Parish Pump Newhaven - November 8, 2013

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REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY Parade will be held on November 10 at 10.30am in the Square. The Parade march sets off at 10.40am to St Andrew’s Church for the Remembrance Service. Those wishing to represent present and past family and friends will be welcome to join the parade. Please contact 01323 871327.

ON REMEMBRANCE DAY, November 11, at 10.50am the British Legion will meet in the Square. At 11am the Last Post will be played followed by two minutes’ silence, followed by Reveille, Exhortation and prayer.

300 CLUB: The next meeting of the 300 Club will be at 8pm on November 12 at the George. Another two lucky winners will be £50 richer. There is still time to join. It is not necessary to live in Alfriston. For £10 a year there is a chance each month to win £50. The War Memorial Hall benefits from any excess money and this year the membership is down in numbers so that the donation to the hall will be that much smaller. Almost everyone in the village uses the hall at sometime either for exercise classes, parties, meetings or entertainments. The hall is a most valuable asset and the 300 Club was started, and runs, to help support its upkeep. To join the 300 leave contacts details at Hicks, The Newsagents, or come to The George on November 12 at 8pm.

TRADECRAFT Coffee Morning will be held at the Old Chapel Centre on November 13 between 10am and noon. It is a chance to buy Christmas gifts and cards and also home produce.

ROAD CLOSURE: On Saturday November 23 Alfriston High Street, North Street, River Lane and Star Lane will be closed from 2pm to 10pm. Diversions will be signed and marshals will be in attendance to allow hotel guests and residents into and out of the village. The Community Bus will ferry visitors from the Park and Ride in Drusillas’ car park.

DICKENSIAN EVENING November 23 from 2pm to 10pm: The reason for the road closure is for the village to celebrate the beginning of the winter festive season. Shops will be open late, bands will play, songs sung, bagpipes played and flaming torches will be marched through the village. Father Christmas will visit Alfriston to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. He will, I am sure, need some help from everyone to count down to switch-on when those lights will bring a little magic to the High Street in the winter evenings. There is also a rumour that Aladdin and Princess Sho Shi will be helping Father Christmas.


WHIST DRIVE on Saturday November 16, commencing 7.30pm, at Bishopstone Parish Hall. Admission £2.50 including refreshments. All are welcome, come and play or learn how to play. This event is in aid of the parish hall.

BEACH TIDY: The next Tide Mills community beach clean is at 10am on Sunday November 17. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. For further information, email Jim Skinner ( or phone 01273 517291 or contact Peter Mason ( or phone 01323 893096.


CONCERT: St Laurence Church Concert on Saturday was very well attended, the first half of the concert was a solo singer and keyboard player, and I apologise I do not have his name, but he was so good. He had such a clear voice and his music interpreted the mood of the words he sang, he even had the audience participating with a very funny song following his lead we sang along: The old folks cut their toe nails, By the light of a cartoon, It’s the story of a man who, Sticks a flag into the moon, When some of them start howling, They are marched out of the room, When some of them start howling, They are marched out of the room, Hoax and Benison Sitting on a tree k-i-s-s i-n-g, Oh yes I love him, Like he loves me, Oh yes I love him, Like he loves me. Not knowing what we were saying, it made us all smile. The second half of the concert was performed by Kristin McClement and Jools Owen. Kristin had a particularly soulful sound and enjoyable to listen to I particularly liked it when Jools sang harmony with her. The next concert will be a complete contrast on Saturday November 16 Pam Cragg and Margaret Grimsdell will be playing piano duets, four hands, music by Schubert, Brahms, Bizet, Bridge and Weiner. The concert is in St Laurence Church at 5.30pm and everyone is welcome.

MARATHON: Our Running Rev, Rev Dr Colin Lawlor, has just completed his 18th marathon, this time in Dublin with his nephew. What he failed to tell us before the run was that he dressed as a leprechaun, and there is a fine picture of him on the front page of the Dublin Times looking quite unrecognisable. Colin runs to raise money for Children with Cancer, a worthy cause. Congratulations to him and to his nephew, for whom it was his first marathon and said it was ‘it was the best day ever’.

MARKET: Plans for the Village Christmas Market are well underway, please do put the dates in your diary November 30 and December 1, 11am to 5pm in the Falmer Parish Hall.

