Parish pump Newhaven - May 25, 2012


THE EARLY SUMMER SHOW this year will be held on June 9 from 1pm to 5pm at the War Memorial Hall. If you’re planning to enter, it is time to start thinking very seriously about putting those plans into action. There are 41 classes with plenty of choice. Entry forms should be returned to Bridget O’Dell by June 6. For membership details telephone Frances Stevens 870463.

THE WI: Jubilee Bazaar was a great success. It was the first time the annual fund raising event had been held in the afternoon. The rare dry day brought out the visitors to enjoy a typical high standard, WI prepared, tea and cakes. Not only was it a successful fund raiser it was also a very relaxed social event.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: At the meeting of the parish council last Monday Ray Savage stood down as chairman and Cllr Geoff Knights was voted in to the post. Diane Monteith-Wilson was voted in as vice chairman. Geoff Knights then took the meeting. The meeting also marked the end of Stephen Smith’s time as clerk to the council. Stephen in recognition of his work for the PC was presented with a print of St Andrew’s Church. His resignation creates a vacancy for clerk and details of the post maybe be found by logging on to Sussex Association of Local Councils (SALC) website.

THE ANNUAL VILLAGE Assembly will be held at the War Memorial Hall on Monday at 7.30pm. Our district councillor and county councillor will be in attendance together with a representative of South Downs National Park who will give an overview of current strategy and planning information. Representatives of the local Neighbourhood Policing will also be present.


COFFEE MORNING: The Community Coffee Morning will be held at the parish hall today, Friday, from 10.30am to noon, free coffee and cake. If you need a lift please contact Sally Eyton-Lloyd on 894520. These coffee mornings are held regularly on the last Friday of the month, unless notified to the contrary in the Parish Pump.

GARDEN PARTY: A Jubilee Garden Party will be held on Saturday June 2 from 2.30pm to 5.30pm at 7 St Andrew’s Drive. Please call in and join the celebration hosted by Lily and Norman.

JOHN LOCKYER has been organist at St Andrew’s Church for 10 years. He, his wife (Amanda) and two sons (Simon and Adam) will be moving to Ipswich, Suffolk in July. Congratulations to Amanda who has been appointed Head of Music at a school there.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

MADS: You can still see Meeching Amateur Dramatic Society’s production of Cash on Delivery at Meeching Hall. This fast-moving comedy by Ray Cooney is on tonight and tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.45pm. I saw it last weekend and it is very good as director Tony Gibbs has got the pace just right. Tickets are £8 from Meeching Estate Agents (01273) 515566 or from Tony Gibbs 07912 965507. You can also buy them on the door.

NEWHAVEN FORT Land, Sea and Air study day organised by Sussex Military History Society tomorrow (Saturday). There will be lectures on The Great War Medley, One Day in Sussex during the Battle of Britain, the Battlefield Beneath Your Feet and the Channel Dash. There will also be a guided tour of the Fort. Tickets are £15 per person including light refreshments. This is a fundraising event in aid of Help The Heroes. To book a place or for further information visit the website

GREEN GYM sessions are now being held at Fort Road Recreation Ground, led by a qualified instructor who will teach you to use the free gym equipment. There are twice-weekly sessions on Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm and on Fridays from noon to 2pm. The cost is just 50p a session. Please book in advance by telephoning Sally or Helen on 01273 612539.

DIGITAL SWITCHOVER: It is less than a week until the digital switchover finally takes place in Newhaven and surrounding areas. Stage One takes place on Thursday when the analogue BBC 2 signal is switched off permanently and BBC digital channels including BBC 2 extends to reach our area for the first time. Stage Two takes place two weeks later when the remaining analogue channels are switched off permanently and the remaining digital channels become available. You have to re-tune your set at each stage and you need to convert your TV to digital or you will lose all your channels. If you are 75 years old or over, have lived in a care home for six months or more, get disability benefit or are registered blind or partly sighted there is a Help Scheme available and you should have received a letter. If you have not had one call free on 0800 40 85 900 or visit There is a comprehensive guide to Switchover in several outlets in Newhaven, the library, Somerhayes Well-Being Centre, the Hillcrest Centre, just look for the pink and white booklet.

