Parish Pump newhaven - October 18, 2013


A POP-UP SHOP has popped up in the village. The shop will be open for just one month and is selling a variety of items with paintings by Sussex artist Tom Walker and Deborah Piton-McKoen from Belgium on display.

THE ALFRISTON and District Amenity Society last year heard Dr Ruth Butlin talk about her experience with the Leprosy Mission in Nepal. On October 22 at 2.30pm in the War Memorial Hall Dr Dundas Moor will return to this theme with his talk entitled Following in the Footsteps of Dr Butlin. As a young doctor Dundas and his wife Sheila spent a year at a leprosy hospital in Uganda and have also visited Nepal where they met Dr Butlin. Entry is free for ADAS members. New members are welcome (£3). Tea is provided.

MUCH ADO BOOKS is getting ready for the coming festive season with a visit from Julie Peasgood whose workshop will help us all start to prepare. Julie Peasgood will be visiting the shop on October 26 between 7pm and 9pm to demonstrate how to turn a humble sock into a loveable teddy. The £25 ticket will include all the materials needed, a new sock, buttons, ribbons and stuffing, and a silk bag to carry the new teddy home in. There will also be some home-made refreshments served. Book by telephoning 01323 871222 or e-mail

HALLOWEEN Holiday Fun at the Clergy House. Pumpkins are popping up everywhere at the Clergy House and help is needed to find them. From October 26 to November 3 families can embark on a Pumpkin Prowl around the garden and orchard in search of pesky pumpkins. There will be a charge of £1 per Pumpkin Prowl. Normal admission fees apply but booking is not required. The Clergy House is open from 10.20am to 4.30pm Saturday to Wednesday.

PRAYERS FOR THE WORLD: An inclusive, non-denominational group, who believe in the power of prayer and positive thinking to implement change, are planning to meet on the last Tuesday in every month at the Old Chapel Centre. The first meeting will be held on October 29 at 2pm. For further information telephone Marion Reynolds 871668 or Virginia Crowe 486248.


FITNESS CLASSES: Classes running at the village hall, so why not come along? Monday 8pm to 9pm Legs, Bums and Tums (Claire 01273 477986); Tuesday Pilates 9.30am to 10.30am (400215); Thursday 9.30am to 10.30am Pilates (Jo); Thursday 8pm to 9pm Zumba (Jess 07968295862); Friday 9.30am to 11am Yoga (401128). Queries:

WI: The October meeting of Barcombe WI took us back in time to the Second World War, where we learnt how women managed to stay healthy and glamorous whilst working in some distinctly unglamorous situations. Our speaker was Anna Astin and she gave us a fascinating and entertaining talk entitled It’s Your Duty To Be Beautiful. Anna started off with examples of the sorts of occupations which women took up, from joining the Armed Forces to farming and factory work. She explained how children were evacuated not simply to keep them safe, but also as a means of freeing up their mothers to go out to work without having to worry about the safety of their family. Not only were women expected to work, they also had to cope with rationing and queues, and look good as a morale booster for the men whilst doing it. Anna also brought along leaflets for us to look at and plenty of adverts from women’s magazines of the time for some extra period detail. After the talk we had our usual tea/coffee and cakes with a chance to catch up with friends, followed by general WI business. Discussion then moved on to our next planned events. We have a theatre trip and lunch in November, wine-tasting at our AGM, Christmas gathering with carols in December, dinner with entertainment at Al Duomo’s and a visit to the Houses of Parliament in the New Year. We were also delighted to welcome two new members. New members and visitors are always welcome and anyone joining now simply pays next year’s subscription and in effect gets the rest of this year for free.


THE NEXT Tide Mills community beach clean is at 10am on Sunday, 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.

THE RECENT wind and rain were a reminder it was this time of year the Great Storm of 1987 struck, it still doesn’t qualify as a hurricane, even if a once in 300 years event. You can still see the effect today, like the odd unearthed tree bole and bent fence on Rookery Hill. Statisticians remind us that a once in 300 year chance of a great storm doesn’t mean we need to wait three centuries for the next one. Thankfully, however, we can report not much happened on this anniversary.


HAVING been away for the last two weeks getting a new knee I am struggling to catch up with all the Falmer news, but have gleaned the following.

HARVEST LUNCH which I sadly missed but pleased to hear that over £100 was raised and given to the Family Social Welfare fund. Over the last few months St Laurence Church have been collecting groceries for this cause, helping out families who are struggling, and to be able to give them some extra support in the form of cash must be so welcome. We are only a small congregation, but everyone’s heart and generosity is so supportive.