Glynde & Beddingham

TEA ROOMS: Many thanks to the tea room team for putting on such a delicious spread last night at the Taste of India. It was a great way of catching up with friends as well as trying new and exciting dishes. The village is looking forward hungrily to January’s event, whatever that might be. This Sunday there will be a book launch at the tea rooms of Fifty early postcards of Glynde, Firle and Beddingham by our local historian, Andrew Lusted. This fascinating afternoon is from 1pm to 3pm so please do come along and enjoy a spot of tea while you’re there. It is rumoured that the glorious orange and lavender cake will be available, so you’ll have to form an orderly queue.

STORM DAMAGE: We seem to have escaped relatively unscathed from the recent high winds blowing across the South of England. The swimming pool has suffered damage to the fence, which has been blown over, but miraculously missed squashing the various shrubs that were planted on the grass this summer. An appeal to members for help to repair the damage has reaped a good response. Many thanks to those who have volunteered to help. Also in the centre of the village, a characterful hawthorn tree next to the cricket pitch has tumbled into the recreation ground fence, its roots reaching up into the air for all to see. Although this will surely make cutting the grass easier, this well-loved tree will be missed.

MEMORIAL PARADE: Tonight, Friday, is the night. The parade starts at The Trevor Arms at 7.30pm and culminates at Glynde Place with fireworks at approximately 9pm. The swimming pool committee are running a fantastic local, organic barbecue and there will also be drinks available in front of Glynde Place during the evening. After the display, the appropriately named Flaming Mojos will be playing into the night at The Trevor Arms. It promises to be an exciting evening, so even if you haven’t signed up to march in the procession, please do come along and enjoy yourselves.

PARISH COUNCIL: The newly renovated parish council noticeboard has arrived. Many many thanks to Geoff Millar for doing such a wonderful job of bringing the old board back to life. Situated by the carpark, we now have a water-tight, attractive, central space for notices, so do keep an eye out for details of forthcoming events, minutes of previous council meetings and all manner of general information.

CHURCH SERVICE: This week’s service will be a Service of Remembrance in Firle at 10.10am.


TALK: An illustrated talk will be held at the Kingston Parish Hall on Friday, November 15 at 7.30pm, entitled A Window onto the 18th Century The Life and Work of the Reverend Dr John Delap (1725-1812). He was a dramatist, poet and former Vicar of Iford and Kingston Church and the talk will provide a fascinating insight into both his work and the life and times in which he lived. The talk will be given by Tim Ambrose FSA, with readings by Linda and Ian Douglas. Wine and cheese will be available at a cash bar during an interval. Tickets at £5 each are on sale now from Brian Simmons (474303) or on the door. All very welcome. Net proceeds to Kingston Church.


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

PHILATELIC SOCIETY: The visiting speaker on October 11 was Michael Elliott who gave an excellent presentation on the postal history of Finland and spoke about the various changes in stamps, especially when Sweden and Czarist Russia controlled Finland during the 19th century up to 1939 and their alliance with Nazi Germany. Michael was finally presented with the society’s new certificate of appreciation. The 2013 annual event held by the Association of Sussex Philatelic Societies and Sussex Convention at Ardingly was again a great success. The majority of our members attended and acquired some very good purchases either through the indoor fair displays and stands or through the auction. The event had 38 stamp and postcard dealers; competition entries and displays; a very well supported British Thematic Association display. All very much enjoyed. The society is pleased to announce that David Glen has taken over as society chairman and replaces founder chairman Ian Cameron, who sadly resigned due to his moving to Aberdeen to be nearer his family. The society gave thanks for Ian’s considerable support and all the members wished him well for the future in his new home. We are also proud to announce that our Jim Etherington has been elected the new president of the Association of Sussex Philatelic Societies and our society wish him every success and best wishes in his post. Our next speaker today, Friday, will be our member Roy Ferguson, who will be giving a comprehensive presentation of postal history of the Republic of France. This should prove very interesting for both members and visitors. Open to all, upstairs at Christ Church on the corner of Fitzjohn and Price Edwards Road. Refreshments at half time. For free valuation bring along or talk to us about your collection. For more information ring Hugh on 01273 472096.

LEWES HISTORY GROUP talk on Lewes’ Railway Connections, Monday 7pm for 7.30pm at the King Church building, Brooks Road. Railway enthusiast John Hollands will talk about how Lewes became connected to our railway network, and other matters associated with its complicated history in the nineteenth century, including why Lewes has had three stations; the impact railways had on the town; some notable comings and goings; and what Mr Burwood Godlee of Leighside had to do with it all. John’s father was a railway worker, and as a child, he spent much time watching train movements from his father’s allotment on what was once the Leighside Estate, now the Railway Land. All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door.

