Parish Pump, Newhaven - October 5, 2012


MUSIC: This area of the Cuckmere Valley is having a great time enjoying musical events. We have four concerts coming up in the next few weeks.

ANNIE LORYS, soprano and Daniel Elton, piano, will give a recital at St Andrew’s Church to raise funds in aid of St. Andrew’s. The programme will consist of pieces of Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Debussy. The concert will be held on October 7 at 3pm.

GLYNDEBOURNE Soloists are to perform at St Michael and Archangel, Litlington on October 14 at 5pm. There will be a retiring collection for St Michael’s, Litlington.

A LITTLE LIGHT MUSIC will be performed by Kathryn Sargent and Ray Maulkin at St Andrew’s Church on October 21 at 3pm.

MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Kirker Chamber Music Festival will take place at Deans Place in November when the Heath Quartet will give three concerts. Details of this festival from 01323 870248.

PRUE LEITH will be talking about, and signing her new book Relish at Deans Place Hotel on October 11. Tickets cost £17.50 and include a glass of wine and light nibbles as well as a copy of Relish with a portion of the ticket price going to St Wilfrid’s Hospice. Tickets are only available in advance from Much Ado Books shop.


TIDE MILLS Litter Pick and Marine Conservation Society Beach Survey. The next beach clean is at 10am on Sunday October 21; meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and a litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. For further information, call Jim Skinner on 01273 517291.

HEDGEHOGS: Living in a small village, you get some unusual assignments. Biddy has been feeding a neighbour’s hedgehogs while their permanent carers are on holiday. Two are blind and one is recovering from an accident. Meaty cat food was put out for the hedgehogs’ delectation. One hedge urchin gave cause for concern, looking torpid and off its food. This lack of enthusiasm at dinner time is, however, due to early signs of hibernation coming on. Apparently, hedgehogs do not need to hibernate. They merely do so if they haven’t put on enough brown fat during the summer, and it wasn’t much of a summer. Now that the nights are drawing in and temperatures are falling, sleeping till spring sounds like a good idea.


PARISH COUNCIL: The clerk advises that little of the article about the Pavilion is accurate. Readers are invited to consult the public record in the KPC website ( – Parish Council Minutes and Parish Council Reports, or to contact the clerk. (Clerk to KPC).

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

WORDS AND MUSIC: Today (Friday) 2pm to 4pm at the Hillcrest Centre. Organised by the Meridian Mature Citizens Forum to support International Older People’s Day. An afternoon of fun for all, tea and cakes provided.

RNLI: I regret the popular book sale which I posted in last week’s Parish Pump as being held tomorrow (Saturday) has been changed to next Saturday, October 13, so you have an extra week to save up for all those bargains. The sale runs from 10am to noon and admission is 25p. All proceeds to the local lifeboat.

MENCAP fundraising evening tomorrow (Saturday) in their headquarters, Riverside Hall, West Quay 7pm. Bar, music by Chris Foster. £5 entrance.

HARVEST SUPPER at St Leonard’s church hall tomorrow (Saturday) 6pm. Tickets 3pm from Anne telephone 01273 514482.

HARVEST FESTIVAL at St Leonard’s Church, Denton on Sunday at 10am. All welcome. Gifts of non-perishable items to help family support work in the area much appreciated.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: The annual general meeting takes place on Monday at 7pm in South Heighton village hall. All meetings are held there on the second Monday of the month but from next month all meetings will start at 2.15pm.

COFFEE MORNING: A charity coffee morning takes place on Tuesday at Paradise Park. All profits from the sale of hot drinks will go to St Wilfrid’s Hospice. Members of their fundraising team will be on hand to tell customers about their great causes.