FILM CLUB, missed again, showed Quartet and I have heard such good reports and have been told how it was enjoyed by everyone.

LADIES GROUP, again such good reports have been coming through just how good the speaker Dennis Walker was talking about SAAFA. They say how entertaining and interesting it was, and I thank Dennis for coming and so very sorry I missed it.

NEWS CATCH UPS: I heard about the proposed idea from the Amex Stadium of building a hotel on site. We know very little about this, where, when, but I am sure the news will filter through soon.

BEES: University of Sussex students are still monitoring the ivy flowers, the bees seem to love them. I would have thought the bee numbers would be diminishing at this time of year, but having met the Bee Professor, just over two weeks ago, he pointed out there were not just bees feeding off the ivy but any number of hover flies, all sizes and some looking ike wasps.

WATER LEAK: I understand in the middle of last week there was a mains water leak on the verge just north of the last cottages in Ridge Road. The poor resident of No 1 was in direct line of the flow of water which always finds its own route and took it into his garage. Luckily he was around to take preventive measure by diverting the water.

MARY FARM ELECTRICITY has now been repaired with new underground cables and hopefully there will be no more cuts for them. We have only just heard that during the month of July, a cable had been dug up by one of the tractors, and there was an almighty explosion which blew up the tractor, I do hope the driver escaped injury.

WE HAVE a communication from David Cuthbertson about the Newmarket Farm Dig and there will be guided tours of the site at 10am Saturday November 2 and Sunday November 3. They will be meeting at the Falmer Road car park, Woodingdean, just north of the junction with Bexhill, and all would be welcome. To find out more about the dig details can be found on http/


A27 LEWES TO PATCHAM: Resurfacing to take place overnight from October 21 to November 3, weather permitting. Full details from the Highways Customer Care Tel: 0845 6000414 or e-mail

A QUIZ NIGHT will be held in the Parish Hall tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 7.30pm. Geoff Daw, our Rector, will be the quiz master, with an array of thought provoking questions. Teams of six or eight, either make up a team beforehand or come individually and link up with others on the night. The evening will include a fun game of Irish Bingo or such like and, at half-time, we will enjoy delicious jacket potatoes with fillings and tasty desserts (all included in the price of the ticket). Please bring your own drink, glasses, plates, bowls and cutlery. Hurry now to buy your tickets at £10 each (children £5) from Brenda Neller (472720), Brian Simmons (474303) or Jennie Yates (473264). All very welcome. Proceeds to Kingston Church.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.10am to 12.10pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2pm to 2.20pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 2.30pm to 2.50pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

HELLO AND GOODBYE: This week The Ark on West Quay welcomed the new landlord Stephen Bradbury. A farewell party was held for Jayne,Russ and Bobi Whitfield on Friday October 11 which was attended by friends, family and customers. The popular local band The Mule Kickers played and presented Jayne and Bobi with bouquets of flowers. All the Ark customers would like to thank the Whitfields for their hard work and wish them well in their future life.

COFFEE MORNING: Paradise Park is organising a charity coffee morning in the Terrace Cafe in aid of St Wildrid’s Hospice today (Friday) from 9am to 1pm. All profits from the sale of hot drinks go to the Hospice and representatives and information on St Wilfrid’s will be on site.

BLANKET TESTING today (Friday) at Newhaven Fire Station between 9.30am and 11.30am.Take your electric blanket to the station in Fort Road for a free professional safety check under a scheme jointly run by Lewes District Council and East Sussex Fire Brigade. Money-off vouchers will be given out for all blankets that fail the test.

CURRY AND QUIZ NIGHT at Denton Church Hall tomorrow (Saturday) at 7pm.Tickets £10 tel 01273 514482 to book individually or as a team.

HILLCREST Film Society starts the new season tomorrow (Saturday) at the Hillcrest Centre. The first film is Untouchable written and directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakacha. This is a French comedy-drama about a quadriplegic French millionaire who offers an unemployed African man a trial period to work as his secretary and an unlikely friendship develops. The Hillcrest Cafe opens at 6.30pm for meals, drinks and light refreshments,the film begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4.50 from reception at the Hillcrest Centre between 9.20am and 4pm today or on the door. If you are unable to get to the centre email to reserve your tickets and pay on the door.