BRIDGE CLUB: Thursday October 17, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Susan Louis and Nigel Osmer; 2, Peter Cattermole and Alan Disney; 3, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan. Tuesday October 22, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Cattermole and Jenifer Wilson; 2, Jerry Emery and Pauline Brown; 3, Rita Hartnell and Pat Elliot. Thursday October 24, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Gannon and Nigel Osmer; 2, George Hearn and Ann Wykeham; 3, Margaret Buddery and Peter Waters. Tuesday October 29, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 2, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 3, Jerry Emery and Peter Waters.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On the Tuesday after the hurricane and despite the windy and wet weather in recent days the sun shone and it was dry for a walk from Rushlake Green. The party started by walking up Flitterbrrok Lane and then eastwards towards Bunces Farm and one member had the misfortune to walk into a dead branch on the path. However it was only a minor injury and so we continued on through a field of donkeys towards the remains of the Holy Trinity Priory founded by St Augustine in 1413. Unfortunately they are now within a private garden and only the footings can be seen. The walk then went on towards Dean Farm and Iwood Lane before going through Hook Wood and past Little Baturst Farm before returning to Rushlake Green. On this last stage two large herds of deer were seen although they soon moved away after hearing the party. Most members decided to stay for lunch but unfortunately the pub at Rushlake Green was only serving cold food and so we went to the nearby Three Cups Inn who made us very welcome. The next walk is on Wednesday, Cooksbridge to Chailey. Meet at Lewes bus station to catch the 9.28am Bus 121 to Cooksbridge. This will be a flat walk of about 5 miles. Our walk’s programmes are always available from The Tourist Information Office or can be found at

COFFEE MORNING: BBC Children in Need Coffee Morning on Friday November 15 in the House of Friendship, on School Hill, 10am to noon.

TABLE TOP SALE: Are you clearing your clutter? On Saturday November 16 we are holding a Table Top Sale at Cliffe Church Hall, behind St Thomas’ Church, from 9.30am to 1pm, and we have a few tables left for hire, £7.50 for a 6ft table. If you are interested, please ring Jean on 01444 458355. All proceeds go to St John sub Castro Church, for our Restoration Fund.

NT LEWES CENTRE: On November 14 there will be a meeting at Priory School, Mountfield Road at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Dr Geoffrey Mead who will be talking about Sussex Literary Landscapes. Non members welcome £3. Please note change of programme.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Corn Exchange on Friday November 15 from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

QUIZ: Newhaven Twinning Association are holding a quiz tonight (Friday) to raise funds to help the growing links between Newhaven and La Chapelle St Mesmin, near Orleans in France. The quiz takes place in Hillcrest Community Centre at 7.30pm. It is £4 per head but there is a special offer for six people to go for the price of five if they reserve a table. Bring your own drink as no alcohol will be sold on the night. Prizes awarded to the contestants on the winning table. Cafe is open from 6.30pm for meals and refreshments.

AUTUMN FAIR at Age Concern Day Club, West Quay tomorrow (Saturday) 10am to noon. Nearly new clothes, bric-a-brac, teas and coffees, raffle, books, puzzles and more. All welcome.

SCHOOL FIREWORKS: Tonight (Friday) Meeching Valley PFTA is holding a Firework Family Night at the school at 7pm. Refreshments are available from 6pm. Reserve your tickets by telephoning the school on 01273 514300. Family Tickets £10, single adult £4, single child £2.

SOUTH HEIGHTON Bonfire Society is holding its annual parade and Bonfire Night tomorrow (Saturday). The procession leaves the Flying Fish, Denton at approximately 6.30pm and goes via Denton Road, Thompson Road and Heighton Road to the bonfire site on South Heighton recreation ground stopping at the Hampden Arms on the way. The firework display will begin at 8pm, adults £3, accompanied children free.