GUEST HOUSE Storytellers, Tuesday at the Hillcrest Centre. Mike O’Leary will be telling tales from Sussex and Hampshire including stories of the Blood Red King of Canterton Glen, the Plague Hearse of Gallop’s Chase, Broadway, flip-flop footsteps of the dead frogman who walks Spice Island and the buried football shirt that tells the tale of two cities. Mike uses bagpipes, flutes and a variety of wonderful instruments to help the story along. Tickets are £6 in advance from the Hillcrest Café or £7 on the door. Café opens at 7pm, stories begin at 7.30pm.

PLANNING MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s planning committee will meet on Tuesday at 7.30pm to discuss the latest applications. The meeting takes place in Meeching Hall.

SAILING CLUB: Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club is running RYA courses in basic skills, powerboat training, better sailing and youth sailing on Saturday October 13. For more information or to book a place contact Andrew Barns on 07881 901948 or email You can click on to their website

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN: There are still tickets available for the matinee of Newhaven Film Society’s first film which is based on a true story surrounding the film The Prince and the Showgirl, which linked Marilyn Monroe and Sir Laurence Olivier. The evening performance is sold out but there is a showing at 4.30pm at the Hillcrest Centre. Tickets are £4.50 each from the Hillcrest Centre.

SOIREE: There will be a soiree of music, poetry and art at the Breakout Centre, Newhaven Square on Friday October 19 7pm, refreshments included. Amanda Wilkins will be there in her London 2012 Olympic Gamesmaker uniform with photos and mementoes of the Olympic Games. Have your photo taken with the Gamesmaker’s exclusive baton in exchange for a donation to the funds which are in aid of the centre. Bring you camera or you can have it taken and emailed to you. Tickets are £2.50 each from the Breakout Centre or from Margaret on 01273 515603.


OLDER PEOPLE’S DAY: A reminder for members of the Meridian Mature Citizens Forum that today, Friday, there is a free event at the Hillcrest Centre to celebrate Older People’s Day. It is free and starts at 2pm until 4pm. There is singing, poetry reading and contributions from a local writing group after which there is tea and cakes. Anyone requiring transport both to and from the event should ring Community Transport on 01273 517332. Members living closer to Piddinghoe might like to attend a similar event being held in the Piddinghoe Village Hall on Tuesday. For further details contact Kate on 01273 516207.

QUIZ NIGHT: Those of you who attended the Mayor’s charity quiz night on Friday September 21 will be pleased to know that a total of £558 was raised. Many thanks to all those who came along to support the event.

BINGO NIGHT: This month’s charity bingo will be held in the Community House, Meridian Centre at 7pm on Friday October 12. Tickets are £4 for eight games plus a flier and a snowball.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: I know it is early to start thinking about Christmas but some events have to be planned and organised well in advance to ensure their success. This year’s Christmas Market is being arranged by the town council and will take place in the Meridian Centre on Thursday December 20 from 3pm until 7pm. Bookings are now being taken for stalls. So if you have something you want to sell or would like a stall please contact Steve Keogh at the council office on 01273 585493. Make a note of the date in your diary so you don’t miss out on a fun afternoon.

CINEMA: The film Anna Karenia will be shown in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre on Saturday October 20 starting at 7.30pm. Tickets priced at £4.50 are now on sale at the information office.

COUNCILLOR’S SURGERY: There is a drop in surgery on Saturday October 13 in the Meridian Centre from 10am to 11am. Any help, assistance or information you may need is available via a one to one chat with your local councillor.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow is in the Main Hall, Community House, from 8.30am until noon. It has been arranged by the Friends of the Meridian School. Next week Guide Dogs for the Blind are holding the market. To book a table call them on 07766 514 161.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The U3A are holding a coffee morning in the Meridian Centre, Community House foyer today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes. Next week on Tuesday that worthy group the Samaritans will be behind the counter, followed on Thursday by our local thespians Peacehaven Players. Finally on Friday October 12 the counselling group INAA will be serving the refreshments.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a full town council meeting on Tuesday October 16 starting at 6.30pm in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre. Residents are welcome to attend and will be given an opportunity to ask questions during the first 15 minutes if they wish on matters relating to the town.