JUBILEE: In a week’s time the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend begins and Newhaven is jam-packed with things to do. The Ark pub on West Quay kicks off the weekend with a karaoke fancy dress evening on Friday June 1 whilst The Fabulous Baker Boys are playing at The Engineer in Railway Road from 9pm. On Saturday June 2 Newhaven’s biggest celebration takes place with an expanded Fish Festival on Huggett’s Green from 9.30pm to 3.30pm.This is a free event open to all and in addition to the Dieppe Market and over 50 community stalls there will be Morris Dancers, Punch and Judy, live music and arts and crafts. At the Fish Festival there is the opportunity to make and paint a ceramic fish to form a fish trail, 60 hand-made ceramic glazed fish will be fixed along West Quay to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

CHILDREN’S PARADE: This themed Jubilee Parade is open to anyone, children and adults to join in, the more the merrier and there is no charge for taking part. Those taking part should assemble by Sussex Downs College on Denton Island at 10.45am. The parade will leave at 11am and process through the town centre before arriving at the Fish Festival on West Quay.

OTHER EVENTS on Saturday June 2: The Fire Station is open to the public, Wave Leisure/Shakespeare Hall is open to the public. Newhaven Lifeboat Station is open to the public with tours of the lifeboat. Community Olympics events take place on West Quay and Fort Road recreation ground. The Ark on West Quay has a live band Markham Lodge playing from 9pm and The Hope, the pub near the beach has a live band Ten Ton Badger playing from 9pm.

BARN DANCE: The twinning association is hosting a Barn Dance in the marquee on the green at West Quay from 7pm to 10pm.There will be a bar and a hog roast and the music is being provided by folk group The Blackthorn Band with the dances called by Don Lewry. Tickets are £5 from Meeching Estate Agents or on the door.

THE HOPE INN will be holding a Queen’s Tea Party each day from Sunday June 3 to Tuesday June 5 inclusive, 2pm to 5pm. Tickets are £6 per head for adults and £3 per head for children and include sandwiches, nibbles and a selection of cakes. Teas and Pimms will be available to purchase alongside the food.

COMMUNITY LUNCH on Sunday June 3 is part of a free nationwide event. It will run from 1pm to 6.30pm and residents are invited to bring their own picnic lunch and drinks. There will be a large television screen in the marquee so people can watch the River Pageant on the Thames live. There are limited seats in the marquee,to reserve one email

NEWHAVEN FORT DAY Sunday June 3. Go and celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at the Fort. Musical entertainment provided by Newhaven Youth Marching Band and Maestro Academy Players. Community groups and other entertainment. Newhaven Town Council is providing free tickets for Newhaven residents. Collect them from the town council office at 18 Fort Road, telephone 01273 516100.

GARDEN PARTY Monday June 4 at The Ark, West Quay from noon onwards. The celebrations continue into the evening with a live band The Mule Kickers performing at 9pm.


QUIZ EVENING: There is an evening of fun for you keen quiz addicts at the Friendship Centre, Mayfield Avenue on Friday June 8 starting at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm. Tables of eight if you wish to play as a team can be pre-booked but must be paid for in advance. Tickets are £2 per person and are available by telephoning Jean on 589708, Lesley 586245 or the Evangelical Church on 587732. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Tea and coffee will be available during the interval. There is plenty of free parking in the South Coast Road car park opposite the church.

SECOND SHOWING: The film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel shown last week in the Community House was a sell out. It was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience as was evidenced by the applause at the end of the evening. In response to the public demand the film will be shown again on Tuesday June 26 starting at 8.15pm. Tickets at £4.50 are available from the information office.

SHOW STOPPERS: This is the name of the next production by the Peacehaven Players. It will take place in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre from Wednesday to Saturday, June 13 to 16, and will feature songs from the musicals and many other favourites. Tickets are £8 for adults and concessions are £7. They are available now by calling 01273 681861 or by emailing

TEA IN THE PARK: To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee the town council have arranged an afternoon event in the Piddinghoe Avenue Sports Park. A fancy dress competition, music and entertainment, fun for all ages. Bring your own food. The party is on Sunday June 3 from 3pm until 6pm. Come and join in the fun. For further details contact the town council on 585493.

ACCESS GROUP: The local group who work behind the scenes on behalf of the disabled and elderly trying to make the town a comfortable place for you to move about in with ease will be at the Tea in the Park. They hope to make a splash with decorations and fancy dress. They would like you to look in on them and say hello. You may be pleasantly surprised and they will look forward to seeing you there.

