Parish Pump Newhaven - May 4,2012

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ART CLUB Exhibition and Sale, at the War memorial Hall from May 5 to 7 at 10.30am to 5.30pm. Entrance is free and paintings are always realistically priced but please note there are no credit card facilities. Refreshments will be available.

A TABLE TOP SALE will be held on May 5 at the Old Chapel Centre from 10am to 1pm to raise funds on behalf of Animal Welfare. Refreshments will be available. All are welcome.

PRUE LEITH will celebrate the publication of her autobiography, Relish – My Life on a Plate, on May 16 at Deans Place Hotel from 6.30pm for 7pm. Tickets are only available in advance from the Much Ado Books shop or telephone 01323 871222. Individual tickets cost £22 (including a copy of Relish) or couples can purchase a ticket for two at £35 which includes one copy of the book. Also included will be a glass of wine and light nibbles.

A JUBILEE BAZAAR run by the WI will be held on May 12, 2-4.30pm in the War Memorial Hall. There will be cake and produce, plant and book stalls, a raffle and a chocolate tombola plus, of course, tea and biscuits.


VILLAGE FAIR tomorrow, Saturday, 1pm to 4pm on the Village Green by St Andrew’s Church. A traditional fair for all the family, raising funds for the parish hall, where you can hear Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band, and watch birds of prey among other attractions. Donations of books, plants, toys, games and DVDs would be very welcome and, if you wish these can be collected, please contact Teresa on 891002. Cakes and preserves would also be very welcome on the morning of the fair and can be brought to the parish hall from 9am onwards.

RACE: Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club will run the Birling Gap Race on Monday starting at 11am in Seaford Bay.

VIVACE will hold a fundraising concert on Saturday May 12 at 7pm in St Andrew’s Church. Tickets at £7.50, including a drink and refreshments, are available at Linda’s Stores, Newberry’s or can be ordered on 490038 or 894533.

BOOK AID: Please put any bibles and religious books you wish to donate, in the box at the back of St Andrew’s Church by Sunday May 13.

THE CUTTY SARK, a magnificently restored 19th century sailing clipper, was in the news this week. Beneath the Seven Sisters lies the wreck of another British-built clipper, the Coonatto. She also has a composite structure of iron and teak which is still clearly visible at low tide and did the wool run. Spot her in the old painting of Seaford in the museum.

Mobile Library

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.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

PEACE TALK by Dr Karambu Ringera tonight (Friday) in St Michael’s Church, 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm. Dr Ringera is the International Peace Initiative Founder and Kenyan Woman’s Rights Campaigner. Tickets are £3 on the door. The evening is presented by Rick Sharpe International the charity which raises money for medical supplies and container clinics in Kenya. Volunteers are needed in both the UK and Africa. Details on

NPS LIONS: Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford Lions Club is holding a fund-raising weekend tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday at Paradise Park in aid of their good cause Young Carers and they will be launching their Seahaven’s Biggest Pumpkin Challenge which is sponsored by Paradise Park. The competition is open to youngsters up to 16 years and entry forms and pumpkin starter packs are available at Paradise Park for a small donation. More information on website

VICTOR’S OPEN HOUSE: The popular Newhaven artist Victor Stuart-Graham is opening his house at 35 Meeching Road on the following weekends in May from 11am to 6pm, 5/6, 12/13, 19/20, 26/27. Victor’s assemblages and sculptures will be on show alongside fellow artists Jonathan Alden’s box art, mixed media, recycled, Carol Butler’s hand embroidery, Tina Balmer’s oil paintings, Wanda Sowry’s automata in natural woods and Helen Dessent’s papier mache animals. All the items on show are available to purchase.

FANCY DRESS KARAOKE at The Ark, West Quay, tomorrow (Saturday) from 8pm. The theme is fairies or pirates so get down there suitable dressed for a fun evening, admission free.

