Parish Pump Newhaven - September 14, 2012


MUSIC: Alfriston is becoming a mecca for music. We have just had a weekend of very successful concerts led by Matthew Rose and now the English Concert Orchestra is set to perform at St Andrew’s on Sunday. Under the direction of Dr Roy Wales there will be a Classics for Pleasure concert at 4pm on September 16. Daniel Bhattacharya, Alun Darbyshire and Michael Crabb will be the soloists in a programme of popular classics. Tickets priced at £15 (£13 concessions) are available from Much Ado Books.

THE COACH HOUSE GALLERY is hosting an exhibition of work by Brighton born artist Andrew Hill and other works by Carol Kemp. The exhibition will run from now until October 4 from 10am to 5.30pm every day. Admission free.


TIDE MILLS Litter Pick and Marine Conservation Society Beach Survey. The next beach clean is at 10am on Sunday. 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.

PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCHES, coffee and cake and afternoon teas, in aid of WRAS (Wildlife Rescue) run by Trevor Weeks, on Saturday September 22, 11.30am to 5pm at 42 Marine Drive. There will be a raffle, books and other stalls.

COFFEE MORNING: Macmillan’s Biggest Coffee Morning is from 10.30am to noon on Friday September 28 in the Bishopstone Parish Hall. There will be a raffle and a bring-and-buy stall. Everyone is welcome.

CONGRATULATIONS to all those who helped with St Andrew’s Church Flower Festival. A total of £1,100 has been raised for the church.

DUTCH ELM DISEASE: Bishopstone is in the DED (Dutch Elm Disease) control area. One of the wettest growing seasons on record has meant a number of trees going brown before autumn. This is often due to the disease taking hold and affected trees are being taken out. At a time when public finances are being squeezed, delays are inevitable, and local landowners are being encouraged to stop the spread.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

MASKED BALL karaoke, tonight (Friday) at The Ark, West Quay, from 8pm. Admission free, the dress code is smart for the gentlemen and drop dead gorgeous and killer heels for the ladies. A mask is compulsory.

RYA COURSES: The RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course is being organised this weekend by Newhaven and Seaford sailing club. It takes place today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) and on September 22. For further information telephone Andrew Barns on 07881 901948.

FISH AND CHIP SUPPER plus entertainment tomorrow (Saturday), Denton Church Hall 6pm in aid of St Leonard’s Church, Denton. Tickets £6, telephone 01273 514482.

FILM SOCIETY: Newhaven Film Society is being launched on Saturday October 20 in the Art Room at the Hillcrest Café. There is no membership fee and tickets for each film will be £4.50, available only at the Hillcrest Centre. There is limited seating so please book early. The first film is a 15 category, My Week With Marilyn based on a true story about a week working on the Marilyn Monroe/Laurence Olivier film The Prince and the Showgirl. It stars Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne and Dame Judi Dench. The films will be shown on the third Saturday of each month and the programme has been arranged up until Christmas. RAFT RACE: You will have seen from last week’s Sussex Express the raft race has had to be cancelled this year much to the disappointment of the entrants. Newhaven entrants included The Ark, The Hampden Arms and Newhaven Lifeboat. Let us hope the organisers can get it sorted for next year otherwise a lot of charities are going to miss out.

NEWHAVEN IN BLOOM: The annual Prize Giving Ceremony takes place at Paradise Park on Sunday at 2pm. Winners have been notified and anyone is welcome to go down and support them.

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

MEECHING WI meets on Thursday in Meeching Hall at 9.45am when there will be a talk on The Work of a Magistrate. New members and visitors welcome.

THE GARDENING SOCIETY is meeting on Thursday in the Age Concern Day Club, West Quay at 7.30pm when Graham Albon will give an illustrated talk on British Inland Waterways. Non members are always welcome.

MADS: Tickets are now on sale for the next production of Meeching Amateur Dramatics’ latest show. This is Mad Music Hall of Fun 2 which will run from September 26 to 29 in Meeching Hall, nightly at 7.45pm, doors open at 7pm. Tickets are £8 from Meeching estate agents 01273 515566.


BINGO NIGHT: There is this month a second charity bingo evening. It is tonight, Friday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre starting at 7pm. It is £4 for eight games plus a snowball and a flyer. There are cash prizes to be won and free refreshments during the evening.

QUIZ NIGHT: I know these are very popular and often a sell out. So be aware that the next one is on Friday September 21 starting at 7pm in the Community House, Meridian Centre in aid of the Mayor’s charity. If you want to play as a team there is a limit of eight persons per table. Tickets costing £2 per person must be booked and paid for in advance at the information office. Bring your own food and drink.