COMMEMORATIVE EVENT: An evening Jubilee celebration will take place at The Dell Recreation Ground on Monday June 4 from 7.30pm. The official opening by the Mayor of Peacehaven will be at 7.30pm followed by a Jazz Band at 7.45pm. A barbecue and refreshments will be available. The lighting of the official Jubilee Beacon is at 10pm and the event ends at 11pm.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been organised by the 3rd Peacehaven Guides from 8.30am until noon in the Main Hall, Community House. Next week the market is being arranged by Guide Dogs for the Blind. To reserve a table telephone them on 07766 514161.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, U3A will be serving teas, coffees and cakes from the Community House refreshment kiosk between 8.30am and midday. There is a coffee morning next week on Thursday with the Peacehaven Church of the Ascension behind the counter.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the planning and highways committee in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre on Tuesday starting at 6.30pm at which time a new chairman will be elected. You are reminded that residents may attend all council meetings and ask relevant questions during the first 15 minutes.

FUN FAIR: Until Sunday the William Cole Fun Fair will be on The Dell, South Coast Road.

CINEMA: A film with the unusual title of The Help will be shown in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Wednesday. Tickets as usual are £4.50 and are available from the information office. For pensioners or those unable to use public transport, CTLA are offering transport plus entry to the film for £9. For further details contact the information office on 01273 585493.

U3A: Please come along to our coffee morning today, Friday, 8am to noon in the foyer of the Meridian Centre to support our fund raising and enjoy having a browse. Bric-a-brac, tombola, books and, of course, our usual bacon sandwiches, toast etc washed down with a welcome cup of tea or coffee. Everyone welcome. Take the opportunity to enquire regarding membership of our branch which is open to all those no longer in gainful employment. Talks, activity groups, theatre trips, excursions, lunches. Liven up your social life. Get details today or ring our membership secretary, Sharon, on 01273 589953. Our year runs September to August, £12 per annum, but pro-rata until then.


PIDDINGHOE UNPLUGGED Sunday June 3. Traditional village games, Royal Oak Survivors Pub, live music, tea and cakes and an evening meal. Spread over three venues throughout the day.

Rodmell & Southease

FULL STOP: Rodmell came to a full stop on Saturday, when a caravan being towed developed a problem halfway down the village, in one of the narrowest points. It was not helped by the fact that cars were parked on both sides of the street and that it was a Monks House open day and there was a jumble sale in the village hall. Result chaos. I felt really sorry for the couple with the caravan as they had taken a wrong turn, in more ways than one. One of the points it really made was that somehow the village needs a way in and out for emergency vehicles only, because nothing could have reached the lower end of the village apart from a helicopter which is a sobering fact.

WHILE WALKING up the village I heard a visitor say to his friend, ‘Your would never think there was such a beautiful village as this, hidden away down here would you?’

MONKS HOUSE has made their garage into a very swish reception area to buy your tickets at, and seems to be doing very well this year.

I WAS sickened to hear on the news that people who have been given the honour of carrying the Olympic Flame are now selling them for tremendous amounts of money. I no longer wonder why I am becoming more cynical in my old age. I have heard that some are giving the money to charity – commendable.

SUMMER FETE: friends of Northease Manor School will be holding their Summer Fete and Companion Dog Show on Saturday June 16, from 1pm to 4pm. There will be many stalls and activities such as barbecue, Pimms/Harveys Beer tent, cake stall and refreshment,s quality raffle, wellie throwing, target practice, beat the goalie, pupils tae kwon do display, sumo wrestlers contests, music from the Lewes Brass Band, and many other stalls. Entrance fee £1 per adult. Dog classes £3 each. Dog show entry forms and any other information, please contact Sally Brown, Chair, Friends of Northease Manor School on 01424 773955 or email

WI: The Rodmell and Southease WI Resolution Meeting on Tuesday May 16 went off well but not many of us did well in the Sweet Quiz which Lindy Smart set up. Maybe we don’t hall have good memories or a sweet tooth. I only managed to get three right.

JUBILEE WEEKEND: Diamond Jubilee celebration weekend in Rodmell starts off on Sunday June 3 with a special Jubilee Service in the church at 11am. Then, starting at 12.30pm, there will be a hog roast and party on the village sports field. Thank you to all who are putting their time and energy into organising this event. On Monday June 4, the 1st Rodmell and Northease Cubs and Scouts Group will light the Jubilee Beacon to tie in with the national line of beacons for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, details to follow when known.