YACHT CLUB: Dieppe Dash tomorrow (Saturday) till Monday. Weekend sail to Dieppe organised by Sussex Yachts, Brighton. Free berthing in Dieppe, power and sail. For full details telephone Mike Edwards on 07968 073678.

MAYOR MAKING: Newhaven Town Council is holding its annual meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm in Meeching Hall. During the meeting Town Mayor, Councillor Steve Saunders, will hand over his chain of office to the new Mayor, Councillor Graham Amy. On behalf of the residents of Newhaven I express thanks to Cllr Saunders for all his hard work for the town during the past year.

GUEST HOUSE STORYTELLERS will meet at the Hillcrest Centre on Tuesday. The Hillcrest Café opens at 7pm and stories start at 7.30pm. The theme of the May meeting is Look Through the Window,What Do You See? Anyone can go along and tell a story that is personal to them. Admission £4 (concessions £3) on the door.

HAVEN HARMONIES Spring Bonanza. Meeching Hall, Friday May 11, 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 telephone 01273 567660/07967 438772.

THE BOWLING CLUB is holding an Open Day on Fort Road recreation ground from 10am to 4pm Saturday May 12. Adults and juniors (7 to 18 years) are all welcome. Bring flat shoes or trainers, light refreshments available. Telephone captain Doug Booth 01273 516530 or go to

THE SEA CADETS’ annual fund-raising Race Meeting at Newhaven Enterprise Centre, Denton Island on Saturday May 12. The first race is 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 which includes a fish and chip supper. There will be a licensed bar and a raffle. Tickets from Helen on 01273 615096 or email

QUIZ NIGHT: Newhaven Football Club and Amanda Wilkins are staging a fun quiz evening on Friday May 18 at the club on Fort Road recreation ground, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this month. 7pm for 7.30pm. Licensed bar, fun tombola where you win a prize every time. Teams of four £10 a team including nibbles on each table. If you have not got a team just come down and we will slot you in. Or just come down for a drink at the bar and a go on the tombola. Entries on the night or book in advance by emailing


QUIZ NIGHT: Tonight, Friday, an extra quiz night is being held to help with the Mayor’s charity fund. It starts at 7pm in the Community House, Meridian Centre. Tickets are £2 per person from the information office. Take your own food and drink.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been organised by the Peacehaven Liberal Democrats from 8.30am until noon in the Main Hall, Community House. Next week the market is being arranged by the Peacehaven Players. To reserve a table telephone them on 01273 582198.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, Joan Goldrich and helpers will be serving teas, coffees and cakes from the Community House refreshment kiosk between 8.30am and midday in aid of the Peacehaven War Memorial fund. There are three coffee mornings next week. East Sussex Disability Association is there on Tuesday. On Thursday the Peacehaven Labour Party will be behind the counter. Friday May 11 sees the return of INAA the local support and advice group.

FOOD AND FLOWER market: Many residents buy their fruit and vegetables on Mondays from the Five a-day Grocer who has a stall in the Community House foyer from 10am until 2pm. From May 17 there will be other local traders there. Sherian Cuisine sells homemade cakes, pies, pasties, and sausage rolls. Margaret offers homemade bread, pizzas, and rolls. Sheila for freshly cut flowers. Sarah has homemade chutney and relishes, and coming soon will be Marie selling fresh fish. This is Peacehaven Town Council supporting local traders so look in and see what is on offer.

COUNCIL MEETING: An annual council meeting will take place in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre on Tuesday starting at 6.30pm. Residents are welcome to attend.

BINGO NIGHT: There is another of the ever popular Mayor’s Bingo Nights on Friday May 11 in the Community House, Meridian Centre starting at 7pm.

FORTIES NIGHT: There are still tickets 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. She has sung on TV, Radio and major events throughout the UK and will be singing songs from the WW2 era. Tickets are £5 each and bring your own food and drink.

HORTICULTURE: The 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 a plant sale when members offer their surplus stock.