FEEL GOOD DAY Sunday at the Hillcrest Community Centre 1pm to 5pm. A day of different ethnic backgrounds to celebrate Black History Month. Learn ways to look after your mind and body. Meet local health professionals and get advice. Free workshops including yoga, drumming, anxiety management, interpreters available. Children welcome, free buffet.

TOWN COUNCIL Street Surgery. A chance to meet your local councillors outside Newhaven Co-Op on Saturday October 26 at 10.30am.

NEWHAVEN FORT half-term activities include quiz trail around the tunnels every day from October 26 to November 3 inclusive. October 27, Hands on History, Medicine Through the Ages presentation; October 30, children’s craft workshops (booking essential); October 31, Jaws and Claws animal handling workshops at 1.30 and 2.45pm (booking essential); Film Ghostbusters (PG) in Romney Hut Saturday November 2 at 2pm. Tickets adults £6, children £4 available in advance from Newhaven Fort. To book workshop places telephone 01273 517622.

NIPPERS half-term playscheme October 28 to November 1. Advance booking essential, telephone 07796 267622 or 01273 514440.

MADS has joined forces with Sussex Wildlife Fund and Wave Leisure Health Walkers for A Walk on the Wild Side on Friday November 1. Meet at the Visitor Centre, Seven Sisters Country Park at 6.30pm. Forest car park, toilets. Wear suitable warm clothing and bring a torch. Tickets £6 including hot refreshments available from Tony on 07912 965507. Fun for all the family.

BEETLE DRIVE with bangers and mash and banoffie pie in St Michael’s Church Hall on Saturday November 2 at 6pm, prompt start. Go along and have a fun evening, children welcome. £5 adults, £2.50 children including supper. Advance booking essential 01273 541892.


DIABETES: Remember the Newhaven Peacehaven and Lions Club are holding a Free Diabetes Testing in the Charles Neville Room, Community House tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 1pm. The tests will be carried out by trained professionals.

ELECTRIC BLANKET TEST: I don’t know if you read the Newhaven Parish Pump last week that reported testing would take place at the Fire Station in Fort Road Newhaven from 9.30am to 11.30am today, Friday. There will not be a specific testing centre for Peacehaven this year and our residents should take their blankets to Newhaven. Should a blanket fail the test you will be given discount vouchers towards a new blanket. For anyone who is unable to attend the test centre Lewes District Council will offer a collection and return service. To book a collection appointment contact Environmental Health on 01273 484354.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market, tomorrow, has been arranged by the Peacehaven Labour Party in the Main Hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. The next market will be organised by Friends of Meridian School Saturday October 26.To book a table contact them on 07773 227 531.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the full town council on Tuesday in the Anzac Room Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. There will be a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting when residents may ask questions.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the Cameo Group from Woodingdean Methodist Church are holding a coffee morning in the Community House foyer from 8.30am until midday. Next week on Tuesday Mencap will be behind the counter. On Thursday the Seahaven Scouts Active Support group will be offering the refreshments. Followed on Friday October 25 by the Meeching WI.

MAKE A WREATH: Nothing to do with funerals. This is a Christmas Wreath demonstration and coffee morning organised by the Mayor of Peacehaven. It will be held in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre Tuesday October 29 starting at 9.30am. Entrance is just £1 donation towards the Mayor’s charities. Bring your own materials if you would like to join in. Debbie in the information office will be pleased to offer a list of potential materials you could use.

BOOT SALE: The final boot sale for this year at The Dell, South Coast Road is on Sunday October 20 and is being arranged by INAA the local advice group. As usual the gates for sellers will open at 8am with buyers being admitted from 9am. Plenty of free parking at the venue but cars must leave the site by 1pm as the gates are then locked until Monday morning.

WRESTLING SPECTACULAR: This long awaited event will take place tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre starting at 7.30pm. There are still a few tickets available from the information office. For further details contact 01273 585493.This event was rebooked following many enthusiastic comments after the first show. So it should be another interesting and enjoyable evening.

QUIZ NIGHT: The rescheduled quiz from earlier in the year is being held in the Community House tonight, Friday. Teams with a maximum of eight players must book in advance by contacting Debbie Donovan on 01273 585493 or the information office. Plenty of room for individuals. Tickets are £2 per person. Bring your own food and drink.

HORTICULTURE: There is a meeting of the Peacehaven Horticultural Society on Monday in the Anzac Room beginning at 7.30pm. Doors will open at 7pm to ensure a prompt start. The speaker Jacqueline Aviolet will throw some light on Four days at the Nursery. Non members are always welcome.