REMEMBRANCE DAY: On Sunday there will be a service in St Michael’s Church at 9.45am followed by the parade to Memorial Green on Southway where the two-minutes silence will be held followed by a short service and wreath laying.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the full Newhaven Town Council in Meeching Hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

GUEST HOUSE Storytellers. The next event will be held on Tuesday when Arthur Dyer will tell stories based on What Lies Beneath. Rachel finds herself lost in a blizzard with her younger brother. As darkness descends time is running out and she is only eight-years-old. The evening is a collection of stories based on courage,transformation and strength of heart combining fact and fiction. If you would like to tell a story on any theme in the first half contact Anne-Marie at The evening takes place at The Hillcrest Centre at 7.30pm. Cafe opens at 7pm £4, concessions £3 on the door.

TEA DANCE at the Hillcrest Centre on Wednesday 2pm to 4.30pm, £4 per person including tea and biscuits and raffle. Also on November 27.

FILM SOCIETY: Hillcrest Film Society’s next film is on Saturday November 16 and is Perrier’s Bounty (15). This is a quirky and violent Irish crime comedy-thriller set in modern-day Dublin as Michael a young man tries to escape from thugs he owes money to. Cafe opens 6.30pm film at 7.30pm. Tickets £4.50 from Hillcrest Centre reception Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm or email to reserve tickets and pay on the night.

CHARITY QUIZ: The HCPT154 Christmas Quiz held to raise money to take disabled children from Sussex to Lourdes on holiday takes place on Saturday November 16 in South Heighton village Hall at 7pm. The evening will cost you £5 a head to include refreshments and raffle.


BINGO: On Friday November 15 there is the ever popular bingo in the Community House in aid of the Mayor’s local charities starting at 7pm sharp. Eight games for £4 plus a flyer and a snowball game. There are cash prizes to be won and free refreshments during the interval half way through the evening. There is plenty of free parking.

REMEMBRANCE PARADE: The annual parade and service takes place on Sunday. The parade will arrive at the War Memorial at 10.55am. The short service will take place immediately after the traditional two minute silence. Anyone who wishes to join the parade which leaves the police station at 10.30am should contact Johan of the Royal British Legion on 01273 302478.

MAROON: The Remembrance maroon will be launched from the Meridian Park at 11am on Monday. It is in recognition of the ending of WWI and all those who died in the conflict. The peace was signed at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month which is November. This event will be attended by our local school children.

LITTER: In last week’s column I reported a shopping trolley that was being repeatedly dumped in Southview Road. I am grateful to a reader who telephoned me and was able to give me more information about this practice. I will take this up with the local authorities.

LIBRARY: From Monday November 18 to Monday December 2 the computer system is being updated. This means it will not be possible to search catalogues or access your account to renew books on line. The loan period will be extended so that nothing will be due back in this time. Fuller details can be had from your local library staff.

PLANNING: A planning application has been submitted by Bovis Homes to build 55 homes on land to the north of Arundel Road East. Any member of the public or residents who have concerns or objections should write direct to Steve Howe,Lewes District Council,Southover House, Southover Road, Lewes,BN7 1AB to comment or complain.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Peacehaven Evangelical Church in the Main Hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. The next market on Saturday November 16 will be organised by the Peacehaven Players. To book a table contact them on 01273 582198.

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

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the Royal British Legion are holding a coffee morning in the Community House foyer from 8.30am until midday. Next week on Thursday the U3A will be serving refreshment and on Friday November 15 Peacehaven Evangelical Church will be offering teas and coffees.

CINEMA: The film showing this month in the main hall Community House is Rush. It starts at 7.30pm on Monday. Tickets priced at £5 each are available now from the information office.

GIVE BLOOD: A reminder that the Blood and Transplant team are in the Community House today, Friday, collecting blood donations. They are there from 2pm until 4.30pm and again from 5.30pm to 8pm. Do try to get there. You could be saving someone’s life.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: There is an opportunity to talk with our councillors tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until 11am in the Meridian Centre upon any matters affecting the town. This is a drop in surgery so there is no need to book an appointment. Just turn up.

CREDIT UNIONS: What are they about? There is an open meeting for residents along the South Coast at the Hillcrest Centre’s Art Room, on Wednesday from 10am to noon. Come and find out when Nikki Plummer from East Sussex Credit Union will explain.


POLEGATE QUILTERS are holding a Christmas Bazaar tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre. All welcome from 9am to 1pm.

THE COFFEE MORNING at Polegate Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, is hosted by Stud Farm. All welcome in the lounge from 10am until noon. On November 16 the coffee morning will be hosted by Polegate Pre-school.