ORGAN DONATION: Can you help? It is not body parts that are needed but a player. Downlands Court, Downlands Avenue have had a generous donation of a Lawrie Organ. However they need somebody who is able to play it occasionally for the benefit of the residents. Can you or somebody you know help. Call Sue on 01273 588803.

WEATHER: It is disappointing when the weather is against you on your one annual event. Downlands Court were lucky for their recent Summer Fun Day when residents, staff, friends and family got together last month. Not only good weather but a worthy sum of money was raised to help residents with their social events through the year. Particular thanks to The Co-op Store, Co-op Funeral Service and the Greeting Card shop for their generous donations to the raffle. It was very much appreciated.

GENTLE EXERCISE: Since I last wrote about this a few weeks ago several people from Peacehaven have taken advantage of these chair based sessions that take place at Downlands Court every Tuesday at 11am. These exercises go a long way to reaching the recommended daily target of 30 minutes for every body. There are a few more places available and as a result of some subsidies there is only a small nominal charge of £1. Just go along to Downland Avenue to join in or telephone Sue on 01273 588803 for more details.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow is in the Main Hall, Community House, from 8.30am until noon and has been arranged by the U3A (University of the Third Age). Next week the 3rd Peacehaven Guides are holding the market. To book a table call them on 01273 579723.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The Meridian Evening WI is holding a coffee morning in the Community House foyer today, Friday, and will be serving teas, coffees and cakes. Next week there is a coffee morning on each market day. On Tuesday Kemptown Conservatives will be behind the counter, and then on Thursday the Peacehaven Catholic Church followed on Friday September 21 by Meeching WI.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is no council meeting on Tuesday. The next council meeting that residents can attend will be for the policy and finance committee on Tuesday September 25.

HORTICULTURE: The next meeting of the Peacehaven Horticultural Society will be in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre on Monday. It will be an opportunity to present the winners of the various trophies won at the annual flower show in August. Members will be able to discuss the results of a very success show in the face of a difficult year weather-wise for most gardeners.

CINEMA: There is an opportunity to see the recently released comedy Magic Mike in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Wednesday September 26 starting at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £4.50 each and are available now from the information office.

FIREWORKS: Never mind the closing ceremony of the Paralympics; spectacular though it may have been. For those of us living locally enjoyed a magnificent organised firework display on the Telscombe Tye last Saturday. I have seen more than a few of these shows on the Tye over many years but this one was probably the best. In the past a lack of parking space has led to delays and traffic congestion. Although I walked finding an organised parking facility on the Tye itself was a bonus. It was splendidly marshalled by councillors from Peacehaven and Telscombe.

U3A: tomorrow, Saturday, we hold our coffee morning in the main hall, Meridian Centre, 8am to noon. Please do come along. You never know, you might well find a bargain among the bric-a-brac, books, puzzles etc. You may even win on the tombola. Revive yourselves with tea or coffee, toast or a bacon sandwich. One or two of you might even go mad and offer to help.

AGM. Our present chairman, Maggie, and committee members Doreena, Jayne, June, Muriel, Pam, Reuben, Roma (especially), Rosemary, Sharon and Val (with Jean, Pat - a great washer-up - and Sybil chipping in with their little bit) all make it happen. Where would our branch be without them? Have a think about that and please step forward and offer to join them as we really do need extra committee members. Contact Maggie if you feel like having a go. Also please remember to let Roma have any items for the November newsletter by early October.

WI: While listening to the business section of our meeting, members’ eyes kept straying to the table in the corner where dozens of really cute soft toys waited to be chosen in this month’s competition. Our judge was Louise Collins from Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice who had come to give us a talk and show us a short film about the wonderful work they do there. After she had chosen the three winners (with great difficulty) all the toys were given to her to take back as a donation. WI diaries and calendars were bought this month, along with tickets for the ploughman’s lunch which will be before our annual meeting next month. For details please telephone June Garland on 01273 580016.

Rodmell & Southease

HARVEST SUPPER: Tickets are now available for the Harvest Supper in the village hall, on Friday October 5 at 7.15pm. Price £8. Phone 475756 for your reservation. This is always a lovely evening with tasty food and a great atmosphere. Tickets go quickly so be warned to avoid disappointment.