POST OFFICE: A reminder about the proposed move of the Post Office currently located at the Studio Craft shop 138 South Coast Road to Nisa at 214 South Coast Road. The closing date for comments is Tuesday 22. Comments on the proposed relocation should be sent to or telephone 08457 223344.

HARD OF HEARING: The East Sussex Hearing Resource will visit Peacehaven with a mobile unit on Thursday October 31. This Lottery Funded bus which is wheelchair accessible will be in the Meridian Centre car park from 10.30am to 3.30pm. It will provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. It is equipped to offer demonstrations and hearing screening test if time permits. For further information contact 01023 722505 (voice/text/fax).

BLOOD DONORS: The blood transfusion service will visit the Community House, Peacehaven again on Wednesday between 2pm to 4.30pm and also from 5.30pm to 8pm. There is a national shortage of blood supplies so do go along if you have never given before. It is simple and easy and will take about half an hour of your time. That is a short amount of your day to perhaps save somebody’s life.

LIGHTS ON: At the end of the month summer time ends and the late afternoons and evenings will be dark. A timely warning comes from Sussex Police about the potential for burglars. If you go out after dark don’t let the burglars know. Draw the curtains and leave a light on. You could use a timer to operate the lights or even use one to find a chat station on the radio giving the impression that the house is occupied. The best defence against burglary is prevention.


LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society meet today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall, 6.30pm for 7pm. Our speaker is Kevin Gordon, A Local Family History in Pictures, this takes place after our AGM.

THE COFFEE MORNING at Polegate Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, in the lounge is hosted by Polegate Conservatives. All welcome from 10am.

IAN EVEREST is the speaker at Eastbourne Local History Society’s evening meeting on Tuesday at St Saviours Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne. His talk is entitled A Sussex Farm in the 1950s. Doors open at, meeting starts at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on October 24 include Butts Brow to Filching and Jevington, nearly five miles. Moderately hilly with some short steep slopes. Several stiles with Howard and Hilary. Or a longer walk of eight miles, Alfriston in Autumn, some hills but mainly flat, some mud, few stiles take picnic with Rosalind. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.


NEARLY NEW SALE: Ringmer Tiddlers & Toddlers are holding this sale in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.30am to noon. There will be plenty of clothes, etc on sale for babies and children 0 to 6 years. Buyers £1 entry (per family). Tea and cakes will be available.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team have no allocated fixture at the time of going to press but the second team are at home on Saturday against Roffey Reserves in their Reserve Section Challenge Cup with a 3pm kick off at The Caburn. On Monday, the first team are now at home to Storrington in the Sussex Senior Cup with a 7.45pm kick off. On Wednesday, the Daniel Price Memorial match takes place at The Caburn and please note kick off is 6.30pm. Please try to get along and support this match as all funds raised will go to the charity RDYA (Ringmer and District Youth Association). There is the normal entry fee of just £1 for adults and 50p for children. On Friday, October 25, the AFC Ringmer first team are playing at The Caburn, kick off 7.30pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s, 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Eucharist and at 6.30pm the annual Village Clubs’ Service to which all clubs/organisations have been invited but it is also hoped many others will come along and support them. Light refreshments in the Church Room at the end.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on October 9 was: 1, equal, Alan Disney and Roy Skan, Adele Stockdale and Simon Webster; 3, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact number 814220.

WYRD SISTERS: Advance notice that Ringmer Dramatic Society’s next production taking place in the village hall on the evenings of November 13 to 16, will be Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters adapted by Stephen Briggs. All performances will commence at 7.45pm. Tickets £8 available from or by phoning 07753317373 or from Creature Comforts, The Pet Shop. This production is being directed by Graham Stapley and involves a very large cast with quite a few young people taking part as well as many familiar faces.

FLUTES AND FRIENDS: Huge thanks to the many friends and families who supported the performers in this concert on October 13, turning out on a very wet and windy afternoon. The concert was well received, as were the fantastic cakes made and brought by all the performers and their families, which were shared with the audience afterwards. A very generous audience donated a total of £320.95 in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, a wonderful result. Anne Hodgson wishes to thank everyone so much, and in particular Will Pratt for making everyone so welcome to St Mary’s again, and well done to all who played so well.