LUNCHES continue to be held by Trinity Diners, at Trinity Church Hall on the third Friday of the month. To book your place please contact Jennie on 484189.

POLEGATE DRAMA group pantomime is Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates. Booking for this starts on November 18. The pantomime will be running from January 18 to 26.

PcaSO Prostate Cancer Support Organisation, Eastbourne Support Group. Debbie Davis and Jackie Welch were welcomed to the October meeting as guest speakers. Both are Community Bladder and Bowel Advisors for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. Debbie has spoken to the group in the past but there are always new things to learn about the advisory service. It aims to raise awareness, promote continence and manage incontinence. It is estimated six million people in the UK have a bladder problem and some of these individuals will have been diagnosed or recently undergone treatment for prostate cancer. Debbie and Jackie explained how the initial first appointment is used for a thorough assessment. They continued by discussing some of the newer technologies that mean pads are slimmer and less obtrusive and also how these can be ordered within the NHS. Some important advice was not to leave pads in bathrooms as the moisture can be absorbed and make them ineffective. Please note the change in name from Prostate Cancer Network to Prostate Cancer Support Organisation. This has recently been agreed by the Charity Commission and will make identification clearer. The next meeting is on Thursday at 7pm in the Post Graduate Centre, Eastbourne District General Hospital. All are welcome. The speaker will be Karen Aylward who will be talking about the local Macmillan Family Support Work and Mindfulness. Please contact Graham Hatfield on 01323 749258 / 641513 or e-mail if you require further details or visit our website


AGM: The horticultural society’s AGM will be held in the village hall tonight, Friday, at 7.30pm. The AGM will be followed by an illustrated talk by David Lang entitled Antarctica. There will be the usual raffle in aid of the Poppy Appeal. Subscriptions are due from the date of the AGM and can be paid at the meeting. New members will be assured of a warm welcome.

RINGMER DEBATE in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall tonight, Friday, at 7.30pm entitled Where Will Our Food Come From in 20 Years? All are welcome and entry is free though donations are requested for tea and coffee.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are at home against Selsey in a league fixture with a 3pm kick off at The Caburn. The Reserve team travel to Hassocks on Saturday for their Reserve Section premier match. As always at this time of year, please check with the club or local press as the weather can play havoc with the fixtures. On the social side tomorrow, Saturday evening, is Quiz Night at The Caburn Pavilion Clubhouse. It will be on the popular format of 60 multi-choice questions on a wide and varied range of subjects, teams of up to four, 7.30pm for an 8pm start. All are welcome to this event.

SUNDAY SERVICES: Sunday is Remembrance Sunday and the uniformed organisations of the village will meet at the shopping precinct car park at 10.50am to march to the War Memorial where a short Service of Remembrance will commence at 11am. They will then proceed to St Mary’s for the main service. At St Mary’s on Sunday there will also be Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 6.30pm.

CHRISTMAS CARDS: Please note that these cards are now on sale at the Wednesday Coffee Break in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on October 30 was: 1, Alan Grindley and David Warner, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact number 814220.

RDS PRODUCTION: Do try and get along to Graham Stapley’s production of Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs taking place in the village hall on the evenings of November 13 to 16 commencing at 7.45pm each evening. This production has a large cast of both familiar and not so familiar faces and has involved everyone in a great deal of work so deserves your support. It has been entered for the Brighton and Hove Arts Council’s Drama Awards Competition and will be publicly adjudicated after the performance on Friday, November 15. Tickets at £8 each are available online at or from Denis Drinan on 07753 317373 or email or from Creature Comforts, The Pet Shop, Ringmer.

COFFEE MORNING on Friday, November 15, from 10am to noon at 1 The Elms, Ringmer in aid of SSABAH (Sussex Association for Spinal Bifida and Hydrocephalus). There will be a raffle and a bring and buy sale as well as SSABAH Christmas cards and calendars being on sale. Contact Barbara Longhurst on 01273 813574 if you can attend.

LEWES PASSION PLAY: This is taking place next year on Saturday, April 19 in Harvey’s yard. If you would be interested in being involved in any way with this production try to get along to the meeting being held on Saturday, November 16, in Christ Church main hall from 10am to noon. Everyone is welcome. If you are unable to attend but are interested in taking part please text/telephone 07926 486567 or e-mail

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Advance notice that St Mary’s Annual Christmas Fair will this year take place in the village halls on Saturday, November 23, from 10am to 1pm. This is the church’s main fund raising event and is always a very colourful and popular event. Do put a note of the date in your diaries.