BOOT SALE: The Mayor is organising the next sale on Sunday as part of his Charity Fund raising. Please make a 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.

BLOOD DONORS: There will be a session on Wednesday in the Community House, Meridian Centre from 2pm until 4.30pm and again from 5pm until 8pm.

CINEMA: The next film to be shown in the Community House is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It starts at 7.30pm and tickets at £4.50 per person are available from the information office. Combined tickets including transport are also available.

OFFICE CLOSED: The council office will be closed from 4pm today, Friday, and the information office from noon tomorrow, Saturday. Both offices will reopen at 9am on Tuesday after the Mayday Bank holiday.

DOMESTIC WASTE: Due to the Mayday Bank Holiday all bin collections will occur one day later than your normal collection day. Those who have a Friday collection will have their bins collected on Saturday.

Rodmell & Southease

THE CUSTOMS found lorries carrying lots of boxes of plastic carrier bags supposedly for charities recently. It turns out that it is a big business for people who are making a great deal of money out of pretending to be charitable. They collect and sort these clothes and re-sell them. The money in most cases does not go to the charities who are named on the bags.

HOSPICES: May I stress to readers that hospices, those places that give people such devoted love and attention in their last days, are in dire straits and could do with more money.

A FRIEND OF MINE died recently in St Peter and St James Hospice, her name was Diane Winsome Pepper and I always found her to be a lovely, gentle and compassionate lady who had lived in Lewes for some time and was well liked and known to many in all walks of life. Her funeral was at St John the Baptist Church, Lewes on Friday April 27. Diane had been a great adventuress and had lived in many countries and had even learnt to fly at a young age. Her son and other friends and relations gave us many memories at the funeral and were very proud that Diane had been one of the first people to wear jeans and use a biro. Diane was 78.

DIARY DATES: Southease village is holding its Summer Plant Sale on Monday, 12.30pm to 4.30pm. This is always worth going to. On Saturday May 12 Rodmell has its Seedling Sale/Swap in the village hall from 10.30am to noon. You can sell or swap spare plants and seedlings, and have coffee and cake as well. Saturday May 19, Jumble Sale in aid of village hall funds.

PARISH COUNCIL: The annual parish assembly, Rodmell Parish Council, took place in the village hall on Friday April 27 at 7.30pm. It was very informative. I was surprised to find that 50,000 cars a week use the C7 when many could just as well use the A26. The main subjects at most meetings are broadband, the C7 and dog attacks. We thank members of the parish council for their work for us.

BEWARE: Check out the bus timetable before you travel as it’s been changed.

VISIT: I visited with friends, the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hinu Temple at Neasden, North London on Sunday. It was a great experience and very interesting, especially the service which was lovely. There were many families there, nearly all getting ready to do a sponsored walk for Macmillan Cancer Fund. Afterwards we went to the Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon which was very interesting.


BON VOYAGE: Members of the twinning association are visiting Bönningstedt and Crivitz in Germany this weekend. My wife and I joined them last time and we had a thoroughly enjoyable time with our German hosts. For further information contact Mark Brown on 01323 893861.

THE FOLK CLUB meet tonight, Friday, at 8pm at the Royal British Legion Club. They will be raising the roof with another musical Singers and Musicians night.

OPEN DAY: The Mercread Road Youth Centre has recently had a massive makeover and now is able to provide a range of facilities for the Seaford community. If you have not yet been inside, pop along tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and 4pm. You will get a warm welcome

CAKE COMP: The Friends of the Crouch are holding a Fairy Cake competition tomorrow, Saturday. Please donate 12 fairy cakes decorated on the theme of Springtime. Prize for the winner. Take your clingfilmed tray of 12 cakes to the stall in the landscaped area of Crouch Gardens. For further information call 07808 964796.