BOOT SALE: The very last boot sale of this year will be at The Dell, South Coast Road on Sunday. The gates will open for sellers at 8am so please do not arrive earlier. Everybody else will be admitted free from 9am until 1pm. There is plenty of free parking on The Dell itself but please do not leave your car there after 1pm or it might get locked in.

U3A: Hope you will come today, Friday, and support our coffee morning, 8am to noon, Foyer, Meridian Centre. Bric-a-brac stalls, books etc. Tea and coffee available together with bacon sandwiches, toast and cake. Usual raffle. A reminder to contact Sharon (01273) 589953 by October 14 if you wish to meet up for the first Sunday lunch on October 28. Also, as it’s getting to be that time of year again folks, contact her to book your place for the Christmas Lunch on Friday, December 14, in Eastbourne. Please see p12 of your August Newsletter. Incidentally the cut off date for applications is now November 16.

LADIES ONLY: Tickets are still available for this years Ladies Evening which this year is being held at the Meridian Hall today, Friday. Tickets now on sale £6 for this ticket only event. Travelling Trends will have very well known High Street labels at greatly reduced prices. Add some sparkle to your Winter wardrobe. Refreshments, glass of wine or fruit juice are included, plus door prize and Grand Charity raffle. This year is a bigger event with some stalls for you to browse including handbags, jewellery, crafted cards etc. This event has been sold out in previous years so please phone for your ticket, 01273 587714, so you don’t miss out. Tickets are limited so please phone Joy to reserve your seat.


FILM NIGHT: There will be another Film Night in the village hall on Friday October 12, 7pm for 7.30pm. The film is An Affair to Remember. Admission £3 on the door.


HARVEST FESTIVAL will be celebrated at St Mary’s on Sunday, with a Family Eucharist at 9.45am. In the evening after the 6.30pm Sung Eucharist service there will be a bring and share Harvest Supper in the Church Room.

ST MARY’S MEN’S CLUB: At its meeting on Tuesday, at 7.30pm in the Church Room, Ian Coates-Stephens will be showing pictures of the restoration work done over a four year period to his old Norlington Lane cottage. Visitors welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on September 26 was: 1, Gill and Tony Spaven; 2, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 3, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster. The club’s next meeting is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall.

BRIDGE TOURNAMENT being held at Kingston Village Hall on Friday, October 12, commencing at 2pm in aid of the Pestalozzi International Village Trust; registered charity 1098422. Tickets £7.50 per person can be obtained from Alan on 01273 473226, Beryl on 01273 480094 or Diana on 01273 472295.

TRAVELLING TRENDS: On Friday, October 19, there will be a fantastic fashion sale of high street clothes at hugely discounted prices at Ringmer Primary School. The doors open at 7pm. There will be a short fashion show starting at 7.30pm following which you can choose from a wide selection of bargain in season clothes to try on and buy. No ordering all available on the night. Tickets are just £5 (to include first drink) or £6 on the door. Tickets available from Clare on 813425 or at the school office on 812463. All proceeds to Ringmer Primary Home School Association Registered Charity No 1102025.

TABLE TOP SALE: Advance notice that Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form will be holding a Table Top Sale and Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, November 24, between 10am and 1pm. Table top pitches are available at £5 if pre-booked. It is regretted that individual food stalls cannot be accepted. For more information or to book a table please contact Ruth Whitlock, Learning Resource Centre Manager on 01273 812220 ext 253 during school hours or e-mail

RINGMER LINK Good Neighbour Scheme, which helps people out in an emergency, was set up in 1977 by Dr David Rice and Lucy Stone who were then the scheme’s first Co-ordinators. Joy Jackson took over form Dr Rice and Flor Grindley took over some years later from Lucy Stone. However, Joy and Flor are retiring as Co-ordinators and unless two people can be recruited to take over from them it looks as if the whole scheme will fold. If anyone might be interested in finding out more about the scheme and what being a co-ordinator entails please phone Flor Grindley on 01273 812933 or e-mail her on In many ways it would be a pity if the scheme disbanded as it has helped many people either with transport to and from Hospitals, Dr surgeries or with shopping and other small household and gardening tasks.