Rodmell & Southease

THE SAYING it never rains but it pours, certainly came to my mind on Saturday round 2pm when my clutch on the car gave out, and I blocked the C7 by the Swan Pub, right on the wiggly bit in the pouring rain. My apologies to the motorists who tooted, swore and sped by, and my grateful thanks to the gentleman who so kindly helped me by phoning the AA for me (my mobile chose this time to run out). I would also like to thank the lady who phoned a friend for me so that they could let Mike know what was happening. The same friend came to move my car for me and to check that I was okay. Thanks also to the gentleman who let me put the car across his driveway, out of harm as I waited for the AA. The AA man was very kind and efficient and took my car to my garage in Kingston, to the ever helpful Tim, who looks after it for me. It was a bit of experience being towed, and going over the bumps in Kingston. The driver was amused when I said could he transfer my bag of goat food into his van. He kindly also carried it around to the house for me. All these people who were so kind made up for those impatient and rude motorists. After all an OAP doesn’t choose to break down in the pouring rain in a dangerous place. I can think of better ways to spend my time.

THE TURKEY visiting Southease turns out to be a Norfolk Black stag. Evidently he roams the village calling regularly at Corner Cottage for a good feed. Let’s hope he keeps his head down as Christmas is coming.

SUNDAY is Remembrance Sunday when the service will start at 10.55am prompt.

AGM: On Tuesday Rodmell Village Hall Management Committee AGM in the village hall at 7.45pm. Visitors welcome.

GARDENING DAY: Saturday November 16 is the churchyard gardening day from 9.30am to noon.

WI: On Tuesday November 19 Rodmell and Southease WI meet at 7.30pm in the village hall. This will be a Practical Craft Session (with a Christmas theme).

DANCING: On Friday November 29 there will be another session of Scottish Country Dancing in the village hall at 7.30pm.

ADVENT SERVICE: Our candlelit Advent Service in church is on Sunday December 1 at 4pm. All welcome.

CARDS: Somehow I have to get up enthusiasm to write my Christmas cards for abroad, if I don’t want to pay horrendous postage charges. The joy with which I used to look forward to Christmas, has I’m afraid waned over the years, due to all the commercialism and now I can’t wait for it to be over so we have spring to look forward to.


GERMAN SPEAKERS: Since Seaford’s Twinning Association launched its German Conversation Group 65 people have expressed interest or attended events. The next event is a social conversation evening being held at the White Lion on Wednesday from 7pm. Anyone with a knowledge of or interest in speaking German, of any standard or in any of its regional forms, is welcome to attend. They meet in the Function Room. Conversationalists are asked to pay £1 towards running expenses and there will be a raffle. The White Lion’s kitchens are open until 9pm for those who wish to order a meal at the event. Recent events the group has held included a lunch-for-conversation at the Sailing Club’s Shorebreak Cafe, and a German Film evening at the Deckchair Cinema in Alfriston’s Coach House Gallery. The film Goodbye Lenin drew an audience of nearly 50 from as far away as Hove, Heathfield, and Germany itself. The group are being invited to join with the twinning association to provide wine and Stollen cake for a stall at Late Night Christmas Shopping in Seaford on December 6. More details of the group’s activities can be had from Peter on 01323 897360 and Liz on 01323 896315.

PEACE VIGIL: Seaford Quakers are planning a peace vigil tomorrow, Saturday, the day before Remembrance Sunday. The vigil will take place in the Peace Garden, at Crouch Gardens from 11am to 11.30am. Joyce Bowley, clerk of Seaford Quaker Meeting, said: ‘We think it is important not just to remember those who died in past wars but also to commit ourselves to work for a more peaceful future. We shall be thinking about the current violence in Syria and Afghanistan and hoping, for the sake of the innocent victims, that there will soon be peace in those countries.’ All will be welcome at the silent vigil.

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


REMEBRANCE DAY Service at Telscombe Community Chuch at 10.30am on Sunday. There will be coffee after. Please take the time to attend this very poignant service.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee on Monday at 7.30pm in room 1 at Telscombe 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

TELSCOMBE CLIFFS WI will be holding their monthly meeting at the Civic Centre from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday. New members are always welcome. For any queries or more details please telephone Pat Grey on 01273 583778.