TEA PARTY: Sadly I did not make it to Coronation Memories and Creative Crowns Tea Party on Friday May 18 in Iford village hall as I just had too many things to get done. I had looked for my old Coronation scarp-book that I had put together as a child but failed to find it. I know it’s in the house somewhere, but where. I would not throw such an item out.

SADLY I have just heard that Val Mellor, that well known Piddinghoe lady has died. At the moment I do not know when her funeral takes place. She was the most lively interesting lady and was well known for her interest in local history and having been a teacher at Varndean Girls School.

A PHONE CALL last week was a nice surprise to me. A lady called to say that she and her friend were avid readers of my PP and as a surprise birthday gift to her friend could she book a night B&B for two people here so that the friend could see all the things she’d been reading about and meet me. I was surprised and flattered. Fame at last.


THE FOLK CLUB will be meeting tonight, Friday, at the Royal British Legion Club from 8pm. Their guests tonight are Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer. They play traditional folk (much of it self-penned) and I am told Vicki’s piping is sublime.

MAY FAIR: The Seaford Inner Wheel Club is holding a May Fair tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until noon at St Leonard’s Church Hall. There will be numerous stalls including a Children’s Corner and a Bran Tub. Coffee and tea will be available. All proceeds from the fair are to go to the Chestnut Tree House Hospice.

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

DON MABEY: Last week I mentioned that former Mayor, Laurie Holland had been given the freedom of the town. I failed to mention that Don Mabey who has worked so hard with a variety of local groups has also been granted freedom of the town too. Don is the president of the local branch of the society of St George and Seaford Head Golf Club. Thanks for all you have done for Seaford Don.

FOREST TRIP: The natural history society have an out-meeting on Tuesday morning when they will be visiting Friston Forest. For further information and details on how to join the society call 01323 491964.

THE GARDENING CLUB will be meeting on Wednesday evening at 7.30pm at the Cross Way Centre. Their guest will be Ian Gledhill talking about the Crystal Palace. For further information call 01323 491331.

ROYAL TALK: I will be talking about Seaford’s Royal Past on Thursday evening when I will be speaking at the horticultural society’s meeting at 7pm in the St Leonard’s Church Hall. For further information call the society on 01323 898733.

LIGHTS GOING OUT: The lights are going out all over Seaford as East Sussex County Council plan to save money by reducing street lighting either by making the lights dimmer or even completely turning them off during the early hours. It will be nice to see the stars again from my back garden. If you want more information, go to the tourist office at 37 Church Street where they have street by street plans.

HISTORIC TOURS: Tickets for my historic Seaford and Alfriston tours next Saturday are now available from the Tourist Information Office. Tickets for my next Cemetery Tour on Sunday June 3 at 2pm are also available.


BINGO: There will be a bingo evening at the Civic Centre today, Friday, with a 7pm start. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball and flyer game. 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.

FUN DAY: Friends of Saltdean Lido Fun Day tomorrow, Saturday, 11am to 4pm. A day of fabulous free fun and exciting entertainment for all the family; starting with music from the Brighton Male Voice Choir, followed by skateboarding lessons and a competition, a zumba class, swing dance lesson, bingo, more live music and street entertainers. There will also be a children’s zoo, dog show and dog agility course, mini-golf, Orb on water, go-karting, a large arts and crafts market along with many food stalls and a fully licensed bar with local ales, ciders, wines and other goodies to keep you going throughout the day.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the amenities and civic centre committee on Monday at 7.30 pm 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 at

THE NEW MAYOR and Deputy Mayor for Telscombe were appointed at the annual council meeting on Wednesday May 16. Cllr John Livings was appointed as Mayor for a second term of office. Cllr Livings thanked councillors for their support over the last year, especially the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Andy Smith, and the Mayoress his wife Helen. He also thanked the deputy town clerk and finance officer, Stella Newman, for organising his Mayoral diary and fundraising monies for the last year. Finally he thanked everyone who had attended his fundraising activities over the last year, enabling him to donate just over £3,000 to local organizations. Cllr Brendon Rossiter was appointed as Deputy Mayor. There will be a Civic Service at the Telscombe Cliffs Community Church at 10.30am on Sunday June 3 for the new Mayor and also to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Everyone is welcome to the service which will be followed by refreshments in the church hall.