APPLE JUICING at Ringmer Community Orchard, Broyle Place Farm on Sunday from 11am to 3pm. Bring a picnic to enjoy among the 70 heritage fruit trees and make some delicious juice to take home. For details on all our Octoberfeast events visit

Rodmell & Southease

THERE WAS so much on in and around Rodmell at the weekend, I never made it to most of the functions as it was a week of doctor and hospital appointments and other family matters. Hopefully the Friday night at our pub celebrations went off well and the quiz and fish and chip supper was it’s usual success.

CHILLI FESTIVAL: I managed to troll down to Southease on Sunday only to find I’d got the wrong day for the Chilli Festival, which was on Saturday. I do apologise if readers of PP did the same thing as I’d put it in as Sunday instead of Saturday, the grey matter got a bit addled this week.

OUR PUB: I’m hoping to give you more news about our local in the future. I’m waiting for details to be given to me so watch this space.

WALKING: If you enjoy walking and have not acquired the interesting little brochure, Lewes Walks, Towns and Downs, I suggest you pop into Lewes Tourist Information and pick one up. It gives details of walks around Lewes and routes to and from the South Downs Way.

HARVEST SUPPER: It’s our annual Harvest Supper today, Friday, and I’m really looking forward to it as it’s a lovely occasion. I do hope the audience gives our speaker full attention, as having done some public speaking in the past, I know how difficult it can be.

I AM READING Love Letters, Leonard Woolf and Trekkie Parsons 1941-1968 edited by Judith Adamson. It’s so nice to read the sweet and gentle correspondence between two people who were in no doubt soul mates and had such great love for each other. Trekkie had a husband Ian and for a person who was a feisty, principled feminist, who never wanted a husband, found she had in a way two at once and coped adequately with the situation which worked very smoothly for 25 years. As the book says (an inventive and honest solution for a woman who loved two men in different ways at the same time).

MONKS HOUSE new opening times seem to have been a success as there have been many more visitors this year.

CYCLISTS: More and more cyclists seem to be doing the cycle route from London to Paris. We have had quite a few stay here this year. It will be lovely when the cycle route along the valley from Lewes to Newhaven is completed. I feel quite envious of the young and their ability to travel all over the place and hope they all make the most of it. I in my youth, and later years, did travel a lot, but looking back I wish I’d walked a lot more and learnt to cycle. My family were adamant that as a child I would not ride a bike but would go straight into having a car when I was old enough. My father considered bikes a dangerous hazard, I remember him getting very angry when he found a friend teaching me to ride her bike. In those days, unlike today, you did not go against your parents wishes. Having done a lot of horse riding and ice skating I would have said these sports were more dangerous, I also did rock climbing.

AUTUMN: Well autumn is upon us and the crane-flies have at last appeared. I have not yet had ladybirds congregating in the window frames but no doubt they will soon appear as will the spiders and wood-mice.

VISITORS: I had a lovely little family stay for a night last week. They only came from Lewes but a friend had paid for a nights B&B with me because they are avid readers of PP and it was an unusual gift for a special occasion. Maybe I’ll have to think about gift vouchers.

WOOD: Rodmell Wood Scheme are working hard in the rain today (Monday) to clear the bags of wood in the field and deliver them. It’s my turn with the help of Jerry and Rob (my gardener and handy man) to move all my lot into the shed next weekend. Without the help of Rob for many years I don’t know how I would have coped and I’m extremely grateful to have such a good friend. Although life can give you so many knocks and ups and downs there are always those who are like gold-dust around to help.


CINEMA: Seaford Community Cinema has its second event this evening, Friday, at the Barn Theatre. The film tonight is Tyrannosaur (Cert 18) a powerful and tough film which was described as a compelling human drama. The film starts at 7pm and tickets are available at the Tourist Information Office or at the door.

