These people of her age group certainly have stamina whilst people in their 60s and under seem to be popping off left right and centre. Having been to so many funerals already this year I do wonder how it is that people born after the war don’t seem to be lasting.

B&B: The Bank Holiday was a wash-out for B&Bs. My bookings did not turn up, which was not only bad manners but prevented other people from taking their places.

WELL DONE: I meant to say in last week’s column, well done Rouser John for having all that hair cut off. No longer do you look like an old prophet, rather like a Buddhist monk now. Let’s face it it’s taken years off you, all in the name of a good cause. Can’t be bad.

THE TV WORLD seems to be full of cooking programmes these days, and whilst we are all being told to cut down on all the goodies like butter, cream and sugar, also salt, there are the cooking maestros chucking it in their recipes in large portions and then showing us the yummy results.

VANDALISM: Sadly Rodmell has experienced some vandalism of late. I have been asked if anyone noticed anyone suspicious around the village on Saturday April 28 when a window was badly damaged, and a fan light removed to get into our sports pavilion. It’s presumed a metal pole found nearby was used to try to gain entry and an attempt had been made to kick doors in.

ACCIDENT: Our traffic island and light stand were demolished one evening, again recently. The people in the car were not hurt but the car was badly damaged.

SEEDLING SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, seedling sale and plant swap in the village hall from 10.30am to noon.

WI: On Tuesday Rodmell and Southease WI meet for their Resolution Meeting and discussion.

JUMBLE SALE: There will be a jumble sale in aid of the village hall funds on Saturday May 19.


HEALTHCARE: CASH is the Campaign for Action on Seaford Health and is a pressure group trying to improve healthcare facilities for the town. It is disgraceful that a town the size of Seaford with a large elderly population has no hospital facilities. We really have been let down. Councillor Sam Adeniji has been very vocal about this and has arranged a public meeting this evening at 6.30pm in the Cross Way Centre. You are invited to attend to support this worthy cause.

BOOT FAIR: Seahaven Scouts are having one of their popular Boot Fairs at Seaford Head Community College tomorrow, Saturday. Doors are open from 9.30am although sellers are allowed to set up from 8.30am. If you would like further information about this or future fairs or want to book a pitch call 0844 4146086.

LUNCH: There is a Christian Aid lunch between noon and 1.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at St Leonard’s Church Hall. For further information call 01323 894899.

AUCTION: In order to raise funds for improvements at the Clinton Centre, there will be an auction of promises at the Cross Way Centre tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm. The catalogue is just £1 and there will be an optional supper priced at £5. Doors are open at 6pm. Call 01273 515584 for details.

TIDE MILLS TOUR: I will be providing an historic guided tour of the Tide Mills on Sunday. Meet at the Buckle car park at 2pm. Tickets are £5 and are available from the Tourist Information Centre and on the day. Please wear sensible footwear.

FIRST RESPONDERS: My dad recently collapsed but within a few minutes a volunteer from the community responders was on scene to help and re-assure prior to the arrival of an ambulance. There is an opportunity this weekend to find out more about this valuable service. Volunteers from Seaford Community First Responders will be at the Constitutional Club on Sunday between 2pm and 5pm. You will be able to find out more about their equipment and learn what to do when someone collapses.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the council planning and highways committee 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.

SEAFORD MAYOR: I am pleased to hear that Councillor Linda Wallraven

will be remaining as our Mayor for an historic second term. Our council have had a difficult year but the Mayor has been a steady influence in the town, calmly performing her civic duties with dignity and impartiality. Her Mad March Marathon raised thousands of pounds for the community and praise must also go to her consort and secretary for their support.