IT IS NICE to be asked if I want tickets to the next Leaky Buckets rave at Iford. I could not go last time but hope to make it with two friends this time. It is a private affair by invitation and pre-booked tickets and profit will be donated to Max’s chosen charity, Circles Network Lewes Saturday Club (a friendship and short break group of adults with learning difficulties).

FRENCH STICK: It was with some surprise I found a French Stick loaf on my garden today, Monday. It must have been a fox, or a rally big bird that dropped it, and when I picked it up several of those revolting large yellow slugs had been making a meal of it. There seem to be so many of them about this year.

THANK YOU: May I say a big thank you to Greg, of Kingston, who so kindly rescued two of my B&Bs who had got lost on the south Downs Way, in the dark, came down at Kingston, knocked on Greg’s door and told him where they needed to get to and could be call a taxi for them. He did better than that, he drove them over to me. A really good Samaritan to Aussie Adam and his 12 year old son Lucas. Thanks Greg. Evidently he knew me via the Parish Pump, the power of the press yet again.

VISIT: I had a really nice day out on Wednesday September 5 when I went with my cousin June to Tidebrook Manor near Wadhurst which I’m told was at one time the home of Reginald Bosanquet the news reader. It was in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care which I support. We had lovely coffee and cakes and a tour of the beautiful gardens which have spectacular views. It is tucked well out of the way along a tiny lane and was quite hard to find, but worth the effort.

HEDGE LAYING: It was lovely to see a group of men at Iford obviously doing a hedge laying competition on Saturday. The hedge along the main road looks superb. It’s an old craft but is still popular. I had our hedge done some years ago.

WEBSITE: For any reader who want to keep up with what is on in Rodmell you can find out by checking, the Rodmell website.

I’M BUSY at the moment re-planting all my pots of bulbs for the spring. As I was lazy in not putting tags in them last year I don’t always know what bulbs they are. I’m OK knowing crocus, daffodils tulips etc but there are some I’m not sure of, so they will be pot luck pots.

CLEARING UP: I quite like the clearing up jobs of autumn and we’ve certainly been having some lovely weather. The goats stable has had a good clear out with the result of a nice heap of manure for the spring and I raked up and bagged eight large bags of hay off the field for the winter for him. I hope to do more next weekend. Apples and pears are scarce this year but blackberries are in abundance so I spent some time picking those on Sunday. Rodmell Wood Club has worked hard in our field this summer to cut up and bag wood, which I hear will be delivered soon so we can be prepared for what the winter will throw at us.

CHIMNEY SWEEP: I had the chimney for the wood-burner swept last week. The sweep had quite a few to do in Rodmell and turned up an hour late because he’d forgotten where I was in the queue. It now costs £54 to have the sweep. A bit different from the old days. This one did a good job and spent around an hour working on ours getting a lot of soot down. Gardeners used to love soot for their gardens. I wonder is it still used a lot?

TILES: Having had part of the roof repaired lately (not before time) I now have a pile of old tiles to get rid of. If anyone is doing a renovation job on their house and has the patience to pick them up and clean them off they are welcome to come and get them. Please phone first (early mornings or evenings are best) 01273 476876.


FRENCH MARKET: Church Street will be closed for most of the day today, Friday, whilst the popular French Market once again graces our town with colour and a slight whiff of fromage. Pop along to bag a baguette.

FOLK CLUB: Yes the Folk Club return for the winter season with a Singers and Musicians Night at the Royal British Legion in Claremont Road from 8pm tonight, Friday. There is a collection of £2 on the night (reduced to £1 for performers).

SEAFORD LIVE: There are lots of musical events on this weekend for Seaford Live. Amongst various events around town this evening is a performance by the Archway Choir at the Constitutional Club on the Crouch tonight, Friday, at 7.30pm.

VARIETY SHOW: Seaford Little Theatre hosts A Little Bit of the Seaside tonight, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, night at 7pm. There will be music and monologues and lots of fun. Tickets (£6) are available from Sussex Eyecare.

MUSICAL THEATRE has just two more days of the musical We Built this City by Paula Woolven. The last three performances are tonight, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm with a matinee tomorrow at 2.30pm. For tickets and further information call the Tourist Information Centre (01323 897426).

BOOT SALE: Seaford Scouts are having another of their fund raising car-boot sales tomorrow, Saturday, between 9am and 1pm. The venue is Seaford Head Community College and if you want to make a booking or want further information call 0844 414 6086.

OPEN GARDEN: The brilliant Exchange Garden at the Crouch will be open tomorrow, Saturday, morning between 9.30am and 12.30pm. If you have not yet visited this oasis of greenery please pop in to see them. There is no charge and there is always someone there to help with horticultural advice.