PLANT SALE: St Peter’s Church in Belgrave Road, is holding a plant sale tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. There will be plants, seedlings, garden produce and a chance to buy or donate unwanted garden tools. There will also be refreshments.

BOWLS OPEN DAY: The Crouch Bowling Club (Crouch Gardens) are hosting three open days over the Bank Holiday weekend. Either today, Friday, tomorrow, Saturday, or Monday you can go along between noon and 2pm for a free taster session for this popular sport.

PLANT SALE 2: There will be a plant sale every day over the weekend at the Exchange Garden. So pop along between noon and 3pm each day and visit this special corner of Seaford.

CONCERT: Lunchtime Concert in St Leonard’s Church, tomorrow, Saturday, at 1pm. The guests are Duo Figaro which consists of two talented musicians, Lucia D’Avanzo (violin) and Peter Mallinson (viola). Both are graduates from the Royal College of Music. The concert, lasts about an hour, has free admission with a retiring collection.

PEACE GARDEN: This beautiful oasis of quietude was opened last year by Sheila Hancock. If you haven’t been before, why not pop in between 1pm and 3pm over the next three days and find out from the Quakers how the garden was made.

SHOPPING: We really must support our local shops, if not, like the latest victim Happit in the High Street, they will close down. Seaford is still a good and friendly place to shop with none of the parking hassles of Eastbourne, Lewes or Brighton. I was very pleased to see the Little Shop in the High Street open this week as Green Village Trading selling locally sourced art and books (they even sell my book). Pop in and say hello to Jo.

THE CRICKET CLUB are playing at the Salts tomorrow, Saturday, in a Sussex League match against Keymer and Hassocks CC. The match starts at 1pm.

ROTARY WALK: The Rotary Martello Walk will take place between Martello Towers 74 (Seaford) and 73 (Eastbourne) on Sunday, if you see them cheer them on their way or better still sponsor one of them.

BANK HOLIDAY: There should be plenty of yachts in the bay on Monday as our Sailing Club is holding the Birling Gap Sailing Race. The museum will be open on Monday from 11am to 1pm and from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

ME/CFS: There is a coffee morning and meeting at the Pavilion Café, Dane Road on Wednesday morning at 11am. For details see

LECTURE: Jeremy Hodgkinson will be speaking at Seaford Museum on Wednesday evening about the fascinating story of the Wealden Iron Industry, recalling when Sussex was the industrial heart of the nation. The lecture begins at 7.30pm; get there early for a seat. For details call 01323 898222.

THE STAMP CLUB will be meeting on Wednesday evening at the Cross Way Centre. Door open at 7.15pm. The talk this week is 1940 – A Desperate Year by Dr Jim Etherington. All philatelists are welcome. Call 01323 890699 for details.

BLOOD: The National Blood Transfusion Service will be at the Seaford Baptist Church on Thursday. If you wish to donate blood there will be two sessions from 2pm to 4pm and again from 5.30pm until 8pm.

TOWN COUNCIL: We welcome Alan Latham as the new representative for East Seaford on the town council. The annual report for the council is now available from the Tourist Information Centre (and hopefully soon on the council website). It lays out clearly what the council have achieved in the past year and comes as recommended reading for all council tax-payers. There is a full council meeting at 37 Church Street on Thursday at 7pm. Members of the public are welcome and can ask questions at the start of the meeting.


CIVIC CENTRE: Telscombe Civic Centre will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday.

WI: Telscombe Cliffs WI will be holding their monthly meeting at the Civic Centre from 2pm to 4 pm on Wednesday. New members are always welcome. Call Pat Grey on 01273 583778.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee on Wednesday at 7.30pm in room 1 at the Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can ask questions during the first 15 minutes. 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

CONCERT: There will be a live screening of the Diamond Jubilee Concert at the Civic Centre on Monday June 4 at 7pm. Ticket price is £5 to include light refreshments and there will be a pay bar. Tickets are on sale now at Civic Centre Reception. These are selling fast.