THE FOLK CLUB will meet at the Royal British Legion Club from 8pm this evening, Friday. Their guest is Sarah Gray, a famous Banjo Player and one of the best exponents of the instrument anywhere in the world. She also sings and should be well worth a visit to the club. For further information about the club call 01323 899405.

OPEN CHURCH: St Peter’s Church (The Church on the Hill) at the top of Blatchington Hill is a fascinating ancient building which has been used for worship and prayer for hundreds of years. This weekend the church is open for you to visit and explore and Father Andrew will be around to give you a warm welcome. There will be a small display about the graves in the churchyard and also about Henry Coxwell, the record-breaking balloonist who is commemorated within the church.

SWAP SHOP: The Society of Friends (Quakers) have arranges a Sustainability Swap tomorrow, Saturday, at the Little Theatre. Pop along between 10.30am and noon with a book, CD or DVD and you can swap it for something else, no money needs to change hands. There will be refreshments available for 50p. For further information call Joyce on 01323 892413.

OPEN ARCHIVES: The archives of Seaford Museum will be open from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on Sunday afternoon. I will be at the museum to assist if you have any historic queries.

LITTLE THEATRE: Our special little theatre always give us some good productions. On Sunday at 7pm there is a run of the comedy Straight and Narrow by Jimmy Chin. The play continues at 7pm each night until November 17. Tickets are available from Sussex Eyecare in Broad Street.

TALK: Seaford Natural History Society meet at St Luke’s Church Hall, and on Tuesday afternoon at 2.15pm their guest speaker will be Barry Yates talking about the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. If you would like to know more information about the society contact Anne Fletcher on 01323 491964.

CUTTY SARK: The Seaford Literary and Lecture Club have returned with a new series of lectures at the St Leonard’s Church Hall. The talk on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm is by Roger McKenna talking about the newly restored Cutty Sark. For further information including details of how to join the club call 01323 899987 or 893270.

THE STAMP CLUB will be meeting in the Cross Way Hall on Wednesday evening at 7.30pm when they will be hosting friends from the Bexhill Stamp Club. All stamp collectors are welcome to attend.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL LECTURE: Local historian Graham Keen has a fantastic knowledge about prehistoric Sussex. He will be giving a talk on Wednesday evening at 7.30pm at Seaford Museum in the Martello Tower. There will be a small charge but it promises to be an excellent lecture.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the council planning and highways committee at 37 Church Street on Thursday at 7pm. Members of the public are welcome and can ask questions at the start of the meeting. An agenda is available on-line or from the council offices.

THE BONFIRE SOCIETY are preparing for for their event at the Martello Fields on the night of October 20. If you would like to be part of the action and take part in the parade it is not too late to join. Go to the headquarters of the society at the White Lion Pub on Thursday night at 7pm where you will be able to join and attend their committee meeting. Remember the 2012 bonfire programme is available from the Tourist Information Office.


COUNCILLORS SURGERY tomorrow, Saturday,10am to 11am at the Civic Centre. This is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town or district councillor. There is usually a county councillor present too and a representative from the local police. No appointment is necessary.

MP’S SURGERY: Simon Kirby MP will be holding an advice surgery at the Civic Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am. You will need to make an appointment to see him and this can be done by one of the following means, phone 01273 589178, email

COFFEE MORNING: Telscombe Residents Association will be holding a coffee morning from 10am to 11am tomorrow, Saturday, to coincide with the councillors’ surgery. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues. All Telscombe residents are welcome. They look forward to seeing you there.

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

GRANTS SCHEME: The town council operates an annual small grants scheme whereby the council invites local groups and organisations who work for the benefit of Telscombe Cliffs and East Saltdean residents to apply for funding. They consider applications twice a year and the final meeting for this financial year is at the beginning of November. The deadline for completed applications is Monday October 29. Forms can be obtained from the council offices at the Civic Centre or on the website, under the Key Council Documents section.