Rodmell & Southease

CYCLING: When I drive in and out of Lewes, I see many people cycling, walking and even horse riding along the new cycle path from Lewes to Kingston. However, several people ask why the cyclists are not using it, but are still using the road. I have no idea, because it it well signed, it’s a good surface and a lot of time and money has gone into it. At weekends I sometimes use the road going through from Offham under the Downs, past Plumpton, through to Ditchling and this can be a heart stopping experience as there are usually many cyclists doing charity rides etc. If motorists don’t know this road and drive along its windy route at high speeds overtaking on bends it’s a nightmare. More than once I’ve found a car coming towards me on my side of the road, having impatiently overtaken a group of cyclists. You have to think well ahead.

LAST THURSDAY morning a car caught fire between Southease and Piddinghoe which shut the C7 for some time.

UNIVERSITY: Having a friend stay recently, whose mother and father and herself had worked a the University of Sussex in its early years, we decided to go for a walk down memory lane and visit our old schools. They say if you’ve ever been happy in a place and then left it, not to go back, quite good advice as it turns out. We went into my old school of Engineering and Applied Science, which used to be a bustling place around the common room area where everyone met up, and now it’s a place of intense people gazing into computer screens. As it was Freshers Week there were quite a few lonely looking students sitting on benches and looking lost, we felt for them. However there was a lot going on around the grounds with stalls selling wares and food. I have very fond memories of my time spent there as it was so vibrant in the 60s and my 21 years there were a life changing experience.

VISITORS: Two lovely Germans, Hans and Marion, came to stay last week, catching up on visiting relations in this area. Hans came in clutching the Sussex Express excitedly telling me his relations were so please he was staying here, as they read the Parish Pump avidly every week. We got on like a house on fire and hopefully will meet up again.

APPLE PRESSING DAY went off really well. There was a queue of people when I took some friends down, so we had huge slices of delicious cake and coffee whilst we waited and enjoyed conversation and banter with locals.

SPIDERS are everywhere at the moment and when I go along the path to get the paper I now take a broom with me to sweep away the webs rather than get festooned in them. I have sort of got over the worst of my spider fears, and catch them with a glass and a postcard now, and quickly run out into the garden with them. Usually they scurry around in the glass, but last week when I caught one, I was amazed to see it attacking the postcard - not nice.


PROMS NIGHT: The tenth annual Proms Concert organised by Seaford Martello Rotary Club took place at Seaford Head Community College on Saturday October 5. Seaford Silver Band, conducted by Lewis Delivett, performed along with guest singer Rebecca Swingle Putland, oboist Barbara Ashby, and violinist Maeve Jenkinson. Barbara had stepped in at the very last minute as Rebecca was unable to sing during the first half of the concert. Moira House Junior Choir, conducted by Martin Neil and accompanied by Robert Cousins, sang several numbers and as usual everyone joined in the rousing finale singing all the old favourites such as Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Sussex By The Sea. Joining in the fun were Cllr Anthony White, the Mayor of Seaford, together with the Mayoress, and Norman Baker MP. The club were also very pleased to welcome Lord Healey and his daughter to the performance. Club president Janice Vince said: ‘All enjoyed a fabulous night at the Seaford Martello Proms, which just seems to be getting better and better. In our our 10th year we had a new conductor, and Lewis Delivett and the Seaford Silver Band set the tone of the evening with some superb playing. Barbara Ashby kept us enthralled, Maeve Jenkinson entranced and delighted the audience playing Meditation from Thais, her violin sang out touching us all and Moira House Junior Choir conducted by Martin Neil had us chuckling with their rendition of When Maiden Loves. Rebecca Swingle Putland, despite recovering from a cold, gave the audience a lively rendition of Can’t Help Loving That Man, and led the audience singing a medley of Proms faithfuls and a rousing Sussex by the Sea. My thanks go to Clive Rimell and Dave Winsor for organising this wonderful community event. All the money raised from this concert will be going towards supporting good causes locally, nationally and internationally.’

FASHION SHOW: Seahaven Lioness Club and their friends and relations once again strutted their stuff at Seaford Golf Club recently, promoting M&Co’s autumn and winter lines at a Charity Fashion Show. On Thursday October 10 a wide range of models, also including some members of M&Co’s staff and their families, modelled casual outfits in the first half of the show. As promised in the publicity the models covered a wide age range, from toddlers to grannies, and many different shapes and sizes, giving the audience a feel of how the clothes looked on real people. In the second half there was lots of glitter and glitz, as more formal and party outfits were displayed. During the interval coffee was served and a raffle held, with some lovely prizes, including jewellery donated by Zara (High Street). There was also a stall by Kim Rennie, (Foam and Fabric Shop), selling handmade toys and other craft items. So many thanks to both these ladies for their support. It is expected that the event will make close to £500, although there are still some expenses to be factored in. Some of this will go to M&Co for their charity of the year, Cancer Research UK. Some will go to LIBRA, Lions International’s Blood Research charity and the rest to the Lionesses’ charity trust which supports many local groups and individuals in need. The Lionesses are grateful to Matt and his staff at M&Co for making the whole thing possible and for all their hard work bringing it all together on the night.