CONSERVATIVE SURGERY: Conservative councillors are holding a drop in surgery tomorrow, Saturday, at 37 Church Street between 9.30am and 11am. No appointment is necessary, just pop in and they will be pleased to help.

BUSKERS: There will plenty of music to do your shopping to tomorrow, Saturay, when the Tansley Yard in Broad Street will be turned into a Buskers Corner for Seaford Live. Nick Webb will be there from 1pm and Woody and Chucklefoot from 2pm.

FOLK: The folk club are running their annual Seaford Live Music session in the courtyard of The Office Bar tomorrow, Saturday, from 1pm to 4pm. Pop along and share your songs and tunes, or just have a glass of wine and listen. Afterwards at 4 pm just round the corner in Crouch Gardens, Barber, Taylor and Reed will be performing their brilliant Acoustic Folk, Blues and Country music, opening with some funny songs from local performer, John Cave.

SEAFORD ROCKS: You will not be able to miss the music in tomorrow, Saturday, night as the town rocks for Seaford Live. Concerts include Morning After at the Constitutional Club at 7.30pm, Phil Light at the Plough at 8.30pm a Karaoke night at the Cinque Ports at 8.30pm, Brass Monkeys at the Shore at 9pm and Ten Ton Badger at the Crown at 9pm.

ART EXHIBITION: I did enjoy the exhibition at the Crypt Gallery by the photographic club last week. It was full of wonderful views, both exotic and local. Another event follows with an exhibition by a group of local artists known as the Seaford Seven I am sure the quality will be just as good. Daily from 10.30am to 4.30pm (starts tomorrow, Saturday).

BOOT FAIR: The Rotary Club are holding another of their boot fairs at the Martello Fields on Sunday between 9am and 1pm. There is lots of free parking and the event always has good refreshment stalls too.

CONCERT: The Seaford Rock and Jazz Orchestra will be playing at the Constitutional Club on Sunday evening at 7.30pm. There will be a bar, a raffle and lots of dancing. Admission is by donation at the door (£3 is suggested) and all money raised will go towards the Seaford Lifeguards.

HERITAGE WEEKEND: Thanks to all those who visited the museum during Heritage Weekend and also all those shops who supported the museum by displaying old photos of Seaford.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the planning and highways committee at 37 Church Street on Thursday evening 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.

FREE CONCERT: There will be a piano recital by Sebastian Grand at St Leonard’s Church on Thursday lunchtime from 1pm to 2pm. Admission if free but there will be a retiring collection.

BONFIRE: Programmes for the forthcoming bonfire event on Saturday October 20 are now available from the Tourist Information Centre. Please buy one to support this great family event or even better join at the next meeting of the society, which will be at their headquarters in the White Lion Pub on Thursday at 7pm.

PUB NEWS: I see the V-Bar has been renamed as The Place, the pub has had various guises including, The Duke of Cumberland’s Head, The Pelham Arms and The Hole in the Wall but I am told that it has always been a young persons pub. Also last week saw the bulldozers move in to demolish the last seafront pub, the Beachcomber sadly to be replaced with yet more retirement flats.

COMMUNITY CINEMA: How brilliant to hear that tickets for the inaugural event at the Seaford Community Cinema next weekend, have sold out. Please don’t miss out on future screenings. Tickets and further information are available at the Tourist Information Centre.


COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the Amenities and Civic Centre Committee on Monday at 7.30pm in room 1 and a full council meeting on Wednesday in the Council Chamber, both at the Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can ask questions during a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda for the meetings will be put on council notice boards a few days before the meeting and will usually also be available on the council’s website at

COFFEE MORNING: Once again the town council will be holding a coffee morning as part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, raising funds for Macmillan. It will be held at the Civic Centre from 10am to midday on Friday September 28. There will be tea and coffee plus delicious homemade cakes being served and you are asked to make a donation of your choice. There will also be other fundraising activities being held on the morning, including a raffle.

TOTS AND TUMS: This mum and buggy exercise class is taking place at 9.30am on a Thursday morning in Chatsworth Park, Telscombe Cliffs. Its £5 per class, or £20 for 5 prepaid classes. It is an enjoyable and effective exercise class without childcare worries as the baby comes in the buggy. The one hour class consists of power walking with progressive cardio intervals to burn baby fat, resistance training to strengthen your muscles and core exercises to flatten your tummy. Call Alex on 07540 551054 or email