CAR BOOT, Craft and Produce Fairs. What a way to finish our Fairs for 2013 at the Martello Fields. The sun shone, it was warm, and so many of our faithful stallholders and bargain hunters were with us to sell, buy and celebrate a (mainly) successful season. We try gently to forget about the August one, which is actually quite hard to ignore with mini(?) tornado, blown down gazebos, and broken wares. We gave back the stallholder their pitch fees, but so many of you still gave us a donation, thank you. Our total proceeds for this year from the fairs was £2,426, which averaged just over £360 per event, including the infamous August one. This October one made £514. All of this money will be used for charitable work, there are no deductions for administration costs as there aren’t any. Next year we shall again have seven Boot, Craft and Produce Fairs, dates are: 27 April 27, May 18, June 15, July 13, August 10, September 7, October 5. Make sure you put them in your calendar.

GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP: Seaford’s German Conversation Group, an offshoot of the Twinning Association, is trying an exciting new venture. In co-operation with Filmspot and Alfriston’s Deckchair Cinema they are bringing German-language cinema to the area. The German tragi-comedy, Goodbye Lenin is being shown at the Coach House Gallery in Alfriston High Street on Sunday. Showing promptly at 6.30pm this film, set in 1989, tells the story of a son who lovingly dupes his socialist mother, recently awoken from a coma, into believing that Lenin really did win after all. The version being shown is in German-language, with English subtitles. Admission is £7, to include a drink and canape. Seats can be reserved by emailing or by phoning 01323 871402, leaving your name and number. Further films, in English and other languages, will follow if this pilot by Deckchair Cinema is well-supported. The German Conversation Group is open to all German-speakers in the district and meets monthly. All ages and all standards of German are welcome. There was a successful lunch-time meet on Thursday October 10 at Seaford Sailing Club’s Shorebreak cafe, and the following event will be a conversation evening at The White Lion on Wednesday November 13 from 7pm to 10pm. A fee of £1 is charged to cover expenses. More details can be had from Peter White on or from Liz on 01323 896315 who can also give details of how to join the partner Twinning Association for Seaford. The Twinners are visiting Germany next July.


FREE DIABETES TESTING: Diabetes is a common health condition. About 1.4 million people in the UK are known to have diabetes, that’s about three in every 100 people. Go along for the free diabetes testing at the Charles Neville Room at the Meridian Centre, Peacehaven tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 1pm. The test will be carried out by trained professionals.

PROSTRATE PROBLEMS? Free PSA (prostrate specific antigen) testing, one in every two men will have a health problem with their prostate at some stage of their lives. It could be an infection, enlargement or cancer. One in every eight men will develop prostate cancer and those of African-Caribbean origin and those with a family history of the disease are two to three times more at risk. PSA stands for Prostate Specific Antigen, it is a simple blood test that measures the amount of antigen, produced by the prostate, entering the blood. It is not a direct test for cancer, a moderately raised reading can be an indicator of a prostate problem, a high reading should trigger further tests to determine if there is a need for any treatment. Swedish researchers say PSA testing every man aged 45 to 49 would predict nearly half of all prostate cancer deaths. Without screening, around 42,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. It is now the leading cancer found in men. Almost 11,000 men die of this disease annually, one every hour. Caught in the early stages, despite the lack of symptoms, cure rates are dramatically improved with over 80 percent success. A giant leap for mankind is happening in Dorset, Hampshire and Sussex, the three counties covered by the charity PCaSO (Prostate Cancer Support Organisation). They believe overwhelmingly in giving men the right to decision making about their own health choices. They are continuing with their commitment to a PSA testing programme and so far this year have tested over 800 men across the region. Despite a persistent reluctance by the NHS and other Health Authorities to support free PSA testing for all men in the appropriate age range, PCaSO are offering this service at Telscombe Civic Centre on Saturday November 23 from 10am to 2pm. The testing is conducted by trained personnel and nurses using the latest Mediwatch Bioscan equipment requiring only a finger prick and giving results within 10 minutes. These tests have been carried out throughout the country. Book your appointment on 01903 775783.